Balekempa

India 2018, Rotterdam Bright Future competition- FIPRESCI award

First feature film by Ere Gowda

Synopsis

A village bangle seller and his wife cannot conceive a child. The villagers gossip. In this close-knit patriarchal community in South India, hidden desires and relationships find a way to exist. Will the husband’s secret ever come out?

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L’Amour Debout

France 2018, Cannes ACID selection

First feature film by Michaël Dacheux

Synopsis

Martin, in a last ditch hope, comes to meet Léa in Paris. They are both twenty-five and shared their first love story together. They are both now striving to mature.

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My Brother, My Love

Switzerland 2018, Locarno competition

Thomas Imbach

Synopsis

Lena loves her brother Noah. In the desperate attempt to conquer her feelings, she retreats into a world of her own.

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Nona If they soak me, I’ll burn them

Chile, Rotterdam Bright Future 2019

Camila Jose Donoso

Synopsis

Nona (66), an atypical homemaker, lives in self-exile in a coastal town, in a mysterious forest where strange fires attributed to the Devil take place. When the wind and The Pacific seem possessed, her neighbors and she witness a large forest fire that starts to destroy millions of hectares of woods in southern Chile. The sky fills with smoke, the town gets frightened with every fire alarm and chaos seems to run riot.

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Our Madness

Mozambique 2018, Berlin Forum

Joao Viana

Synopsis

Ernania is hospitalized in a psychiatric hospital in Mozambique. She dreams about her little son, Hanic, and her husband, Pak, who is a soldier of the war. In the meantime, a quirky musical intrument plays: her own bed. Ernania’s musical virtuosity, attracts the attention of the hospital nurses. One day, her song is played in a radio program and Rosa, an envangelical priest of “Rádio Moçambique”, goes to the hospital to listen to Ernania’s song. Ernania takes the priest’s visit as an opportunity to run away from the hospital.

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Pillar of Salt (The)

Turkey 2018, Berlin Forum

First feature film by Burak Cevik

Synopsis

A reclusive woman in her thirties leads a life frozen in time in a cave-like room. In her rare trips to the city, she chats with an oarswoman haunted by the devils. She searches for her twin sister in unfrequented corners of the city. In this journey in which time and space are out of joint, a same dream is recounted time after time.

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Still Recording

Syria 2018, Venice Critic’s Week 2018- FIPRESCI & Audience awards. Valdivia 2018, best film

First feature film by Saeed Al Batal & Ghiath Ayoub

Synopsis

Saeed is a young cinema passionate trying to teach other young people in Eastern Ghouta in Syria the rules of filming, but the reality they face is much more harsh to respect any rule.
His friend Milad is on the other side of the fence, in Damascus, under the control of the regime finishing his studies in Fine Arts.

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The Time of the Pirates

France 2018, FID Marseille, Grand Prize French competition

First feature Film by Gael Lepingle

Synopsis

Following an urban redevelopment project, Géro is about to be evicted from his home and his small theatre, where he no longer plays since he lost his voice. A nephew he barely knows suddenly settles in his home. He wants to write.

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Theatre of War

Argentina 2018, Berlin Forum- Ecumenical Prize & CICAE Art Cinema award

First feature documentary by Lola Arias

Synopsis

This is an essay on how to represent war, performed by former enemies. British and Argentinian veterans of the Falklands/Malvinas war come together to discuss, rehearse and re-enact their memories 35 years after the conflict.

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Walden

Switzerland 2018, Karlovy Vary Documentary competition- Special Jury prize

First feature documentary by Daniel Zimmermann

Synopsis

In the forest of the Catholic Monastery of Admont in Austria a fir tree is felled and processed into planks of wood. By train, truck, boat and finally by hand, the stack is transported to a mysterious destination right in the heart of the Brazilian rainforest.

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Widow of Silence

India 2018, Busan a Window on Asian Cinema

Praveen Morchhale

Synopsis

In conflict-ridden Kashmir, a Muslim widow, responsible for her 11-year-old daughter and ill mother-in-law, finds herself in dire straits. Unable to obtain her missing husband’s death certificate from the government, she must find the strength to overcome this absurd plight.

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You Have the Night

Montenegro, Serbia, 2018- Venice Critic’s Week

First feature film by Ivan Salatic

Synopsis

After leaving the ship on which she works, Sanja finds herself stranded, with nowhere to go but home. The shipyard has filed for bankruptcy, leaving many workers out of work. Boats covered with tarpaulin are scattered around the landscape, set aside for better days. A storm comes. One life is lost. Luka is waiting for the night in the woods. The night when everything could change.

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Yours Truly

India 2018, Busan a Window on Asian Cinema

Sanjoy Nag

Synopsis

Amidst the daily din of the local trains in Calcutta, a lonely working woman in her late fifties finds herself falling in love with the voice of the railway announcer. Yours Truly is a story about seeking connection and discovering how love can strike at any age- and in the most unexpected places.

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