Grand Jury Prize
Best Narrative Feature
A grieving Oona (Bridget Collins, Lacuna) returns to her mother's house to take care of her possessions and property. While there, however, she discovers a mysterious homeless man, Mani (Adeel Akhtar, Four Lions), squatting in one of the rooms. Making a hasty escape, Mani leaves behind his sketchbook, revealing to Oona his considerable artistic talent. She decides to search for him and finds herself inviting Mani to stay in the garden shed. These two isolated people tentatively form a connection and warily begin to know each other, but Mani is reluctant to abandon his vagrant life, thereby creating a peculiar dilemma about their future.
Set against the backdrop of a quiet seaside village in England, this beautifully shot tale of one stranger reaching out to another, Stranger Things is the feature debut of Eleanor Burke and Ron Eyal. Together they have crafted a film that explores grief and loneliness, but has at its heart a unique and distinctive pair who are able to find solidarity and surprising intimacy in one another's company. Through minimal and nuanced filmmaking, Stranger Things examines the nature of human contact and how extraordinarily capable we all are of compassion and kindness.
Directed by Eleanor Burke and Ron Eyal, 2010, U.S.A./UK, 77 mins.Interview with directors Variety New York Times Official site Village Voice