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SHOWING RESULTS | FILMS IN THE SECTION 'WORLD NARRATIVE COMPETITION'
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SHE MONKEYS

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 84 minutes
  • Directed By: Lisa Aschan
  • Country: Sweden
When 15-year-old Emma lands a competitive spot on the equestrian acrobatics team, she is taken under the wing of a pretty, slightly older teammate, Cassandra. The two begin an intense relationship where the rules of the game blur as psychological stakes get higher and higher. Lisa Aschan's award-winning directorial debut explores the all-consuming world of teen female friendships through naturalistic direction, evocative imagery, and engrossing performances. | Read More
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SIX ACTS

  • Release Year: 2012
  • Runtime: 96 minutes
  • Directed By: Jonathan Gurfinkel
  • Country: Israel
Naïve teen Gili is determined to improve her social status by hooking up with her new school’s coolest guy. Afterwards, he passes her off to his friend. Happy at first for the attention, Gili soon finds her situation deteriorating, as this average girl is increasingly consumed by a culture of oversexed teenhood. Director Jonathan Gurfinkel questions conventional ideas of consent, exploitation and complicity in this edgy and perceptive feature debut. | Read More
Drama
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SOMETHING MUST BREAK

  • Release Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 85 minutes
  • Directed By: Ester Martin Bergsmark
  • Country: Sweden
When Sebastian meets Andreas for the first time, he knows they belong together. While Sebastian defies gender norms, straight-identifying Andreas becomes unable to accept his attraction to another man. Struggling with his identity, Sebastian becomes increasingly determined to become “Ellie,” even if it means walking away from Andreas. Something Must Break brims with raw electricity as it explores questions of gender and sexuality with refreshing candor. | Read More
Drama
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STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS

  • Release Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 103 minutes
  • Directed By: Sam Fleischner
  • Country: USA
When autistic teen Ricky is scolded for skipping class, he escapes into the subway for a days-long odyssey among the subway’s disparate denizens. Meanwhile, his mother wages an escalating search effort above ground. Inspired by a true story and set in Far Rockaway, Queens, in the days leading up to Hurricane Sandy, these parallel stories of mother and son take the viewer on a touching journey of community and connection in and below New York City. | Read More
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SUNLIGHT JR.

  • Release Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Directed By: Laurie Collyer
  • Country: USA
Quickie-mart employee Melissa (Naomi Watts) and Richie (Matt Dillon) are very much in love. Supported only by Melissa’s small hourly wage, they are nevertheless thrilled to learn that Melissa is pregnant. Then their situation deteriorates, and their tenuous financial situation threatens to bring their happy life crashing down. Norman Reedus also stars in this moving romantic drama from Laurie Collyer, director of the Golden Globe-nominated Sherrybaby. | Read More
Drama, Female Director(s), Relationships
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TURN ME ON, GODDAMMIT

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 75 minutes
  • Directed By: Jannicke Systad Jacobsen
  • Country: Norway
Alma is a small-town teenager with an active imagination and an even more active libido. After a titillating but awkward encounter with school heartthrob Artur turns her into a social outcast, Alma is desperate to move out of town and on with her life. Turn me on, goddammit is an offbeat coming-of-age comedy with a deadpan sense of humor, enlivened by its rich sense of fantasy and frank but sweet approach to teen sexuality. | Read More
Female Director(s) and Comedy
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UNA NOCHE

  • Release Year: 2012
  • Runtime: 89 minutes
  • Directed By: Lucy Mulloy
  • Country: USA, U.K., Cuba
Fed up with catering to the privileged tourist class, Cuban teens Raul and Elio are tantalized by the promise of a new life in Miami. Accused of assaulting a foreigner, Raul has no choice but to flee, but Elio must decide whether his own escape is worth abandoning his beloved sister. Brimming with the nervous energy of Havana's restless youth and evocative cinematography of the sun-bleached capital, Una Noche follows one sweltering day, full of hope and fraught with tensions, that burns to a shocking climax. | Read More
Female Director(s)
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UNIT 7

  • Release Year: 2012
  • Runtime: 92 minutes
  • Directed By: Alberto Rodriguez
  • Country: Spain
Unit 7 is a semi-official police detail with a seemingly impossible mission: kick Seville's most vicious drug trafficking ring out of town ahead of a major international expo. By any means necessary. As they slip outside the bounds of the law in the name of duty, two officers fueled by violence, lies, and ambition end up on opposing paths. Spanish superstar Mario Casas (Neon Flesh) stars in this adrenaline-pumping action thriller. | Read More
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WAR WITCH

  • Release Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Country: Canada
Komona (Rachel Mwanza) is only 12 years old when she is kidnapped by rebel soldiers and enslaved to a life of guerrilla warfare in the African jungle. Forced to commit unspeakable acts of brutality, she finds hope for survival in protective, ghost-like visions (inspiring a rebel chief to anoint her "War Witch"), and in a tender relationship with a fellow soldier named Magician (Serge Kanyinda). Together, they manage to escape the rebels' clutches, and a normal life finally seems within reach. But after their freedom proves short-lived, Komona realizes she must find a way to bury the ghosts of her past. | Read More
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WHILE WE WERE HERE

  • Release Year: 2012
  • Runtime: 83 minutes
  • Directed By: Kat Coiro
  • Country: USA
Jane (Kate Bosworth) and her English husband travel to Naples hoping to reinvigorate their silently disintegrating marriage and escape a personal tragedy that hangs heavily between them. When Jane, facing writer's block, takes a day trip to a beautiful island off the coast, she meets a young American man living a hermetic life on the island. As the two embark on an unlikely emotional affair, Jane faces some drastic changes in her life. | Read More
Drama, Female Director(s), Relationships
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