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Gagarine

  Fanny Liatard, Jérémy Trouilh

  France      2020    

Synopsis

Youri, 16, has lived all his life in Cité Gagarine, a public housing complex on the outskirts of Paris. Gazing out his highrise window, he dreams of becoming an astronaut. When demolition plans for the complex are announced, Youri rallies friends and neighbors in hopes of saving the only home he’s known. Shot on location and in collaboration with neighborhood residents, Gagarine is a moving meditation on the meaning of home.

 French with subtitles 
  97 minutes

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Cumar: A Galway Rhapsody

  Aodh Ó Coileáin

  Ireland      2020    

Synopsis

Nestled along Ireland’s Western coast, Galway holds a magnetic attraction for artists of all stripes. Through a series of interviews with writers, musicians, poets, and painters, Cumar ( Irish for “confluence”) crafts a portrait of the metropolis as seen through the eyes of its artists. This visually sumptuous, reflective ode to the city itself explores Galway’s rich history of artistic excellence and its enduring influence on its residents.

 English, Irish with subtitles 
  72 minutes

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Soft

  Joseph Amenta

  Canada      2022    

Synopsis

Three friends fall in love with summertime Toronto’s lively nightlife. Young, queer, and unapologetically self-confident, the trio spends their days holding court and plotting to sneak into a nightclub. When one of their caregivers goes missing under suspicious circumstances, reality comes crashing in and their seemingly unbreakable bond is tested. Featuring remarkable performances from its young actors, Soft is a tender portrait of youth, friendship, and life on the city’s margins.


  87 minutes

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Bad Poems Rossz versek

  Gábor Reisz

  Hungary      2018    

Synopsis

Tamás is heartbroken. After his girlfriend dumps him in Paris, he faces an inglorious return to hometown Budapest. As he begrudgingly attempts to get his life back on track, his wanderings across the city of his youth and time spent in his childhood home send him on a self-reflective trip down memory lane into his tortuous past. Dreamy surrealism couples with wry wit in this unexpected romantic comedy that ponders the nature of lost love.

 Hungarian with subtitles 
  94 minutes

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Red Shoes Zapatos rojos

  Carlos Eichelmann Kaiser

  Mexico      2022    

Synopsis

When Artemio receives unsettling news about his daughter, he sets out from his remote mountain farm for Mexico City in search of answers. As he struggles to navigate the utterly foreign capital, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with a down-on-her-luck sex worker. Together the two embark on a journey through the city’s labyrinthian streets and bureaucracies. A profound, poetic visual style and empathetic lead performances power this quietly ferocious fable about love, duty, and determination.

 Spanish with subtitles 
  83 minutes

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