Ilo Ilo and Mystery Road
Bad Hair (Pelo Malo)
(Country: Venezuela; Year: 2013; Director: Mariana Rondón; Writer: Mariana Rondón; Stars: Beto Benites, Samantha Castillo, Nelly Ramos, María Emilia Sulbarán)
Junior is a 9 year-old with "bad hair". His efforts to smooth it down for the school picture incur the wrath of his mother Marta. His grandfather suggests that the boy stay with him on a permanent basis. He doesn't care if he's effeminate; he only wants to secure someone to look after him in his old age. Marta refuses and sets out to "re-educate" her son. Junior wants to live with his mother and for her to love him.
Beyond The Edge
(Country: New Zealand; Year: 2013; Director: Leanne Pooley; Writer: Matthew Metcalfe, Leanne Pooley; Stars: Chad Moffitt, Sonam Sherpa, John Wraight)
A docudrama about Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary's historic ascent of Everest.
B For Boy
(Country: Nigeria; Year: 2013; Director: Chika Anadu; Writer: Chika Anadu, Chika Anadu; Stars: Uche Nwadili, Nonso Odogwu, Ngozi Nwaneto, Frances Okeke)
A woman resorts to desperate measures after she has a stillbirth.
(Country: Japan; Year: 2012; Director: Ryota Nakano; Stars: Makiko Watanabe, Erisa Yanagi, Nanoka Matsubara, Kenichi Takito, Satoshi Nikaido)
Two sisters attend the funeral of the father who left their family so long ago thatthey barely remember him.
The Congress (Le congrès)
(Country: US; Year: 2013; Director: Ari Folman; Writer: Ari Folman, Stanislaw Lem; Stars: Robin Wright, Paul Giamatti, Harvey Keitel, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Frances Fisher, Danny Huston, Sami Gayle, Michael Landes, Michael Stahl-David, Don McManus, Christopher B. Duncan, Cooper Thornton, Ed Corbin, Kevin Thompson, Matthew Wolf)
An ageing actress gets more than she bargains for when she accepts one last job.
The Great Passage and The Lunchbox
The Golden Dream (La Jaula De Oro)
(Country: Mexico; Year: 2013; Director: Diego Quemada-Diez; Writer: Diego Quemada-Diez, Lucia Carreras, Gibrán Portela; Stars: Carlos Chajon, Rodolfo Domínguez, Brandon López, Karen Martínez)
A group of Guatemalan teenagers tries to make it to the US.
The Great Passage
(Country: Japan; Year: 2013; Director: Yûya Ishii; Writer: Kensaku Watanabe based on the novel by Shiwon Miura; Stars: Ryûhei Matsuda, Kumiko Asô, Chizuru Ikewaki, Hiroko Isayama, Kaoru Kobayashi, Haru Kuroki, Naoki Matayoshi, Aoi Miyazaki, Ryû Morioka, Kazuki Namioka, Jô Odagiri, Yoshiki Saitô, Shingo Tsurumi, Shôhei Uno, Misako Watanabe)
A charming geek finds spiritual fulfilment – and true love – while compiling a new Japanese dictionary.
Harmony Lessons (Uroki Garmonii)
(Country: Kazakhstan, Germany; Year: 2013; Director: Emir Baigazin; Writer: Emir Baigazin; Stars: Timur Aidarbekov)
A brutally bullied teenager struggles to avoid getting drawn into a cycle of violence.
(Year: 2013; Director: Amat Escalante; Writer: Amat Escalante, Gabriel Reyes)
A man's search for his missing father sees him drawn into a world of drugs and crime.
(Country: Singapore; Year: 2013; Director: Anthony Chen; Stars: Yeo Yann Yann, Chen Tianwen, Angeli Bayani, Koh Jia Ler)
A family struggles to deal with the impact of the financial crisis.
Tracks and Workers
The Lunchbox (Dabba)
(Country: India; Year: 2013; Director: Ritesh Batra; Writer: Ritesh Batra; Stars: Irrfan Khan, Bharati Achrekar, Nimrat Kaur, Denzil Smith)
A mistakenly delivered lunchbox sparks romance between two lonely people.
(Country: Australia; Year: 2013; Director: Ivan Sen; Writer: Ivan Sen; Stars: Aaron Pederson, Hugo Weaving, Jack Thompson, Ryan Kwanten, Tony Barry, David Field, Damian Walshe-Howling, Tasma Walton, Zoe Carides, Robert Mammone, Samara Weaving, Daniel Roberts, Bruce Spence)
An Aboriginal cop returns to his home town to investigate the murder of a teenage girl.
The Past (Le Passé)
(Country: France; Year: 2013; Director: Asghar Farhadi; Writer: Asghar Farhadi; Stars: Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Sabrina Ouazani)
A couple meeting to finalise their divorce find themselves in difficult emotional terrain.
The Tale of Iya
(Country: Japan; Year: 2013; Director: Tetsuichiro Tsuta; Stars: Rina Takeda, Shima Ohnishi, Min Tanaka)
A epic tale of mountain people and the clash between the ancient and the modern.
Tom At The Farm
(Country: Canada, France; Year: 2013; Director: Xavier Dolan; Writer: Michel Marc Bouchard, Xavier Dolan; Stars: Xavier Dolan, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Lise Roy, Evelyne Brochu, Manuel Tadros, Jacques Lavallée, Anne Caron, Caleb Landry Jones, Mélodie Simard)
A young man finds himself embroiled in a dangerous game of deception.
Wakolda and Tom At The Farm
A Touch Of Sin (Tian Zhu Ding)
(Country: China; Year: 2013; Director: Jia Zhangke)
Four characters represent different areas of China and different strata of contemporary society.
(Country: Australia; Year: 2013; Director: John Curran; Writer: Marion Nelson; Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver, Emma Booth, Jessica Tovey, Rainer Bock, Melanie Zanetti, Robert Coleby, Lily Pearl)
Based on the true story of Robyn Davidson who in 1977 undertook an extraordinary solo trek across the harsh Australian outback.
Unforgiven (Yurusarezaru Mono)
(Country: Japan; Year: 2013; Director: Lee Sang-il ; Stars: Ken Watanabe, Akira Emoto, Kôichi Satô)
A remake of the US western, with a former mercenary tempted out of retirement when a group of sex workers offer a large bounty for revenge on the men who left one of them mutilated.
The Voice Of The Voiceless (La Voz De Los Silenciados)
(Country: Guatemala, US; Year: 2013; Director: Maximón Monihan; Stars: Janeva Adena Calderon Zentz, Kevin Tamayo, Ricky Powell)
A young deaf woman sent to New York to teach sign language is exploited by a gang.
Wakolda (Wakolda: The German Doctor)
(Country: Argentina, France, Spain, Norway; Year: 2013; Director: Lucía Puenzo; Stars: Àlex Brendemühl, Natalia Oreiro, Diego Peretti)
An Argentinian family setting up a guest house grows suspicious of a friendly German doctor who seems to command unusual respect in the local German community.
B For Boy and Beyond The Edge
(Country: Mexico, Germany; Year: 2013; Director: José Luis Valle; Stars: Susana Salazar, Jesús Padilla)
A loyal factory cleaner is refused a pension whilst a maid finds herself employed by the dog who inherited the house where she works.