Competition Films

ANT STORY
Bangladesh, 96’
Director: Mostofa Sarwar Farooki
Synopsis:
Every day on way back his suburban home on the other side of the river, struggling young graduate Mithu keeps gazing at the dazzling city of Dhaka which is like a big pie. Everybody wants to have a stake in that pie. Mithu-who is a byproduct of a materialistic society - feels he is not properly equipped to win over his stake. So he starts to equip himself in an unusual and unethical fashion. He realizes when the world can’t be changed according to one’s wish; it’s easier to create a new customized world!



BEGIN AGAIN
 
UK, 104’
Director: John Carney 
Synopsis:
The latest film from writer-director John Carney (ONCE), BEGIN AGAIN is a soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beautiful music together. Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label.But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City. BEGIN AGAIN is produced and financed by Exclusive Media and produced by Anthony Bregman, Tobin Armbrust and Judd Apatow.



CANOPY
Australia/Singapore, 79’
Director: Aaron Wilson
Synopsis:
In this engrossing survival thriller set during the Japanese invasion of Singapore in 1942, an Australian fighter pilot shot down in combat awakened suspended in the treetops. As night devours day, he must navigate through dangerous jungle in search of sanctuary. The stranded Australian airman and the Chinese resistance fighter banded together to fight their way out of the forbidding jungle wilderness. Transcending language and culture, CANOPY is a cinematic tour exploring the nature collision of war and its impact on humanity.



DIPLOMACY
France/Germany, 81’
Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Synopsis:
August 25th, 1944. The Allies enter Paris. Shortly before dawn, Dietrich von Choltitz, German military governor of Paris, prepares to execute Adolph Hitler's order to blow up the French capital. Bridges and monuments are all rigged to explode. And yet, Paris is not destroyed. For what reasons does von Choltitz refuse to carry out the Fuhrer's commands, despite his boundless loyalty to the Third Reich? Was it Raoul Nordling, Swedish consul-general to Paris, who makes the General change his mind?



ELIZA GRAVES
USA, 109’
Director: Brad Anderson 
Synopsis:
When Edward, a young doctor fresh out of college, arrives at Stonehearst Asylum in search of an apprentice position, he is warmly welcomed by the superintendent, Dr. Lamb and his “staff”, including Finn and a mesmerizing woman by the name of Eliza Graves. Edward is intrigued by Lamb’s modern methods until a series of unusual events lead him to make a horrifying discovery, exposing Lamb’s utopia and proving that nobody is who or what they appear to be.



LADY MAIKO
Japan, 135’
Director: SUO Masayuki
Synopsis:
The story is set in the ancient and authentic Geisha quarters of Kyoto named Shimohachiken. "Bansuraku", a venerable teahouse of the old-school has a problem; it only has one "Maiko" left, the elderly Momoharu. One day, while the town throngs to the festival of Setsubun in celebration of the coming of spring, a girl comes knocking at the teahouse door. A young country girl, Haruko, is begging to be allowed to apprentice as a Maiko but tradition dictates that it's inconceivable a clueless nobody would be taken up by an esteemed teahouse such as theirs. However, it just so happens that a client of the house and Doctor of Linguists is intrigued by Haruko's contradictory mixture of regional accents. And so it happens that Haruko is launched into the harsh world of Maiko apprenticeship. This depiction of one young girl's battle with adversity, filled with laughter, tears, song and dance will be sure to entertain audiences everywhere.



THE LAST EXECUTIONER
Thailand, 94’
Director: Tom Waller
Synopsis:
Inspired by real events, THE LAST EXECUTIONER is the incredible true story of Chavoret Jaruboon, the last person in Thailand whose job is to execute criminals by gun. He is a wild rock and roller who takes a 'respectable' job to support the family he loves devotedly, then constantly tries to reconcile good and bad karma that arises from his decision. It is a story of the most beautiful and the most surreal death.



LITTLE ENGLAND
Greece, 132’
Director: Pantelis Voulgaris
Synopsis:
In 1930s Andros, a Greek island rich in maritime traditions has a tradition: women marry sailors and spend their lives in loneliness. 20-year-old Orsa is passionately in love with sailor Spiros. Taciturn Orsa does not reveal her secret to anyone. Even her younger sister Moscha. The girls' mother, Mina, a disciplined but shrewd wife, is truly at the helm of the family in the absence of her husband. She turns down Spiros' proposal to Orsa as he is neither a captain nor comes from a humble background. Orsa is devastated but succumbs to her mother's wishes to marry Nikos, a captain and shipowner. After some years, Spiros returns to the island as an accomplished and wealthy captain and marries Moscha. The two couples share the same house, the ground floor for Orsa and the first floor for Moscha. The thin cypress-wood floorboards of the ceiling allow the sounds of everyday life and love-making to drip from the floor above to the one below. Suppressed feelings are inevitably rekindled and cruel games of fate reveal secrets and lead to devastation at the breakout of World War II.



PREDESTINATION
Australia, 95’
Director: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig 
Synopsis:
PREDESTINATION, based on the science fiction short story "All You Zombies" by Robert A. Heinlein, chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for all eternity. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.



THE SACRED ARROW
China, 96’
Director: Pema Tseden
Synopsis:
The film THE SACRED ARROW tells of the thousand year old Amdo Tibetan tradition of the Archery Competition. Through the story of two villages, come site take of the traditional youth archery competition, the yearly conflict, the friendships, love entanglements, ancient traditions and spiritual traditions. In a new and changing era, Tibetans carry forward their cultural heritage from generation to generation, forming an endless story.



SHE ADORES HIM 
France, 105’
Director: Jeanne Herry
Synopsis:
Muriel is a beautician. But above all, she’s a fan, the number one fan of French pop star Vincent Lacroix, who is at the height of his career. So she's completely flabbergasted when she opens her door one night and finds her idol standing on her doorstep. He asks her to help him dispose a hefty package – one containing the body of his wife – that is stowed in the trunk of his car. Muriel agrees without a second thought. That is the night she opens her door to her idol. That is the night she opening her door to her idol. That is the night when all the trouble starts.



SNOW
Iran, 83’
Director: Mendi Rahmani
Synopsis:
This film is about the travails of the Vaziri family. Once affluent, the Vaziris now find themselves poor and bankrupt. Their only daughter plans to marry and the suitor is soon to discover. Problems abound for the daughter when she finds that she must present her suitor to her family. Not embarrassing their daughter requires careful planning on the part of the Vaziris. They must hide their situation as destitute people in class- conscious times.


 
THE TARGET
Korea, 101’
Director: YOON Hong-Seung
Synopsis:
Once a skilled mercenary, Yeo-hoon now leads a normal life with his hedonist brother. While carrying out an unremarkable errand for his brother, he enters an office to discover a man murdered. Now hunted by the killers, Yeo-hoon is shot and wheeled off to a hospital. The next day, the murdered man is identified as the president of SY Group and Yeo-hoon is the prime suspect. Yeo-hoon is under the care of resident Tae-jun, a happy man expecting his first child with his wife. After saving Yeo-hoon from the killers on his night shift, his wife is kidnapped and Tae-jun receives a phone call demanding Yeo-hoon’s release from the hospital in exchange for his wife’s life. Frantic, Tae-jun does as he’s told and helps Yeo-hoon escape from the hospital. The former mercenary accidentally involved in a murder conspiracy and a doctor desperate to save his abducted wife embark on a dangerous 36-hour pursuit for justice.
 

 
UNCLE VICTORY
China, 105’
Director: ZHANG Meng
Synopsis:
The film tells a story of a gangster in Northeast China in the 1990s. This extremely personalized man restarted his life with various challenges. Shengli spent ten years in jail for accidental injury. After he was released, he wanted to wash off the Guangong tattoo on his back. The club left a mess to him that the owner of a poor-managed kindergarten ran away in order to dodge the creditor while several kids were left behind. He tried to manage the kindergarten and succeeded in burying a ten-year hatchet. Meanwhile, he met a girl named Xiaomei in the last dancing hall of the city with whom he fell in love deeply. However, the love between them is doomed to be full of romantic regrets.
 
 

THE WOODS ARE STILL GREEN
Austria/Slovenia, 106’
Director: Marko Nabersnik
Synopsis:
The film tells a story of World War I in 1914 when Italy declared war to Austro-Hungary. Isonzo River lies between two hills, which makes it a strategically important area, and the fiercest battlefield. In 1917, Captain Jan Kopetzky and another soldier survived during a battle between the two countries and their mission was to send the latest war news to headquarter through telegraph. One evening in August, a air raid suddenly attacked this place. Captain Jan Kopetzky lost one leg and couldn't stop bleeding; while the other soldier dead at the scene. Lenard was seeking help from headquarter while taking care of Kopetzky. However, Kopetzky died without adequate medicine treatment. Witness his friends die one after another, Lenard was quite disappointed with Austro-Hungary. He destroyed the communication equipment, buried their bodies and left the base with things left by the two late friends.