Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF, June 17-26) has unveiled the 12 films that will screen in its official competition.

Each title competing for the Transilvania Trophy will receive its Romanian premiere at the 21st edition of the festival, which is set to take place in the city of Cluj-Napoca.

The line-up features Alejandro Loayza Grisi’s Utama, a Bolivian drama about an indigenous couple trying to survive a drought, which took home the Jury prize at Sundance Film Festival early this year.

Other titles include the directorial debut by French filmmaker Vincent Maël Cardona - Magentic Beats. The film centres on a young pirate radio DJ who is called up for military service and drafted to West Berlin and it won the SACD Prize for best French-language feature at Cannes in 2021.

Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson’s Icelandic drama Beautiful Beings, which featured in Berlinale’s Panaroma selection earlier this year, will also screen in competition, as will female bodybuilding drama Gentle by rising Hungarian directors László Csuja and Anna Nemes.

The festival has also launched a documentary competition and has selected 10 feature projects from first and second-time filmmakers.

TIFF Official Competition 2022

A Higher Law (Romania, Germany, Serbia)
Dir. Octav Chelaru 

Babysitter (Canada)
Dir. Monia Chokri 

Beautiful Beings (Iceland)
Dir. Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson 

Feature Film About Life (Lithuania)
Dir. Dovile Sarutyte 

Gentle (Hungary)
Dirs. László Csuja, Anna Nemes 

Mikado (Czech Republic)
Dir. Emanuel Pârvu 

Magnetic Beats (France, Germany)
Dir. Vincent Maël Cardona 

The Last Execution (Germany)
Dir. Franziska Stünkel

The Night Belongs To Lovers (France)
Dir. Julien Hilmoine 

The Execution (Russia)
Dir. Lado Kvantaniya 

Utama (Bolivia, Uruguay, France)
Dir. Alejandro Loayza Grisi 

Pamfir (Ukraine, France, Poland, Chile, Germany, Luxemburg)
Dir. Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk 

Documentary competition

You Are Ceaușescu to Me (Romania)
Dir. Sebastian Mihăilescu

Bucolic (Poland)
Dir. Karol Pałka

Excess Will Save Us (Sweden)
Dir. Morgane Dziurla-Petit

Chanel 54 (Argentina)
Dir. Lucas Larriera

Brotherhood (Italy, Czech Republic)
Dir. Francesco Montagner

Mother Lode (Switzerland, France, Italy)
Dir. Matteo Tortone

Ostrov (Switzerland)
Dirs. Svetlana Rodina and Laurent Stoop

The Plains (Australia)
Dir. David Easteal

Atlantide (Italy)
Dir. Yuri Ancarani

For A Fistful Of Fries (Belgium, France)
Dirs. Jean Libon and Yves Hinant