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Filtering by Program: Contemporary World Cinema

Paradise: Hope

Austria | 2013 | 90 minutes | Ulrich Seidl

So her mother and aunt can leave on summer excursions, 13-year-old Melanie is shipped off to weight loss camp. There she makes unexpected new friendships, talks about sex, and develops a mad crush on the handsome camp doctor, in this surprisingly tender conclusion to the Paradise trilogy.

Paradise: Love

Austria | 2012 | 120 minutes | Ulrich Seidl

With a blend of realism, social commentary, and warped humor, Ulrich Seidl's Paradise trilogy tells the stories of three women each at a turning point. Paradise: Love travels with 50-year-old hausfrau Teresa as she becomes a "Sugar Mama" sex tourist, buying favors from Kenyan beach boys.


South Korea | 2012 | 104 minutes | Kim Ki-duk

In Kim Ki-duk's brilliant but disturbing psychological study, a cold-blooded loan shark reconsiders his brutal lifestyle when a mysterious woman arrives and claims to be his long-lost mother. Warning: this film contains explicit scenes that some viewers may find offensive.

The Plague

Spain | 2013 | 85 minutes | Neus Ballús

A vividly shot slice of life docudrama set in the distant suburbs of Barcelona, this heavy but hopeful film follows five interconnected Catalonians, including a wrestler and a farmer, as they struggle with personal and economic difficulties.

Redemption Street

Serbia | 2012 | 97 minutes | Miroslav Terzic

A post-war thriller set in Belgrade. A young lawyer wants to prove himself with his first important case. Naively he shakes too many skeletons from the post-war closet, exposing himself and his family to danger.

A Respectable Family

Iran | 2012 | 90 minutes | Massoud Bakhshi

Move over, Sopranos. A college professor returns home to Iran after 22 years—only to get embroiled in illicit dealings masterminded by his family in this post-Revolution psychological drama.

Ripples of Desire

Taiwan | 2012 | 112 minutes | Zero Chou

Set in 17th-century Taiwan, rife with pirates, courtesans, and star-crossed lovers, the beautiful and talented ladies of the Floating Island hide a gruesome secret, in this big-budget period drama.

The Rocket

Australia | 2013 | 96 minutes | Kim Mordaunt

Set in lush, rural Laos, this spirited drama tells the story of scrappy ten-year-old Ahlo, who yearns to break free from his ill-fated destiny. With help from his friend Kia and uncle Purple, he builds a giant rocket to compete in the dangerous Rocket Festival.

Sadourni's Butterflies

Argentina | 2012 | 94 minutes | Dario Nardi

A surrealistic melodrama about a circus dwarf jailed for a crime of passion addresses identity, alienation, and daring to dream. Director Dario Nardi’s strange and magical movie, reminiscent of film noir and German expressionism, is utterly captivating.

Short Stories

Russia | 2012 | 105 minutes | Mikhail Segal

Short Stories is about a writer and his short story manuscript that finds its way into the lives of the publishers that rejected it. The five stories are a tableau of entertaining ultra-contemporary Russian tales.

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