Most of this year’s nominees bring attention to the world as a fractured place, either through comedy or drama. Day One follows a translator on her first day with the US military. As her day progresses, she becomes a midwife for an Afghani woman – it packs an emotional punch.
Stutterer is a British offering, and the shortest of the nominated films. A lonely typographer with a debilitating speech impediment goes out into the world to meet his online girlfriend. It’s a sweet insight into his world, without being over the top.
Ave Maria is a sweet and unique comedy. An Israeli family’s car breaks down in the West Bank outside a convent with silent Palestinian nuns. It’s conventional and a great watch.
Everything Will Be Okay follows a divorced father picking up his 8 year old daughter for the weekend. But this time, he has a special plan.
Shok tests the limits of two boys and their friendship in the middle of the Kosovo war of 1998-99.