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Flapping in the middle of nowhere / Dap cánh giua không trung

Vietnam / Vietnamese / 2014

Direction: Diep Hoang Nguyen
Huyen and Tung are both barely adults. She is a college student; he works in the city. They live in Hanoi, far from their families, and never have more than enough money to scrape by. The couple is generally careless, and Tung always wants to have sex, so it is perhaps no great surprise when Huyen discovers that she is pregnant. Huyen doesn’t want to keep the baby — at least, she’s fairly sure she doesn’t want to keep it — and Tung goes along with whatever she says. But how will they pay for the abortion?

 

Awards
Fribourg International Film Festival- Ecumenical Jury Award, Special Mention Feature Films, Youth Jury Award
Nantes Three Continents Festival-Special Mention

IXCANUL

Guatemala | France / Maya, Spanish / 2015

Direction: Jayro Bustamante
Maria, a 17-year-old Kaqchikel Maya, lives with her parents at a coffee plantation located in the valley of an active volcano. She is set to be married to the farm’s foreman. But María longs to discover the world on the other side of the mountain, a place she cannot even imagine. And so she seduces a coffee-harvester who wants to escape to the USA. When this man leaves her behind, María discovers her own world and culture anew. An unfamiliar daily routine awaits the audience, far from the globalised world. IXCANUL is not a film about Indigenous culture but one that was developed from within it.

 

Awards
Berlin International Film Festival-Alfred Bauer Award
Cartagena Film Festival, Golden India Catalina, Best Film
Ghent International Film Festival-Grand Prix, Best Film
Guadalajara Mexican Film Festival-Ibero-America Competition Best Picture
Molodist International-Best Film Award Best Feature Film
Mumbai Film Festival-International Competition, Golden Gateway Award, International Competition - Special Jury
Philadelphia Film Festival-Narrative Award, Grand Jury Prize

My Mother / Mia Madre

Italy/France / French | English | German | Spanish / 2015

Direction: Nanni Moretti
Margherita is a noted film director. She is shooting a film with the famous American actor, Barry Huggins, who is quite a headache on set. Away from the shoot, Margherita tries to hold her life together, despite her mother’s illness and her daughter’s adolescence.

 

Awards
Cannes Film Festival-Prize of the Ecumenical Jury


The Second Mother /Que Horas Ela Volta?

Brazil / Portugese / 2015

Direction: Anna Muylaert
Val spends 13 years working as nanny to Fabinho in Sao Paulo. She is financially stable but has to live with the guilt of having left her daughter Jessica, in Pernambuco, in the north of Brazil, raised by relatives. As college entrance exams roll around, Jessica wants to come to Sao Paulo to take her college entrance exams too. When Jessica arrives, cohabitation is not easy. Everyone will be affected by the personality and candor of the girl and Val finds herself right in the middle of it.

 

Awards
Berlin International Film Festival- C.I.C.A.E. Award
RiverRun International Film Festival - Jury Prize,Best Screenplay
Sundance Film Festival- Special Jury Prize, World Cinema
World Cinema Amsterdam- World Cinema Amsterdam Audience Award, Best Film

The Summer of Sangaile

Lithuania, France, Netherlands / Lithuanian / 2015

Direction: Alanté Kavaïté
17-year-old Sangaile is fascinated by stunt planes. Afraid of heights, she has never dared to even enter in one of the cockpits. At a summer aeronautical show, nearby her parents’ lakeside villa, she meets Auste, a local girl of her age who, unlike Sangaile, lives her life to the full with creativity and dare. As the two girls become lovers, Sangaile allows Auste to discover her most intimate secret, and finds in her teenage love the only person to truly encourage her in flying.

 

Awards
Athens International Film Festival- City of Athens Award, Best Director; Golden Athena, Best Director
Lithuanian Film Awards-Silver Crane, Best Film, Best Actress
Stockholm Film Festival
Sundance Film Festival -Directing Award

Kill Me Please / Mate-me por favor

Brazil, Argentina / Portugese / 2015
Direction: Anita Rocha da Silveira
A crime wave hits Barra da Tijuca, an up-and-coming middle-class neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro. The dismembered bodies of teenage girls are found lacerated in the wastelands surrounding the area. Bia, a 15-year-old teenager, and João, her brother, live in this area. While she discovers love in encountering a corpse, he keeps looking for a girl that has mysteriously disappeared. Now, they must learn how to deal with death. For her, this means physical death; for him, virtual death.


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