Sixteen films make up this competitive section. Of particular note is Caroline Deruas who is presenting Daydreams, a warm, heterodox view of the world of writers who are looking for “a room of their own” in an artists’ residence. This film was selected by SEFF’s young programmers, who are participating in the programme ‘Moving Cinema’, to accompany its progress through the festival.
The Russian Kirill Serebrennikov will compete with The Student, which won in the section Un Certain Regard at Cannes and is prenominated for the EFA awards. Voir du Pays (The Stopover), from Delphine & Muriel Coulin, looks at the decompression of two women soldiers who have come back from Afghanistan. The French director Damien Manivel offers the dreamlike Le Parc, which Les Inrocks describes as "a miraculous work ", while Le Monde defines it as "a sparkling diamond".
The coproduction Albüm (Turkey, France, Romania) by Mehmet Can Mertoglu, offers an absurd comedy about a constant confusion, and was the winner of the top award in Sarajevo and of the Fipresci award at Jerusalem. In Dogs, (Romania, France, Bulgaria and Qatar) Bogdan Mirica develops a cynical thriller in rural Romania, which won the Fipresci Award in the section Un Certain Regard at the last edition of Cannes. The juvenile drama Fiore by Claudio Giovannesi, a coproduction between Italy and France, is participating in the New Waves Section and in Europa Junior with its story of impossible love in a minors’ centre. I, Olga Hepnarova (a coproduction between the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland) by Petr Kazda and Tomas Weinreb, is a fiction that examines the life of Olga Hepnarová, a 22 year old mass killer and the last woman to be executed by hanging in Czechoslovakia in 1973. The coproduction The Challenge (Italy, France, Switzerland), by Yuri Ancarani, offers a visual display that won the Special Jury Prize at Locarno. The already announced The Sun, the Sun Blinded Me by the brothers Anka Sasnal and Wilhelm Sasnal, In bed with Victoria by Justine Triet and The Dreamed Path by Angela Schanelec complete the New Waves section along with the Spanish films mentioned above.