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Oscar Foreign-Language Female Directors Discuss Their Films From Asia

Oscar Foreign-Language Female Directors Discuss Their Films From Asia
With a record 27 women behind the 92 foreign-language film submissions, Variety posed the same questions to a selection of directors about their experiences. What was your biggest obstacle in making the film? What was the key to your breakthrough? What is your creative goal? Who are your filmmaking heroes? What would you like the world to know about being a woman film director and the message you want to send? Here are their stories.

Roya Sadat

“A Letter to the President” (Afghanistan)

“The story of my film has a lot to say including the taboos in my society. I therefore was concerned about how to talk about sensitive issues. Another major obstacle was the security situation in Afghanistan especially because I live and work in this country. Some of the shooting locations were in insecure areas while I was not feeling safe even in Kabul when moving with a large crew, which was unusual for people.
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Singapore Festival Launches in Understated Style

Singapore Festival Launches in Understated Style
Shopping-mall glamour and a red carpet flanked by designer stores greeted Singapore’s film community and visiting celebrities for Thursday night’s opening of the 28th Singapore International Film Festival (Sgiff).

The celebrities who walked the red carpet through the high-end Marina Bay Sands mall mostly left the highest couture in the store windows. Many instead went for sedate touches of lace, minimal glitz, and daytime outfits.

The evening’s glamour moments went to Sgiff vice chair Soo Wei Shaw, who swept the red carpet in a floor-length black gown, and Indian actress, Waheeda Rehman (“The Song of Scorpions”), in a red and pink brocade sari and traditional jewelry.

Introducing the opening film, Vivian Qu’s “Angels Wear White,” Sgiff chairman Mike Wiluan told theater-goers gathered in the lower levels of the 2,000-plus seat theater that the festival was a “torchlight” for aspiring storytellers, himself included. After decades in the film industry as a producer, financier and facilitator
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Singapore’s Cinematic Ship Sails On Familiar Course

Singapore’s Cinematic Ship Sails On Familiar Course
After a stellar 2016, when two Singaporean films had their world premiere in Cannes, Boo Junfeng’s “Apprentice” and K Rajagopal’s A Yellow Bird,” 2017 has been a strong follow-up year.

The year kicked off with confirmation that Kirsten Tan’s “Pop Aye” had been selected to premiere at Sundance in the World Cinema – Dramatic segment. There it was nominated for the Grand Jury prize and took home the Screenwriting Award. It went on to win the Big Screen Award at Rotterdam and the Golden Eye prize at Zurich.

The film also secured U.S. distribution via Kino Lorber and in addition had a commercial release at home in Singapore. Unsurprisingly, “Pop Aye” was chosen as Singapore’s entry for the Oscar foreign-language category.

Tan is delighted with the relative gender parity in Singapore. “Singapore is attuned to the fact that girls should be able to do what they want,” says Tan. “But yes, female
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Berlinale Talent Well Represented in the Oscar® Race for Best Foreign Language Film

Berlinale Talent Well Represented in the Oscar® Race for Best Foreign Language Film
Berlinale Talents

Fest Chief, Dieter Kosslick at Dine & Shine Dinner, copyright Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2017Pity for all you upcoming filmmakers who might be eligible to further your careers through the Berlinale Talents because now the 2018 application period is closed, but come next July 2018, you should plan to apply!Talents, copyright Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2017

Berlinale Talents is aimed at film and television professionals in the first 10 years of their careers. To find out if you are eligible to apply for Berlinale Talents or one of their project labs: Doc Station, Talent Project Market, Script Station and Short Film Station; and to get a quick overview of the application process, check out the information Here.

One in five contenders for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film is a Berlinale Talents alum. An impressive 17 films by Berlinale Talents alumni have been nominated as their countries’ contenders for the 2018 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
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Official Oscar® Submissions from Asia Showcased at The Asian World Film Festival

Official Oscar® Submissions from Asia Showcased at The Asian World Film Festival
21 Best Foreign Language Film submissions and 16 Golden Globe submissions make this festival an important event in Los Angeles.

Now in its third year, The Asian World Film Festival is held at the Arclight in Culver City. While still dealing with growing pains, especially finding its audience, it still hosts a great community of film lovers and filmmakers. My wish is that next year it will reach farther to the Asian filmmaking community in L.A. and to the ethnic communities of L.A. who would love to see the works of their homeland filmmakers which are making their way toward Academy Award nominations for Best Foreign Language Films.

Awff Jury President Lisa Lu

The winner this year of multiple prizes was the South Korean submission A Taxi Driver. This funny and very serious film is so important today, and with the best publicist for the Academy Awards, Pogodin & Associattes, it
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International Newswire: Netflix Leads Streaming Pack in Oz

International Newswire: Netflix Leads Streaming Pack in Oz
In today’s International Newswire, Netflix is top dog among streaming platforms in Australia; Studio Hamburg launches Paradise Papers documentary; ‘The Divine Order’ opens Zagreb Film Festival; and South Africa’s M-Net 101 picks up “Dancing with the Stars.”

In a new report on subscription VOD in Australia, London-based research group Ampere Analysis found that Netflix is the top Svod service in the country, followed by Stan and Foxtel Now. Ampere estimates that the number of hours of TV and movies available on Netflix has nearly tripled in the last three years, addressing early concerns about the strength of its offer. Australia is one of Netflix’s strongest markets in terms of the size of its catalog. While Svod is extremely popular in Australia and has made significant inroads, pay-tv service growth has stalled – 51% of Australian internet users have at least one Svod subscription versus 35% taking pay-tv.

Studio Hamburg Offers Paradise Papers Doc

Current events are likely to give
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Official Oscar® Submission for Best Foreign Language Film from Singapore: ‘Pop Aye’

Official Oscar® Submission for Best Foreign Language Film from Singapore: ‘Pop Aye’
A winner of both the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Screenwriting at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and the Big Screen Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, ‘Pop Aye’ was a hit with critics and festival audiences alike, and now has been selected by Singapore as the country’s Official Submission to the 90th Academy Awards. Kino Lorber has now released Kirsten Tan’s Award-Winning Pop Aye on DVD with special features including behind-the-scenes footage and trailer.

Pop Aye was released theatrically by Kino Lorber earlier in 2017, with a two-week run at New York’s Film Forum and engagements in key national markets including Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Chicago, and Seattle. International sales are by Cercamon, a sales company based in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates headed by Sébastien Chesneau who is French.

This first feature of Kirsten Tan comes from Singapore but it takes place in Thailand.
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Sliff 2017 Review – Pop Aye

Pop Aye screens Thursday, Nov. 9 at 9:00pm and Friday, Nov. 10 at 7:05pm as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival Both screenings are at The Plaza Frontenac Cinema (210 Plaza Frontenac St. Louis , Mo 63131). Ticket information for the Nov. 9 screening can be found Here. Ticket information for the Nov. 10 screening can be found Here

In “Pop Aye,” a successful Bangkok architect in the midst of a midlife crisis is reunited with an elephant he knew growing up. The two embark on a road trip to the man’s childhood home in the idyllic Thai countryside. Along the way, they meet a colorful cast of characters that includes a pair of nonplussed local police officers, a forlorn transgender sex worker, and a mysteriously wise drifter. As the encounters mount and the bond between man and elephant deepens, filmmaker Kirsten Tan weaves a strikingly universal tale in a
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Asia Sends Serious Contingent to Oscar Foreign-Language Race

Asia Sends Serious Contingent to Oscar Foreign-Language Race
While the early frontrunners in Oscar’s foreign-language category appear to be from Europe, with the likes of Ruben Ostlund’s “The Square” (Sweden), Agnieszka Holland’s “Spoor” (Poland), Michael Haneke’s “Happy End” (Austria), Jonas Carpignano’s “A Ciambra” (Italy), Joachim Trier’s “Thelma” (Norway) and Carla Simon’s “Summer 1993” (Spain) dominating conversations and awards, Asia has a few tricks up its sleeve.

Leading the Asian charge is Cambodia’s submission “First They Killed My Father,” directed by the very visible Angelina Jolie. Based on the memoirs of human-rights activist Loung Ung, the film is an unflinching look at the horrors wrought by the Khmer Rouge after the Cambodian civil war in the 1970s.

Told through the eyes of the 5-year-old Ung, played with wide-eyed winsome charm by Sareum Srey Moch, the film dispassionately looks at how she is separated from her parents and siblings and is thrust into the thick of the conflict. As with his
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Zurich: 'Pop Aye' Wins Best Feature Film Award

Zurich: 'Pop Aye' Wins Best Feature Film Award
Pop Aye, a comedic drama from Singapore filmmaker Kirsten Tan, has won the top prize of best international feature film at the 13th Zurich International Film Festival.

The feature is an unconventional road trip that follows a disheartened architect who leaves the city and travels across the country, accompanied by an elephant (called Popeye) he adopts along the way.

Pop Aye premiered in the World Drama section at Sundance and was selected by Singapore to represent the country in the foreign language category of the 2018 Oscars.

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Foreign-Language Oscar Race is 27 Percent Women-Directed

Mattie Do’s “Dearest Sister” was submitted by Laos

We’ll have to wait until January 23 for Oscar nominations to be announced, but the Academy has released the titles of all of the films competing in the foreign-language Oscar race. According to Deadline, a record-setting number of countries have submitted films for consideration in the category. Of 92 films vying for a nomination, 25 are directed or co-directed by women by our count — an encouraging 27 percent. A nine-film shortlist will follow before final nominations are revealed.

Nineteen percent of last year’s crop of films submitted in this category were directed or co-directed by women. Just one of them ended up scoring a nod — Maren Ade’s daughter-father dramedy “Toni Erdmann.”

For comparison’s sake, consider the fact that none of this year’s or last year’s Best Picture nominees were helmed by women. The last time a woman-directed film received a Best Picture nomination was Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” back in 2015. So, women directors are better represented in the foreign-language category — featuring women directors from all over the world — than the largely American Best Picture race.

We’ve reported on some of the women-helmed features that have been submitted for the upcoming 90th Academy Awards, including Roya Sadat’s “A Letter to the President,” a drama about an official grappling with tribal laws, Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father,” an adaptation of human rights activist Loung Ung’s non-fiction book, and Annemarie Jacir’s “Wajib,” a dramedy about a father and his estranged son.

Other titles in the running include Mattie Do’s “Dearest Sister,” the story of a girl who can communicate with the dead, and Mijke de Jong’s “Layla M.” a drama about a teenage Muslim who becomes radicalized.

Check out all of the women-directed films submitted by their respective countries below. List adapted from Deadline.

Afghanistan, “A Letter to the President,” Roya Sadat, director;

Argentina, “Zama,” Lucrecia Martel, director;

Armenia, “Yeva,” Anahit Abad, director;

Australia, “The Space Between,” Ruth Borgobello, director;

Bulgaria, “Glory,” Petar Valchanov, Kristina Grozeva, directors;

Cambodia, “First They Killed My Father,” Angelina Jolie, director;

Croatia, “Quit Staring at My Plate,” Hana Jušić, director;;

Ecuador, “Alba,” Ana Cristina Barragán, director;

Georgia, “Scary Mother,” Ana Urushadze, director;

Haiti, “Ayiti Mon Amour,” Guetty Felin, director;

Hungary, “On Body and Soul,” Ildikó Enyedi, director;

Iran, “Breath,” Narges Abyar, director;

Lao People’s Democratic Republic, “Dearest Sister,” Mattie Do, director;

Luxembourg, “Barrage,” Laura Schroeder, director;

Mexico, “Tempestad,” Tatiana Huezo, director;

Netherlands, “Layla M.,” Mijke de Jong, director;

Palestine, “Wajib,” Annemarie Jacir, director;

Panama, “Beyond Brotherhood,” Arianne Benedetti, director;

Poland, “Spoor,” Agnieszka Holland, Kasia Adamik, directors;

Singapore, “Pop Aye,” Kirsten Tan, director;

Slovenia, “The Miner,” Hanna A. W. Slak, director;

Spain, “Summer 1993,” Carla Simón, director;

Switzerland, “The Divine Order,” Petra Volpe, director;

Taiwan, “Small Talk,” Hui-Chen Huang, director;

Thailand, “By the Time It Gets Dark,” Anocha Suwichakornpong, director;

Foreign-Language Oscar Race is 27 Percent Women-Directed was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Oscars: Record 92 Countries Submit for Foreign-Language Race

Oscars: Record 92 Countries Submit for Foreign-Language Race
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Thursday that 92 countries have submitted films for consideration in this year’s foreign-language Oscar race. The number marks a new milestone and record for the category.

Among the first-time entrants are Haiti, Honduras, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mozambique, Senegal, and Syria.

Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman” won the prize at February’s Oscars ceremony. The director refused to attend the ceremony in protest to Donald Trump’s travel ban on a number of predominantly-Muslim countries. In his stead, Iranian-American engineer Anousheh Ansari accepted the honor.

High-profile contenders in this year’s race include Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father” from Cambodia, Michael Haneke’s “Happy End” from Austria, Sebastian Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman” from Chile, Robin Campillo’s “Bpm (Beats Per Minute)” from France, Samuel Maoz’s “Foxtrot” from Israel, Joachim Trier’s “Thelma” from Norway, and
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Oscars 2018: The Academy Lists Record 92 Foreign Language Contenders

Oscars 2018: The Academy Lists Record 92 Foreign Language Contenders
The final deadline for submitting each country’s film for consideration for the foreign-language Oscar was October 2. Last year 85 were finally deemed eligible by the Academy; this year the number is a record 92. Haiti, Honduras, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mozambique, Senegal and Syria are first-time entrants. These films are vying for the initial shortlist of 9, and final five nominations to be announced on January 23. See the final list below.

Read More:Oscar Announces Changes for Foreign-Film Voting: Now Simpler! (Sort Of.)

The frontrunners include Sweden selected Ruben Östlund’s hilarious Palme d’Or-winner “The Square” (October 27, Magnolia Pictures), an art-world satire shot in majority Swedish with some English from stars Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, and Dominic West, thus giving Östlund another shot after “Force Majeure” was a surprise 2015 Oscar omission.

Germany’s choice, Fatih Akin’s “In the Fade” (December 27, Magnolia Pictures), won Best Actress for Diane Kruger at Cannes.
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Oscars 2018: The Academy Lists Record 92 Foreign Language Contenders

Oscars 2018: The Academy Lists Record 92 Foreign Language Contenders
The final deadline for submitting each country’s film for consideration for the foreign-language Oscar was October 2. Last year 85 were finally deemed eligible by the Academy; this year the number is a record 92. Haiti, Honduras, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mozambique, Senegal and Syria are first-time entrants. These films are vying for the initial shortlist of 9, and final five nominations to be announced on January 23. See the final list below.

Read More:Oscar Announces Changes for Foreign-Film Voting: Now Simpler! (Sort Of.)

The frontrunners include Sweden selected Ruben Östlund’s hilarious Palme d’Or-winner “The Square” (October 27, Magnolia Pictures), an art-world satire shot in majority Swedish with some English from stars Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, and Dominic West, thus giving Östlund another shot after “Force Majeure” was a surprise 2015 Oscar omission.

Germany’s choice, Fatih Akin’s “In the Fade” (December 27, Magnolia Pictures), won Best Actress for Diane Kruger at Cannes.
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New to Streaming: ‘The Beguiled,’ ‘City of Ghosts,’ ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

The Bad Batch (Ana Lily Amirpour)

Ana Lily Amirpour’s second feature shoots for Harmony Korine meets Mad Max and would have nearly almost hit the mark were it not for the gratingly aloof attitude and the swaths of directorial license being taken. The Bad Batch — an ambitious, expansive dystopian sci-fi western which features partying, drugs, and cannibals — might come as music to the ears of diehard fans of
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Roya Sadat’s “A Letter to the President” Is Afghanistan’s Foreign-Language Oscar Pick

“A Letter to the President”: Busan Film Festival

Roya Sadat is joining the foreign-language Oscar race. Afghanistan has submitted her feature debut, “A Letter to the President,” as its pick for the upcoming ceremony, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.

The drama stars Leena Alam as a low-tier female official struggling to “observe modern laws when confronted with ancient tribal rules that condemn another woman to a brutal punishment,” the source summarizes. “Finding herself on the wrong side of the law after being arrested for her efforts, her only hope of redemption is through a direct written appeal to the president.” Sadat penned the script and served as a producer.

“A Letter to the President” made its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival in August and will screen at the Busan Film Festival next month.

“Before the Taliban rule, I used to write scripts and direct plays in my school,” Sadat has said. “I wrote my first play when I was all of nine. But once the Taliban came, girls could not attend school. My mother and aunt were determined that our education should not suffer and so we were taught at home,” she recalled. “As soon as the Taliban left, I took up my studies and graduated in law and political science from Herat University. But my heart was in filmmaking. My uncle in Iran sent me DVDs and books on cinema and script writing.”

This marks the second time that Afghanistan has chosen a woman-directed film to rep the country at the Oscars since they started submitting in 2002. The first was Sonia Nassery’s “The Black Tulip.”

Other women-directed films in the running for foreign-language noms include Kirsten Tan’s “Pop Aye,” a drama about a man who is reunited with his childhood elephant, Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father,” an adaption of human rights activist Loung Ung’s non-fiction book, and Annemarie Jacir’s “Wajib,” a dramedy about a father and his estranged son.

Roya Sadat’s “A Letter to the President” Is Afghanistan’s Foreign-Language Oscar Pick was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Singapore Selects Kirsten Tan’s “Pop Aye” for Foreign-Language Oscar Pick

Pop Aye”: Giraffe Pictures

Pop Aye” will be representing Singapore in the 2018 foreign-language Oscar race, Variety reports. Written and directed by Kirsten Tan, the award-winning drama is set in Thailand and centers on a disenchanted architect who unexpectedly reunites with his long-lost childhood elephant on the streets of Bangkok. The unlikely pair embark on a road trip across the country towards the rural farm where they grew up together.

“I’ve always felt like a bit of a wanderer. Before moving to New York, where I’ve been based for the past eight years, I grew up in Singapore and lived in Jeonju and Bangkok,” Tan told us. “Across these cities, these homes, I was never sure where and when and how I fit in or belonged, so I’ve always felt for outsiders who don’t sit comfortably within one particular system.”

She explained, “For me, ‘Pop Aye’ is essentially about two wayfaring misfits — in this case, a man past his prime and his displaced street elephant — searching for meaning and belonging in space and time.”

“‘Pop Aye’ is a story of self-discovery, beautifully told by a Singapore team, including director-writer Kirsten Tan, producers Lai Weijie and Huang Wenhong, and executive producer Anthony Chen,” said Joachim Ng, director of the Singapore Film Commission. “The film has resonated with audiences both at home and internationally.”

Tan’s previous credits include shorts “Granny,” “Thin Air,” and “Cold Noodles.” “Pop Aye” is her feature debut. The film made its world premiere at Sundance this January and took home the world cinema dramatic special jury award.

Other women-directed films submitted for consideration in the foreign-language category include Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father,” an adaption of human rights activist Loung Ung’s non-fiction book, Annemarie Jacir’s “Wajib,” a dramedy about a father and his estranged son, and Agnieszka Holland’s “Spoor,” a crime drama about a woman seeking revenge after hunters kill her dog.

Singapore Selects Kirsten Tan’s “Pop Aye” for Foreign-Language Oscar Pick was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Oscars: Singapore Selects 'Pop Aye' for Foreign-Language Category

Oscars: Singapore Selects 'Pop Aye' for Foreign-Language Category
Singapore has picked Kirsten Tan’s debut feature Pop Aye to represent the country at the 2018 Oscars in the best foreign-language film category.

A tender but mysterious drama, Pop Aye debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for screenwriting.

Set entirely in Thailand, the film stars Thaneth Warakulnukroh as a down-and-out architect who is reunited with his childhood elephant and embarks on a road trip across the Thai countryside in search of their old home.

"Loneliness, alienation, the ache of nostalgia and the everyday absurdity of life infuse every encounter in...
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Singapore Picks ‘Pop Aye’ for Foreign-Language Oscar Contention

Singapore Picks ‘Pop Aye’ for Foreign-Language Oscar Contention
Singapore has selected “Pop Aye” as its contender for the Academy Awards foreign-language category. Directed by Kirsten Tan, the film won the world cinema dramatic special jury award at Sundance earlier this year.

Set entirely in Thailand, the film stars Thaneth Warakulnukroh as a down-and-out architect who is reunited with his childhood elephant. They embark on a road trip across the Thai countryside in search of their old home.

“’Pop Aye’ is a story of self-discovery, beautifully told by a Singapore team, including director-writer Kirsten Tan, producers Lai Weijie and Huang Wenhong, and executive producer Anthony Chen. The film has resonated with audiences both at home and internationally,” said Joachim Ng, director of the Singapore Film Commission.

The film has recently opened theatrically in Taiwan, after releases in North America, France, the Netherlands, Singapore and Thailand. On the festival circuit it will next screen in Zurich, London, Busan and Tokyo.

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‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ ‘Custody,’ ‘Under the Tree’ to Compete in Zurich

‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ ‘Custody,’ ‘Under the Tree’ to Compete in Zurich
Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Xavier Legrand’s “Custody” and Hafsteinn Gunnar’s “Under the Tree” are among the 15 feature films set to compete at the 13th Zurich Film Festival.

“Three Billboards,” a darkly comic drama with Peter Dinklage and Frances McDormand, and “Custody,” a French drama exploring domestic strife, both world-premiered at the Venice Film Festival and won best screenplay and best director awards, respectively. “Custody” also picked up the Lion of the Future for best first film.

“Under the Tree” is an Icelandic dramedy which world-premiered in Venice and is playing in Toronto, where it was just acquired by Magnolia for North American distribution.

Zurich’s competition lineup also includes Joshua Z. Weinstein’s “Menashe,” Justin Chon’s “Gook,” Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato’s “The Desert Bride,” Julia Solomonoff’s “Nobody’s Watching,” Kirsten Tan’s “Pop Aye,” Constantin Popescu’s “Pororoca,” Matan Yair’s “Scaffolding” and Jaron Albertin’s “Weightless
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