A Double Life

[spacer height=”20px”] Nominated for: In Competition Feature Films A Double Life is a beautiful film, plain and simple. It is the first feature length directed by filmmaker Yoshiyuki Kishi; slowly paced, the film is the spellbinding story of a post-graduate student, Tama (Mugi Kadowaki), who is assigned by her professor (Lily Franky) to follow and report…

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International Shorts 2

Peacock: 4/5 Nominated for: Best Short Film Following the twisted, taboo, and very true tale of a young Ladislav (one of the most influential of Czech writers) comes the black comedy Peacock. Ladislav (Julius Feldmeier) is a passionate rapscallion, the son of a landlord who is forced into hiding in a monastery when war breaks…

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International Shorts 1

Böisé: 2/5 An interesting project that intrigues but never reveals, leaving you wishing it was just five minutes longer. The entire short is a single take, steadily zooming in on a woman being interrogated in a dirty, sterile room, and from the cinematography perspective, it is a stunning project. The script was originally written in French,…

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Gozo

Nominated for: Best UK Feature Gozo is a vivid, Technicolor dream in which a young couple, who are madly in love, run away to the eponymous Maltese island. Soon, however, it becomes clear that they are running from a sordid past in which Joe’s (Joseph Kennedy) scorned ex-lover killed herself after finding the two of…

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For Grace

Nominated for: Best UK Feature This mockumentary debut feature from Sebastian Armesto dips into areas of pathos and humour to create an original film that steers clear of the usual format of the genre. After a fairly shaky start of awkward laughs that don’t quite hit the mark, the exploits of the protagonist, Ben, do…

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