7 films have been selected to screen at the 2016 Venice International Film Critics’ Week, an independent section of the Venice International Film Festival, exclusively dedicated to first-time directors’ full-length films.

The 31st Venice Film Critics’ Week will take place during the upcoming 73rd Venice International Film Festival from 31st August to 10th September.

Opening Film – Special Event Out of Competition

Prevenge by Alice Lowe
Prevenge by Alice Lowe

Prevenge by Alice Lowe (United Kingdom)
A pregnant woman takes revenge, embarking on a killing spree that is both vicious and funny. For ruthless Ruth, will motherhood lead to redemption, or destruction?

Closing Film – Special Event Out of Competion

Are We Not Cats by Xander Robin
Are We Not Cats by Xander Robin

Are We Not Cats by Xander Robin (USA)
After losing his job, his girlfriend, and his apartment in a single day, a young man attempts to restart his life, but is diverted when he meets a woman who shares his strangest habit: a proclivity for eating hair.

In Competition

Akher Wahed Fina / The Last of Us by Ala Eddine Slim
Akher Wahed Fina / The Last of Us by Ala Eddine Slim

Akher Wahed Fina / The Last of Us by Ala Eddine Slim (Tunisia, Qatar, UAE, Libano)
N is coming from the desert to reach the north of Africa and make an illegal crossing to Europe. Alone in Tunisia, he decides to cross the solitary sea. He steals a boat and begins his journey, but it soon sinks into the water. From that moment, N embarks in a special and unique voyage: he discovers different and infinite spaces, makes intense and fleeting encounters, and meets another altered image of himself.

Drum by Keywan Karimi
Drum by Keywan Karimi

Drum by Keywan Karimi (France, Iran)
The atmosphere is dreamlike, the characters have no name, neither the streets. Teheran is the only character whose name is constantly evoked. A lawyer, as many others, works and lives alone in his apartment, which is both his office and his home. In a cold and rainy day, a man burst into his apartment, speaks to him shortly and confusingly and gives him a package that will completely change his life.

Jours de France / Four Days in France
Jours de France / Four Days in France

Jours de France / Four Days in France by Jérôme Reybaud (France)
A man leaves everything behind to travel aimlessly through France, letting himself be guided only by the people and landscapes he encounters: four days and four nights of wandering, during which his lover tries to locate him via Grindr, a smartphone dating app.

Los nadie / The Nobodies by Juan Sebastián Mesa
Los nadie / The Nobodies by Juan Sebastián Mesa

Los nadie / The Nobodies by Juan Sebastián Mesa (Colombia)
Camilo, Mechas, Manu, Ana and Pipa are five friends going through that blended trance of intense unrest, astonishment, contained tenderness and manifested rage that is typical of the end of adolescence. They survive at the edges of a city, Medellin, that simultaneously attracts and excludes them, that lure them with promises but rejects them with hostility. Nevertheless, they want to embrace the city and fight against its logics of fear. Music, street art and friendship are their weapons of resistance, hoping for a rite of passage that could transform them into someone else.

Prank by Vincent Biron
Prank by Vincent Biron

Prank by Vincent Biron (Canada)
Stefie, an unremarkable teenage loner, is recruited by Martin, Jean-Sé and Lea to record their daily capers with his cellphone. The four pranksters decide to set up a stunt that go beyond anything they’ve done so far… But this time, who will be the victim? A funny and cruel coming-of-age story about love, friendship, peer pressure and loss of innocence.

Singing in Graveyards by Bradley Liew
Singing in Graveyards by Bradley Liew

Singing in Graveyards by Bradley Liew (Malaysia, Philippines)
Pepe, a 68-year-old impersonator of a Filipino rock legend, lives alone on the borders of reality, imagination and mysticism. One day, he is finally given the chance to open for the rock legend’s concert but he must do something neither of them has done before – write a love song.

Le ultime cose / The Last Things
Le ultime cose / The Last Things

Le ultime cose / The Last Things by Irene Dionisio (Italy, Switzerland, France)
In Torino, a bittersweet crowd is bringing its own belongings to a pawn shop, waiting for a ransom or the final auction. Between the thousands of faces that tell the human inventory of the crisis, three stories intertwine unconsciously in the thin line of moral debt. Sandra, a young trans, in order to escape her past sells her fur coat. Her gaze will cross Stefano’s, a novice who just started working at the bank, and who drags her towards a tender obsession. Michele, a retired porter, asks for a loan to a family member, who will turn out to be fatally the wrong person to ask a favour from.

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