Dusky Paradise

Nominated for: Best Feature Debut Gregory Kirchhoff’s Dusky Paradise is a staple indie flick. The apathetic Jacob (Kes Baxter) finds himself in a new location (an unnamed paradise), is greeted by an overbearingly curious older neighbour Matteo (Martin Umbach), and eventually stumbles across an adventurous female character, Zoe (Charlotte Krenz). The story has been told…

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The Violin Player

Nominated for: In Competition Feature Films The Violin Player follows a day in the life of a failed Bollywood session violinist whose life revolves around ‘remarkable nothingness’. He catches the attention of a stranger (Adil Hussain) in a train station, who then offers him an opportunity to score his film. What occurs is a truly…

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Hortensia

Nominated for: In Competition Feature Films Hortensia is an Argentinian film full of charm, quirkiness, and is somewhat confusing. Let this not deter you, as the eponymous character Hortensia is played by Camila Romagnolo, whose comedic timing is perfect and irreplaceable. Romagnolo is also joined by a superb cast, all of whom are so fit…

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UK Shorts

Dunroamin: 4/5 Nominated for: Best UK Short Film Oliver S. Milburn’s unnerving Dunroamin takes everything that is quintessentially British and puts it, as you might expect, in the form of a black comedy. The two leads were outstanding in their portrayal of a seller and a buyer with an unknown history, deeply evocative of BBC’s…

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El Pastor

A construction company swans into the crumbling town with promises of a major urbanisation development. Anselmo’s neighbours leap at the chance. He does not. Not even when the developers tell him they need his farm for the squash courts. It is his farm. They can build round him if they like. He has lit the…

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Between Us

Between Us tackles the issues of what happens following the ‘happily ever after’. It follows a bohemian couple, Dianne (Olivia Thirlby) and Henry (Ben Feldman), who are both starting to question whether they are suited for each other. With slightly different worldviews, each of them finds another person who seems to be more ideal but…

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European Shorts

Nkosi Coiffure 3/5 This Belgian short creates the perfect opportunity for many views to come together to discuss abortion. Set in an African salon following the argument of 34 year old Eva and her boyfriend, the women inside rally around the shaken lead and uncover precisely what the spat was about. Initially they discuss the…

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