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Your place for a chance meeting with new talent and the persistently brilliant.

It is casual encounter, rather than formula, which leads you to find a good film. The London Film Festival is a place for serendipity, where a last-minute ticket can spark a lifelong devotion. This international selection, many with accompanying interviews, shows some of the best discoveries of recent years.

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Beach Rats
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Beach Rats

Drama201798 minsDirector: Eliza Hittman

Gripping account of repressed sexual desire in a hyper-masculine environment, with British newcomer Harris Dickinson as a virulently macho Brooklyn teen.

Most Beautiful Island
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Most Beautiful Island

Thriller201779 minsDirector: Ana Asensio

A day in the life of an undocumented Spanish immigrant turns increasingly bizarre in this searing social drama with a bold genre twist. Winner of the 2017 SXSW Grand Jury Award.

I Am Not a Witch
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I Am Not a Witch

Drama201793 minsDirector: Rungano Nyoni

Welsh-raised, Zambian-born Rungano Nyoni delivers a dazzling debut with this dark satirical fairy tale about a little girl accused of being a witch.

The Ornithologist
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The Ornithologist

Drama2016118 minsDirector: João Pedro Rodrigues

A lone scientist in Portugal’s Douro region embarks on an unexpected transcendental journey. Beautiful, erotic and baffling.

My Life As a Courgette
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My Life As a Courgette

Animation & Artists Moving Image201667 minsDirector: Claude Barras

Both young and adult audiences will enjoy this funny and touching animated feature about an orphan named Courgette, written by Céline Sciamma (Girlhood).

Zoology
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Zoology

Drama201687 minsDirector: Ivan I. Tverdovsky

Middle-aged Natasha grows a tail and falls in love in Ivan Tverdovsky’s absurd tale of contemporary Russia.

Stockholm My Love
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Stockholm My Love

Drama201684 mins

Neneh Cherry, director Mark Cousins and cinematographer Christopher Doyle's exquisite love song to the Swedish city.

Una
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Una

Drama201694 minsDirector: Benedict Andrews

Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn star in a brilliantly unsettling exploration of a dark and deeply destructive relationship.

The Levelling
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The Levelling

Drama201684 minsDirector: Hope Dickson Leach

Hope Dickson Leach's hugely impressive first feature about a middle class farming family’s crisis, set against the backdrop of the Somerset floods.

The Ghoul
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The Ghoul

Thriller201682 minsDirector: Gareth Tunley

A British indie crime film of great style and ingenuity, executive produced by Ben Wheatley and starring Tom Meeten and Alice Lowe.

On the Road
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On the Road

Drama-documentary2016121 mins

Michael Winterbottom’s sexy and idiosyncratic tour film follows Wolf Alice, merging thrilling live footage with a fictional backstage romance.

Clash
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Clash

Thriller201694 mins

Mohamed Diab’s Clash is an unforgettable portrait of Egypt on the brink as rival protesters find themselves locked up in a police van. Un Certain Regard official selection at Cannes 2016.

Prevenge
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Prevenge

Comedy201688 mins

Alice Lowe directs and stars in this riotous tale of a pregnant serial killer, hellbent on revenge.

Land of Mine
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Land of Mine

War2015101 mins

The brutal and morally complex story of young German POWs faced with the deadly task of landmine clearance in postwar Denmark.

Taekwondo
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Taekwondo

Drama2016108 minsDirector: Marco Berger

A gorgeously photographed, teasingly libidinous exercise in latent homoeroticism set over a long hot summer in Buenos Aires.

Dancer
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Dancer

Documentary201685 minsDirector: David Lachapelle

The rise, fall and rise again of the bad boy of ballet, Ukrainian prodigy Sergei Polunin is captured in this swirling doc with a rocking soundtrack.

The Eagle Huntress
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The Eagle Huntress

Documentary201688 minsDirector: Otto Bell

Daisy Ridley narrates this inspiring documentary about a girl who causes a stir in her tribe in Mongolia by embracing the traditionally male role of Eagle Hunter.

Spaceship
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Spaceship

Comedy201690 minsDirector: Alex Taylor

British teen cinema gets an injection of hallucinogenic imagination, plus a few unicorns and aliens, in Alex Taylor’s unclassifiable debut feature.

Chevalier
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Chevalier

Comedy2015105 minsDirector: Athina Rachel Tsangari

Athina Rachel Tsangari's biting and hilarious dissection of the male ego was awarded Best Film at the 2015 BFI London Film Festival.

I Am Not a Serial Killer
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I Am Not a Serial Killer

Thriller2016103 minsDirector: Billy O'Brien

A teenage sociopath comes face to face with an evil force in this chilling and darkly humorous adaptation of Dan Wells’ acclaimed cult novel.

Who's Gonna Love Me Now?
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Who's Gonna Love Me Now?

Documentary201686 minsDirector: Tomer Heymann

A heartfelt exploration of one man’s struggle to reconcile with his Israeli family, while finding a new ‘family’ in London Gay Men’s Chorus.

The Space in Between – Marina Abramović and Brazil
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The Space in Between – Marina Abramović and Brazil

Documentary201688 minsDirector: Marco Del Fiol

A bold and unsettling mystical voyage in the company of the fearless Serbian artist, as she travels Brazil in search of spiritual healing.

The Sky Trembles and the Earth Is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers
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The Sky Trembles and the Earth Is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers

Animation & Artists Moving Image201595 mins

Britain’s brilliant experimental filmmaker Ben Rivers (Two Years at Sea) presents this haunting desert parable which follows a filmmaker’s abduction and ritual humiliation.

Light Years
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Light Years

Drama201589 minsDirector: Esther May Campbell

Beth Orton stars in a fragile and subtly nuanced drama that explores the toll of physical and mental illness on a fractured family.

Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words
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Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words

Documentary2015114 minsDirector: Stig Björkman

An illuminating portrait of the pioneering actress, crafted from her unique personal archive of home-movie footage, letters and diary extracts.

A Date For Mad Mary
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A Date For Mad Mary

201683 minsDirector: Darren Thornton

Dry, sarcastic, maddening Mary must find a date for her best friend’s wedding in this Irish feel-good hit for misfits everywhere.

Brand New Testament
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Brand New Testament

Comedy2015110 minsDirector: Jaco van Dormael

Catherine Deneuve and Benoît Poelvoorde head the cast in Jaco Van Dormael’s wildly inventive comedy, in which God’s daughter decides to rewrite the rules.

Chemsex
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Chemsex

Documentary201580 minsDirector: William Fairman

A hard-hitting and often graphic documentary about the 'chemsex' sub-scene in London’s gay community.

The Hard Stop
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The Hard Stop

Documentary201586 mins

The story of Mark Duggan, who was shot and killed in Tottenham in 2011, is brought to the screen in this humane, thought-provoking and topical documentary.

The Here After
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The Here After

Drama2015102 minsDirector: Magnus von Horn

A teenager attempts to integrate back into society following a spell in prison, but the community is unwilling to forgive him.

Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story)
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Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story)

Drama201594 mins

High-school students start a private orgy society in Eva Husson’s dazzlingly shot, no-holds-barred drama.

Elstree 1976
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Elstree 1976

Documentary2015101 minsDirector: Jon Spira

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, ten actors landed small roles in a mysterious project called Star Wars. This is the story of how their lives changed forever.

Embrace of the Serpent
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Embrace of the Serpent

Action and Adventure2015124 mins

The spirit of Werner Herzog and Apocalypse Now imbue this majestic Oscar-nominated odyssey through the heart of the Amazon.

The Golden Dream
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The Golden Dream

Drama2013108 mins

Diego Quemada-Diez’s astounding debut feature follows four Guatemalan teenagers as they attempt to escape from the slums of Guatemala City to the bright lights of Los Angeles.

Tower
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Tower

Documentary201682 minsDirector: Keith Maitland

An emotionally gripping and visually stunning account of the first American mass school shooting, in Texas in 1966, blending archive, animation and contemporary interviews.

Aferim!
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Aferim!

Drama2015106 minsDirector: Radu Jude

A policeman searches for a runaway gypsy in Radu Jude’s hilarious and magnificently shot Wallachian western.

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Tangerine

Drama201588 minsDirector: Sean Baker

A big-hearted film shot on a small phone, this LA tale of two transgender working girls out for vengeance fizzes with wild energy.

Hitchcock/Truffaut
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Hitchcock/Truffaut

Documentary201580 mins

Kent Jones’ excellent documentary about a historic encounter between two cinema greats.

James White
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James White

Drama201687 minsDirector: Josh Mond

Reality bites for a hedonistic young New Yorker who suddenly has to grow up quickly, in a brilliantly acted drama from the team behind Martha Marcy May Marlene.

My Nazi Legacy
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My Nazi Legacy

Documentary201596 mins

What if your father was a Nazi? This is the harrowing question raised in David Evans’ thought-provoking documentary.

A Girl at My Door
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A Girl at My Door

Drama2014119 minsDirector: July Jung

Lee Chang-dong (Poetry) produces this offbeat drama about a policewoman who becomes protector of an abused teen in a town riven by corruption and alcoholism.

The Possibilities Are Endless
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The Possibilities Are Endless

Documentary201483 mins

A moving and haunting account of singer Edwyn Collins’s long and difficult recovery from a stroke.

Appropriate Behaviour
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Appropriate Behaviour

Comedy201586 minsDirector: Desiree Akhavan

Desiree Akhavan directs and stars in this witty, razor-sharp and fearless comedy following the sexual misadventures of a bisexual Brooklynite.

Theeb
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Theeb

Drama2013100 minsDirector: Naji Abu Nowar

In 1916, a British soldier and two Bedouin boys embark on a treacherous journey across the desert, in this stunningly shot Arabian western.

Gone Too Far!
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Gone Too Far!

Comedy201388 mins

Riotous urban comedy adapted from the hit Royal Court play, about a Peckham teen affronted by the arrival of his long-lost Nigerian sibling.

Difret
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Difret

Drama201399 minsDirector: Zeresenay Berhane Mehari

A young Ethiopian woman faces the death penalty for killing the man who raped her until a brave lawyer decides to take on her case.

Second Coming
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Second Coming

Drama2014105 mins

What if an immaculate conception took place in a South London household? Idris Elba stars in a subtle, thought-provoking and original family drama.

Wild Tales
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Wild Tales

Comedy2014122 minsDirector: Damian Szifron

This Oscar-nominated, Almodóvar-produced anthology of six tales of ordinary madness is the most riotously enjoyable portmanteau film since Pulp Fiction.

Something Must Break
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Something Must Break

Drama201485 minsDirector: Ester Martin Bergsmark

A striking 21st-century love story about the passionate relationship between a transgendered teen and a straight man.

Dior and I
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Dior and I

Documentary201490 minsDirector: Frederic Tcheng

An astonishing behind-the-scenes documentary following the famed fashion house’s new artistic director as he prepares his first collection.

Gente de bien
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Gente de bien

Drama201486 minsDirector: Franco Lolli

A ten-year-old is packed off to live with his down-at-heel father in this touching, exquisitely observed Colombian drama.

Armadillo
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Armadillo

Documentary2010101 minsDirector: Janus Metz

Balanced, insightful and compassionate documentary about troops and civilians in and around a Danish-British base in Helmand Province, Afghanistan

Spring
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Spring

Horror2015110 minsDirector: Aaron Moorhead

An American tourist in Italy falls for a stunning local woman with a dangerous secret, in this startling horror-romance.

Monsters: Dark Continent
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Monsters: Dark Continent

Science Fiction2014119 minsDirector: Tom Green

The pyrotechnic sequel to Gareth Edwards’ cult sci-fi follows US soldiers attempting to police alien-infested zones while also battling human insurgents.

Lila Says
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Lila Says

Drama200487 minsDirector: Ziad Doueiri

Ziad Doueiri’s provocative Lila Says is a sun-drenched romance full of sensuality, secrets, and tragedy.

Pi
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Pi

Science Fiction199784 minsDirector: Darren Aronofsky

Darren Aronofsky’s magisterial monochrome mystery concerns a mathematician whose discovery of a powerful number leads to the dark side.

Lourdes
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Lourdes

Drama200995 minsDirector: Jessica Hausner

Jessica Hausner’s cool, compassionate exploration of religious faith follows various believers and non-believers hoping for miracle cures in Lourdes

Dreams of a Life
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Dreams of a Life

Documentary201191 mins

Carol Morley's drama-documentary investigates the tragic death of a woman whose body lay undetected for almost three years.

The Keeping Room
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The Keeping Room

Western201695 minsDirector: Daniel Barber

On the American frontier a young woman is forced to go to any means to defend her kin from the ravages of the barbaric outside world.

Eastern Boys
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Eastern Boys

Drama2012124 minsDirector: Robin Campillo

A gay pick-up turns into a dangerous game of betrayal and violence in this slyly subversive and compelling thriller.

Into the Abyss  A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life
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Into the Abyss A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life

Documentary2011103 minsDirector: Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog’s documentary about an unrepentant young murderer on death row is a cool, compassionate study of the dark side of the human condition

Half of a Yellow Sun
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Half of a Yellow Sun

Drama2012111 minsDirector: Biyi Bandele-Thomas

Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in the acclaimed adaption of the Orange Prize-winning novel.

The World Unseen
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The World Unseen

Drama200890 mins

Sweeping romantic drama about two Indian women who fall for each other in the hostile environment of apartheid South Africa.

Le quattro volte
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Le quattro volte

Drama201084 minsDirector: Michelangelo Frammartino

Michelangelo Frammartino's quirky, wordless account of rural Calabrian life is elegant, touching and funny, a philosophical poem to enduring tradition

Mid-August Lunch
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Mid-August Lunch

Drama200872 minsDirector: Gianni Di Gregorio

Di Gregorio stars as a bibulous loafer trying to reduce his debts by looking after his friends’ elderly mothers during the holidays. Warm and witty

Norte, the End of History
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Norte, the End of History

Drama2013250 minsDirector: Lav Diaz

Lav Diaz’s epic drama follows the contrasting stories of two men, a law school dropout who descends into criminality and the humble family man wrongly accused of his crimes.

Two Years at Sea
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Two Years at Sea

Documentary201190 minsDirector: Ben Rivers

The unconventional life of Jake Williams who lives in isolation in the Cairngorms, Aberdeenshire.

Antiviral
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Antiviral

Horror2012108 mins

Body horror and celebrity satire are served ice cold in this extreme offering from Brandon Cronenberg (son of David).

A Screaming Man
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A Screaming Man

Drama201087 mins

Haroun's tale of tension between a father and son working at a hotel pool in war-torn Chad has the emotional power and stark inexorability of tragedy

Self Made
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Self Made

Documentary201084 minsDirector: Gillian Wearing

Artist Gillian Wearing’s ‘documentary’ observes seven people creating (fantasy?) identities in collaboration with a drama teacher. Raw and revealing.

Room 237
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Room 237

Documentary103 mins

Rodney Ascher enigmatic essay film weaves together the contrasting theories of five different narrators who believe Stanley Kubrick deliberately buried hidden messages in his 1980 adaptation of Stephen King’s novel.

The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears
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The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears

Horror2013102 mins

Another giallo-inspired exercise in operatic violence from Belgian duo Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, directors of the acclaimed Amer.

Tony Manero
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Tony Manero

Drama200893 minsDirector: Pablo Larraín

Pablo Larrain's drama about a dancer obsessed by Travolta's character in Saturday Night Fever is a darkly witty take on life in Pinochet's Chile

A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness
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A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness

Animation & Artists Moving Image201398 mins

Visual artists Ben Rivers and Ben Russell’s mesmerising film follows an unnamed character through three phases of alternative existence, from rural commune to a black metal rock concert.

The Way He Looks
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The Way He Looks

Drama201492 mins

A blind student’s relationship with his best friend is tested when he falls for the new boy in school, in Daniel Ribeiro’s beautifully realised romance.

Women Without Men
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Women Without Men

Drama200996 minsDirector: Shirin Neshat

Artist Shirin Neshat’s version of a banned novel depicts the experiences of four Iranian women in 1953, when the Shah was reinstated after a coup d’état

Franklyn
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Franklyn

Fantasy200898 mins

Eva Green, Ryan Phillippe and Sam Riley star in an intricate, ambitious sci-fi drama that follows four parallel realities, each based around characters searching for salvation.

Altman
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Altman

Documentary201496 mins

An illuminating documentary about American cinema’s maverick genius Robert Altman, featuring unseen home movies and extensive interviews.

The Congress
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The Congress

Drama2013123 mins

Ari Folman’s follow up to Waltz with Bashir is a hallucinatory fable about an actress whose digital image is controlled by a Hollywood studio.

White Bird in a Blizzard
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White Bird in a Blizzard

Drama201491 mins

Shailene Woodley and Eva Green star in Gregg Araki’s lyrical and impressionistic adaptation of Laura Kasischke’s novel.

An Episode in the Life of Iron Picker
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An Episode in the Life of Iron Picker

Drama201271 minsDirector: Danis Tanovic

Oscar-winning director Danis Tanovic recreates a politically explosive true story from Bosnia in innovative style, casting a real-life family to relive their desperate struggle to secure life-saving medical treatment.

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Assessment

Drama201012 minsDirector: Mark Gutteridge

Award-winning short film about the chance encounter between a ballerina and a local schoolboy.

It's All So Quiet
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It's All So Quiet

Drama201391 minsDirector: Nanouk Leopold

Reflective calm and ambient beauty suffuse this tale of silent sexuality, as a lonely farmer’s quiet existence is interrupted by desire.