Aiman is the son of a murderer who was sentenced to death several years ago. When he starts working in a high security prison, he ends up bonding with the executioner who hanged his father. As their bond deepens, Aiman has to choose whether to become his successor in Death Row. A prison drama where the dramatic tension hinges on the lure of the power to administer death.
After inheriting his grandfather’s estate on the border between Romania and the Ukraine, a young man returns to his childhood home to sell it. But he soon discovers that those lands are of interest to a local criminal organization involved in some shady trafficking. Mirica’s debut feature is a torrid and sunny noir in which the tense realism of the Romanian New Wave meets the western genre. Edgy and desperate up to the shocking, blood-soaked ending.
After the suicide of a member of the mostly Philippino crew of cargo ship on route from Rotterdam to Savannah, the world of its stern and introverted captain shatters. An intense debut feature that skillfully studies the faces and discretely captures the tension in an almost abstract suspension of time. Exciting like an adventure film, tense like a thriller, and with a grand finale.
Romania, 1968. Two brothers with different political views embark on a journey to East Germany, where their ailing father can get eye surgery. They make it past the Iron Curtain, but is it worth going back at that point? A bittersweet comedy about family dysfunctions over the backdrop of the Cold War, and about rediscovering the sense of cultural belonging. The filmmaker also shot several documentaries and worked for the TV show Scrubs.
Nadia is going home, or at least that is what she thinks. When she arrives in Lebanon though, she feels like a foreigner in her own country. She looks for a sense of belonging in a dilapidated house that used to belong to her grandfather, who disappeared during the civil war. But a violent secret is hidden in the house. A story about cut roots, the disorientation of a young woman (played by the stunning Golshifteh Farahani), and her country devastated by conflicts.
In a remote town in Bulgaria, a nurse in charge of looking after elderly dementia patients takes advantage of them by stealing their documents and selling them on the black market. But an unexpected sense of empathy changes everything. A raw and intimate drama seen from the mineralized perspective of its protagonist to capture various types of loss of humanity and self-alienation. Winner of the Golden Leopard at the 2016 Locarno Film Festival.
A man silently watches over his dying wife in a remote hut in the hills of Paraguay. The days go by as he waits by her deathbed, mourning. The slowness over every shot, movement, and sound falling into the silence is grueling, just like waiting for a loved one to pass. A small and proud debut on the inexorability of some forms of waiting.
From his kitchen, Nikolai, a Russian chef, catches sight of Varya, a Greek woman sitting at the bar. It is love at first sight. They dive into a passionate relationship that leads them to extreme behaviors in the middle of an anonymous city. They soon discover that their love is made of more than just physical attraction, there is also a drive to overpower one another, to hurt and be hurt. A blunt and brazen debut film about couple dynamics.
An aspiring photographer falls in love with a bipolar girl. He puts everything at risk to win her heart by proving that he can be just as adventurous and unpredictable as she is. But he ends up committing a crime and will have to find an extreme solution to avoid going to jail. A breezy coming of age movie from Estonia in which mental illness is a key to understand relationships and the self-representation of one of contemporary society’s disorders.
A political prisoner escapes from prison and returns to Thala, his home, to look for his wife, the leader of a Tunisian militant group. He would like to seek refuge with her in Algeria, but she forces him to stay and fight for his country. A semi-autobiographical drama about the revolution of January 2011, an ode to freedom and a “love letter to countries that rebel themselves against injustice.”