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Great films incite, others vex, a few elate. From pre-war to the present day, these remarkable works by international women directors do all that and more.

The place of female filmmakers in cinema history demands correction, and the future looks bright. Keep up with this dedicated collection.

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WildfireWildfire

Drama202084 minsDirector: Cathy Brady

Sisterly bonds are pushed to breaking point in this simmering drama set on the Irish border, the debut feature from acclaimed shorts director Cathy Brady.

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WildlandWildland

Crime202089 minsDirector: Jeanette Nordahl

When reserved 17-year-old Ida goes to live with her aunt and cousins, she soon becomes embroiled in the family’s aggressive business affairs in this tense, brooding and utterly gripping thriller.

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AileyAiley

Documentary202195 mins

An immersive profile of ground-breaking and influential choreographer and founder of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

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Mothering SundayMothering Sunday

Drama2021104 minsDirector: Eva Husson

In this beautiful adaptation of Graham Swift’s novel, starring Josh O’Connor and Odessa Young, a writer has a creative awakening steeped in books, love and loss.

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Ahead of the CurveAhead of the Curve

Documentary202098 minsDirector: Jen Rainin

Uplifting documentary tracing the power of lesbian visibility from the early ‘90s to the present day through the story of Franco Stevens' best-selling lesbian magazine, Curve.

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CopilotCopilot

Drama2021119 minsDirector: Anne Zohra Berrached

A captivating relationship, told from a woman’s perspective, in the lead up to an act that changed the world.

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CensorCensor

Horror202184 minsDirector: Prano Bailey-Bond

A video nasties film censor becomes absorbed in her work in Prano Bailey-Bond's brilliantly adventurous first feature.

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Saint MaudSaint Maud

Horror201981 minsDirector: Rose Glass

A mysterious nurse becomes dangerously obsessed with saving the soul of her dying patient in director Rose Glass’ divine debut.

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RelicRelic

Horror202090 minsDirector: Natalie Erika James

Three generations of women are plagued by a supernatural presence in one of the year’s most terrifying films.

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Miss JuneteenthMiss Juneteenth

Drama2020100 minsDirector: Channing Godfrey Peoples

A soulful and uplifting drama of mother-daughter bonds and deferred dreams.

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ProximaProxima

Drama2020107 minsDirector: Alice Winocour

Starring Eva Green, Alice Winocour's Proxima explores the emotional toll of being both an astronaut and a mother.

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How to Build a GirlHow to Build a Girl

Drama2019104 minsDirector: Coky Giedroyc

Beanie Feldstein stars as a young rock journalist in this coming-of-age comedy, based on the novel by Caitlin Moran.

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Sisters with TransistorsSisters with Transistors

Documentary202086 minsDirector: Lisa Rovner

The remarkable untold story of electronic music’s female pioneers, who embraced machines and their liberating technologies to transform how we produce and listen to music today.

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The Perfect CandidateThe Perfect Candidate

Drama2019105 minsDirector: Haifaa Al-Mansour

Celebrated Saudi director Haifaa Al Mansour (Wadjda) returns with an inspiring drama about a young doctor unexpectedly becoming an electoral candidate.

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The FeverThe Fever

Thriller201998 minsDirector: Maya Werneck Da-Rin

Justino, a 45-year-old Desana native, is a security guard at the Manaus harbor. As his daughter prepares to study medicine in Brasilia, Justino is taken over by a mysterious fever.

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The AssistantThe Assistant

Thriller201987 minsDirector: Kitty Green

Kitty Green's #MeToo drama is a sobering take on one day in the life of a film company assistant.

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AnimalsAnimals

Comedy2019109 minsDirector: Sophie Hyde

Sophie Hyde's joyous ode to female friendship stars Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat as two 30-something women navigating booze, boyfriends, wild nights and blurry mornings.

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ZanaZana

Drama201996 minsDirector: Antoneta Kastrati

Haunted by her long-suppressed past, a Kosovar woman struggles to reconcile the expectations of motherhood with a legacy of wartime brutality.

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The Souvenir Part IIThe Souvenir Part II

Drama2020107 minsDirector: Joanna Hogg

The second chapter of Joanna Hogg’s semi-autobiographical masterpiece and winner of Sight and Sound's 'Best Films of 2021' poll.

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CharlatanCharlatan

Drama2020118 minsDirector: Agnieszka Holland

Agnieszka Holland’s fascinating biopic of Jan Mikolášek, a 20th century Czech herbalist whose great success masked the grimmest of secrets.

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The NightingaleThe Nightingale

Period drama2018136 minsDirector: Jennifer Kent

A young Irish convict enlists the help of an Aboriginal tracker in her quest for vengeance, in this ferociously powerful revenge drama from Jennifer Kent (The Babadook).

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The Boy DownstairsThe Boy Downstairs

Comedy201791 minsDirector: Sophie Brooks

The captivating Zosia Mamet (Girls) takes centre-stage in this smart and sassy Manhattan-set relationship drama which channels the spirit of Nora Ephron.

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TitaneTitane

Science Fiction2020108 minsDirector: Julia Ducournau

Agathe Rousselle makes a ferocious debut as a killer on the run, in Julia Ducournau’s electrifying techno-chiller and Palme d'Or winner.

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High LifeHigh Life

Science Fiction2018113 minsDirector: Claire Denis

The messiness of sex, the mysteries of birth and the moving spectacle of devoted parenting in the face of impending oblivion create a potent atmosphere in Claire Denis’ English-language debut.

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NinaNina

Romance2018124 minsDirector: Olga Chajdas

When a couple experiencing conception problems find a potential surrogate mother they're overjoyed, until Nina falls in love with her...

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The Book of GabrielleThe Book of Gabrielle

Drama201679 minsDirector: Lisa Gornick

Lisa Gornick's funny and frank drama sketches the relationship between a sex-obsessed lesbian illustrator and a randy hetero author, who bond over their favourite subject.

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Mixed MessagesMixed Messages

Drama201767 minsDirector: Kanchi Wichmann

Kanchi Wichmann's feature adaptation of her hit web series follows Ren (Alana Lake) as she hunts for romance in world of Tinder and zero commitment.

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Happy as LazzaroHappy as Lazzaro

Drama2018128 minsDirector: Alice Rohrwacher

Alice Rohrwacher follows The Wonders with a delightfully singular, time and genre-bending rumination on the fate of innocence when faced with corruption and greed.

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The Earth AsleepThe Earth Asleep

Documentary202180 minsDirector: Clara Casian

Poignant film by artist filmmaker Clara Casian addressing the aftermath and extreme trauma of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.

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Welcome II the TerrordomeWelcome II the Terrordome

Drama199394 minsDirector: Ngozi Onwurah

A ferocious dystopian nightmare, this was the first film directed by a Black British woman to receive a UK theatrical release.

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At the Fountainhead (Of German Strength)At the Fountainhead (Of German Strength)

Drama198092 minsDirector: Anthea Kennedy

A German-Jewish musician seeks exile in Cold War London in this rich experimental work.

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SerenaSerena

Drama2014110 minsDirector: Susanne Bier

Two of the planet’s biggest stars – Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence – align in this extravagant period drama set in depression-era America.

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FestivalFestival

Comedy2005101 minsDirector: Annie Griffin

Stephen Mangan and Chris O’Dowd star in this sharp comedy following the trials of a trio of ambitious comedians aiming to take the Fringe by storm.

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My Days of MercyMy Days of Mercy

Drama2017108 minsDirector: Tali Shalom Ezer

Starring Elliot Page and Kate Mara, this sophomore feature from Tali Shalom-Ezer is a beautiful and poignant love story between two women from vastly different backgrounds and opposing political views.

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BlushBlush

Drama201585 minsDirector: Michal Vinik

An assured and authentic lesbian coming-of-age drama, boasting a mesmerising and heartfelt lead performance.

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DestroyerDestroyer

Thriller2018121 minsDirector: Karyn Kusama

Nicole Kidman is astonishing – and almost unrecognisable – as a jaded police detective haunted by her past in Karyn Kusama’s brooding thriller.

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Out of BlueOut of Blue

Crime2018109 minsDirector: Carol Morley

Carol Morley (Dreams of a Life, The Falling) returns with a wonderfully stylised, offbeat noir thriller about a murder investigation and multiple realities.

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MariMari

Drama201895 minsDirector: Georgia Parris

Modern dance is an evocative narrative tool in Georgia Parris’ debut, which investigates a young woman’s identity and the complex relationship she has with her mother and sister.

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3 Days in Quiberon3 Days in Quiberon

Biopic2018116 minsDirector: Emily Atef

This intimate, unconventional biopic of one of the great stars of European cinema - Romy Schneider (La Piscine, The Trial) - follows the reclusive actress as she battles a journalist - and her demons - during an intensive, three-day interview.

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The RiderThe Rider

Drama2017103 minsDirector: Chloé Zhao

Chloé Zhao's luminous and enthralling study of a young South Dakotan cowboy’s struggle following a rodeo injury.

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The Kindergarten TeacherThe Kindergarten Teacher

Drama201897 minsDirector: Sara Colangelo

Maggie Gyllenhaal gives a career-best performance as a kindergarten teacher who finds herself in an ethical quagmire after discovering the poetic talents of a precocious student.

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GalvestonGalveston

Thriller201894 minsDirector: Mélanie Laurent

Ben Foster and Elle Fanning play fugitives on the run from a criminal gang, in this gritty crime thriller from the creator of True Detective.

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CapernaumCapernaum

Drama2018126 minsDirector: Nadine Labaki

Acclaimed Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki delivers her most assured and affecting work yet, with this astonishing and heart-wrenching depiction of life in the shadows.

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The KingmakerThe Kingmaker

Documentary2019101 minsDirector: Lauren Greenfield

The matriarch of the Marcos dynasty hopes to see her maternal delusions validated and political power restored, while Philippine activists fight for transparency and democracy, in this captivating study by Lauren Greenfield.

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RBGRBG

Documentary201899 minsDirector: Julie Cohen

Revelatory documentary on an unexpected hero - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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Bergman: A Year in a LifeBergman: A Year in a Life

Documentary2018117 minsDirector: Jane Magnusson

A fascinating and unflinching study of the brilliance of Ingmar Bergman’s extraordinary career, crafted around one of his most prolific and creatively fruitful years.

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Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel BasquiatBoom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat

Documentary201775 minsDirector: Sara Driver

The story of how one of the 20th century's most important artists emerged from the post-punk, b-boy and graffiti scenes of late '70s New York.

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Searching for Ingmar BergmanSearching for Ingmar Bergman

Documentary201899 minsDirector: Margarethe von Trotta

Internationally renowned director Margarethe von Trotta examines the filmmaker's life and work with his closest collaborators as well as a new generation of filmmakers.

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Generation WealthGeneration Wealth

Documentary2018106 minsDirector: Lauren Greenfield

Acclaimed filmmaker Lauren Greenfield examines modern greed amid the world of the 1%. Travelling through America and beyond, she meets the international elite and families overwhelmed by debt, yet determined to live the ‘luxury lifestyle.

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The Diary of a Teenage GirlThe Diary of a Teenage Girl

Drama2015102 minsDirector: Marielle Heller

The US indie hit tells the bold, bawdy and hilarious story of a teenager's sexual awakening after she sleeps with her mother’s boyfriend.

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HolidayHoliday

Thriller201888 minsDirector: Isabella Eklöf

A lavish trip to the Turkish Riviera goes horribly awry in this disturbing tale of power, exploitation and complicity from the writer of Border.

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Bend it Like BeckhamBend it Like Beckham

Sport2002112 minsDirector: Gurinder Chadha

Gurinder Chadha’s smash hit about an Asian girl with an undying love for football.

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Bride & PrejudiceBride & Prejudice

Musical2004107 minsDirector: Gurinder Chadha

Gurinder Chadha’s Bollywood retelling of Austen’s classic romance is an all-round joy, adding colour and song to Austen’s evergreen wit.

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Bhaji on the BeachBhaji on the Beach

Comedy1993101 minsDirector: Gurinder Chadha

Gurinder Chadha's charming and critically acclaimed comedy about a group of British Asian women from Birmingham who bond during a day-trip to Blackpool.

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The Rape of Recy TaylorThe Rape of Recy Taylor

Documentary201791 minsDirector: Nancy Buirski

Nancy Buirski's vital documentary revisits an unjustly forgotten chapter of American history; the story of an immensely brave woman who refused to be silenced.

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The Miseducation of Cameron PostThe Miseducation of Cameron Post

Drama201792 minsDirector: Desiree Akhavan

Desiree Akhavan’s award-winning follow-up to Appropriate Behaviour, with Chloë Grace Moretz as a teen sent to a gay conversion camp.

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Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr StoryBombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Documentary201789 minsDirector: Alexandra Dean

Fascinating documentary about the glamorous Hollywood star who was also a genius inventor of military technology.

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Beach RatsBeach 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.

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Freak ShowFreak Show

Comedy201791 minsDirector: Trudie Styler

Alex Lawther is outstanding as a teenage rebel in this tale of an unrepentant high-school outsider, directed by Trudie Styler.

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Blue ScarBlue Scar

Drama194997 minsDirector: Jill Craigie

A stirring tale of love, music, and coalmining in Abergwynfi, South Wales.

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The FitsThe Fits

Drama201572 mins

Toni, an eleven year-old tomboy, finds a new purpose when an epidemic of seizures strikes her dance class, in this riveting and psychological character portrait from filmmaker Anna Rose Holmer.

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Toni ErdmannToni Erdmann

Comedy2016162 minsDirector: Maren Ade

A lonely prankster upends the life of his high-powered daughter in a riotous comedy, deep and sharp.

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NancyNancy

Drama201786 minsDirector: Christina Choe

Andrea Riseborough is extraordinary in this disquieting drama about a woman convinced that she was kidnapped as a child and might have found her real parents.

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American PsychoAmerican Psycho

Drama2000102 minsDirector: Mary Harron

Christian Bale slays his competition in this chilling satire set in ‘80s Wall Street.

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LourdesLourdes

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

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BastardsBastards

Drama2013100 minsDirector: Claire Denis

Claire Denis’ moody and atmospheric thriller about an absent brother returning to the fold to investigate his family’s murky secrets.

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The Second MotherThe Second Mother

Drama2015112 minsDirector: Anna Muylaert

A maid for a rich São Paulo family is allowed to take her provincial teenage daughter into the household, but tensions quickly surface between her old and new lives.

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Ginger & RosaGinger & Rosa

Drama201290 minsDirector: Sally Potter

Teenage friendship is torn apart when Rosa finds love in the wrong place, in Sally Potter's acute, 60s-set drama.

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RevengeRevenge

Thriller2017108 minsDirector: Coralie Fargeat

Coralie Fargeat's gloriously bloody tale of one woman's retribution; a razor-sharp feminist subversion of the revenge-thriller.

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The WolfpackThe Wolfpack

Documentary201590 minsDirector: Crystal Moselle

Meet the Angulos: seven siblings imprisoned for most of their childhoods who learnt much of life’s lessons from film and TV; the subjects of this captivating documentary.

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Skate KitchenSkate Kitchen

Drama2017105 minsDirector: Crystal Moselle

A timid Long Island skater-girl befriends an all-girl, New York City-based skateboarding crew.

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HomeHome

Drama200894 minsDirector: Ursula Meier

Ursula Meier's dark semi-comic fable concerns a family living next to an unused motorway. Isabelle Huppert and Olivier Gourmet excel as the parents

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Still the WaterStill the Water

Romance2014119 minsDirector: Naomi Kawase

Naomi Kawase’s visually ravishing, beautifully composed film tells the story of two youths growing up and falling in love on a Japanese island.

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DisorderDisorder

Thriller201598 minsDirector: Alice Winocour

A broken soldier guards a tycoon's family in this involving thriller with hints of Taxi Driver, starring Matthias Schoenaerts and Diane Kuger.

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In BetweenIn Between

Drama2016103 minsDirector: Maysaloun Hamoud

Three strong, independent Israeli-Palestinian women try to square their liberated, hedonistic lifestyles with the stultifying restrictions of conservative family life, in Maysaloun Hamoud's charming and vital drama.

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A Girl at My DoorA 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.

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I Can't Think StraightI Can't Think Straight

Drama200879 minsDirector: Shamim Sarif

The story of an affair between a Palestinian woman and her British Indian friend, from the same team behind The World Unseen.

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The World UnseenThe World Unseen

Drama200890 minsDirector: Shamim Sarif

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

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Fish TankFish Tank

Drama2009118 minsDirector: Andrea Arnold

Mia loves to dance and longs to escape her Essex council estate but her uncontrollable rage is her worst enemy.

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We Went to WonderlandWe Went to Wonderland

Documentary200872 minsDirector: Xiaolu Guo

British-Chinese filmmaker Xiaolu Guo follows her ageing parents' journey to the West as they visit Europe. A rare chance to see one of Guo’s most personal films.

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Wuthering HeightsWuthering Heights

Drama2010129 minsDirector: Andrea Arnold

Andrea Arnold's bold re-imagining of the Emily Brontë classic.

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We Need to Talk About KevinWe Need to Talk About Kevin

Drama2010112 minsDirector: Lynne Ramsay

Tilda Swinton gives a BAFTA-nominated performance as the mother of a teenager who commits a high school massacre. With Ezra Miller and John C. Reilly.

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You Were Never Really HereYou Were Never Really Here

Thriller201790 minsDirector: Lynne Ramsay

Lynne Ramsay journeys with Joaquin Phoenix into the mind of an ex-soldier gun-for-hire whose own demons are as brutal as the actions of his adversaries.

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Kill the DayKill the Day

Drama199618 minsDirector: Lynne Ramsay

An ex-drug addict reflects on life in and out of prison in this short by BAFTA-winner Lynne Ramsay, based on real accounts.

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The FallingThe Falling

Drama2014102 minsDirector: Carol Morley

Amid the seething hormones and turbulent emotions of an all-girl school, a mysterious fainting sickness takes hold.

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The PartyThe Party

Comedy201771 minsDirector: Sally Potter

Following some unexpected revelations, a celebration quickly takes a turn for the worse in Sally Potter's razor-sharp comedy.

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Goodbye First LoveGoodbye First Love

Drama2011106 minsDirector: Mia Hansen-Løve

The pangs and pains of young love are artfully and respectfully rendered in this subtle and sensitive drama from Mia Hansen-Løve (Eden).

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A United KingdomA United Kingdom

Drama2016111 minsDirector: Amma Asante

Amma Assante (Belle) directs this impassioned drama starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike depicting an interracial romance that changed the world.

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The ReceptionistThe Receptionist

Drama2016102 minsDirector: Jenny Lu

A Taiwanese graduate begins work at a massage parlour, in this illuminating and authentic depiction of the migrant experience at London's margins.

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Hell UnltdHell Unltd

Animation & Artists Moving Image193619 minsSilentDirector: Helen Biggar

Norman McLaren and Helen Biggar’s urgent work of animated agit-prop uses rapid editing to create an incisive polemic against arms spending.

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PiliPili

Drama201881 minsDirector: Leanne Welham

An HIV+ mother has a chance to turn her life around when she's offered a market stall, in Leanne Welham's extraordinary drama.

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The Selfish GiantThe Selfish Giant

Drama201391 minsDirector: Clio Barnard

Two Yorkshire tearaways struggle with life and friendship in this challenging, compassionate growing-up tale by the director of The Arbor.

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Dark RiverDark River

Drama201689 minsDirector: Clio Barnard

Clio Barnard follows The Selfish Giant and The Arbor with this searing and eloquent Yorkshire-set drama exploring the fragility of familial relationships.

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SuffragetteSuffragette

Historical drama2015106 minsDirector: Sarah Gavron

The time is now for factory worker Maud (Carey Mulligan) as she joins the campaign movement for women’s votes, in Sarah Gavron’s stirring social history.

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

Horror2013102 minsDirector: Hélène Cattet

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

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Animal FarmAnimal Farm

Animation & Artists Moving Image195472 minsDirector: Joy Batchelor

Sixty years young, this British cartoon of George Orwell’s political ‘fairy story’ is still the most abiding adaptation of this powerful, cautionary tale for all ages.

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Death Defying ActsDeath Defying Acts

Drama200793 minsDirector: Gillian Armstrong

The great illusionist Harry Houdini (Guy Pearce) meets his match when the charming and manipulative Mary McGarvie (Catherine Zeta-Jones) magically appears in his life.

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The Iron LadyThe Iron Lady

Drama2011105 minsDirector: Phyllida Lloyd

Meryl Streep delivers an extraordinary performance as Margaret Thatcher in a provocative portrait.

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The ViolatorsThe Violators

Drama201596 minsDirector: Helen Walsh

In this spiky and stylish debut from novelist Helen Walsh, two girls from different backgrounds form an unlikely bond, setting off on a dangerous course.

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Eve's BayouEve's Bayou

Drama1997115 minsDirector: Kasi Lemmons

Samuel L. Jackson stars in this seething slice of Southern Gothic, about the travails of a Louisiana family bedevilled by infidelity, incest and witchcraft.

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No Home MovieNo Home Movie

Documentary2015118 minsDirector: Chantal Akerman

Chantal Akerman’s rigorously observational portrait of her late mother takes on a whole new significance in the wake of the director’s own premature passing.

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

Drama201594 minsDirector: Eva Husson

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

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Light YearsLight 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.

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Blue Black PermanentBlue Black Permanent

Drama199286 minsDirector: Margaret Tait

Engaging, poetic story of three generations of Scottish women made by artist Margaret Tait.

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Coffee Coloured ChildrenCoffee Coloured Children

Biopic198817 minsDirector: Ngozi Onwurah

Experimental monologue about the trauma of racial harassment and self-hate that accompanies growing up mixed-race in Britain.

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A Bit of ScarletA Bit of Scarlet

Documentary199671 minsDirector: Andrea Weiss

Mapping how British film and TV depicts the gay and lesbian lifestyle, Andrea Weiss raids the archives for her funny and persuasive documentary.

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BrakesBrakes

Comedy201685 minsDirector: Mercedes Grower

Breakups have never been funnier, as Mercedes Grower's all-star, ensemble comedy charts the end of various affairs. With Julian Barratt, Steve Oram, Julia Davis and Noel Fielding.

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The Assam GardenThe Assam Garden

Drama198490 minsDirector: Mary McMurray

Deborah Kerr’s final big screen role is a gentle tale of a widow and her friendship with an Indian neighbour.

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Of Girls and HorsesOf Girls and Horses

Drama201483 minsDirector: Monika Treut

A troubled teen finds love during a summer spent at a horse ranch, in this captivating lesbian drama from cult director Monika Treut.

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Child's PlayChild's Play

Comedy195268 minsDirector: Margaret Thomson

Splitting the atom is as easy as ABC in this family-friendly adventure.

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ScrubbersScrubbers

Drama198293 minsDirector: Mai Zetterling

The borstal drama – billed as the female Scum – features Amanda York and Kathy Burke as inmates of a ruthless women’s prison.

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The German Doctor (Wakolda)The German Doctor (Wakolda)

Drama201390 minsDirector: Lucía Puenzo

An Argentinian family befriends a travelling doctor, unaware that he’s a Nazi war criminal, in this haunting drama inspired by true events.

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