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40 Days of Silence

Uzbekistan | 2014 | 88 minutes | Saodat Ismailova

In an isolated Uzbek village, young Bibicha takes a traditional vow of silence and moves into her grandmother’s old house, along with three other women, to be part of a chilla, or spiritual “quarantine.”

Abuse of Weakness

France | 2013 | 104 minutes | Catherine Breillat

Based on actual events that befell filmmaker Catherine Breillat (the provocateur behind Romance and Fat Girl), Isabelle Huppert stars as a director, partially paralyzed from a serious stroke, who falls for an arrogant, conniving, money-hungry con man.

Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas

France | 2013 | 122 minutes | Arnaud des Pallières

Mads Mikkelson gives a commanding performance as the titular hero, a simple merchant in 16th century France, who swears revenge against the nobleman responsible for his wife’s brutal murder.

The Airstrip - Decampment of Modernism, Part III

Germany | 2014 | 108 minutes | Heinz Emigholz

The director of Loos Ornamental (SIFF 2008) returns with another look at modernist architecture, this time traveling from Europe through South America to the island where the US launched the atomic attack on Japan.

Bad Hair

Venezuela | 2013 | 93 minutes | Mariana Rondón

In this finely acted, deceptively small-scaled film, nine-year-old Junior and his frustrated single mother clash over Junior’s desire to straighten his kinky hair. The tower blocks of Caracas, Venezuela are the backdrop for a subtly powerful domestic drama.

The Congress

Israel | 2013 | 122 minutes | Ari Folman

Ari Folman follows up the Oscar®-nominated Waltz With Bashir with a surreal, vivacious, live action-animation hybrid about an aging actress (Robin Wright playing a version of herself) who sells her image to a movie studio-turned-cinematic dream world.

Futuro Beach

Brazil | 2014 | 106 minutes | Karim Aïnouz

Two breakneck motorcycle rides bookend a tactile gay romance, told over three chapters and in the contrasting locations of sexy Brazil and frigid Berlin. Karim Ainouz’s latest feature is an astonishingly colorful and intimate look into the complexities of human relationships.

The Green Prince

Germany | 2014 | 95 minutes | Nadav Schirman

A Palestinian from Ramallah, Mosab Hassan Yousef grew up ready to fight Israel. As an informant, a decade-long assignment required him to betray his father; a moral conflict that’s the catalytic centerpiece of The Green Prince, based on Yousef’s memoir, “Son of Hamas”.

History of Fear

Argentina | 2013 | 79 minutes | Benjamín Naishtat

Sprawling in scope and precise in its portrayal of edgy anxiety, Benjamin Naishtat’s film creates uneasiness for the denizens of an affluent suburb near Buenos Aires. Paranoia reigns when mysterious happenings befall their insulated community.

The Keeper of Lost Causes

Denmark | 2013 | 97 minutes | Mikkel Nørgaard

“Cold Case” meets Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in this electrifying first chapter in a series of adaptations from Danish crime writer Jussi Adler Olsen. Hardboiled detective Carl Mørck is assigned to a department of dead cases, only to become obsessed with the alleged suicide of a female politician.

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