Watch on Cineuropa: On top of the world - 10 years of festival prizewinners
- More hits from the world’s best festivals for you to watch on our pages – enjoy, and stay tuned for more!
Indie film lovers around the world, rejoice! The decade has come to an end, and for all its bleak and dark moments, independent cinema had plenty to celebrate.
To refresh your memory, we thought we’d continue our trip down the 2010s to spotlight some of our favourite festival prizewinners from the past ten years. Featuring hits from Cannes, Locarno, Berlin, Sundance, and more - here are ten new films worth your time, handpicked from the world’s top festivals.
These titles are brought to you in partnership with eyelet (read the news), a streaming platform designed to give cinephiles around the world access to the very best in independent cinema. In conjunction with eyelet, we are now able to showcase films we’ve been reviewing over the years - titles you can stream and read about on Cineuropa. Stay tuned for the new movies coming your way soon!
Forsaken in a new Oslo apartment, a frail blind woman battles to come to terms with her condition, as she slowly retracts into an elaborate fantasy bubble. Are her stories fanning her suspicions, or is this what total blindness looks like? A Berlinale and Sundance prizewinner, Blind will linger in your memory long after the end credits.
Malgorzata Szumowska won a Silver Bear for Best Director at the 2015 Berlinale for this darkly comic study of humans coping with loss and grief. An inviting and hypnotic puzzle of a film that crystallises Szumowska’s as a major talent to reckon with.
For Those in Peril bowed in Cannes before nabbing a few BAFTAs in 2013 for this devastating tale of loss, featuring a young George MacKay in a towering breakthrough performance. Steadfastly refusing to believe his older brother has died in a mysterious fishing accident, the lad sets out to recover his sibling…
Stéphane Demoustier’s sophomore feature and Berlinale prizewinner conjures a striking, claustrophobic odyssey through the streets of Paris, seen through the eyes of a lost child. A hide-and-seek gone wrong turns into a riveting cinematic experience, casting a magical light on the world of children, and how children see the world.
As haunting and majestic as its snowy settings, Sister, Ursula Meier’s second feature, is a lacerating portrait of a family falling apart, and a sibling duo struggling to make ends meet. Winner of the Silver Bear - Special Award at the 2012 Berlinale.
Charismatic transgender performer Linn da Quebrada espouses her convictions about feminism and her transsexuality in this Berlinale prizewinning documentary by Kiko Goifman and Claudia Priscilla, an electrifying takedown of Brazil’s heteronormative machismo.
Koji Fukada’s exhilarating Cannes prizewinner captures the collapse of a seemingly ordinary Japanese family, much of it unfolding over dinner table conversations and in the confines of home. A disquieting, exquisitely crafted mood piece that earned Fukada the 2016 Un Certain Regard Jury Prize.
Alain Gomis’ engrossing tale of a Congolese singer scrambling to save her son won the Silver Bear in Berlin back in 2017. Drenched with infectious energy and songs, Félicité lives up to its title: conjuring a riveting portrait of a city and its people, brimming with unshakable optimism and hope.
Ralitza Petrova’s won Locarno’s top award, the Pardo d’Oro, with her 2016 debut feature, Godless - a raw, unflinching portrait of life in the New East following a nurse who traffics the ID cards of her patients in exchange for quick cash.
A couple of years before his Cannes charmer A White, White Day, Hlynur Palmason stunned the circuit with this brutal and unflinching tale of two brothers marooned in a snow-capped wasteland somewhere in Denmark. Unveiled in Locarno, it earned Elliott Crosset Hove a Best Actor award, and Palmason the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention.
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