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The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin)

USA / Sweden / Japan / UK  - 2020 - 480 minutes (4 parts) The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin) is an extraordinary eight-hour fiction feature shot for a total of...
Directors/Réalisateurs: Anders Edstrom, CW Winter

A geographic description of fourteen months of the work and non-work of Tayoko in the mountains of Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. A georgic in five books.

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Sheytan vojud nadarad / There is No Evil / Le Diable n’existe pas

Germany / Czech Republic / Iran - 2020  - 150' Heshmat, an exemplary husband and father, gets up very early every day. Where does he go? Pouya cannot imagine killing another man, yet he is...
Director/Réalisateur: Mohammad Rasoulof

The four stories that are variations on the crucial themes of moral strength and the death penalty that ask to what extent individual freedom can be expressed under a despotic regime and its seemingly inescapable threats.

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Vitalina Varela

Portugal - 2019 - 124' The most recent film from Portuguese auteur Pedro Costa is another moody, masterful portrait of Fontainhas, the now-vanished Lisbon neighbourhood that the director first began chronicling over two decades ago...
Director/Réalisateur: Pedro Costa

Costa's latest vision of Cape Verdean immigrants — a highlight from this year's Locarno Film Festival — is another lyrical vision of somber people confronting their past. -Eric Kohn / Dans l’obscurité somptueuse d’un quartier traversé d’ombres hiératiques, soudain le rouge de draps sanglants. Arrivée trop tard, Vitalina Varela n’a plus qu’à gérer les affaires de son mari défunt. Elle ne pleurera pour aucun malheureux: face aux hommes rongés ou déchus, elle s’attelle à rebâtir, plan après plan, mur après mur, contre la triste réalité d’une vie n’ayant pu se construire au Portugal sous un toit décent, le souvenir d’une solide maison commune au Cap-Vert. Antoine Thirion

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Murmur

Canada - 2019 - 84' Donna, a woman in her sixties, feels isolated. She lives alone, estranged from her daughter. Sentenced to community service at a local animal shelter after an impaired-driving conviction, she ends...
Director/Réalisatrice: Heather Young

In her debut, writer/director Heather Young has managed to showcase the humanity of an individual who is currently reeling in her own bout of depression and substance abuse without making the entire affair feel like a grand statement that is aggressively soliciting its audience for sympathy. However, in its own subdued way, it does tug at the old proverbial heartstrings but more so like a dog relentlessly attempting to make a bed in those heartstrings. -Kevin Rakestraw

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Belonging/Aidiyet

Turkey/Canada/France- 2019- 72' A transfixing sophomore feature from 26-year-old Turkish director Burak Çevik, Belonging opens with a story. Not just any story, but a sordid tale of senseless violence: his grandmother’s murder by his Aunt Pelin and...
Director/Réalisateur: Burak Çevik

"Like many a great film, Belonging is simultaneously simple in its complexity and complex in its simplicity, and its particular qualities are ones that offer a great deal to ponder both during and after viewing. Its personal aspects are evident–in the prologue, Çevik says that he hopes this film will allow him to stop stumbling over themes of death and killing in his own work–and yet genuine connection, between the doomed lovers, between the film and the viewer, is the overriding sensation." -Ryan Swen

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Come As You Are

USA- 2019- 106' Three young men with disabilities hit the road with a jaded driver, to visit a Montreal brothel that caters to special needs clients. Inspired by a true story, three young men with disabilities...
Director/Réalisateur: Richard Wong

Three young men with disabilities hit the road with a jaded nurse driver to a brothel in Montreal catering to people with special needs. Remake of the acclaimed Belgian film 'Hasta La Vista'.

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Light From Light

USA- 2019- 82' Gifted with sometimes-prophetic dreams and a lifelong interest in the paranormal, Sheila (Marin Ireland) is asked to investigate a potential haunting at a Tennessee farmhouse. It’s there she meets Richard (Jim Gaffigan),...
Director/Réalisateur: Paul Harrill

Ireland and Gaffigan can express so much with a single glance and they’re both exquisite here, radiating intelligence and uncertainty...[W]hile the characters may be chasing apparitions in Light From Light, it restores one’s belief in other people, a somewhat radical and entirely galvanizing notion for the world we live in now. - Stephen Saito, Moveable Fest

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I Was at Home, But / J’etais chez mois, mais

Germany- 2019- 103' After having disappeared for a week, Astrid’s 13-year-old son Phillip returns home one day without saying a word. Both his mother and teachers suspect that his disappearance may be related to the...
Director/Réalisatrice: Angela Schanelec

After a 13-year-old student disappears without a trace for a week and suddenly reappears, his mother and teachers are confronted with existential questions that change their whole view of life

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night / Un grand voyage vers la nuit

China/France- 2019- 138' Bi Gan follows up his knockout debut, Kaili Blues, with this noir-tinged stunner about a lost soul (Jue Huang) on a quest to find a missing woman from his past (Wei Tang, Lust, Caution). Following...
Director/Réalisateur: Bi Gan

A man returns to his hometown after a long absence and searches for a woman he has never been able to forget. / Luo Hongwu revient à Kaili, sa ville natale, après s’être enfui pendant plusieurs années. Il se met à la recherche de la femme qu’il a aimée et jamais effacée de sa mémoire. Elle disait s’appeler Wan Qiwen…

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Monos

Colombia/Argentina/Netherlands/Germany/Sweden/Uruguay- 2019- 102' In Alejandro Landes’s intensely thrilling twist on Lord of the Flies, Julianne Nicholson plays a terrorized American engineer held captive by teenage guerilla bandits in an unnamed South American jungle. Leaderless and rootless,...
Director/Réalisateur: Alejandro Landes

 In Alejandro Landes’s intensely thrilling twist on Lord of the Flies, Julianne Nicholson plays a terrorized American engineer held captive by teenage guerilla bandits in an unnamed South American jungle. / Dans ce qui ressemble à un camp de vacances isolé au sommet des montagnes colombiennes, des adolescents, tous armés, sont en réalité chargés de veiller à ce que Doctora, une otage américaine, reste en vie.

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Rojo

Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Germany, France, Switzerland – 2018 – 109′ In the mid-seventies, a strange man arrives in a quiet provincial city. In a restaurant, without any apparent reason, he starts insulting Claudio, a renowned lawyer. The...
Director/Réalisateur: Benjamín Naishtat

In the mid-seventies, a strange man arrives in a quiet provincial city./ Argentine, 1975. Claudio, avocat réputé et notable local, mène une existence confortable, acceptant de fermer les yeux sur les pratiques du régime en place.

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Yuli

Cuba/Spain/UK/Germany  - 2019 - 104' The film follows Carlos Acosta - nicknamed Yuli by his father - from growing up on the streets of his native Cuba, through his time at the country’s National Dance...
Director/Réalisatrice: Icíar Bollaín

The film follows Carlos Acosta - nicknamed Yuli by his father - from growing up on the streets of his native Cuba, through his time at the country’s National Dance School, to performing at London’s prestigious Royal Ballet. / L’incroyable destin de Carlos Acosta, danseur étoile, des rues de Cuba au Royal Ballet de Londres.

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La Flor

Argentina- 2018 - 868' (3 parts) A decade in the making, Mariano Llinás’s La Flor is an unrepeatable labor of love and madness that redefines the concept of binge viewing. The director himself shows up at the...
Director/Réalisateur: Mariano Llinás

A decade in the making, Mariano Llinás’s La Flor is an unrepeatable labor of love and madness that redefines the concept of binge viewing. « La Flor » cambriole le cinéma en six épisodes. Chaque épisode correspond à un genre cinématographique.

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Instant Dreams

Netherlands - 2018 - 91' Instant Dreams is a feature documentary by Willem Baptist (Wild boar, I’m Never Afraid!) about the fascination and love for Polaroids. When Polaroid announced the end of instant film in...
Director/Réalisateur: Willem Baptist

“Baptist links the chemical reaction that makes the polaroids come alive very nicely to the chemical satisfaction that these photos bring to our brains.”  "Baptist associe la réaction chimique qui donne vie aux polaroïds à la satisfaction chimique que ces photos apportent à notre cerveau."  

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AVA

Icran/Canada - 2017 - 103' Ava’s first visit to the gynaecologist with her mother is a traumatic experience for the 16-year-old young woman. Trauma gives way to anger when Ava discovers her mother’s dishonesty and...
Director/Réalisatrice: Sadaf Foroghi

Seventeen-year-old Iranian Ava challenges the strict rules of her traditional upbringing and learns that her mother broke the rules as a young woman as well. Ava raconte l'histoire d'une adolescente Iranienne qui conteste les règles rigoureuses de son éducation traditionnelle et apprend que sa mère a également violé les règles à sa jeunesse.