The Panorama section consists of works distinguished at prestigious festivals, made by prominent directors, masters of the world cinema. This year's programme includes the latest film by, among others, Godfrey Reggio (The Visitors), Pedro Costa (Horse Money), Gaspar Noé (Love), Kore-eda Hirokazu (Our Little Sister), Mike Leigh (Mr. Turner), Syllas Tzoumerkas (A Blast), Alain Cavalier (Paradise), Eugène Green (Sapience), Corneliu Porumboiu (The Treasure), Wim Wender (The Salt of the Earth, co-directed with Juliano Ribeiro Salgado), Yorgos Lanthimos (Cannes-awarded for his screenplay for The Lobster, starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and Léa Seydoux), Larry Clark (The Smell of Us), Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vice, starring Josh Brolin and Joaquin Phoenix, based on Thomas Pynchon), Hong Sang-soo (Hill of Freedom), Guy Maddin (The Forbidden Room, co-directed by Evan Johnson), Lav Diaz (last year's Locarno festival winner, From What Is Before).
This year's festival will present 22 films from the official selection of this year's Cannes IFF. The screenings of the Hungarian László Nemes' debut, Son of Saul, the winner of this year's Grand Prix, are considered an outstanding event of the festival. It follows 48 hours in the life of Saul Ausländer, the member of Sonderkommando - a division of Jewish prisoners forced to assist the Nazis in the Shoah - shortly before the revolt in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.