A sample of female directorial talent offering exciting perspectives in international cinema.
Fancy something a little different? Our new Discovery Passes are designed to help you explore the hidden treasures in our programme. Carefully curated by our programmers, it’s a way of discovering the Festival treats you might have otherwise missed.
To make them extra-tempting, these films are available for the special price of three for £30. And as films sell out we will add new titles to the list.
Just choose any three films from our curated selections and use the code DISCOVER before adding seats to your basket. The ‘Discovery Pass’ price will then become available to select.
Dir-Scr Romina Paula | Argentina
Argentinian actor Romina Paula meditates on motherhood, identity and relationships in this enticing combo of real life and fiction.
Read more about Again Once Again
Dir-Scr Apolline Traoré | Burkina Faso
Civil war looms in Abidjan and relations begin to fray within a family in this tense and atmospheric thriller.
Read more about Desrances
Dir-Scr Ga-young Jeong | South Korea
Fleabag meets Hong Sangsoo in this funny and savage film that stars its director, Ga-young Jeong, as a woman without boundaries.
Read more about Heart
Dir Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian | UK
In this thought-provoking and playful documentary, ebullient director Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian (Disaster Playground) takes you on a journey to find the origins of knowledge.
Read more about I Am (Not) a Monster
Dir Klaudia Reynicke | Switzerland
Klaudia Reynicke’s second feature is a portrait of a rebellious young woman who must push her limits to gain freedom and independence.
Read more about Love Me Tender
Dir Rubaiyat Hossain | Bangladesh-France-Denmark-Portugal
How do you learn to speak out when everyone expects you to be silent? In a Bangladeshi factory, a determined young woman discovers the possibilities of activism.
Read more about Made in Bangladesh
Dir-Scr Maura Delpero | Italy-Argentina
The notions of motherhood and the maternal care of a young girl are the focus of this powerful and poignant drama, set in a women’s refuge in Argentina.
Read more about Maternal
Dir-Scr Hinde Boujemaa | Tunisia-Belgium-France-Qatar
Noura and Lassad’s delicate love story turns into a nightmare when Noura’s husband Sofiane is unexpectedly released from prison, days before their divorce is finalised.
Read more about Noura’s Dream
Dir-Scr Shahrbanoo Sadat | Denmark-Germany-France-Luxembourg-Afghanistan
Caught selling black market cinema tickets, young Qodrat is sent to a Soviet orphanage where he daydreams himself into his favourite Bollywood films.
Read more about The Orphanage
Dir-Scr Lucía Garibaldi | Uruguay-Argentina-Spain
An intriguing coming-of-age tale is presented through the allegorical prism of an environmental incident.
Read more about The Sharks
Dir Svetla Tsotsorkova | Bulgaria-Qatar
A teenage girl’s habitual fantasies have unforeseen consequences in Svetla Tsotsorkova’s sensitive take on the apparently mundane lives of a mother and her two daughters.
Read more about Sister
Dir Belén Funes | Spain
An emotionally powerful drama from debut filmmaker Belén Funes, charts the trials and tribulations of a single mother with a singular sense of purpose.
Read more about A Thief’s Daughter