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Silent Light

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Colored / 145 Min

Mexico, Chihuaha state, community of Mennonites. Johan, married to Esther, with seven sons from her, has been having a passionate love affair with Marianne for 2 years. Deciding between two lives, and between two women, is impossible. He opens his heart to his friend, Zacaris and to his father, a preacher, who sees it as the devil’s work. Neverthless, both of them support him, pity him. And envy him.

Production

Mantarraya Producciones, No Dream Cinema

Director
Carlos Reygadas 

Mexican filmmaker and producer. Born in Mexico in 1971.  After studying law in Mexico, he worked for the United Nations. Reygadas discovered his filmic passion after watching the films of the Soviet/Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky. Over the course of two years, he put together a technical team of mostly new-comers and shot his first feature JAPÓN. The film was self-produced and presented at Cannes Film Festivals in 2002 where it received a Special Mention for the Camera D'Or. In 2007 his film SILENT LIGHT won Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, made him one of Latin America's most prominent directors, with various critics having named Silent Light as one of the best films of its decade. At the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, Reygadas won the Best Director Award for the film LIGHT AFTER DARKNESS. His newest film, OUR TIME, was selected to be screened in the main competition section of the Venice International Film Festival in 2018.

 

Our Time

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Colored / 173 Min

A family lives in the Mexican countryside raising fighting bulls. Esther is in charge of running the ranch, while her husband Juan, a world-renowned poet, raises and selects the beasts. When Esther becomes infatuated with a horse trainer named Phil, the couple struggles to stride through the emotional crisis.

Production

Mantarraya Producciones, No Dream Cinema

Director
Carlos Reygadas 

Mexican filmmaker and producer. Born in Mexico in 1971.  After studying law in Mexico, he worked for the United Nations. Reygadas discovered his filmic passion after watching the films of the Soviet/Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky. Over the course of two years, he put together a technical team of mostly new-comers and shot his first feature JAPÓN. The film was self-produced and presented at Cannes Film Festivals in 2002 where it received a Special Mention for the Camera D'Or. In 2007 his film SILENT LIGHT won Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, made him one of Latin America's most prominent directors, with various critics having named Silent Light as one of the best films of its decade. At the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, Reygadas won the Best Director Award for the film LIGHT AFTER DARKNESS. His newest film, OUR TIME, was selected to be screened in the main competition section of the Venice International Film Festival in 2018.

 

Post Tenebras Lux

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Colored / 120 Min

Juan and his urban family live in the Mexican countryside, where they enjoy and suffer a world apart. And nobody knows if these two worlds are complementary or if they strive to eliminate one another.

 

Production

No Dream Cinema, Mantarraya Producciones

Director
Carlos Reygadas 

Mexican filmmaker and producer. Born in Mexico in 1971.  After studying law in Mexico, he worked for the United Nations. Reygadas discovered his filmic passion after watching the films of the Soviet/Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky. Over the course of two years, he put together a technical team of mostly new-comers and shot his first feature JAPÓN. The film was self-produced and presented at Cannes Film Festivals in 2002 where it received a Special Mention for the Camera D'Or. In 2007 his film SILENT LIGHT won Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, made him one of Latin America's most prominent directors, with various critics having named Silent Light as one of the best films of its decade. At the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, Reygadas won the Best Director Award for the film LIGHT AFTER DARKNESS. His newest film, OUR TIME, was selected to be screened in the main competition section of the Venice International Film Festival in 2018.

 

Japan

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Colored / 130 Min

The artist, tired of life, leaves Mexico City and goes to the mountains to commit suicide. In a village lost among the mountains, he finds the last refuge in the humble little house of an old indigenous widow. The bewitching beauty of the immense world that has opened to him, the kindness and humanity of the widow awaken in him a thirst for life and love.

Production

No Dream Cinema, Mantarraya Producciones

Director
Carlos Reygadas 

Mexican filmmaker and producer. Born in Mexico in 1971.  After studying law in Mexico, he worked for the United Nations. Reygadas discovered his filmic passion after watching the films of the Soviet/Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky. Over the course of two years, he put together a technical team of mostly new-comers and shot his first feature JAPÓN. The film was self-produced and presented at Cannes Film Festivals in 2002 where it received a Special Mention for the Camera D'Or. In 2007 his film SILENT LIGHT won Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, made him one of Latin America's most prominent directors, with various critics having named Silent Light as one of the best films of its decade. At the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, Reygadas won the Best Director Award for the film LIGHT AFTER DARKNESS. His newest film, OUR TIME, was selected to be screened in the main competition section of the Venice International Film Festival in 2018.

 

Battle In Heaven

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Colored / 98 Min

Marcos, a taxidriver, kidnaps together with his wife a baby for ransom money. When the baby accidentally dies, Marcos breaks down and in his troubled search for relief confesses his crime to his boss's daughter, Ana. She is a frivolous and spoilt girl, playing a hooker just for fun. Both women try to help Marcos, each of them in their own way, but it is already too late.

Production

Coproduction Office, No Dream Cinema, Mantarraya Producciones, Tarantula

Director
Carlos Reygadas 

Mexican filmmaker and producer. Born in Mexico in 1971.  After studying law in Mexico, he worked for the United Nations. Reygadas discovered his filmic passion after watching the films of the Soviet/Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky. Over the course of two years, he put together a technical team of mostly new-comers and shot his first feature JAPÓN. The film was self-produced and presented at Cannes Film Festivals in 2002 where it received a Special Mention for the Camera D'Or. In 2007 his film SILENT LIGHT won Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, made him one of Latin America's most prominent directors, with various critics having named Silent Light as one of the best films of its decade. At the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, Reygadas won the Best Director Award for the film LIGHT AFTER DARKNESS. His newest film, OUR TIME, was selected to be screened in the main competition section of the Venice International Film Festival in 2018.

 

Sorry We Missed You

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Colored / 100 Min

Ricky, Abby and their two children live in Newcastle. Ricky and his family have been fighting an uphill struggle against debt since the 2008 financial crash. An opportunity to wrestle back some independence appears with a shiny new van and the chance to run a franchise as a self-employed delivery driver. It’s hard work, and his wife’s job as a carer is no easier. Will the family stand the test?

Production

Sixteen Films, Why Not Productions, Wild Bunch, Les Films du Fleuve, BBC Films, BFI

Director
Ken Loach 

Ken Loach was born in 1936 in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England, UK. He read law at St Peter's College, Oxford. After a brief spell in the theatre, Loach was recruited by the BBC in 1963 as a television director. This launched a long career directing films for television and the cinema. His films have received about 100 film prizes firmly establishing him in the pantheon of great European directors.

 

The Souvenir

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Colored / 115 Min

England; the early 1980s. Julie, a young woman attending film school, wants to use her camera to better understand the world. On a film-school party she meets a charismatic and mysterious man named Anthony. Thus begins Julie’s first serious love affair. Anthony harbours a secret that Julie only uncovers later, but that then dramatically changes everything.

Production

BBC Films, BFI, JWH Films, Sikelia Productions

Director
Joanna Hogg 

Born in 1960 in London, England. After working for television, screenwriter and director made her feature film debut in 2007 with UNRELATED. The film won the FIPRESCI Prize and the Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer. The British Film Institute has identified her as ‘one of the foremost directors working in Britain today’.

 

The Farewell

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Colored / 100 Min

A headstrong Chinese-American woman returns to China when her beloved grandmother is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Billi struggles with her family's decision to keep grandma in the dark about her own illness as they all stage an impromptu wedding to see grandma one last time.

Production

Big Beach Films, Depth of Field, Kindred Spirit, Seesaw Productions

 

Director
Lulu Wang 

Lulu Wang is a classical-pianist-turned-filmmaker. Born in Beijing, raised in Miami, and educated in Boston, Lulu is a recipient of the 2014 Chaz and Roger Ebert Directing Fellowship, awarded at the Film Independent Spirit Awards. THE FAREWELL is her second feature film.

 

Matthias and Maxime

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Colored / 119 Min

Two childhood best friends, Matthias and Maxime, are asked to share a kiss for the purposes of a student short film. After it happens, a change occurs between them, one they cannot articulate, but neither can they deny its powerful impact…

Production

სტუდენტური მოკლემეტრაჟიანი ფილმის გადაღებისას ბავშვობის ორ საუკეთესო მეგობარს, მაქსიმს და მათიასს, სთხოვენ, კამერის წინ ერთმანეთს აკოცონ. ამის შემდეგ მათ შორის რაღაც იცვლება, რაღაც, რასაც სახელს ვერ არქმევენ, მაგრამ ვერც მის მძლავრ ზემოქმედებას უარყოფენ...

Director
xavier dolan 

Born in 1989 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is an actor, director, screenwriter, editor, costume designer and producer. Xavier Dolan shot to international acclaim with his first feature film, I KILLED MY MOTHER (J'ai tué ma mère, 2009). In 2014, he won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and the César for Best Foreign Feature with MOMMY. In 2016, IT’S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD (Juste la fin du monde) won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival. MATTHIAS & MAXIME premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

 

Ghost Town Anthology

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Colored / 97 Min

In a small, isolated town with a population of 215, Simon Dubé dies in a car accident. The stunned townspeople are reluctant to discuss the circumstances of the tragedy. From that point on time seems to lose all meaning, and the days stretch on without end. Something descends slowly upon the area. In this period of mourning and in this fog, strangers start to appear. Who are they? What is happening?

Production

Couzin Films

Director
Denis Côté 

Born in New Brunswick, Canada in 1973, after working for a few years as a journalist and film critic, he made his directorial debut in 2005 with LES ÉTATS NORDIQUES which won the Golden Leopard in the video competition at Locarno. His 2013 film VIC + FLO ONT VU UN OURS premiered in competition at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Alfred Bauer Prize

 

hope gap

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Colored / 100 Min

Grace and Edward have been married for 33 years. When their son, Jamie, comes to visit them at their home on the Sussex coast, where the picturesque cliffs of Hope Gap look out onto the open sea, Edward tells him that he plans to leave Grace the next day.

 

Production

Origin Pictures, Protagonist Pictures, Immersiverse, Sampsonic Media

Director
William Nicholson 

William Nicholson was born in 1948 in Lewes, Sussex, England, UK. He is a novelist and prolific screenwriter whose credits include SHADOWLANDS (93) and GLADIATOR (00), both of which earned him Oscar nominations. He has directed about 50 documentaries for the BBC, mid-1970s to mid-1980s. His directorial credits include FIRELIGHT (97) and HOPE GAP (19).

 

bait

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Colored / 89 Min

Martin Ward is a fisherman without a boat, infuriated with his brother for using the family vessel for day-tripping, and the well-off Londoners who have bought his childhood home. Nearing the end of the summer season, tensions rise and when a misguided prank and retaliation escalates to tragedy the brothers are forced to unite and face the future together.

Production

Early Day Films Limited

Director
mark jenkin 

Born in 1976. Mark Jenkin is a director and editor who makes experimental short films, documentaries and features. He teaches at Falmouth University (Cornwall, England). In 2012, he formulated the Silent Landscape Dancing Grain 13 Film Manifesto, which comprises 13 rules that he follows when making his own films. He lives in Cornwall, which is a constant motif in his films.

 

Women in Love

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Colored / 131 Min

Gerald Crich and Rupert Berkin are best friends who fall in love with a pair of sisters Gudrun, a sculptress and Ursula Brangwen, a schoolteacher. Rupert marries Ursula, Gerald begins a love affair with Gudrun, and the foursome embarks upon a Swiss honeymoon. But the relationships soon go in very different directions.

Production

Brandywine Productions

Director
Ken Russell 

(1927–2011) Known for his highly controversial and flamboyant style , Ken Russell began his career in television, making films for the BBC. Russell’s best bit in cinema came in 1969 with the release of the most successful film of his career, WOMEN IN LOVE. Many of Russell’s television films focus on composers, a trend he would continue throughout his career, resulting in features about the lives of Tchaikovsky, Mahler, and Liszt.

 

This Sporting Life

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Black & White / 134 Min

Despite success on the field, a rising rugby star senses the emerging emptiness of his life as his inner angst begins to materialize through aggression and brutality, so he attempts to woo his landlady in hopes of finding reason to live.

Production

Independent Artists, Julian Wintle/Leslie Parkyn Productions

Director
Lindsay Anderson 

(1923 – 1994) English critic and stage and film director. Anderson began directing in 1948, making documentaries, and in 1955 he won an Academy Award for his short documentary THURSDAY’S CHILDREN. In 1963, Anderson made his first feature-length motion picture, THIS SPORTING LIFE. With  IF...., a satire on public schools, he won the Palme d'Or at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival.

 

The Servant

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Black & White / 116 Min

Tony, a wealthy young Londoner, hires Hugo Barrett as his manservant. No sooner has he donned his working clothes than Barrett begins exercising a subtle but insidious control over his master. Insidiously, Barrett makes himself indispensable to Tony, encouraging his drinking and indolence, playing on his fears and self-pity.

Production

Springbok Productions, Elstree Distributors

Director
Joseph Losey 

Joseph Losey (1909, La Crosse, Wisconsin – 1984, London, England) was an American theater and film director. In 1951 his links with left-wing theatre groups and the concern for social justice in many of his films attracted the attention of the House of Representatives UnAmerican Activities Committee (HUAC) and led to him being blacklisted. Losey moved to Europe, where he made the remainder of his films, mostly in the United Kingdom.

 

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

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Black & White / 104 Min

A rebellious youth, sentenced to a tough reform school for robbing a bakery, rises through the ranks of the institution through his prowess as a long distance runner. As his steady jog-trot rhythm transports him over an unrelenting, frost-bitten earth, he wonders why, for whom, and for what he is running.

Production

Woodfall Film Productions

Director
Tony Richardson 

(1928 – 1991) English theatrical and film director, producer. His experimental productions stimulated a renewal of the British stage during the 1950s. In 1959, Richardson co-founded Woodfall Film Productions, and, as Woodfall's debut, directed his first feature film,  LOOK BACK IN ANGER, based on the the play by John Osborne. In 1964 Richardson received two Academy Awards (Best Director and Best Picture) for TOM JONES (1963).

 

The Browning Version

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Black & White / 90 Min

Andrew Crocker-Harris is an ageing Classics master at an English public school, and is forced into retirement by his increasing ill health. As he winds up his final term, he discovers not only that his wife has been unfaithful to him , but that the school's students and staff of the school have long disdained him. However, an unexpected parting giftcauses the once-brilliant scholar to re-evaluate his life.

Production

 Javelin Films

Director
Anthony Asquith  

Anthony Asquith was active in the British film industry from the late silent period until the mid-1960s. In a career lasting around forty years, he made films in a variety of popular genres - comedies, thrillers, costume melodramas, adaptations. The British Academy Award for best music is named the Anthony Asquith Award in his honor.

 

 

Sunday Bloody Sunday

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Colored / 110 Min

Divorced woman Alex and well-to-do  family doctor Daniel Hirsh share the favours of young Bob Elkin who bed-hops between them as the mood takes him. Both Alex and Dr Hirsh are aware of the other's existence but prefer to live with the situation rather than risk losing Elkin completely. But a wet winter weekend in London can be difficult.

Production

Vectia

Director
John Schlesinger 

 (1926, London, England – 2003, Palm Springs, CA). Director and actor. Beginning his film career as an actor and documentarian, John Schlesinger flourished first as part of the British New Wave of the sixties and then in the New American Cinema of the seventies. He won an Oscar for MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969) and several other awards throughout his career.

 

Don't Look Now

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Colored / 110 Min

John and Laura Baxter grieving the recent death of their young daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and insists that she sees the spirit of the Baxters' daughter. The husband at first resists the idea, but starts to experience mysterious sightings himself.

Production

Casey Productions, Eldorado Films

Director
Nicolas Roeg  

1928 –2018) English director and cinematographer. When he made his directorial debut in 1970, Nicolas Roeg was already a 23-year veteran of the British film industry, starting out in 1947 as an editing apprentice and working his way up to cinematographer. In 1994, he was made a Fellow of the British Film Institute in recognition of his outstanding contribution to film culture.

 

Monos

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Colored / 102 Min

Eight adolescent members of a paramilitary squad and their hostage hide in the Colombian mountains. What at first glance looks like a hedonistic summer camp, is actually the setting of a mission: child soldiers with war names must make sure that a kidnapped American woman stays alive. But when a battle approaches and their treasured milk cow "Shakira" is killed by accident, playtime is over.

Production

Stela Cine, Mutante Cine

Director
Alejandro Landes 

Born in 1980 in São Paulo, Brazil, he grew up in Ecuador and Colombia. He studied political economy at Brown University and graduated in 2003. His debut feature film PORFIRIO premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in 2011. His latest film, MONOS, recieved the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award at Sundance Film Festival 2019

 

Give Me Liberty

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Colored / 110 Min

Vic, a young Russian American, drives a medical van for people with disabilities in Milwaukee. He risks his job to shuttle a group of rowdy seniors and a Russian boxer to a funeral, dragging clients like Tracy, a young woman with ALS, along for the ride.

Production

Give Me Liberty Productions, The Space Program, Ursa Minor Independent

Director
Kirill Mikhanovsky 

Born in Moscow, Kirill Mikhanovsky moved to the US, worked as a medical transport driver, and studied linguistics. Graduated from NYU, he shot SONHOS DE PEIXE (2006) in a Brazilian village (Cannes Critic’s Week, Prix Regard Jeune). His second feature film, GIVE ME LIBERTY, screened in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in 2019.

 

Los miembros de la familia

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Colored / 86 Min

Lucas and his older sister Gilda haven’t gotten along for years, but they are journeying together to the family’s beach house to pay their last respects to their mother, who has recently died. Determined to be gone by morning, the two soon find themselves marooned in the sleepy Argentinian coastal town by a bus strike. Card reading, parties and fitness on the beach provide Gilda and Lucas with remedies against boredom. Gradually, more and more people enter their microcosm, and their search for traces of their own past reveals present-day secrets.

Production

Volpe Films, Varsovia Films

Director
Mateo Bendesky 

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1989, he graduated with a film degree from the Universidad del Cine (FUC) in 2011. In 2016 he was selected as a participant of the TIFF Talent Lab at Toronto International Film Festival and won a MacDowell Fellowship to complete the screenplay for LOS MIEMBROS DE LA FAMILIA. The film screened at Forum section of the Berlin International Film Festival 2019.

 

 

Bacurau

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Colored / 132 Min

A few years from now… Bacurau, a small town in the Brazilian sertão, mourns the loss of its matriarch, Carmelita, who lived to be 94. Days later, its inhabitants notice that their community has vanished from most maps.

 

Production

Símio Filmes

Director
Kleber Mendonça Filho 

Born in Recife, northeastern Brazil, in 1968. He graduated in journalism and has worked extensively as a film critic and film programmer. His first feature film NEIGHBORING SOUNDS (O Som ao Redor, 2012) was selected in over 100 festivals and won 32 awards. BACURAU was in competition at the Cannes Film Festival 2019 and won the Jury Prize, together with director Juliano Dornelles.