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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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In Between
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In 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.

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.

My Feral Heart
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My Feral Heart

Drama201583 mins

A young man with Down's syndrome is forced into care after his mother dies, in this sensitive, poignant and naturalistic drama.

Toni Erdmann
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Toni Erdmann

Comedy2016162 minsDirector: Maren Ade

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

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.

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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.

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.

Adult Life Skills
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Adult Life Skills

Comedy201596 mins

Anna (Jodie Whittaker) is an emotionally stunted 30-year-old living in her mum’s shed, learning to confront adult reality, in Rachel Tunnard’s quirky debut.

Brakes
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Brakes

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.

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.

Coffee Coloured Children
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Coffee Coloured Children

Biopic198817 mins

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

Welcome II the Terrordome
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Welcome 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.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl
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The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Drama2015102 mins

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.

The Fits
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The Fits

Drama201572 minsDirector: Anna Rose Holmer

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.

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Horror2014101 minsDirector: Ana Lily Amirpour

If you only see one Iranian vampire western this year, make sure it’s this one. A female vampire stalks a ghost town in Ana Lily Amirpour’s arresting debut.

Appropriate Behaviour
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Appropriate Behaviour

Comedy201586 mins

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

The Edge of Seventeen
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The Edge of Seventeen

Comedy2016104 minsDirector: Kelly Fremon

Kelly Fremon Craig’s coming-of-age comedy eschews quirkiness for genuine warmth, while boasting a hilarious supporting turn from Woody Harrelson.

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.

The Hurt Locker
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The Hurt Locker

War2008131 minsDirector: Kathryn Bigelow

Kathryn Bigelow won the Best Director Academy Award in 2010 for this visceral, thrilling story of an American maverick bomb disarmer in Iraq.

Zero Dark Thirty
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Zero Dark Thirty

Action and Adventure2012157 minsDirector: Kathryn Bigelow

Kathryn Bigelow's masterful, meticulous account of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden is a thrilling account of contemporary history.

Detroit
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Detroit

Drama2017143 minsDirector: Kathryn Bigelow

John Boyega excels as the security guard caught up in a violent conflagration during the riots of 1967, in Kathryn Bigelow's blistering thriller.

Still the Water
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Still the Water

Romance2014119 mins

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

We Went to Wonderland
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We 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.

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 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.

I Can't Think Straight
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I 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.

When I Saw You
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When I Saw You

Drama201294 mins

Following the Six-Day War in 1967, a young Palestinian refugee boy yearns to be reunited with his father and joins a band of freedom fighters.

Viceroy's House
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Viceroy's House

Drama2016106 minsDirector: Gurinder Chadha

Gurinder Chadha channels David Lean for this sweeping romance set during the last days of the Raj, with Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson as Lord and Lady Mountbatten.

American Psycho
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American Psycho

Drama2000102 minsDirector: Mary Harron

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

The Wolfpack
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The 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.

Bend it Like Beckham
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Bend it Like Beckham

Sport2002105 minsDirector: Gurinder Chadha

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

Bride & Prejudice
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Bride & 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.

Bhaji on the Beach
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Bhaji 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.

Girlhood
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Girlhood

Drama2014113 minsDirector: Céline Sciamma

In the tough suburbs of Paris, sixteen-year-old Marieme decides to reinvent herself when she joins a girl gang.

Gascoigne
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Gascoigne

Documentary201587 mins

Documentary portrait of the mercurial football genius who inspired the game’s modern renaissance while battling personal demons.

Dark Horse
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Dark Horse

Documentary201486 minsDirector: Louise Osmond

The inspirational, larger-than-life true story of how a group of friends in a poor mining village took on the elite 'sport of kings' and breed themselves a racehorse.

Bastards
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Bastards

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.

Fidelio, Alice's Journey
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Fidelio, Alice's Journey

Drama201497 minsDirector: Lucie Borleteau

When Alice takes a job as a ship’s engineer her fidelity towards her shore-bound fiancé is tested when she discovers a former lover is the ship’s captain.

Home
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Home

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

Goodbye First Love
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Goodbye 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).

Eden
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Eden

Drama2014131 minsDirector: Mia Hansen-Løve

Mia Hansen-Løve’s stylish and transcendent story of house music is one of the great films about dance culture.

Evolution
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Evolution

Drama201582 minsDirector: Lucile Hadzihalilovic

The long-awaited second feature from Lucile Hadžihalilović (Innocence) is a gorgeously surreal coming-of-age tale laced with bizarre body-horror.

Deep Water
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Deep Water

Documentary200689 minsDirector: Louise Osmond

Riveting account of the disastrous attempt by novice sailor Donald Crowhurst to compete in a round-the-world, solo yachting race.

Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach
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Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach

Documentary201694 mins

Louise Osmond's funny, provocative and revealing account of the life and career of one of Britain’s most celebrated and controversial filmmakers.

Brand:  A Second Coming
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Brand: A Second Coming

Documentary2015105 mins

Russell Brand ponders his political awakening and messianic tendencies in Ondi Timoner’s perceptive and very funny documentary.

No Home Movie
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No 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.

My Name Is Salt
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My Name Is Salt

Documentary201392 mins

Farida Pacha's transcendent observational documentary captures the gruelling work of salt harvesters in a Gujarati desert.

A Bit of Scarlet
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A 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.

Exhibition
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Exhibition

Drama2013105 mins

Joanna Hogg's sleek and minimalist comedy about a pair of artists and their emotional attachment to their ultra-modernist apartment.

Hell Unltd
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Hell Unltd

Animation & Artists Moving Image193619 minsDirector: 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.

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.

Dreamcatcher
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Dreamcatcher

Documentary201498 minsDirector: Kim Longinotto

Kim Longinotto’s inspirational documentary about Brenda, a Chicagoan charity worker who helps vulnerable prostitutes leave the industry.

"Underage"
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"Underage"

Documentary198257 minsDirector: Lizzie Lemon

Racism, glue-sniffing, petty theft and promiscuity - Coventry teenagers at play.

Love Is All
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Love Is All

Documentary201474 minsDirector: Kim Longinotto

A hundred years of love and courtship on the silver screen, with music created by celebrated Sheffield singer-songwriter-producer Richard Hawley.

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 Falling
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The Falling

Drama2014102 mins

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

The Selfish Giant
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The Selfish Giant

Drama201391 mins

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

Wuthering Heights
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Wuthering Heights

Drama2010129 minsDirector: Andrea Arnold

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

American Honey
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American Honey

Drama2016163 minsDirector: Andrea Arnold

Andrea Arnold dazzles with a sun-soaked and tune-filled epic about door-to-door teenage magazine sellers (led by Shia LeBeouf) traversing the American highways.

Fish Tank
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Fish 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.

We Need to Talk About Kevin
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We 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.

Orlando
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Orlando

Fantasy199293 minsDirector: Sally Potter

Tilda Swinton stars in Sally Potter's dazzling interpretation of Virginia Woolf's novel.

Ginger & Rosa
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Ginger & 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.

Animal Farm
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Animal Farm

Animation & Artists Moving Image195472 minsDirector: John Halas

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.

Snow White and Rose Red
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Snow White and Rose Red

Animation & Artists Moving Image195311 minsDirector: Lotte Reiniger

A kindly bear, an evil dwarf and two sisters populate a magical animated fairy story.

Sleeping Beauty
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Sleeping Beauty

Animation & Artists Moving Image195410 minsDirector: Lotte Reiniger

The Brothers Grimm's story springs to life in intricate silhouette animation.

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

Blue Scar
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Blue Scar

Drama194997 minsDirector: Jill Craigie

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

Suffragette
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Suffragette

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.

Of Girls and Horses
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Of 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.

The Iron Lady
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The Iron Lady

Drama2011105 minsDirector: Phyllida Lloyd

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

Child's Play
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Child's Play

Comedy195268 mins

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

Scrubbers
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Scrubbers

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.

Festival
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Festival

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.

On the Twelfth Day...
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On the Twelfth Day...

Romance1955 mins

Playful, charming, Oscar-nominated take on the Christmas song directed by queen of the dance Wendy Toye and designed by the great Ronald Searle.

The Second Mother
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The 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.

The German Doctor (Wakolda)
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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.

The Wonders
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The Wonders

Drama2014111 minsDirector: Alice Rohrwacher

An enchanting, otherworldly coming-of-age drama about a teenage girl who enters her unwilling family into a TV talent show.

Disorder
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Disorder

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.

Death Defying Acts
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Death 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.

52 Tuesdays
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52 Tuesdays

Drama2013110 mins

A mother undergoing a gender transition meets his estranged daughter every Tuesday, changing gradually each time they meet. An intelligent indie hit about modern identity.

Blush
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Blush

Drama201585 minsDirector: Michal Vinik

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

Eve's Bayou
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Eve'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.

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.

The Violators
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The 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.

Power in Our Hands
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Power in Our Hands

Documentary201575 minsDirector: Angela Spielsinger

Ground-breaking documentary that uses archive film to tell the story of the British deaf community’s fight for civil rights.

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.

Morvern Callar
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Morvern Callar

Drama200193 minsDirector: Lynne Ramsay

Samantha Morton plays the enigmatic title character in Lynne Ramsay’s dreamy and atmospheric road movie.

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.

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.

Serena
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Serena

Drama2014110 mins

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

The Assam Garden
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The Assam Garden

Drama198490 mins

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

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

Drama198092 minsDirector: Anthea Kennedy

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

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