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International Competition

Striking and masterfully crafted films from around the world represent the best in current cinema.


The Beasts (As bestas)

Rodrigo Sorogoyen  |   Spain, France
French, Galician, Spanish  
Drama, Thriller

In this gripping, primal thriller, a French couple living in rural Spain becomes embroiled in an escalating conflict with the local community that reaches a point of no return.


Before, Now & Then (Nana)

Kamila Andini  |   Indonesia
Historical, LGBTQ, Women Centered

Set in 1960s Indonesia, this layered, contemplative drama sees a lonely woman forge a life-saving friendship with her husband’s mistress.


The Blue Caftan

Maryam Touzani  |   France, Morocco, Belgium, Denmark
Drama, Family Affairs, LGBTQ

After master tailor Halim reluctantly takes on a new apprentice, the two must conceal their mutual attraction in this elegant and sympathetic reflection on adoration, love, and longing.


Burning Days (Kurak Günler)

Emin Alper  |   Turkey, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Greece, Croatia
Crime, Drama, Thriller

In this crackling, politically-minded thriller, by-the-book prosecutor Emre discovers he has been sent into a viper’s nest of corruption, scandal, and homophobia at his new posting in a drought-plagued rural community.



Lukas Dhont  |   Belgium, France, Netherlands
Coming of Age, Drama, LGBTQ

Following a perfect summer vacation, the intimate friendship of Leo and Remi, thirteen-year-old best friends, is tragically tested by the social pressures of the new school year.



Marie Kreutzer  |   Austria, France, Germany
English, French, German, Hungarian  
Drama, Historical, Women Centered

Vicky Krieps delivers a tour-de-force performance as Austria’s Empress Elisabeth in a bold and timely revisionist costume drama.


Godland (Vanskabte Land)

Hlynur Pálmason  |   Denmark, Iceland, France, Sweden
Danish, Icelandic  
Historical, Religion, Social Commentary

Journeying to Iceland to establish a parish in a remote part of the Danish colony, a priest is confronted by an unforgiving landscape and wary locals, who refuse to bend to his will.


The Inspection

Elegance Bratton  |   United States
Drama, LGBTQ, Social Commentary

After a young, gay Black man joins the Marines, he battles prejudice and the grueling routines of basic training, while also finding unexpected strength, camaraderie and a welcome sense of identity from his new community.


The Kings of the World (Los reyes del mundo)

Laura Mora  |   Colombia, Norway, Luxembourg, Mexico, France
Coming of Age, Drama, Social Commentary

A kaleidoscopic road movie that follows five streetwise boys on a dangerous yet dreamlike journey across Colombia to reclaim a piece of land that they might finally call home.



Andrea Pallaoro  |   United States, Italy
Drama, Family Affairs, LGBTQ

Trace Lysette stars as a woman who moves back to her childhood home to care for her dying mother (Patricia Clarkson) after two decades of estrangement in this intimate study of forgiveness and acceptance.


No Bears (Khers Nist)

Jafar Panahi  |   Iran
Azeri, Farsi, Turkish  
Drama, Film on Film, Political

Playing a fictionalized version of himself, director Jafar Panahi, barred from leaving Iran, remotely supervises a film shoot in this meta-textual reflection on freedom, oppression, and cinema itself.


Noise (Ruido)

Natalia Beristáin  |   Mexico, Argentina
Mystery, Social Commentary, Women Centered

Months after her daughter’s disappearance, a grieving mother sets out on a search for answers and joins an underground network of people risking their lives to search for lost loved ones.


One Fine Morning (Un Beau Matin)

Mia Hansen-Løve  |   France
Romance, Sex and Sexuality, Women Centered

From Cannes winner Mia Hansen-Løve comes this engrossing story of a young widow whose friendship with a married friend soon blossoms into a passionate love affair.



Cristian Mungiu  |   Romania, France, Belgium
Religion, Social Commentary, Thriller

A rural Transylvanian village is pushed to its breaking point by anger and xenophobia in this edge-of-your-seat small town thriller.


Saint Omer

Alice Diop  |   France
Crime, Drama, Social Commentary, Women Centered

In this profound character study, a novelist observes the trial of a Senegalese woman accused of infanticide—a crime she admits to having committing yet maintains her innocence.


The Substitute (El suplente)

Diego Lerman  |   Argentina, Italy, Mexico, Spain, France
Drama, Social Commentary

Learning that a local drug cartel threatens one of his promising young pupils, a Buenos Aires educator must decide how far he will go to protect the boy’s life in this tense and timely drama.

International Competition Patron

Jacolyn and John Bucksbaum Family Foundation