Contrasting visions of world cinema
IRELAND, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium | 105 minutes | 2019
Jade, a young London mother, leaves the hospital. The doctors seem pleased with her progress. But how can she face daily life with a two-year-old when she’s been the victim of an acid attack by her ex-boyfriend? Heartrending and often hard to watch, Sacha Polak’s film opens a window onto a tragic reality. Using camera work reminiscent of Andrea Arnold’s and a stripped-down, intense mise-en-scène, the Dutch filmmaker captures her heroine’s plight with infinite tenderness. In the role of Jade, the non-professional actor Vicky Knight, who herself suffered burns as a baby, is a true revelation.CANADIAN PREMIERE"An astonishingly vibrant and engaging performance by feature first-timer Vicky Knight drives this urgent, passionate drama from Dutch film-maker Sacha Polak." The Guardian"Despite the down-to-earth toughness of its subject, Polak and cinematographer Ruben Impens explore an expressionistic palette, full of vivid splashes of colour." The Guardian"An unflinching portrait of a strong-willed yet immature young woman facing a radical change in how the world looks at her as well as how she sees herself following an acid attack." Variety
World Cinema Competition - Sundance Film Festival
Rotterdam Film Festival
HEMEL (2012)ZURICH (2014)
Shot between 2016 and 2018 in the run-up to the election of Jair Bolsonaro and premiering at Cannes as part of the festival’s 2019 ACID lineup, Indianara...
BRAZIL | 84 minutes | 2019
Born with a disability, 23-year-old Yuma is a talented young artist who lives with her mother and dreams of breaking into the world of manga. When a hentai...
JAPAN | 115 minutes | 2019
Two couples work together in a factory, and each have an only son born on the same day. The two boys grow up as best friends, but a tragic event shatters...
CHINA | 180 minutes | 2019
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