Nine films from eight different countries competed for the World Cinema Amsterdam Jury Award 2017. And the winner is: THE WOUND. BAR BAHAR received a Special Mention.
MAYSALOUN HAMOUD | ISRAEL | 2016 | 102’ | ARABIC, HEBREW | ENGLISH SUBS
Sex and the City set in Palestine: Three Israeli-Palestinian women share an apartment in Tel Aviv. They are all very different, but also all three independent and unconventional. Many are wary of their way of life, especially potential love interests.
FÉLICITÉ – opening film – director attending
ALAIN GOMIS | FRANCE, SENEGAL | 2017 | 123’ | LINGALA | ENGLISH SUBS
Kinshasa is a harsh place to live, as Félicité discovers when her son has had an accident and needs surgery. Where to get the money to pay for it all? Nobody is willing to help. Still, the city also appears to be a place filled with beauty, music and poetry.
UNA MUJER FANTÁSTICA – closing film
SEBASTIÁN LELIO | CHILE | 2017 | 104’ | SPANISH | ENGLISH SUBS
By the maker of Gloria. Orlando, who is having an affair with transgender Marina, suddenly dies. His family doesn’t want anything to do with her, even try to keep her away from the funeral. Marina won’t be shunned that easily though.
KIM KI-DUK | SOUTH KOREA | 2016 | 114’ | KOREAN | ENGLISH SUBS
A compelling story of suspicion and distrust. A simple North Korean fisherman accidentally drifts into South Korean waters. He is immediately arrested and taken to Seoul where he is subjected to endless interrogations. All he wants is to return home to his family.
LA NOVIA DEL DESIERTO – directors attending
CECILIA ATÁN, VALERIA PIVATO | ARGENTINA | 2017 | 78’ | SPANISH | ENGLISH SUBS
A housekeeper in Buenos Aires is suddenly laid off. Without thinking it through she accepts a new job on the other side of the country where deserts prevail. On her trip there she loses her bag. She sets out to find it with the help of a salesman.
PENDULAR – director attending
JÚLIA MURAT | BRAZIL| 2017 | 105’ |PORTUGUES | ENGLISH SUBS
Two lovers, one a sculptor and the other a dancer, move into a huge factory loft, which they split exactly in half. He needs and gets more space, but now their balance is getting lost. A complicating factor: she’s pregnant.
EL SONIDO DE LAS COSAS – director attending
ARIEL ESCALANTE | COSTA RICA | 2016 | 78’ | SPANISH | ENGLISH SUBS
It’s only been two months since Claudia, a nurse, lost her best friend and dear cousin Silvia. For the people surrounding her she acts as if all is going splendidly, but when she runs into an old friend, this façade starts to crack.
VAZANTE – director attending
DANIELA THOMAS | BRAZIL | 2017 | 116’ | PORTUGUESE | ENGLISH SUBS
Brazil, 1821: Slave trader António loses his wife in childbirth. Their newborn son doesn’t make it either. Soon António remarries his 12-year-old niece Beatriz. When he is on the road again, she befriends the son of a slave woman. Their friendship puts the home situation on edge.
THE WOUND – director attending
JOHN TRENGOVE | SOUTH AFRICA | 2016 | 88’ |XHOSA |ENGLISH SUBS
Once a year, factory worker Xolani returns to his native town to be a caregiver, a person who assists teenage boys during their initiation ritual. The one boy that would rather not be bothered by it at all happens to discover that Xolani is gay.
Ticket sale will start on Thursday August 3