Also screening in competition is the atmospheric Australian drama Strangerland, with Nicole Kidman as the sexually repressed mother of two troubled teenagers.
In the debut film for director Kim Farrant, she plays Catherine, who is unhappily married to stitched-up English pharmacist Matthew (Joseph Fiennes), in the fictional outback town Nathgari.
They are parents to sexually precocious Lily (Maddison Brown) and younger brother Tommy (Nicholas Hamilton), who disappear one night – with the crisis testing their parents’ relationship.
Rather than conventional storytelling, Farrant is more interested in the impact of the crisis on Christine and Matthew – the way trauma drives them to a primal state and brings out the repressed emotions that have undermined the marriage.
It’s an enigmatic film that leaves audiences with uneasy questions and hints at a deeper theme about female desire and the connection between grief and sex.