In 2018, Brazilian director Carolina Markowicz won multiple awards, such as the Queer Palm at the Cannes Film Festival, with her short film The Orphan. Since then, she has made two films: Charcoal and Toll, both of which are part of our program this year. Charcoal, her feature debut, is a thrilling film about a family that is struggling to make ends meet and is confronted with a difficult dilemma. Because let’s face it: has your family ever considered letting your sick grandfather die in order to make room in your home for an Argentinian drug lord who needs a hiding place?
Spoken languagePortuguese, Spanish
ActorsCésar Bordón, Rômulo Braga, Jean de Almeida Costa
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First Feature Competition
In the First Feature Competition, we present international filmmakers and their first feature-length films. These first features come from all over the globe and offer us a glimpse into a wide variety of cultures and film styles, all of which with the fresh vision of a new filmmaker. Discover rising talents and your future favorite directors today – at the Leiden International Film Festival.