Films in Documentary Competition
The Grierson Award recognises films with integrity, originality, and social or cultural significance.
Dir-Scr Maryam Goormaghtigh | France-Switzerland
Three young Iranian men hit the South of France in Maryam Goormaghtigh’s intimate road movie, mixing documentary and improvised fiction to enjoyable, unpredictable effect.
Read more about Before Summer Ends
Dir Elvira Lind | Denmark-Sweden
A fascinating documentary about contemporary dancer Bobbi Jene, whose ambition and physicality will in turn impress and mesmerise.
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Dir-Scr Arash Kamali Sarvestani, Behrouz Boochani | Netherlands-Australia-Papua New Guinea
An urgent and compelling account of life inside a detention centre for asylum seekers trying to reach Australia.
Read more about Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time
Dir-Scr Radu Jude | Romania
Romanian life prior to the outbreak of the Second World War is the subject of Radu Jude’s fascinating archive documentary.
Read more about The Dead Nation
Dir Shevaun Mizrahi | USA-Turkey-Netherlands
Residents of a retirement home in Istanbul share their memories in this arresting and artful documentary.
Read more about Distant Constellation
Dir-Scr Agnès Varda, JR | France
Agnès Varda teams up with artist JR for a road-trip across France, in this moving meditation on friendship, cinema and the power of art on people’s lives.
Read more about Faces Places
Dir Austin Lynch, Matthew Booth | USA
A spell-binding exploration of the human experience, visually dazzling, combining documentary and video art.
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Dir-Scr Brett Morgen | USA
An extraordinary and inspiring journey into the life of British primatologist Jane Goodall, with never-seen-before archive footage and a beautiful Philip Glass score.
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Dir Lucy Cohen | UK
A powerful documentary exploring the collective recovery of a family following the father’s suicide.
Read more about Kingdom of Us
Dir-Scr Emmanuel Gras | France
Documentary filmmaker Emmanuel Gras’ gloriously cinematic portrait of a coal producer in rural Congo, which deservedly won the Grand Prize in Cannes’ Critics Week.
Read more about Makala
Dir-Scr Sonia Kronlund | France-Germany-Qatar
A rousing behind-the-scenes account of the life of Salim Shaheen, Afghanistan’s most prolific actor/director, and a one-man charisma-bomb.
Read more about The Prince of Nothingwood