At the heart of the festival’s programme, the Official Competition reveals the talent of European filmmakers who are rarely distributed outside the borders of their country. It aims at favouring the circulation of their works throughout Europe.
Sara is 22 and her wish is to have a normal family with her baby, her little brother and the father of her child. Her father, after years of absence, decides to reappear in their lives.
Eastern Ukraine, in the nearest future. A former soldier suffering from PTSD meets a young volunteer during a mission and tries to return to a normal life.
Nine-year old Benni struggles to contain the violence within her. Neglected by her mother, a social assistant and Micha, an instructor, will do everything to help her make way into the world.
Iceland, France, Switzerland
Iceland, Christmas time. As everyone prepares for the holidays, a peculiar atmosphere falls upon the country revealing emotions. Through 56 scenes, Echo draws a portrait of modern society.
In spite of her expertise and experience, a seasoned psychologist is completely infatuated by the sex offender she is treating in a penal institution.
Lithuania, Spain, Latvia, Ukraine
An ageing dancer pretends to be blind to become a TV star, but before the lie is exposed, he has to face his past crimes.
It's Lara's 60th birthday, she has every reason to celebrate: her son Viktor will be giving the most important concert of his career. But the more the day is going, the more events get out of control.
United Kingdom, France
Lynn and Lucy are life-long best friends, their relationship as intense as any romance. When Lucy has her first baby boy, their friendship is tested in extreme circumstances.
Basil DA CUNHA
After eight years in a correctional school, Spira returns to Reboleira, a slum which is being demolished in the Lisbon suburbs. While he goes back to his friends and family, Kikas, one of the neighbourhood's old drug dealers, makes it clear that he is not welcome.
Rocks's world turns upside down when her mother suddenly leaves. Determined to stick with her brother and avoid being taken into care against all odds, she hides around London with the help of her friends.