World Cinema Dramatic Competition

Charter

When a panicked, late-night call from her young son, Vincent, is abruptly disconnected before she can ascertain what’s gone wrong,...
Director Amanda Kernell
Screenwriter Amanda Kernell

Cuties

Eleven-year-old Amy lives with her mom, Mariam, and younger brother, awaiting her father to rejoin the family from Senegal. Amy...
Director Maïmouna Doucouré
Screenwriter Maïmouna Doucouré

Exil

After a frustrating day of work, Xhafer (Mišel Matičević) returns home to find that someone has hung a dead rat...
Director Visar Morina
Screenwriter Visar Morina

High Tide

Laura has lost control. After she sleeps with Weisman, the lead contractor building a barbecue shed in the backyard of...
Director Verónica Chen
Screenwriter Verónica Chen

Identifying Features (Sin Señas Particulares)

Magdalena hasn’t heard from her son in months—not since he left their town to cross the border into the United...
Director Fernanda Valadez
Screenwriters Fernanda Valadez, Astrid Rondero

Jumbo

Jeanne, a shy young woman, lives at home with her uninhibited bartender mother and works the graveyard shift as a...
Director Zoé Wittock
Screenwriter Zoé Wittock

Luxor

Hana is seeking mental peace and physical respite after an overwhelming period spent working at a clinic in Ramtha, on...
Director Zeina Durra
Screenwriter Zeina Durra

Possessor

Tasya Vos is a corporate agent who uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people’s bodies, driving them to commit assassinations...
Director Brandon Cronenberg
Screenwriter Brandon Cronenberg

Summer White (Blanco de Verano)

Rodrigo is an introverted 13-year-old who spends much of his time alone—except when he is with his mother, Valeria, who...
Director Rodrigo Ruiz Patterson
Screenwriters Rodrigo Ruiz Patterson, Raúl Sebastián Quintanilla

Surge

Quiet and demure Joseph (Ben Whishaw) leads a modest life in London, shuttling between his solo apartment and the airport...
Director Aneil Karia
Screenwriters Rupert Jones, Rita Kalnejais

This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection

In the mountains of Lesotho, an 80-year-old widow named Mantoa eagerly awaits her son’s return from working in the South...
Director Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese
Screenwriter Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese

Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness

Maryam is a young woman who has been sentenced to death for murdering her husband, Nasser. Iranian law allows for...
Director Massoud Bakhshi
Screenwriter Massoud Bakhshi