Gamma Rays and Hi, Mom
(Country: Iran; Year: 2023; Director: Farhad Delaram; Writer: Farhad Delaram; Stars: Mirsaeed Molavian, Behdokht Valian, Roya Afshar, Neda Aghighi, Firouz Agheli)
A young filmmaker who currently works in a hospital takes a mental patient out for a short ride to find out who she really is. Now he has to decide whether to run away with her or take her back to the hospital.
Bahadur The Brave
(Country: India, Nepal; Year: 2011; Director: Aditya Seth; Writer: Aditya Seth; Stars: Aditya Seth)
A nationwide lockdown is imposed in India during the coronavirus pandemic. While all Nepalese migrant labourers are boarding vans to leave for their country, Hansi sees an opportunity to earn more money for his ailing son in the emerging labour crisis when his brother-in-law, Dil Bahadur, offers him illegal work in a godown.
(Country: Kazakhstan; Year: 2023; Director: Askhat Kuchinchirekov; Writer: Askhat Kuchinchirekov; Stars: Aydos Ayesbaev, Janbyrbay Baidilbayev, Kairat Baisalbayev, Yerkin Berikuly, Damir Daurenuly, Altyngul Karashukeeva, Gaziz Nurlykeshov, Bigaisha Salkynova, Dinara Shymyrbaeva, Yersultan Yermanov)
Following an old nomadic tradition 'bauryna salu', Yersultan was given at birth to his grandmother so that she could raise him. He grew up with resentment and disconnection from his parents. When he turns 12, his grandmother dies and he has to move back with the family he barely knows. Yersultan's coming of age process coincides with an unbearable transformation and an attempt to restore the relationship between him and his parents, especially his father.
Beyond The Fog
(Country: Japan; Year: 2023; Director: Daichi Muraise; Stars: Shuri Miyake, Masaki Miura, Shinzo Hotta, Asami Mizukawa)
Ihika is a 12-year-old born into a family that has run an inn in a hamlet for generations. Her father has been living apart for a few years. Ihika's mother has been managing the inn with Shige, her father-in-law. One day, Shige disappears. As the inn's survival is threatened.
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The Blue Star
(Country: Argentina, Spain; Year: 2023; Director: Javier Macipe; Writer: Javier Macipe; Stars: Bruna Cusí, Catalina Sopelana, Marc Rodríguez, Pepe Lorente, Josh Climent, Pablo Álvarez, Manuel Chacón)
The 90s. A famous Spanish rock star travels around Latin America in the endeavour to reconnect with his vocation. There he meets an old musician down on his luck, prompting the birth of an unlikely duo with every chance of becoming an epic commercial failure.
Bauryna Salu and The Other Son
(Country: China; Year: 2023; Director: Ming Liang; Writer: Ming Liang; Stars: Liya Ai, Xueqin Li, Long Liang, Xingchen Lü, Zi Xi, Bingrui Zhao)
In Northeast China, Shenyang is a decaying city. Xu Lingling is a 25-year-old girl suffering from uremia whose life has collapsed. At the height of her illness, her dissolute father has returned, with her best friend Tan Na and former classmate Zhao Dongyang, to take care of her. Despite her suffering and thanks to family affection, love and friendship, she feels she still deserves to live. One day, Xu Lingling decides to take a trip and hits the road with Tan Na and Zhao Dongyang.
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(Country: Canada; Year: 2023; Director: Henry Bernadet; Writer: Henry Bernadet; Stars: Chaimaa Zinedine, Chris Kanyembuga, Yassine Jabrane, Hani Laroum, Océane Garçon-Gravel)
Summer unfolds in a triptych of stories about teenagers in Montreal.
(Country: Russia; Year: 2023; Director: Ilia Malakhova; Stars: Daria Saveleva, Aglaya Tarasova, Anna Osipova)
Kira is 36. She works at the Pulkovo Airport call centre and lives with her younger sister Vera and her daughters. A couple of years ago, their mother kicked the sisters out of the house and later disappeared. It's time for Kira to accept that her mother is dead and move on: get the death certificate, claim her inheritance and start living separately from her sister and nieces. A new life awaits her. But Kira does not want to change anything and dreams only of her mother coming back.
Last Shadow At First Light
(Year: 2023; Director: Nicole Midori Woodford; Stars: Masatoshi Nagase, Mariko Tsutsui, Peter Yu)
Ami, haunted by recurring apparitions, embarks on a journey from Singapore to Japan in search of her missing mother. Amidst the transforming landscapes, Ami's dreams, hauntings and lost mother unveil their true form.
(Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Niclas Larsson; Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Ewan McGregor, Lake Bell, Taylor Russell, Lara Flynn Boyle, F. Murray Abraham, Rhys Ifans, Shelby Lee Parks, Erin Fritch, Michelle Marie Jacquot, Brent Moorer Gaskins, Madison Geiger, Jane Klecker, Kenna Blackburn, Gary Maniloff)
The story of three estranged children who are brought together when their mother refuses to move from a couch in a furniture store.
Last Shadow At First Light and Beyond The Fog
The Other Son
(Country: Colombia, France, Argentina; Year: 2023; Director: Juan Sebastián Quebrada; Writer: Juan Sebastián Quebrada)
Federico and his brother Simon live their teenage years to the fullest, until the day Simon dies by falling from a balcony at a party. While his family falls to pieces before his eyes, Federico tries to live a normal life during his final weeks of school.