These ten films will compete for Best Narrative Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Actor, and Best Actress.
Newton and Tom Of Finland
The Divine Order (Die göttliche Ordnung)
(Country: Switzerland; Year: 2017; Director: Petra Biondina Volpe; Writer: Petra Biondina Volpe; Stars: Marie Leuenberger, Maximilian Simonischek, Rachel Braunschweig, Sibylle Brunner, Marta Zoffoli, Bettina Stucky, Noe Krejcí, Finn Sutter, Peter Freiburghaus, Therese Affolter, Ella Rumpf, Nicholas Ofczarek, Sofia Helin, Elias Arens, Mirjam Zbinden)
A small-town mum joins the suffrage movement in Switzerland.
(Country: Israel; Year: 2017; Director: Shady Srour; Writer: Shady Srour; Stars: Laëtitia Eïdo, Shady Srour)
Desperate to care for his pregnant wife and ailing father, Adam embarks on his latest, riskiest business venture: selling bottled holy air.
Ice Mother (Baba z ladu)
(Country: France, Czech Republic, Slovakia; Year: 2017; Director: Bohdan Sláma; Writer: Bohdan Sláma; Stars: Václav Neuzil, Alena Mihulová, Tatiana Vilhelmová, Petra Spalková, Zuzana Krónerová, Pavel Nový, Daniel Vízek, Marie Ludvíková, Marek Daniel, Lubos Veselý)
Hana lives alone in a big villa with only weekly visits from her two belligerent sons and their families to look forward to. While on a stroll with her grandson one day, she rescues Brona, an elderly ice swimmer with a hen for a best friend, from drowning. This encounter invigorates Hana, introducing her to a new hobby and unexpected romance.
King Of Peking (Jing Cheng Zhi Wang)
(Country: US, Australia, China; Year: 2017; Director: Sam Voutas; Writer: Sam Voutas; Stars: Jun Zhao, Wang Naixun, Qing Han, Si Chao, Bowen Geng, Long Yi, Min Zhou, Yi Qin, Changxin Fan, Maishun Cao, Wei Ai, Lishan Feng, Zhongli Zheng)
Big Wong and his son Little Wong are traveling film projectionists, screening Hollywood movies for local villagers. Faced with losing custody of his son, Big Wong starts making and selling illegal bootleg DVDs out of the old movie theater where he works, despite Little Wong’s objections.
(Country: India; Year: 2017; Director: Amit Masurkar; Writer: Amit Masurkar, Mayank Tewari; Stars: Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathy, Anjali Patil, Raghuvir Yadav, Mukesh Prajapati)
A young bureaucrat named Newton is sent to the jungle to monitor an election there. But Maoist blockades, forced police protection and indifferent voters make defending democracy no easy task.
North American premiere
The Divine Order and November
Nobody's Watching (Nadie Nos Mira)
(Country: Argentina, US, Spain, Brazil, Colombia; Year: 2016; Director: Julia Solomonoff; Writer: Christina Lazaridi, Julia Solomonoff; Stars: Nadja Settel, Paola Baldion, Guillermo Pfening, Paige Sciarrino, Ana Carolina Lima, Cristina Morrison, Elena Roger, Noelle Lake, Marco Antonio Caponi, Kerri Sohn, Marina Artigas, Ava Tracy, Blanca Vivancos, Josefina Scaro)
After giving up a successful soap opera career in his native Argentina for a chance to make it in New York, Nico finds himself staying afloat with odd jobs bartending and babysitting. In a moving depiction of the vibrant city, Nobody's Watching questions who is watching and how we adjust ourselves accordingly.
(Country: Estonia, Netherlands, Poland; Year: 2017; Director: Rainer Sarnet; Writer: Rainer Sarnet, based on the novel by Andrus Kivirahk; Stars: Rea Lest, Jörgen Liik, Arvo Kukumägi, Katariina Unt, Taavi Eelmaa, Heino Kalm, Meelis Rämmeld, Dieter Laser, Jette Loona Hermanis, Jaan Tooming, Klara Eighorn, Ene Pappel, Ernst Lillemets, Sepa Tom, Tiina Keeman)
A peasant girl's unrequited love plays out against a backdrop of pagan ritual and myth.
(Country: Dominican Republic; Year: 2017; Director: Israel Cárdenas, Laura Amelia Guzmán; Writer: Ettore D'Alessandro, Carolina Encarnacion; Stars: Laura Gómez, Algenis Perez Soto, Ettore D'Alessandro, Gerardo Mercedes, Jalsen Santana, Riccardo Bardellino, Oscar Carrasquillo, Ricardo Ariel Toribio, Héctor Sierra, Félix Mangu Valera, Miguel Sabino, Karina Valdez, Omar de la Cruz, Omar Augusto Luis, Dheni Paris)
Cisco has his back against the ropes. After spending 15 years in an American jail, he’s returned to the Dominican Republic yet is unable to get a job, a problem compounded by his mother’s ailing health and his younger brother’s delinquent habits. To make money, he’s resorted to illegal street fighting. But Cisco finds a possible salvation in Nichi, an Italian ex-boxer who sees dollar signs in Cisco’s gritty fighting skills.
Son Of Sofia (O Gios tis Sofias)
(Country: France, Greece, Bulgaria; Year: 2016; Director: Elina Psikou; Writer: Elina Psikou; Stars: Viktor Khomut, Valery Tcheplanowa, Thanasis Papageorgiou, Artemis Havalits, Christos Stergioglou, Iro Maltezou)
Set during the 2004 Summer Olympic Games, 11-year-old Misha is travelling from Russia to live with his mother in Athens in the home of an elderly Greek man she works for. When he learns this man is actually his new father, Misha runs away but doesn’t have the stomach for life on the streets. Returning to his new home, he clings to the stories he grew up with, melding them with reality to create a dark urban fairy tale.
Tom Of Finland
(Country: Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, US; Year: 2017; Director: Dome Karukoski; Writer: Noam Andrews, Aleksi Bardy, Aleksi Bardy, Aleksi Bardy, Mark Alton Brown, Dome Karukoski, Susanna Luoto, Kauko Röyhkä, Mia Ylönen; Stars: Pekka Strang, Lauri Tilkanen, Jessica Grabowsky, Jakob Oftebro, Werner Daehn, Jimmy Shaw, Þorsteinn Bachmann, Seumas F. Sargent, Jan Böhme, Kari Hietalahti, Taisto Oksanen, Georg Kroneis, Niklas Hogner, Siim Maaten, Roy Saaristo)
Portrait of the Finnish artist famous for his homoerotic work.