A selection of films that have already made their mark around the world.
This Must Be The Place and Monsieur Lazhar
(Country: Italy, Switzerland, France; Year: 2011; Director: Alice Rohrwacher; Writer: Alice Rohrwacher; Stars: Yle Vianello, Salvatore Cantalupo, Pasqualina Scuncia, Anita Caprioli)
A young girl struggles to cope with a family move, while preparing for her confirmation ceremony.
Declaration Of War (La guerre est déclarée)
(Country: Belgium; Year: 2011; Director: Valérie Donzelli; Writer: Valérie Donzelli, Jérémie Elkaïm; Stars: Valérie Donzelli, Jérémie Elkaïm, César Desseix, Gabriel Elkaïm, Brigitte Sy, Elina Löwensohn, Michèle Moretti, Philippe Laudenbach, Bastien Bouillon, Béatrice De Staël, Anne Le Ny, Frédéric Pierrot, Elisabeth Dion, Pauline Gaillard, Philippe Barassat), Official Site
A young couple embark upon a painful, enlightening journey when they discover that their newborn child is very ill.
North American premiere
(Country: Russia; Year: 2011; Director: Andrei Zvyagintsev; Writer: Oleg Negin, Andrei Zvyagintsev; Stars: Nadezhda Markina, Andrei Smirnov, Elena Lyadova, Alexei Rozin)
Andrei Zvyagintsev's award-winning account of a struggle over inheritance is accompanied by an effective score by Philip Glass.
(Country: Canada; Year: 2011; Director: Philippe Falardeau; Writer: Philippe Falardeau; Stars: Fellag, Sophie Nélisse, Émilien Néron, Danielle Proulx, Brigitte Poupart), Official Site
An Algerian teacher helps the class of a Montreal grade school cope with the aftermath of a tragedy.
The Orator (O le tulafale)
(Country: New Zealand; Year: 2011; Director: Tusi Tamasese; Writer: Tusi Tamasese; Stars: Fa’afiaula Sagote, Tausili Pushparaj, Salamasina Mataia, Ioata Tanielu), Official Site
A Samoan farmer defends his land and family while coming to terms with himself.
The Orator and Your Sister's Sister
Oslo, August 31st
(Country: Norway; Year: 2011; Director: Joachim Trier; Writer: Eskil Vogt, Joachim Trier, based on the novel Le Feu Folle by Pierre Drieu La Rochell; Stars: Anders Danielsen, Lie Hans Olav Brenner, Ingrid Olava, Petter Width, Kristiansen)
A day in the life of a young man at the end of a drug rehab programme.
The Raid (Serbuan Maut)
(Country: Indonesia; Year: 2011; Director: Gareth Evans; Writer: Gareth Evans; Stars: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Joe Taslim, Doni Alamsyah), Official Site
An elite SWAT team try to clear out an apartment complex controlled by a drug dealer, but nothing goes to plan.
This Must Be The Place
(Country: Italy, France, Ireland; Year: 2011; Director: Paolo Sorrentino; Writer: Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello, from a story by Paolo Sorrentino; Stars: Sean Penn, Frances Mc Dormand, Judd Hirsch, Eve Hewson, Kerry Condon, Harry Dean Stanton, Joyce Van Patten, David Byrne, Olwen Fouéré, Shea Whigham, Liron Levo, Heinz Lieven, Simon Delaney)
An oddball retired rock star takes a roadtrip across America inspired by his dead father.
North American premiere
Where Do We Go Now? (Et maintenant, on va où?)
(Country: Lebanon; Year: 2011; Director: Nadine Labaki; Writer: Rodney Al Haddid, Jihad Hojeily, Nadine Labaki; Stars: Kevin Abboud, Claude Baz Moussawbaa, Julian Farhat, Ali Haidar, Leyla Hakim, Nadine Labaki, Yvonne Maalouf, Claude Moussawbaa, Antoinette Noufaily)
A group of Lebanese women try to ease religious tensions between Christians and Muslims in their village.
(Country: UK; Year: 2011; Director: Andrea Arnold; Writer: Andrea Arnold, Olivia Hetreed; Stars: Kaya Scodelario, James Howson, Oliver Milbur,n Nichola Burley, Steve Evets)
An adaptation of Emily Brontë's famous tale about an isolated family, a trouble outsider, and their destructive passions.
The Raid and Where Do We Go Now?
Your Sister's Sister
(Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Lynn Shelton; Writer: Lynn Shelton; Stars: Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mark Duplass)
A tightly focused comedy drama exploring the bonds between siblings, best friends and lovers.