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John Schlesinger Award

The John Schlesinger Award for Outstanding First Feature or Documentary acknowledges the work of a first-time filmmaker whose film is presented in any program at the Festival. Sixty-six films are eligible for this award.


Ajami   

Ajami
Israel, 2009, 120 min.
A powerful crime drama set on the mean streets of Jaffa's Ajami neighborhood, a melting pot of cultures and conflicting views among Jews, Muslims, and Christians.... more



Angel at Sea   

Angel at Sea
Belgium, 2009, 86 min.
Twelve-year-old Louis lives a charmed life in a small Moroccan town. But one night his father shares a secret with him that changes their relationship, and Louis' life, forever. This visually arresting and emotionally gripping film won the top prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.... more



Artois the Goat   

Artois the Goat
USA, 2009, 110 min.
Lab technician Virgil embarks on an epic quest to create the greatest goat cheese the world has ever known and reclaim the heart of his beloved Angie. A felonious German baker, a grave-digging hermit and a tiny white goat color this journey of love, destiny and dairy products.... more



Bad Day to Go Fishing   

Bad Day to Go Fishing
Uruguay, 2009, 110 min.
A droll dark comedy that plays out like a classic Western crossed with the decidedly modern sensibilities of filmmaker such as Jim Jarmusch or Aki Kaurismäki, this quirky tale pits a scamming hustler and his wrestler sidekick against the inhabitants of a small Uruguayan town, circa 1961.... more



Beautiful Kate   

Beautiful Kate
Australia, 2009, 101 min.
Actor Rachel Ward makes a stunningly assured feature writing and directing debut with this emotional drama about a self-hating writer Ned (Ben Mendelsohn) who returns to his childhood home in the Australian Outback in search of answers about his family's dysfunctional past.... more



A Brand New Life   

A Brand New Life
South Korea, 2009, 92 min.
It's 1975. Jinhee is nine years old, and the life she knows is about to be shattered. Inexplicably abandoned by her father in a Catholic orphanage outside Seoul, Jinhee begins an extraordinary emotional journey marked by rage and hope, death and rebirth.... more



Breathless   

Breathless
South Korea, 2009, 130 min.
Song-hoon is a violent, foul-mouthed enforcer for local gangster Man-shik. But things change when an unlikely bond develops between him and wayward schoolgirl, Han Yeon-hee. This semi-autobiographical, often brutal look at cyclical violence shows how love might just redeem a lost soul.... more



Brotherhood   

Brotherhood
Denmark, 2009, 90 min.
Former Danish servicemen Lars and Jimmy are thrown together while training in a neo-Nazi group. Moving from hostility through grudging admiration to friendship and finally passion, events take a darker turn when their illicit relationship is uncovered.... more



Chamaco (The Kid)   

Chamaco (The Kid)
Mexico, 2009, 97 min.
Abner is trapped in the rough life of Mexico City. His escape? Boxing. Dr. Frank Irwin (Martin Sheen) and his son Jimmy, a pro boxer, come together to teach Abner that the heart fuels the punches we throw in life.... more



City of Borders   

City of Borders
USA, 2009, 66 min.
Set during the construction of the separation wall between Israel and the Palestinian territories, City of Borders documents Jerusalem's gay community's struggles to hold a gay pride celebration in the Holy City while the characters, and the country, contend with internal conflicts.... more



Daniel & Ana   

Daniel & Ana
Mexico, 2009, 90 min.
Daniel and Ana Torres enjoy a careless, affluent existence. But when the siblings are kidnapped on the streets of Mexico and forced to perform the unthinkable in front of a camera, their relationship is violently shattered and their lives thrown into an utterly uncharted route. ... more



Dark Resonance   

Dark Resonance
Bangladesh, 2009, 105 min.
If a child is sent to university by parents who are beggars, is she an emancipated person who can choose her destiny or only the literate daughter of beggars? This sensitive first feature comes from award-winning painter Khalid Mahmood Mithu.... more



Devil's Town   

Devil's Town
Serbia, 2009, 82 min.
A stylish black comedy about life in contemporary Belgrade that satirizes the moral malaise clouding Serbia, Devil's Town features a host of top actors as city dwellers whose lives intersect on a hot summer day while the country's tennis stars compete in an important tournament.... more



Different from Whom?   

Different from Whom?
Italy, 2009, 106 min.
A slapstick comedy about a handsome gay politician paired with a conservative woman in a campaign for mayor. They work together, fight and eventually have an affair which shakes their lives. But an alternative solution is at hand, and they grab it.... more



Donkey   

Donkey
Croatia, 2009, 90 min.
A gentle comic fable that shows how one family of mulish, macho men in the Herzogovina countryside ultimately gain some much-needed self-awareness -- with the help of a real donkey.... more



Draft Dodgers   

Draft Dodgers
Luxembourg, 2009, 97 min.
When the Nazis annex Luxembourg, François must make a choice: either be conscripted and fight the Allies on the Russian front, or become a draft dodger living underground. This gritty psychological drama depicts a world in which his fascist father and shackled nation are weapons in a war.... more



Dumbstruck   

Dumbstruck
USA, 2010, 85 min.
At the annual Vent Haven Convention in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky, ventriloquism capital of the world, director Mark Goffman discovers five extraordinary characters straight out of a Christopher Guest mockumentary. But in this delightful, it's-all-true documentary, the characters are real.... more



Dzi Croquettes   

Dzi Croquettes
Brazil, 2009, 95 min.
Dzi Croquettes is a revealing documentary about a Brazilian dance and theater group resembling an all-male, 1970s version of the Ziegfeld Follies. Banned by the ruling military dictatorship, they used their empowering sexuality to revolutionize the gay movement worldwide.... more



Eamon   

Eamon
Ireland, 2009, 85 min.
A family holiday at the Irish seaside brings the tensions between a little boy with behavioral problems, his selfish mother and sexually frustrated father to a blackly comic peak. An entertainingly horrific, confidently stylized vision of the Oedipus complex in action.... more



Expecting Mary   

Expecting Mary
USA, 2009, 97 min.
Dan Gordon (screenwriter of Wyatt Earp and The Hurricane) marks his directorial debut with this effervescent dramedy about a pregnant teenage runaway who escapes the cosseting clutches of her parents and hits the road, where she finds a new kind of family.... more



Eyes Wide Open   

Eyes Wide Open
Israel, 2009, 90 min.
A taboo-breaking drama about a married butcher who falls in love with a seductive younger man in Jerusalem's insular ultra-orthodox community. It's shocking to see the extremes community leaders take to insure conformity in their compact, rigidly ordered world.... more



Garbage Dreams   

Garbage Dreams
USA, 2009, 79 min.
With no organized sanitation in Cairo, the Zabbaleen, a minority group in Egypt, have for generations collected and recycled the city's garbage. Now, suddenly, foreign companies move in, recycling ceases, and the three Zabbaleen boys have to fight for their families' survival.... more



The Girl   

The Girl
Sweden, 2009, 98 min.
A haunting, poetic portrait of childhood solitude that brings to mind resonant mood pieces such as Lynne Ramsay's Ratcatcher, The Girl excels at depicting the private realms kids create when free of adult supervision.... more



The Happiness of Kati   

The Happiness of Kati
Thailand, 2009, 105 min.
With the impending death of her mother, a young girl living with her adoring grandparents completes the puzzle of her past and discovers the reason that her mother gave her up as a baby. A delicate and touching adaptation of one of Thailand's most beloved novels.... more



Harry Brown   

Harry Brown
United Kingdom, 2009, 97 min.
When the escalating gang violence of his public-housing neighborhood leads to the death of his best friend, aging Royal Marines veteran Harry Brown's (Michael Caine) contempt for the ineffectual forces of the local law sees him turn vigilante with devastating results.... more



Heliopolis   

Heliopolis
Egypt, 2009, 96 min.
An honest and important expression of a generation's fight for their dreams in the face of harsh realities, Ahmad Abdalla's ensemble drama focuses a sharp critique of Egyptian society matched by a nostalgia-drenched longing for life before the 1952 Revolution.... more



Huacho   

Huacho
Chile, 2009, 90 min.
Huacho is a poignant but unsentimental look at the harsh life of the rural population in southern Chile. Following a small peasant family through its day, we are privy to the hardships they bear but also to their indomitable resilience and resourcefulness.... more



I Killed My Mother   

I Killed My Mother
Canada, 2009, 100 min.
Written when he was just 17-years-old and directed when he was 21, Xavier Dolan's hilarious, corrosive and ultimately touching debut drama -- about a gay teen's embattled relationship with his manipulative mother -- captured a trio of prizes at Cannes last year.... more



I Love You Phillip Morris   

I Love You Phillip Morris
USA, 2009, 100 min.
Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor are madly in love in this deliriously daring and hilariously entertaining story of a con man (Carrey) continually breaking out of jail to be with his man (McGregor). Unlike anything else you will see this year. From the writers of the deliciously subversive Bad Santa... more



Is It Just Me?   

Is It Just Me?
USA, 2010, 93 min.
Frustrated by his ongoing failure to meet Mr. Right, Blaine stumbles upon what might be his perfect match in an online chat room -- Xander, a sweet, hunky guy who's recently moved to LA. Smitten, Blaine then finds that he's been chatting to Xander under his go-go dancer roommate's profile.... more



Junior   

Junior
USA, 2009, 77 min.
Eddie "Junior" Belasco, 75, and Josey, his 99-year-old mother, might make the most co-dependent and heartwarming pair since Big Edie and Little Edie of Grey Gardens fame. Jenna Rosher's touching, laugh-out-loud documentary perfectly captures their endearing relationship for the ages.... more



Kelin (The Daughter-in-Law)   

Kelin (The Daughter-in-Law)
Kazakhstan, 2009, 84 min.
This remarkably visual tale of love and desire is set in the rugged steppe of ancient Kazakhstan and involves a beautiful bride, two competing suitors and a formidable shaman as a mother-in-law. Completely without dialogue, but not without sound, the film substitutes texture for language.... more



Kimjongilia   

Kimjongilia
France, 2009, 75 min.
N.C. Heikin's documentary gives long overdue voice to those who've suffered under Kim Jong-il's reign. The film maintains a furious tone as it playfully mixes interviews, dance performances, propaganda films and animation. The result is a devastating indictment of one of the world's worst dictators.... more



La Pivellina   

La Pivellina
Austria, 2009, 100 min.
In an impoverished trailer park on the outskirts of Rome, a small band of social outcasts eke out an existence in the dreary Italian winter. Circus performers Patty and Walter wait patiently for the summer to come, until one day Patty finds a small two-year-old girl standing alone in the rain.... more



Last Ride   

Last Ride
Australia, 2009, 100 min.
When his ex-con father (Hugo Weaving) bundles him into the car in the middle of the night, 10-year-old Chook knows that something is wrong. As the two drive into the desert towards an unknown future, their troubled relationship and the need to survive sees them battling the elements and each other.... more



The Long Night   

The Long Night
Syria, 2009, 93 min.
Three long-term political prisoners are suddenly released -- but why, and what awaits them? Elegant and cinematic, this intelligent political drama offers a searing indictment of contemporary Syrian life and politics, yet is universal in its intellectual, political and moral fury.... more



Love & Rage   

Love & Rage
Denmark, 2009, 95 min.
Daniel is a dedicated piano student who could wind up at Juilliard if he can just keep his nerves under control. Then he falls for Sofie. Their bliss soon spawns an awful jealous streak, propelling this slow-burn psychological drama to a startling climax.... more



The Man Beyond the Bridge   

The Man Beyond the Bridge
India, 2009, 96 min.
A lonely forest guard comes across a filthy, mentally challenged woman outside his house. After his initial disgust, he slowly gets used to her visits and starts to care for her. However, when she becomes pregnant the villagers question his right to do so.... more



A Matter of Size   

A Matter of Size
Israel, 2009, 90 min.
Fed up with dieting, four overweight friends decide to start a sumo wrestling club in this genial situation comedy. Part sports drama, part love story, this is a sweetly absurd tale of forlorn blue-collar guys pursuing a difficult goal and in the process learning to accept themselves.... more



Mid-August Lunch   

Mid-August Lunch
Italy, 2009, 75 min.
This low-key charmer follows sixtyish Roman Gianni, who lives with his tyrannical 93-year-old mother and finds himself forced to look after three other elderly ladies during the summer holidays. The aging women prove a handful.... more



Miracle Seller   

Miracle Seller
Poland, 2009, 106 min.
An engrossing drama about finding compassion under the most trying circumstances, Miracle Seller is a testament to how caring about others enriches our lives. A recovering alcoholic conman gives a lift to two fierce Dagestani children who've fled a refugee camp.... more



Mount St. Elias   

Mount St. Elias
Austria, 2009, 100 min.
At an altitude of 18,000 feet, Alaska's Mount St. Elias is the destination for a trio of mountaineers determined to reach the mountain's summit, and to ski back down as well. Mount St. Elias documents their journey as they trek the fine line between bravery and madness.... more



Mugabe and the White African   

Mugabe and the White African
Namibia, 2009, 94 min.
The tribulations of white farmer Mike Campbell and his family in Mugabe's Zimbabwe are brought to chilling life in this riveting Academy Award-shortlisted documentary. After Mugabe's "land reform" announcement led to farmers being assaulted and chased from their land, the Campbell clan fight.... more



My Dog Tulip   

My Dog Tulip
USA, 2009, 83 min.
This delightful animated adaptation of J.R. Ackerley's quirky 1947 memoir looks at the loving relationship between the author and his muse -- an Alsatian with a huge desire for doggie sex. The film's mordant wit and warmth make a winning combination.... more



North   

North
Norway, 2009, 78 min.
Aptly billed as "an antidepressive off-road movie," this wry comic drama follows an anxious ex-skiing ace as he reluctantly journeys through spectacular arctic landscapes and reconnects with life. Magnificently visual, with deadpan acting and a quirky economy of style.... more



Northless   

Northless
Mexico, 2009, 93 min.
Through the intimate story of a young Oaxacan man struggling to jump the border into the US and ending up in the care of two lonely women in Tijuana, Northless takes a fresh look at the realities of immigration facing individuals and families. Is crossing worth the price of what gets left beh... more



Nothing Personal   

Nothing Personal
Netherlands, 2009, 85 min.
A lone woman on the road in Ireland meets an equally reticent man who offers her food for work on the grounds of his grand house. Urszula Antoniak's wonderfully understated and surprising debut features standout performances from Lotte Verbeek and Stephen Rea in the leads.... more



On These Shoulders We Stand   

On These Shoulders We Stand
USA, 2009, 75 min.
Not everything began with Stonewall. On These Shoulders We Stand is a historical account of early gay life and activism in Los Angeles told by the people who lived it.... more



The Other Bank   

The Other Bank
Georgia, 2009, 90 min.
A 12-year-old Georgian refugee travels back to war-torn Abkhazia to find his father and a second chance at life. His odyssey takes him across physical and emotional borders, where nationalism and revenge are the way of life.... more



Plan B   

Plan B
Argentina, 2009, 103 min.
When conniving Bruno gets dumped by his girlfriend he decides to win her back by hook or by crook. Since she is happy with new boyfriend Pablo, Bruno devises another plan to get him out of the way in this clever, witty comedy.... more



Queen to Play   

Queen to Play
France, 2009, 101 min.
Sandrine Bonnaire and Kevin Kline (in his first French-speaking role) shine in this sophisticated feel-good comedy set in idyllic Corsica. Middle-aged chambermaid Hélène's newfound obsession with the game of chess leads her to seek the tutelage of a reclusive American expat.... more



A Rational Solution   

A Rational Solution
Sweden, 2009, 98 min.
A quartet of sterling performances from some of Sweden's top actors (including the wonderful Pernille August) anchors Jorgen Bergmark's tragicomedy about a marriage counseling couple who find themselves in deep water when the husband falls for his best friend's wife.... more



Restless   

Restless
France, 2009, 100 min.
This delicately wrought gem proves the "coming-of-age" story knows no age limit. Orphaned 18-year-old Claire lives with her elderly grandfather Maurice. As she meets a hopeless romantic and fumbles through her first feelings of love, he struggles to heal love's old wounds in his waning days.... more



Reverse   

Reverse
Poland, 2009, 101 min.
A darkly comic story of three generations of Polish women and the mysterious young man whose presence sparks a series of surprising events that change all of their lives. Best Film, Actress, and Cinematography, Gdynia Film Festival; FIPRESCI Award, Warsaw Film Festival.... more



Samson & Delilah   

Samson & Delilah
Australia, 2009, 101 min.
One of the year's most cinematically satisfying films, this unconventional love story of two aboriginal teens from a dusty settlement in the Central Australian Desert is full of fascinating ethnographic detail, gentle humor and breathtaking cinematography.... more



Shirley Adams   

Shirley Adams
South Africa, 2009, 92 min.
A searing, unsentimental story of a mother whose world is forever changed when her son is left paralyzed by a stray bullet in a gang shootout. Struggling after her husband walks out and battling meddling hospital authorities, Shirley refuses to seek charity or compassion.... more



Shoot the Hero   

Shoot the Hero
USA, 2009, 82 min.
When a young couple shops for wedding rings they accidentally become eyewitnesses to a jewelry store heist gone awry. A mob boss dispatches a mysterious hit man to find the couple and clean up the mess. What follows is an action-packed romp full of thugs, fights, laughs and love.... more



Sons of Cuba   

Sons of Cuba
United Kingdom, 2009, 88 min.
Wielding their fists like pinwheels, nine-year-old Cuban boxers fight for national pride, Olympic glory and, most importantly, the love of their families in this poignant, riveting documentary.... more



Sticky Fingers   

Sticky Fingers
Canada, 2009, 107 min.
In this sly comedy, six of the world's worst gangsters managed to heist $2 million, but only one got away. Now after four years in the clink, five bumbling thieves from Montreal are forced to walk the famous Camino pilgrimage in Spain to prove they've changed their ways.... more



Sweet Crude   

Sweet Crude
Nigeria, 2009, 93 min.
Ten percent of our oil supply comes from Nigeria, but few of us know the social and environmental devastation that the oil business wreaks there. This film exposes the corruption and the growing militant reaction to the politically irresponsible oil companies.... more



Thanks Maa   

Thanks Maa
India, 2009, 120 min.
After 12-year-old street kid Municipality rescues an abandoned infant, he begins a relentless search to find the baby's mother in the urban jungle of Mumbai. Using real locations and street kids a la Slumdog Millionaire, this sentimental social commentary captures the lives of children.... more



Waking Sleeping Beauty   

Waking Sleeping Beauty
USA, 2009, 86 min.
Don Hahn's engaging look at the resurgence of the Disney company's animation tradition features head honcho (at the time) Michael Eisner, animation guru Jeffrey Katzenberg, Roy E. Disney, and future geniuses Tim Burton and John Lasseter, all holding forth on the company's slide and rebirth.... more



Weekend   

Weekend
Chile, 2009, 86 min.
Patricio wants time alone with Francisca while she tries to forget her recent heartbreak. Sofia, a sexy hitchhiker, just wants a little distraction on her aimless journey. In a beautiful beach house on the Chilean coast, three twenty-somethings are about to get much more than they expected.... more



What You Don't See   

What You Don't See
Germany, 2009, 89 min.
Vaguely reminiscent of François Ozon's See the Sea, this impressive psychological thriller about a sensitive German adolescent grappling with his father's suicide and his mother's new boyfriend plays out against the eerie woods and fantastic rock formations of the Brittany Coast.... more



White Wedding   

White Wedding
South Africa, 2009, 93 min.
Elvis and Ayanda are getting married. Elvis just needs to get from Johannesburg to Cape Town for the big event. Take a sweet South African road trip through the hills and valleys of love, friendship and post-apartheid culture clashes.... more



The Wildest Dream   

The Wildest Dream
USA, 2008, 94 min.
The Wildest Dream uses astonishing visuals to tell the intersecting stories of George Mallory, the first man to attempt a summit of Mount Everest, and Conrad Anker, the mountaineer who finds Mallory's frozen remains 75 years later.... more





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