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.
Pella KÅGERMAN and Hugo LILJA
A ship carrying settlers to Mars is knocked off course, causing the consumption-obsessed passengers to consider their place in the universe.
Since his wife walked out on the family, Mario has raised their two daughters on his own. Frida, 14, blames him for her mother leaving. Niki, 17, dreams of independence.
Greece’s Nikos Labôt delivers a strong drama on the aftermath of the Greek financial crisis and the need for female empowerment in a dislocated and wounded society.
Peter Strickland shows a great sense of humour in this tale of consumerism, fetishism – and a killer dress!
Joy is a young Nigerian woman caught in the vicious cycle of sex trafficking. She works the streets to pay off debts to her exploiter Madame, while supporting her family in Nigeria.
Mati lives her teenage life among boy friends, with whom she rides a motorcycle. His friend Sebi would like them to go further, but does not get the expected answer.
Abel and Marianne have been separated for 10 years. As they meet again, Abel decides to win back Marianne. But things have changed: Marianne has a son, Joseph, and her aunt, the young Eve, has grown up. And they have secrets to reveal.....
Małgorzata Szumowska delights us with a film evoking the scleroses of Polish society, through the story of a young man who loses his face when he falls into the body of Christ.
Yiannis is planning to leave crisis-ridden Cyprus. His plans are put on hold when his dog Jimi runs away and crosses the UN buffer zone that divides the "Greek" from the "Turkish" side of the island.
Russia, France, Armenia
When local oligarch Kalugine announces the bankruptcy of his factory, a group of workers who haven't been paid for months kidnaps him for ransom, locking him up in the factory.