The first eight nominees for the Knight MARIMBAS Award competition have been announced. These titles screened at GEMS 2018 (October 11 – 14, 2018).
Argentina | Directed by Armando Bo
Armando Bo’s thought-provoking and darkly comic thriller has been praised for the excellent performance of Guillermo Francella as Antonio, and the boldness of its screenplay.
BEN IS BACK
USA | Directed by Peter Hedges
Led by a devastating career-best performance from Roberts, Ben is Back deals with the opioid epidemic with fast-paced urgency and compassion.
BIRDS OF PASSAGE (Pájaros de verano)
Colombia | Directed by Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra
Birds of Passage charts the origins of the Colombian drug trade, through the epic story of an indigenous Wayuu family that becomes involved in the booming business of selling marijuana to American youths during the 1970s.
Sweden | Directed by Ali Abbasi
When Tina, a highly-skilled customs officer with a keen ability to identify smugglers through her senses, crosses paths with Vor, she is surprised to realize that she is unable to properly assess his intentions. Winner of the Uncertain Regard Program at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Ali Abbasi’s bold and cleverly-crafted film beautifully overlaps genres to create a relatable and moving tale.
Republic of Korea | Directed by Lee Chang-dong
A chance encounter morphs into a mystery in Lee Chang-dong’s Burning, a slow-burn examination of anger and obsession where everything is questioned, and little is answered.
Poland | Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski
Winner of the Best Director award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Pawel Pawlikowski is back with Cold War, a decade-spanning romance that finds a star-crossed couple separating and reuniting throughout the years.
Argentina | Directed by Luis Ortega
Based on the true story of one of Argentina’s most infamous criminals, El Angel highlights the origins of Carlos Robledo Puch, the teenage baby-faced serial killer whose murder spree dominated national headlines in Argentina during the early 1970’s.
Spain | Directed by Jaime Rosales
Petra, Catalan director Jaime Rosales’ 6th feature film, presents Bárbara Lennie – who attended our GEMS screening to receive the Precious Gem Award – as its heroin in a tragic and impeccable performance.