Competition 2019

The Remains

What happens after a shipwreck in the Mediterranean leaves dozens of dead and missing refugees? The Remains follows two parallel narratives. The first focuses on those dealing with the remains on Lesbos island. The second portrays a Syrian family’s inconsolable sadness of losing 13 relatives whose bodies were never found. O.V. with italian subtitles
Competition 2019

La camarista

Eve is a young chambermaid working in one of the most luxurious hotels in Mexico City, an exclusive glass tower inhabited by guests so wealthy she can only imagine their lives through intimate fantasies of the belongings they’ve left behind. Long, laborious shifts prevent Eve from caring for her child while she helps guests with their own children, but she believes her situation will improve if she gets promoted to work at executive-level suites, for which she accepts a grueling schedule. In keeping with this...
Competition 2019

Un Traductor

In the wake of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Malin, a Russian literature professor at The University of Havana, is sent to translate between Cuban doctors and children sent from the USSR for medical treatment. Torn from the abstract world of academia and forced into the relentlessly real world of medicine, Malin becomes increasingly depressed. When he meets a child who tells him a story, Malin connects with the kids and finds his way through. Just as he adapts to his new job, the...
Competition 2019

Buoyancy

In rural Cambodia, spirited 14-year-old CHAKRA works the rice fields with his family. He yearns for independence and seeks out a local broker who can get him paid work in a Thai factory. Without telling his family, Chakra travels to Bangkok to make his fortune. Chakra secretly journeys across the border and finally arrives in Thailand. But there he and his new friend KEA (33) realise the broker has lied to them. Both Chakra and Kea, along with other Cambodians...
Competition 2019

Homeward

Having lost his oldest son in the war between Russia and Ukraine, Mustafa resolves to take the boy’s body to his native land: Crimea. Together, he and his younger son set out on a journey that will profoundly mark their relationship. O.V. with italian subtitles
Competition 2019

Born In Jerusalem And Still Alive

A dark romantic comedy following the life of Ronen Matalon. Born and raised in Jerusalem, Ronen begins to conduct tours of famous terror attack sites along Jaffa Street, while also taking care of his elderly and dependant father. During one of his tours he meets Asia Mulan, an ex-Jerusalem resident who lives in Barcelona and possesses an unquenchable thirst for life. They fall in love, and Ronen is torn between the forces of life and forces of death that pull...
Competition 2019

The Swallows Of Kabul

Summer 1998 - Kabul under Taliban rule. Zunaira and Mohsen are young and in love. Despite the daily violence and misery, they hope for a better future. One day, a foolish gesture causes life to take an irrevocable turn. O.V. with italian subtitles
Competition 2019

Master Cheng

Following the death of his wife, professional chef CHENG travels with his young son to a remote village in Finland to connect with an old Finnish friend he once met in Shanghai. Upon arrival, nobody in the village seems to know his friend but local café owner Sirkka offers him accommodation and in return Cheng helps her in the kitchen surprising the locals with the delights of Chinese cuisine. Gradually his cooking encourages these vastly different cultures to connect and...
Competition 2019

I nostri

Eight university students – almost all enrolled in faculties of humanistic, social or educational studies – are involved in a research project on the world of the religious communities that populate their city, Bologna, which hosts over 60,000 foreigners of 149 different nationalities, among the highest percentages in Italy. The documentary follows the group’s discussions and the meetings between the students and the communities with their spiritual leaders, in the most ordinary places of worship and in the most hidden...