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When husband and wife Lauri and Ilona lose their jobs due to a recession, they are too proud to use the social welfare system for support, and so attempt to find new jobs. However things don't go to plan with one disaster following another.
Comedy 1996 93 mins
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes, Drifting Clouds is classic Kaurismaki, mixing together bleak humour with brilliantly straight performances, the film captures the harshness of a recession with a real bite, however is never quite as cynical as it makes out. Hilarious and surprisingly hopeful, Drifting Clouds is Kaurismaki at his best.
Comedy 2007 93 mins Director: Roy Andersson
Washed out interiors provide the backdrop for a motley crew of characters: a stout depressive and her long-suffering husband; a young girl with a crush on a rock musician; couples with too much to say, or too little; a diligent tuba player...
Comedy 2005 154 mins Director: Cristi Puiu
Cristi Puiu's multiple award-winning drama about a seriously ill man caught in an absurdist bureaucratic nightmare over the course of one night.
Comedy 2014 86 mins Director: Taika Waititi
An achingly funny mockumentary about New Zealand’s hitherto unknown vampire (and werewolf) communities, from the creators of Flight of the Conchords.
Comedy 2016 93 mins Director: Whit Stillman
Whit Stillman crosses the Atlantic for this irresistible Jane Austen adaptation, following the delicious and devious exploits of Lady Susan (Kate Beckinsale).
Comedy 2019 87 mins Director: Sasie Sealy
A crafty Coen-esque black comedy about an elderly widow who inadvertently steals from the Chinese mob and subsequently takes on the gangs to secure her fortune.
Comedy 2013 88 mins Director: Destiny Ekaragha
Riotous urban comedy adapted from the hit Royal Court play, about a Peckham teen affronted by the arrival of his long-lost Nigerian sibling.
Horror 2014 101 mins Director: 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.
Drama 2020 99 mins Director: Fernanda Valadez
This compelling first feature finds a mother embarking on an Odyssey-like search for her missing son across a border terrain where law and order has effectively broken down.
Drama 2014 120 mins Director: Ruben Östlund
On a family holiday to the French Alps, a couple see stress put on their marriage when, during a crisis, the father abandons his family.
Film noir 1983 92 mins Director: Joel Coen
The Coen Brothers' neo-noir thriller debut is both brilliantly grisly and darkly comic.
2007 109 mins Director: Cristian Mungiu
When a practical young student takes her manipulative friend to an appalling abortionist, it proves to be a devastating, life-changing experience for both. Christian Mungiu's film, set in Ceaucescu's communist Romania, is as taut as a thriller.
Drama 2009 110 mins Director: Corneliu Porumboiu
Porumboiu's daring and darkly comic masterpiece is a policier unlike any other.
Thriller 2018 102 mins Director: Agnieszka Smoczynska
Agnieszka Smoczyńska’s follow up to The Lure (2015) is an unsettling, gripping psychodrama about a woman trying to rebuild her family life after two years' absence with severe memory loss.
Drama 2011 94 mins Director: Wojciech Smarzowski
Agata Kulesza (Ida) won the Polish Academy Award for Best Actress for this devastating tale of wartime survival and shared trauma.
Documentary 2004 34 mins Director: Hanna Polak
Oscar-nominated documentary following children found fighting for survival on the streets and railway stations of Moscow.
Documentary 2016 103 mins Director: Michal Marczak
Michal Marczak won a Directing Award at Sundance 2016 for this immersive profile of two twentysomethings as they roam night-time Warsaw, shot over the course of a year.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 2020 88 mins Director: Mariusz Wilczynski
This nightmarish, haunting and beautifully poetic animation is a deeply personal tale from self-taught animator Mariusz Wilczyński that was 15 years in the making.
Drama 2009 96 mins Director: Borys Lankosz
The impact of Stalinist politics is revealed through the everyday lives of three Polish women, in this remarkable black comedy that took the festival circuit by storm.