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“Documentary? Fiction?… simply, and finally, a film - albeit one of uncommon and delicately achieved beauty.” - Cinema Scope ... Hoping to impart something of his Mayan heritage, divorced father Jorge takes his young son Natan on a holiday to a picturesque native fishing village on the ... Read more
Dogs in Space goes to Paris. ... A group of early-twenty-something Parisian girls party, pick up and hang out in this visceral and hilarious debut from Sophie Letourneur. ... Hanging out in their shared apartment - or ‘The Ranch', as they call it - Manon, Lola, Pam and their procession of friends ... Read more
An audacious coming-of-age comedy about the relationship between a mother and son, from a talented auteur barely out of his teens. ... Sixteen-year-old Hubert is a volatile teenager at war with his kitsch, working-class mother Chantale. Locked in a toxic relationship that frequently explodes in ... Read more
Schemes can come true. ... When family man Steve Russell (Jim Carrey) has a near-death experience his American dream starts to feel a little less dreamy. Jumping out of the closet and straight into jail for fraud, Russell meets blue-eyed southern boy Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor), his soul mate ... Read more
“What is the reality of our environment and why are we unable to see past the illusion of this place we call home?” - filmmaker Chris Chong Chan Fui ... Against a backdrop of bright, fast-paced karaoke pop this unhurried coming-of-age tale moves with the leisurely languor of a humid Malaysian ... Read more
Winner of the Camera d'Or at this year's Cannes film festival. ... Holed up in her rundown Mexican apartment, freelance journalist Laura Lopez lives a life of quiet desperation. In between watching TV and eating her meals from cans, she passes the time masturbating while spying on the neighbours ... Read more
Winner of the Golden Lion for best film at the 2009 Venice Film Festival. ... There are no heroes in this war drama. Based on writer/director Samuel Maoz's experience as a soldier during the 1982 Lebanon War, the whole of the film is set almost entirely inside the belly of a tank. ... For the ... Read more
A startling pilgrimage from the modern to the historical unfolds across the tropical landscape of Suriname. ... This extraordinary feature debut from artist and experimental filmmaker Ben Russell (whose collected shorts were featured at MIFF 08) follows two Surinamese brothers on an epic journey ... Read more
There's no such thing as the free world. ... Morality is as grey as the run-down streets of contemporary Georgia in filmmaker Levan Koguashvili's gritty and satirical debut feature Street Days. ... The old regime is gone but not forgiven by the citizens living amongst the loose bricks and abandoned ... Read more
The dark underbelly of Tehran (known to locals as Tehroun) is laid bare in Nader Takmil Homayoun's feature debut. ... Ibrahim's racket is begging for money from passers-by for himself and his infant son, but in reality the boy is rented from a mob boss purely to gain pity and cash from strangers ... Read more
A compassionate account of drug dependence, adapted from the true story of a young mother's descent into heroin addiction. ... A young mother-to-be finds her world crumbling around her. Witnessing her mother's abuse at the hand of a alcoholic boyfriend, she escapes into drugs and drink - a ... Read more
A dramatic psychological thriller about a secret 30 years in the making. ... When a family of four living on a rambling vineyard in Alsace-Lorraine open their doors to a young woman - the victim of a minor car accident - they have little reason to suspect trouble. But Alice brings with her a ... Read more
“Taut, superbly executed and consistently engrossing.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Kidnapped, thrown in a van and locked away in a purpose-built room, it seems the end is nigh for Alice Creed (played by Gemma Arterton). But as with all well-laid schemes, in the end it's the little details that ... Read more
“They trick you into giving up your childhood with all these promises of adventure. Once you realize what you've lost, it's too late. You can't get it back.” ... Several years in the making, David Robert Mitchell's debut film was chosen to represent the USA in the International Critics' Week ... Read more
“Poignant, perceptive and unrelenting, this may be bleak, [but] like all great drama, it is ultimately uplifting.” - Empire ... Like Alice down the rabbit hole, Lucy - the victim of an abusive father and an absent mother - tumbles deep into the frightening world of foster care. ... Actor ... Read more
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