Drama - France, Germany, The Netherlands, Chile - 2017 - 92min
The elderly caretaker of a remote morgue possesses an impeccable memory for everything but names. He passes his days showing corpses to those searching for their lost ones and tending to his beloved plants. When protest in a nearby city breaks out and the militia covertly raids the morgue to hide civilian casualties, he discovers the body of an unknown young woman. Evoking memories of personal loss, he embarks on a magical odyssey to give her a proper burial with the help of a mystic gravedigger who collects stories of the dead, an old woman searching for her long-lost daughter, and a hearse driver tormented by his past.
SCREENINGS 02/09/2017 I 19:45 I Sala Casino I Press, Industry
02/09/2017 I 22:30 I Sala Volpi I Press, Industry
03/09/2017 I 14:00 I Sala Darsena I Premiere
04/09/2017 I 12:45 I Palabiennale I Public
Viyada, a Thai soap opera actress in her mid-30s, finds herself increasingly pressured by her husband Jerome, a rich foreigner entirely devoted to a charismatic cult leader called The Holy One. Viyada has no other choice than to take the most drastic measures in order to escape once and for all from their influence.
From the director of
HEADSHOT - Berlin Panorama 2012
NANG MAI - Cannes Un Certain Regard 2009
PLOY - Cannes Directors' Fortnight 2007
SCREENINGS 30/08/2017 I 14:00 I Sala Perla I Premiere
01/09/2017 I 22:30 I Sala Perla 2 I Public
WORLD PREMIERE - SAN SEBASTIAN IFF
REY'S EDUCATION by Santiago Esteves
Drama Thriller - Argentina - 2017 - 96min
Escaping from his criminal baptism, Reynaldo Galíndez, alias “Rey”, lands in the patio of the house inhabited by Carlos Vargas, a retired security guard. Vargas offers him a deal: the young boy will repair the damage caused to his home when falling - in return for not being handed over to the police. The lessons given to the teenager by the old guard will give rise to a relationship not unlike the old legends of educating a king (for the “Rey” of his name, meaning “king”). But the agreement will start to fall apart when the loose ends of the robbery Reynaldo had participated in start wrapping themselves round them…
Original TV series (8 episodes x 30min)
WORLD PREMIERE - LOCARNO IFF - JURY PRIZE
GOOD MANNERS by Juliana Rojas & Marco Dutra
Fantastic - Brazil, France - 2017 - 135min
Clara, a lonely nurse from the outskirts of São Paulo, is hired by mysterious and wealthy Ana as the nanny of her unborn child. Against all odds, the two women develop a strong bond. But a fateful night changes their plans...
'A powerful and mysterious film that's more akin to a living nightmare' CINEUROPA
Richard, a secondary school teacher in his 30’s, just moved from the countryside to East London. Quickly, he faces the violent gentrification occurring in the trendy areas of London. His unclear past combined with his growing psychiatric instability make him an easy target for all communities and he experiences rejection and humiliation. It doesn’t take long for his darkest impulses to unleash, turning him into an uncontrollable murderer...
MENINA by Cristina Pinheiro
Comedy Drama - France - 2017
The story revolves around Luisa Palmeira, born in France from Portuguese immigrants. In 1979, Luisa is eight years old. Almost a grown-up in the eyes of her illiterate mother, she remains just a little girl to her hard-drinking father. One day, he trusts her with a heavy secret: he suffers from a serious illness. But she refuses to believe him and thinks instead that he is hiding something else from her...
ONCE AGAIN by Kanwal Sethi
Romance - India, Germany, Austria - 2017
Amar is an ageing film star. A famous and wealthy man, he lives alone in Mumbai, a city of 15 million souls, the city of dreams. Tara, a widow, runs a small restaurant with the help of her son, who delivers Amar's meals. Tara has never seen Amar - except on the big screen. What began by pure chance a year ago has now turned into a ritual: for hours on end they talk to each other on the phone. Until one day, when Amar sets out to meet Tara in the flesh...
ZOMBILLENIUM by Arthur de Pins & Alexis Ducord
3D Animation - France, Belgium - 2017 - 80min
Zombillenium is an amusement park like no other : only genuine werewolves, vampires, zombies are employed there… for eternity. One day, Hector, a young compliance officer, comes to control the park's safety and threatens to shut it down. Francis, the vampire who manages the park, has no choice but to bite him to protect his business. And so Hector is hired, and could well be Zombillenium’s last chance : attendance figures are down and he could become the new attraction the park needs to avoid bankruptcy. But deep down Hector longs for his young daughter, Lucy, who’s waiting for him back in the 'real' world...
'ZOMBILLENIUM boasts a rock-solid concept and some of the most appealing character design in recent memory' VARIETY
'An entertaining, irrepressibly European animated feature grounded in an amusing gothic fantasy concept... Could almost be described as the hippest animated feature involving undead creatures and amusement parks since Scooby-Doo' THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
GHOST HUNTING by Raed Andoni
Documentary - France, Palestine, Switzerland, Qatar - 2017 - 94min
'A DARING AND SHOCKING FILM,
MADE WITH FINE CINEMATIC JUDGEMENT'
'A MAJOR CINEMATIC ACHIEVEMENT. BEAUTIFUL AND UGLY, POWERFUL AND COMPELLING'
In order to confront the ghosts that haunt him, Palestinian director Raed Andoni assembles an eclectic group of ex-prisoners to build a replicate of Al-Moskobiya, Israel's main interrogation centre, where he was himself jailed at age 18. From fragmentary memory, day after day, they give shape to the interrogation centre they all experienced, and re-enact its stories. As the walls of the cells rise, the tongues and the emotions loosen.
Best Documentary Award Panorama Dokumente Audience Award (3rd place)