A film by Emma Dante
It's a Sunday afternoon. The sirocco wind blows pitilessly upon Palermo when Rosa and Clara, two women arriving to celebrate a friend's wedding, get lost among the city streets and end up in a sort of cul-de-sac: Via Castellana Bandiera. At the same moment, another car driven by Samira, in which the Calafiore family is amassed, arrives in the opposite direction and enters the same street. Neither Rosa at the wheel of her Multipla, nor Samira, an ancient and stubborn woman at the wheel of her Punto, intend to give way to each other. While the Calafiore family withdraw into the illegal building where they live and organise a gamble, with the complicity of the neighbours, on which one of the two women shall hold her position longest, Clara decides to leave the Multipla to continue her discovery of Palermo on the scooter of Nicolà², the youngest in the Calafiore family, who escorts her willingly.Evening falls, then night penetrates within the street and the neighbourhood houses, but the two women, resisting hunger, sleep and thirst, seem to be obeying a stubbornness holding no more rationality and persist in not yielding way to the other...
A film by Rithy Panh
For many years, I have been looking for the missing picture: a photograph taken between 1975 and 1979 by the Khmer Rouge when they ruled over Cambodia... On its own, of course, an image cannot prove mass murder, but it gives us cause for thought, prompts us to meditate, to record History. I searched for it vainly in the archives, in old papers, in the country villages of Cambodia.Today I know: this image must be missing. I was not really looking for it; would it not be obscene and insignificant?So I created it.What I give you today is neither the picture nor the search for a unique image, but the picture of a quest: the quest that cinema allows.
A film by Hiner Saleem
After the fall of Saddam Hussein, Baran, a Kurdish independence war hero, resolves to accept a position in a godforsaken village at the borders of Iran and Turkey, an illegal trafficking Eldorado .There he meets Govend, a beautiful young woman who has come to work as the teacher in the newly-opened school despite her twelve brothers' hostility to the idea.
A film by Fabio Grassadonia , Antonio Piazza
A henchman for the Sicilian Mafia, Salvo is solitary, cold and ruthless. When he sneaks into a house to eliminate someone from a rival Mafia clan, he discovers Rita, a young blind girl who powerlessly stands by while her brother is assassinated. When Salvo decides to spare her life, something extraordinary happens. From then on, these two beings - both haunted by the world they belong to - are linked together forever.
A film by Emir Baigazin
Aslan, a 13-year-old boy living with his grandma, is a student in a high crime rate village school in Kazakhstan.Corruption and violence conflict drastically with his obsession for perfectionism. Aslan sees all the evil in the school gang leader Bolat, who humiliates him in front of all his classmates and extorts money to all the kids, beating them up severely.Out of good motives to rid his school of crime, Aslan decides to take action against Bolat...