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Emerging Directors

List of films to be screened within Emerging Directors section of the 9th Panorama of the European Film which runs between 2 and 13 November 2016

Ahram Online , Sunday 30 Oct 2016
Emerging Directors

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Country: Finland, Lithuania

Year: 2015

Director: Mikko Kuparinen

Starring: Josée Croze, Mikko Nousiainen

Genre: Drama

Running Time: 84 min

Language: English, French, Finnish

Subtitles: English

While on a business trip, Caroline, a French architect, and Jaako, a Finnish DJ, meet in Vilnius, Lithuania and end up spending the night together. But their relationship, which they first thought was a one night stand, takes an unexpected turn when a volcanic ash cloud prevents all flights from taking off.

Best Director - Montreal World IFF 2015

Best Film - Valladolid IFF 2015

Nominated in the New Directors Competition - Sao Paulo IFF 2015

(Photo: still from 2 Nights till Morning)


Country: Belgium, Netherlands

Year: 2015

Director: Robin Pront

Starring: Jeroen Perceval, Veerle Baetens, Kevin Janssens

Genre: Drama

Running Time: 90 min

Language: Flemish, French

Subtitles: English

Surfacing from a pool, Dave gasps for air as he runs to a getaway vehicle — leaving his brother Kenny behind at the scene of a crime and speeding off into the night with Kenny's girlfriend, Sylvie. Four years later Kenneth is released from prison but much has changed. On the surface, it's all warm hugs, but tensions simmer underneath as Kenny tries to adapt to the idea of life in the straight lane, while Dave and Sylvie struggle to keep their relationship secret.

Belgian Submission - Academy Awards 2017

Best Flemish Film - Magritte Awards 2016

Fresh Blood Best Film - Beaune IFF 2016

Discovery - Toronto IFF 2015

(Photo: still from The Ardennes)


Country: United Kingdom

Year: 2015

Director: Chanya Button

Starring: Laura Carmichael, Chloe Pirrie, Jack Farthing

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Running Time: 106 min

Language: English

Subtitles: Arabic

Following the death of their friend, two women in their late twenties embark on a road trip across the UK. With elaborate video instructions from Dan, to scatter his ashes, Seph and Alex take turns driving. Dan is in the glove compartment, in a tupperware, decreasing in volume as the trip progresses.

Grand Prix in International Competition - Odessa IFF 2016

In Competition - Seattle IFF 2016

Laugh Section - BFI London IFF 2015

Burn Burn Burn
(Photo: still from Burn Burn Burn)


Country: Germany

Year: 2015

Director: Gerd Schneider

Starring: Sebastian Blomberg, Kai Schumann,  Jan Messutat

Genre: Drama

Running Time: 95 min

Language: German

Subtitles: English

The life and faith of catholic prison minister Jakob Voelz is fundamentally troubled when his best friend and colleague Dominik Bertram is taken in custody under suspicion of sexual abuse. Jakob would be more than happy to believe Dominik is innocent. What Jakob is beginning to suspect becomes a crucial test for his faith and his self-conception as a priest: There is a truth we welcome and there is a truth we fear, about which we tend to fall silent. Jakob begins to turn against that silence within the church, in order to discover the truth.

Regards Jeunes Prize- Arras IFF 2015

Public Choice Award - Santa Barbara IFF 2015

German Premiere - Filmfestival Max-Ophüls-Preis 2015

The Culpable
(Photo: still from The Culpable)


Country: France, Belgium

Year: 2016

Director: Farid Bentoumi

Starring: Sami Bouajila, Chiara Mastroianni, Franck Gastambide


Running Time: 90 min

Language: French, Arabic

Subtitles: English

Samir has given much of his time and money developing ski equipments for a Swedish Olympic athlete. When the contract fails, his business partner and closest friend plans to save their company by sending Samir to represent Algeria at the Winter Olympics. Already broke, and expecting his second child, Samir trains to become the first Algerian cross-country skiing male athlete to participate in the winter games. But he must first go back to Algeria, his father's homeland, in order to achieve this goal.

Good Luck Sam
(Photo: still from Good Luck Sam)


Country: Georgia

Year: 2016

Director: Rusudan Glurjidze

Starring: Zurab Magalashvili, Olga Dykhovichnaya, Ia Sukhitashvili

Genre: Drama

Running Time: 103 min

Language: Georgian

Subtitles: English

It’s the beginning of the 1990s and Georgia is immersed in a civil war with the newly emerging state of Abkhazia. Those who managed to escape and now find themselves on the winning side are assigned houses previously occupied by the enemy. In the strange environment of other people’s homes, with lingering memories of the horrors experienced by the original occupants, many of these new arrivals try to start afresh. But there’s no sign of the contentment they had envisaged in their new surroundings; their old demons have come back to torment them.

Georgia Submission - Academy Awards 2017

East of the West Award - Karlovy Vary IFF 2016

Nominated Audience Award - San Sebastian IFF 2016

House of Others
(Photo: still from House of Others)


Country: Austria

Year: 2015

Director: Stephan Richter

Starring: Jack Hofer, Simon Morzé, Christopher Schaerf

Genre: Drama

Running Time: 86 min

Language: German

Subtitles: English

A huge supermarket is the only meeting point for 14-year old Julian and his newly met friends. Fresh emotions of brotherhood, affection and thrill encourage their wish to breakout of suburban boredom. One night, Julian and his pal Marko break into the supermarket full of promising products. A moment of childish freedom ends abruptly in a moment of harsh grown-up reality. A story inspired by true events.

New Directors Competition - San Sebastian IFF 2015

Best Feature Film - Max Ophüls Festival 2016

Official Selection in the Focus Section - Zurich IFF 2015

Nominated in the Open Horizons Section - Thessaloniki IFF 2015

One of Us
(Photo: still from One of Us)


Country: Turkey

Year: 2016

Director: Barış Kaya, Soner Caner

Starring: Soner Caner, Alen Huseyin Gursoy, Talip Ubiç

Genre: Drama

Running Time: 94 min

Language: Turkish, Kurdish

Subtitles: English

First love is often painful. Still, that’s not going to stop Rauf from showing Zana how much he fancies her. Undeterred by the consequences of war, or the fact that he’s already dropped out of school to apprentice as a carpenter, the boy holds on to his one hope: Rauf sets off on a quest to find the special colour that symbolizes his love. This turns out to be no trivial undertaking in his snowy little isolated corner of Anatolia. 

Nominated Crystal Bear – Berlin IFF 2016

Special Prize of the Jury - Istanbul IFF 2016

FIPRESCI Award – Sofia IFF 2016

(Photo: still from Rauf)



Country : Italy

Year : 2015

Director : Gabriele Mainetti

Starring: Claudio Santamaria, Luca Marinelli, Stefano Ambrogi

Genre: Action, Comedy, Science-Fiction

Running Time: 112 min

Language : Italian

Subtitles : English

Enzo Ceccotti comes into contact with a radioactive substance, then accidently discovers he has superpowers. A touchy, navel-gazing introvert, he’s sure his new capabilities will do wonders for his life of crime, but that all changes when he meets Alessia, who’s convinced he’s the hero from the famous Japanese comic strip, Steel Jeeg Robot.

Official Selection - Karlovy Vary IFF 2016

Audience Award (2nd Place)  - Fantasia IFF 2016

Best New Director, Best Producer, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Editing - David di Donatello Awards 2016

(Photo: still from They Call Me Jeeg)


Country: Italy, France

Year: 2015

Director: Piero Messina

Starring: Juliette Binoche, Lou De Laage, Giorgio Colangeli


Running Time: 100 min

Language: Italian, French

Subtitles: English

In the vast rooms of an ancient villa, Anna spends her days in solitude. Only the footsteps of Pietro, the handyman, break the silence. Unexpectedly, Jeanne arrives, a young woman saying she is the girlfriend of Anna’s son, Giuseppe. He has invited her to spend a few days together but he’s not there. Soon he will be back, says Anna, unable to reveal an unspeakable truth. As the days go by, the two women slowly get to know each other and together they wait for Easter Day when Giuseppe will finally come home.

Best Actress - Bari IFF 2016

European Silver RIbbon, SIAE Silver RIbbon - Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists 2016

Nominated for Best New Director and Best Actress - David Di Donatello Awards 2016

FEDIC and SIGNIS Awards - Special Mention - Venice IFF 2015

The Wait
(Photo: still from The Wait)

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