Competition

 

Mainstream films from the US are dominant within the cinema on offer in the Netherlands. Many special films from peripheral countries are made every year, but they struggle to find their way into the Dutch theatres. This is one of World Cinema Amsterdam‘s main goals, to bring in those beautiful independently produced movies and present them to the local audience.

 

The Competition is the backbone of the festival’s programme with a selection that comprises mostly films made by young emerging directors – whom the festival happily supports not only by hosting their Dutch première, but also by providing them with a chance to win one of the festival awards. Nine contenders compete for two awards – the World Cinema Jury Award and the World Cinema Audience Award – both including a cash prize of € 5000. Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman opens the 7th edition of World Cinema Amsterdam.

 

The Competition programme will be screened at Rialto Film Theatre and De Balie.

 





  • Aquarius


    Clara, a 65-year-old widow, has lived in a beautiful beachside house in Recife for a long time. This is...



  • Hedi


    In his self-written feature debut, co-produced by the brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Tunisian director Mohamed Ben Attia explores...



  • In the Last Days of the City


    “In the Last Days of the City is an elegy, a melancholic love-hate poem to Cairo.” With these words...



  • Mãe só há uma


    In Brazilian director Anna Muylaert’s work, family plays an important role. Her previous film Que horas ela volta? –...



  • Neruda


    Chilean Pablo Larrain is a director who doesn’t shy away from a critical perspective on his home country, as...



  • Rara


    In 2004, Karen Atala, a former judge in Chile, lost custody of her three daughters because she is a...



  • The Bacchus Lady


    Even though South Korea is a very wealthy country and even though Confucianism prescribes that children should care for...



  • The Salesman


    With films like A Separation and Le Passé, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi proved to be among the top international...



  • Veşartî (Hidden)


    Magically told tale in which director Ali Kemal Çınar explores the boundaries of gender identity, sexuality and roles in...