Rotterdam fest unveils tribute sidebars

Skolimowski, Benvenuti, Liechti to be honored

LONDON -- Organizers of next year's Rotterdam International Film Festival on Monday unveiled plans for a trio of tribute sidebars, with Polish film director Jerzy Skolimowski, Paolo Benvenuti from Italy and Switzerland's Peter Liechti all scheduled.

The trio are expected to attend the festival for the retrospectives.

Organizers also said the event's newest section, Signals, will have five thematic programs, including "Size Matters," comprising exhibitions and films that focus on cinema and visual art in relation to ubiquitous electronic screens.

Other themes are "Hungry Ghosts," which will include recent Asian ghost movies, and "First Things First," focusing on first films by established film auteurs, and a sidebar on young Turkish filmmakers.

The 38th edition kicks off Jan. 21, with the 26th accompanying CineMart taking place Jan. 25-29. The full lineup will be announced Jan. 15, organizers said.