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Opening Film (In competition)
La fille de Brest / 150 Milligrams
Emmanuelle Bercot
France 
Based on the book by Irne Frachon Mediator 150mg. In the hospital where she works in Brest, France, a lung specialist discovers a direct link between suspicious deaths and state-approved medicine. She fights single-handedly for the truth to come out. The story of Irne Frachon, who broke the MEDIATOR scandal.

Based on the book by Irne Frachon Mediator 150mg. In the hospital where she works in Brest, France, a lung specialist discovers a direct link between suspicious deaths and state-approved medicine. She fights single-handedly for the truth to come out. The story of Irne Frachon, who broke the MEDIATOR scandal.

Closing Night Film
LOdysse / The Odyssey
Jrme Salle
France - Belgium 
Not in competition
Legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau and estranged son Philippe embark on their greatest adventure. Aboard the Calypso, they will find each other - before tragedy strikes.

Legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau and estranged son Philippe embark on their greatest adventure. Aboard the Calypso, they will find each other - before tragedy strikes.

A Monster Calls
J.A. Bayona
Spain 
Not in competition
A Monster Calls is a fantasy drama that tells the story of Conor, a 13-year-old boy who struggles to cope with the consequences of his mother's terminal cancer with the help of a monster who visits him in the middle of the night.

A Monster Calls is a fantasy drama that tells the story of Conor, a 13-year-old boy who struggles to cope with the consequences of his mother's terminal cancer with the help of a monster who visits him in the middle of the night.

American Pastoral
Ewan McGregor
USA 
Seymour Swede Levov, a once legendary high school athlete, is now a successful businessman married to Dawn, a former beauty queen. But turmoil brews beneath the polished veneer of Swedes life. When his beloved daughter, Merry, disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, Swede dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family. What he discovers shake...

Seymour Swede Levov, a once legendary high school athlete, is now a successful businessman married to Dawn, a former beauty queen. But turmoil brews beneath the polished veneer of Swedes life. When his beloved daughter, Merry, disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, Swede dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family. What he discovers shakes him to the core, forcing him to look beneath the surface and confront the chaos that is shaping the modern world around him: no American family will ever be the same.

As You Are
Miles Joris-Peyrafitte
USA 
Jack is a high school student who lives with his single mother Karen in a nondescript suburban town. Considered a social outcast and loner, Jack is friendless until Karen's new boyfriend Tom moves in and brings his son Mark into their lives. The two outsiders quickly bond and form a tight friendship and, after a chance encounter at a diner, bring fellow student Sarah into t...

Jack is a high school student who lives with his single mother Karen in a nondescript suburban town. Considered a social outcast and loner, Jack is friendless until Karen's new boyfriend Tom moves in and brings his son Mark into their lives. The two outsiders quickly bond and form a tight friendship and, after a chance encounter at a diner, bring fellow student Sarah into their group. The three teens become each other's saving grace until changing relationships and emerging secrets force them to look at themselves and see how far they are willing to go to live the lives they choose.

Bigas X Bigas
Bigas Luna, Santiago Garrido Rua
Spain 
Special Screenings
Bigas Luna was, above all else, a narrator of images, both cinematographic and pictorial. This voyeurism, so intrinsic to him, cultivated an immense desire to make a veristic movie: to film someone with no screenplay and devoid of paraphernalia, portraying the character in their purest state. This was probably what prompted him to capture his surrounding reality by means of a v...

Bigas Luna was, above all else, a narrator of images, both cinematographic and pictorial. This voyeurism, so intrinsic to him, cultivated an immense desire to make a veristic movie: to film someone with no screenplay and devoid of paraphernalia, portraying the character in their purest state. This was probably what prompted him to capture his surrounding reality by means of a video-diary. A table composed of different unique scenes of his life. More than 500 reels, different videos, pictorial texts and audio files uncovering family scenes, intimate reflections and conspiratorial tte--ttes with actors and friends. Bigas x Bigas is a veristic experimental film intended to open a window onto those moments. A journey through his experiences and reflections where Bigas takes himself to pieces to reveal his innermost, most personal side, not only as an artist, but as a human being.

Colossal
Nacho Vigalondo
Canada 
Not in competition
A going-nowhere party girl (Anne Hathaway) discovers a mysterious connection between herself and a giant monster wreaking havoc on the other side of the globe.

A going-nowhere party girl (Anne Hathaway) discovers a mysterious connection between herself and a giant monster wreaking havoc on the other side of the globe.

Dangsinjasingwa dangsinui geot / Yourself and Yours
Hong Sang-soo
South Korea 
Painter Young-soo hears that his girlfriend Min-jung has been drinking and fighting with another man. That night they argue, and Minjung leaves, saying they should stop seeing each other for a while. The next day, Young-soo sets out to look for her, but to no avail. Meanwhile, in his hometown of Yeonnam, Min-jung, or women who look identical to her, have meetings with different...

Painter Young-soo hears that his girlfriend Min-jung has been drinking and fighting with another man. That night they argue, and Minjung leaves, saying they should stop seeing each other for a while. The next day, Young-soo sets out to look for her, but to no avail. Meanwhile, in his hometown of Yeonnam, Min-jung, or women who look identical to her, have meetings with different men. Young-soo wanders the streets fighting with himself, which is the same as fighting with the world.

Eiurinn / The Oath
Baltasar Kormkur
Iceland 
Finnur is a successful heart surgeon and father of two. His family's life begins to unravel when his daughter, Anna gets mixed up with a manipulative drug-dealing boyfriend. As the boyfriend's grip tightens around Anna and the entire family, Finnur is forced to take drastic measures.

Finnur is a successful heart surgeon and father of two. His family's life begins to unravel when his daughter, Anna gets mixed up with a manipulative drug-dealing boyfriend. As the boyfriend's grip tightens around Anna and the entire family, Finnur is forced to take drastic measures.

El hombre de las mil caras
Alberto Rodrguez
Spain 
El hombre de las mil caras is the story of a man who fooled an entire country. A tale of cheats and impostors, taking its inspiration from true facts and from one of the most intriguing characters of recent decades: the spy Francisco Paesa.

El hombre de las mil caras is the story of a man who fooled an entire country. A tale of cheats and impostors, taking its inspiration from true facts and from one of the most intriguing characters of recent decades: the spy Francisco Paesa.

El Invierno
Emiliano Torres
Argentina - France 
The old foreman of a Patagonian ranch is fired from his job. A younger ranch hand takes his place. The change wont be easy for either of them. Each, in his own way, must survive the coming winter. Debut film.

The old foreman of a Patagonian ranch is fired from his job. A younger ranch hand takes his place. The change wont be easy for either of them. Each, in his own way, must survive the coming winter. Debut film.

Ikari / Rage
Lee Sang-il
Japan 
On one wall of the room where the brutally murdered bodies lay in, the word "rage" has been spelled out in the blood of the victims. A year passes, but the murderer is not found. The case erodes people's ability to "trust" in others, particularly that of three pairs of people in a fishing village, Tokyo, and Okinawa, who have recently befriended someone with a mysterious pa...

On one wall of the room where the brutally murdered bodies lay in, the word "rage" has been spelled out in the blood of the victims. A year passes, but the murderer is not found. The case erodes people's ability to "trust" in others, particularly that of three pairs of people in a fishing village, Tokyo, and Okinawa, who have recently befriended someone with a mysterious past. Beyond lost trust lies rage - an emotion apt to turn violent and expose, in unforeseen ways, the mystery behind a murder.

Jess
Fernando Guzzoni
France - Chile - Germany - Greece - Colombia 
Santiago, Chile. Jess, 18, lives alone with his father Hector in a flat where the TV covers up their inability to communicate. The rest of the time, he dances in a K-pop band, hangs out with friends and does drugs, watches trashy clips and has sex in public places, looking for a thrill. One night, he finds it with his friends, being involved in an irreversible misadventure.

Santiago, Chile. Jess, 18, lives alone with his father Hector in a flat where the TV covers up their inability to communicate. The rest of the time, he dances in a K-pop band, hangs out with friends and does drugs, watches trashy clips and has sex in public places, looking for a thrill. One night, he finds it with his friends, being involved in an irreversible misadventure.

Jtten / The Giant
Johannes Nyholm
Sweden - Denmark 
Rikard is an autistic and severely deformed man who tries to find his way back to his long lost mother through the game of ptanque and using the help of a 200 foot giant. His fragile physique and a harsh judging environment makes everyday life tough for him. Convinced that his mum will take him back if only he wins the Nordic championship of ptanque, Rikard tries to do t...

Rikard is an autistic and severely deformed man who tries to find his way back to his long lost mother through the game of ptanque and using the help of a 200 foot giant. His fragile physique and a harsh judging environment makes everyday life tough for him. Convinced that his mum will take him back if only he wins the Nordic championship of ptanque, Rikard tries to do the impossible.

Kimi no Na wa / Your name
Makoto Shinkai
Japan 
Special Screenings
Taki and Mitsuha, one day find that their sleep brings their body swap and the two start communicating by memo. As they awkwardly overcome one challenge after another, a bond develops between the two- one that evolves into something more romantic.

Taki and Mitsuha, one day find that their sleep brings their body swap and the two start communicating by memo. As they awkwardly overcome one challenge after another, a bond develops between the two- one that evolves into something more romantic.

La reconquista
Jons Trueba
Spain 
Manuela and Olmo meet in a future as they had promised fifteen years earlier as teenagers, when they lived their first love. Based on this romantic situation, La reconquista is in fact a film about a quest for time; or about the awareness of time: of time lost and time recovered; about what we remember about ourselves and what we don't remember; about the words, gestures an...

Manuela and Olmo meet in a future as they had promised fifteen years earlier as teenagers, when they lived their first love. Based on this romantic situation, La reconquista is in fact a film about a quest for time; or about the awareness of time: of time lost and time recovered; about what we remember about ourselves and what we don't remember; about the words, gestures and feelings to which we remain faithful, because they define and compel us today, yesterday and tomorrow.


Lady Macbeth
William Oldroyd
UK 
Rural England, 1865. Katherine is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, and his cold, unforgiving family. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband's estate, a force is unleashed inside her so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

Rural England, 1865. Katherine is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, and his cold, unforgiving family. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband's estate, a force is unleashed inside her so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

Manda huevos
Diego Galn
Spain 
Special Screenings
Manda huevos would be the logical continuation of the documentary Con la pata quebrada (Barefoot in the Kitchen). Using nothing but fragments of films, Con la pata quebrada sought to summarise with narrative rhythm and good humour how Spanish cinema had represented Spanish women from the 30s until today and, with it, their evolution in society. Now, with a similar approach, our...

Manda huevos would be the logical continuation of the documentary Con la pata quebrada (Barefoot in the Kitchen). Using nothing but fragments of films, Con la pata quebrada sought to summarise with narrative rhythm and good humour how Spanish cinema had represented Spanish women from the 30s until today and, with it, their evolution in society. Now, with a similar approach, our attention is drawn to the way Spanish films have portrayed Spanish men, or at least certain prototypes.

Nocturama
Bertrand Bonello
France - Germany - Belgium 
One morning in Paris. A fistful of adolescents, from different backgrounds. Individually, they begin a strange dance through the labyrinth of the metro and the streets of the capital. They seem to be following a plan. Their gestures are precise, almost dangerous. They come together in the same place, a department store, at closing time. Paris erupts. The night begins...

One morning in Paris. A fistful of adolescents, from different backgrounds. Individually, they begin a strange dance through the labyrinth of the metro and the streets of the capital. They seem to be following a plan. Their gestures are precise, almost dangerous. They come together in the same place, a department store, at closing time. Paris erupts. The night begins...

Orpheline / Orphan
Arnaud Des Pallires
France 
Four moments in the lives of four female characters. A little girl from the countryside, playing a game of hide and seek that turns to tragedy. A teenager, caught in an endless succession of runaways, men and mishaps, because anything is better than her desolate family home. A young woman who moves to Paris and has a brush with disaster. The grown-up at last, an accomplished wo...

Four moments in the lives of four female characters. A little girl from the countryside, playing a game of hide and seek that turns to tragedy. A teenager, caught in an endless succession of runaways, men and mishaps, because anything is better than her desolate family home. A young woman who moves to Paris and has a brush with disaster. The grown-up at last, an accomplished woman, who thought she was safe from her own past. Gradually, these characters come together to form a single heroine.

Plac Zabaw / Playground
Bartosz M. Kowalski
Poland 
Final day of school in a small Polish town. It's the very last chance for 12 year old Gabrysia to tell her classmate that she has fallen in love with him. She sets up a secret meeting and blackmails her love interest to show up. But what was supposed to be an intimate talk spins out of control and leads to an unexpected ending. The film poses not only an obvious question: w...

Final day of school in a small Polish town. It's the very last chance for 12 year old Gabrysia to tell her classmate that she has fallen in love with him. She sets up a secret meeting and blackmails her love interest to show up. But what was supposed to be an intimate talk spins out of control and leads to an unexpected ending. The film poses not only an obvious question: what lies behind crimes committed by children, but also whether we are able to find an answer at all.

Que Dios nos perdone
Rodrigo Sorogoyen
Spain 
Madrid, summer 2011. Economic crisis. 15-M movement and 1.5 million pilgrims waiting for the Popes arrival live side by side in a Madrid thats hotter and more chaotic than ever. In this context, detectives Velarde and Alfaro must find what seems to be a serial killer. Their against-the-clock hunt will make them realise something theyd never imagined: neither of them are so v...

Madrid, summer 2011. Economic crisis. 15-M movement and 1.5 million pilgrims waiting for the Popes arrival live side by side in a Madrid thats hotter and more chaotic than ever. In this context, detectives Velarde and Alfaro must find what seems to be a serial killer. Their against-the-clock hunt will make them realise something theyd never imagined: neither of them are so very different from the killer.

Snowden
Oliver Stone
USA - Germany - France 
Not in competition
When Edward J. Snowden leaked documents revealing a secret NSA global surveillance programme he opened the eyes of the world and closed the doors of his own future, giving up his career, his long-term girlfriend, and his country.

When Edward J. Snowden leaked documents revealing a secret NSA global surveillance programme he opened the eyes of the world and closed the doors of his own future, giving up his career, his long-term girlfriend, and his country.

Vivir y otras ficciones
Jo Sol
Spain 
Special Screenings
The desire to have a full sex life becomes a vital, political option when Antonio, a tetraplegic writer, decides to set up a space offering sexual assistance in his own home. He who wants to live ends up having problems with life.

The desire to have a full sex life becomes a vital, political option when Antonio, a tetraplegic writer, decides to set up a space offering sexual assistance in his own home. He who wants to live ends up having problems with life.


Wo Bu Shi Pan Jinlian / I Am Not Madame Bovary
Xiaogang Feng
China 
Li Xuelian stages a fake divorce to secure an apartment only for her husband to unexpectedly remarry. After Li protests to the courts without success, she sets out on an absurdist ten-year journey.

Li Xuelian stages a fake divorce to secure an apartment only for her husband to unexpectedly remarry. After Li protests to the courts without success, she sets out on an absurdist ten-year journey.

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