Our competition selection for extraordinary fiction films from all over the world.
The films in the main competitions stands out in terms of form or content - they are simply extraordinairy. All films are Norwegian premieres and does not have regular cinema distributions, so BIFF is the place for experience these extraordinary movies.
Cinema Extraordinaire films compete for the price of 30,000 NOK.
The winners will be announced at BIFF's awards ceremony on Wednesday, October 02, and the public will have the opportunity to see them at a replay show on the last festival day on Thursday, October 03.
This year’s winner of the Cannes Jury Prize is a refreshing and entertaining Brazilian mash-up of Spaghetti Western and dystopian science fiction.
A DARK-DARK MAN is just as dark and beautiful as Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s THE GENTLE INDIFFERENCE OF THE WORLD (BIFF 2018). This time, it’s Montesquieu’s ideas about how laws must be seen in a social and historical context that frame the story.
Based on real events GOD EXISTS, HER NAME IS PETRUNYA is a satirical drama about a woman at the end of her rope confronting patriarchal society.
Directed by BIFF favourite Alma Har’el, this is a vulnerable and emotionally raw depiction of a tempestuous father/son relationship
Checking all the traditional coming-of-age-boxes, Bora Kim’s remarkable debut feature turns clichés into cinematic poetry. This is a wise, touching and atmospheric drama for audiences of all ages.
Centering on the general’s family, the film portrays a society marked by deeply racist and sexist structures, led by the highly capable actors known from Bustamante’s IXCANUL (BIFF 2015).
LAND OF ASHES is a gorgeously sensuous coming-of-age movie with subtle elements of magical realism, from first-time director Sofia Quiros.
Wrapped in gorgeously textured images from early 80s London, Joanna Hogg’s THE SOUVENIR is a rich and understated upper class drama which defies audience expectations at every turn.
SYNONYMS is loosely based on director Nadav Lapid’s own experiences and is a quirky and funny film about identity and the dream of a fresh start.
Featuring striking images, virtuoso set pieces and stylistic flourishes which will thrill cineasts, THE WILD GOOSE LAKE reaffirms Diao Yinan’s position as one of China’s greatest living directors.
Inger Merete Hobbelstad, commentator and film critic, Dagbladet
Karsten Meinich, film editor and editor of Montages
Elisa Fernanda Pirir, producer for Mer Film