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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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Desierto 2015 15

Gael García Bernal stars in Jonás Cuarón's edge-of-the-seat thriller set on the Mexican/American border.

94 mins Mexico Director. Jonás Cuarón

Jonás Cuarón's edge-of-the-seat thriller set on the Mexican/American border.

- OFFICIAL COMPETITION 2015

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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

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

- OFFICIAL COMPETITION 2015

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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

Jack and Ma live in Room. Now Jack is five-years old he discovers there may be more to the world.

- 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

Terence Davies' glorious adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s 1932 novel.

- OFFICIAL COMPETITION 2015

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Tangerine 2015 15

A big-hearted film shot on a small phone, this LA tale of two transgender working girls out for vengeance fizzes with wild energy.

88 mins USA Director. Sean Baker

A real-time drama, shot on iPhones in downtown LA.

- OFFICIAL COMPETITION 2015

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Evolution 2015 15

The long-awaited second feature from Lucile Hadžihalilović (Innocence) is a gorgeously surreal coming-of-age tale laced with bizarre body-horror.

81 mins France Director. Lucile Hadzihalilovic

The long-awaited second feature by French visionary Lucile Hadžihalilović.

- 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

Apichatpong Weerasethakul returns with a typically sublime, lyrical and visually ravishing tale.

- 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

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The Falling (Q&A) 2014

The director and actor join fellow cast members Florence Pugh and Monica Dolan to discuss their film’s story, themes, production and score.

12 mins United Kingdom

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

A dynamic and tense post-WWII thriller

- 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

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Duke of Burgundy (Q&A) 2014

“I kind of steal from everything.” Director Peter Strickland discusses his intoxicating drama The Duke of Burgundy.

20 mins United Kingdom

- 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

François Ozon presents a drama that marries Hitchcockian suspense with camp psychosexual comedy

- 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

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Girlhood (Q&A) 2014

The director shares her experience of getting to know her young cast for her film about black teenage girls coming of age in the Paris suburbs.

United Kingdom

- OFFICIAL COMPETITION 2014

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