Billie

Billie is a new documentary about the legendary Billie Holiday, one of the world’s greatest and most legendary jazz singers – and the contrasts in her short, turbulent life. This film is told through one of her biggest fans, Linda Lipnack Kuehl, who in 1971 began working on a comprehensive biography on Holiday. Over a period of eight years, she did over 200 hours of interviews with those who knew her best – Charles Mingus, Tony Bennett, Sylvia Syms and Count Basie among others. Kuehl’s book was never finished, but this documentary is based on these recordings. No one has heard them until now. You will also see newly restored concert recordings, which will be shown in color for the very first time.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Billie
  • Director
    James Erskine
  • Writers
    James Erskine
  • Photo
    Tim Cragg
  • Actors
    Billie Holiday, Charles Mingus, Tony Bennett, Sylvia Syms, Count Basie
  • Playtime
    1 h 38 min
  • Year
    2019
  • Country
    UK
  • Age limit
    12 years
  • Production
    Altitude Film Entertainment, Concord, New Black Films, Polygram Entertainment, Reliance Entertainment Productions 8
  • Distributor
    Arthaus

Breaking Surface

Swedish/Norwegian half-sisters Tuva and Ida are winter-diving along a remote part of the Norwegian coast line. By the end of the dive, Tuva is trapped 100 feet below the surface by a rockslide, which also buries their equipment on land, their car and phones. They are cut off from the rest of the world. In a desperate fight to save her sister, Ida is pushed to her limits, and when everything seems to be lost, it turns out to be more than a fight for survival. The Swedish film Breaking Surface is filmed on location in Norway, including Narvik and Lofoten, and has beautiful scenery from nature, impressive underwater sequences and claustrophobic tension.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Breaking Surface
  • Director
    Joachim Hedén
  • Producer
    Julia Gebauer, Jonas Sörensson
  • Writers
    Joachim Hedén
  • Photo
    Anna Patarakina, Eric Börjeson
  • Actors
    Moa Gammel, Madeleine Martin, Trine Wiggen
  • Playtime
    1 h 22 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Sweden
  • Production
    Way Feature Films
  • Distributor
    Fidalgo Filmdistribusjon

Guest of Honour

For many years, Atom Egoyan has been read (or misread) as a primarily cerebral filmmaker, when the fact is that all of his films are propelled by deeply felt emotional traumas, and his characters’ corresponding inability to work through them. His new film, Guest of Honour — which is driven by a memorable and moving turn by David Thewlis — shares many significant tropes with his breakthrough early films, most notably a protagonist who, while professionally charged with protecting society, is undergoing personal turmoil that prevents him from fulfilling his duty. A father  and daughter attempt to work through their complicated relationship, secret histories, and personal demons, in this exploration of unresolved personal trauma and its unintended consequences.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Guest of Honour
  • Director
    Atom Egoyan
  • Producer
    Atom Egoyan, Simone Urdl, Jennifer Weiss
  • Writers
    Atom Egoyan
  • Photo
    Paul Sarossy
  • Actors
    David Thewlis, Luke Wilson, Laysla De Oliveira
  • Playtime
    1 h 45 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Canada
  • Production
    Ego Film Arts, The Film Farm
  • Distributor
    ManyMore Films

High Ground

After fighting in the First World War as a sniper, Travis, now a policeman in the vast empty spaces of Northern Australia, loses control of an operation that results in the massacre of an Indigenous tribe. When his superiors insist on burying the truth, Travis leaves in disgust, only to be forced back twelve years later to hunt down Baywara, an Aboriginal warrior whose attacks on new settlers are causing havoc. Set in the 1930s, High Ground is inspired by true events. A frontier western about colonial violence and misunderstandings that deeply resonates in today’s Australia – and indeed all over the world – the film explores the nature of loyalty and the ability to distinguish freely between right and wrong.

  • Program
  • Original title
    High Ground
  • Director
    Stephen Maxwell Johnson
  • Producer
    David Jowsey, Maggie Miles, Witiyana Marika, Greer Simpkin, Stephen Maxwell Johnson
  • Writers
    Chris Anastassiades
  • Photo
    Andrew Commis
  • Actors
    Simon Baker, Callan Mulvey, Jack Thompson, Caren Pistorius, Ryan Corr
  • Playtime
    1 h 44 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Australia
  • Production
    High Ground Pictures
  • Distributor
    ManyMore Films

Love Affair(s)

Daphne, three months pregnant, is vacating in the French countryside, and suddenly finds herself alone to welcome Maxime, her boyfriend François’ cousin. François had to leave in a hurry for Paris to cover for a sick colleague. For four days, while waiting for his return, Daphne and Maxime get to know each other and share very intimate stories that bring them closer together and eventually into a full fledged love affair. A contemporary star-crossed love affair, where no partner is more at fault than the other. Multiple love triangles seen with authenticity, elegance and compassion. 

  • Program
  • Original title
    Les choses qu'on dit, les choses qu'on fait
  • Director
    Emmanuel Mouret
  • Producer
    Frédéric Niedermayer
  • Writers
    Emmanuel Mouret
  • Photo
    Laurent Desmet
  • Actors
    Émilie Dequenne, Guillaume Gouix, Camélia Jordana
  • Playtime
    2 h 2 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    France
  • Production
    Moby Dick Films
  • Distributor
    Another World Entertainment

Matthias & Maxime

Maxime is moving to Australia, and his last weeks at home in Quebec are spent saying goodbye to friends and family members he will not see for a long time. This means quality time with his friends, upsetting arguments with his mentally unstable mother, and an unexpected experience with his best friend Matthias. When the sister of a mutual friend persuades them to kiss during a film shoot, repressed emotions comes to the surface – the question is whether they find out what it means to them before Maxime leaves. Xavier Dolan is back in full force with Matthias & Maxime. Dolan himself plays the role of Maxime in this hurtful, funny and romantic film about two childhood friends who to their great surprise discover that they are interested in each other as something more than just friends.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Matthias et Maxime
  • Director
    Xavier Dolan
  • Producer
    Xavier Dolan, Nancy Grant
  • Writers
    Xavier Dolan
  • Photo
    André Turpin
  • Actors
    Gabriel D'Almeida Freitas, Xavier Dolan, Pier-Luc Funk, Anne Dorval
  • Playtime
    1 h 59 min
  • Year
    2019
  • Country
    Canada
  • Production
    Sons of Manuel, Telefilm Canada
  • Distributor
    Another World Entertainment

My Donkey, My Lover and I

Antoinette, a school teacher, is looking forward to her long planned summer holidays with her secret lover Vladimir, the father of one of her pupils. When learning that Vladimir cannot come because his wife organized a surprise trekking holiday in the Cévennes National Park with their daughter and a donkey to carry their load, Antoinette decides to follow their track, by herself. When she arrives by the Cévennes mountains, there’s no sign of Vladimir, but she does come across a certain Patrick – a stubborn donkey that will accompany her on her unusual journey. A cute and different kind of road movie!

  • Program
  • Original title
    Antoinette dans les Cévennes
  • Director
    Caroline Vignal
  • Producer
    Laetitia Galitzine, Aurélie Rouvière
  • Writers
    Caroline Vignal
  • Photo
    Simon Beaufils
  • Actors
    Laure Calamy, Benjamin Lavernhe, Olivia Côte
  • Playtime
    1 h 37 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    France
  • Production
    Chapka Films
  • Distributor
    ManyMore Films

My Rembrandt

Rembrandt’s paintings have lost none of their appeal in the 350 years since his death. Collectors worldwide cherish the magic of the Dutch master’s work. This entertaining documentary shows the passion of a variety of Rembrandt enthusiasts. An eccentric, aristocratic Scot is looking for the ultimate place to hang his beloved portrait of a woman reading, and an animated Amsterdam art dealer has his eye out for a second chance to discover a “new” Rembrandt. My Rembrandt provides fascinating insight into what makes the work of this Dutch master technically so extraordinary, and why different people are so deeply affected by his oeuvre, or a specific work. Meanwhile, centuries after Rembrandt’s death, his paintings are still a source of drama and gripping plot twists.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Mijn Rembrandt
  • Director
    Oeke Hoogendijk
  • Producer
    Oeke Hoogendijk, Frank van den Engel
  • Writers
    Oeke Hoogendijk
  • Photo
    Gregor Meerman, Sander Snoep
  • Playtime
    1 h 37 min
  • Year
    2019
  • Country
    Holland
  • Production
    Discours Film
  • Distributor
    Tour De Force

Pinocchio

A faithful adaptation of the famous story of the wooden puppet that is brought to life at the behest of a poor, lonely woodcarver, portrayed by Roberto Benigni. Like any child, Pinocchio is curious about the world and learns by trial and error. Possessed of a child’s inherent courage, he becomes who he is meant to be. Carlo Collodi wrote “Pinocchio’s Adventures” in the late 19th century, but his character is as relevant as ever – even though the world seems to be moving in the opposite direction. Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah, Tale of Tales) bestows Pinocchio’s world with a visionary dimension that, like the book, is simultaneously real and fantastic. A wonderful adventure for the entire family!

  • Program
  • Original title
    Pinocchio
  • Director
    Matteo Garrone
  • Producer
    Matteo Garrone, Jean Labadie, Anne-Laure Labadie, Jeremy Thomas, Paolo del Brocco
  • Writers
    Matteo Garrone, Massimo Ceccherini
  • Photo
    Nicolaj Brüel
  • Actors
    Roberto Benigni, Federico Ielapi
  • Playtime
    2 h 4 min
  • Year
    2019
  • Country
    Italy, France, UK
  • Production
    Archimede, Rai Cinema, Le Pacte
  • Distributor
    Fidalgo Filmdistribusjon

Proxima

The space film genre is so saturated with white (American) men that it’s refreshing to see a film like Proxima, where a mother-daughter relationship takes center stage. Director Alice Winocour has already received worldwide acclaim for her 2015 film Mustang, a coming-of-age drama about five Turkish sisters. In Proxima, Eva Green plays French astronaut Sarah, who lives alone with her eight-year-old daughter. When Sarah is chosen as the only woman in a grueling year-long space mission, it creates chaos between mother and daughter. Proxima explores both Sarah’s psychological pressure and her physical strain, and is a perfect mix of melodrama and documentary-like depiction of an astronaut’s life, epic in scope and interpersonal in its thematic exploration.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Proxima
  • Director
    Alice Winocour
  • Producer
    Isabelle Madelaine
  • Writers
    Alice Winocour, Jean-Stéphane Bron
  • Photo
    Georges Lechaptois
  • Actors
    Eva Green, Matt Dillon, Lars Eidinger
  • Playtime
    1 h 47 min
  • Year
    2019
  • Country
    France
  • Production
    Dharamsala, Darius Films, Pathé Films, Pandora Film Produktion
  • Distributor
    Storytelling

Shirley

An intense psychological drama partly inspired by the life of Shirley Jackson, one of the most important horror writers of all time. Shirley is in the middle of the writing process of her great masterpiece “Hangsaman” when a young, newlywed couple moves in with her and her husband Stanley. The arrival of the new guests does not coincide with Shirley’s strict routines, and it doesn’t help that there is already a toxic relationship between Shirley and Stanley. Shirley consists of disorienting photography, eerie atmosphere, and a claustrophobic mood in the narrow walls of the house. Eventually, it is no longer clear to either the characters or the audience what is real and what is not.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Shirley
  • Director
    Josephine Decker
  • Producer
    Jeffrey Soros, Simon Horsman, Christine Vachon, David Hinojosa, Elisabeth Moss, Sue Naegle, Sarah Gubbins
  • Writers
    Sarah Gubbins
  • Photo
    Sturla Brandth Grøvlen
  • Actors
    Elisabeth Moss, Michael Stuhlbarg, Odessa Young, Logan Lerman
  • Playtime
    1 h 47 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    USA
  • Production
    Killer Films
  • Distributor
    Mer Film

Summerland

Author Alice (Gemma Arterton) is a strong and independent woman during World War II, retreating by the beautiful cliffs of southern England. She immerses herself in her work, but is also lonely. When the lively and young Frank, an evacuated boy from London, is adopted into her world, she is determined to get rid of him. But his innocence, courage, and curiosity bring to life Alice’s deeply buried feelings. Alice learns that wounds can be healed, and that everyone deserves a second chance. Every woman has the right to know who she is and what she wants. From England’s strongest new voice, the Olivier Award-winning author and director Jessica Swale, she inspires audiences with an honest and current theme – an intense and sensitive journey of self-awareness, love and friendship.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Summerland
  • Director
    Jessica Swale
  • Producer
    Guy Heeley, Adrian Sturges
  • Writers
    Jessica Swale
  • Photo
    Laurie Rose
  • Actors
    Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Penelope Wilton
  • Playtime
    1 h 39 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    England
  • Production
    Iota Films, Shoebox Films
  • Distributor
    Another World Entertainment

Sweat

Sylwia Zając is a fitness motivator, whose presence on social media has made her a celebrity. Although she has hundreds of thousands of followers, is surrounded by loyal employees and admired by acquaintances, she is looking for true intimacy. It’s refreshing to see a film that, instead of engaging in some easy social media bashing, just coolly observes it all, much like one of Sylwia’s many, many followers, making it seem like what it ultimately is: a job, a full-time gig, actually, with Sylwia posting every other minute and still making it look natural. In his delicious sophomore film, Magnus von Horn explores the kind of access and emotional connection that’s as addictive as it is confusing. At least to Sylwia’s stalker, parked outside her house.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Pot
  • Director
    Magnus von Horn
  • Producer
    Mariusz Wlodarski
  • Writers
    Magnus von Horn
  • Photo
    Michal Dymek
  • Actors
    Magdalena Kolesnik, Julian Swiezewski, Aleksandra Konieczna, Zbigniew Zamachowski
  • Playtime
    1 h 40 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Poland, Sweden
  • Production
    Lava Films
  • Distributor
    Mer Film

The Collini Case

Based on a German bestseller by the same name, written by former lawyer Ferdinand von Schirach, who wanted to settle his grandfather’s past as the leader of Hitlerjugend.

In his first trial, a newly trained lawyer is given the task of defending a murderer who was found standing over the body with the murder weapon in his hand. The case seems obvious, but the suspect apparently lacks any kind of motive. The Collini Case is a different twist on the legal drama, where it is obvious from the outset that the perpetrator is guilty, and the lawyer’s hunt is about finding the motive for the murder. Along the way, the lawyer uncovers major weaknesses in the German justice system and a conspiracy that goes all the way back to Nazi Germany. The Collini Case is an intersection of political thriller and courtroom drama that keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Der Fall Collini
  • Director
    Marco Kreuzpaintner
  • Producer
    Marcel Hartges, Christoph Müller, Kerstin Schmidbauer
  • Writers
    Christian Zübert, Robert Gold, Jens-Frederik Otto
  • Photo
    Jakub Bejnarowicz
  • Actors
    Elyas M'Barek, Alexandra Maria Lara, Heiner Lauterbach, Franco Nero
  • Playtime
    2 h 3 min
  • Year
    2019
  • Country
    Germany
  • Age limit
    12 years
  • Production
    Constantin Film, SevenPictures Film, Mythos Film, Rolize GmbH & Co.
  • Distributor
    ManyMore Films

The Mystery of Henri Pick

The Mystery of Henri Pick, based on David Foenkino’s novel of the same name, is a fun and exciting literary mystery, starring Fabrice Luchini (In the House, Molière, The Women on the 6th Floor). In a library in Brittany, a young editor finds an excellent and fantastic script. The text is signed by the deceased local pizza baker Henri Pick, who according to his widow never wrote anything more sophisticated than a shopping list. Acclaimed literary critic Jean-Michel Rouche suspects something is wrong and decides to investigate the matter more closely with Henri Pick’s daughter (Camille Cottin). Because who actually was this Henri Pick?

  • Program
  • Original title
    Le mystère Henri Pick
  • Director
    Rémi Bezançon
  • Producer
    Eric Altmayer, Nicolas Altmayer, Isabelle Grellat
  • Writers
    Rémi Bezançon, Vanessa Portal
  • Photo
    Antoine Monod
  • Actors
    Fabrice Luchini, Camille Cottin, Alice Isaaz
  • Playtime
    1 h 40 min
  • Year
    2019
  • Country
    France
  • Distributor
    Another World Entertainment

The Painted Bird

The Painted Bird is the festival’s most brutal film. When the Nazis begin their mass extermination of the Jews in Eastern Europe during World War II, a Jewish couple sends their son out into the countryside so that he can hide with his aunt. But when the aunt suddenly dies, the little boy is thrown into a world where hatred, fear and violence reigns, where every day is a struggle to survive in a ruthless society marked by brutal attacks on civilians by Russian and German troops. The Painted Bird is a raw, shocking, heartbreaking and overwhelming description of an Eastern Europe at war, filmed in black and white at 35mm. If you manage to look past the brutal depictions of violence, the film offers both beauty and technical virtuosity – but consider yourself warned.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Nabarvené ptáče
  • Director
    Václav Marhoul
  • Producer
    Václav Marhoul
  • Writers
    Václav Marhoul
  • Photo
    Vladimír Smutný
  • Actors
    Petr Kotlár, Nina Šunevič, Stellan Skarsgård, Udo Kier, Harvey Keitel, Julian Sands
  • Playtime
    2 h 49 min
  • Year
    2019
  • Country
    Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine
  • Age limit
    18 years
  • Production
    PubRes, Silver Screen
  • Distributor
    Another World Entertainment

The Painter and the Thief

In Benjamin Rees’s captivating documentary, a painter meets the thief who stole her art – and ends up painting him. The result is a unique film, about a very special friendship, and with plot twists that exceed the imagination. As the director himself states: “I was interested in art theft – and art thieves – and then I suddenly discovered this case about the theft of two paintings from Gallery Nobel in Oslo. I immediately began filming the interaction between artist Barbora and thief Karl-Bertil, from the fourth time they met. It was planned as a short documentary, but then so much happened, so unexpectedly and so interestingly, that I kept filming – and I had no idea what was going to happen during the project. ”

The Painter and the Thief won an award in Sundance earlier this year, and have already attracted great and enthusiastic attention in the American press. Benjamin Rees’s previous film, Magnus, about Magnus Carlsen was shown at the 2016 film festival, and became a worldwide success.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Kunstneren og tyven
  • Director
    Benjamin Ree
  • Producer
    Ingvil Giske
  • Photo
    Kristoffer Kumar, Benjamin Ree
  • Actors
    Barbora Kysilkova, Karl-Bertil Nordland
  • Playtime
    1 h 42 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Norway
  • Age limit
    9 years
  • Production
    Medieoperatørene
  • Distributor
    Euforia

The Personal History of David Copperfield

The Personal History of David Copperfield puts a fresh, funny, and utterly charming spin on Charles Dickens’ classic, proving some stories truly are timeless. All his life, from birth to childhood, adolescence to adulthood, the kind-hearted David Copperfield is surrounded by friendship, evil, poverty and wealth, and meets a long list of outstanding characters in Victorian England. David wants to be a writer, and it turns out his search for family, friends, romance and status is the most captivating story of all. Director Armando Iannucci, the master of satire, has made films like The Death of Stalin and the series Veep, and this film keeps the distinctive humor he is known for, with an added layer of warmth.

  • Program
  • Original title
    The Personal History of David Copperfield
  • Director
    Armando Iannucci
  • Producer
    Armando Iannucci, Kevin Loader
  • Writers
    Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci
  • Photo
    Zac Nicholson
  • Actors
    Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Ben Wishshaw, Gwendoline Christie
  • Playtime
    1 h 59 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    England, USA
  • Production
    FilmNation Entertainment, Film4, Wishmore Entertainment
  • Distributor
    Norsk Filmdistribusjon

Undine

Undine lectures about city planning in Berlin. She lives in a small apartment by Alexanderplatz, has a master’s degree in history and works as a freelancer. But behind the facade of a modern life, an old myth is hiding: If the man Undine loves betrays her, she must kill him and return to the sea. So when her boyfriend Johannes leaves Undine for someone else, she doesn’t have much choice – until diver Christoph suddenly shows up. The two of them fall happily and innocently in love, but can Undine escape from the myth? Christian Petzold won the award for Best Director during the 2012 Berlinale for Barbara, and since then he has given us the brilliant Phoenix and Transit. For Undine, lead actress Paula Beer won the Best Actress award in Berlin.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Undine
  • Director
    Christian Petzold
  • Producer
    Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber
  • Writers
    Christian Petzold
  • Photo
    Hans Fromm
  • Actors
    Paula Beer, Franz Rogowski, Gloria Endres de Oliveira, Jacob Matschenz
  • Playtime
    1 h 30 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Germany
  • Production
    Schramm Film
  • Distributor
    Arthaus

Wendy

Wendy is a passion project for Benh Zeitlin, the director who shook Sundance and then the rest of the world with Beasts of the Southern Wild almost a decade ago. The classic story of Peter Pan is wildly reimagined in this ragtag epic. Lost on a mysterious island where aging and time have come unglued, Wendy must fight to save her family, her freedom, and the joyous spirit of youth from the deadly peril of growing up. This is a colorful, energetic joyride, shot by Norwegian master cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grøvlen, full of spectacle and wonder. Wendy also makes an important point about children’s connection to nature. It is fading.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Wendy
  • Director
    Benh Zeitlin
  • Producer
    Becky Glupczynski, Dan Janvey, Paul Mezey, Josh Penn
  • Writers
    Benh Zeitlin, Eliza Zeitlin
  • Photo
    Sturla Brandth Grøvlen
  • Actors
    Devin France, Yashua Mack, Gage Naquin, Gavin Naquin, Ahmad Cage
  • Playtime
    1 h 52 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    USA
  • Production
    TSG Entertainment, Department of Motion Pictures, Journeyman Pictures
  • Distributor
    Another World Entertainment

Wildland

17-year-old Ida suddenly becomes orphaned when her mother dies in a car accident. Reluctantly, she moves in with her Aunt Bodil, who lives with her sons. Ida is warmly welcomed by the small family – where the matriarch Bodil manages both the house and their criminal activities with a tough and stern hand. In the beginning, Ida experiences her family as inclusive and exciting, and is unwillingly drawn ever deeper into the underworld until one day it goes too far.

Sidse Babett Knudsen shines in the role as a heartfelt and brutal matriarch, in this hard-boiled thriller that is a debut of the talented Jeanette Nordahl.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Kød & blod
  • Director
    Jeanette Nordahl
  • Producer
    Eva Jakobsen, Mikkel Jersin, Katrin Pors
  • Writers
    Ingeborg Topsøe
  • Photo
    David Gallego
  • Actors
    Sandra Guldberg Kampp, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Joachim Fjelstrup, Elliot Crosset Hove, Besir Zeciri
  • Playtime
    1 t 29 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Denmark
  • Age limit
    15 years
  • Production
    Snowglobe
  • Distributor
    Mer Film