Flesh Out and White As Snow
(Country: India; Year: 2019; Director: Bhaskar Hazarika; Writer: Bhaskar Hazarika; Stars: Lima Das, Arghadeep Baruah, Neetali Das, Sagar Saurabh)
Married Niri shares a forbidden passion with Sumon, who introduces her to a world of fresh, wild, meat-based delicacies. But as their unconsummated desire mounts, the two are pushed inexorably towards transgression and taboo.
(Country: Israel, Germany; Year: 2019; Director: Tal Granit, Sharon Maymon; Writer: Tal Granit, Sharon Maymon; Stars: Stav Strashko, Netsanet Mekonen, Noam Lugasy, Assi Levy, Arad Triffon Reshef, Micha Celektar, Niv Sultan, Dekel Adin, Morin Amor, Yaron Ben-Harush, Or Cohen, Alex Muskal, Afek Siboni, Yarden Siboni, Olga Strashko)
Three teenage girls in search of physical perfection are drawn down a dark path of black-market plastic surgery, an impulsive adventure that ultimately becomes a journey of self-discovery.
(Country: Italy, France; Year: 2019; Director: Michela Occhipinti; Writer: Simona Coppini, Michela Occhipinti; Stars: Verida Beitta Ahmed Deiche, Sidi Mohamed Chinghaly, Aminetou Souleimane, Amal Saad Bouh Oumar, Verida Beitta Ahmed Deiche, Sidi Mohamed Chinghaly, Aminetou Souleimane, Amal Saad Bouh Oumar)
Verida is due to marry in three months. According to a Mauritanian tradition, she has to put on a lot of weight to appeal to her husband. The weight gain process gets harder as it progresses, and Verida begins to ask herself if this is what she really wants.
North American premiere
The Gasoline Thieves (Huachicolero)
(Country: Mexico, US, UK, Spain; Year: 2019; Director: Edgar Nito; Writer: Alfredo Mendoza, Edgar Nito; Stars: Fernando Becerril, Pedro Joaquín, Pascacio López, Regina Reynoso, Leonardo Alonso, Eduardo Banda)
Propelled by a need for cash to impress a crush, 14-year-old Mexican farmhand Lalo finds himself dangerously in over his head after entering into the country’s underworld of illegal gasoline extraction.
House Of Hummingbird
(Country: South Korea; Year: 2018; Director: Bora Kim; Writer: Bora Kim; Stars: Jeong In-gi, Kim Sae-byeok, ParkJi-hu, Lee Seung-Yeon)
She roams the neighbourhood with her best friend, attempts to fall in love, is sent to the hospital with an unclear diagnosis. Untethered from the wider world, 14-year-old Eunhee floats through Seoul.
North American premiere
House Of Hummingbird and The Gasoline Thieves
Noah Land (Nuh Tepesi)
(Country: Germany, Turkey, US; Year: 2019; Director: Cenk Ertürk; Writer: Cenk Ertürk; Stars: Haluk Bilginer, Ali Atay, Mehmet Özgür, Hande Dogandemir, Arin Kusaksizoglu, Haluk Bilginer, Ali Atay, Mehmet Özgür, Hande Dogandemir, Arin Kusaksizoglu)
A son strives to honour his terminally ill father’s last wish to be buried under a tree he planted as a child, but clashes with villagers who claim the tree is in fact a holy relic planted by Noah after the Great Flood.
A Regular Woman (Nur Eine Frau)
(Country: Germany; Year: 2019; Director: Sherry Hormann; Writer: Florian Oeller; Stars: Almila Bagriacik, Rauand Taleb, Aram Arami, Meral Perin, Mehmet Ateşçi, Mürtüz Yolcu, Merve Aksoy, Armin
Based on real-life events, A Regular Woman gives a voice to Hatun "Aynur"; Sürücü, a Turkish-Kurdish woman living in Berlin with her young son, who was the victim of an honour killing by her brother at the age of 23.
(Country: Germany, France; Year: 2019; Director: Sebastian Schipper; Writer: Sebastian Schipper, Oliver Ziegenbalg; Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Stéphane Bak, Ben Chaplin, Moritz Bleibtreu, Marie Burchard, Paul Brannigan, Josep Maria Alejandre, Ricard Balada, Yann Ebonge, Kris Hunter, Hamza Kadri, Genís Lama Montosa, Christian Mupondo, Claudia Trujillo, Fionn Whitehead)
An unlikely pair of teenage loners hit the road in an impromptu border-crossing adventure in this cross-cultural road movie.
(Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Scott Graham; Writer: Scott Graham; Stars: Mark Stanley, Marli Siu, Amy Manson, Anders Hayward.)
In Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, young men dream of escapism through late-night drag races. Finnie
used to be one such lad, but now he works at the fish factory and it’s his son’s turn to dream and race. Until one night when Finnie steals the boy’s car for one last joyride.
White As Snow (Blanche Comme Niege)
(Country: France; Year: 2019; Director: Anne Fontaine; Writer: Claire Barré, Anne Fontaine, Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm; Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Benoît Poelvoorde, Lou de Laâge, Damien Bonnard, Charles Berling, Vincent Macaigne, Jonathan Cohen, Pablo Pauly, Richard Fréchette, John Sehil)
Recasts the tale of Snow White as the story of a sheltered young woman’s sexual awakening in this racy feminist fable.