10 films by 10 first feature film directors compete to win the New Talent Grand PIX.
PIX's main competition is dedicated to new talent, and the prize is donated by an international jury to that director, whom they regard as having the strongest signature and the greatest future in cinema.
The New Talent Grand PIX is 30.000 Euro, which can support the winning director in making his next film.
The only aspect which the 10 competition films have in common, is that they are all the first feature films of the 10 directors These directors come from several continents, and their films have varying themes and genres.
'Atomic Age' by Héléna Klotz
Two young dandies embark on a mythical journey to the end of the night, which leads them into the heart of Paris, where they spend a wild night on the banks of the Seine. Cigarettes, vodka straight from the bottle and gutter romanticism in the spirit of Rimbaud and The Stone Roses. Profoundly cinematic and uniquely timeless. Read more about the film here.
'Hemel' by Sacha Polak
A beautiful young woman goes through life constantly changing partners. Is it an indication of an extreme, sexual drive, or are there other reasons for why she is goes from bed to bed? This is the central question in Sacha Polak's daring debut, the character study, 'Hemel' which, like a reverse version of 'Shame', cuts to the bone of one of the greatest taboos of them all, namely female sexuality in full flourish. Read more about the film here.
The Invader by Nicolas Provost
There is plenty to talk about after watching 'The Invader', about an African man who is washed ashore in Belgium as an illegal immigrant. Virile black men and scrupulous white business women are just two of the subjects that stand out, but most of all, the film is a strong emotional experience. Read more about the film here.
'L' by Babis Makridis
Things are going well for Greek films at the moment. The same applies to the unnamed, divorced family father, who we follow in 'L'. He literally lives his life behind a steering wheel, until a colleague scores his job as a honey courier for a millionaire with insomnia. Existential deadpan with musical numbers and a dialogue which is worthy of Monty Python. Read more about the film here.
'Monkey Sandwich' by Wim Vandekeybus
Myths, urban legends and hallucinations form layer upon layer in this story about the fanatical theatre director, Jerry, who is struggling to get his German theatre company to realise his completely impossible ideas, before he (and the film!) completely lose touch with reality. Unruly, unpredictable and more than a bit funny. Read more about the film here.
'Neighbouring Sounds' by Kleber Mendonça Filho
The global middle class' fears of social unrest and violence are dissected with surgical precision in a Brazilian drama, which, like a Western, takes place in a single street, and where a private security guard is both a good cop and a bad cop. Is it still called paranoia, when everyone's afraid? And if not, what else do you call it? Read more about the film here.
'Policeman' by Nadav Lapid
With his bold and controversial Locarno winner, 'Policeman', the Israeli debutant, Nadav Lapid, gives us an unflinching symbol of a divided Israeli society, where conflicts run much deeper than the ubiquitous feud with the Palestinians. Read more about the film here.
'Reported missing' by Jan Speckenbach
An inexplicable phenomenon is spreading at an alarming rate: Youngsters are disappearing without trace, and when the middle-aged Lothar sets out to find his 14-year-old daughter Martha, he discovers that an entire generation of youths have turned their backs on their parents. A film from the new German school. Disquieting and precise. Read more about the film here.
'Seven Acts of Mercy' by Gianluca De Serio og Massimiliano De Serio
17-year-old Luminita lives from one minute to the next. She steals from patients at a hospital in order to survive, and she is planning to kidnap a baby. An unsuccessful attack on an elderly man ends up creating a silent truest between the two, but the underworld is ruthless. A surprisingly courageous and serious film, told with unique moments. Read more about the film here.
'Snowtown' by Justin Kurzel
Based on some of the worst serial killings in the history of Australia, 'Snowtown' deftly combines social realism à la 'Winter's Bone', with an almost unreal series of events. The film is definitely not for sensitive souls, but for those who dare, it will be an unforgettable film. Read more about the film here.