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Liar’s Dice

India | 2014 | 104 minutes | Geetu Mohandas

A quietly effective debut set in a snowy border village centers on a young Indian mother, journeying with her daughter to Delhi in search of her vanished husband. Along the way she encounters an army deserter skilled in the game of liar’s dice...who says he can help.

Macondo

Austria | 2014 | 98 minutes | Sudabeh Mortezai

A sensitive and deeply humanist tone carries this portrait of a young boy in a refugee settlement in Vienna torn between childhood, adulthood, and the reality of his surroundings.

The Nightingale

China | 2013 | 108 minutes | Philippe Muyl

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In this ravishingly beautiful movie, Philippe Muyl takes us on a Chinese road trip through spectacular mountain villages to discover a bucolic existence. A grandfather travels towards his memories, while his granddaughter finds simple wonders she never knew existed.

Palestine Stereo

Palestine | 2013 | 90 minutes | Rashid Masharawi

Two brothers in the West Bank are rendered homeless by an Israeli airstrike, and hustle odd jobs to raise enough money to emigrate to Canada. This ironic drama captures the tragicomic absurdities of life under occupation.

Queen Margot

France | 1994 | 159 minutes | Patrice Chéreau

Shown fully restored to its original length, this multiple César award-winner is based on the classic novel by Alexandre Dumas. This sumptuous historical drama details the Catholic Marguerite de Valois, nicknamed Margot, as she’s bound in a loveless political marriage to Henri de Bourbon.

Quod Erat Demonstrandum

Romania | 2013 | 105 minutes | Andrei Gruzsniczki

In mid-’80s Romania, a gifted mathematician is under investigation for plans to publish a new theorem by smuggling it overseas. He’s one in a network of academics struggling beneath the oppressive dictatorship in this gripping tale of science and secrecy.

Rags and Tatters

Egypt | 2013 | 87 minutes | Ahmad Abdalla

A nameless fugitive fights his way through the chaos of revolutionary Cairo to deliver cell phone footage of police brutality from his dying friend to the outside world. Hailed as "a touchtone of post-revolutionary Egyptian cinema."

The Rooftops

Algeria | 2013 | 92 minutes | Merzak Allouache

Algeria's most beloved director weaves the story of five Algiers neighborhoods organized according to the five calls of prayer, over the course of a single day.

Salvation Army

Morocco | 2013 | 82 minutes | Abdellah Taïa

Inspired by the director's own experiences, the film recounts the journey of a gay Moroccan teenager who uses his sexuality to advance his position in, and eventually escape, the society that shuns him. A brave, provocative film that tackles taboo issues to offer a new vision of the queer Arab experience.

Shame

Russia | 2013 | 90 minutes | Yusup Razykov

The desolation and chilling beauty of northwest Russia is masterfully played against the longings of a community of women who await their husbands’ return from submarine missions at sea.

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