Official Competition

With work spanning the world, the seven films in the Official Competition illustrate some of the finest filmmaking this year. Many of the films discuss themes that resonate worldwide-themes of friendship, coming of age in times of political turmoil, and the complications of family and love.

Juried by a team of international industry members, the winner of the Official Competition will be announced at the Closing Night Awards Celebration and receive a cash prize of $1,500.

Downstream to Kinshasa

Democratic Republic of Congo | 2020 | 90 minutes | Dieudo Hamadi

April 8 - 18, 2021

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A stark, honest, and empathetic portrait of disabled survivors of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Six-Day War traveling to the capital city of Kinshasa seeking reparations after 20 years of dehumanizing bureaucratic delays.

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Goddess of the Fireflies

Canada (Québec) | 2020 | 105 minutes | Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette

April 8 - 18, 2021

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After her parents announce they’re getting a divorce, 16-year-old Catherine (Kelly Depeault) dives into a life of sex and drugs in 1990s rural Quebec in this tender and gorgeously shot coming-of-age story about angst, desire, rebellion, and addiction.

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Little Girl

France | 2020 | 85 minutes | Sébastien Lifshitz

April 8 - 18, 2021

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From Cannes Film Festival winner Sébastien Lifshitz (Bambi, The Lives of Thérèse) comes a sympathetic and poignant documentary about Sasha, an eight-year-old transgender girl whose family protects her from her rural French town’s outdated gender norms.

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Sanremo

Slovenia | 2020 | 85 minutes | Miroslav Mandić

April 8 - 18, 2021

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In this unique and humane love story set in a retirement home, an elderly man with dementia repeatedly courts a fetching fellow housemate—connected by a shared memory of a song from their youth—while struggling with his own fragmented memories.

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There Is No Evil

Germany | 2020 | 150 minutes | Mohammad Rasoulof

April 8 - 18, 2021

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Filmed in secret and banned in its home country, Mohammad Rasoulof’s Golden Bear-winning film is an anthology of four short stories, each focused on a person affected by the capital punishment system in a country that commits more executions per capita than anywhere else on Earth.

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Under the Open Sky

Japan | 2020 | 126 minutes | Miwa Nishikawa

April 8 - 18, 2021

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Yakusho Kôji (The Third Murder) gives a riveting performance as a lifelong Yakuza, released from prison after 13 years, whose journey to find the mother who abandoned him as a child is hindered by his gangster past.

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When I’m Done Dying

Turkey | 2021 | 97 minutes | Nisan Dağ

April 8 - 18, 2021

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A young, impoverished rapper’s addiction to a street drug threatens his dreams of stardom, his relationship with his family, and the romance of his older, upper-class DJ girlfriend in this drama set in Istanbul’s underground hip-hop scene.

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