Antonio Um Dois Três

Portugal/Brazil, Rotterdam Bright Future Award Competition 2017

First feature film by Leonardo Mouramateus

Synopsis

António runs away from home and spends the night at his ex-girlfriend’s apartment. There he meets an unexpected guest, a Brazilian girl. Johnny is struggling to stage his first play in Lisbon. The friendship with a young lightning technician leads him to face his own questions.

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Donkeyote

Spain/Germany/UK, Rotterdam Big Screen Competition 2017

Chico Pereira

Synopsis

Manolo leads a simple life in Southern Spain. He has two loves: his animals, in particular his donkey Gorrión (“Sparrow”), and wandering through nature. Against the advice of his doctor, he decides to plan one last walk in the US, the brutal 2200 mile Trail of Tears. But not without his donkey.

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Le Fort des Fous

France, 2017- Locarno Cineasti del Presente competition, Toronto Wavelenghts

Narimane Mari

Synopsis

Departing from material records of the early colonial “scientific expeditions” and “taming campaigns” led by the French colonizers in North Africa, the story follows a community of young nomads and wanderers as they form an imagined utopian society in response to imperialist rule.

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Loving Pia

Denmark, Berlin Forum 2017

Daniel Borgman

Synopsis

A work of fiction, the film is developed from the life of – and starring – a real woman, Pia, who is intellectually disabled. Pia is 60 years old and she lives in rural Denmark in the care of her mother Guittou, 84.In the story, Guittou is getting old, and Pia worries about what will happen when her mother dies. She is afraid of being left alone.

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Napalm

France, Cannes 2017 Official Selection – out of competition

Claude Lanzmann

Synopsis

« Napalm » is the story of the breathtaking and brief encounter, in 1958, between a French member of the first Western European delegation officially invited to North Korea after the devastating Korean war (4 million civilians killed) and a nurse working for the Korean Red Cross hospital, in Pyongyang, capital of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Continue reading

Newton

India, 2017 Berlin Forum, Hong Kong Jury Prize, Tribeca competition, Indian entry for Oscar Awards

Amit V Masurkar

Synopsis

As India, the world’s largest democracy, braces itself for another general election- with 9 million polling booths, more than 800 million voters, and costing nearly $5 billion- Newton Kumar, a rookie government clerk finds himself entrusted with a task that appears deceptively simple: conducting elections in a remote village in the jungles of central India.

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No Farewells

France, 2017 Cannes ACID selection, Viennale, Turin Doc competition

First feature documentary by Christophe Agou

Synopsis

The endangered world of small farmers, determined to resist till the end…with Claudette as leader!

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Silent Mist

China, Busan Window on Asian Cinema 2017

Miaoyan Zhang

Synopsis

In the seemingly tranquil midst of a small canal town, a rapist lurks in the shadows of the night, searching for prey. A schoolgirl, a young woman and a young couple, al seem unable to cope with both the visible and the hidden dangers they all face from their morally corrupted compatriots.

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The Pot and The Oak

Iran, Rotterdam Bright Future Award Competition 2017

First feature film by Kiarash Anvari

Synopsis

After finding out that he has no sperm and can’t impregnate his wife, an Iranian man suffers an existential crisis.

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