Indonesia

Ifa Isfansyah

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From producer Ifa Isfansyah and one of Indonesia’s most exciting female directors, Kamila Andini, comes Yuni – a refreshing look at youthful urges, longing and liberation. The film will be subtle and lingering, drawing inspiration from Indonesian poetry and evoking seasonal flavours.

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Kazakhstan

Olga Khlasheva

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Hell Is Empty And All The Devils Are Here uses a title taken from Shakespeare’s The Tempest to introduce a detective story set in the Kazakhstan steppes. With an irreverent sense of humour and references to Hollywood westerns, producer Olga Khlasheva and director Adilkhan Yerzhanov reveal complexities of life in Kazakhstan today.

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Thailand

Mai Meksawan

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Worship, from Thai producer Mai Meksawan, is a challenging film incorporating both fictional and documentary elements, about the spiritual dimension of life in Thailand today. Through the story of one man’s pursuit of a miracle to cure his dying wife, director Uruphong Raksasad has developed a project which promises to be both poetic and deeply moving.

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Turkey

Semih Kaplanoğlu

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Turkish filmmaker Semih Kaplanoglu will write, direct, and produce Asli, a film which delves into the psychology of motherhood by juxtaposing the lives of two young mothers connected by babies. We witness their mutual struggle with anxiety and private and professional responsibilities.

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