Rotterdam announces 14 competition titles

Bernadet and Verreault’s 'Pluto' to open fest Jan. 21

LONDON -- The directorial debut of Montreal-based filmmakers Henri Bernadet and Myriam Verreault, the second film from Alicia Scherson and Peng Tao's sophmore outing "Floating in Memory" are among the 14 titles selected for the competition lineup at this year's Rotterdam International Film Festival.

Organizers said Wednesday that Bernadet and Verreault's "At West of Pluto" will open the competition section, while Scherson's "Tourists" will close the festival's 12-day run of Jan. 21-Feb. 1.

Other competitors for the event's Tiger Awards include movies from Turkey, New Zealand and Indonesia.

Rotterdam's long history with young Asian filmmaking is reflected by a half-dozen films from Asia, including productions from Japan ("Dark Harbour"), Korea ("Breathless"), Indonesia ("Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly") and Taiwan ("No puedo vivir sin ti") along with Tao's "Floating in Memory."

"The Strength of Water," a first film from New Zealand, and "Wrong Rosary," the first Turkish film ever to be included, also are in the mix.

A complete list of competition titles follows:

"At West of Pluto" (A l'ouest de Pluton), Henri Bernadet & Myriam Verreault, Canada
"Be Calm and Count to Seven" (Aram bash va ta haft beshmar), Ramtin Lavafipour, Iran
"Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly" (Babi buta yang ingin terbang), Edwin, Indonesia
"Breathless" (Ddongpari), Yang Ik-June, South Korea
"Dark Harbour" (Futoko), Naito Takatsugu, Japan
"Dogging: A Love Story," Simon Ellis, U.K.
"Floating in Memory" (Liu li), Peng Tao, China
"The Hungry Ghosts," Michael Imperioli, U.S.
"No puedo vivir sin ti," Leon Dai, Taiwan
"Schottentor," Caspar Pfaundler, Austria
"Sois sage" (Be Good), Juliette Garcias, France/ Denmark
"The Strength of Water," Armagan Ballantyne, New Zealand/ Germany
"Turistas" (Tourists), Alicia Scherson, Chile
"Wrong Rosary" (Uzak ihtimal), Mahmut Fazil Coskun, Turkey