Wednesday, January 9, 2008

The Rocket rides into Rotterdam

In addition to Aditya Assarat's debut feature, Wonderful Town, being chosen for the Tiger Awards competition at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Rocket by Uruphong Raksasad is in the Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films.

The 19-minute film will be making its European premiere.

As with the features competition, Southeast Asia is well represented in the 20-film shorts field by three other films. Allen Ginsberg Gives Great Head by the always provocative, multi-faceted X'Ho from Singapore, and As I Lay Dying by Ho Yuhang from Malaysia make their European premieres. Half Teaspoon by Ifa Isfansyah from Indonesia makes its world premiere.

Made in 2006, The Rocket won the R.D. Pestonji Award at the 11th Thai Short Film & Video Festival. A feature by Uruphong, Agrarian Utopia, has been mentioned for possible screening in Thailand this year.

(Via IFFR press release; more at Screen Daily)

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