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Boyhood

USA | 2014 | 164 minutes | Richard Linklater

2014 Golden Space Needle Award: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress (Patricia Arquette)

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Richard Linklater (Slacker, Before Sunrise trilogy) makes a triumphant return to his independent roots with this dazzling micro-epic, shot over the course of 12 years, that tracks the evolution of a single American family through the eyes of young Mason.

Burning Bush

Czech Republic | 2013 | 230 minutes | Agnieszka Holland

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An epic drama examining the emotional, political, and societal fallout from Prague student Jan Palach’s 1969 self-immolation protesting the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia. A riveting thriller plot with complex characters and sumptuously re-created period detail.

Half of a Yellow Sun

Nigeria | 2013 | 106 minutes | Biyi Bandele

Based on the eponymous novel, Half of a Yellow Sun follows the lives of two Nigerian sisters in the 1960s who return home after receiving education in England. The tumultuous Nigerian Civil War is the backdrop to this author-approved drama adaptation.

Hard to Be a God

Russia | 2013 | 170 minutes | Aleksei German

A group of Earth scientists live in secret among the barbaric citizens of Arkanar, a distant planet stuck in the Dark Ages. Based on the 1964 sci-fi bestseller by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky.

Tracks

United Kingdom | 2013 | 110 minutes | John Curran

2,000 miles: the distance from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean. “When people ask me why I’m doing it, my usual answer is, ‘Why not?’” Mia Wasikowska portrays Robyn Davidson and her astonishing true voyage across the Outback by foot.

Unforgiven

Japan | 2013 | 135 minutes | Lee Sang-il

Ken Watanabe stars as a retired samurai who takes up his sword anew in this gorgeously shot and impressively choreographed Meiji-period remake of Clint Eastwood’s classic western.