Grand Jury Fiction

For the second time, we will present the Grand Jury Fiction Award. Eight films will be selected from the full film programme of the festival. These are films where cinematography and content go hand in hand. An international jury presents the award with a prize money of € 5,000 to the winner.


Ahed’s Knee

Attending a screening of his film in an Israeli desert town, director Y. meets an employee of the Ministry of Culture. She wants him to sign a list of government-approved subjects to discuss. Astonishing, uncompromising and urgent drama about artistic freedom in today’s Israel by Nadav Lapid. Y. is a Israeli filmmaker ...

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Ali & Ava

Social-realist love story about two souls connecting despite their differences. Ali is a British Pakistani landlord, Ava a strong, Irish-born classroom assistant. After a chance encounter they hit it off immediately. But their very different circumstances give them a lot of obstacles to overcome. Ali (Adeel Akhtar) is ...

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Along the Way

19-year-old Afghan twins Fatima and Zahra get separated from their family on their refugee journey. While their mother and sisters find refuge in the Netherlands, they have to survive in Istanbul. Fantastically played by real-life sisters Malihe and Nahid Rezaie, who helped write the script. While walking with a group ...

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Les Choses humaines

Intense courtroom drama about a controversial rape case. 17-year-old Mila accuses rich and privileged student Alexandre of having raped her. The more we find out, the more we have to adjust our perceptions. Is there such a thing as a ‘grey area’? Alexandre Farel is the talented son of successful parents who have recent...

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Las Consecuencias

40-year-old Fabiola, her father César and her teenage daughter Gabi hold each other captive in a web of love, family ties and secrets new and old. Beautifully understated, intuitive feature film, subtly but poignantly addressing trauma and sexual abuse. Fabiola (Juana Acosta) is traumatized by a scuba diving accident d...

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Erasing Frank

In communist Hungary, punk singer Frank is placed in a psychiatric institution. There he meets Hanna, who doesn’t speak but with whom he has an intuitive artistic and personal connection. Together, they are determined to stand up to the system. Disquieting drama, shot in grainy black and white. In Budapest in 1983, Fra...

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A Hero

Rahim is in prison for a debt he couldn’t pay. During a two-day leave, he thinks he sees an opportunity to repay his creditor. But things don’t go as planned. Ingenious tale by Iranian master Asghar Farhadi. Shortlisted for the Oscars and winner of the Grand Prix in Cannes. On a two-day leave from prison, where he is s...

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In France in the early 1960s, promising literature student Anne becomes pregnant. She’s determined not to keep the baby, but abortion is illegal and can get you into jail. As time moves on, Anne is getting more and more desperate for a way out. When her period is late, 23-year-old Anne (Anamaria Vartolomei) visits her ...

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Monique van de Ven (Chair)

Monique van de Ven is a Dutch actress who generated world-wide fame with her role in Turkish Delight. Afterwards many movie productions followed, such as The Assault which won an Oscar. Monique received a couple of Golden Calf awards for Best Actress, as well as a Golden Calf for her whole oeuvre in 1985 and the Golden Calf for Film Culture in 2018..

Aboozar Amini

Aboozar Amini is a filmmaker from Afghanistan. His first feature documentary film Kabul, City in the Wind was the opening film at IDFA 2018. With his small production company KinoKabul, his aim was to establish a new wave of cinema that is beyond the mass-media but close to the people of Afghanistan. This year she is the main guest at the Movies that Matter Festival.

Kaouther Ben Hania

Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania studied cinema in Tunisia and then in Paris. She directed many award winning films. The Man Who Sold His Skin, her last movie, opened the MtMF21 and was nominated for an Oscar.