24 June 2019

Carmilla



Emily Harris : 2019

Lara is a sheltered 15-year-old girl who lives with her father and strict governess Miss Fontaine. When a carriage crash brings the enigmatic young Carmilla to recuperate at their house, she provides an outlet for Lara's curiosity and burgeoning sexuality. The pair begin a passionate friendship, but rumours of a supernatural presence drive Miss Fontaine's mistrust of Carmilla. A moody and atmospheric coming-of-age love story, enveloped in mystery and set in the 1780s, it is inspired by Sheridan Le Fanu's 1872 novella, considered one of the earliest works of vampire fiction. Emily Harris's feature will premiere in competition in the Best of British strand at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019.

18 June 2019

Daughter



Mara Tamkovich : 2018
Córka

Piotr returns home on the day of his daughter Kamila's 16th birthday to find her unconscious in a pool of blood. The doctors' diagnosis is a shock for the man. What can a father do when his beloved daughter was hurt so much by someone? What can he do when the system fails him, standing in the way of justice? The father takes care of his daughter in the cruel world. From now on, their lives will never be the same. The film is a part of the social debate in the current context of the #MeToo campaign. Mara Tamkovich's short premiered at Gdynia Polish Film Festival 2018, and will screen in competition in the Silver Lynx Fiction section at FEST 2019.

15 June 2019

The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea



Syllas Tzoumerkas : 2019
To thávma tis thálassas ton Sargassón

In the small coastal town of Mesolongi in the west of Greece, two women live solitary lives while dreaming of getting away. Former elite detective Elisabeth has become the police chief – forced to relocate from Athens ten years ago, she does nothing to hide her bitterness and her hatred of the place. Rita is the quiet, mysterious sister of a lounge singer in the local disco. A worker at an eel farm, she is a captive of her social status and her manipulative brother. But then a death tears apart the already fragile network of relationships between the villagers, revealing an even more damaged structure beneath. The two women who had been ignoring each other's existence begin drifting towards each other. As the secrets hidden in the swamps begin to surface, they will have a chance to become each other's saviours. Syllas Tzoumerkas's third feature premiered in the Panorama section at Berlin International Film Festival 2019, and will screen at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2019.

14 June 2019

Zizotek



Vardis Marinakis : 2019

After nine-year-old Jason is abandoned by his mother at a folk festival, the unusually independent boy takes refuge in a cabin in the middle of the forest belonging to a mute loner named Minas. Although at first the man won't take him in, a series of circumstances eventually leads them to form a family – something both of them have lacked for a long time. With its dreamlike atmosphere, a captivating tale of harmony and the yearning for intimacy. Vardis Marinakis's sophomore feature will premiere in competition in the East of the West section at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2019.

12 June 2019

A Certain Kind of Silence



Michal Hogenauer : 2019
Tiché doteky

Mia goes to live with a family as their au pair. She knows she'll be looking after a 10-year-old boy, but that is all. Yet her very first meeting with the family suggests that she is expected to do rather more than this. She has to pay the price for a life of high financial and intellectual reward by following a set of strict rules: breaking any of them would lead to her immediate dismissal and a ticket back home. However, it would also mean abandoning a child she is trying to reach out to, and losing her self-respect. An examination of the strength of an individual's resilience to manipulation and the extent to which people are willing to make sacrifices in order to preserve their self-esteem. Michal Hogenauer's feature debut will premiere in competition in the East of the West section at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2019.

5 June 2019

Shelter: Farewell to Eden



Enrico Masi : 2019

Pepsi is a transgender woman looking for a stable job as a caregiver. As a former member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front active in an island of southern Philippines, she escaped from her country to work as a nurse for over 10 years in Gaddafi's Libya. Because of gender discrimination, she was forced to join the flow of refugees. Then, she faced European institutions as an asylum seeker. It was in the city of Bologna, Italy, where she obtained the first acknowledgement of her status. However, she could not stop there. Her journey continued towards France, crossing the dangerous "pass of death" on the heights of Ventimiglia. With the strength of her experience in the wild mountains of Mindanao she reached Paris. There, she acquired a second identity and found underground work offering massages, sharing interstitial spaces among the harsh architectures of the metropolis. Her voice-over tale is a post-colonial parable, in which European geography mingles with an intimate emotional drama. Her wander recalls the ancient myth of Europa, according to which a young woman was kidnapped and raped by Jupiter, in the shape of a bull. He took her to an island in the Mediterranean from which she gave the name to the continent. 16mm film, analogue video and grainy iPhone footage contribute to a phantom image of life in the urban underground. A strategic and militant response to society's aggressive insistence that everything and everyone can be defined according to the norms of the majority. Enrico Masi's documentary premiered at Copenhagen International Documentary Festival 2019, and had its UK premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019.

3 June 2019

Summer of Changsha



Zu Feng : 2019
Liu Yu Tian

A Bin is a police detective. He comes across Li Xue, a surgeon, during the investigation of a bizarre murder case. As they get to know more and more of each other, A Bin finds himself drawn to this mysterious woman. They both are struggling in their own love and sins. In the end, would they be given a second chance to re-live their lives? A story of police detectives solving a murder case, it is also a story exploring the inner worlds of men and women. For each lonely soul, there is an unknown dark side. People all have their desires and secrets. But what is the real redemption? Zu Feng's directorial debut premiered in competition in the Un Certain Regard section at Festival de Cannes 2019.

2 June 2019

Red 11



Robert Rodriguez : 2019

Based on Robert Rodriguez's experiences in a Medical Research Facility to finance his first feature El mariachi, but with a sci-fi and horror twist. Red 11 is set in the dark, twisted world of the Legal Drug Research business. College kids turn Lab Rats to make quick money, and our hero, Rob (who is assigned the colour and number Red 11) is here to buy his way out of a huge debt to the tune of $7,000. But things get surreal when he's not sure if the hospital is really trying to kill him, or if it's side effects from the experimental drugs. Robert Rodriguez's feature premiered at SXSW 2019, and had its European premiere at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at Festival de Cannes 2019.

31 May 2019

#Like



Sarah Pirozek : 2019

Woodstock teenager, Rosie, is mourning her younger sister Amelia's death when she discovers a mysterious man who sexploited and bullied her sister, is back on-line, trolling for new victims. When the local police refuse to investigate, Rosie finds a darker side she never knew she had, as she decides to take justice into her own hands. Her pursuit of the man leads her down a murky path raising burning questions, will she find him? And if she does... then what? When does the victim become the perpetrator? Will justice prevail? How will Rosie come out of this intact? This noir, psychological thriller is a taut observation of teen sexuality and paranoia, at the intersection of #MeToo and the un-policed borders of cyber life. Sarah Pirozek's feminist thriller, her feature directorial debut, premiered at Cinequest 2019.

29 May 2019

Sem seu sangue



Alice Furtado : 2019
Sick, Sick, Sick

Silvia is an introspective young girl who is not interested in the daily routine between family and school. Everything abruptly changes when Artur arrives unexpectedly in her class, after being banned from several other schools. Silvia is amazed by the vitality of the boy, who actually suffers from a serious illness – haemophilia. The two immerse themselves in an intense and brief coexistence, interrupted by an accident in which Artur bleeds to death. Silvia gets sick and sees her life turn into a strange nightmare. The mourning gradually becomes an obsession, and obsession becomes a goal – Silvia will do anything to bring him back to life. Alice Furtado's feature debut premiered in competition at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at Festival de Cannes 2019.

25 May 2019

Tlamess



Ala Eddine Slim : 2019

After the death of his mother, a young soldier settled in the Tunisian desert obtains a week's compassionate leave. He will never come back, and will desert the army. On the run, he is chased by the police in a popular neighbourhood, and eventually dies when reaching the construction site of a villa. Years later, a young pregnant woman married to a rich business man lives in a fancy villa in the middle of a forest. One day, she accidentally meets a strange looking man. It is the ex-soldier, but he is different now. This encounter sets the beginning of a series of mysterious events, involving the ex-soldier, the pregnant woman and the future baby. Ala Eddine Slim's feature premiered at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at Festival de Cannes 2019.

23 May 2019

Pain and Glory



Pedro Almodóvar : 2019
Dolor y Gloria

Salvador Mallo, a film director in his physical decline, experiences a series of re-encounters. Some of them in the flesh, others remembered. His childhood in the 1960s, when he emigrated with his parents to a village in Valencia in search of prosperity; the first desire; his first adult love in the Madrid of the 1980s and the pain of the breakup while this love was still alive and intense; writing as the only therapy to forget the unforgettable; the early discovery of cinema; and the infinite void that creates the incapacity to keep on making films. In recovering his past, Salvador finds the urgent need to recount it and, in that need, he also finds his salvation. Pedro Almodóvar's feature received the award for Best Actor when it premiered in competition at Festival de Cannes 2019.

22 May 2019

Heroes Don't Die



Aude Léa Rapin : 2019
Les héros ne meurent jamais

In a street in Paris, a stranger thinks he's recognised in Joachim a soldier who died in Bosnia on 21st August 1983. Thing is, this is the very day Joachim was born: 21st August 1983! Thrown by the idea he might be the reincarnation of this man, he decides to go to Sarajevo with his friends Alice and Virginie. In this country, haunted by shadows of the war, they put their hearts and souls in discovering Joachim's past life. Aude Léa Rapin's feature debut premiered in the Séances Spéciales at the Semaine de la Critique at Festival de Cannes 2019.

20 May 2019

Port Authority



Danielle Lessovitz : 2019

On the steps outside New York City's dizzying central bus station, Port Authority, a girl named Wye vogues with her siblings. Paul, a young drifter, watches her, transfixed by her beauty. After he seeks her out, an intense love soon blossoms. Wye introduces him to the ballroom community, an underground LGBTQ subculture, and to her house, a self-selected chosen family. But when Paul realises Wye is trans, he is forced to confront his feelings for her and the social forces that seek to rupture their bond. Danielle Lessovitz's feature debut premiered in competition in the Un Certain Regard section at Festival de Cannes 2019.

19 May 2019

A White, White Day



Hlynur Pálmason : 2019
Hvítur, Hvítur Dagur

In a remote Icelandic town, an off-duty police chief begins to suspect a local man of having had an affair with his late wife, who died in a tragic accident two years earlier. Gradually his obsession for finding out the truth accumulates and inevitably begins to endanger himself and his loved ones. A story of grief, revenge and unconditional love. Hlynur Pálmason's second feature premiered in competition at the Semaine de la Critique at Festival de Cannes 2019.

18 May 2019

Song Without a Name



Melina León : 2019
Canción sin nombre

Peru, at the height of the political crisis of the 1980s. Georgina is a young woman from the Andes whose newborn daughter is stolen at a fake health clinic. Her desperate search for the child leads her to the headquarters of a major newspaper, where she meets Pedro Campos, a lonely journalist who takes on the investigation. The film is inspired by a true account of child trafficking originally reported by Ismael León, the director's father. Melina León's feature debut premiered in competition at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at Festival de Cannes 2019.

15 May 2019

Fire Will Come



Oliver Laxe : 2019
O que arde

When Amador Coro gets out of prison for having provoked a fire, nobody cares much about him. Trying to keep a low profile, he returns to his hometown, a small village hidden in the mountains of rural Galicia, to live with his elderly mother, Benedicta, and three cows. Life goes on calmly, following the rhythm of nature – until one night when a fire starts to lay waste to the region. Oliver Laxe's third feature was winner of the Prix du Jury when it premiered in competition in the Un Certain Regard section at Festival de Cannes 2019.

14 May 2019

Atlantics



Mati Diop : 2019
Atlantique

Along the Atlantic coast, a soon-to-be-inaugurated futuristic tower looms over a suburb of Dakar. Ada, 17, is in love with Souleiman, a young construction worker. But she has been promised to another man. One night, Souleiman and his co-workers, without pay for months, decide to leave the country by sea, in hope of a better future. Several days later, a fire ruins Ada's wedding and a mysterious fever starts to spread. Little does Ada know that Souleiman has returned. Mati Diop's feature, her directorial debut, was winner of the Grand Prix when it premiered in competition at Festival de Cannes 2019.

13 May 2019

Portrait of a Lady on Fire



Céline Sciamma : 2019
Portrait de la jeune fille en feu

France, 1760. On an isolated island in Bretagne, Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Héloïse is a reluctant bride-to-be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing. She observes her by day and secretly paints her at night. Intimacy and attraction grow between the two women as they share Héloïse's first and last moments of freedom, all whilst Marianne paints the portrait that will end it all. Céline Sciamma's feature was awarded the Prix du Scénario, and the Queer Palm when it premiered in competition at Festival de Cannes 2019.

11 May 2019

And Then We Danced



Levan Akin : 2019

Merab has been training since a young age at the National Georgian Ensemble with his dance partner Mary. His world is suddenly turned upside down when the charismatic and carefree Irakli arrives and becomes both his strongest rival and desire. In this conservative setting Merab finds himself having to break free and risk it all. Levan Akin is a Swedish-born filmmaker of Georgian descent. His work often plays on class and gender. This film, his first Georgian language feature, premiered at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at Festival de Cannes 2019.