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Films in Official Competition

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  • Birds of Passage

    Dir Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra | Colombia

    The team behind Embrace of the Serpent chart the thrilling rise and fall of the indigenous Wayuu clan in remote Colombia.

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  • Destroyer

    Dir Karyn Kusama | USA

    Nicole Kidman is astonishing – and almost unrecognisable – as a jaded police detective haunted by her past in Karyn Kusama’s brooding thriller.

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  • Happy as Lazzaro

    Dir-Scr Alice Rohrwacher | Italy

    Alice Rohrwacher follows The Wonders with a delightfully singular time and genre-bending rumination on the fate of innocence when faced with corruption and greed.

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  • Happy New Year, Colin Burstead.

    Dir-Scr Ben Wheatley | UK

    A pared-down approach shows off a quieter side to Ben Wheatley’s prodigious talent in this poignantly funny and razor-sharp observation of English family dysfunction.

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  • In Fabric

    Dir-Scr Peter Strickland | UK

    Impeccable red talons slide a flick knife across a box to reveal its contents, a beautiful silky dress... that can kill!

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  • Joy

    Dir-Scr Sudabeh Mortezai | Austria

    Sudabeh Mortezai (Macondo, LFF 2014) presents a vital and hugely affecting drama that tackles the vicious cycle of sex trafficking in modern Europe.

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  • The Old Man and the Gun

    Dir-Scr David Lowery | USA

    David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, A Ghost Story) brings his distinctive vision to this ‘mostly true’ account of the later years of a gentleman bank-robber, played by Robert Redford.

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  • Shadow

    Dir Zhang Yimou | China

    Blood spills on an immaculate shadowy landscape in this visually stunning martial arts thriller from Chinese master Zhang Yimou.

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  • Sunset

    Dir László Nemes | Hungary-France

    László Nemes first film Son of Saul (Official Competiton, LFF 2015) debuted in competition at Cannes before winning the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar®. But Nemes doesn’t rest on his laurels with this feverishly ambitious second feature.

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  • Too Late to Die Young

    Dir-Scr Dominga Sotomayor | Chile-Brazil-Argentina-Netherlands-Qatar

    After Pinochet’s fall, three youngsters drive up to a woodland commune below the Andes. The trip finds them questioning their life in this woozily gorgeous evocation of a Chilean summer.

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