The first four nominees for the Jordan Ressler First Feature Award competition have been announced. These four titles will screen at GEMS 2018 (October 11-14, 2018)
Portugal | Directed by Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt
A delirious off-beat comedy about the world’s premiere soccer star and underwear model who tumbles from grace due to an evildoer’s plot. Winner of the 2018 Grand Prix NESPRESSO at La Semaine de la Critique, Cannes.
THE HEIRESSES (LAS HEREDERAS)
Paraguay | Directed by Marcelo Martinessi
Two upper-class women who have discreetly been a couple for more than 30 years go through a crisis when their worsening financial situation forces them to begin selling off their family heirlooms, and one partner goes to jail for fraud. Winner of numerous international prizes, including the Alfred Bauer Prize and Best Actress for Ana Brun at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival.
HOPELESSLY DEVOUT (MI QUERIDA COFRADÍA)
Spain | Directed by Marta Díaz de Lope Díaz
Winner of Audience Award at 2018 Malaga Film Festival, an uproarious screwball comedy in the spirit of early Almodóvar films. When the devout Carmen is passed over for leadership of her local religious guild in southern Spain in favor of a man, her initial despair turns into determination to turn the tables on this sexist situation.
Italy | Directed by Damiano D’Innocenzo & Fabio D’Innocenzo
Two teenage boys living in the suburbs of Rome fall into service of the local mafia, but their loss of innocence takes them to unexpected places. Winner of the prestigious Nastro d’Argento (Silver Ribbon), Italy’s National Syndicate of Film Journalists Award, for Best First Feature Film of the Year.