Written and directed by Po Chan, one of the competition's returning judges, and with cinematographer Shane Hurlbut (Terminator: Salvation), The Ticket is a magical fllm about love and loss. It tells the story of a couple who have been involved in a car crash but are desparate to make it to the peer so the boyfriend can keep his promise to take his girlfirend for a ride on the Ferris wheel. There is a tone to Chan's work, seen in her first short, The Last 3 MInutes.
If you watch it once you will never forget the odd, fairly experimental World of Glory (Härlig är jorden), written and directed by Roy Andersson. What exactly it is trying to say I am, to be honest, not completely sure but the opening scene is so absolutely captivating you will be pondering its meaning for a while. Andersson was born in wartime Europe and was in his late 40s when he made this. He has since moved onto feature films. If you want something less high-brow, see the two films below.
Written and directed by American filmmaker Jason Reitman (Juno, Up In The Air), In God We Trust is a goofy comedy about a slacker who is killed and told that he has not accumulated enough points to make it to Heaven. Faced with Hell, he makes a run for it back to Earth, where he must now accumulate enough points before those guarding the afterlife manage to kill him again. Reitman made several more shorts before moving into feature films.