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BAD COMPANY (Jean-Pierre Ameris, 1999)
"It is a film so unexpectedly shocking that it could turn into a dinner party talking point"—Screen International ... Closely resembling Lars Von Trier's Breaking the Waves thematically, Bad Co… Read more

Bad Weather for Flies (Christine Rabette, 1994)
A wicked commentary on one man's bizarre per­ceptions of cultural and national identity in which live-action is substituted as a metaphor for animation. ... Read more

Badabou's Journey (H. Gruel, 1955)
A little negro called Badabou lived in a village deep in the forest and all the wild beasts were his friends. What happened when he decided to visit Paris with his retinue of animals is told in the f… Read more

BAKA (Thierry Knauff, 1995)
This exceedingly beautiful anthropological film observes and exhalts the life of the Baka Pygmies who live in the forests of South-East Cameroon. The languid flow of the picture allows the viewer to … Read more

Ballade (P. Condroyer, 1961)
Avoiding the main roads, two cars explore France's Camargue district; the film shows their chance encounters with people and animals on these vast plains. ... Read more

Ballade Atomique (Jean Image, 1948)
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BALLROOM (Patrick Marie Bernard, Pierre Trividic, Xavier Brillat, 2002)
Rene, an artist, lives with his writer boyfriend in an abandoned dance hall on the chilly French coast. He becomes fixated on repetitive tasks, behaviour and images and feels, oddly as though he is "… Read more

BAMAKO (Abderrahmane Sissako, 2006)
Successfully mixing intimate drama with proselytising political fiction, filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako has concocted an infinitely original and profoundly moving means for voicing Africa's grievance… Read more

Bande à part (Jean-Luc Godard, 1964)
This has been described as in some ways a return by director Jean-Luc Godard to the world of Breathless — the world of outsiders, of "fringe-people Most of the film lakes place in the suburbs o… Read more

BARAKAT! (Djamila Sahraoui, 2006)
Anchored by a pair of magnificently intense lead performances, Barakat! is a women's story set in a country wracked by violence. ... Filmmaker Djamila Sahraoui takes us to an Algerian coastal village… Read more

Barking Island (Serge Avédikian, 2010)
An elegant animation that shows that for the dogs of Constantinople, 1910 was a very bad year. Winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes. ... --- ... D Serge Avédikian P Ron Dyens, Aurélia Pré… Read more

BASTARDS (Claire Denis, 2013)
"Denis is at the height of her powers ... unfaltering control, superb manipulation of mood and masterful use of music." - Hollywood Reporter ... When wealthy patriarch Jacques commits suicide in susp… Read more

Baw-Naan (Gai Ramaka, 1984)
Baw-naan is an incantatory ceremony practised by the Lebu during the winter season. When the rains are slow in coming, or when they are rare, the Lebu organise a ceremony destined to make God laugh a… Read more

BAYAN KO (Lino Brocka, 1984)
"Bayan Ko" was a popular protest song of the 1930's used against US domination of the Philippines, but now converted to an anthem of the anti-Marcos movement. Although Brocka's international reputati… Read more

BE LIKE OTHERS (Tanaz Eshaghian, 2008)
"Explaining why they want to have surgery, they would say, ‘I want to live like everybody else. I want to be like others. I'm not a weirdo... I'm not a homosexual. I'm not filthy.'" - filmmaker Tan… Read more

BEACHES OF AGNES, THE (Agnès Varda, 2008)
“If you opened people up, you would find landscapes. If you opened me up you would find beaches.” - Agnès Varda ... French auteur Agnès Varda (The Gleaners & I, MIFF 2001; Cléo de 5 à 7) take… Read more

BEAU TRAVAIL (Claire Denis, 1999)
Arguably Denis' greatest film to date, Beau Travail is by any standard a magisterial piece of work: meditative, richly sensual—an ode to the beauty of male bodies and to the inscrutability of t… Read more

BEAUTY (Oliver Hermanus, 2011)
Winner of the Queer Palm award at Cannes. ... The first Afrikaans-language film to ever be screened at Cannes, Beauty tells the story of François, a middle-aged man whose well ordered existenc… Read more

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (PG) (Jean Cocteau, 1946)
"Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time." - Jean Cocteau ... Screening at the very first MIFF in 1952, Beauty and the Beast comes from one of the finest exponents o… Read more

BECOMING TRAVIATA (Philippe Béziat, 2012)
"Riveting ... A treat for fans of opera, the performing arts, and documentaries about process." - Variety ... A film for anyone interested in the creative process and the collaborative nature of thea… Read more

Bed Scenes (François Ozon, 1997)
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Before...And After (Tonie Marshall, 1994)
Loudmouth Vincent embarrasses his friend Louis who asks him about condoms. Louis doesn't use the condom... and things don't end quite as easily... ... Read more

BELLE TOUJOURS (Manoel de Oliveira, 2006)
“I'm a different woman now. I'm not the same woman who needed to be in love with one man to make love with another.” Thirty-nine years after Luis Buñuel and Jean-Claude Carriére shocked a… Read more

BERLIN-CINéMA (TITRE PROVISOIRE) (Samira Gloor-Fadel, 1998)
Anyone who cares about cinema will relish Berlin-Cinema (Titre Provisoire). Ambitious and illuminating, this documentary focuses on two of cinema's great masters—Wim Wenders and Jean-Luc Godard… Read more

BESTIAIRE (Denis Côté, 2012)
“I wanted to make a very simple and a very naïve film on the interactions between human beings and animals.” - filmmaker Denis Côté ... At the same time a compelling meditation and a bizar… Read more

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