Wonderful Town by Thai indie director Aditya Assarat will be in the main Tiger Award competition at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Aditya previously won the New Currents Award at the Pusan International Film Festival for his romantic drama set in post-tsunami Phuket. Wonderful Town is his first feature film.
At Pusan, Aditya shared the New Currents prize with Malaysia's Liew Sing Tat, whose Flower in the Pocket, will compete in Rotterdam as well. The enjoyable story of two disenfranchised, bratty little boys, with Malaysian indie director James Lee in a droll turn as their beleaguered single dad, I had the chance to see Flower in the Pocket at the World Film Festival of Bangkok in October.
Filipino director John Torres is in the competition, too, with his Years When I Was a Child Outside.
Judging the 14-film field will be a friendly face for the three Southeast Asian directors: Royston Tan from Singapore, whose sequin-splashed musical, 881, was one of the highlights of my year.
The International Film Festival Rotterdam runs from January 23 to February 3.