European Festivals Begin Announcing Their Slates

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Everybody’s already talking about Sundance, which opens in just nine days, but the vast majority of international films to premiere Stateside in the next few months will come out of festivals in Europe. Both Rotterdam and Berlin open within the next month and both have started leaking this year’s line-ups. I’m fortunate enough to represent NWFF at these festivals and promise to report back about what I see.

In the meantime, Rotterdam announced their films in competition today.

The 14 films in IFFR 2009’s VPRO Tiger Awards Competition:

At West of Pluto” (A l’ouest de Pluton) by Henri Bernadet & Myriam Verreault
(Canada, 2009), World premiere

Be Calm and Count to Seven” (Aram bash va ta haft beshmar) by Ramtin Lavafipour
(Iran, 2008), European premiere, Hubert Bals Fund supported film

Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly” (Babi buta yang ingin terbang) by Edwin
(Indonesia, 2008), European premiere, Hubert Bals Fund supported film

Breathless” (Ddongpari) by Yang Ik-June
(South Korea, 2008), International premiere

Dark Harbour” (Futoko) by Naito Takatsugu
(Japan, 2008), International premiere

Dogging: A Love Story” by Simon Ellis
(United Kingdom, 2009), World premiere

Floating in Memory” (Liu li) by Peng Tao
(China, 2009), World premiere, Hubert Bals Fund supported film

The Hungry Ghosts” by Michael Imperioli
(USA, 2009), World premiere and IFFR 2009 Opening Film

No puedo vivir sin ti” by Leon Dai
(Taiwan, 2008), International premiere

Schottentor” by Caspar Pfaundler
(Austria, 2009), World premiere

Sois sage” (Be Good) by Juliette Garcias
(France, Denmark, 2008), European premiere

The Strength of Water” by Armagan Ballantyne
(New Zealand, Germany, 2008), World premiere

Turistas” (Tourists) by Alicia Scherson
(Chile, 2009), World premiere, Hubert Bals Fund supported film

Wrong Rosary” (Uzak ihtimal) by Mahmut Fazil Coskun
(Turkey, 2009), World premiere

[For more information including the festival’s shorts competition line up, visit their website.]

And from Berlin via THR.com:

Berlinale unveils first Panorama titles

‘Garapa,’ ‘Countess,’ ‘Absolute Evil,’ among premieres

By Scott Roxborough

Jan 7, 2009, 10:30 AM ET

COLOGNE, Germany — Julie Delpy, whose directorial debut, “2 Days In Paris” lit up the 2007 Berlinale, returns this year with her period thriller “The Countess,” which will have its world premiere at Berlin’s Panorama sidebar.

Jose Padilha, whose corrupt cops drama “The Elite Squad” was last year’s surprise winner of the Berlinale Golden Bear, has also booked a return flight, for the Panorama premiere of “Garapa,” his documentary examining poverty in Brazil.

Other highlights of 2009 Panorama lineup include “Absolute Evil,” a crime thriller which teams up cult director Ulli Lommel (“The Boogeyman”) with star David Carradine; the documentary “Coyote” from Chema Rodriquez (“The Railroad All-Stars”) which looks at the issue of human trafficking and “Der Knochenmann” (The Bone Man) from veteran Austrian director Wolfgang Murnberger (“Silentium”).

Actress Rie Rasmussen (“Angel-A”) will unspool her directorial debut, “Human Zoo,” which focuses on the trauma of a woman living in Paris who escaped the horrors of the Balkan war. “When You’re Strange,” Tom DiCillio’s documentary on The Doors, will screen in Panorama’s Dokumente section following its Sundance debut.

The full Panorama lineup will be announced later this month.

So far the following films have been confirmed for the Main Programme, Panorama Special, and Panorama Dokumente:

Absolute Evil” by Ulli Lommel, USA (world premiere) With David Carradine, Carolyn Neff, Ulli Lommel, Chris Kiesa

Ander” by Roberto Caston, Spain (directorial debut and world premiere) With Josean Bengoetxea, Cristhian Esquivel, Mamen Rivera, Pilar Rodriguez, Leire Ucha

At Stake” by Iwan Setiawan, Muhammad Ichsan, Lucky Kuswandi, Ucu Agustin, Ani Ema Susanti, Indonesia PANORAMA DOKUMENTE

Coyote” by Chema Rodriguez, Spain (world premiere) PANORAMA DOKUMENTE

Der Knochenmann” (The Bone Man) by Wolfgang Murnberger, Austria (world premiere) With Josef Hader, Josef Bierbichler, Birgit Minichmayr, Simon Schwarz, Christoph Luser, Stipe Erceg

Fig Trees” by John Greyson, Canada (world premiere) With Van Abrahams, David Wall, Alexander Chapman

Fucking Different Tel Aviv” by Yair Hochner, Avital Barak, Stephanie Abramovic, Elad Zakai, Eran Koblik Kedar, Ricardo Rojstaczer, Nir Ne’Eman, Hila Ben Baruch, Yossi Brauman, Sivan Levy, Eyal Bromberg, Anat Salomon, Sie Gal, November Wanderin, Yasmin Max, Germany/Israel

Garapa” by Jose Padilha, Brazil (world premiere) PANORAMA DOKUMENTE

Ghosted” by Monika Treut, Germany/Taiwan (world premiere) With Inga Busch, Huan-Ru Ke, Ting-Ting Hu, Jack Kao, Marek Harloff

Gururi No Koto” (All Around Us) by Hashigushi Ryosuke, Japan With Kimura Tae, Lily Franky, Baisyo Mitsuko

High Life” by Gary Yates, Canada (world premiere) With Timothy Olyphant, Stephen Eric McIntyre, Joe Anderson, Rossif Sutherland

Human Zoo” by Rie Rasmussen, France (directorial debut and world premiere) With Rie Rasmussen, Nikola Djuricko, Nick Corey, Vojin Cetkovic, Hiam Abbass, Said Amadis

La journee de la jupe” (Skirt Day) by Jean-Paul Lilienfeld, France/Belgium With Isabelle Adjani, Denis Podalydes, Yann Collette

Laskar Pelangi” (The Rainbow Troops) by Riri Riza, Indonesia With Cut Mini, Zulfani, Ferdian, Veris Yamarno, Ikranagara

Pedro” by Nick Oceano, USA (directorial debut) With Alex Loynaz,Justina Machado, Hale Appleman, DaJuan Johnson

Rueckenwind” (Light Gradient) by Jan Krueger, Germany (world premiere) With Sebastian Schlecht, Eric Golub, Iris Minich, Denis Avevi

Solo quiero caminar” (Just Walking) by Augustin Diaz Yanes, Spain/Mexico With Diego Luna, Victoria Abril, Ariadna Gil, Pilar Lopez de Ayala, Elena Anaya

The Countess” by Julie Delpy, Germany/France (world premiere) With Julie Delpy, William Hurt, Daniel Bruehl

Unmistaken Child” by Nati Baratz, Israel (directorial debut) With Tenzin Zopa PANORAMA DOKUMENTE

When You’re Strange” by Tom DiCillo, USA With Kevin Krasny PANORAMA DOKUMENTE

White Lightnin’” by Dominic Murphy, Great Britain/USA (directorial debut) With Edward Hogg, Carrie Fisher, Muse Watson

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