Films in Official Competition
The Best Film Award recognises inspiring, inventive and distinctive filmmaking.
The Award was established in 2009 and first won by Jacques Audiard for A Prophet. Recent winners of the Award include Sudabeh Mortezai’s Joy, Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless and Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women.
Official Competition gala
Dir-Scr Thomas Clay | UK-Germany
Maxine Peake delivers a powerhouse performance as a woman forced to question her oppressive environment in Thomas Clay’s provocative period drama.
Read more about Fanny Lye Deliver’d
Dir Alma Har’el | USA
Writer and performer Shia LaBeouf works closely with filmmaker Alma Har’el on this artful and soul-baring examination of the lingering effects of emotional abuse.
Read more about Honey Boy
Dir-Scr Isabel Sandoval | USA
An undocumented immigrant searches for safety and security in this poignant mix of love story and social drama.
Read more about Lingua Franca
Dir Jayro Bustamante | Guatemala-France
Spectres of the past come back to haunt a retired general with an unsavoury past in Guatemalan director Jayro Bustamante’s taut genre-bending thriller.
Read more about La Llorona
Dir Oliver Hermanus | South Africa-UK
Oliver Hermanus follows The Endless River (LFF 2015) with a haunting examination of the violent persecution of gay men under Apartheid.
Read more about Moffie
Dir Alejandro Landes | Colombia-Argentina-Netherlands-Germany-Sweden-Uruguay-USA
Alejandro Landes delivers one of the most talked-about films of the year: a hallucinogenic, intoxicating thriller about child soldiers.
Read more about Monos
Dir Małgorzata Szumowska | Ireland-Belgium-USA
Małgorzata Szumowska’s (Berlin Jury Prize-winner Mug and LFF 2015’s Body) English-language debut is a beguiling genre-tinged examination of life in an otherworldly cult.
Read more about The Other Lamb
Dir Haifaa Al Mansour | Germany-Saudi Arabia
Celebrated Saudi director Haifaa Al Mansour (Wadjda, LFF 2012) returns to the Festival with an inspiring drama about a young doctor unexpectedly becoming an electoral candidate.
Read more about The Perfect Candidate
Dir-Scr Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor | Ireland-UK
A young woman seeking her biological mother journeys into dangerous territory in this gripping psychological thriller from Irish directing duo Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor.
Read more about Rose Plays Julie
Dir-Scr Rose Glass | UK
A mysterious nurse becomes dangerously obsessed with saving the soul of her dying patient in director Rose Glass’ divine debut.
Read more about Saint Maud