First Feature Competition
The Sutherland Award recognises the most original and imaginative directorial debut.
Chika Anadu’s elegant realist drama questions Nigeria’s gender divide as middle-class Amaka resorts to desperate measures after a miscarriage.
A powerfully arresting debut – a singular take on the coming of age tale that is at once genuinely poetic and devoid of sentiment.
When an affluent working couple in late-1990s Singapore employ a live-in maid, financial crisis and home truths are just around the corner.
Daniel Radcliffe shines as the young Allen Ginsberg in this fresh and vibrant take on the early days of the Beat Generation.
A frost-bitten, gruelling World War I survival story set amid the mountains of Eastern Anatolia as Turkish troops retreat and trust runs out.
A sophisticatedly austere and oblique debut that builds to a grimly impressive dénouement.
Actor Sophie Desmarais breathes humour and pathos into a portrait of a young woman’s quest for self determination. A meticulous debut.
Rob Brown assembles a cast of new British talent for his striking debut – a beautifully realised take on the British urban thriller.
Vivian Qu’s stunning debut tackles China’s ominous new surveillance culture through the story of a romance abruptly derailed by a boy’s disappearance.
This striking debut by Blancanieves editor, Fernando Franco, follows ambulance driver Ana as she struggles with a devastating personality disorder.
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