1985
A closeted gay man spends Christmas with his strict Christian family.
2001: A Space Odyssey
Kubrick and Clarke's quest to the stars.
53 Wars
A woman slides into anxiety as her husband reports from a series of wars.
Amal
Documentary tracks the adolescence of a teenager in Cairo.
An Elephant Sitting Still
The lives of four people cross over the course of a day in China.
Bear With Us
A family has decided to sell their lovely cottage as none of them has visited it for some time. Yet it holds so many nostalgic memories that the mother suggests they all spend one last day there before the sale takes place.
The Best Thing You Can Do With Your Life
Why did the director’s brother enter a conservative Roman Catholic order, causing him to sever all ties with the outside world?
Billy The Kid And The Green Baize Vampire
Cult snooker loopy musical.
Birds Of Passage
Story of a family who become involved with the drugs trade.
BlacKkKlansman
Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, successfully managed to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan and became the head of the local chapter.
Border
When a border guard with a sixth sense for identifying smugglers encounters the first person she cannot prove is guilty, their relationship forces her to confront terrifying revelations about herself and humankind.
Burning
Jong-soo, a part-time worker, bumps into Hae-mi while delivering, who used to live in the same neighborhood. Hae-mi asks him to look after her cat while she's on a trip to Africa.
Caniba
A film that reflects on the discomfiting significance of cannibalistic desire in human history and culture through the prism of one Japanese man, Issei Sagawa, and his unsettling relationship with his brother.
Cielo
A documentary about the sky above the Andes and the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, and those who live under it.
Cold War
A passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatally mismatched and yet fatefully condemned to each other.
Computer Chess
Early nerds congregate at a convention with a surreal twist.

D

Damsel
Several suitors pursue a young woman in the Wild West.
Daughter Of Mine
Vittoria is growing up in a remote Sardinian village. One day she meets the wildly independent Angelica who is so very different to her own caring mother Tina. The young girl has no knowledge of the secret that connects these two women.
Deep Rivers
A stark landscape, unforgiving surroundings, gruelling work, and intense conflicts within the family circle – a vicious circle, the burden of which is only accentuated by the return of the youngest brother, who is to take the place of his sick father in this family of lumberjacks.
Diamantino
Diamantino was once the greatest football player in Portugal. Now, in the middle of the worst crisis of his life, he decides to fill his void by adopting a refugee boy.
Diamonds Of The Night
Two boys run away from the certain death awaiting them at a Nazi concentration camp.
Donbass
In the Donbass, a region of Eastern Ukraine, a hybrid war takes place, involving an open armed conflict alongside killings and robberies on a mass scale perpetrated by separatist gangs.
Everybody Knows
Secrets resurface after a woman returns to her family's village for a wedding.
The Eyes Of Orson Welles
A journey through the pictorial world of Orson Welles, his drawings, paintings and works of youth, seen for the first time on screen thanks to his daughter Beatrice Welles.
The Fireflies Are Gone
The sleepy town where Léo lives doesn’t offer her much chance of self-fulfilment. Extricating herself from her mother’s influence and her constricting environment isn’t easy for the frustrated young woman, yet happiness might be close at hand.
Friend
When they fall in love, two girls from rival families must choose between being together and being safe.
Fugue
A woman suffering from memory loss is reunited with the family she can't remember having.
Girl
A teenage trans girl dreams of becoming a ballerina.
The Guilty
After he takes a call from a woman in a desperate situation, an emergency operator feels unable to let go.
Hal
Portrait of the director of Harold And Maude.
Highlander
Immortal warriors compete in a game of decapitation with only one possible survivor.
Hostiles
An Army captain escorts a Cheyenne chief through hostile territory.

I

Kid-Thing
A rebellious girl whose existence is devoid of parental guidance, hears a woman calling from a mysterious hole in the ground, asking for help.
Lawrence Of Arabia
A flamboyant biography of T E Lawrence. There is no greater cinematic epic.
Leave No Trace
A father and daughter find themselves searching for a place to call their own after their off-the-grid lives are discovered by the authorities.
Light Years
A documentary portrait of Lucrecia Martel during the shooting of Zama.
Loveling
Snapshot of a Brazilian family as their son prepares to leave for Germany.
Lucia's Grace
When a surveyor has a vision of the Virgin Mary, she is inspired to try to build a church on land marked for commercial development, sparking conflict.
Lucky
The spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist.

M

Mandy
Pacific Northwest. 1983. Outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their haven is savagely destroyed by a cult, Red is catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance.
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
A cynical advertising director finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself to be Don Quixote.
Miriam Lies
Shy girl Miriam is waiting to celebrate her 15th birthday and she wants to invite her guy. So far they’ve only chatted online, and the anticipated blind date only complicates things.
The Miseducation Of Cameron Post
1993: after being caught having sex with the prom queen, a girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy center.
Museum
Two students break into the national museum in Mexico City and escape with precious artefacts. A road movie.
Nico, 1988
Biopic of the German singer, who sang with the Velvet Underground
Nina
A woman desperate to save her marriage begins to have doubts after finding a surrogate.
One Cut Of The Dead
Shooting a zombie movie in one take is harder than you think...
Pause
Elpida is a housewife confronted with the first signs of menopause while trapped in a loveless marriage to a heartless, despotic man. When a young painter arrives to decorate her building, her grip on reality starts to slip.
Pity
The story of a man who feels happy only when he is unhappy: addicted to sadness, with such need for pity, that he’s willing to do everything to evoke it from others. This is the life of a man in a world not cruel enough for him.
Predator
Arnold Schwarzenegger is stalked in South American jungle by alien killer.
Putin's Witnesses
Considering the Russian president's time in power.
A Quiet Place
Family trapped by futuristic monsters that cannot see but have exceptional hearing which means silence is essential for survival

R

Searching For Ingmar Bergman
Director Margarethe von Trotta, extremely appreciated by Ingmar Bergman, follows the filmmaker’s footsteps as well as her own past and questions the new generation about the place left by the Swedish master.
The Silent Child
A social worker helps a profoundly deaf child start to communicate.
A Skin So Soft
Documentary about bodybuilders.
Somebody Up There Likes Me
Dark comedy tracks happy-go-lucky slacker Max across three decades.
Styx
A storm in the middle of the ocean, a boat full of refugees that is about to sink and a woman all by herself...
Support The Girls
The wild story of one day at a traditional American sports bar.
Sweet Country
Australian frontier drama, told from an Aboriginal perspective.
The Swing
Documentary about an elderly couple and the way their family deal with a sudden death.
The Tribe
A deaf teenager runs into gang trouble at a boarding school.
Take Shelter
After experiencing visions of impending catastrophe, an ordinary man takes extraordinary measures - but can he trust the evidence of his own senses?
To The Night
As a child Norman survived a fire that took the rest of his family. As an adult he is still struggling with the resulting trauma, and he finds it difficult to start a new life with his girlfriend and little boy.

V

Volcano
A man goes on a series of absurdist adventures after becoming lost in the Ukranian steppe.
Wajib
A father and his son come together to deliver wedding invitations.
Wildlife
A portrait of a family in crisis.
Winter Flies
Mischievously self-assured Mára and somewhat eccentric Heduš set out into the frozen wastes in search of adventure – by car, naturally. After all, Mára's turning 15 soon.
Zama
A 17th century army officer in Ascuncion, awaits transfer to Buenos Aires.
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