Juried competition for best international feature length narrative film.
Hanna Sköld combines animation and live action to tell the deeply disturbing, fairy tale–like story of young Eini, who lives with her controlling father in the woods—where her only means of escape is concocting a fantasy world in which she tries to make sense of her family’s dark history.
Graced with humor and heart, legendary English director Ken Loach’s gripping social-realist tale about a widowed woodworker fighting the system to preserve his dignity—and that of a struggling single mother he meets along the way—won the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
Exquisitely shot in two Soviet bloc–style apartment buildings and shot through with flashes of wicked humor, this unsettling biopic explores the art of Polish surrealist Zdzislaw Beksinski as well as his relationship with his anxiety-ridden son. The script was based on the painter’s own recordings.
In Johnny Ma’s noir-ish debut feature, taxi driver Lao Shi runs into a motorcyclist, then saves his victim’s life by paying for his admittance to the hospital. The callous response to his compassionate act, even from those closest to him, forces him to consider dire solutions to his growing troubles
Over the course of a day, Eyal ditches work, steals cannabis from a hospice and otherwise seeks solace while his wife Vicky struggles to return to normal in this poignant comedy about a grieving couple emerging from the Jewish period of mourning for their deceased son.
A moment’s inadvertence pitches an adventuresome birdwatcher into a series of bizarre (and sometimes blackly humorous) encounters. As he struggles against lust, loneliness, danger and despair, a contemporary tale of redemption unfolds, steeped in the iconography of medieval pilgrimage.