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Viewing films where section is International
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Apples

Apples

In the midst of a global amnesia pandemic, one man is sent to a government facility to remember who he is.

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Are You Lonesome Tonight?

Are You Lonesome Tonight?

Director Wen Shipei

This psychological crime thriller pushes genre into daring territory and dazzles with a lush visual style that heralds the arrival of a major new Chinese filmmaking talent.

Aurora

Aurora

An unplanned pregnancy unites two very different Costa Rican women in unique ways.

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Azor

Azor

A complex mystery unravels within the pressure cooker of 1980 Argentina, revealing just how dark and dirty the privileged world of money really is.
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Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

Director Radu Jude

Sex is fodder for black comedy in this scathing portrayal of life in the age of COVID-19.

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Beginning

Beginning

An explosive study of a woman unravelling, and awakening, amid religious intolerance, domestic indifference and gender-based persecution.

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Best Sellers

Best Sellers

Michael Caine and Aubrey Plaza match wits – and red pens – as a cranky author and peppy publisher in this rollicking literary comedy.

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Blue Bayou

Blue Bayou

Director Justin Chon

In this timely and electric Un Certain Regard–premiering drama, a family must contend with the distressing prospect of being separated by immigration officials.

Celts

Celts

This complex, evocative period piece about human disconnection invites you to a party in 1990s Belgrade – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costume optional.

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CODA

CODA

Director Siân Heder

A sweet, touchingly funny tale about a working-class teen whose newfound passion for singing helps her connect with her deaf family in new ways.

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A Cop Movie

A Cop Movie

Winner of a Silver Bear at the Berlinale, this genre-bender takes an immersive, existential ride deep inside the Mexico City police force.

Cryptozoo

Cryptozoo

Director Dash Shaw
Lake Bell and Michael Cera lead the voices in this animated oddity that takes a surprisingly emotional trip through eco-activism, nature and mythical creatures.
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Days

Days

The intricacies of a moment of connection are dwelt on in this meditative examination of male desire by Tsai Ming-liang.

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Drive My Car

Drive My Car

Ryūsuke Hamaguchi returns with another enigmatically melancholy tale of human desire, loneliness and love – one that nabbed Cannes’ Best Screenplay award.

The Edge of Daybreak

The Edge of Daybreak

This hypnotic exploration of a family’s psychological turmoil under the shadow of Thai history won the FIPRESCI Prize in this year’s IFFR competition.

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El Planeta

El Planeta

A real-life mother–daughter duo play a semi-fictional mother–daughter duo struggling to make ends meet in this charismatic feminist class comedy.

Evolution

Evolution

Contemporary Europe, Jewish identity and the legacy of the Holocaust form a bubbling cauldron in this intergenerational triptych.

Eyimofe (This is My Desire)

Eyimofe (This is My Desire)

An elegant, neorealist debut that captures the beating heart of Lagos in the stories of two local dreamers struggling with their city’s Kafkaesque capitalism.

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Freshman Year

Freshman Year

This Gen Z Before Sunrise finds tender romance in youthful self-discovery.

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Gaza Mon Amour

Gaza Mon Amour

Palestine’s entry for the Best International Feature Film Oscar is an offbeat Gaza-set romance that finds an unlikely hero in an older man determined to live his fullest life.
Genus Pan

Genus Pan

Director Lav Diaz

Slow-cinema master Lav Diaz returns with another mordantly meditative piece – one that nabbed him Venice’s Orizzonti Best Director gong.

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The Gravedigger's Wife

The Gravedigger's Wife

A man’s devotion to his wife is put to the ultimate test in this rare cinematic venture into the Horn of Africa.

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Great Freedom

Great Freedom

In this achingly romantic postwar-set film, which won the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize, a man imprisoned for his sexuality finds that love offers sweet release.

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The Hill Where Lionesses Roar

The Hill Where Lionesses Roar

The bold directorial debut of Portrait of a Lady on Fire actor Luàna Bajrami is a luminously kinetic depiction of teenage ennui and troublemaking.

House Arrest

House Arrest

A satirical, modern-day David-and-Goliath tale that presents a persuasive case for citizens’ responsibility to fight for the future.

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Introduction

Introduction

Connection is at the heart of Hong Sang-soo’s charming yet deceptively complex multiple-character study.

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I Was a Simple Man

I Was a Simple Man

Constance Wu stars in this elegiac Hawaiian drama as the late wife of a man haunted by his past and slowly becoming a spectre in the present.

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The Justice of Bunny King

The Justice of Bunny King

Essie Davis is incandescent as a squeegee-wielding mama bear who won’t stop fighting for those she loves – even if it ruins her own life.

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La Civil

La Civil

This illustriously produced vigilante drama centres on a mother who will do anything to get her kidnapped daughter back.

La Verónica

La Verónica

Ema star Mariana Di Girólamo is magnetically front and centre – literally – as a dangerous wannabe social media influencer in this dark drama.

Let It Be Morning

Let It Be Morning

A Palestinian man’s relationship with his homeland is put to the test in this Un Certain Regard–premiering film from the award-winning director of The Band’s Visit.

Libertad

Libertad

Selected for Critics’ Week at Cannes, Spanish filmmaker Clara Roquet’s coming-of-age debut captures female desire and friendship on the lush coast of Catalonia.

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Limbo

Limbo

This story of a Syrian refugee awaiting resettlement on a remote Scottish island is at once heart-wrenching and humorous.

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Love Songs for Tough Guys

Love Songs for Tough Guys

Vanessa Paradis, François Damiens and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi lead this charming, lovestruck comedy set in a port of northern France.

Luzzu

Luzzu

A lead turn reminiscent of Marlon Brando anchors this neo-realist look at the Maltese fishing industry.

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The Macaluso Sisters

The Macaluso Sisters

Director Emma Dante

Emma Dante adapts her own acclaimed play: a melancholy tale of five Sicilian sisters whose lives are forever changed by a trauma from their youth.

Madalena

Madalena

In this Brazilian Gothic cri de coeur, the murder of a trans woman reverberates in the lives of the people around her.

Mama

Mama

Director Li Dongmei

Göteborg’s 2021 Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award winner dives into personal memories that embody the persistence of life in the face of enormous tragedy.

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Memory Box

Memory Box

A mysterious package reopens old wounds and breaks down walls of intergenerational silence in this drama about mothers and daughters, history and time.

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Moffie

Moffie

This bruising, tender queer drama reminiscent of Beau Travail explores homophobia and repressed desire in the Apartheid-era South African military.

Moon, 66 Questions

Moon, 66 Questions

In Jacqueline Lentzou’s exceptional feature debut, an already strained father–daughter relationship is put under pressure.

Nafi’s Father

Nafi’s Father

Director Mamadou Dia

Two brothers with diametrically opposed approaches to their faith are pitted against one another in this tense family drama.

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Never Gonna Snow Again

Never Gonna Snow Again

You’re in excellent hands with this wicked class satire about a very special immigrant masseur and the affluent individuals who grow besotted with him.

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Night of the Kings

Night of the Kings

A young prison inmate is transformed into a modern-day Scheherazade in this electrifying tribute to the power of storytelling.

Ninjababy

Ninjababy

A twentysomething has to grapple with the pressures of impending maturity as well as the ‘ninjababy’ that has snuck inside her seemingly undetected.

Nudo Mixteco

Nudo Mixteco

The lives of Indigenous women collide in this powerful feature debut, which takes aim at poverty, prejudice and the patriarchy.

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The Painted Bird

The Painted Bird

This winner of multiple Czech Lion awards as well as Venice’s UNICEF Award is a stunning, utterly harrowing indictment of humanity at its worst.

Pebbles

Pebbles

Awarded IFFR’s top prize, this lean, arresting debut follows a primal father–son road trip across the arid landscapes of southern India.

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Pig

Pig

Nicolas Cage is back with the perfect film for his skill set: a revenge thriller centred on a stolen truffle pig, but with a sober tone that showcases the Oscar winner of yore.

Playlist

Playlist

Director Nine Antico

In this delightful slacker story, a young Parisian comic-book artist is on the hunt for stability, a career, self-confidence, love – but nothing seems to go her way.

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Pleasure

Pleasure

Göteborg’s Best Feature Film winner fearlessly dissects the contemporary porn industry through the perspective of a young woman determined to be a star.

Prayers for the Stolen

Prayers for the Stolen

This adaptation of Jennifer Clement’s bestselling novel explores the visceral impact of Mexican drug cartels on the lives of three young girls.

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Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time

Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time

Love and reality go under the scalpel in this story of obsession on the streets of Budapest.

Queen of Glory

Queen of Glory

Director Nana Mensah

This gutsy and charming film about a young Ghanaian-American woman at a crossroads marks the arrival of a filmmaker with a fresh, unique vision.

Rehana Maryam Noor

Rehana Maryam Noor

A troubled medical scholar pits herself against institutional sexism in this steely moral thriller selected for Un Certain Regard.

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Riders of Justice

Riders of Justice

Mads Mikkelsen headlines this ingenious, pitch-black Scandi revenge comedy.

Souad

Souad

Director Ayten Amin

Tradition and technology meet head-on in this tense coming-of-age drama about two Egyptian teens and a web of deceptions.

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Together Together

Together Together

Rising alt-comedy star Patti Harrison joins Ed Helms in this wry surrogate-pregnancy comedy that upends traditional gender dynamics and subverts expectations.

Topside

Topside

A tense mother–daughter survival story that paints an empathetic picture of outsider life across the subways and streets of New York City.

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Unclenching the Fists

Unclenching the Fists

Winner of the 2021 Prix Un Certain Regard at Cannes, this Russian drama from the producers of Beanpole travels to the dark heart of an unusual family.

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Undine

Undine

Christian Petzold’s reimagining of an ancient myth will pull you in with its shadowy undertow.

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What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?

What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?

This Berlinale FIPRESCI Prize winner is a romantic, Kafkaesque fable full of poignant whimsy and playful imagery.

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Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

Japanese favourite Ryūsuke Hamaguchi enchants with a playfully enigmatic, female-centric triptych that won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Berlinale.

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Wife of a Spy

Wife of a Spy

Kiyoshi Kurosawa makes his first foray into period filmmaking with a twisty, Hitchcockian tale of love and betrayal in WWII, which earned him a 2020 Silver Lion.

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Zola

Zola

An infamous tweetstorm about a wild, pole-dancing Florida road trip has become one of the most hotly anticipated movies of the year.