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Three children sit in the backseat of a car, their parents in the front seat in the foreground.

The Burdened

Amr Gamal  |   Yemen, Sudan, Saudi Arabia
Drama, Family Affairs, Social Commentary

Beleaguered parents Isra’a and Ahmed are forced to make a difficult decision when they receive some unsettling news: Isra’a is pregnant again.

A group of colorfully dressed young people celebtate together.

La Chimera

Alice Rohrwacher  |   Italy, France, Switzerland
Art, Crime, Drama

A group of misfits scour the Tuscan countryside for artifacts, until an invaluable find makes them question their role in plundering history.

A girl in a warm hooded coat leads a horse by the bridle.

The Echo El Eco

Tatiana Huezo  |   Mexico, Germany
Coming of Age, Documentary, Women Centered

From the acclaimed director of Prayers for the Stolen comes an exquisitely textured coming-of-age story about an adolescent girl in rural Mexico.

In a classroom, a crowd of onlookers watches a teenage boy read from a piece of paper.

Explanation for Everything Magyarázat mindenre

Gábor Reisz  |   Hungary, Slovakia
Coming of Age, Drama, Social Commentary

Abel, a lovesick highschool student, is distracted. His life is turned upside down when his failed graduation history exam turns into a national scandal.

In a lightly attended screening in the movie theater, a man glances at the woman seated next to him.

Fallen Leaves

Aki Kaurismäki  |   Finland, Germany
Drama, Romance

Two strangers meet by chance in a karaoke bar. Despite an instant spark, a series of everyday obstacles threatens to derail their joint destiny.

Two young children, splattered with mud, look towards the camera with serious expressions.

Monster Kaibutsu

Hirokazu Kore-eda  |   Japan
Drama, Family Affairs, LGBTQ, Mystery

Young Minato is behaving strangely, and his mother demands answers. Through the eyes of mother, teacher, and child, a complex truth emerges.