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Films in First Feature Competition

The Sutherland Award recognises the most original and imaginative directorial debut.

  • Apostasy

    Dir-Scr Daniel Kokotajlo | UK

    Written and directed by a former Jehovah’s Witness, this gripping debut depicts a family struggling with a cruel choice: devotion to one another or to their faith.

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  • Ava

    Dir-Scr Léa Mysius | France

    A bold and inventive coming-of-age tale with a difference.

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  • Beast

    Dir-Scr Michael Pearce | UK

    The hunt for a Jersey serial killer sparks a dangerous awakening in a young woman in this astonishing psycho-sexual thriller, which sets all the senses aflame.

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  • The Cakemaker

    Dir-Scr Ofir Raul Graizer | Israel-Germany

    A gay German baker and an Israeli widow find comfort in their shared grief, in this tale of loneliness, complex desire, and lots of cakes.

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  • Cargo

    Dir Gilles Coulier | Belgium-Netherlands-France

    Tensions erupt when three sons are forced to take over a failing family fisheries business in this dark and compelling North Sea drama.

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  • Columbus

    Dir-Scr Kogonada | USA

    A young librarian with a thing for Modernist architecture expands her horizons when a Korean lawyer (John Cho) comes to town, in this impeccable debut.

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  • I Am Not a Witch

    Dir-Scr Rungano Nyoni | UK-France-Zambia

    Welsh-raised, Zambian-born Rungano Nyoni delivers a dazzling debut with this dark satirical fairy tale about a little girl accused of being a witch.

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  • Jeune femme

    Dir-Scr Léonor Serraille | France-Belgium

    Paula is a one-woman riot of tangled emotion and self-destructive tendencies. Paris is a city for lovers. The cat of divorce is in a cardboard box.

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  • Most Beautiful Island

    Dir-Scr Ana Asensio | Spain-USA

    Searing social realism with a bold genre twist.

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  • Summer 1993

    Dir-Scr Carla Simón | Spain

    Bereavement is seen through the eyes of a six-year-old girl in this assured, visually arresting debut from Catalan filmmaker Carla Simón.

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  • Winter Brothers

    Dir-Scr Hlynur Pálmason | Denmark-Iceland

    Two quarry-worker brothers are swept into a vicious feud in this intensely performed and aesthetically distinctive debut, featuring House of Cards’ Lars Mikkelsen.

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  • The Wound

    Dir John Trengove | South Africa

    A tough and complex tale of closeted sexuality in South Africa.

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