Tuesday 31 October from 14:00 to 15:47



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?


107 min.

Spoken language

Portuguese, Spanish






Carolina Markowicz


César Bordón, Rômulo Braga, Jean de Almeida Costa


Kijkhuis 1

Films is also screened on:

Charcoal Almost sold out
Friday 27 October
21:15 - 23:02
Lido 3
€12,00 (Standard ticket)
Charcoal Almost sold out
Saturday 28 October
11:30 - 13:17
Kijkhuis 1
€12,00 (Standard ticket)
Thursday 2 November
11:30 - 13:17
Trianon 3
€12,00 (Standard ticket)

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.

All films from this program