71SSIFF - 22/30 September 2023
Official Selection
Official Selection
Opening Film (In competition)
Emmanuelle Bercot
128 min.
Based on the book by Irène 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 Irène Frachon, who broke the MEDIATOR scandal.
Closing Film
Jérôme Salle
France - Belgium 
122 min.
Legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau and estranged son Philippe embark on their greatest adventure. Aboard the Calypso, they will find each other - before tragedy strikes.
Not in competition
J.A. Bayona
108 min.
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.
Not in competition
Richard Foreman Jr.
© Richard Foreman Jr.
Ewan McGregor
126 min.
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 Swede’s 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.
Miles Joris-Peyrafitte
105 min.
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 Luna, Santiago Garrido Rua
83 min.
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 tête-à-têtes 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.
Special Screenings
Nacho Vigalondo
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.
Not in competition
La Aventura Audiovisual S.L.
© La Aventura Audiovisual S.L.
Hong Sang-soo
South Korea 
86 min.
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.
Lilja Jonsdottir for RVK Studios
© Lilja Jonsdottir for RVK Studios
Baltasar Kormákur
110 min.
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 Espía de las Mil Caras, AIE
© El Espía de las Mil Caras, AIE
Alberto Rodríguez
123 min.
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.
Emiliano Torres
Argentina - France 
93 min.
The old foreman of a Patagonian ranch is fired from his job. A younger ranch hand takes his place. The change won’t be easy for either of them. Each, in his own way, must survive the coming winter. Debut film.
Lee Sang-il
144 min.
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.
Fernando Guzzoni
France - Chile - Germany - Greece - Colombia 
87 min.
Santiago, Chile. Jesús, 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.
Johannes Nyholm
Sweden - Denmark 
90 min.
Rikard is an autistic and severely deformed man who tries to find his way back to his long lost mother through the game of pétanque 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 pétanque, Rikard tries to do the impossible.
Makoto Shinkai
105 min.
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.
Special Screenings
Jonás Trueba
108 min.
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.
William Oldroyd
89 min.
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.
Diego Galán
95 min.
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.
Special Screenings
Bertrand Bonello
France - Germany - Belgium 
130 min.
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...
Les Films Hatari & Les Films d'Ici
© Les Films Hatari & Les Films d'Ici
Arnaud Des Pallières
111 min.
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.
Bartosz M. Kowalski
82 min.
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.
Rodrigo Sorogoyen
126 min.
Madrid, summer 2011. Economic crisis. 15-M movement and 1.5 million pilgrims waiting for the Pope’s arrival live side by side in a Madrid that’s 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 they’d never imagined: neither of them are so very different from the killer.
Oliver Stone
USA - Germany - France 
132 min.
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.
Not in competition
Jo Sol
81 min.
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.
Special Screenings
Xiaogang Feng
128 min.
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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