Tiger Competition 2020 selection

18 December 2019


Tiger Competition 2020 selection

18 December 2019

The Tiger Competition has been revealed. Here are the 10 films that vie for the Tiger Award and the Special Jury Award. 

Festival director Bero Beyer: “I’m thrilled we can present ten films in Tiger Competition this year. From experimental millennial autofiction to Spanish class consciousness, from hard-boiled Korean crime to life in Hindu-nationalist Tamil Nadu, from the jungles of Venezuela to the streets of Greece – all films in Tiger Competition radiate a strong sense of personal urgency and cinematic relevance, fuelled by boundary-pushing directorial visions.”

Several of the selected filmmakers have a history with IFFR. Luis López Carrasco previously presented his feature-film debut El futuro (IFFR 2014) and his short film Aliens (IFFR 2018) at the festival, and Alejandro Telemaco Tarraf’s short film El valle interior and Janis Rafa’s short film Requiem to a Shipwreck screened at IFFR 2014 and IFFR 2015 respectively. The 2020 Tiger Competition selection also includes Arun Karthick’s Nasir, which received HBF support in 2017 and 2018 and was selected for BoostNL in 2018. Karthick’s previous film, The Strange Case of Shiva, screened in IFFR 2016’s Bright Future Competition.

Tiger Competition selection


El año del descubrimiento
Luis López Carrasco, 2020, Spain/Switzerland, world premiere
Seemingly incidental conversations in a bar in Cartagena, Spain, expose an almost forgotten piece of social history.

Beasts Clawing at Straws
Kim Yonghoon, 2020, South Korea, world premiere
Who will get the bag of money, and where did it come from? An artfully constructed black comedy/crime thriller and compelling summary of human shortcomings in one.

The Cloud in Her Room
Zheng Lu Xinyuan, 2020, China, world premiere
Twenty-something Muzi returns to her birthplace Hangzhou in this bittersweet, personal debut about a life in limbo.

Maria Clara Escobar, 2020, Brazil/Portugal/Argentina, world premiere
A young Brazilian mother walks out of her derailed relationship and disappears. A big bang of a film, from which several films explode in different directions.

Drama Girl
Vincent Boy Kars, 2020, Netherlands, world premiere
Vincent Boy Kars probes how he can fictionalise the life of fellow millennial Leyla – or is he making a documentary about drama?

La fortaleza
Jorge Thielen Armand, 2020, Venezuela/France/Netherlands/Colombia, world premiere
In Venezuela – a country creaking on its foundations – a man retreats into the jungle to battle his inner demons.

Kala azar
Janis Rafa, 2020, Netherlands/Greece, world premiere
In a pretty inhuman environment, caring for animals gives meaning to a taciturn couple. Until they have an accident.

Arun Karthick, 2020, India/Netherlands, world premiere
Candid portrait of a gentle man reduced to second-class citizenship as a Muslim in an India characterised by rising Hindu nationalism.

Piedra sola
Alejandro Telemaco Tarraf, 2020, Argentina/Mexico/Qatar/United Kingdom, world premiere
A lama herder from the Argentine highlands sees his herd threatened by a puma. A mystical story full of breathtaking landscapes.

Si yo fuera el invierno mismo
Jazmín López, 2020, Argentina, world premiere
An artistic film project on a country estate evolves into a mysterious exploration of the complex mourning process of a lost love.

The Tiger jury consists of Hany Abu-Assad, Emilie Bujès, Kogonada, Sacha Polak and Hafiz Rancajale. Read more about the jury here. They will choose the winners of the Tiger Award, worth €40,000, and the Special Jury Award, worth €10,000.

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