3 have Rotterdam's Tiger by tail


AMSTERDAM -- The International Film Festival Rotterdam on Wednesday unveiled the first films selected for its Tiger Award competition.

Japanese autobiographical production "Waltz in Starlight" by Shingo Wakagi, Pusan award-winner "Flower in the Pocket" by debutante Liew Seng from Malaysia and "Wonderful Town" by Aditva Assarat, a Thai production supported by the Hubert Bals Fund, are the first three titles chosen.

The full competition lineup for the Jan. 23-Feb. 3 festival will be unveiled in January by newly appointed director Rutger Wolfson, who replaced Sandra den Hamer in September.

The 37th edition already is taking shape, with U.S. experimental director Robert Breer and Russian director Scetlana Proskurina chosen as Filmmakers in Focus.

The festival also announced a number of world premieres. Brit director Stephen Dwoskin will present "The Sun and The Moon," a radical portrait of lust, pain and melancholy, while U.S. helmer Jeff Pickett presents his first feature, "The Skyjacker," a story about a man who hijacks a plane and falls in love with the stewardess.