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WITHOUT STRINGS • 2019

DIRECTOR: Atanu Ghosh

COUNTRY: India

RUNTIME: '93

 

SYNOPSIS: Kajal and Sraboni, both in their mid thirties, meet as strangers at the audition of a reality game show. They tell each other two stories of crisis from their lives. But the ending of Sraboni’s story leads to a bitter altercation. Kajal accuses Sraboni of telling a fictitious story. Sraboni reasons but Kajal does not accept her explanation and ultimately they part ways. Shortly thereafter, it becomes evident that both stories were fake.

 

NOMINATIONS:
• Best Feature Film

FEATURE FILMS

SOIL • 2020

DIRECTOR: Sevgi Hirschhäuser

COUNTRY: Turkey

RUNTIME: '105

 

SYNOPSIS: Since the death of his parents, the teenage Burak lives with his uncle Cemil and grandmother in a remote Turkish village town. ​ They try to make a living by selling pomegranates but while the religious Cemil is satisfied to live his life in poverty, Burak struggles to leave for the city and going to university. ​ When the grandmother gets sick, both have to make tough decisions that will change their lives.

 

NOMINATIONS:

• Best Feature Film

 

DIRECTOR: Akio Murahashi

COUNTRY: Japan

RUNTIME: '107

 

SYNOPSIS: Shizuo is a man who was sentenced to one month of life expectancy with terminal cancer. He returns hometown and begins digging his own grave in order to face his end. He admits himself to the hospital, thinking only about dying peacefully without pain. And Imamura, a doctor who watches over Shizuo's last stage, also has problems. He suffers from depression because he has seen too many deaths of incurable patients. And he continues to think about possibility of the dignified death of human beings.

 

NOMINATIONS:

• Best Feature Film

THE DIGNIFIED DEATH OF SHIZUO YAMANAKA • 2019