Contemporary World Cinema
SIFF always takes great pride in showcasing films from around the globe.
From darkly absurdist comedies from Turkey and Spain, to noir mysteries from Iran and family dramas from South Korea, we guarantee you'll find a connection to someone's story-whether from your own backyard or on the other side of the world. Swap your passport for some popcorn and experience an expansive selection of movies from over 80 countries.
France | 2016 | 140 minutes | Emmanuelle Bercot
Emmanuelle Bercot's powerful social-justice drama is a French Erin Brockovich story about Dr. Irene Frachon (Sidse Babett Knudsen), who discovers that a state-approved medication has caused suspicious deaths, leading her on a one-woman crusade to reveal the truth.
Italy | 2016 | 92 minutes | Michele Placido
This working woman's social thriller takes place during a tense meeting of textile factory worker representatives as they heatedly debate the pros and cons of management’s controversial new job-saving proposal.
Ireland | 2016 | 82 minutes | Darren Thornton
After 20-something “Mad” Mary McArdle is denied a plus-one to her friend’s wedding on the grounds that she doesn’t have one, she becomes determined to find a date, leading to an unlikely relationship that helps heal her troubled past.
Iran | 2016 | 105 minutes | Mani Haghighi
Police Inspector Hafizi wakes up on a desert island and must piece together the puzzle of his abduction while working a murder case in this delightfully unconventional and entertaining Iranian mashup of gumshoe noir and phantasmagorical ghost story.
Japan | 2016 | 117 minutes | Hirokazu Koreeda
Japanese auteur Hirozaku Kore-eda (Our Little Sister) returns with a gentle, complex domestic drama about a ne’er-do-well father attempting to reconnect with his estranged family when a typhoon traps them together in an all-night emotional journey.
Poland | 2016 | 100 minutes | Andrzej Wajda
In the final film from Andrzej Wajda (Man of Hope), beloved Polish artist Wladyslaw Strzeminski, known for his playful avant-garde paintings and sculptures, finds his life upended when the Stalinist regime insists that he embrace only “Socialist Realist” art.
Turkey | 2016 | 105 minutes | Mehmet Can Mertoğlu
Going to absurd and darkly comic lengths, a middle-class Turkish couple fake pregnancy in order to convince their community that the baby they are adopting is their biological child in this satire of bureaucratic ineptitude and very questionable parenting.
Spain | 2016 | 120 minutes | Rodrigo Grande
Winner of the Golden Space Needle Award for Best Film and Best Director
Ireland | 2016 | 99 minutes | Chris Baugh
Revenge is coming for the criminals who have killed the mother of a seemingly mild-mannered Irish farmer in this tense, tough-as-nails thriller including flashes of bloody hilarity and featuring a career-making lead performance from Nigel O'Neill.
Chile | 2016 | 89 minutes | Claudia Huaiquimilla
Chilean director Claudia Huaiquimilla’s award-winning debut feature explores the unlikely, transformative friendship between two teens: a troubled petty criminal from Santiago and a shy outsider from the indigenous Mapuche community.
South Korea | 2016 | 95 minutes | Chang-Yong Moon, Jin Jeon
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize - Documentary Competition
Netherlands | 2016 | 12 minutes | Niels Bourgonje
When a young man is asked by his ex-boyfriend to support him during an HIV test, he sees an opportunity to find out if there’s still a chance for reconciliation.
Thailand | 2016 | 105 minutes | Anocha Suwichakornpong
Magically and melancholy, Thai director Anocha Suwichakornpong observes a filmmaker, a pop star, and a waitress who is constantly changing jobs, craftily revealing how their lives are interconnected through a decades-spanning tale of a country with a haunted past.
Germany | 2017 | 101 minutes | Sam Garbarski
Moritz Bleibtreu stars as a smooth-talking salesman in postwar Frankfurt who barely survived the concentration camps and wants to leave for America but not before a tenacious U.S. special agent (Antje Traue) demands to know the details behind some of his questionable wartime activities.
Chile | 2016 | 81 minutes | Jorge Riquelme Serrano
This explosive and brutal Chilean thriller takes place on a wealthy lesbian couple’s peaceful day together, which becomes a nightmare of psychological and physical terror after a soft-spoken unexpected guest undergoes a shocking transformation.
India | 2016 | 105 minutes | Ananya Kasaravalli
Hari lives in a coastal town in southern India, where he is renowned for his work playing female characters in traditional yakshagana theatre, but as the performance begins to seep into his daily life, Hari finds himself trapped between genders amid a prejudiced society.
South Korea | 2016 | 122 minutes | Shin Dong-il
A bourgeois middle-class South Korean family is losing the rat race: Father is fired from his job of 18 years, Mother feels pressure at work to be a top salesperson, and Daughter struggles to get into college. But by following their dreams, maybe they can find a new definition of success.
Bosnia and Herzegovina | 2016 | 85 minutes | Danis Tanovic
Academy Award®-winning director Danis Tanovic (No Man's Land) tells a sprawling, multi-character narrative that travels from the basement to the penthouse of Sarajevo’s luxurious Hotel Europe as the staff prepare for a huge national celebration.
Italy | 2016 | 90 minutes | Alessandro Aronadio
Alessandro Aronadio’s black-and-white tragicomedy begins when a man wakes up with an annoying ringing sound in his ears and discovers a cryptic note on his fridge ”Your friend Luigi has died. P.S. I took the car”, which leads to a succession of surreal encounters.
Indonesia | 2016 | 77 minutes | Riri Riza
In this lyrical and humanist drama set in 1960s Indonesia, a woman discovers that her husband has taken a second wife, which, though legal and in accordance with Muslim practice, leaves her quietly devastated as she struggles to keep their marriage and family intact.
France | 2016 | 128 minutes | Alejandro Jodorowsky
In the latest entry of cult icon Alejandro Jodorowsky’s (El Topo) cinematic memoirs, a young poet joins a bohemian artist commune in Santiago where he meets a host of circus-like characters and falls in love with a voluptuous, red-haired goddess.
Canada | 2017 | 85 minutes | Jason James
“Silicon Valley” star Thomas Middleditch gives a brilliant, deadpan comedic performance as a man in a downward spiral who uncovers his parents’ secret: They adopted and then gave up a baby girl before he was born. Now he’s on a mission to find his missing sister.
Luxembourg | 2016 | 94 minutes | Roger Mainwood
Based on the graphic novel by Raymond Briggs ("The Snowman"), this humane and funny animated tribute to his parents Ethel (Brenda Blethyn) and Ernest (Jim Broadbent) charts their tender love story from the 1920s to the 1970s.
Italy | 2016 | 98 minutes | Roan Johnson
A breezy Italian comedy of impending adulthood for high-school lovers Cate and Ferro, whose carefree post-graduation plans are suddenly changed by an unplanned pregnancy, leading the couple to navigate new issues of family, finances, and the future.
China | 2016 | 97 min. (incl. 7 min. short film) | Jun Geng
A soap-peddling shyster lands in a desolate northern China factory town filled with idiosyncratic con artists in Geng Jun’s deadpan, Jarmusch-style satire, winner of the Special Jury Award for Cinematic Vision at the Sundance Film Festival.
United Kingdom | 2017 | 94 minutes | Mitra Tabrizian
Shahab Hosseini, star of 2016 Oscar®-winner The Salesman, gives a mesmerizing performance as an enigmatic Iranian cab driver in London who strives to live a quiet life on his own terms until his mysterious past threatens to overtake him.
Bulgaria | 2016 | 101 minutes | Petar Valchanov
From Bulgaria comes a darkly comic social satire about greed and corruption that begins when an honest railroad worker does a good deed, leading an opportunistic public-relations agent to stage a media blitz that upends the mild-mannered good Samaritan’s life.
China | 2017 | 130 minutes | Gordon Chan
Hong Kong action director Gordon Chan’s sprawling war epic is set in 16th-century China, where marauding Japanese pirates threaten the coast and it’s up to Commander Yu (Sammo Hung) and the newly promoted General Qi (Vincent Zhao) to defeat them.
United Kingdom | 2017 | 100 minutes | Francis Lee
An isolated young sheep farmer in Yorkshire numbs his daily frustrations with binge-drinking and casual sex until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker ignites an intense relationship in this heart-stirring gay romance, winner of the Best Director award at the Sundance Film Festival.
Taiwan | 2016 | 112 minutes | Chung Mung-Hong
Hong Kong comedy legend Michael Hui gives an impressively restrained performance as a down-on-his-luck taxi driver who accidentally picks up a drug mule, in Taiwanese director Chung Mong-Hong’s (Parking) offbeat, a violent road movie.
France | 2016 | 94 minutes | Patrick Mille
In this feminine French Hangover-style misadventure, four childhood friends reunite for a wedding in Rio, only to find themselves on the run through the Brazilian countryside after accidentally killing an attacker at a drug-fueled party.
Australia | 2016 | 110 minutes | Ivan Sen
Rugged Indigenous detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen, Mystery Road) returns for a new round of Outback noir, this time investigating the disappearance of a Chinese migrant worker from a frontier mining town.
Ireland | 2016 | 95 minutes | John Butler
Music-obsessed Irish teenager Ned is an outcast at his rugby-obsessed boarding school, understood only by an inspirational English teacher (Andrew Scott, “Sherlock”), at least until he becomes roommates with a star athlete, in this breezy coming-of-age underdog story.
China | 2017 | 88 min. (incl. 11 min. short film) | Liu Jian
Filled with sparkling, Tarantino-esque dialogue, this grim animated noir from China begins when a young construction worker steals a case filled with cash and finds himself pursued by a rogues’ gallery of punk rockers, crazed inventors, and a hammer-wielding hit man.
France | 2016 | 104 minutes | Katell Quillévéré
Director Katell Quillévéré assembled a gifted ensemble cast for this heart-wrenching, compassionate medical drama connecting three seemingly unrelated stories about the moment when tragedy meets hope. Adapted from Maylis de Kerangal’s internationally acclaimed 2014 novel.
Iceland | 2016 | 129 minutes | Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
In a remote fishing village along the majestic, jagged Icelandic coast, two teenage boys experience a turbulent summer as one tries to win the heart of a girl while the other discovers new feelings toward his best friend.
Canada | 2016 | 110 minutes | Kevan Funk
A painfully shy minor-league hockey player discovers a cutthroat, brutal world of institutionalized violence that turns his life upside down in this acclaimed drama of alienation and the often-toxic culture of male masculinity.
Mexico | 2017 | 100 minutes | Ernesto Contreras
Told with striking sound design and a hint of magical realism, this picturesque fable travels with an ambitious linguist to the jungles of Mexico, where he hopes to save a dying indigenous language by reuniting its last two living speakers who haven’t spoken in 50 years.
United Kingdom | 2016 | 100 minutes | Ken Loach
Winner of the Golden Space Needle Award for Best Actor (David Johns)
Lebanon | 2017 | 85 minutes | Philippe Van Leeuw
In a Syrian city under siege, a mother of three (Hiam Abbass) is barricaded inside her apartment and fights to protect her family and her neighbors from the raging war outside, in this tense drama where every decision is a matter of life or death.
Iran | 2016 | 84 minutes | Behnam Behzadi
After her mother's illness worsens due to the air pollution in Tehran, an unmarried female shop owner (Sahar Dowlatshahi) comes to the suffocating realization that her selfish relatives are tying to control her life, leading to a personal mutiny against male domination.
Canada (Québec) | 2016 | 95 minutes | Xavier Dolan
Prodigious auteur Xavier Dolan (Mommy) enlists an all-star cast of top French actors―including Vincent Cassel, Léa Seydoux, and Marion Cotillard―for a bold and stylistically daring melodrama about a writer who returns to his hometown after more than a decade to announce to his family that he is dying.
Russia | 2016 | 94 minutes | Alyona Davydova
Ivan is an ambulance driver in a small Russian town who becomes inspired to make much-needed changes to his life after he unexpectedly becomes the temporary guardian of a charming yet sassy ten-year-old girl in this funny and compassionate drama.
Hungary | 2016 | 105 minutes | Attila Till
Two young men with physical disabilities stumble into Budapest's underbelly of gangsters and gunfights after they become entangled with a contract killer who uses a wheelchair and seems to come straight out of a comic book in this inventive, action-packed coming-of-age fable.
Norway | 2016 | 130 minutes | Erik Poppe
This dramatic wartime epic, shortlisted for the 2017 Best Foreign language Oscar®, is set over the course of three days in 1940, when the aging King of Norway is presented with an unimaginable ultimatum from the German army: Surrender or die!
China | 2016 | 93 minutes | Wang Xuebo
The hauntingly beautiful fable of an elderly farmer in China’s primarily Muslim Ningxia province who finds that affection for his beloved bull makes it impossible to sacrifice the animal in a religious ceremony—until the bull inexplicably stops eating.
United Kingdom | 2016 | 89 minutes | William Oldroyd
Based not on Shakespeare but on a classic Russian novel, this Gothic tale from up-and-coming director William Oldroyd takes place in rural England, where a young woman (Florence Pugh) is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter older man.
Philippines | 2016 | 110 minutes | Brillante Mendoza
Filipino director Brillante Mendoza's social-realist drama tracks the case of an impoverished family who run a convenience store, but are only able to make ends meet by selling drugs until they are arrested and pressed for bribes by corrupt police officers.
Spain | 2016 | 127 minutes | Rodrigo Sorogoyen
In 2011, as the Pope visits Madrid in the midst of a hot and chaotic summer, two police inspectors are racing to stop a serial killer who is murdering elderly women in this taut "True Detective" thriller, in which the hunters may not be so very different from the hunted.
Latvia | 2016 | 105 minutes | Renārs Vimba
After the death of her grandmother, a fiercely independent teen in rural Latvia is thrust into adulthood, and must shoulder raising her younger brother, avoiding a nosy social worker, and navigating a relationship with her English teacher, all in hopes of finding her estranged mother.
France | 2016 | 89 minutes | Frédéric Mermoud
Emmanuelle Devos stars in a suspenseful psychological thriller about a mother determined to track down the driver of the mocha-colored Mercedes that struck her son and ruined her life. Once she has a suspect in her sights, she waits for her moment of revenge.
Japan | 2017 | 129 minutes | Sabu
Yojimbo meets Tampopo in maverick director Sabu’s surprisingly tender modern fable about a taciturn sword-wielding hitman who hides out in a Japanese village, makes friends, and cooks surprisingly tasty noodles, until his past comes back to haunt him.
Georgia | 2017 | 120 minutes | Nana Ekvtimishvili
This story of female freedom from filmmaking couple Nana & Simon (In Bloom), already hailed by critics as one of the best films of the year, follows a middle-aged Georgian woman who leaves her shocked family without explanation in order to find herself a quiet life.
France | 2016 | 130 minutes | Bertrand Bonello
A group of young, multiracial radicals with no stated ideology stage a series of terrorist attacks in Paris, then hide out for the night in a shopping center in this transgressive exploration of radical violence from Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent).
Canada | 2016 | 6 minutes | Alisi Telengut
This hand-painted visual poem explores the ideas of diaspora, homeland, and the mass deportations of the Kalmyk people during World War II.
Germany | 2016 | 102 minutes | Sven Taddicken
Martina Gedeck (The Lives of Others) stars as a despondent woman in a loveless marriage that seeks help from a celebrated pop-psychologist, embarking on a perverse yet affectionate romance that presents her with a new purpose in life.
Russia | 2016 | 132 minutes | Andrei Konchalovsky
Andrei Konchalovsky (Runaway Train) won Best Director at the Venice Film Festival for this stunning monochrome wartime character drama that alternates between the accounts of a resistance fighter and her Nazi oppressors.
Brazil | 2017 | 105 minutes | Julia Murat
Visual art and dance merge in Julia Murat's graceful and tender exploration of intimacy that follows a male sculptor and a female dancer who split their empty loft with a strip of orange tape, a divide which changes the nature of their relationship.
Norway | 2016 | 96 minutes | Erik Skjoldbjærg
Norwegian director Erik Skjoldbjærg (Insomnia) returns with a slow-burn psychological thriller based on the true story of a fire chief’s son of who terrorizes his rural community with a series of increasingly dangerous fires over the course of a long, hot summer.
Sweden | 2016 | 110 minutes | Amanda Kernell
Winner of the Golden Space Needle Award for Best Actress (Lene Cecilia Sparrok) and Grand Jury Prize Winner - Official Competition
Cuba | 2016 | 105 minutes | Carlos Lechuga
This political odd-couple story set in 1980s Cuba introduces a dissident homosexual novelist and the local woman assigned by the government to monitor his house arrest, who slowly come to discover that they have more in common than expected.
Canada | 2016 | 94 minutes | Zacharias Kunuk
Inuk filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner) returns with an indigenous update to John Ford’s The Searchers, in which a hunter in the tundra of the Canadian Arctic pursues the marauders who have kidnapped his family.
Vietnam | 2017 | 114 minutes | Ham Tran
After an office manager and a junior employee break a cardinal rule prohibiting intra-office romance, they comically try to sabotage one another into leaving their job in this unhinged, endearing, slapstick romance from Vietnam.
Denmark | 2017 | 90 minutes | Ole Borndal
Danish stars Nicolas Bro and Ulrich Thomsen, last seen together in Adam's Apples, star in a darkly comic, gleefully inappropriate comedy about two best friends who hire a Russian hitman to kill their wives, only to find the tables turned and themselves on top of the kill list.
Lebanon | 2016 | 92 minutes | Sophie Boutros
Lebanese writer/director Sophie Boutros balances warm-hearted laughs with social insight in the story of a woman who discovers that her daughter's suitor is Syrian, stirring her personal prejudices and leading to increasingly farcical attempts to thwart their union.
China | 2016 | 142 minutes | Zhang Yang
A compassionate Buddhist embarks on a mystical quest through Tibet, pursued by black-traders and a man hell-bent on vengeance. Along the way they encounter mysterious travelers, among them a loyal elf, a lovestruck woman, and a mute psychic.
Japan | 2016 | 70 minutes | Norihiro Niwatsukino
This erotic fantasy set in Japan’s Edo period introduces a sexually irresistible Buddhist monk struggling to stay virtuous as he begins to have strange carnal dreams, cleverly depicted with flashes of dazzling animation, and in one case, a show-stopping update of Ravel’s “Bolero.”
Spain | 2017 | 102 minutes | Álex de la Iglesia
Álex de la Iglesia's latest gonzo masterpiece is a claustrophobic thriller set inside a corner cafe in Madrid, where a cross-section of perfidious patrons are trapped by a mysterious shooter outside the front door, forcing them to find another means of escape.
China | 2017 | 98 minutes | Shen Xing-Hao
Inspired by the true stories of the difficult construction of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, 95-year-old Chinese film icon Qin Yi wrote, produced, and stars in this romantic drama about a pair of courageous meteorological engineers who fall in love with the region.
Germany | 2016 | 125 minutes | Chris Kraus
Lars Eidinger (Personal Shopper) stars as a short-tempered Holocaust researcher struggling with his family's past who finds his barriers breaking down after being saddled with a frank and unconventional female assistant (two-time Cesar-winner Adele Heanel).
China | 2017 | 111 min. (incl. 7 min. short film) | Liang Dong
A working-class auto mechanic discovers a magical door to an alternate world in which his life choices made him a wealthy playboy who seemingly has it all. Fantastical comic moments lead to self-reflection as he discovers that cross-dimensional existence has its problems.
Romania | 2016 | 98 minutes | Adrian Sitaru
Seeing an opportunity to kick-start his journalism career by landing an interview with a young girl caught up in an international sex-trafficking scandal, a correspondent pushes the limits of professional ethics, leading him to examine his own morality.
France | 2016 | 76 minutes | Sébastien Laudenbach
Adapting a lesser-known fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm, French animator Sébastien Laudenbach uses an elegant, minimalist, and hand-crafted painterly style to tell the legend of a girl who is sold to the Devil, then loses her hands when she attempts to escape.
United Kingdom | 2016 | 89 minutes | John Jencks
Adapted from the deliciously witty novel by Stephen Fry, Roger Allam gives a wonderfully cantankerous performance as a profane, drunken writer who takes a job investigating a series of unexplained miracle healings at a friend's country manor.
United Kingdom | 2016 | 94 minutes | Nick Hamm
During a car ride through the Scottish countryside, conservative British loyalist Ian Paisley (Timothy Spall) and former IRA leader Martin McGuinness (Colm Meaney) begin to find common ground and craft a historic plan for bringing peace to Northern Ireland in this gripping dramatization.
Poland | 2016 | 123 minutes | Jan P. Matuszynski
Polish surrealist Zdzislaw Beksinski (Andrzej Seweryn) aims his camcorder at his loving wife and troubled son (SIFF 2014 Best Actor winner Dawid Ogrodnik), unfolding a subversive true-life family drama. Winner of four Polish Academy Awards.
France | 2017 | 117 minutes | Martin Provost
Catherine Deneuve, in a performance that critics are hailing as among her best, is a free-spirited, life-loving woman at a crossroads who seeks out her ex-lover's daughter, a gifted yet painfully reserved midwife, in an effort to reconnect after 30 years away.
South Korea | 2016 | 114 minutes | Kim Ki-duk
A North Korean fisherman adrift at sea finds himself in South Korean waters, where he is apprehended and suspected of being a spy, undergoing a fierce interrogation by an ambitious officer. A politically charged drama from auteur Kim Ki-duk (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring).
Iceland | 2016 | 104 minutes | Baltasar Kormakur
When his daughter gets involved with a manipulative drug dealer, a loving father fights to save her and finds himself resorting to extreme measures in a dramatic Taken-style psychological thriller from Icelandic director and star Baltasar Kormakur.
France | 2016 | 122 minutes | Jérôme Salle
Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau (Lambert Wilson) revolutionized sea exploration with his vessel Calypso, a crew of free-spirited adventurers, and his inventive ideas. Filled with spectacular underwater sequences, this epic biopic explores the adventures as well as the home life of an iconic oceanographer.
Portugal | 2016 | 118 minutes | João Pedro Rodrigues
With a subversive Pasolini-esque style, João Pedro Rodrigues' mind-bending adventure treks along with a solitary ornithologist who, while searching for endangered black storks, is plunged into the eerie and dark forests of northern Portugal and finds himself transforming into a Catholic saint.
Australia | 2016 | 99 minutes | Shane Abbess
In this rip-roaring throwback to the action-packed, world-building science fiction of the 1980s, a manmade horde of monstrous creatures terrorizes the planet, forcing an off-world military contractor to partner with a shady drifter to find and rescue his daughter.
China | 2016 | 98 min. (incl. 8 min. short film) | Zhu Yuancheng
After accepting a job as a full-time caretaker for an ex-boxer who suffers from senile dementia, a young woman develops a close bond with her patient. A heartfelt drama based on a short story by National Book Award-winning author Ha Jin.
Australia | 2016 | 8 minutes | Will Goodfellow
When retiree Don declares he no longer wants the new spa he's just ordered, Ivan the deliveryman suspects there's more to the story.
Italy | 2016 | 92 minutes | Max Croci
Based on the comedic memoirs of a divorced mom, this lighthearted slice-of-life tale introduces headstrong Dora, whose crumbling marriage leaves her to raise her two children with the help of her eccentric family, free-spirited best friend, and a charming poet-turned-nanny.
Belgium | 2016 | 113 minutes | Jean Pierre Dardenne
The award-winning Dardenne brothers’ (Two Days, One Night; The Kid With a Bike) latest sensitive realist drama focuses on a young doctor who inadvertently contributes to the death of an unidentified prostitute, sending her on a quest to discover the woman’s true identity.
Israel | 2016 | 110 minutes | Rama Burshtein
When her fiancé bows out just before their elaborately planned wedding, an Orthodox Jewish woman gives herself, and fate, 30 days to find a suitable replacement in writer-director Rama Burshtein’s (Fill the Void) delightfully quirky romantic comedy.
Argentina | 2016 | 98 minutes | Emiliano Torres
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize - Ibero-American Competition
France | 2016 | 114 minutes | Lucas Belvaux
In northern France, a beloved and devoted nurse is offered a candidacy for mayor by a far-right party, leading to a political campaign that will test her will in this timely and sharp study on how populist ideology can quietly but decisively contaminate “good” people.
Finland | 2017 | 115 minutes | Dome Karukoski
A captivating biopic of artist Touko Laaksonen, aka Tom of Finland, one of the most influential gay artists of the 20th century, whose trailblazing homoerotic illustrations were created while homosexuality in his country was illegal. Winner of the FIPRESCI prize at the Gothenburg Film Festival.
Brazil | 2016 | 88 minutes | Fabio Meira
After 13-year-old wallflower Irene discovers a confident, independent girl living nearby, who also happens to be named Irene, they form an instant bond that is founded upon a shocking secret in this delicate tale of friendship and identity.
Hong Kong | 2017 | 94 minutes | Yan Pak Wing, Chiu Sin Hang
Hiding in the shadows of Hong Kong is a secret organization that fights hordes of hopping vampires in this gleefully goofy Hong Kong horror comedy about a young man recruited to the team after he discovers he is immune to vampire attacks.
Canada | 2016 | 89 minutes | Bruce McDonald
Narrated by the imaginary spirit of Andy Warhol, Bruce McDonald’s sparkling coming-of-age road journey is set in the summer of 1976, when best friends Kit and Alice leave their small town in Nova Scotia in search of Kit’s eccentric mother (Molly Parker).
Nepal | 2016 | 89 minutes | Deepak Rauniyar
Deepak Rauniyar’s potent drama of overcoming divisions in post-civil war Nepal follows a Maoist rebel, returning to a remote mountain village to bury his Royalist father, who struggles to reconnect with his estranged family, forgotten friends, and nonconformist ex-wife.
Dominican Republic | 2017 | 106 minutes | José María Cabral
This hard-hitting but compassionate prison story from Santo Domingo, shot on location with real inmates, tells the love story between two prisoners in neighboring institutions who communicate through an elaborate sign language known as woodpecking.
South Korea | 2016 | 86 minutes | Hong Sang-soo
Korean virtuoso Hong Sang-soo (Right Now, Wrong Then) delivers an absurdist spin on the romantic comedy when a young painter has a fight with his girlfriend for drinking with another man, then discovers her doppelganger appearing wherever he goes.
Russia | 2016 | 87 minutes | Ivan I. Tverdovsky
After middle-aged introvert Natasha discovers a tail growing from the bottom of her spine it sparks a newfound femininity and hunger for life that leads her to a handsome X-ray technician in this whimsical, romantic tale of transformation.