10 Debuts in Main Competition Program
Festival in Media
2017-11-20

International competition is the most important part of the festival which presents to the audience debut feature films of new generation European directors. An invited jury will award the winners with two prizes: "Golden Prometheus" (for the best film), and "Silver Prometheus" (for the best director).

10 films take part in this year's program. Although the heroes of the film stories presented from 10 countries live in different realities, they have very much in common. Looking for one's self and identity are surely the eternal issues which never fade away and never get old.

"Brazilians" (Hungary, 2017)

Chaos bursts out among the gypsy minority of the town of Acsa when the mayor, urged by the new young priest of the village, announces that this year the gypsy football team called Brazilians can also take part in the football championship of the village; and this year, thanks to a Brazilian millionaire originally from Acsa, the winning team will be invited to Rio de Janiero. The championship starts. Events, emotions and anger take unpredictable directions. Those who win in the end were not supposed to be the winners, and those who find love, were not supposed to fall in love with each other.

In 1993 Gábor Rohonyi graduated from the Hungarian Academy of Drama and Film; greaduated as a film director. "Brazilians" his second film, but it's debut of film's second director Csaba M. Kiss. Csaba M. Kiss studied journalism, specialized in internal politics, at MÚOSZ György Bálint Academy of Journalism in Budapest, 1989.

"Damned Summer" (Portugal, 2017)

The summer of Chico starts at home, with his grandparents, under the cover of the lemon trees. An outlet. The ground of his childhood memories. But now, he belongs to Lisbon, where he graduated and where he hopes to find a career. Chico is part of a generation without prospects and expectations, where reaching adulthood seems to be perpetually delayed. The nights of Lisbon, intoxicated by its affections and heartbreaks, hold him into a psychedelic hedonism, where burning anguish fuels into euphoria.

Pedro Cabeleira graduated in Directing from Lisbon Theatre and Film School where he shots his medium-format film, "ESTRANHAMENTO" (2013). After graduating, he founded Videolotion, a production company, with Joana Peralta and Marta Ribeiro.

 

"The Charmer" (Denmark, Sweden, France, 2017)

The Charmer is an intense psychological drama about Esmail, a young Iranian man who is desperately trying to meet women who can secure his stay in Denmark. As time runs out, he falls in love and his past catches up with him. The film deals with themes of race, class, and the struggle for a better life.

Iranian-born filmmaker Milad Alami was raised in Northern Sweden and, for the past ten years, has resided in Denmark. He's a graduate of the National Film School of Denmark, and his short film "Void" (2014) - co-directed with Aygul Bakanova and starring Lars Mikkelsen - premiered in Cannes' Directors' Fortnight. His 2015 short "Mommy" won the Danish Film Academy Award for Best Short Film. "The Charmer" is Alami's debut feature and was the opening film of the New Directors competition at the 65th San Sebastián International Film Festival.

 


"Falling" (Ukraine, 2017)

Anton and Katia happen upon one another in night-time Kiev. Both are trying to find their bearings in life, and their encounter changes everything...

Marina Stepanska graduated from the Karpenko-Kary Kiev National University of Film and Television in 2004. She has directed several shorts and also wrote various scripts. "Man's Work" (Cholovicha robota, 2015) won Best Ukrainian Short at the Odessa IFF and an award for the ensemble cast at the Molodist IFF in Kiev. "Falling" is her feature film debut. This psychological drama by debuting Marina Stepanska offers up both a fragile love story and a strong statement on the current young generation as it searches for its place in post-revolutionary Ukraine. "Falling" Premiered at Karlovy Vary IFF (Competition), 2017.

 

"The Gulf" (Turkey, Germany, Greece, 2017)

Leaving behind a ruined career and a bitter divorce, Selim returns to his hometown Izmir. Unwilling to make plans for the future, he wanders around revisiting his past: family, schoolmates, an ex-lover. He runs into Cihan, a friend from the military service, an idler with a charming energy. As people start leaving Izmir due to a terrible smell caused by a mysterious maritime accident, Selim finds himself gradually drawn to a new world where he will go back embracing the possibilities of life.

Emre Yeksan graduated in Film Studies from the Mimar Sinan University and from the University of Paris - La Sorbonne. He worked as a producer in Paris and moved back to Istanbul in 2008 where he also started developing his own projects.

 

"Ravens" (Sweden, 2017)

1970s, Sweden- Hard working farmer Agne struggles with the harsh reality of his daily life, hoping his teenage son Klas will take over the farm and continue his legacy. Klas however, dreams of a world far away from this rural existence. Sumptuously lensed, this powerful coming of age story paints a tangled web of shame, guilt, madness and the dreams of youth.

Jens Assur was born in Jämtland, Sweden. His short films include "The Last Dog in Rwanda" (2006), "Killing the Chickens to Scare the Monkeys" (2011), "A Society" (2012), and "Hot Nasty Teen" (2014). "Ravens" is his debut feature.

 

"Scaffolding" (Israel, Poland, 2017)

17-year -old Asher has always been the impulsive troublemaker, from primary school, all through junior high and high school. It's hard for him to concentrate in class, and he is compelled by a lot of rage and violence; yet he is also endowed with a considerable amount of charm and street wisdom. While his strict father sees him as a natural successor to the family's scaffolding business, Asher finds a different masculine role model in his gentle literature teacher Rami and forges a special connection with him. Torn between the two worlds, Asher looks for a chance for a new life and new identity. When a sudden tragedy occurs, he has to take the ultimate test of maturity.

Matan Yair is a filmmaker, an author and a high school history and literature teacher. He's a graduate of the screenwriting program at the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School in Jerusalem, as well as of the MFA directing program at Tel Aviv University. Matan's literary and artistic work derives from his personal experiences and biography. "SCAFFOLDING" is his first feature film and was selected in the ACID progrmme at Cannes 2017.

 


"Scary Mother" (Georgia, Estonia, 2017)

A 50-year-old housewife, Manana, struggles with her dilemma - she has to choose between her family life and her passion, writing, which she had repressed for years - she decides to follow her passion and plunges herself into writing, sacrificing to it mentally and physically.

Ana Urushadze was born in Tbilisi (Georgia) in 1990, graduated from the Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Georgia State Film University in 2013 and directed several short films. "Scary Mother" is her feature film debut. Among films multiple awards are the following: Golden Leopard award, in the Best First Feature category at the Locarno Film Festival; top prize at Sarajevo Film Festival; the Golden Star, the fest's top feature film competition prize at Egypt's El Gouna Film Festival; Jury Grand Prize (Asian Oscar) at Asia Pacific Screen Awards; Nata Murvanidze's Asian Oscar for the Best Performance by an Actress, At the Gijon Film Festival movie was awarded with 3 prizes: Best Directing, Best Cinematography and Best Movie (Youth jury prize).


"Star Boys" (Finland, Sweden, 2017)

"STAR BOYS" is a powerful story of two families being torn apart by disintegrating moral values when the sexual revolution arrives at a conservative and religious small town in Northern Finland. The film takes us inside the lives of two families through the eyes of the children, 13-yearold. Star boy singers, forced to observe from too close distance the consequences of their parents' sexual liberation and endless need for love and freedom. Following a fateful toga party no one and nothing is the same and the boys' confusion erupts violently. "STAR BOYS", whilst dealing with heavy themes, is ultimately a warm and positive survival story portraying the persistence and capacity of children to get over even most difficult experiences in life. The style of "STAR BOYS" could be described as magic realism.

Visa Koiso-Kanttila is one of the most acknowledged documentary film directors in Finland and Scandinavia. His documentary films have won several awards both at national and international film festivals. "STAR BOYS" is his debut as a fiction director.

 

"Summer 1993" (Spain, 2017)

Spain, summer 1993. Following the death of her parents, six years old Frida faces the first summer with her new adoptive family in the Catalan province. Before the season is over, the girl has to learn to cope with her emotions and her parents have to learn to love her as their own daughter.

Carla Simón studied at the University of California and the Audiovisual Communication Department of Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona. After that she directed TV series and programmes for TV Catalan. Carla moved to the UK to study at the London Film School.

 

 

 

 

 

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