10 feature films by debuting directors compete for the New Talent Grand PIX.
The CPH PIX competition, New Talent Grand Pix, is dedicated to new talent. The prize of 30,000 Euros is awarded by an international jury, to a director who distinguishes him- or herself with a clear vision and a personal signature. The award will support the debutant director on the journey towards the next film and an international career.
All the films are made by directors, for whom these competition films are their first feature films. However, this is the only common factor in a competition program, which spans a broad range with regard to geography, themes and genres.
Babis Makridis places himself in the fascinating new, Greek wave of absurd minimalism with 'L', where a divorced family father lives his life behind the wheel of a Volvo, until he is forced to take his life up to revision.
Things get completely out of control in 'Monkey Sandwich', by the renowned, Belgian theatre director and choreographer, Wim Vandekeybus. Not since Fellini, has an artistic crisis been depicted so creatively.
The video artist, Nicolas Provost, builds further on his exclusive and visually exquisite production with 'The Invader', about a white career woman's strange relationship with a black immigrant.
'Hemel' is the female equivalent of Steve McQueen's 'Shame', only with heart and mind. And 'Atomic Age' is a gutter-romantic teenage adventure, made from completely fundamental cinematic elements, with a cravat under the leather jacket.
Brutally different is the tough, serial killer drama, 'Snowtown', by Justin Kurzel, which plays out in an unforgiving, Australian outback.
'Policeman', from Israel, also ventures into controversial territory, with its depiction of destructive masculinity within the national police force.
The twins, Gianluca og Massimiliano de Serio, also tackle delicate issues in 'Seven Acts of Mercy', which casts a critical look at a Europe, where everyone just looks out for themselves.
'Neighbouring Sounds' is universal in its dissection of the fear and paranoia of the middle class, not least for itself and each other.
'Reported Missing', from Germany, climaxes with an apocalyptic clash of generations, which doesn't leave much hope for the future, except for the director, Jan Speckenbach's own.
The prize of 30,000 Euros is not necessarily awarded for the best film, but to the director, which the jury envisages, as having the biggest artistic future.