When Anka and Witek decide to have a baby, she gives up her career as a journalist while he continues his as a war correspondent. Anka starts to live in fear of receiving a phone call telling her that her husband has died and she ends up developing a post-traumatic stress syndrome similar to that of soldiers fighting on the front. The actress Ewa Bukowska debuts behind the movie camera for a powerful female portrait, part family drama and part psychological thriller.
A boy in his first throes of adolescent turmoil: his parents are on the brink of divorce, a girl at his school is making passes at him, and a young woman he sees on a bus ignites his fantasies. Add to this his younger brother, his friends, Brooklyn, life in transformation. A feverish story about growing up, which is inspired by and updates the cinema of John Hughes (confirmed by Molly Ringwald as the mother). Starring Jemima Kirk (Girls) and Brian D’Arcy James (Spotlight).
In five chapters, the true story of Angelo Soliman, a controversial figure of Vienna’s Enlightenment. He arrived in Europe from Africa in the early 18th century as a child, was sold to a countess (Alba Rohrwacher), baptized with the name Angelo, and became the subject of an educational experiment. He grew up and became a high society attraction until a sudden turn of events occurred. Alterity, acceptance, and adaptation, for the hypnotic second film by Markus Schleinzer (in competition at Cannes in 2011 with Michael).
Walter works for a debt collection agency with ties to organized crime. He and his men confiscate and foreclose apartments which interest speculators. One day, Walter knocks on a new door and something changes. A first film with touches of noir atmosphere, whose characters and faces are marked by a difficult and pitiless life and world, but who manage to emanate the warmth of their feelings. A world premiere at the TFF.
A policeman in Copenhagen, who is forced to man a telephone hotline because of an internal investigation, receives a call from a woman who says she has been kidnapped: he has to handle the situation without leaving the vicinity of the phone. A tense thriller, in real time, which captivates and reflects on reality and appearances, with just one character in one location, from beginning to end. A standout performance by the protagonist, Jakob Cedergren.
In a sleepy town in the Canadian provinces, teenage Léo feels she is drowning in boredom, crushed by a life of routine. She misses her father, who is far away, and she has an unresolved rapport with her mother and stepfather. An affectionate relationship with Steve, an older man who is a lazy and dissolute guitar player, seems to pull her out of her lethargy. The third movie, cutting and delicate, by Sébastien Pilote, who participated in competition at the TFF with Le vendeur in 2011 and Le démantèlement in 2013.
Vercors, Elisa is beautiful and outgoing. Manon, her sister, has a serious disability. Their father (Cédric Kahn) has been taking care of them ever since their mother left them after the nth refusal to hospitalize their daughter. But Elisa is champing at the bit, torn between her desire for freedom and her sense of responsibility toward her family. The clear-eyed directorial debut of a young photographer who courageously maintains an unreconciled gaze on a difficult topic.
An eight-year-old girl spends her days at home alone. Her mother gets home late from work and her father is far away, and so the little girl grows up surrounded by objects and small epiphanies. A delicate, whispered coming of age movie, at a child’s eye level and with a female slant, which searches the private sphere for answers which often don’t exist and which recounts the world with a light touch, interest in details, and without any rhetoric. In the meantime, reality takes on surprising proportions. Produced by John Torres.
Romain Duris is Olivier, a father, a husband, and a union organizer. One morning his wife Laura leaves him and the family, without a trace. Overnight, Olivier is forced to change his daily routine, as he struggles to honor his professional duties, his political commitments, and, above all, his role as a father. An intense, sincere, and profoundly compassionate drama which marks the return, in competition, of Guillaume Senez, who won the TFF33 with Keeper.
Is it possible to be happy only when you’re unhappy? This is the question and the challenge posed by the second film by Babis Makridis (the author of L). When a woman wakes up from a coma, her husband, a successful lawyer, is grotesquely unsettled and depressed. An intimate and visually sophisticated dark comedy about an unusual way to manage pain. The protagonist calls to mind characters from the cinema of Marco Ferreri. Co-written (and it shows) by the screenwriter of Lanthimos.