"I am at my studio in Jaffa and we are drinking a glass of Champagne," Folman said Thursday. "Although [the film] is a very personal, autobiographical thing, . . . it is relevant to all nations who have been involved in war. Unfortunately it is still relevant."
Germany's "The Baader Meinhof Complex," directed by Uli Edel, is based on the bestselling nonfiction book that explores the West German terrorist group Red Army Faction.
Japan's "Departures," directed by Yojiro Takita, is also based on a book -- Shinmon Aoki's memoir "Coffinman" -- about a cellist who moves to his hometown only to find his calling in an unexpected vocation.
Rounding out the field is Austria's "Revanche," written and directed by Götz Spielmann. The graphically sexual thriller focuses on an ex-con who seeks refuge at a farm.
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