Peacock Picks – International Competition


The Last Family
Dir: Jan P. Matuszynski

Director Jan P. Matuszynski makes his feature debut with a film based on the life and family of Zdzislaw Beksinski, a Polish painter, photographer and sculptor, specializing in the field of dystopian surrealism. Actor Andrzej Seweryn won a handful of awards for his portrayal of Beksinski.

I, Olga Hepnarova
Dir: Tomás Weinreb, Petr Kazda

Based on the real life story of Hepnarova; the last woman sentenced to death in Czechoslovakia, the biopic is a steady and solemn exploration of her homosexuality & lonely life. The film was nominated for the Best First Feature Award at the Berlin International Film Festival 2016.

Mellow Mud
Dir: Renars Vimba

Winner of the Crystal Bear (Generation 14plus – Best Feature Film) at the Berlin International film festival, this Latvian film is about the coming of age of a 17 year old girl who has make some tough decisions in her life. The jury said “In an inspirational fashion, this film production captures the decisive process of personal growth experienced by young people on their way to becoming adults.”

The Student
Dir: Kirill Serebrennikov

The film is an intellectually rigorous exploration of Veniamin’s religious awakening, who has his mother, schoolmates and his entire high school turned upside down by his questions. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival where it won the François Chalais Prize.

Scarred Hearts
Dir: Radu Jude

Set in the 1930s, this stylised period drama revolves around Emmanuel’s life; who is committed to a sanatorium, where he discovers the spirit of life beyond all sadness. The film won the Special Jury Prize at Locarno International Film Festival 2016.