Rotterdam Boasts 21 Feature Films and 14 Short Films From Latin America

Demonios tus ojos  by Pedro Aguilera

Demonios tus ojos by Pedro Aguilera

Rey  by Niels Atallah

Rey by Niels Atallah

Arábia  by Affonso Uchoa and João Dumans

Arábia by Affonso Uchoa and João Dumans

Rotterdam kicked off this week and this year’s lineup doesn’t disappoint with 21 feature films and 14 short films from Latin America. The Hivos Tiger Competition is the festival's most prestigious competition. Since it's inception in 1995, it has celebrated the innovative spirit of young filmmakers from all around the world. Eight Filmmakers premiering their first, second or third feature film are eligible for two awards given by a jury of international film professionals and artists.

This year three Latin American productions are having their world premiere at Rotterdam and competing for the Hives Tiger Award, Arábia by Affonso Uchoa and João Dumans from Brazil, Demonios tus ojos by Pedro Aguilera from Colombia and Spain, and Rey by Niles Atallah from Chile, France, Netherlands, Germany and Qatar. 

The Bright Future Main program features 10 Latin American films in which half will receive their world premiere. The films in their world premiere are Los territorios by Iván Granovsky from Argentina, Brazil and Palestine, Pela janela by Caroline Leone from Brazil and Argentina, Corpo Eléctrico by Marcelo Caetano from Brazil, António Um Dois Três by Leonardo Mouramateus from Portugal and Brazil, Strange but True by Michel Lipkes, and Otra madre by Mariano Luque from Argentina.

Having its international premiere is the Mexican film William, the New Judo Master by Ricardo Silva and Omar Guzmán. The other films from Latin America in the Program are X500 by Juan Andrés Arango from Canada, Colombia and Mexico, El futuro perfecto by Nele Wohlatz from Argentina, Kékszakállú by Gastón Solnicki from Argentina, Los Decentes by Lukas Valenta Rinner from Argentina, South Korea and Austria and Elon Doesn’t Believe in Death by Ricardo Alves Jr. from Brazil. 

The Voices section brings together films characterized by a mature quality and powerful, relevant content. The main program features new works of mostly established filmmakers with distinctive voices. This year features O ornitólogo by João Pedro Rodrigues from Portugal, France and Brazil, La idea de un lago by Milagros Mumenthaler from Argentina, Switzerland and Qatar, Hermia & Helena by Matías Piñeiro from Argentina and the U.S. and Family Life by Alicia Scherson and Cristián Jiménez from Chile. 

Lastly, the Deep Focus program explores the world of cinema with compilations, retrospectives, masterclasses, original thematic programs and various other formats. La Flor (Parte 1) by Mariano Llinás from Argentina will have its international premiere and Beduino by Júlio Bressane from Brazil will also screen in this section. 

The 2017 edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam takes place January 25 - February 5 in The Netherlands.