Rotterdam Film Festival Awards Its Top Prize to Three Films
BERLIN – The 40th Rotterdam International Film Festival ended in a three-way tie with The Journals of Musan by Korean director Park Jung-Bum, Spanish ghost story Finisterrae by Sergio Caballero and Eternity from Thai director Sivaroj Kongsakul each winning Rotterdam's top prize, the Tiger Award.
The Journals of Musan, which tells the story of a North Korean defector who struggles to adjust to life in the South, also won the the award of the FIPRESCI jury of film critics.
For its 40th anniversary, Rotterdam honored two filmmakers who got their start at the festival – giving the Return of the Tiger Award to Korean helmer Hong Sang-Soo for the film school comedy Oki's Movie and to Dutch director David Verbeek for his latest drama Club Zeus, which follows professional "host boys" paid to entertain the lonely women of Shanghai.
The Rotterdam Film Festival wraps up Feb. 6.