Contemporary World Cinema

SIFF always takes great pride in showcasing films from around the globe.

Swap your passport for some popcorn and experience an expansive selection of movies from over 80 countries.

3 Faces

Iran | 2018 | 100 minutes | Jafar Panahi

Internationally renowned filmmaker Jafar Panahi (THE WHITE BALLOON) co-stars in this richly layered metafiction.

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A Faithful Man

France | 2018 | 75 minutes | Louis Garrel

A man’s ex returns to him a widow, also bringing her lovestruck younger sister into their already complicated relationship.

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A Family Tour

Taiwan | 2018 | 109 minutes | Ying Liang

Ying Liang exposes Chinese authoritarianism, based on his experiences after one of his films forces him into exile.

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Afterlife

Netherlands | 2019 | 93 minutes | Willem Bosch

Teenaged Sam finds her mother waiting in the hereafter and plots to get them both back to the realm of the living.

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Alice

Australia | 2019 | 102 minutes | Josephine Mackerras

2019 SXSW Grand Jury Prize winner about a woman who becomes a sex worker to make ends meet, only to find the work empowering.

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All About Me

Germany | 2019 | 100 minutes | Caroline Link

A sweet origin story of one of Germany’s most beloved comedians, Hape Kerkeling.

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All My Loving

Germany | 2019 | 118 minutes | Edward Berger

A trifold drama exploring the lives of three 40ish siblings: a playboy pilot, a neurotic wife, and a harried student.

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An Affair

Norway | 2018 | 90 minutes | Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken

In this steamy Norwegian thriller, a hunky young man and his bored married gym teacher take turns stalking each other.

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An Almost Ordinary Summer

Italy | 2019 | 100 minutes | Simone Godano

Two families don’t realize they’re being brought together for a wedding for their aging patriarchs.

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Another Day of Life

Poland | 2018 | 85 minutes | Raul de la Fuente, Damian Nenow

Animation and documentary footage combine in this tale of the chaos and devastation of the 1975 Angolan civil war.

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Aurora

Finland | 2019 | 106 minutes | Miia Tervo

A poor, hard-partying nail technician reluctantly agrees to play matchmaker for an Iranian refugee.

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Baby (Bao Bei Er)

China | 2018 | 96 minutes | Liu Jie

A poor young woman goes to extreme lengths to save a baby born with a health defect from being discarded by her family.

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Blinded by the Light

United Kingdom | 2019 | 114 minutes | Gurinder Chadha

A Pakistani teen living in Thatcher’s Britain has his world blown open when he discovers the music of Bruce Springsteen.

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Carmen & Lola

Spain | 2018 | 105 minutes | Arantxa Echevarria

Bride-to-be Carmen and street artist Lola pursue a secret first love within their highly conservative Roma community.

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Cities of Last Things

Taiwan | 2018 | 107 minutes | Ho Wi Ding

Three actors portray one tortured Taiwanese police detective in this sci-fi-tinged noir told in reverse-chronological order.

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Cold Sweat

Iran | 2018 | 85 minutes | Soheil Beiraghi

No matter how good you are at soccer, if you’re an Iranian woman, you can’t travel to the finals without your husband’s OK.

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Conviction

France | 2018 | 111 minutes | Antoine Raimbault

This French courtroom thriller recounts a man accused of killing his wife and a woman obsessed with proving his innocence.

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Distinction

Hong Kong | 2018 | 100 minutes | Jevons Au

Two troubled secondary-school students and a music teacher take part in a musical at a school for students with disabilities.

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El Ángel

Argentina | 2018 | 126 minutes | Luis Ortega

Baby-faced robber Carlos Robledo Puch, aka “Blondie,” becomes Argentina’s most wanted, feared, and infamous outlaw.

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Emma Peeters

Belgium | 2018 | 87 minutes | Nicole Palo

Actress Emma decides to end her life and career on her 35th birthday, but fate intervenes when she meets a funeral director.

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Firecrackers

Canada | 2018 | 93 minutes | Jasmin Mozaffari

Two rebellious young Canadians attempt to escape their repressive small town in this scathing critique of patriarchal values.

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Gatao 2: Rise of the King

Taiwan | 2018 | 127 minutes | Yen Cheng-Kuo

A dynamic, operatic, and extremely bloody gangster saga out of Taiwan tracking the rocky rise of a small-town gang leader.

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Ghost Town Anthology

Canada (Québec) | 2019 | 97 minutes | Denis Côté

The insularity of a small Québec town intensifies the grief and the mystery of a young man’s alleged suicide.

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Hat-Trick

Iran | 2018 | 92 minutes | Ramtin Lavafi

A mysterious car accident leads two couples to confront each other, exposing secrets as the tension ratchets up.

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House of Hummingbird

South Korea | 2018 | 138 minutes | Bora Kim

14-year-old Eun-hee struggles with social pressure, her sexuality, and her indifferent family during the summer of 1994.

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I Do Not Care If We Go Down In History As Barbarians

Romania | 2018 | 140 minutes | Radu Jude

An ambitious young theater director faces censorship when she attempts to stage a reenactment of the 1941 Odessa Massacre.

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In the Aisles

Germany | 2018 | 125 minutes | Thomas Stuber

A new supermarket night stockman falls in love with a sweets-selling married coworker in this working-class fairy tale.

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Invisibles

France | 2018 | 102 minutes | Louis-Julien Petit

Actual women suffering from homelessness play themselves in this French comedy hit about a shelter threatened with closure.

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Little Tickles

France | 2018 | 103 minutes | Andrea Bescond, Eric Métayer

A young woman's present and past interact in this film based on writer/director Andrea Bescond's autobiographical stage show.

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Marighella

Brazil | 2019 | 155 minutes | Wagner Moura

A brutal biopic of Marxist activist Carlos Marighella (Seu Jorge, the Bowie-playing guitarist in The Life Aquatic).

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Metal Heart

Ireland | 2018 | 88 minutes | Hugh O'Conor

Estranged twin sisters—one a goth girl, the other a sunny popular girl—are home alone for their last summer together.

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Miriam Lies

Dominican Republic | 2018 | 90 minutes | Natalia Cabral, Oriol Estrada

Preparations for biracial teen Miriam’s birthday get complicated when her online suitor turns out to be black.

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Monos

Colombia | 2019 | 102 minutes | Alejandro Landes

Eight teenagers, in thrall to a mysterious guerrilla organization, eventually and brutally turn on each other.

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Mouthpiece

Canada | 2018 | 91 minutes | Patricia Rozema

Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava play two aspects of a woman struggling to write a eulogy for her mother.

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No. 1 Chung Ying Street

Hong Kong | 2017 | 118 minutes | Derek Chiu

This drama links the pro-Communist, anti-British riots of 1967 and the anti-China "Umbrella Revolution" of 2014.

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One Day

Hungary | 2018 | 99 minutes | Zsofia Szilagyi

36 hours in the life of a harried mother whose frustrations are intensified when she suspects her husband of adultery.

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One Last Deal

Finland | 2018 | 95 minutes | Klaus Haro

An elderly art dealer wants to save his business and his relationship with his daughter and grandson.

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Orange Days

Iran | 2018 | 102 minutes | Arash Lahooti

In northern Iran, an all-female crew in the formerly all-male world of orange farming has more to contend with than sexism.

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Oray

Germany | 2019 | 100 minutes | Mehmet Akif Buyukatalay

During an argument, a Muslim man accidentally divorces his wife--and his love now conflicts with his faith.

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Pause

Cyprus | 2018 | 95 minutes | Tonia Mishiali

Trapped in a decaying marriage, Elpida’s only solace is creative fantasies of vengeance.

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Piranhas

Italy | 2019 | 110 minutes | Claudio Giovannesi

This harrowing tale tracks a naïve group of teens as they enter the unforgiving world of Neapolitan organized crime.

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Redemption

Israel | 2018 | 104 minutes | Boaz Yehonaton Yacov, Joseph Madmony

To cover his young daughter's medical bills, single father Menachem gets his rock band back together.

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Saf

Turkey | 2018 | 102 minutes | Ali Vatansever

One desperate Istanbul resident must decide whether to take a job with the construction crew ripping up his neighborhood.

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Sauvage/Wild

France | 2018 | 99 minutes | Camille Vidal-Naquet

A hustler transgresses many social norms, though he never stops seeking affection, in this intimate character study.

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Sgaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife)

Canada | 2018 | 100 minutes | Gwaai Edenshaw, Helen Haig-Brown

A man spirals into insanity after killing his best friend’s son in the first film made in the endangered Haida language.

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Sibel

Turkey | 2018 | 95 minutes | Cagla Zencirci, Guillaume Giovanetti

In a remote Turkish mountain village, a daring young woman, ostracized for being mute, must confront multiple threats.

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Sink or Swim

France | 2018 | 122 minutes | Gilles Lellouche

Suffering from a mid-life crisis, a man puts together his local pool’s first all-male synchronized swimming team.

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Socrates

Brazil | 2018 | 71 minutes | Alexandre Moratto

A no-punches-pulled drama about a homeless, family-less teen struggling to get by in São Paulo's ghetto.

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Sonja - The White Swan

Norway | 2019 | 114 minutes | Anne Sewitsky

Despite her sugar-sweet image, Norwegian skating star Sonja Henie was a monster, as this splashy biopic shows.

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Sprinter

Jamaica | 2018 | 114 minutes | Storm Saulter

A dynamic coming-of-age portrait of a Rastafarian teenager dedicated to joining the national youth track team.

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Swinging Safari

Australia | 2018 | 97 minutes | Stephan Elliott

Stephan Elliott’s colorfully crass look back at the loose parenting of the Decade of Decadence.

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Take It or Leave It

Estonia | 2018 | 102 minutes | Liina Trišhkina-Vanhatalo

A tough construction worker finds out his ex-girlfriend is pregnant, and chooses to raise the baby.

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Tel Aviv On Fire

Luxembourg | 2018 | 97 minutes | Sameh Zoabi

An intern on a popular Palestinian telenovela meets an Israeli checkpoint commander with ideas for improving the show.

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Temblores

Guatemala | 2019 | 107 minutes | Jayro Bustamante

A just-out gay man faces brutal pressure to conform from his family in intensely Catholic Guatemala.

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Ten Years Thailand

Hong Kong | 2018 | 93 minutes | Aditya Assarat, Wisit Sasanatieng, Chulayarnnon Siriphol, Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Four Thai directors imagine their nation a decade from now in visions surreal, satirical, and dystopian.

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The Announcement

Turkey | 2018 | 95 minutes | Mahmut Fazil Coskun

A deadpan black comedy and true story about four retired colonels who attempt to take over Turkey’s national radio station.

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The Awakening of the Ants

Costa Rica | 2019 | 94 minutes | Antonella Sudasassi Furniss

Isa’s surrealist imaginings suggest a suppressed revolt against the societal and domestic pressures placed on her.

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The Days to Come

Spain (Catalunya) | 2019 | 95 minutes | Carlos Marqués-Marcet

A couple grapples with an unexpected pregnancy that will change the dynamics of their relationship.

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The Dive

Israel | 2018 | 91 minutes | Yona Rozenkier

A father demands that his three fractious sons come together one year after his death to complete his last wishes.

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The Fall of the American Empire

Canada (Québec) | 2018 | 129 minutes | Denys Arcand

This biting satire on capitalism follows an idealistic delivery-truck driver who stumbles upon two bags of cash.

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The Good Girls

Mexico | 2018 | 93 minutes | Alejandra Marquez Abella

Sofia struggles to hold onto her status as the peso collapses, setting her adrift in a new reality in this sly satire.

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The Ground Beneath My Feet

Austria | 2019 | 108 minutes | Marie Kreutzer

In this Austrian psychodrama, a workaholic business consultant begins to feel her own mental state destabilizing.

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The Innocent

Switzerland | 2018 | 114 minutes | Simon Jaquemet

A neurologist and evangelical Christian finds her convictions threatened when an ex-lover and comes back into her life.

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The Invisible Witness

Italy | 2018 | 97 minutes | Stefano Mordini

A slick, successful businessman wakes up next to his dead lover and becomes the chief suspect in this locked-room mystery.

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The Man Who Bought the Moon

Italy | 2018 | 103 minutes | Paolo Zucca

A Sardinian fisherman has somehow acquired the moon—and now an American agent must track him down and figure out how.

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The Man Who Surprised Everyone

Russia | 2018 | 105 minutes | Natasha Merkulova, Aleksey Chupov

Diagnosed with cancer, a Siberian man, inspired by an ancient folk tale, tries to fool death by adopting a new identity.

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The Nightingale

Australia | 2018 | 136 minutes | Jennifer Kent

A vengeful Irish convict-woman and an Aboriginal tracker stalk British soldiers through the Tasmanian wilderness.

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The Realm

Spain | 2018 | 121 minutes | Rodrigo Sorogoyen

When a corrupt politician is made a scapegoat by his fellow colleagues, he must avoid prison by playing the system.

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The Sharks

Uruguay | 2019 | 80 minutes | Lucia Garibaldi

Not only are sharks menacing 14-year-old Rosina's Uruguayan beach town, unrequited romantic interest is menacing her.

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The Sweet Requiem

India | 2018 | 93 minutes | Ritu Sarin, Tenzing Sonam

A young Tibetan living in a refugee community in India is forced to re-face the trauma of her journey.

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The Third Wife

Vietnam | 2018 | 94 minutes | Ash Mayfair

A 14-year-old girl in 19th-century Vietnam enters a polygamous marriage to an older wealthy landlord.

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This Is Not Berlin

Mexico | 2019 | 105 minutes | Hari Sama

Young friends in Mexico City in 1986 explore the city's sexually fluid New Wave subculture.

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Touch Me Not

Romania | 2018 | 125 minutes | Adina Pintilie

This cool, cerebral exploration of sexuality and intimacy lies on the cusp of documentary and fiction.

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Twin Flower

Italy | 2018 | 96 minutes | Laura Luchetti

A young woman on the run and a man from the Ivory Coast team up to cross a bleak Sardinia.

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Vai

New Zealand | 2019 | 90 minutes | Nicole Whippy, ‘Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki, Matasila Freshwater, Amberley Jo Aumua, Miria George, Marina Alofagia McCartney, Dianna Fuemana, Becs Arahanga

Eight vignettes directed by nine female South Pacific filmmakers about eight Indigenous women.

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Van Goghs

Russia | 2018 | 102 minutes | Sergey Livnev

An aging conductor and his troubled artist son are forced to reconcile before it’s too late.

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Volcano

Ukraine | 2018 | 106 minutes | Roman Bondarchuk

The surreal encounters of a government official stranded in the bleak badlands of Ukraine.

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Watch List (Maria)

Philippines | 2019 | 94 minutes | Ben Rekhi

A widowed mother is forced to enter Manila’s dark underworld of cops, criminals, and drugs.

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What Doesn’t Kill Us

Germany | 2018 | 129 minutes | Sandra Nettelbeck

Beleaguered divorced psychotherapist Max falls for his patient Sophie in this German rom-com.

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Widow of Silence

India | 2018 | 85 minutes | Praveen Morchhale

Her husband's fate a mystery, a Kashmir woman lives in a grueling legal limbo as a "half-widow."

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Wild Rose

United Kingdom | 2018 | 101 minutes | Tom Harper

Ex-con Rose-Lynn yearns to leave her humdrum Glasgow life and become a country-music star.

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Winter Flies

Czech Republic | 2018 | 85 minutes | Olmo Omerzu

Jim Cline finds water where it seems there is none. How is a mystery even to him.

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X - The eXploited

Hungary | 2018 | 114 minutes | Karoly Ujj Meszaros

Detectives re-examine whether a string of suicides were actually murders from Hungary's Communist past.

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X&Y

Sweden | 2018 | 112 minutes | Anna Odell

This hard-edged social satire of filmmaking and gender deconstruction blurs fiction and reality.

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Yesterday

United Kingdom | 2019 | 112 minutes | Danny Boyle

Yesterday, everyone knew the Beatles. Today, only Jack remembers them. He’s about to become a big deal.

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Yuli

Spain | 2018 | 104 minutes | Iciar Bollain

Legendary dancer Carlos Acosta's heartfelt biography with stunning dance sequences.

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