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International Competition

Striking and masterfully crafted films from around the world represent the best in current cinema.


In-Person

The Beasts (As bestas)

Rodrigo Sorogoyen  |   Spain, France
French, Galician, Spanish  
Drama, Thriller

In this gripping, primal thriller, a French couple living in rural Spain becomes embroiled in an escalating conflict with the local community that reaches a point of no return.

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Streaming

Before, Now & Then (Nana)

Kamila Andini  |   Indonesia
Indonesian  
Historical, LGBTQ, Women Centered

Set in 1960s Indonesia, this layered, contemplative drama sees a lonely woman forge a life-saving friendship with her husband’s mistress.

In-Person

The Blue Caftan

Maryam Touzani  |   France, Morocco, Belgium, Denmark
Arabic  
Drama, Family Affairs, LGBTQ

After master tailor Halim reluctantly takes on a new apprentice, the two must conceal their mutual attraction in this elegant and sympathetic reflection on adoration, love, and longing.

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Burning Days (Kurak Günler)

Emin Alper  |   Turkey, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Greece, Croatia
Turkish  
Crime, Drama, Thriller

In this crackling, politically-minded thriller, by-the-book prosecutor Emre discovers he has been sent into a viper’s nest of corruption, scandal, and homophobia at his new posting in a drought-plagued rural community.

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Lukas Dhont  |   Belgium, France, Netherlands
French  
Coming of Age, Drama, LGBTQ

Following a perfect summer vacation, the intimate friendship of Leo and Remi, thirteen-year-old best friends, is tragically tested by the social pressures of the new school year.

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Corsage

Marie Kreutzer  |   Austria, France, Germany
English, French, German, Hungarian  
Drama, Historical, Women Centered

Vicky Krieps delivers a tour-de-force performance as Austria’s Empress Elisabeth in a bold and timely revisionist costume drama.

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Godland (Vanskabte Land)

Hlynur Pálmason  |   Denmark, Iceland, France, Sweden
Danish, Icelandic  
Historical, Religion, Social Commentary

Journeying to Iceland to establish a parish in a remote part of the Danish colony, a priest is confronted by an unforgiving landscape and wary locals, who refuse to bend to his will.

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The Inspection

Elegance Bratton  |   United States
Drama, LGBTQ, Social Commentary

After a young, gay Black man joins the Marines, he battles prejudice and the grueling routines of basic training, while also finding unexpected strength, camaraderie and a welcome sense of identity from his new community.

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The Kings of the World (Los reyes del mundo)

Laura Mora  |   Colombia, Norway, Luxembourg, Mexico, France
Spanish  
Coming of Age, Drama, Social Commentary

A kaleidoscopic road movie that follows five streetwise boys on a dangerous yet dreamlike journey across Colombia to reclaim a piece of land that they might finally call home.

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Monica

Andrea Pallaoro  |   United States, Italy
Drama, Family Affairs, LGBTQ

Trace Lysette stars as a woman who moves back to her childhood home to care for her dying mother (Patricia Clarkson) after two decades of estrangement in this intimate study of forgiveness and acceptance.

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No Bears (Khers Nist)

Jafar Panahi  |   Iran
Azeri, Farsi, Turkish  
Drama, Film on Film, Political

Playing a fictionalized version of himself, director Jafar Panahi, barred from leaving Iran, remotely supervises a film shoot in this meta-textual reflection on freedom, oppression, and cinema itself.

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Noise (Ruido)

Natalia Beristáin  |   Mexico, Argentina
Spanish  
Mystery, Social Commentary, Women Centered

Months after her daughter’s disappearance, a grieving mother sets out on a search for answers and joins an underground network of people risking their lives to search for lost loved ones.

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One Fine Morning (Un Beau Matin)

Mia Hansen-Løve  |   France
French  
Romance, Sex and Sexuality, Women Centered

From Cannes winner Mia Hansen-Løve comes this engrossing story of a young widow whose friendship with a married friend soon blossoms into a passionate love affair.

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R.M.N.

Cristian Mungiu  |   Romania, France, Belgium
Romanian  
Religion, Social Commentary, Thriller

A rural Transylvanian village is pushed to its breaking point by anger and xenophobia in this edge-of-your-seat small town thriller.

In-Person

Saint Omer

Alice Diop  |   France
French  
Crime, Drama, Social Commentary, Women Centered

In this profound character study, a novelist observes the trial of a Senegalese woman accused of infanticide—a crime she admits to having committing yet maintains her innocence.

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The Substitute (El suplente)

Diego Lerman  |   Argentina, Italy, Mexico, Spain, France
Spanish  
Drama, Social Commentary

Learning that a local drug cartel threatens one of his promising young pupils, a Buenos Aires educator must decide how far he will go to protect the boy’s life in this tense and timely drama.

International Competition Patron

Jacolyn and John Bucksbaum Family Foundation