71SSIFF - 22/30 September 2023
Official Selection
Official Selection
Opening Film
Alberto Rodríguez
125 min.
Modelo Prison. Barcelona, 1977. Manuel, a young accountant, imprisoned and awaiting trial for embezzlement, faces a sentence of 6 to 8 years, a disproportionate punishment for the crime committed. Together with his cellmate Pino, he joins forces with COPEL, a collective fighting for the rights of ordinary prisoners and amnesty. A war for freedom breaks out that will bring the Spanish prison system to its knees. If things are changing outside, they’ll have to do the same inside. A tale of friendship, solidarity and freedom, inspired in true events. 
Not in competition
Closing Film
Neil Jordan
Spain - Ireland - France 
110 min.
In late 1930s noir-LA, Marlowe is tasked with finding a beautiful heiresses' missing former lover. He soon discovers that underneath the missing man's disappearance lies a web of corruption that puts him in the crosshairs of several of the city's richest, and most dangerous constituents. 
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Diego Lerman
Argentina - Spain - Italy - Mexico - France 
110 min.
Lucio, a prestigious university professor of literature, takes a course at a school in the area where he grew up, in the suburbs of Buenos Aires. There he will try to help his father to save Dilan, a student hounded by a group of drug traffickers.
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Jaime Rosales
Spain - France 
107 min.
Julia, a 22-year-old mother of two, falls in love with Óscar, a troubled boy with whom she embarks on a love affair. The more time they spend together, the more Julia asks herself if Óscar is the person she really needs by her side, prompting her to set out on a personal journey to find happiness for herself and for her family.
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© 2022 Uma Pedra no Sapato, Les Films de l’Aprés-Midi, Damned Films, all rights reserved
Marco Martins
Portugal - France - UK 
113 min.
October 2019, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk (UK). Three months before Brexit. Hundreds of Portuguese migrant workers pour into town, seeking work at the local turkey factories. Tânia (The Mother of the Portuguese), a former worker in these poultry plants, is now married to an English hotel owner. She is the perfect facilitator for the Portuguese workers, but dreams of becoming a British citizen and leaving this dirty business behind by transforming her husband’s derelict hotels into refurbished senior citizens homes.
Genki Kawamura
104 min.
Diagnosed with dementia, Yuriko's mind quickly begins to fade. Yet, for her son Izumi, the memories of his mother feel as vivid as when he lived them. One in particular, when he believed she had disappeared, haunts him terribly.
Petr Václav
Czech Republic - Italy - Slovakia 
141 min.
The year is 1764. For over a year, Josef has been leading a precarious life in Venice. He hopes to become an opera composer. The city, full of talented and already-established composers, seems closed to him. Looking for work as a violinist, he comes into the orbit of a rich young woman. Thanks to her, he gets the opportunity to play at salons. But his real opportunity arises when he becomes the lover of a libertine marquise. She teaches him worldly manners, rids him of signs of a provincial upbringing and introduces him to a hedonistic existence free from religious intolerance. Thus transformed, Josef gets an incan incredible commission: to write an opera for the San Carlo, Europe's largest theatre.
Wang Chao
118 min.
From the late 1960s to the early 1980s, Kong Xiu, an ordinary female worker, bravely got rid of the shackles of two unfortunate marriages, and grew up to be a writer in her spare time in the heavy workshop work.
Fernando Franco
110 min.
Laura has just arrived in Madrid to study at University. One night, she accidentally meets David, who has cerebral palsy. The relationship with the boy and his mother will give Laura the push she needs to overcome her complexes and insecurities and confidently enter a new phase. A story about that vital moment when anything is possible and how the most unexpected encounters can change our lives. 
Pilar Palomero
123 min.
At the age of 14, Carla is a wild and rebellious teenager. Living in a modest restaurant on the outskirts of a town with her young single mother, she skips school and passes the time with her friend Efraín. When a social worker realizes that Carla is five months pregnant, she is taken to ‘La Maternal’, a center for teenage mothers, to live with other young women like herself. Together with their babies, they will learn to cope with this new adult life for which they had no time to prepare.
Christophe Honoré
122 min.
Lucas is 17 when his teenage world is suddenly shattered. He views his life as a wild animal in need of taming. Between a brother settled in Paris and a mother with whom he now lives alone, Lucas will to have to fight to rediscover hope and love.
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Laura Mora
Colombia - Luxembourg - France - Mexico - Norway 
110 min.
“One day all men fell asleep… And the rims of the world burned”. Los reyes del mundo is a film about the disobedience, friendship and dignity that exist in resistance. Rá, Culebro, Sere, Winny and Nano. Five boys who live on the streets of Medellín. Five kings with no kingdom, no law, no family, set out on a journey in search of the promised land. A subversive tale told through a wild and endearing clan, somewhere between reality and delirium. A journey to nowhere, where everything happens.
Manuel Abramovich
Argentina - France - Brazil - Mexico 
94 min.
Lalo is a sex influencer: he posts photos of his naked body and homemade porn videos for his thousands of social media followers. Lalo directs his own life, but in private, when out of character, he seems to live in constant melancholy.
Ikusmira Berriak 2018 WIP Latam 2021
Rolf Konow
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Frelle Petersen
111 min.
When married couple Egon and Maren lose their adult son, their family, which includes their daughter Lily, is paralyzed with grief. As it turns out, the three of them have very different ways of coping with grief and soon find themselves slipping apart. Now the three of them need to find their way back to life and to reconstitute the family. Forever is a life-affirming family drama set in Southern Jutland, the southernmost corner of Denmark.
Marian Mathias
USA - Germany - France 
76 min.
After the sudden death of her father, Haas meets Will. Runner is the story of two young strangers finding each other across the vast American landscape.
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Ulrich Seidl
Austria - France - Germany 
99 min.
Ewald moved to Rumania years ago. Now in his 40s, he seeks a fresh start. Leaving his girlfriend, he moves to the hinterland. With young boys from the area, he transforms a decaying school into a fortress. The children enjoy a new, carefree existence. But the distrust of the villagers is soon awoken. And Ewald is forced to confront a truth he has long suppressed. Sparta is the brother film to Rimini, and the conclusion of Ulrich Seidl's diptych about the inescapability of the past and the pain of finding yourself.
Mikel Gurrea
116 min.
Helena and Ivan decide to make a new life for themselves amongst cork trees, but their different points of view on how to live on the land surface, challenging their future as a couple.
Ikusmira Berriak 2016
Sebastián Lelio
UK - Ireland 
119 min.
The Irish Midlands, 1862. A young girl stops eating but remains miraculously alive and well. English nurse Lib Wright is brought to a tiny village to observe eleven-year old Anna O'Donnell. Tourists and pilgrims mass to witness the girl who is said to have survived without food for months. Is the village harbouring a saint "surviving on manna from heaven" or are there more ominous motives at work? A psychological thriller inspired by the 19th century phenomenon of the fasting girls and adapted from the acclaimed novel by Emma Donoghue.
Hong Sangsoo
South Korea 
97 min.
A middle-aged film director and the daughter he hasn't seen in years visit a building owned by an interior designer. They have come because the daughter also hopes to study interior design. The designer takes them up floor by floor to show them the renovations she has done. The three of them go into the rooms on each floor to look around. After the film begins in this way, we start again at the bottom and ascend one floor at a time.
Emilio Pereda
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Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Raúl Arévalo, Isa Campo, Alberto Rodríguez, Isaki Lacuesta
229 min. Series
A solar storm hits the Earth, causing a widespread blackout. In this new reality, five stories unfold, focusing on characters who struggle to adapt to a world without electricity, telecommunications or means of transport, where they are forced to face up to their most primal needs, instincts and fears. 
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Yannick Kergoat
114 min.
Welcome to the world of capital flight! The key to amassing a huge fortune? Find accomplices, know how to hide and take advantage of every loophole in the system.The rest of us can only bask in the joys of austerity politics in an ever-more un-egalitarian world. How far will they go, these predators who steal from our national economies? How complicit are our politicians? And how do we stop them? A funny, shocking and true in-depth investigation - a unique and hopeful call for change.
Special Screenings
Isabel Coixet
94 min.
In 2018, a group of nine women filed a complaint against two of their teachers at Lleida’s Theatre School for sexual abuse carried out between 2001 and 2008, when they were teenagers. It was too late. Due to fear, embarrassment, because they took so long to understand and digest what had happened, the complaint arrived when the statute of limitations had expired and the case had been closed. What they didn’t know is that, despite the statute of limitations having expired, their statements were opening a new door where, perhaps, all was not lost.
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