The Best Film Award recognises inspiring, inventive and distinctive filmmaking.
Dir Robin Campillo | France
A riveting and invigorating account of AIDS activist organisation ACT UP-Paris.
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Dir-Scr Vivian Qu | China-France
One night in a hotel room has catastrophic consequences in this piercing drama that takes a young female perspective on corruption and sexual exploitation.
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Dir-Scr Majid Majidi | India
Acclaimed Iranian auteur Majid Majidi relocates to Mumbai to tell a fast-paced coming-of-age story about a teenager who sets out to save his sister.
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Dir Nora Twomey | Canada-Ireland-Luxembourg
This exceptional animated film about a girl’s struggles in Afghanistan is based on the bestselling novel by Deborah Ellis.
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Dir-Scr Juliana Rojas, Marco Dutra | Brazil-France
Rule-breaking filmmaking at its most compelling and imaginative.
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Dir Xavier Beauvois | France-Switzerland
A superbly involving French rural drama from Xavier Beauvois, with Nathalie Baye magnificent as a matriarch struggling to run the land when war breaks out.
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Dir-Scr Andrew Haigh | UK
Andrew Haigh’s ravishing and mournful fourth feature sees a boy and a horse embark on a Huckleberry Finn-esque journey across America in search of home.
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Dir Andrey Zvyagintsev | Russia-France-Belgium-Germany
Andrey Zvyagintsev (The Return, Leviathan) takes a caustic look at contemporary Russian values as a couple going through a divorce deal with their son’s disappearance.
Read more about Loveless
Dir-Scr Azazel Jacobs | USA
Tracy Letts and Debra Winger play a married couple poised to break up in Azazel Jacobs’ crackingly funny and heart-wrenching look at long term love.
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Dir Warwick Thornton | Australia
Australian director Warwick Thornton (Samson and Delilah) brings a vital Indigenous perspective and great cinematic vision to this powerful, revisionist epic.
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Dir-Scr Cory Finley | USA
Taut, tense and deliciously nasty – my little pony this ain’t.
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Dir-Scr Annemarie Jacir | Palestine
An estranged father-son relationship in the vibrant city of Nazareth makes for an immensely entertaining drama by Palestinian director Annemarie Jacir.
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