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107 Mothers (Cenzorka)

Peter Kerékes  |   Slovakia, Czech Republic, Ukraine
Russian, Ukrainian  
Drama, Social Commentary, Women Centered
In a Ukrainian prison, Leysa (actress Maryna Klimova) has given birth to her first baby. But her situation isn’t unique in this women’s correctional facility, where many of the inmates [...]
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A Chiara

Jonas Carpignano  |   Italy
Italian  
Coming of Age, Crime, Drama
Carpignano (Mediterranea, A Ciambra) returns to Calabria to craft a unique take on the mafia film, told with urgency and clarity through the eyes of a 15-year-old girl. When her [...]
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Acts of Love

Isidore Bethel, Francis Leplay  |   United States, France
English  
Documentary, LGBTQ, Sex and Sexuality

Filmmaker Isidore Bethel mixes fiction and documentary in this tender exploration of hookup culture, gay sexuality, and universal questions about what it means to love and be loved.

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Amira

Mohamed Diab  |   Egypt, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia
Arabic, Hebrew  
Drama, Political, Women Centered
Amira, a vivacious 17-year-old Palestinian girl, was conceived with the smuggled sperm of her incarcerated father Nawar, who she’s only ever known behind the glass wall of a prison visitation [...]
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Amparo

Simón Mesa Soto  |   Colombia, Sweden, Qatar
Spanish  
Drama, Thriller, Women Centered
Colombia, 1998. Single mother Amparo returns home after a night shift to discover her 18-year-old son Elias has gone missing. She soon learns he has been forcibly conscripted into the [...]
Drive-In

Antlers

Scott Cooper  |   United States
English  
Action, Horror, Science Fiction

In an isolated, economically depressed Oregon town, a middle-school teacher and her sheriff brother become embroiled with her enigmatic student whose dark secrets lead to terrifying encounters with a legendary ancestral creature.

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Any Given Day

Margaret Byrne  |   United States
Bulgarian, English  
Documentary, Social Commentary, Women Centered
In this raw, moving, and remarkable examination of struggle and resilience, director Margaret Byrne (Raising Bertie) follows Chicagoans Angela, Daniel, and Dimitar as the trio participates in a probation program [...]
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Babi Yar. Context

Sergei Loznitsa  |   The Netherlands, Ukraine
German, Russian, Ukrainian  
Documentary, Historical, Political
In the fall of 1941, German troops, assisted by the Nazi-directed Ukrainian Police and with little resistance from the local population, shot dead 33,771 Jewish people in the Babi Yar ravine in northwest Kiev. [...]
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Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (Babardeală cu bucluc sau porno balamuc)

Radu Jude  |   Romania, Luxembourg, Croatia, Czech Republic
Romanian  
Comedy, Drama, Women Centered
In this bold, transgressive social satire, a graphic sex tape of Bucharest schoolteacher Emi (Katia Pascariu) goes viral, leaving her to reckon with a mob of angry parents and defiant [...]
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Belfast

Kenneth Branagh  |   United Kingdom
English  
Coming of Age, Drama, Historical
Belfast is the humorous, tender and intensely personal story of one boy’s childhood amid the tumult of 1960s Northern Ireland. Set in the city of filmmaker Kenneth Branagh’s birth and [...]
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Bergman Island

Mia Hansen-Løve  |   France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden
English  
Drama, Film on Film, Women Centered
Participating in a writing residency on Sweden’s Fårö island, where legendary film director Ingmar Bergman made his home and filmed many of his enduring masterworks, two American filmmakers (Vicky Krieps [...]
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The Beta Test

Jim Cummings, PJ McCabe  |   United States
English  
Comedy, Horror, Mystery

A hot-shot Hollywood talent agent becomes ensnared in a web of conspiracy, paranoia, and guilt that threatens to upend both his career and his personal life.

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Broadcast Signal Intrusion

Jacob Gentry  |   United States
English  
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

When AV tech whiz James stumbles across grainy archival television footage, it sends him on a search for answers, and he soon uncovers unexpected connections to the inexplicable disappearance of his wife years earlier.

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Brother’s Keeper (Okul Tirasi)

Ferit Karahan  |   Turkey, Romania
Turkish  
Drama, Social Commentary
At a remote boarding school for Kurdish boys in the mountains of Eastern Anatolia, close friends Yusuf and Memo make the best of difficult conditions: freezing temperatures, unappetizing meals, callous [...]
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A father reads to a child in bed

C’mon C’mon

Mike Mills  |   United States
English  
Drama, Family Affairs, Social Commentary
Joaquin Phoenix, in a remarkably warm, sympathetic performance, plays Johnny, a restless radio documentary producer who flies across the country to visit his sister (Gaby Hoffmann) in hopes of reconnecting [...]
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Captain Volkonogov Escaped (Kapitan Volkonogov Bezhal)

Natasha Merkulova, Aleksey Chupov  |   Russia, France, Estonia
Russian  
Historical, Political, Thriller
1938 Leningrad. Captain Volkonogov (Yuri Borisov) has been working as an enthusiastic enforcer for the Soviet National Security Service extracting confessions—most of them false— from anyone deemed a threat by [...]
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Cinema Sabaya (סינמה סבאיא)

Orit Fouks Rotem  |   Israel, Belgium
Arabic, Hebrew  
Drama, Film on Film, Religion, Women Centered
In this heartfelt ode to the unifying power of art, nine women register for a video workshop hoping to learn basic filmmaking techniques from young director Rona. As the strangers, [...]
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CineYouth Festival: Best of the Fest

Various  |   Australia, Brazil, Canada, Estonia, Iran, United States

CineYouth Film Festival: Best of the Fest showcases the 14 winners of the 2021 festival.

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Citizen Ashe

Sam Pollard & Rex Miller  |   United States, United Kingdom
English  
Documentary, Social Commentary, Sports
Tennis star Arthur Ashe broke barriers to become the first Black man to win the U.S. Open, Wimbledon, and the Australian Open—at the height of the civil rights movement in [...]
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Come Here (Jai jumlong)

Anocha Suwichakornpong  |   Thailand
Thai  
Drama, Experimental
In this entrancing cinematic idyll, four twenty-something theater actors from Bangkok spend their days drinking, talking, smoking, and rehearsing scenes from a play while vacationing in Western Thailand. They explore [...]
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Commitment Hasan

Semih Kaplanoğlu  |   Turkey
Turkish  
Drama, Family Affairs, Religion
When stubborn apple farmer Hasan learns that an energy company is planning to build a tower on the land he inherited from his father, effectively rendering it useless, he resolves [...]
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A Cop Movie (Una película de policías)

Alonso Ruizpalacios  |   Mexico
Spanish  
Crime, Documentary, Social Commentary

An inventive and imaginative interrogation of the troubling double bind of those trying to enforce the law within a dysfunctional system in which morality has no sway.

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Costa Brava, Lebanon

Mounia Akl  |   Lebanon, France, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Qatar
Arabic  
Drama, Environmental, Political

The idyllic life of the free-spirited Badri family comes abruptly to a halt when, unexpectedly, the neighboring land on their utopic mountain home is requisitioned and an illegal landfill is built just beyond their fence.

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Cow

Andrea Arnold  |   United Kingdom
English  
Documentary, Political, Social Commentary
Following on the hooves of other celebrated animal docs (Gunda, My Octopus Teacher, Kedi), Oscar-winning director Andrea Arnold (American Honey, Fish Tank), in her auspicious nonfiction debut, offers this wholly [...]
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Drive My Car

Ryusuke Hamaguchi  |   Japan
Cantonese, English, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Mandarin, Tagalog  
Drama, Literary Adaptation
Successful stage actor and director Yusuke Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima) is happily married to beautiful screenwriter Oto (Reika Kirishima). Or so he thinks. When Oto unexpectedly dies, she leaves him with [...]
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Dune

Denis Villeneuve  |   United States, Hungary, Jordan, United Arab Emirates
English  
Action, Science Fiction
Oscar®-nominee Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049) directs Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ Dune, the big-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal bestseller of the same name. A mythic and [...]
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Encounter

Michael Pearce  |   United Kingdom, United States
English  
Action, Family Affairs, Thriller
Desperate to save his two young sons, Jay and Bobby, from a mysterious threat, decorated Marine Malik Khan (Riz Ahmed) packs them in a car and sets off on a [...]
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Exposure

Holly Morris  |   United States
English  
Documentary, Environmental, Political, Women Centered

In the face of precarious ice floes and punishing frostbite, an expedition of 11 women from across Arab and Western countries join together with the audacious goal of reaching the North Pole before it becomes impossible to do so.

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Fabian: Going to the Dogs (Fabian oder Der Gang vor die Hunde)

Dominik Graf  |   Germany
German  
Drama, Historical, Literary Adaptation
Berlin, 1931. Young and dynamic flâneur Jakob Fabian (Tom Schilling) spends his days writing copy for cigarette advertisements. At night, he hops from brothel to bar and back again with [...]
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Flee

Jonas Poher Rasmussen  |   Denmark
Danish, Dari, English, Russian, Swedish  
Documentary, LGBTQ, Political
Marrying striking animation and archival footage to breathtaking effect, Flee retraces one man’s harrowing experiences escaping life under Taliban rule. Amin Nawabi, a 36-year-old academic, recounts his childhood flight from [...]
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For the Left Hand

Leslie Simmer, Gordon Quinn  |   United States
English  
Documentary, Music, Social Commentary
When aspiring Chicago pianist Norman Malone was just 10-years-old, his father violently attacked him with a hammer, leaving the young virtuoso paralyzed on his right side. But Malone never gave [...]
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The French Dispatch

Wes Anderson  |   United Kingdom, France, Germany
English, French  
Comedy, Historical
On the occasion of the death of their beloved editor Arthur Howitzer, Jr., staffers of The French Dispatch, a widely circulated American magazine based in the French city of Ennui-sur-Blasé, [...]
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Friends and Strangers

James Vaughan  |   Australia
English  
Comedy, Sex and Sexuality
Wayward twentysomethings Ray and Alice serendipitously bump into each other and impulsively decide to go camping. On the trip, a series of bumbling romantic attempts and miscommunications fills the air [...]
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The Gravedigger’s Wife

Khadar Ayderus Ahmed  |   France, Somalia, Germany, Finland
Somali  
Drama, Family Affairs, Social Commentary
In Djibouti City in the Horn of Africa, Guled (Omar Abdi) is among a group of men who eke out a meager living burying the bodies that are delivered to [...]
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Great Freedom (Grosse Freiheit)

Sebastian Meise  |   Austria, Germany
German  
Drama, Historical, LGBTQ
In the aftermath of World War II, Holocaust survivor Hans (Franz Rogowski) is caught in a continuous cycle of incarceration as a result of paragraph 175, a law criminalizing homosexuality. [...]
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Halloween Kills

David Gordon Green  |   United States
Horror

The Strode women join a group of other survivors of Michael’s first rampage who decide to take matters into their own hands, forming a vigilante mob that sets out to hunt Michael down, once and for all.

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The Hand of God (È stata la mano di Dio)

Paolo Sorrentino  |   Italy
Italian  
Drama, Family Affairs, Historical
From Academy Award®-winning writer and director Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo, The Great Beauty, The Young Pope) comes the story of a boy, Fabietto Schisa, set in the tumultuous Naples of [...]
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Happening (L'Événement)

Audrey Diwan  |   France
French  

In 1963 France, Anne, a bright young student, gets pregnant, seeing her opportunities to finish her studies and excel slipping from her. Anne’s pregnancy forces her to confront the shame and pain of an abortion, even if she must risk prison to do so.

Drive-In

The Harder They Fall

Jeymes Samuel  |   United States
English  
Action, Social Commentary, Western
When outlaw Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) discovers that his enemy Rufus Buck (Idris Elba) is being released from prison, he rounds up his gang to track Rufus down and seek [...]
Drive-In

Hellbender

Toby Poser, Zelda Adams, and John Adams  |   United States
English  
Family Affairs, Horror, Women Centered
A spooky forest, a monstrous witch going up in flames, a mother-and-teen music duo cranking out a ferocious rock song—that’s just the beginning of this freaky coming-of-age occult horror film. [...]
In-Person

A Hero (Ghahreman)

Asghar Farhadi  |   Iran
Farsi  
Drama, Social Commentary
A complex web of lies, posturing, and manipulation envelops Asghar Farhadi’s (A Separation, The Salesman) brilliantly plotted, tension-filled cautionary tale. On short-term leave from the penitentiary where he’s been held [...]
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The Hidden Child (Il bambino nascosto)

Roberto Andò  |   Italy
Italian  
Drama, LGBTQ, Literary Adaptation
In a working-class neighborhood in Naples, young Ciro (Giuseppe Pirozzi, Martin Eden) unwittingly witnesses a murder, making him the next target of the local crime organization. The boy finds refuge [...]
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Hit the Road (Jadde Khaki)

Panah Panahi  |   Iran
Farsi  
Comedy, Family Affairs, Social Commentary
In the striking, humorous, and humanist debut feature from Panah Panahi—son of Iranian New Wave legend Jafar Panahi (The White Balloon, Crimson Gold)—a couple drives their two sons across the [...]
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The House of Snails (La Casa de Caracol)

Macarena Astorga  |   Spain, Peru, Mexico
Spanish  
Drama, Horror, Mystery

Novelist Antonio Prieto arrives at a remote mountain town in Southern Spain hoping to find peace and quiet to work on his next novel. But local color soon turns menacing when Antonio realizes the town is harboring a dark and terrifying secret.

In-Person

In Front of Your Face (Dangsin-Eolgul-Apeseo)

Hong Sangsoo  |   South Korea
Korean  
Drama, Film on Film, Women Centered
A middle-aged former actress living in the United States returns home to South Korea to reconnect with old friends, visit family, and atone for past transgressions. While on her trip, [...]
In-Person

Julia

Julie Cohen & Betsy West  |   United States
English  
Biopic, Documentary, Women Centered
Julia brings to life the legendary cookbook author and television superstar who changed the way Americans think about food, television, and even about women. Using never-before-seen archival footage, personal photos, [...]
In-Person

King Richard

Reinaldo Marcus Green  |   United States
English  
Biopic, Family Affairs, Sports
Based on the true story that will inspire the world, King Richard follows the journey of Richard Williams, an undeterred father instrumental in raising two of the most extraordinarily gifted [...]
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The Last Duel

Ridley Scott  |   France, Ireland
English  
Action, Historical, Women Centered
From visionary filmmaker Ridley Scott comes a gripping tale of betrayal and vengeance set against the brutality of 14th century France. Based on actual events and written by Nicole Holofcener, [...]
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The Last Execution (Nahschuss)

Franziska Stüenkel  |   Germany
German  
Historical, Political, Thriller
East Berlin, 1981. Tempted by the offer of a prestigious professorship, ambitious scientist Franz Walter (Lars Eidinger) is convinced to go to work for the GDR’s Stasi. Blackmail, coercion, surveillance, [...]
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The Last Forest (A Última Floresta)

Luiz Bolognesi  |   Brazil
Yanomami  
Documentary, Environmental, Social Commentary

Brazilian filmmaker Luiz Bolognesi returns to the rainforest of his homeland to tell the bewitching yet tragic story of Indigenous culture under threat from outside forces.

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The Last Shelter (Le Dernier Refuge)

Ousmane Samassékou  |   France, Mali, South Africa
Bambara, French, Fula, Hausa, Mooré, Susu, Waama  
Documentary, Political, Social Commentary
On the edge of the Saharan desert in West Africa, at the crossroads of hope and defeat, lies the Caritas Migrant House, a temporary waystation for thousands of people every [...]
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Lingui, The Sacred Bonds

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun  |   Chad, France, Germany, Belgium
French  
Drama, Social Commentary, Women Centered
In this sensitive, affecting drama from celebrated African filmmaker Mahamet-Saleh Haroun (The Screaming Man, Grigris), single mother Amina (Achouackh Abakar Souleymane) becomes furious when she learns that her teenage daughter [...]
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Love, Charlie: The Rise and Fall of Chef Charlie Trotter

Rebecca Halpern  |   United States
English  
Biopic, Documentary
In the 2000s, chef Charlie Trotter was the toast of Chicago, his eponymous restaurant one of the world’s top fine-dining destinations. A gastronomic revolutionary and a culinary bad-boy, Trotter paved [...]
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Mad God

Phil Tippett  |   United States
English  
Horror

From the warped mind of master creature-maker and special effects guru Phil Tippett comes this wildly imaginative stop-motion animated adventure that follows a lone intrepid soldier on a mission through the nightmarish morass.

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Madeleine Collins

Antoine Barraud  |   France, Belgium, Switzerland
French  
Family Affairs, Thriller, Women Centered
In this intricately plotted thriller, the dynamic and alluring Judith (Virginie Efira)—or Margot or Madeleine, depending on who’s asking—leads a secret double life. In a modest home in Geneva, she [...]
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Maixabel

Icíar Bollaín  |   Spain
Spanish  
Coming of Age, Literary Adaptation, Women Centered
Acclaimed filmmaker Icíar Bollaín (Take My Eyes) returns with the inspiring true story of a politician's widow who, in the face of unspeakable violence, takes a brave step toward forgiveness [...]
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Maria Chapdelaine

Sébastien Pilote  |   Canada
French  
Political, Women Centered
In the early 1900s, deep in the Quebec wilderness, Maria Chapdelaine, the teenage daughter of a farmer, must decide her future. Life as she knows it is full of hard-work [...]
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Mayor Pete

Jesse Moss  |   United States
Documentary, LGBTQ, Political
In the great tradition of electioneering films such as The War Room and Knock Down the House, Mayor Pete brings viewers inside Pete Buttigieg’s mission to be the youngest and [...]
In-Person

Memoria

Apichatpong Weerasethakul  |   Colombia
English, Spanish  
Experimental, Women Centered
In a fascinating collaboration between the acclaimed Thai filmmaker and star Tilda Swinton, we follow a Scotswoman living in Bogotá, who is disturbed one night by a loud, mysterious sound [...]
In-Person

Mothering Sunday

Eva Husson  |   United Kingdom
English  
Drama, Historical, Romance
On a warm spring day in 1924, house maid and foundling Jane Fairchild (Odessa Young) finds herself alone on Mother’s Day.  Her employers, Mr. and Mrs. Niven (Colin Firth and [...]
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My Brothers Dream Awake (Mis Hermanos Sueñan Despiertos)

Claudia Huaiquimilla  |   Chile
Spanish  
Crime, Drama, Social Commentary
Intelligent and thoughtful Ángel is fiercely protective of his younger, more fragile brother Franco. The two have already been incarcerated for a year at a provincial juvenile detention center. They [...]
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Nobody Has to Know

Bouli Lanners  |   France, Belgium, United Kingdom
English, French  
Drama, Romance
On a wind-swept Scottish isle, weather-worn Belgian farmhand Phil (writer-director Bouli Lanners) suffers a stroke, losing all memories of his past. Shy but resourceful, Millie (Game of Thrones’ Michelle Fairley) [...]
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The Odd-Job Men (Sis dies corrents)

Neus Ballús  |   Spain
Berber, Catalan, Spanish  
Comedy, Social Commentary
In this wry and thoroughly charming yarn, a trio of real-life plumbers play three handymen who spend six comically tense days in one another’s company. With long-term crony Pep’s impending [...]
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One Second (Yi miao zhong)

Zhang Yimou  |   China
Mandarin  
Drama, Film on Film, Historical
Set in a small Chinese village at the edge of the Gobi desert during the last years of the Cultural Revolution, an escaped prisoner risks everything to get his hands [...]
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Oscar Micheaux – The Superhero of Black Filmmaking

Francesco Zippel  |   Italy
English, Italian  
Biopic, Documentary, Film on Film, Social Commentary
The most successful African American director of the first half of the 20th century, Oscar Micheaux wrote, directed, and produced more than 44 films and six novels before his death [...]
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The Other Side of the River

Antonia Kilian  |   Germany, Finland
Arabic, German, Kurdish  
Documentary, Political, Women Centered
At only 19, Hala fought in one of the Kurdish armed forces’ all-female brigades to liberate her hometown from ISIS. Now, working as a policewoman, she has a new mission: [...]
In-Person

Parallel Mothers

Pedro Almodóvar  |   Spain
Spanish  
Drama, Women Centered
From Oscar-winning Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar (Talk to Her) comes the story of two women who give birth the same day. Although neither of their pregnancies was planned, Janis (Penélope [...]
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Paris, 13th District (Les olympiades)

Jacques Audiard  |   France
French  
LGBTQ, Romance, Sex and Sexuality, Women Centered
Training his camera on four young adults navigating relationships in the city of love, master filmmaker Audiard (Dheepan, A Prophet) transforms three short graphic novels by New Yorker illustrator Adrian [...]
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Passing

Rebecca Hall  |   United States
English  
Drama, Social Commentary, Women Centered
1920s New York: In a chance encounter, demure Irene (Tessa Thompson) unexpectedly runs into a childhood friend, the vivacious Clare (Ruth Negga)—both women are able to pass as white but [...]
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Petite Maman

Céline Sciamma  |   France
French  
Coming of Age, Drama, Family Affairs, Women Centered
In this delicate, imaginative tale, precocious and bright eight-year-old Nelly travels with her parents to her mother’s childhood home following the death of her grandmother. As her parents spend their [...]
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The Power of the Dog

Jane Campion  |   Australia, New Zealand
English  
Drama, Sex and Sexuality, Western
Charismatic rancher Phil Burbank (Benedict Cumberbatch, in a mesmerizing performance) inspires fear and awe in those around him. When his brother George (Jesse Plemons) brings home a new wife (Kirsten [...]
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Prayers for the Stolen (Noche de fuego)

Tatiana Huezo  |   Mexico, Germany, Brazil, Qatar
Spanish  
Drama, Social Commentary, Women Centered
In a solitary town nestled in the Mexican mountains, the girls wear boyish haircuts and have hiding places underground. Ana and her two best friends take over the houses of [...]
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Virtual

Punch 9 for Harold Washington

Joe Winston  |   United States
English  
Biopic, Documentary, Political
In this epic story of American politics, race, and triumph against all odds, director Joe Winston chronicles the captivating rise, surprising reign, and enduring legacy of Chicago’s first African American [...]
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Robust

Constance Meyer  |   France
French  
Drama, Film on Film
Legendary French actor Gerard Depardieu shines as idiosyncratic film star Georges, despondent over the prospect of his trusted bodyguard taking leave for a few weeks. When substitute Aïssa, an amateur [...]
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The Sadness (哭悲)

Rob Jabbaz  |   Taiwan
Hokkien, Mandarin  
Action, Horror

A young couple brave unimaginable chaos as they journey through the carnage of Taipei in an attempt to reunite with one another and escape the deadly hordes of the infected.

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Shankar’s Fairies

Irfana Majumdar  |   India
Hindi  
Drama, Family Affairs, Social Commentary
In 1960s India, Shankar is an indispensable servant working in the house of a wealthy family. Despite their class differences, he shares a close bond with the family’s young daughter [...]
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Shorts 1: Expanding Sensibilities (City and State)

Various  |   United States
Documentary, Drama, Horror

This eclectic showcase highlights the vibrancy of the Chicago and Illinois filmmaking communities across an array of forms and genres.

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Shorts 2: Shifts and Rifts (Animation)

Various  |   Australia, Poland, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States
Animation

The creative conjurings of dreams, psychedelic adventures, and familial reconnections run throughout this set of animated wonders from around the globe. This transcendent program is packed with a variety of animation styles.

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Shorts 3: Unexpected Terrors (After Dark)

Various  |   Mexico, Sweden, Turkey, United States
Drama, Horror

These six shorts spanning four countries show the real world is just as terrifying as the supernatural, highlighting how the uncanny and the unexpected can be found even in mundane situations.

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Virtual

Shorts 4: Abstract Reflections (Documentary)

Various  |   Canada, France, Norway, The Netherlands, United States
Documentary

These non-fiction films include intimate portraits and daring confrontational works that exhibit the myriad textures of everyday life. Autobiographical memories and reimagined histories shape new perspectives.

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Shorts 5: Disorientation & The Familiar (Drama)

Various  |   France, Iran, Sweden, Thailand, United States
Drama

These innovative shorts articulate moments of emotional transformation and depict how obstacles of love plague characters amid societal upheaval.

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Shorts 6: Side-Splitting (Comedy)

Various  |   Brazil, Finland, Philippines, United States
Comedy

Defying conventions, these comedic films brim with humorous and quirky idiosyncrasies.

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Shorts 7: Illuminating Gazes (Black Perspectives)

Various  |   Nigeria, United Kingdom, United States
Documentary, Drama

This suite of shorts offers nuanced approaches to storytelling, delving into self-discovery, cultural legacies, and the creation of safe spaces.

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Shorts 8: Discursive Proclivities (Experimental)

Various  |   Australia, France, Thailand, United States
Experimental

This program of experimental films challenges the conventional concepts of fiction and documentary filmmaking and expands the medium in formally exciting and boldly innovative ways.

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Shorts 9: Site-Specific (Architecture)

Various  |   France, India, Italy, Switzerland, Taiwan, United States
Documentary

Reacting to architecture, manufactured public spaces, and psychogeographies, this program, ranging from abstract cinema to emotive documentary, unpacks the ways that the buildings, cities, and spaces where we live ultimately affect every facet of our lives. 

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Shorts 10: Drawn Together (Family-Friendly Animation)

Various  |   Argentina, France, Japan, United States
Animation

This group of fun, energetic, emotional, and beautifully made animated works will capture the imaginations of audiences of all ages. 

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Silent Land (Cicha ziemia)

Aga Woszczyńska  |   Poland, Italy
English, French, Italian, Polish  
Drama, Family Affairs, Thriller
In this tense, resonant interrogation of a relationship on the brink, a wealthy Polish couple arrives at a palatial Italian seaside vacation home, sanguine about the days ahead. The inconvenience [...]
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Skál

Cecilie Debell, Maria Tórgarð  |   Faroe Islands, Denmark
Faroese  
Coming of Age, Documentary, Religion, Romance
Vivacious poet Dania, 21, who comes from a conservative Christian community, lives on a remote island in the North Sea. When she falls for secular hip-hop artist Trygvi, aka “Silver [...]
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Spencer

Pablo Larraín  |   United Kingdom, Germany
English  
Biopic, Historical, Women Centered
Kristen Stewart delivers a mesmerizing turn as Princess Diana in Pablo Larrain's haunting reimagining of the last few fateful days of her famously troubled marriage to Prince Charles. When the [...]
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The Story of Film: A New Generation

Mark Cousins  |   United Kingdom
English  
Documentary, Film on Film
In this inspiring survey of cinematic innovation, British cineaste Mark Cousins follows up his 2011 influential work The Story of Film: An Odyssey with this expansive and illuminating journey across [...]
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Sundown

Michel Franco  |   Mexico
English, Spanish  
Drama, Social Commentary
Conspicuously wealthy and decidedly aloof, Neil Bennett (Tim Roth) lives the good life. Vacationing with his sister (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and her children, he spends his days lounging poolside at a [...]
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The Tsugua Diaries (Diários de Otsoga)

Maureen Fazendeiro, Miguel Gomes  |   Portugal
Portuguese, Romanian  
Comedy, Experimental, Film on Film
Told from end to beginning, The Tsugua Diaries begins with Crista, Carloto and João dancing ecstatically in a living room, seemingly celebrating the end of something. In the next sequence, [...]
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The Velvet Underground

Todd Haynes  |   United States
Biopic, Documentary, Music
The Velvet Underground created a new sound that changed the world of rock and roll and made Lou Reed famous for his distinctive lyrics and attitude. Acclaimed filmmaker Todd Haynes [...]
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Wandering Heart (Errante corazón)

Leonardo Brzezicki  |   Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Chile, The Netherlands
Portuguese, Spanish  
Drama, LGBTQ, Sex and Sexuality
Gay single father Santiago has reached a tipping point in his life. Reeling from a bitter breakup, Santiago is also facing the impending departure of his daughter Laila, with whom [...]
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What Do We See When We Look at the Sky (Ras vkhedavt, rodesac cas vukurebt?)

Alexandre Koberidze  |   Germany, Georgia
Georgian  
Drama, Romance
As World Cup fever hangs in the air, LIsa, a shy pharmacist, and Giorgi, an equally reticent soccer player, meet cute. But after Lisa is bewitched by the “evil eye,” [...]
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Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (偶然と想像)

Ryusuke Hamaguchi  |   Japan
Japanese  
Drama, LGBTQ, Women Centered
With his second Festival film this year (see also: Drive My Car) rising auteur Ryusuke Hamaguchi presents this engaging triptych of charming vignettes about a trio of very different women [...]
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Whether the Weather is Fine (Kun maupay man it panahon)

Carlo Francisco Manatad  |   Philippines, France, Singapore, Indonesia, Germany, Qatar
Waray-Waray  
Drama, Environmental, Sex and Sexuality

After a typhoon devastates the Filipino city of Tacloban, young and resourceful Miguel must navigate the storm’s aftermath, along with his mother and friend Andrea.

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White Building (Bodeng Sar)

Kavich Neang  |   Cambodia, France, China
Khmer  
Coming of Age, Drama
In the rapidly changing urban landscape of Phnom Penh, 20-year-old Samnang (Piseth Chhun, winner of the best actor prize at this year’s Venice Film Festival) spends his days with friends [...]
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The Worst Person in the World

Joachim Trier  |   Norway
Norwegian  
Comedy, Romance, Women Centered
Julie (Renate Reinsve, winner of the Best Actress Award at Cannes this year) is on the precipice of thirty and her life is an existential mess. Vaguely aware that she [...]
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Yuni

Kamila Andini  |   Indonesia, Singapore, France
Serang-Javanese  
Coming of Age, Drama, Women Centered
Yuni (Arawinda Kirana) is a bright, audacious teenager who loves singing and practicing martial arts, is passionate about the color purple, and has ambitions of attending university. But her plans [...]