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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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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 [...]
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Artistic [short film]

Nina Lee  |   United States
English  
Drama

On her way to school one morning, Billie unexpectedly finds a new friend.

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As If I Never Existed [short film] (Evde Yok)

Murat Emir Eren  |   Turkey
Turkish  
Drama

A woman tries to flee from a sentient home that isn’t keen to let her get away.

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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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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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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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Close Ties to Home Country [short film]

Akanksha Cruczynski  |   United States
English  
Drama

An immigrant dog walker finds connection in the hearts of the wealthy pets she cares for.

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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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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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Cracked [short film]

Lin Que Ayoung  |   United States
English  
Drama

A feisty young girl faces her traumatic past while falling in love for the first time.

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Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma [short film]

Topaz Jones and rubberband  |   United States
English  
Documentary, Drama

A view into the Black identity through twenty-six vignettes representing the letters of the alphabet.

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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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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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The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be [short film]

Adeyemi Michael  |   United Kingdom
English  
Drama

In a climate change-ravaged Earth, a desperate nomad searches for solace.

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Get Well Soon [short film]

Ashley Thompson  |   United States
English  
Drama

A woman is concerned about her family members’ illness.

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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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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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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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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.

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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, [...]
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Inheritance [short film]

Annalise Lockhart  |   United States
English  
Drama

A Black family whose land is overwhelmed with ghosts from the past must confront the apparitions.

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The Last Marriage [short film]

Carl Molindate  |   Sweden
Swedish  
Drama

A couple must navigate serious relationship issues as a zombie apocalypse rages outside.

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The Last Supper [short film]

Mitzi Sair Martinex  |   Mexico
Spanish  
Drama

A supernatural entity shadows a thief named Manuel in Mexico City.

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Lemongrass Girl [short film]

Pom Bunsermvicha  |   Thailand
Thai  
Drama

As clouds gather during a film shoot, an eager production manager attempts to ward off the rain and becomes Lemongrass Girl.

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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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Marked [short film]

Matthew Avery Berg  |   United States
English  
Drama

A tattoo artist is confronted by a client who knows the meaning of his body art.

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Monochromatic Dreams [short film]

Kristen Nutile, JP Olsen, Brian Zahm  |   United States
English  
Drama

Media installation artist Yvette Mayorga produces mesmerizing work.

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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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The Night Train [short film] (Nattåget)

Jerry Carlsson  |   Sweden
English, French, Swedish  
Drama

Oskar is heading home after an interview in Stockholm, when the gaze of another train passenger catches his eye.

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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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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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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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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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Pride [short film]

Kevin Jerome Everson and Claudrena N. Harold  |   United States
English  
Drama

An aspiring writer works to finalize a story for Pride, a school newspaper in 1980s Charlottesville, focusing on issues affecting Black students.

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Private [short film]

Sara Mokhavat  |   Iran
Persian  
Drama

Three high school girls struggle to clear their names from an accusation that stains forever.

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Rehearsal [short film]

Michael Omonua  |   Nigeria
English  
Drama

Boundaries dissolve between church, theater, faith.

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The Right Words [short film]

Adrian Moyse Dullin  |   France
French  
Drama

Siblings regularly act out an escalation of petty cruelties and humiliations inspired by social networks.

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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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Thumb [short film]

Alexandra Pechman  |   United States
English  
Drama

A woman sorting out her artist mother’s estate encounters an unexpected visitor who has shown up to claim an especially notorious piece.

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The Vandal [short film]

Eddiie Alcazar  |   United States
English  
Drama

After losing his great love and undergoing a lobotomy, Harold’s mind turns inside out as he intensely searches for peace.

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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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Winning in America [short film]

Amrita Singh  |   United States
English  
Drama

A young student questions the meaning of success while vying for a spot at the prestigious National Spelling Bee.

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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 [...]