Imagine bearing witness to the birth of a blazing new cinematic talent. That is the promise on offer in the Pioneer strand of the Festival programme. Here you will find a collection of first and second features from filmmakers who are poised to make their mark on the world. The films range from the exquisite hand-painted animation of Gitanjali Rao’s Bombay Rose from India to the Brazilian melodrama Pacarrete. Aoqian Sun’s Over the Sea is one of the most original and entertaining Chinese films of the year, Supernova reveals Bartosz Kruhlik as a striking new voice in Polish cinema and Melina León ’s Song Without a Name vividly captures the chaos of Peru in the 1980s. The list is packed with fresh discoveries, UK premieres and first chances to catch films that you just can’t get out of your mind. If you like to go talent-spotting then this is the place to be.

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