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The Survivalist
The Survivalist
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The Survivalist

Science Fiction2015103 minsDirector: Stephen Fingleton

In a post-apocalyptic world, a forest-dwelling loner is forced to reckon with two women in order to survive.

Carancho
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Carancho

Film noir2010107 minsDirector: Pablo Trapero

A lawyer who works as a ‘carancho’ – an ambulance chaser – falls for a doctor he meets during a late night search for potential clients.

Frozen River
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Frozen River

Crime200893 minsDirector: Courtney Hunt

Nominated for two Oscars (Best Actress – Melissa Leo - and Best Original Screenplay) Frozen River is a riveting thriller that raises questions about the borders we construct, between countries, communities and each other.

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Fantasy2010109 minsDirector: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Apichatpong's Cannes prizewinner, about an ailing man revisiting his past, is a measured, lyrical evocation of mysterious beauty and quiet humanity.

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.

Mystery Road
Mystery Road
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Mystery Road

Crime2013121 minsDirector: Ivan Sen

An Aboriginal cop returns to his hometown to solve the brutal murder teenage girl, uncovering a web of corruption and a growing body count, in Ivan Sen's acclaimed Australian riff on the Western genre.

Brand: A Second Coming
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Brand: A Second Coming

Documentary2015105 minsDirector: Ondi Timoner

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

Room 237
Room 237
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Room 237

Documentary2012103 minsDirector: Rodney Ascher

Rodney Ascher's 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.

Letters from Baghdad
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Letters from Baghdad

Documentary201691 minsDirector: Sabine Krayenbühl

Tilda Swinton narrates the extraordinary journey of Gertrude Bell, a singular woman who played a significant – often unrecognised – role in British imperial policy making in Iraq.

Bullet Boy
Bullet Boy
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Bullet Boy

Drama200486 minsDirector: Saul Dibb

Ashley Walters impresses in the hard-hitting Hackney drama that’s still one of the best of Britain’s black urban crime films.

The Goob
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The Goob

Drama201484 minsDirector: Guy Myhill

A teen seeks meaning as an East Anglian summer and a violent outsider threaten to overwhelm.

Chameleon
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Chameleon

Drama201682 minsDirector: Jorge Riquelme Serrano

Two women are terrorised by an unwanted stranger in this impeccably-styled bourgeois nightmare.

Electricity
Electricity
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Electricity

Drama201496 minsDirector: Bryn Higgins

Agyness Deyn stars in a powerful story seen through the eyes of a young woman whose epilepsy brings extraordinary hallucinations.

Brick Lane
Brick Lane
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Brick Lane

Drama200797 minsDirector: Sarah Gavron

Sarah Gavron’s subtle and intelligent adaptation of Monica Ali’s acclaimed novel charts the experiences of a Bangladeshi woman in London.

White Elephant
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White Elephant

Drama2012105 minsDirector: Pablo Trapero

Two profoundly respected priests attempt to make their own way through the corruption and injustice at the heart of a Buenos Aries slum.

Elena
Elena
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Elena

Drama2011105 minsDirector: Andrey Zvyagintsev

Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan, Loveless) relates a taut, caustic tale of need and greed leading to desperate deeds; a bleak and brilliant study of contemporary Russian mores.

Spanking the Monkey
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Spanking the Monkey

Comedy199495 minsDirector: David O. Russell

David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) made his feature debut in 1994 with this biting black comedy, which caused a stir with its incestuous subplot and portrayal of adolescent restlessness.

Dark Horse
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Dark Horse

Drama201186 minsDirector: Todd Solondz

Todd Solondz directs Selma Blair and Jordan Gelber in this delightfully dark satire as romance blooms between a toy collector and a depressed woman.

A Hijacking
A Hijacking
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A Hijacking

Thriller2012103 minsDirector: Tobias Lindholm

Tobias Lindholm’s thriller refreshes the genre as a ship's cook, Somali pirates and a CEO negotiate an endgame.

Film socialisme
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Film socialisme

Animation & Artists Moving Image201097 minsDirector: Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Luc Godard’s acerbic and disorienting essay on the decline of Western civilisation, shot aboard the famously grounded cruise ship, the Costa Concordia.

Hors Satan
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Hors Satan

Drama2011105 minsDirector: Bruno Dumont

A mysterious figure strolls around a French coastal town offering a bizarre and violent path to salvation, in this controversial shocker from Bruno Dumont.

Dogtooth
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Dogtooth

Drama200993 minsDirector: Yorgos Lanthimos

Yorgos Lanthimos' scary, witty tale of a dysfunctional Greek family is original, ingenious and sadly relevant as a study of parent-child relationships

The Hunt
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The Hunt

Drama2012111 minsDirector: Thomas Vinterberg

Mads Mikkelsen stars in a distressing examination of a false indictment, and the collective hysteria that ensues, in this electrifying drama from Festen director Thomas Vinterberg.

I Am Belfast
I Am Belfast
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I Am Belfast

Documentary201584 minsDirector: Mark Cousins

Mark Cousins’ dreamlike evocation of his home city discovers a capital of rich history and startling beauty.

Immoral Tales
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Immoral Tales

Anthology1974103 minsDirector: Walerian Borowczyk

Walerian Borowczyk presents four stories of sexual taboos throughout the ages, in his highly controversial classic of 1970s erotic cinema.

In the Fog
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In the Fog

War2012123 minsDirector: Sergei Loznitsa

A suspected Nazi collaborator and his Partisan abductors join forces to escape pursuing German forces, in this vibrantly shot war drama.

Les Invisibles
Les Invisibles
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Les Invisibles

Documentary2012112 minsDirector: Sébastien Lifshitz

French gay men and women in their 60s and 70s talk about their lives in Sébastien Lifshitz’s documentary.

Kelly + Victor
Kelly + Victor
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Kelly + Victor

Drama201290 minsDirector: Kieran Evans

In modern Liverpool, a couple meet and begin a transgressive, sexually charged affair set against a background of crime and encroaching danger.

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
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The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

Gangster1976109 minsDirector: John Cassavetes

John Cassavetes’s uncompromising character study of a gangster, with Ben Gazzara as the small-time club owner whose life begins to spin out of control.

Love Me till Monday
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Love Me till Monday

Comedy201389 minsDirector: Justin Hardy

A graduate in a dead-end office job searches for happiness in this fresh and funny British comedy.

The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands
The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands
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The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands

War1927106 minsDirector: Walter Summers

This dramatic reconstruction of two decisive naval battles from the First World War is one of the finest films of the British silent era.

My Ain Folk
My Ain Folk
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My Ain Folk

Drama197355 minsDirector: Bill Douglas

The second part of the revered Bill Douglas Trilogy follows Jamie as he ends up in a children’s home.

The Nine Muses
The Nine Muses
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The Nine Muses

Documentary201092 minsDirector: John Akomfrah

John Akomfrah mixes archive material, literary and musical quotations and newly shot silent footage in a wry, rapt meditation on memory and migration.

By the Time It Gets Dark
By the Time It Gets Dark
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By the Time It Gets Dark

Drama2016106 minsDirector: Anocha Suwichakornpong

Anocha Suwichakornpong's mesmerising and innovative treatise on memory, politics and cinema.

Honeydripper
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Honeydripper

Drama2007124 minsDirector: John Sayles

Acclaimed writer-director John Sayles brings the birth of rock 'n' roll to life with electrifying effect, with Danny Glover heading up a stellar cast.

The Rocket
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The Rocket

Drama201396 minsDirector: Kim Mordaunt

Australian director Kim Mordaunt’s award-winning film about the nomadic struggles of a Laotian family, and the boy who tries to restore their fortunes by building a giant rocket.

Bypass
Bypass
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Bypass

Drama2014105 minsDirector: Duane Hopkins

Duane Hopkins’ follow up to Better Things is a striking, poetic drama about a young man on the edge.

Short Term 12
Short Term 12
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Short Term 12

Drama201397 minsDirector: Destin Daniel Cretton

A care-worker is confronted by a troubled teen whose case history provokes an unwelcome reminder of her own concealed and traumatic past.

Silence
Silence
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Silence

Drama201184 minsDirector: Pat Collins

Pat Collins' film, following a sound recordist around western Ireland in an intriguing mix of fiction and documentary, makes us really look and listen

A Simple Life
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A Simple Life

Drama2011118 minsDirector: Ann Hui On-Wah

A wealthy film executive reconnects with the nanny who raised him, in a touching drama from the great humanist of the Hong Kong New Wave, Ann Hui.

Trans-Europ-Express
Trans-Europ-Express
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Trans-Europ-Express

Thriller196695 minsDirector: Alain Robbe-Grillet

This stylish, cult 1966 erotic thriller stars French New Wave icons Jean-Louis Trintigant and Marie-France Pisier.

Unrelated
Unrelated
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Unrelated

Drama200796 minsDirector: Joanna Hogg

On a Tuscan break a fortysomething woman finds herself drawn to the company of a group of partying teens, including a young Tom Hiddleston (in one of his earliest roles).

Tulpan
Tulpan
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Tulpan

Comedy200899 minsDirector: Sergey Dvortsevoy

Sergei Dvortsevoy's feature debut is a deliciously droll tale of a Kazakh sailor out to win a wife and set himself up as a shepherd on the steppes.

Underground
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Underground

Romance192893 minsDirector: Anthony Asquith

The BFI National Archive restoration of one of Anthony Asquith's finest silent films set in London's Underground, with a new score.

Las acacias
Las acacias
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Las acacias

Road movie201183 minsDirector: Pablo Giorgelli

Pablo Giorgelli's debut is a slow, touching Argentinian road-movie about a quiet trucker warming to a woman and child he reluctantly gives a lift to

Couple in a Hole
Couple in a Hole
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Couple in a Hole

Drama2015105 minsDirector: Tom Geens

One of the most original British features in recent years follows a Scottish couple’s bizarre underground existence in a French forest.

Night Moves
Night Moves
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Night Moves

Thriller2013113 minsDirector: Kelly Reichardt

Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning star in a taut political thriller about radical environmentalists planning to commit an act of eco-terrorism.

Mother
Mother
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Mother

Thriller2009129 minsDirector: Bong Joon-ho

Cult Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s (The Host, Snowpiercer) fourth feature is a startlingly original and thrilling account of the limits of maternal devotion.

Throne of Blood
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Throne of Blood

Drama1957110 minsDirector: Akira Kurosawa

A master of period-drama, Kurosawa (Rashomon, Seven Samurai) recasts Macbeth as a Japanese warlord in one of the greatest Shakespearean adaptations.

The Arbor
The Arbor
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The Arbor

Biopic201090 minsDirector: Clio Barnard

Clio Barnard's film about Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar mixes reconstruction, interviews (performed by actors) and scenes from the plays.

Dodes'Ka-Den
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Dodes'Ka-Den

Drama1970140 minsDirector: Akira Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa’s first colour film is an eccentric and joyous account of a group of disparate people living in a city dump.

Innocence of Memories
Innocence of Memories
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Innocence of Memories

Documentary201597 minsDirector: Grant Gee

A multi-layered melding of fiction and fact, about Nobel prize-winner Orhan Pamuk and his Istanbul Museum of Innocence.


How I Ended This Summer
How I Ended This Summer
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How I Ended This Summer

Drama2010124 minsDirector: Alexei Popogrebsky

Alexei Popogrebski's taut psychological drama depicts two Arctic meteorologists (a veteran and a novice); secrets, lies and isolation take their toll

Blancanieves
Blancanieves
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Blancanieves

Drama2011105 minsDirector: Pablo Berger

Pablo Berger’s imaginative black-and-white ‘silent’ movie relocates the story of Snow White to 1920s Spain – complete with bullfighting dwarfs

Computer Chess
Computer Chess
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Computer Chess

Comedy201391 minsDirector: Andrew Bujalski

Andrew Bujalski’s hilarious and surreal comedy about the birth of computer culture, set in an early 1980s conference where primitive programmers take on chess masters.

Court
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Court

Drama2014116 minsDirector: Chaitanya Tamhane

Hailed as a modern classic channelling the spirit of Satyajit Ray, Chaitanya Tamhane's film is an absurdist portrait of injustice in contemporary India.

Pasolini
Pasolini
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Pasolini

Biopic201484 minsDirector: Abel Ferrara

Willem Dafoe plays the controversial filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini in this dark, daring drama about the director’s final days, from Abel Ferrara.

Of Good Report
Of Good Report
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Of Good Report

Drama2013110 minsDirector: Jahmil Xolani Thandikhaya Qubeka

Disturbing but deeply stylish South African drama about a teacher who becomes obsessed with an under-age pupil in his class, with tragic consequences.

Red Road
Red Road
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Red Road

Thriller2006110 minsDirector: Andrea Arnold

Andrea Arnold’s highly acclaimed film, winner of top prizes at Cannes and the BFI London Film Festival, is a haunting drama about a woman confronting past demons.

24 City
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24 City

Drama-documentary2008107 minsDirector: Jia Zhangke

Jia Zhangke mixes reminiscence and performance in his cool, measured, moving look at the changing fortunes of a Chinese factory-turned-shopping mall

Shell
Shell
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Shell

Drama201287 minsDirector: Scott Graham

In a remote part of Scotland, teenager Shell develops an intense relationship with her reclusive father.

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