CPH PIX’s main competition New Talent Grand PIX is dedicated to debuting directors from across the globe. Again this year, half of the competing filmmakers are female. We predict a bright cinematic future for the directors who despite their young age have all created feature films that are impressive, challenging, entertaining and fascinating.
The nominees are:
Workaholic Frank is fired from the shipping firm to which has dedicated the last 20 years of his life. With razor-sharp naturalism Russbach draws a portrait of the working man while elegantly navigating around archetypes and clichés.
Self-taught directors and twin brothers Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo have their own raw sensibility for drama. ‘Boys Cry’ follows Mirko and Manolo who join the mafia. A reckless debut probing deep into the Italian underworld and its effects on society.
Eva Trobisch directs with an impressive naturalism and a strong, independent voice. ‘All Good’ follows Janne, who is raped by a colleague at a drunken class reunion. She tries to keep still and carry on, but her silence has major consequences.
Young Sascha goes on holiday by the Turkish riviera with her older drug-lord boyfriend and his band of losers. On the surface everything glitters - designer drugs, expensive gifts and colourful drinks by the pool - but underneath bubbles sexism, violence and control in Isabella Eklöf’s raw, provoking drama. Isabella Eklöf is nominated for both New Talent Grand PIX and for Politiken’s Talent Award.
'We the Animals' follows Jonah growing up in a working class family with his two brothers and parent who either fight or make love. He disappears under his bed, creating drawings that turn into fabulous animations in this movie about all the emotions, adventure and hardships that form a little human.
Lara is born in the body of a boy. She dreams of becoming a ballerina and has started hormone treatment to change her body. Her dad, doctors and psychologist are all very supportive, but Lara is impatient. 27 year old director Lukas Dhont has created a harrowing tale about existential frustation, great ambitions and transformation.
Post-Soviet buildings and poor villages have never looked this magical. Larysa yearns to break free of the fixed role of women in her family and leave the village, but her boyfriend ruins the escape. Magical realism mixes with action and arthouse in this tale of four generations of women who tackle their fate.
Rasmus Kloster Bro delivers a breathless, claustrophobic experience with his debut ‘Cutterhead’. PR-worker Rie is doing research for her article on the metro construction in Copenhagen, but is trapped inside an airlock several meters under street level with croation Ivo and Bharan from Eritrea. Rasmus Kloster Bro is nominated for both New Talent Grand PIX and Politiken’s Talent Award.
How well do we know the ones we love? Asks Tuva Novotny’s brave, confident directorial debut. Shot as a one-take ‘Blind Spot’ follows a troubled teen and her parents in an intense, shocking family drama.
’One Day’ follows Anna - a mother of three struggling with screaming kids, forgotten gym bags and a cheating husband. A refreshing unsentimental portrait of the everyday rarely seen on the big screen.