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

  • Fanny Lye Deliver’d

    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.

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  • Honey Boy

    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.

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  • Lingua Franca

    Dir-Scr Isabel Sandoval | USA

    An undocumented immigrant searches for safety and security in this poignant mix of love story and social drama.

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  • La Llorona

    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.

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  • Moffie

    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.

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  • Monos

    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.

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  • The Other Lamb

    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.

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  • The Perfect Candidate

    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.

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  • Rose Plays Julie

    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.

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  • Saint Maud

    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.

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