'Shape of Water,' 'Florida Project' to Play Rotterdam Film Festival

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'The Shape of Water'

Films including 'La fleurière' by Ruben Desière and 'The Bottomless Bag' by Rustam Khamdamov will have their international premieres in Rotterdam.

The Rotterdam Film Festival on Thursday announced its first selection of films, including a variety of recent international hits from the fall festival circuit, for its 47th edition.

Among top award contenders, the festival will screen the Venice Golden Lion winner, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, and Sean Baker’s The Florida Project in its Limelight section.

"This initial selection of films profoundly underscores the depth of the imagination, and emphasizes the relevance and vibrancy of independent auteur cinema,” said festival director Bero Beyer. “Filmmakers from all around the world astonish us with their visions that are as bold and powerful as can be, addressing a variety of themes and pushing the scope of the cinematic form."

Films including La fleurière by Ruben Desière and The Bottomless Bag by Rustam Khamdamov will have their international premieres in Rotterdam, while Zhang Miaoyan’s Silent Mist, Ian Lagarde's All You Can Eat Buddha and Alexey Fedorchenko's Anna's War will have their European premieres at the event. 

Other highlights include Wang Bing's Golden Leopard-winning Mrs. Fang and Bertrand Mandico's Les garçons sauvages.

The 47th Rotterdam Film Festival is set to run Jan. 24-Feb. 4, 2018. The event is one of the largest cultural gatherings in the Netherlands and one of the biggest audience-oriented fests in the world.