Adelaide Film Festival 2023
Feature Fiction and Documentary Competition
Feature Fiction Competition
A selection of almost entirely first features capturing imagined worlds both rooted in the real or entirely visionary. An elderly Bulgarian woman responds in kind to scammers; a young man takes a dangerous job to marry the woman he loves; a mermaid joins a runaway duo in the trippiest of road movies and time is entirely arbitrary in one of the most intriguing films of the year.
Behrooz Karamizade / Germany, Iran
Iran has spawned today’s most important realist film movement, and Behrooz Karamizade delivers a deeply felt addition with this story of star-crossed lovers.
Sponsored by Swarmer
Feature Documenatry Competition
From a young woman’s fight for her life from a prison cell in Tehran; to being embedded with the Taliban in the days following the fall of Kabul or the wild performances on the underground stages of Berlin, London and Melbourne by one of Australia’s most internationally influential bands – the films in Adelaide Film Festival’s Documentary Competition take you into extraordinary and sometimes profound experiences.
Ibrahim Nash’at / Germany, USA
In the chaotic aftermath of the US withdrawal, an Egyptian journalist brilliantly documents the Taliban transition from militia to military regime.
Lakota Nation vs United States
Jesse Short Bull and Laura Tomaselli / USA
The claims of First Nations people are of intense relevance to Australia, making this an unmissable political chronicle for our times.
Sponsored by Crumpler