Nominated for the IDFA Award for Best First Feature

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    From the International Competition, Envision Competition, Luminous, and Frontlight, an international jury will choose the winners of the IDFA Award for Best First Feature. The following films are in the running for the award.

    Nominated for the IDFA Award for Best First Feature

    Children of the Mist

    • Diem Ha Le
    • 2021

      In the misty mountains of northern Vietnam, a Hmong teenage girl faces the challenges of growing up. In Di’s traditional culture, girls marry as early as 14. But at school she learns there are alternatives.

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      Darkness There and Nothing More

      • Tea Tupajic
      • 2021

        Bosnia-born director Tea Tupajic invites two Dutch war veterans who served during the fall of Srebrenica to spend a night in her company. She wants answers to painful questions, but also tries to discover something in the two men that can give her hope.

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        Four Journeys

        • Louis Hothothot
        • 2021

          Amsterdam-based filmmaker Louis Hothothot was born in China, a second child in the era of the one-child policy. His birth had devastating consequences for his parents, and when he visits them he discovers other distressing events in the family as well.

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          How the Room Felt

          • Ketevan Kapanadze
          • 2021

            A gentle and intimate portrait of a small community of young queer people in a Georgian city, formed around the local women’s football team. Here in this self-made family, shielded from outside threats, they can share love and friendship.

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            Lake Forest Park

            • Kersti Jan Werdal
            • 2021

              An atmospheric portrait of a group of high school students in the American northwest who have been through a shocking experience. The camera observes from a distance and captures their inexpressible sadness in beautifully composed tableaux.

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              Makeup Artist

              • Jafar Najafi
              • 2021

                Tradition and ambition clash when a young mother in rural Iran wants to train as a makeup artist in the city. She tries to break the deadlock with her loving but inflexible husband in this sometimes funny, sometimes painful film.

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                Medusa

                • Chloé Malcotti
                • 2021

                  An unorthodox film about the ambivalent relationship between Italian coastal town Rosignano and the company that pollutes its beaches and sea, but has also brought prosperity and fame: the unnaturally white beaches and blue sea are a major attraction.

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                  The Moment of Transition

                  • Chiara Marotta
                  • 2021

                    Chiara Marotta returns to the Christian community she grew up in and to which her grandmother, mother, and sister still belong. She seeks explanations for their behavior, an understanding of her own situation, and, perhaps, reconciliation.

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                    Museum of the Revolution

                    • Srđan Keča
                    • 2021

                      A basement in Belgrade, the only remnant of a 1961 plan to build a grand Museum of the Revolution as a tribute to Socialist Yugoslavia, now houses the outcasts of Serbian society.

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                      One Take Grace

                      • Lindiwe Matshikiza
                      • 2021

                        Life has been hard for South African domestic worker Mothiba Grace Bapela, and she’s lived it in service to others. In between, she pursued a career as an actor. A poignant portrait of social inequality and the oppression of women.

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                        Taamaden

                        • Seydou Cissé
                        • 2021

                          Faith, hope and harsh reality: Taamaden is an original story about the everyday lives of West African immigrants and their ties with mystical and religious fortune tellers—African occultism reaches to Europe via the smartphone.

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                          Where Are We Headed

                          • Ruslan Fedotow
                          • 2021

                            The imposing, theatrical corridors of the Moscow Metro form the backdrop to a continuous tragicomedy. Small incidents and conversations create a colorful picture of this underground society in miniature.

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