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GENRE: Drama


Ammonite

Francis Lee  |   United Kingdom
Drama, Historical, LGBTQ, Romance, Sex and Sexuality
English  
Drive-in SOLD OUT
In 1800s England, acclaimed but unrecognized fossil hunter Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) works alone on the rugged Southern coastline. With the days of her famed discoveries behind her, she now searches for common fossils to sell to tourists to support herself and her ailing mother. When a wealthy visitor entrusts Mary with the care of [...]

And Tomorrow the Entire World Und morgen die ganze Welt

Julia von Heinz  |   Germany
Drama, Political
German  

After idealistic law student Luisa is convinced by her best friend to move into an Antifa commune in Berlin, she falls under the sway of charismatic radical Alfa and is soon surprised by the changing nature of her own convictions. This urgent drama details the many faces of activism and dissects the nature of justice in the face of extremism.

Any Crybabies Around? Naku Ko wa Ineega

Sato Takuma  |   Japan
Coming of Age, Drama
Japanese  

In this sensitive, assured drama, rising star Taiga Nakano plays young parent Tasuku, who flees to Tokyo in shame after being caught drunk and naked on national TV during a local festival. After years of rock-bottom city living, he returns home, ready to embrace adulthood. But will the town and his family have him back?

Apples Mila

Christos Nikou  |  Greece, Poland, Slovenia
Drama, Romance, Science Fiction
Greek  

As an amnesia-inducing pandemic rages across the globe, solitary Aris finds himself in a rehabilitation program for the afflicted. His treatment: performing tasks mimicking life’s milestones and capturing these new memories on Polaroid. Through images deadpan, strange, and surreal, the film posits a beguiling reflection on memory, identity, and loss.

Becoming Mona Kom hier dat ik u kus

Sabine Lubbe Bakker, Niels van Koevorden  |  The Netherlands, Belgium
Coming of Age, Drama, Family Affairs
Dutch  
Life is what happens when you stop living for others and start living for yourself. This poignant tragicomic journey of courage follows Mona from early childhood, when she is inculcated to be a quiet, obedient presence in the world. She blossoms into a talented young artist, but years of repressing her feelings have impaired her [...]

Careless Crime Jenayat-e bi deghat

Shahram Mokri  |   Iran
Crime, Drama, Political
Persian  
A group of four men in modern-day Iran plot to burn down a movie theater, an act that replicates a historical tragedy that occurred 40 years prior, as society was teetering on revolution. The cinema in their crosshairs is premiering a film about an unexploded missile—a crowd gathers outside the theater in anticipation. Past and [...]

Charlatan

Agnieszka Holland  |  Czech Republic, Ireland, Poland, Slovakia
Biopic, Drama, Historical, Political
Czech  

In this richly drawn portrait of real-life Czech faith healer Jan Mikolášek, who cured hundreds with natural remedies only to later be prosecuted for charlatanism, master filmmaker Agnieszka Holland shines a light on a singular, extraordinary figure and reveals the complexity of—and human susceptibility to—the political machinations of one’s times.

Days Rizi

Tsai Ming-Liang  |   Taiwan
Drama, LGBTQ, Sex and Sexuality
No Dialogue  
Special Mention, Berlin Film Festival Isolated and lonely, Kang drifts through an urban landscape searching for relief from an unknown ailment. Shut off from the outside world, Non lives in a sparse apartment, meticulously going through the motions of his daily routine. The two meet in an anonymous hotel room with hopes of finding consolation [...]

Dear Comrades! Dorogie Tovarischi!

Andrei Konchalovsky  |   Russia
Drama, Historical, Political, Social Commentary
Russian  

In 1962, when a strike at a local factory catches ardent Communist Party official Lyudmila and her colleagues off guard, Moscow steps in. Left searching for her missing daughter, who joined the strike, Lyudmilla’s eyes are opened to the human toll of state-sanctioned violence. Filmed in arresting black and white, this historic tale bristles with immediacy.

Farewell Amor

Ekwa Msangi  |   United States
Drama, Family Affairs, Romance
English  

After 17 years apart, Walter’s wife Esther and daughter Sylvia arrive in New York from Angola; time apart has rendered them virtual strangers, and the three must find a way to reconnect. This beautifully conceived film captures the immigrant experience with complexity and nuance.

I’m Your Woman

Julia Hart  |   United States
Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
English  
Streaming SOLD OUT
Suburban housewife Jean (Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) lives a seemingly easy life, supported by husband Eddie’s (Bill Heck) career as a thief. But when Eddie betrays his partners, Jean and her baby are forced to go on the run, and Eddie’s old friend Cal (Arinzé Kene) is tasked with the job of keeping [...]

Memory House Casa de Antiguidades

João Paulo Miranda Maria  |  Brazil, France
Drama, Mystery, Social Commentary
German, Portuguese  
In southern Brazil—in a strange Austrian colony of sorts lost in time—indigenous-Black man Cristovam has arrived from the north to take a job at a milk factory. In the face of unrelenting xenophobia and racism, he finds refuge in an abandoned house filled with art objects and folkloric memorabilia that connect him back to his [...]

New Order Nuevo orden

Michel Franco  |  Mexico, France
Crime, Drama, Political, Thriller
Spanish  
Streaming SOLD OUT
Silver Lion, Venice Film Festival Imagine the French Revolution transposed on contemporary Mexico City in the hands of provocative Mexican filmmaker Michel Franco (Daniel and Ana, After Lucia, Chronic). The result: a riveting and prescient dystopian drama that serves as a disquieting cautionary tale for a society marked by extreme class divisions. Just beyond the [...]

Night of the Kings La nuit des rois

Philippe Lacôte  |  Côte d'Ivoire, France, Canada, Senegal
Drama, Mystery, Political, Thriller
Dioula, French, Nouchi  
Streaming SOLD OUT
A young man is sent to "La Maca,” a prison in the middle of the Ivorian forest ruled by its inmates. As tradition goes with the rising of the red moon, he is designated by the Boss to be the new “Roman” and must tell a story to the other prisoners. Learning what fate awaits [...]

Nomadland

Chloé Zhao  |   United States
Drama, Literary Adaptation
English  
Drive-in SOLD OUT
Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. The third feature film from director Chloé Zhao, Nomadland features real nomads Linda May, Swankie, and Bob Wells as Fern’s mentors [...]

Of Fish and Men Von Fischen und Menschen

Stefanie Klemm  |   Switzerland
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Swiss-German  

In this taut thriller set in the idyllic Swiss countryside, a single mom is raising her young daughter and running the family fish farm with the help of a farmhand-turned-friend. When his brother unexpectedly appears in search of debts owed, the specter of impending disaster looms large.

One Night in Miami

Regina King  |   United States
Biopic, Drama, Historical, Literary Adaptation, Social Commentary
English  
Streaming SOLD OUT

Adapted from the award-winning play of the same name, One Night in Miami is a fictional account of the incredible night in 1964 when underdog Cassius Clay, soon to be called Muhammad Ali (Eli Goree), defeats heavyweight champion Sonny Liston at the Miami Convention Hall—Clay memorialized the event with three of his friends: Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) and Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge).

Padrenostro

Claudio Noce  |   Italy
Action, Coming of Age, Crime, Drama, Family Affairs
Italian  

1976 Rome. After 10-year-old Valerio witnesses the attempted assassination of his father, he and his famility are overwhelmed by fear and anxiety. When Christian, a slightly older and bolder rebellious boy appears seemingly out of nowhere and befriends Valerio, his outlook starts to shift. Loosely based on his own childhood experience, director Claudio Noce deploys magical realist elements to both wondrous and nightmarish effect.

Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time Felkészülés meghatározatlan ideig tartó együttlétre

Lili Horvát  |   Hungary
Drama, Romance
English, Hungarian  

After building a successful career in the U.S., gifted neurosurgeon Márta impulsively returns home to Hungary in pursuit of the man of her dreams, but when she tracks him down in Budapest, he claims they’ve never met. Is he spinning an elaborate deception or has her obsession trapped her in a world of illusions?

The Road Up

Greg Jacobs & Jon Siskel  |   United States
Documentary, Drama
English  
Drive-in SOLD OUT

From the award-winning team behind the Chicago International Film Festival hit documentary Louder than a Bomb comes this inspiring and emotional film following Jesse Teverbaugh, a charismatic leader at the job-training program Cara, as he mentors four Chicagoans during their precarious journey from homelessness, addiction, and incarceration to stable employment.

Schoolgirls Las Niñas

Pilar Palomero  |   Spain
Coming of Age, Drama, Family Affairs
Spanish  
Growing up in small-town Spain in the early '90s, 11-year-old Celia is ever the responsible student and considerate daughter. When impossibly cool Brisa storms in from Barcelona, she upsets the order of the girls’ strict Catholic school, run by nuns with a stern disposition and an iron fist. Unexpectedly, the two girls become fast friends, [...]

The Special Especial

Ignacio Márquez  |  Venezuela, United States
Coming of Age, Drama, Family Affairs, Social Commentary
Spanish  

In this deftly told and uplifting debut, a profoundly charming young man must navigate the challenges of early adulthood with Down Syndrome as he seeks to build a life of independence from his troubled father. Long separated by an ocean of silence and shame, will the two men be able to assemble a common future?

Spring Blossom 16 Printemps

Suzanne Lindon  |   France
Coming of Age, Drama, Romance, Sex and Sexuality
French  

Writer-director Suzanne Lindon delivers an astonishingly assured turn as a restless Parisian teen bored by her peers and confronting her burgeoning sexuality. She embarks on a love affair with an actor 20 years her senior—only to wonder if the more innocent pleasures of youth are passing her by.

Striding into the Wind Ye Ma Fen Zong

Wei Shujun  |   China
Coming of Age, Drama
Mandarin  

Fed up with his final year at film school, skilled sound recordist Kun takes up with a student production and embarks on a journey of self-discovery across China’s lush, varied landscape. Featuring winning performances and directed with a wry emotional clarity, Striding into the Wind is a keenly-observed meditation on movies, modern China, and the meandering restlessness of youth.

Summer of ’85 Été 85

François Ozon  |   France
Coming of Age, Drama, Romance, Sex and Sexuality, Thriller
French  

After capsizing in a storm, teenage Alexis is rescued by the charismatic David, then seduced by his irresistible charm. But what begins as a carefree romance for Alex becomes something more sinister as demons from David’s past emerge. Inimitable French filmmaker François Ozon’s mesmerizing tale slowly builds and then races toward an inexorable conclusion.

Sweat

Magnus von Horn  |  Poland, Sweden
Drama, Sports
Polish  

Loneliness and insecurity in the digital age are on full display in this candy-colored chronicle of three days in the life of social media celebrity Sylwia Zajac, a fitness instructor who documents her every move for her 600,000 followers. Will the sudden appearance of a stalker prompt Sylwia to reconsider her life lived fully online?

Sylvie’s Love

Eugene Ashe  |   United States
Drama, Historical, Romance, Social Commentary
English  
In Sylvie’s Love, the jazz is smooth and the air sultry in the hot New York summer of 1957. When Sylvie (Tessa Thompson), the daughter of a record-shop owner (Lance Reddick), meets Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha), a saxophonist who gets a part-time job at the shop, the two begin a friendship that sparks a deep passion [...]

There Is No Evil Sheytan vojud nadarad

Mohammad Rasoulof  |  Germany, Czech Republic, Iran
Drama, Social Commentary
Farsi  
Golden Bear, Berlin Film Festival Four thematically connected, meticulously constructed stories follow characters whose decisions to carry out executions (or not) have life- and soul-altering consequences. Devoted family man Heshmat cares for his aging mother, wife, and daughter—but where does he go every morning before dawn? Young soldier Pouya, who has been assigned to the [...]

The Ties

Daniele Luchetti  |  France, Italy
Drama, Family Affairs, Literary Adaptation
Italian  
In early 1980s Naples, husband Aldo (Luigi Lo Cascio) confesses to wife Vanda (Alba Rohrwacher) that he’s been unfaithful, causing a rupture in their once-happy union. Their two young children, stuck firmly in the middle, bear the emotional fallout. But the ties that bind can be inescapable, even without love. Now, 30 years later, Aldo [...]

True Mothers Asa ga Kuru

Kawase Naomi  |   Japan
Drama, Family Affairs, Literary Adaptation, Social Commentary
Japanese  
After a long and painful struggle with infertility, Satoko and her husband Kiyokazu stumble across Baby Baton, a non-profit organization that matches couples who can't conceive with mothers who are unable to raise their children. Realizing that adoption could make their family whole, the couple soon brings home a son, little Asato. But six years [...]

Twilight’s Kiss Suk Suk

Ray Yeung  |   Hong Kong
Drama, LGBTQ, Romance
Cantonese  

After a taxi driver and a retired single father meet, their budding, if hesitant, friendship unleashes a torrent of feelings that they’ve taken great pains to repress. As each casts back over his personal history, the promise of a loving future together takes hold.

Under the Open Sky Subarashiki Sekai

Nishikawa Miwa  |   Japan
Crime, Drama, Literary Adaptation, Social Commentary
Japanese  

Hirokazu Kore-eda protégée Miwa Nishikawa (Dear Doctor) returns to the Festival with her compassionate yet pointed chronicle of an ex-con’s rough re-entry into society. Koji Yakusho (13 Assassins, Shall We Dance?) delivers a nuanced lead performance as former Yakuza Mikami, who struggles to secure both employment and a new sense of self after years of incarceration.

Undine

Christian Petzold  |  Germany, France
Drama, Romance, Sex and Sexuality
German  

When the man she loves leaves her, Berlin city historian Undine (Paula Beer, Transit, Frantz) is confronted by the myth of the water nymph whose name she bears—is she truly fated to take the life of the one who betrayed her or can she reclaim her own destiny?