The Rotterdam Film Festival has announced the lineup for its 46th edition, which only will feature one Latin American film, out of eight, in its main competition for the Hivos Tiger Award, the Brazilian film Arábia by Affonso Uchoa and João Dumans.
Reminiscent of the way Westerns use anonymous drifters, driven by survival instinct, as the story's hero, Arábia focuses in on the life of a marginalized workers in contemporary Brazil. The film tells the story of a young man who finds the diary of a worker who died in an accident in an old aluminium factory in Ouro Preto.
The Bright Future section of the festival, focuses on up-and-coming filmmakers with their own style and vision, will feature the world premiere of the Mexican film Strange But True Strange / Extraño pero verdadero by Michel Lipkes, and the European premiere of the Brazilian film Elon Doesn't Believe in Death by Ricardo Alves Jr.
Other Latin American titles included in the Bright Future section are Before the Rooster Crows / Antes que cante el gallo by Arí Maniel Cruz from Puerto Rico, X500 by Juan Andrés Arango from Colombia (in co-production with Canada and Mexico), and three Argentinean films: Los decentes / The Decent, by Lukas Valenta Rinner, The Future Perfect / El futuro perfecto by Nele Wohlatz, and Kékszakállú by Gastón Solnicki.
The 46th edition of the Rotterdam Film Festival will take place January 25-February 5 in the Netherlands.