101 Reykjavik
A hedonistic young man gets more than he bargained for when a Spanish flamenco dancer moves in with he and his mother.
Agnes Joy
Mother-daughter drama sees the fractious pair face a challenge when a new neighbour turns up on their doorstep.
And The Birds Rained Down
Three elderly hermits live deep in the woods, cut off from the rest of the world. While wildfires threaten the region, their quiet life is about to be shaken by the arrival of two women.
Arracht
In 1845, a fisherman ends up on the run for crimes he didn't commit.
Atlantis
In a near-future war-torn Ukraine a man with PTSD takes a volunteer job exhuming the dead.
Bacurau
Villagers sold as human prey defend themselves from hunters using a psychotropic drug.
Because We Are Girls
A documentary set in British Columbia, Canada, about an immigrant Punjabi family who have a dark secret they can finally tell.
Blood Machines
Two space hunters are tracking down a machine trying to free itself. After taking it down, they witness a mystical phenomenon: the ghost of a young woman pulls itself out of the machine, as if the spaceship had a soul.
Brazil
A typo leads to an innocent man being confused with a revolutionary, plunging the life of a small time bureaucrat into chaos.
Butt Boy
After a child goes missing, a newly sober detective comes to suspect that his sponsor has a super power that makes animals, objects, and humans disappear up his backside.
The Breakfast Club
Five high school students discover what they have in common as they spend a day in detention together.
Calm With Horses
Thriller about a crime enforcer for a clan of drug dealers, while also trying to be a good father to his autistic son.
The Changin’ Times Of Ike White
A documentary about the man behind the first ever commercial album recorded inside an American prison by an inmate, charting his journey out from prison into industry adulation and life as a free man, eventually leading to his reinvention as a performer for hire.
Chicken Run
Plucky chicken caper sees farm birds bid for freedom.
Children Of Men
Conspiracy surrounds the birth of a child in an infertile post-apocalyptic world.
The Cleansing Hour
Millennial entrepreneurs, Drew and Max, run a webcast that streams live exorcisms that are, in fact, elaborately staged hoaxes. They get their comeuppance when today's actress becomes mysteriously possessed by a real demon that holds the crew hostage.
The County
A middle-aged dairy farmer rebels against the all powerful local co-operative.

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Darkness Falls
A detective convinced that his wife didn't die by suicide but was murdered hunts obsessively for the truth and finds something worse than he imagined.
The Day The Earth Caught Fire
A worldwide panic is sparked when the US and Soviet Union simultaneously detonate nuclear devices.
Disco
The stepdaughter of a charismatic pastor begins to question her faith
Dive: Rituals In Water
Portrait of Icelandic pioneer Snorri Magnusson, who has been patiently teaching babies to float and paddle for over 25 years.
Driveways
Eight-year-old Cody is spending the summer in an unfamiliar setting with his mom Kathy. Though he can’t relate to the neighbourhood kids, things take an unexpected turn when he develops an unusual friendship with grouchy old Del from next door.
District 9
A government agent joins the cause of ghettoised aliens he has come to evict.
Echo
A portrait of modern Icelandic society.
Eden
While escaping from the police, Óliver accidentally stumbles into a flat and saves Lóa’s life. The pair are both users and dealers, but want nothing more than to escape and start a new life. However, the situation becomes considerably more complicated when they decide to use stolen narcotics from an infamous drug lord to fund their escape plans.
Escape From Pretoria
In 1979 apartheid-era South Africa, two men imprisoned in Pretoria Prison plot to escape.
Exit Plan
Insurance agent Max is in the midst of an existential crisis. Whilst investigating the claim made by a suspected widow he chances upon the secretive Hotel Aurora, a luxury resort which specialises in suicide.
Finky
A musician and puppeteer seeking to escape steals an envelope full of cash and escapes to Scotland with his childhood friend Tom to start a new life.. but things don't go as planned.
Final Destination
Teens take on death after escaping a plane crash.
The Garden Left Behind
A story about the relationship between a young trans woman and her grandmother as they navigate transition and struggle to build a life for themselves as undocumented immigrants in New York City.
How To Build A Girl
A bored schoolgirl reinvents herself as a professional music critic.

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Initials S.G.
An ageing Argentine Serge Gainsbourg wannabe struggles with a career he can't seem to get on track, an affair he doesn't want, and a crime he didn't mean to commit.
Invisible
Jonas pretends to be blind and enters a TV dance contest where he meets his attractive dance partner, Saulé. They soon become the show’s most popular contestants. Meanwhile, Vytas, an old acquaintance of Jonas, is released from jail thirsty for revenge...
In The Quarry
A summer afternoon, an abandoned quarry, four friends. An interpellative thriller about gender violence.
Isaac
Skeletons rattle in the closet of a film director and his friends, 20 years after an infamous massacre.
I Want My MTV
In 1981, a new channel burst onto the rising spectrum of cable TV offerings. It became a touchstone for young people and a new format for musicians and filmmakers to show off their talents.
James Vs His Future Self
Hyperactive nerd James is obsessed with making time-travel a reality. Then some old dude pops up urging him to ditch that dream and embrace a normal life.
Jesus Shows You The Way To The Highway
Two CIA agents are tasked with the perilous mission of destroying the Soviet Union, but as they enter a VR simulation their mission turns into a delirious trap, with the fabric of reality unravelling around them
The Last Autumn
It's autumn at Krossnes in Árneshreppur, an isolated part of north Iceland, and Úlfar and Oddný are facing their last autumn as farmers.
Logan's Run
In a society where no-one lives past 30, one man decides to run for his life.
Luz: The Flower Of Evil
Widowed preacher and leader to a small mountain community, El Señor has preached to his followers that a new messiah will appear and shepherd them into a new era. His faith is absolute, regardless of how many false prophets he has to go through. But the faith of his three daughters is beginning to waver.

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Marona's Fantastic Tale
After an accident, a little dog remembers all the different masters she's had successively and loved unconditionally.
Master Cheng
Far from his home in Shanghai, Cheng is in search of a cherished benefactor whom he promised to visit. He is welcomed by diner owner Sirkka. He repays her kindness by cooking food that the entire community appreciates.
Merrily We Go To Hell
A naive heiress is swept off her feet by a Chicago newspaper reporter and aspiring playwright. They marry in haste and repent at leisure as success tempts him to stray and she retaliates by declaring that theirs will be an open marriage.
Les Misérables
A man joins an anti-crime brigade and rapidly discovers the tensions between the various neighbourhood groups.
Moffie
Drama following a conscript through his military service in the South African Defence Force in the 1980s.
The Mortuary Collection
Sam inquires about a Help Wanted sign outside a funeral home and in her interview with owner Montgomery Dark, four gruesomely disturbing stories are told.
Nobadi
A grumpy pensioner hires a migrant from Afghanistan to bury his dead dog.
The Odd Family: Zombie On Sale
When a pharmaceutical company's illegal experiments inadvertently create a zombie, the strange Park family finds it and tries to profit from its unexpected viagra-like effect.
Oliver Sacks: His Own Life
Documentary about the life of the neurologist.
Olympic Dreams
When a young woman discovers that her lifelong dream of participating in the Olympics doesn’t match up to reality, she finds herself adrift amongst the crowds. That is until she befriends a volunteer dentist, forging a bond which forces them both to rethink their courses in life.
One Taxi Ride
A documentary following a man's journey to recovery years after he was sexually assaulted in a taxi in Mexico City.
One Way To Denmark
An unemployed Welshman with no hot water travels to Denmark in an attempt to get arrested because he believes that his life will be better in prison there.
The Other Lamb
A young girl begins to question her place in the religious community she was born into.
Out Stealing Horses
Trond Sander, 67, recalls the summer of 1948. When this blissful time came to an end, nothing was the same as before.
Over The Sea
A cheeky, irrepressible 11-year-old racing through life with boundless energy is confronted by the harsh realities of the adult world and the tragedies that lie locked in his family history.
Paradise
A Sicilian slushie vendor is enrolled in a witness protection programme after observing a Mafia killing
The Perfect Candidate
A young female Saudi doctor decides to run for election.
Pity The Lovers
Chalk and cheese brothers seem fated to remain forever single in this romantic comedy. One tries much too hard, the other doesn’t try nearly enough.
Planet Of The Apes
Astronauts crash-land on a world ruled by apes.
Promising Young Woman
Everyone said Cassie was a promising young woman... until something abruptly derailed her future. Nothing in Cassie’s life is as it appears: she’s smart, cunning, and living a double life by night. Now, Cassie has a chance to right the wrongs of the past in this thrilling take on revenge.
Proxima
A female astronaut finds the demands of work take their toll on her single-mum relationship with her young daughter.

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Radioactive
The story of Marie Curie and her discoveries in physics.
Resin
A girl is hidden from view, confined from modern society by her family. Yet as Liv’s curiosity to an existence outside her confinement comes to the fore, she starts to question her parents’ worldview.
Rocks
A young girl is determined to keep the fact that there mother has left her and her younger brother alone from the authorities, through fear of being separated from him.
Roy’s World: Barry Gifford’s Chicago
A documentary that brings to life Barry Gifford’s autobiographical collection The Roy Stories, capturing a childhood in a vanished 1950s Chicago through a jazzy, impressionistic combination of beguiling archive footage, animation and spoken word.
Running To The Sky
In a beautiful mountain village in Kyrgyzstan, a 12-year-old is fiercely loyal to a father brought low by drink and divorce. The kid can run faster than anyone else in school and his ability might be the key to the family’s salvation, especially given the prizes in some local races
Screaming Masterpiece
A look at the Icelandic music industry, its roots and stars.
Sea Fever
The crew of a West of Ireland trawler, marooned at sea, struggle for their lives against a growing parasite in their water supply.
Seeing The Unseen
A documentary exploring the role that autism plays in the lives of 17 Icelandic women, and asking why autistic women and girls have remained invisible in society for so long.
The Sleepwalkers
A mother and her daughter are pushed to their emotional limit during a family celebration.
Song Without A Name
Peru, at the height of the political crisis of the 1980s. Georgina is a young woman from the Andes whose newborn daughter is stolen at a fake health clinic. Her desperate search for the child leads her to the headquarters of a major newspaper, where she meets Pedro Campos, a lonely journalist who takes on the investigation.
Son-Mother
Hard working widow, Leila, is tirelessly trying to provide for her infant daughter and 12 year-old-son, Amir. A marriage proposal from kind hearted Kazem could be the solution to all of her financial troubles. Unfortunately, as Kazem has a young daughter of his own, tradition dicates that Amir will be unable to live with them.
Soylent Green
On an overheated, overcrowded future Earth, a detective investigates the death of a wealthy corporate mogul.
Spookies
A sorcerer tries to sacrifice a group of people inside his house with the intention of using their vitality to revive his wife.
Standing Up, Falling Down
An unlikely friendship between a failed comedian and a charming, alcoholic dermatologist helps both confront long-simmering regrets in this warm-hearted buddy comedy.
Stories From The Chestnut Woods
In a decaying forest on the Yugoslav-Italian border in the years after World War II, a stingy, old carpenter and a lonely, young chestnut seller share imaginative memories of the past.
Strange Days
Forbidden memories on disk, yours for the right price.
Supernova
Three men, one place, and one event that will change each of their lives.
Synchronic
A pair of paramedics find their friendship put to the test after a series of deaths are linked to a drug.
Stalker
Sci-fi drama in which three men make a journey into the unknown in search of their deepest desire.
Train To Busan
A train journey is complicated by the presence of the living dead.
Tammy And The T-Rex
When Michael is mauled by some big cats at the local zoo, a mad scientist transplants his brain into a full-sized animatronic T-Rex! In order to be reunited with his high school sweetheart, Tammy, Michael will have to stomp and chew his way through all who stand against him.
Tank Girl
A young woman with a fondness for tanks takes on a megacorporation which is trying to hoard all the water and power in a post-Apocalyptic wasteland.
Those That, At A Distance, Resemble Another
Documenting the meticulous reproduction of an elephant’s ivory tusk with an observational lyricism, this film embeds themes of tactility, archaeology and work into its texture and rhythm.
Three Summers
A housekeeper takes care of a luxury holiday home for a wealthy family. She tries to branch out on her own by starting a snack bar, but when a financial scandal engulfs the family, she is left to look after the grand patriarch with only the other house staff for company.
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
This artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller examines her life, her works and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career. Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, history, America and the human condition.
Total Recall
Unable to afford his dream holiday, Doug decides to have false memories of one implanted instead, leading to a shocking discovery.
The Translators
To ensure absolute secrecy for the global publication of a bestseller, nine skilled translators are invited to a remote location. They are given a number of pages to translate each day. There is no contact with the outside world. Then the publisher receives a blackmail demand, threatening to release the manuscript online.
True History Of The Kelly Gang
Born into a family of poor Irish immigrants, Ned grows into an angry young man, constantly at odds with colonial authority. Ruthless bush ranger Harry Power becomes a father figure/mentor as Kelly embraces his destiny as gang leader, folk hero and legend.
The Truth
A reunion between a French cinema star and her daughter descends into confrontation.
The Twentieth Century
A faux biopic that charts the roller coaster rise to power of famed Canadian Prime Minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King.

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Valley Of Souls
A Colombian fisherman returns from a long fishing night to discover that his village has been ransacked by paramilitary forces, with his two sons abducted. Painfully aware that they wouldn’t have survived, he sets off on a journey down the endless Colombian rivers in the search for their bodies.
VFW
A group of war veterans must defend their local VFW post and an innocent teenager against a deranged drug dealer and his relentless army of punk mutants.
Vivarium
In search of a starter home, a young couple follow a mysterious estate agent and get trapped in a strange housing development.
WALL·E
A robot - Wall·E, left alone on Earth begins to explore the cosmos with a companion, the sleek and sultry EVE.
Westworld
Trouble brews for guests at a wild west adventure park.
While At War
Drama about author Miguel de Unamuno and his stance towards the fascist coup d’état.
The Whistlers
Film noir sees a corrupt cop learn a whistling language to beat detection while trying to double-cross the mob.
White Riot
Profiling punk reggae protest movement Rock Against Racism.
A White, White Day
An off-duty police chief begins to suspect a local man to have had an affair with his wife, who has recently died in a car accident. Gradually his obsession for finding out the truth accumulates and inevitably begins to endanger himself and his loved ones.
You Will Die At 20
A boy struggles to cope with a prediction in childhood that he will die at 20.
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