New Directors | New Films

This week we highlight six films. To “The Queen of Spain” and “Al Berto”, films performed by experts from Training Ground previous editions, we join “Blade Runner 2049”, “The Forest of the Lost Souls”, “Someone Like Me” and “Jeannette" , L'enfance de Jeanne d'Arc”.

"The Queen of Spain", Fernando Trueba (Spain)

Synopsis: We are immersed in the 1950s, as the film diva Macarena Granada returns from Hollywood to Spain to shoot a US blockbuster entitled The Queen of Spain, where she will breathe life into Isabella I of Castile. In Madrid, not only will she meet up again with her old friends and colleagues from the troupe but she will also have to contend with another dictatorial regime: that of Francisco Franco. Trailer


"Al Berto", Vicente Alves do Ó (Portugal)

Synopsis: In Sines is time of revolution, and Al Berto gives body to a changing generation. Al Berto creates a group of friends and together transpire youth, eccentricity and dreams. But shortly after a revolution, the city is not yet ready for so much freedom - freedom to love without fear. Trailer


"Blade Runner 2049", Denis Villeneuve (USA, UK, Canada)

Synopsis: Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. Trailer


"Forest of the Lost Souls", José Pedro Lopes (Portugal)

Synopsis: In this dark place, the destinies of Ricardo and Carolina cross each other. He is a destroyed man trying to find the exact spot where his child committed suicide; she is a girl fascinated by the mysteries of death. When they talk about pain and the value of existence, these two strangers end up creating an unexpected intimacy ...



"Someone Like Me", Leonel Vieira (Portugal, Brazil)

Synopsis: Helena, a young 30 years woman, makes a decision that will change the rest of her life: living in Lisbon, being single, independent and available. But like all of us, Helena does not control destiny and meets the man of her life. What seems to be a year away from romantic adventures and only pure personal enrichment becomes an unpredictable test of emotional intelligence. Trailer


"Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc", Bruno Dumont (France)

Synopsis: In the midst of the Hundred Years’ War, the young Jeannette, at the still tender age of 8, looks after her sheep in the small village of Domremy. One day, she tells her friend Hauviette how she cannot bear to see the suffering caused by the English. Jeannette is ready to take up arms for the salvation of souls and the liberation of the Kingdom of France. Trailer