Chinese filmmaker Zheng Lu Xinyuan won the Tiger Award at the 49th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) for her film The Cloud in Her Room. In her personal debut film, shot in black-and-white, filmmaker Zheng Lu Xinyuan follows 22-year-old Muzi as she returns to Hangzhou, where she was born, for the New Year’s celebration. However, it’s like she doesn’t really fit in anywhere.
South Korean filmmaker Kim Yonghoon won the Special Jury Award for Beasts Clawing at Straws. South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite (B&W Version) was the audience favorite and won the BankGiro Loterij Audience Award. The VPRO Big Screen Award was awarded to A Perfectly Normal Family by Danish filmmaker Malou Reymann.
Moving On by Yoon Dan-bi won the Bright Future Award for best feature-film debut. The Bright Future Competition jury gave a special mention to Isabella Rinaldi, Cristina Hanes and Arya Rothe for their film A Rifle and a Bag.
Festival Bero Beyer congratulated all winners and said: “We are incredibly impressed with the quality of this year’s Tiger Competition, which in many cases spurred significant festival buzz. We thank all filmmakers for their ambitious and creative approaches to cinema. Remember these names, because we’re sure to see much more of them in the future.”
The FIPRESCI Award from the international film critics went to Only You Alone by Zhou Zhou. The KNF Award, presented by the Circle of Dutch Film Journalists, went to Kala azar by Janis Rafa (also in Tiger Competition).
The Tiger Competition-selected film Nasir by Arun Karthick won the NETPAC Award for best Asian film premiering at the festival. The winner of the IFFR Youth Jury Award is Les Misérables by Ladj Ly. Laurence Attali won the Voices Short Award for his short film Tabaski, while My Mexican Bretzel by Nuria Giménez won the Found Footage Award.
Winners of 49th International Film Festival Rotterdam
Winner of the Tiger Award: The Cloud in Her Room by Zheng Lu Xinyuan
Winner of the Special Jury Award: Beasts Clawing at Straws by Kim Yonghoon
VPRO Big Screen Award
A Perfectly Normal Family by Malou Reymann
Bright Future Award
Winner: Moving On by Yoon Dan-bi
Special mention: A Rifle and a Bag by Isabella Rinaldi, Cristina Hanes and Arya Rothe
BankGiro Loterij Audience Award
Parasite (B&W Version) by Bong Joon Ho
Voices Short Award
Tabaski by Laurence Attali
Only You Alone by Zhou Zhou
Nasir by Arun Karthick
Kala azar by Janis Rafa
IFFR Youth Jury Award
Les misérables by Ladj Ly
Found Footage Award
My Mexican Bretzel by Nuria Giménez