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Ashleigh Vaillancourt

Canadian Images
Director: Ashleigh Vaillancourt

An intimate, ephemeral character study of a disaffected girl being shuttled between foster homes and taking refuge in her memories.

Animation, Women Directors

Felix van Groeningen

Cinema of Our Time
Director: Felix van Groeningen

A bluegrass musician and his wife learn their young daughter has cancer in Felix van Groeningen’s masterful evocation of the power of music to convey both joy and sadness. "An immaculately observed, desperately moving story of love, loss, and bluegrass music…"—Indiewire. Winner, Audience Award (Panorama), Berlin 2013; Best Actress, Tribeca 2013.

Audience Award Winners, Drama, Family Relations, Health (Mental & Physical), Music & Dance, Romance

Alex van Warmerdam

Altered States
Director: Alex van Warmerdam

As a vagrant trickster plays funny games with an affluent family, Alex van Warmerdam’s outrageous provocation casts a sinister, enthralling spell. Oblivious to the abstract class warfare being waged against them, the homeowners likewise can’t envision the nightmare that’s about to enter their waking lives. "Sly, insidious and intermittently hilarious…"—Variety

Experimental & Avant Garde, Comedy, Drama, Family Relations, Sci-fi & Horror, Sex & Eroticism, Action, Thrills & Suspense

Matthew VanDyke

International Shorts
Director: Matthew VanDyke

The story of the ongoing Syrian revolution, as told through the experiences of a male rebel fighter and a female journalist. It’s a powerful and sometimes extremely violent piece about bravery in the face of death, and true commitment to change.

Revolution & Empowerment, War & Espionage

Joël Vaudreuil

(Le courant faible de la rivière)
Canadian Images
Director: Joël Vaudreuil

A familiar river brings back old memories for a man. The last time he was there, it was with a girl. And they wanted very different things.

Animation, Romance

Daniel Vega

Cinema of Our Time
Director: Daniel Vega

Was it a stray bullet or botched assassination attempt that left Constantino mute? Fernando Bacilio delivers a towering performance as an obsessed magistrate exceeding the bounds of his powers to get answers. Diego and Daniel Vega’s deadpan crime procedural conjures Beckett with its distinct and compelling mix of atmosphere and plot. Winner, Best Actor, Locarno 2013.

Comedy, Disabilities, Drama

Diego Vega

Cinema of Our Time
Director: Diego Vega

Was it a stray bullet or botched assassination attempt that left Constantino mute? Fernando Bacilio delivers a towering performance as an obsessed magistrate exceeding the bounds of his powers to get answers. Diego and Daniel Vega’s deadpan crime procedural conjures Beckett with its distinct and compelling mix of atmosphere and plot. Winner, Best Actor, Locarno 2013.

Comedy, Disabilities, Drama

Pacho Velez

Nonfiction Features
Director: Pacho Velez

Produced by Leviathan’s Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel from Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Laboratory, Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez’s debut documentary takes us high above the jungle in Nepal, where pilgrims go on an ancient journey, travelling by cable car to reach the Manakamana temple. Winner, Golden Leopard (Filmmakers of the Present), Locarno 2013.

Experimental & Avant Garde, Religion, Spirituality & Myth, Women Directors

Visra Vichit-Vadakan

(Sao Karaoke)
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Visra Vichit-Vadakan

Visra Vichit Vadakan’s debut is a sisterly, fictionalized portrait of Sa Sittijun, who sells her body in a karaoke lounge in Bangkok and has trouble with a "serious" boyfriend. Sensitive and intimate.

Drama, Sex & Eroticism

Neto Villalobos

(Por las plumas)
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Neto Villalobos

Buying a gamecock with grand schemes of reaping the financial spoils, introverted Chalo instead discovers a new best friend. Chalo’s lack of bloodlust is mirrored by writer-director Neto Villalobos, who keeps the cockfighting off-screen and focuses his attention squarely on the deadpan comedy that arises from a relationship that’s neither fish nor fowl.

Comedy

Prasanna Vithanage

(Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka)
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Prasanna Vithanage

With Dostoyevsky serving as inspiration and war-torn Sri Lanka the backdrop, Prasanna Vithanage’s clear-eyed drama centres on the unlikely marriage between an aloof pawnbroker and a kindhearted young woman. As past secrets reveal themselves, the lasting schisms wrought by civil war likewise come to the fore. A deeply moving and impeccably acted film.

Drama, Literary (inc. Adaptations), War & Espionage