52 Tuesdays – Australia
By Sophie Hyde
Every Tuesday for a year Billie spends with her mother who is undergoing gender transition and is now called James. As a result, everything is changing. Though actually, Billie has enough on her hands trying to cope with her own problems.
Atlántida – Argentina / France
By Inés María Barrionuevo
A hot summer day in a village in Argentina. Adults are nowhere in sight and time has come to a stop. Yet for two teen sisters everything is in motion. It is their feelings and desires that propel the film onwards.
Einstein and Einstein – People’s Republic of China
By Cao Baoping
China’s one-child policy has had a profound impact on Li Wan’s family. When she is 13 years old, she is given a dog named Einstein to console her for her father’s disinterest. But Li Wan is more interested in astrophysics and rebelling against social norms.
Galore – Australia
By Rhys Graham
A dramatic love triangle set against the backdrop of raging bushfires. The summer nights hardly cool off and the parties keep getting wilder. Falling in love for the first time is a mysterious thing and here lies the danger for Billie, Danny and Laura.
God Help the Girl – United Kingdom
By Stuart Murdoch
Music is like medicine for Eve. In the underground scene in Glasgow, she finds a sense of security, friends and discovers her own talent. This musical directorial debut by the lead singer of Belle and Sebastian shows great ease and tact.
Il Sud è Niente (South Is Nothing) – Italy / France
By Fabio Mollo
It seems as if everything around Grazia has come to a halt. Her father obeys the code of silence prevailing in this southern Italian village. In her family it is even off limits to mention her brother who has disappeared.
Ömheten (Broken Hill Blues) – Sweden
By Sofia Norlin
In Kiruna, a small Nordic mining community, the earth trembles day and night. Sparse in dialogue and with a gentle empathy for its protagonists, this directorial debut tells of growing up on very unstable ground.
Somos Mari Pepa (We Are Mari Pepa) – Mexico
By Samuel Kishi Leopo
The four boys in the band “Mari Pepa” have only one song in their repertoire. Yet music is their big hope. Friendships and dreams are suffering from the constraints of everyday life. A film as poetic as punk rock.
Ciencias Naturales (Natural Sciences) – Argentina / France
By Matías Lucchesi
There’s nothing to keep Lila at her boarding school high up in the cold and foggy mountains. This 12-year-old girl does not know who her father is but wants to find him. She sets out on a complicated quest for the truth.
Loulou, l'incroyable secret (Wolfy, the Incredible Secret) – France
By Grégoire Solotareff and Éric Omond
Loulou is off on another adventure. He fights against the dark dynasty of the Wolfenberg, to whom he is related in some mysterious way. Artistically animated, this work is about the most courageous wolf in the world and a valiant but timid rabbit named Tom.
MGP Missionen (The Contest) – Denmark
By Martin Miehe-Renard
For Karl, a boy from the country, moving to Copenhagen is like a voyage into a completely new world. A girl named Sawsan tries to help him. Yet it is not long before all of Denmark is searching not only for a superstar, but for the two children who have vanished without a trace.
Tante Hilda! (Aunt Hilda!) – France / Luxembourg
By Jacques-Rémy Girerd and Benoît Chieux
The genetically-engineered grain called “Attilem” is supposedly the new wonder weapon against global hunger. Only environmentally-minded Hilda has her doubts. A masterpiece from the famous animation studios Folimage and Melusine – and an unconventional plea for more flower power.
December 12, 2013