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Charlotte Wells  |   United Kingdom
Coming of Age, Drama, Family Affairs

Two decades after spending their last vacation together, Sophie tries to reconcile the father she knew with the man she didn’t in this searing emotional drama.



Carla Simón  |   Spain, Italy
Catalan, Spanish  
Coming of Age, Drama, Family Affairs

In this absorbing family drama, a close-knit clan is plunged into crisis when the land they have farmed for decades is sold to developers.


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.


The Blue Caftan

Maryam Touzani  |   France, Morocco, Belgium, Denmark
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.



Hirokazu Kore-eda  |   South Korea
Drama, Family Affairs, Social Commentary

Overwhelmed and unable to care for her new child, new mother So-young stumbles into an unlikely partnership with two baby traffickers to find the perfect (and well-paying) parents for her infant in this heartbreaking, human story of found family.


Burning Days (Kurak Günler)

Emin Alper  |   Turkey, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Greece, Croatia
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.



Lukas Dhont  |   Belgium, France, Netherlands
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.



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.



J.D. Dillard  |   United States
Action, Drama, Historical

Devotion, an aerial war epic based on the bestselling book of the same name, tells the harrowing true story of Jesse Brown (Jonathan Majors) and Tom Hudner (Glen Powell), two elite U.S. Navy fighter pilots during the Korean War. Their heroic sacrifices would ultimately make them the Navy’s most celebrated wingmen.



Jerzy Skolimowski  |   Poland, United Kingom, Italy
English, French, Italian, Polish  
Drama, Social Commentary

A series of vignettes tell the life story of Eo, a sentient circus donkey whose tumultuous life finds him bearing witness to the best and worst of humanity in this loving homage to Robert Bresson’s “Au Hasard Balthazar.”


A Human Position

Anders Emblem  |   Norway
Drama, Social Commentary, Women Centered

Searching for meaning in her life and work, a young journalist investigates the deportation of a local asylum seeker in this understated yet profound character-driven drama.


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.


The Kings of the World (Los reyes del mundo)

Laura Mora  |   Colombia, Norway, Luxembourg, Mexico, France
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.


The Lost King

Stephen Frears  |   United Kingdom
Biopic, Drama, Historical

Sally Hawkins and Steve Coogan star in this inspiring true-story of a shy, middle-aged writer who sets out to unearth the long-buried truth about King Richard III’s life and death.



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.


My Sailor, My Love

Klaus Härö  |   Finland, Ireland
Drama, Family Affairs, Romance

A retired sea captain’s strained relationship with his adult daughter is further tested when he embarks on a new romance with a widowed housekeeper.


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.


The Novelist’s Film (So-seol-ga-ui yeong-hwa)

Hong Sangsoo  |   South Korea
Drama, Film on Film

A famous writer is inspired to make a film after a chance encounter with a director who tried and failed to adapt one of her novels in this wistful meditation on the creative process.



Ann Oren  |   Germany
English, German  
Drama, Sex and Sexuality, Women Centered

An introverted Foley artist working on a commercial is invigorated when her body begins to transform in unexpected, intoxicating ways.


A Piece of Sky (Drii Winter)

Michael Koch  |   Switzerland, Germany
Drama, Environmental, Family Affairs

In a remote Alpine village, Marco and Anna find their relationship tested as his behavior grows increasingly erratic in this moving meditation on the nature of enduring love.


Plan 75

Chie Hayakawa  |   Japan, France, Philippines, Qatar
Drama, Political, Science Fiction

In a dystopian near-future, the fates of three lonely souls become intertwined as they are drawn into the sphere of Plan 75, a government program that gently coerces senior citizens to be euthanized.


Raymond & Ray

Rodrigo García  |   United States
Comedy, Drama, Family Affairs

Half-brothers Raymond and Ray have lived in the shadow of a terrible father. Somehow, they still each have a sense of humor, and his funeral is a chance for them to reinvent themselves.


Return to Dust

Li Ruijun  |   China
Drama, Romance, Social Commentary

A surprisingly tender bond develops between two social outcasts in this sweeping meditation on the joys and sorrows of life on the margins in rural China.



Alex Thompson  |   United States
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

In this deftly directed psychological thriller, a promising young doctor loses his grasp on reality after developing an unhealthy obsession with a patient whose symptoms seem suspect.



Marian Mathias  |   United States, France, Germany
Coming of Age, Drama, Family Affairs

In this visually stunning story of first love, a young woman sets out to bury her father in his rural Illinois hometown and finds connection with a fellow lonely soul.


Saint Omer

Alice Diop  |   France
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.


The Substitute (El suplente)

Diego Lerman  |   Argentina, Italy, Mexico, Spain, France
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.


Sweet As

Jub Clerc  |   Australia
Coming of Age, Drama, Women Centered

An indigenous teen joins a youth therapy trip into the Western Australian wilderness, discovering photography as a new lens through which to view her world and her dreams.


Under the Fig Trees

Erige Sehiri  |   Tunisia, France, Switzerland, Germany, Qatar
Coming of Age, Drama, Romance

A day in the Tunisian fig harvest: fruit pickers young and old gossip, squabble, flirt and reminisce, seeking connection and reflecting on love and life in this sun-dappled slice of life.


Vicenta B

Carlos Lechuga  |   Cuba, France, United States, Colombia, Norway
Drama, Religion, Women Centered

When Vicenta loses her gifts of seeing into the future and communicating with spirits, she must search for her faith among a community that has lost its own.


The Whale

Darren Aronofsky  |   United States
Drama, LGBTQ, Literary Adaptation

Brendan Fraser stars in this intimate drama about a reclusive English teacher living with severe obesity who attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter for one last chance at redemption.


Winter Boy (Le lycéen)

Christophe Honoré  |   France
Coming of Age, Drama, LGBTQ

When 17-year-old Lucas finds his blithe teenage world suddenly shattered, his worried mother sends him to Paris where he plunges into a sea of excitement, possibility, and anonymity with near reckless abandon.


Women Talking

Sarah Polley  |   United States
Drama, Literary Adaptation, Women Centered

Based on the best-selling novel by Miriam Toews, Women Talking follows a group of women in an isolated religious colony as they struggle to reconcile their faith with a series of sexual assaults committed by the colony’s men.


The Woodcutter Story (Metsurin Tarina)

Mikko Myllylahti  |   Finland, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany
Comedy, Drama

Although a series of surreal cataclysmic events throws his life into chaos, cheery Pepe remains steadfastly optimistic in this riotous, deadpan fable set in the endless Finnish winter.