Rotterdam Announces First Latin American Contenders

The Rotterdam Film Festival unveiled today the first seven films that will participate in the official competition of its 42nd edition, which include three Latin American films: Eduardo Villanueva's Penumbra and Sebastián Hofmann's Halley (pictured), both from Mexico; and Noche, directed by Leonardo Brzezicki from Argentina.

In Halley, and unusual friendship is formed between Alberto, a man attempting to hide his slowly decaying body and Luly, the manager of the 24 hour gym where he works as a night guard. Penumbra tells the story of an experienced old and poor hunter who shows us his captive world within a rural Mexico lost in time. The three films will be competing for the Hivos Tiger Award.

The Rotterdam film festival will run from January 23 through February 3, 2013. The complete lineup of the fifteen first or second feature films will be announced on January 8.