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New Directors Competition

Screening for the first time in the U.S., these bold works from emerging talents are selected to represent the most exciting new voices in cinema. Prizes awarded in the category include the Gold and Silver Hugo as well as the Roger Ebert Award.

Adam film still


Maryam Touzani  |  Morocco, France, Belgium
Drama, Family Affairs
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Bombay Rose

Gitanjali Rao  |  India, United Kingdom, Qatar, France
Animation, Romance, Social Commentary

The Components of Love

Miriam Bliese  |   Germany
Drama, Family Affairs, Romance
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Halina Reijn  |   The Netherlands
Drama, Sex and Sexuality, Thriller
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Just 6.5 Metri Shesh-o Nim

Saeed Roustaee  |   Iran
Crime, Social Commentary, Thriller
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Maternal Hogar

Maura Delpero  |  Italy, Argentina
Coming of Age, Drama, Religion
Oleg film still


Juris Kursietis  |  Latvia, Belgium, Lithuania, France
Crime, Drama, Social Commentary
The Orphanage film still

The Orphanage Parwareshgah

Shahrbanoo Sadat  |  Denmark, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Afghanistan, Qatar
Coming of Age, Drama, Historical
Our Mothers film still

Our Mothers Nuestras Madres

César Díaz  |  Guatemala, Belgium, France
Drama, Historical, Political
Sheena667 film still


Grigoriy Dobrygin  |   Russia
Comedy, Drama, Sex and Sexuality
Sole film still


Carlo Sironi  |  Italy, Poland
Drama, Social Commentary
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A Thief’s Daughter La hija de un ladrón

Belén Funes  |   Spain
Coming of Age, Family Affairs, Social Commentary

Wild Sparrow Ye que zhi shi

Li Shih  |   Taiwan
Drama, Family Affairs, Social Commentary