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Eclectic mix of contenders for the Golden Goblet Award

‘THE Sacred Arrow’ (China)

The film tells of the 1,000-year-old Amdo Tibetan tradition of archery. By looking at how two villages compete in an archery competition, stories of friendship, love and ancient traditions emerge. In a new and changing era, Tibetans carry forward their cultural heritage from generation to generation, forming a story that never ends.

Director: Pema Tseden

Starring: Renqing Dunzhu, Sonam Nyima and Dekyid

‘Ant Story’ (Bangladesh)

Every day while returning to his suburban home on the other side of the river, struggling young graduate Mithu gazes at the dazzling city of Dhaka. Everybody wants something from Dhaka. Mithu, a byproduct of a materialistic society, feels he is not properly equipped to get what he wants he stoops to unethical means. He realizes when the world can’t be changed according to one’s wish; it’s easier to create a new customized world.

Director: Mostofa Sarwar Farooki

Starring: Noor Imran Mithu and Sheena Chohan

‘The Woods Are Still Green’ (Slovenia)

As World War I rages across Europe, the Austro-Hungarian monarchy is fighting Italy. The Isonzo River is the scene of gruesome trench warfare around mountains and valleys, with hundreds of thousands of victims on both sides. Amidst this hell, captain Jan Kopetzky, scion of a wealthy family, and private Jakob Lindner, son of a craftsman, are the sole survivors of an Italian artillery attack. They are holding position “R,” an artillery outlook post on the slopes of Rombon mountain in the Julian Alps.

Director: Marko Nabersnik

Starring: Kristian Hodko, Aap Lindenberg and Michael Kristof

‘Begin Again’ (US)

It is a soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beautiful music together. Gretta and her long-time boyfriend Dave are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan, a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent.

Director: John Carney

Starring: Keira Knightley, Hailee Steinfeld and Mark Ruffalo

‘The Last Executioner’ (Thailand)

This is the story of former hitman Chavoret Jaruboon, a wild rock and roller who takes a “respectable” job to support his family. Jaruboon tries to reconcile the good and bad karma that comes from his decision. It is a story of life at its most beautiful and death at its most surreal.

Director: Tom Waller

Starring: Vithaya Pansringarm and Ron Smoorenburg

‘The Uncle Victory’ (China)

This human interest film focuses on Victory, a simple man who tries to run a kindergarten with Xiao Mei, whom he meets in a KTV venue. They share smiles and tears, joy and sorrow along the way.

Director: Zhang Meng

Starring: Huang Haibo and Zhang Xinyi

‘Snow’ (Iran)

Affluent in the past but destitute now, the Vaziri family has a hard time hiding its present situation on the day a man is coming from abroad to propose to their only daughter.

Director: Mehdi Rahmani

Starring: Roya Teymurian, Afshin Hashemi and Mohamad Reza Ghafari

‘Canopy’ (Australia/Singapore)

Director: Aaron Wilson

Starring: Khan Chittenden and Tzu-yi Mo

‘Predestination’ (Australia)

Director: Michael and Peter Spierig

Starring: Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook

‘The Target’ (South Korea)

Director: Yoon Hong-seung

Starring: Ryu Seung Ryong and Yu Jun Sang

‘Little England’ (Greece)

Director: Pantelis Voulgaris

Starring: Pinelopi Tsilika, Sofia Kokkali and Aneza Papadopoulou

‘Diplomacy’ (Germany)

Director: Volker Schlöndorff

Starring: André Dussollier and Niels Arestrup

‘Eliza Graves’ (US)

Director: Brad Anderson

Starring: Kate Beckinsale and Jim Sturgess

‘She Adores Him’ (France)

Director: Jeanne Herry

Starring: Sandrine Kiberlain, Laurent Lafitte and Benjamin Lavernhe

‘Lady Maiko’ (Japan)

Director: Masayuki Suo

Starring: Mone Kamishiraishi, Hiroki Hasegawa and Sumiko Fuji

Candidates for the

Asian New Talent Award

‘Homeland’ (Japan)

Director: Nao Kubota

Starring: Kenichi Matsuyama, Yuko Tanaka and Sakura Ando

‘The Tale of Iya’ (Japan)

Director: Tetsuichiro Tsuta

Starring: Rina Takeda, Shima Onishi and Naomi Kawase

‘No Smoking’ (China)

Director: Wu Gang and Dong Xinwen

Starring: Li Jiaming and Dong Xiaoguang

‘Blue Bone’ (China)

Director: Cui Jian

Starring: Yin Fang, Huang Huan, Ni Hongjie and Huang Xuan

‘Dragonfly’ (India)

Director: Indranil Roychowdhury

Starring: Sohini Sarkar andf Akash Adhikary

‘Ten Minutes’ (South Korea)

Director: Lee Yong Seung

Starring: Baek Jong Hwan

‘Concrete Clouds’ (Thailand)

Director: Lee Chatametikool

Starring: Ananda Everingham and Janesuda Parnto

‘Angels Descend Together’ (Iran)

Director: Hamed Mohammadi

Starring: Mohammad Javad Ezzati and Nazanin Bayati

‘I’m Not Angry!’ (Iran)

Director: Reza Dormishian

Starring: Baran Kosari, Navid Mohammadzadeh and Milad Rahimi


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