Balekempa (The Bangle Seller)

India, Rotterdam Bright Future Competition 2018- 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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La Cama

Argentina, Berlin Forum 2018

First feature film by Monica Lairana

Synopsis

Jorge (60) and Mabel (59) spend their last 24 hours together as a couple locked in their family home,. They eat, fuck, cry and laugh. They dismantle their house, just as they do their relationship.

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Le Fort des Fous

France, 2017- Locarno Cineasti del Presente, Toronto, Rotterdam 2018

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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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

No Farewells (Sans Adieu)

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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Our Madness

Mozambique, Berlin Forum 2018

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, Berlin Forum 2018

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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Room for a Man

Lebanon, 2017 Montreal RIDM – Grand Prize

First feature documentary by Anthony Chidiac

Synopsis

A young Lebanese filmmaker who shares a Beirut apartment with his mother and pet dog sets about reconstructing his identity by renovating his bedroom. But as the male construction workers come and go in the freshly embattled household, new questions, old arguments and unexpected passions get stirred…

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Silent Mist

China, Busan Window on Asian Cinema 2017, Rotterdam 2018

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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Theatre of War

Argentina, Berlin Forum 2018

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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