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Official Competition

The Best Film Award recognises inspiring, inventive and distinctive filmmaking.

Abuse of WeaknessAbuse of Weakness

Isabelle Huppert offers a mesmerising portrait of the artist as willing victim, in a troubling autobiographical narrative from Catherine Breillat.

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The DoubleThe Double

Jesse Eisenberg finds his world turned upside down by the arrival of a confident and ambitious doppelganger in Richard Ayoade’s latest curiosity.

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Pawel Pawlikowski’s stunningly shot exploration of faith and history finds a novice nun coming face-to-face with her family’s past in 1960s Poland.

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Like Father, Like SonLike Father, Like Son

Two boys switched at birth rejoin their natural parents as director Hirokazu Kore-eda zeroes in on a father learning to loosen up and give affection.

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The LunchboxThe Lunchbox

Crossed wires and swapped lunches make for a delicious feel-good romance in Ritesh Batra’s Mumbai-set charmer.

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Of Good ReportOf Good Report

An intense insight into the mind of a troubled school teacher that mixes sex and social comment, and which was briefly banned in South Africa in 2013.

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Zac Efron is among the big-names portraying the ordinary people caught up in the Kennedy assassination in a powerful ensemble drama.

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Rags & TattersRags & Tatters

His 2010 film Microphone foretold revolution; now Ahmad Abdalla explores post-revolutionary Egypt through the eyes of a fictional prisoner on the run.

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The Selfish GiantThe Selfish Giant

Clio Barnard’s poetic adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s children’s story follows two young boys growing up in Yorkshire.

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Starred UpStarred Up

Director David Mackenzie blends beauty and brutality in this tale of a young offender relocated to the adult prison where his father is locked up.

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Tom at the FarmTom at the Farm

The latest from Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan follows a young man who finds himself embroiled in a dangerous game of deception.

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Mia Wasikowska co-stars with the Australian landscape in John Curran’s spiritual, complex true-life traveller’s tale of outback endurance.

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Under the SkinUnder the Skin

Scarlett Johansson is extraordinary as a voracious alien in human form in Jonathan Glazer’s existential kitchen-sink sci-fi.

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