The 37th edition of the festival runs from April 6 to 17. The festival hosts 198 feature films, as well as 12 short films, in 18 different categories, and in addition to the screening of a total of 210 films by 218 directors from 43 countries, there will be Q&As and festival talks with guest filmmakers, concerts, and other special events. Golden Tulips are presented to the winners in the International and National Competition sections.

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Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.
Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.
Drawn from a never before seen cache of personal footage spanning decades, this is an intimate portrait of the Sri Lankan artist and musician who continues to shatter conventions.
Maria By Callas
Maria By Callas
The most famous soprano in the world, a true diva, recounts her life 40 years after her death.
The Captain
The Captain
In the dying days of the Second World War, a young German soldier steals a captain's uniform. Impersonating an officer he gathers a group of deserters and proceeds to kill and plunder his way through a beaten Nazi Germany.
Mug
Mug
Jacek enjoys his existence as a cool misfit in his Polish backwater. After a terrible accident on the site where the world’s largest statue of Jesus is being constructed, he is celebrated as a national hero and martyr.
Black Tide
Black Tide
An alcoholic cop investigates the disappearance of a teenager who is the same age as his son.
The Heiresses
The Heiresses
When Chiquita is sent to prison for debt, her introverted girlfriend Chela is left to her own devices. Chela offers rich women a taxi service in her old car. As she explores the outside world she also starts to focus on her own desires.
Doubtful
Doubtful
When a screenwriter is sentenced to community service, he finds his work with juvenile offenders offers him an unexpected outlet.
The Miseducation Of Cameron Post
The Miseducation Of Cameron Post
1993: after being caught having sex with the prom queen, a girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy center.
Disobedience
Disobedience
After the death of her estranged rabbi father, a New York photographer returns to the Orthodox Jewish community in north London where she grew up and, in doing so, reignites long-dormant passions and controversies.
Beast
Beast
A teenager finds herself torn between the control of her family and an outsider who is suspected of murder.
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