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Festival Competition

Remarkable tales told with flair, these titles represent the elemental best of recent cinema.

The Competition is a leveler where risk and vision matter most, with homegrown heroes Carol Morley and Peter Strickland joining international directors. Established names like François Ozon and Christian Petzold complete the line-up.

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Festival Competition
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Moonlight 2016 15

Winner of the 2017 Oscar for Best Picture, Barry Jenkins’ intoxicating drama follows the furtive life of a young boy through 80s Miami.

111 mins USA Director. Barry Jenkins

- OFFICIAL COMPETITION 2016

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A Quiet Passion 2016 12

Terence Davies' elegant and deeply moving biopic of poet Emily Dickinson, played with sensitivity and rebellious spirit by Cynthia Nixon.

125 mins United Kingdom Director. Terence Davies

- OFFICIAL COMPETITION 2016

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Neruda 2016 15

Pablo Larraín's bold, inventive detective thriller offers an electrifying contemplation of the Chilean poet's life on the run in the late 1940s.

107 mins Chile Director. Pablo Larraín

- OFFICIAL COMPETITION 2016

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Elle 2015 18

Isabelle Huppert gives an unforgettable performance in Paul Verhoeven’s provocative thriller about one woman’s response to a violent attack.

130 mins France Director. Paul Verhoeven

- OFFICIAL COMPETITION 2016

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Clash 2016 15

Mohamed Diab’s Clash is an unforgettable portrait of Egypt on the brink as rival protesters find themselves locked up in a police van.

97 mins Egypt Director. Mohamed Diab

- OFFICIAL COMPETITION 2016

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Son of Saul 2015 15

A devastating portrait of life in a concentration camp from the perspective of a Sonderkommando; winner of Cannes Film Festival’s Grand Prix.

107 mins Hungary Director. László Nemes

- OFFICIAL COMPETITION 2015

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Room
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Room 2015 15

Brie Larson’s Oscar-winning performance is the beating heart of Lenny Abrahamson’s extraordinarily moving drama.

118 mins Ireland Director. Lenny Abrahamson

- OFFICIAL COMPETITION 2015

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Sunset Song 2015 15

Agyness Deyn stars in Terence Davies’ moving drama about a strong young woman facing many adversities in the run up to WWI.

135 mins United Kingdom Director. Terence Davies

- OFFICIAL COMPETITION 2015

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Cemetery of Splendour 2015 12

Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s imaginative, sensuous and enigmatic film about soldiers suffering from a mysterious sleeping sickness.

Thailand Director. Apichatpong Weerasethakul

- OFFICIAL COMPETITION 2015

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The Falling 2014 15

Amid the seething hormones and turbulent emotions of an all-girl school, a mysterious fainting sickness takes hold.

102 mins United Kingdom Director. Carol Morley

A dizzying and delirious fever dream from director Carol Morley

- OFFICIAL COMPETITION 2014

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Phoenix 2014 12

Nina Hoss is superb as concentration camp survivor who assumes a new identity, in Christian Petzold’s intricate post-WWII thriller.

98 mins Germany Director. Christian Petzold

- OFFICIAL COMPETITION 2014

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The Duke of Burgundy 2014 18

Peter Strickland’s visually and aurally intoxicating tale of sadomasochistic power-play is a daringly erotic sensory feast.

104 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Strickland

- OFFICIAL COMPETITION 2014

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The New Girlfriend 2014 15

Ruth Rendell provides the source novel for this delicious tale of deception and identity, from the master of mischievous melodrama, François Ozon.

108 mins France Director. François Ozon

- OFFICIAL COMPETITION 2014

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Girlhood 2014 15

In the tough suburbs of Paris, sixteen-year-old Marieme decides to reinvent herself when she joins a girl gang.

113 mins France Director. Céline Sciamma

- OFFICIAL COMPETITION 2014

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