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International Golden Scales Feature Film Competition

Stand

After taking a wrong turn in their car, a young gay Russian couple witnesses what they believe is a vicious gay bashing. The slow-burning film is highly topical, given the intense worldwide outrage over Russia’s mistreatment of gays and the country’s 2013 federal law prohibiting homosexual “propaganda.” Anton and Vlad make a handsome pair, sharing a loving and natural chemistry in the comfortable privacy of their Moscow apartment. For Anton, the burden of what they may have witnessed outweighs Vlad’s fear of probing too deeply into the incident. Anton talks his skeptical lover into launching their own amateur investigation into the hate crime. Their risky search for the truth has unexpected and grim consequences.


 

Dancing Arabs

Israel, early 1990s. Eyad, a Palestinian-Israeli boy from the town of Tira, is accepted into a prestigious Jewish boarding school in Jerusalem. He finds himself struggling with issues of language, culture, and identity – trying to survive and to find his way in a place where war constantly rages around him.

He develops a bold friendship with Yonatan, a boy with muscular dystrophy, and falls in love with a Jewish girl named Naomi. Eyad realizes that in order to be accepted as an equal, in order to allay people’s suspicions, in order to work, to love, and, above all, to belong �he has to make personal sacrifices.


Why me?

Cristian, a young idealistic prosecutor whose career is on the rise, tries to crack a case against a senior colleague accused of corruption. The dilemma of choosing between his career and the truth weighs heavily on his shoulders. Looking further to solve the case, he enters a danger zone paved with unexpected and painful revelations.


 

The Last Executioner

Inspired by true events, THE LAST EXECUTIONER is the story of Chavoret Jaruboon, the last person in Thailand whose job it was to execute by gun – a wild rock and roller who took a ‘respectable’ job to support the family he loved devotedly, then constantly tried to reconcile the good and bad karma that came from his decision. It is a story of life at its most beautiful and death at its most surreal.


Accused

Nurse Lucia (40) has been present at one inexplicable death too many, and the hospital alerts the police. Assistant District Attorney Judith (28), driven by ambition and genuinely outraged, gets stuck in and Lucia is sentenced to life in prison. But something keeps troubling Judith, and she discovers inconsistencies in witness statements, and even the suppression of lab evidence. Ignored by her superiors, Judith teams up with Lucia’s lawyer, but at every appeal the original guilty verdict is confirmed. Things look bleak until they get the media involved and the biggest miscarriage of justice in Dutch history is finally reversed.


 

Three Windows and a Hanging

In a traditional village in Kosova, a year after the war (2000) when people are rebuilding their lives, the female school teacher Lushe is driven by her inner conscience to give an interview to an international journalist, telling her that she and three other women from the village were raped by Serbian forces. When the news is published, the male villagers start being suspicious about their wives. As soon as they realize that it was Lushe who spoke to the journalist, they start to stigmatize her and her little boy, asking her to leave the village, and try to find out if their own wives were among those raped. This pressure continues until Ilir (Lushe’s husband), who was in jail as a prisoner-of-war, returns home. They try to convince Ilir to divorce Lushe. He gets emotionally confused at the beginning, but later, at a village wedding scene, he decides to stay on Lushe’s side, telling everyone that they should not blame, but rather apologise to their wives for not having treated them as victims.

A critical view of a society which survived the war, won its independence but still struggles with human equality. An insightful portrait of a Balkan village, of a patriarchal microcosm, and of its mayor who desperately wants to control the village life. Of husbands who feel forced to behave strong, but act against their own emotional interest. A reflection of rituals which not only show gender inequality, but also the absence of freedom of expression within the male community.


 

The Law

Fall 1974, French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing puts his Health Minister, Simone Veil, in charge of a daunting task: to carry the abortion law. During three days, she will defend her text before parliamentarians with exemplary tenacity. Diane, a young journalist, makes it the subject of her first investigation, and discovers over her explorations a considerable changing of the women’s social status