Green borderAgnieszka Holland’s poignant story about refugees stuck in the forested border between Belarus and Poland, won the Audience Award at this year’s Rotterdam Film Festival, which ended on Sunday.
Japanese director Tanaka Toshihiko won the coveted Tiger Award for Best Film in competition for his debut film. Rey, a drama exploring human relationships made almost entirely with a cast and crew made up of mostly non-professionals and students. The Iranian drama The old bachelor by director Oktay Baraheni won the VPRO Big Screen Award in Rotterdam.
The FIPRESCI Prize, awarded by international film critics, was awarded to Kissing cart by Indian director Midhun Murali.
Judging by audience reaction, Rotterdam 2024 was a resounding success, with the festival recording more than a quarter of a million spectators during its 11-day program, which included the screening of 424 films and discussions with artists like Oscar nominee Sandra Hüller. (Anatomy of a fall)veteran Italian director Marco Bellocchio (The traitor) and pop music legend Debbie Harry.
“This edition we saw with great pleasure how our discoveries found their audience,” said Vanja Kaludjercic, director of the Rotterdam festival. “From the joy of our opening night, to the excitement of welcoming superstars and giants of cinema, to the blossoming of future greats like the Tiger Award winner, there was a special atmosphere at the festival this editing. We pride ourselves on creating a program that highlights the unexpected and unique – and that challenges and enriches… Looking to the future, we see that our ideas and aspirations connect strongly with audiences, strengthening us for years to come.