World Cinema Dramatic Competition

Twelve films from emerging filmmaking talents around the world offer fresh perspectives and inventive styles.
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Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic Sixteen-year-old Billie is blindsided by the news that her mother is planning to transition from female to male and that, during this… »

Blind

Screenwriting Award: World Cinema DramaticHaving recently lost her sight, Ingrid retreats to the safety of her home—a place where she can feel in control, alone with her… »

Difret

Three hours outside of Addis Ababa, a bright 14-year-old girl is on her way home from school when men on horses swoop in and kidnap her. The brave Hirut grabs a rifle and… »

The Disobedient

As children, Leni and Lazar were best friends. When Lazar returns from extensive travels abroad for his father's funeral, Leni yearns to reconnect with her childhood soul… »

God Help the Girl

World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Ensemble PerformanceEve is a catastrophe—low on self-esteem but high on fantasy, especially when it comes to music. Over the… »

Liar's Dice

It’s been five months since Kamala has heard from her husband, Harud, a construction worker at a dangerous and potentially corrupt urban worksite. Though others in their… »

Lilting

Cinematography Award: World Cinema Dramatic The sudden death of a young London man named Kai leaves his headstrong Chinese-Cambodian mother, Junn, and his boyfriend, Richard,… »

Lock Charmer (El cerrajero)

Sebastian, a locksmith who doesn’t believe in committed relationships, learns from his recent girlfriend, Monica, that she’s pregnant and he might be the father. At the… »

To Kill a Man

World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic Jorge is a tranquil, middle-class family man whose neighborhood has become overrun by a fringe class of street thugs. His comparatively… »