Contemporary World Cinema
SIFF always takes great pride in showcasing films from around the globe.
From noir mysteries from France and China, to wild comedies from Switzerland and the Philippines and coming—of—age dramas from Trinidad and Denmark, 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.
Iran | 2017 | 117 minutes | Mohammad Rasoulof
An Iranian farmer’s devotion to honesty puts him at odds with the corrupt powers controlling his livelihood.
Finland | 2017 | 107 minutes | Mikko Makela
An unexpected summer fling between two young men in an outwardly idyllic setting exposes underlying generational and cultural tensions.
Russia | 2018 | 114 minutes | Sergey Mokritskiy
A Russian videogame designer is mysteriously recruited to be the gatekeeper of a multidimensional portal.
Romania | 2017 | 130 minutes | Calin Peter Netzer
Two college students embark on a passionate, tumultuous romantic relationship.
Spain | 2017 | 112 minutes | Carlos Marques-Marcet
When a lesbian couple decides to start a family they ask an old friend to donate his sperm.
China | 2017 | 107 minutes | Vivian Qu
A young woman witnesses a local official's assault against two schoolgirls, leading to a complex aftermath of cover-ups and gaslighting.
Iran | 2017 | 103 minutes | Sadaf Foroughi
An Iranian teenager is forced to take a humiliating medical exam to prove her virginity, which ignites a fierce rebellious streak.
United Kingdom | 2017 | 107 minutes | Michael Pearce
A troubled young woman falls for a mysterious man who is suspected of multiple murders.
Poland | 2017 | 113 minutes | Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze
A Polish ornithologist doing research in Rwanda saves a young Tutsi woman after her family is murdered.
France | 2017 | 90 minutes | Hubert Charuel
A reserved dairy farmer recklessly slaughters one of his cows and tries desperately to cover it up.
Australia | 2017 | 115 minutes | Simon Baker
Two Australian teens discover the liberating world of surfing through the guidance of an enigmatic big wave rider.
Turkey | 2018 | 117 minutes | Tolga Karacelik
Three dysfunctional siblings journey back to the village of their birth to help their estranged father fulfill his dying wish.
France | 2017 | 115 minutes | Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
A beleagured caterer and his mishap-prone staff struggle to cater an elegant, high profile wedding party.
Spain | 2018 | 120 minutes | Javier Fesser
A disgraced basketball coach is given the chance to coach a team of players who are intellectually disabled.
Philippines | 2018 | 97 minutes | Rae Red, Fatrick Tabada
Two best friends and their children go on the run after one friend decapitates her abusive husband.
Italy | 2017 | 86 minutes | Alessandro Rak, Ivan Cappiello, Marino Guarnieri, Dario Sansone
The classic Cinderella tale gets a dystopic adult animated update.
United Kingdom | 2017 | 90 minutes | Clio Barnard
A woman returns home to her family’s Yorkshire sheep farm and enters into a bitter dispute with her estranged brother.
Israel | 2017 | 75 minutes | Dana Goldberg, Efrat Mishori
The lives of a troubled Israeli writer and a Palastinian lesbian collide in this poetic, noir-inspired character drama.
United Kingdom | 2017 | 114 minutes | Sebastian Lelio
A compassionate exploration of faith, sexuality, and freedom told through the passionate love between two women in London's Orthodox Jewish community.
Israel | 2017 | 88 minutes | Eliran Elya
An emotionally scarred writer teaches filmmaking to a group of juvenile delinquents in a small Israeli town.
Canada (Québec) | 2017 | 87 minutes | Pascal Plante
Introverted punk rocker Theo falls in love with the free spirited Mag on the streets of Montreal.
Ukraine | 2017 | 105 minutes | Marina Stepanska
A musician fresh out of rehab meets a young beauty in this love story set in post-revolution Ukraine
India | 2018 | 105 minutes | Q (Qaushiq Mukherjee)
After being enslaved by a derranged internet troll, a woman turns the tables on her captor by enacting violent revenge.
France | 2017 | 102 minutes | Edouard Deluc
A biopic about post-impressionist painter Paul Gaugin's first sojourn in Tahiti.
Hungary | 2018 | 120 minutes | Arpad Bogdan
A young boy, a teenage archer, and a young female lawyer find themselves connected by a racially motivated murder.
Spain | 2017 | 115 minutes | Jon Garano, Aitor Arregi
A young crippled man returns home from war to find that his brother has turned into a giant.
China | 2018 | 117 minutes | Mingming Yang
Winner of the SIFF 2018 China Stars Award for Best New Talent | A college graduate stuck living at home clashes with her mother over everything from marriage to money to table manners.
France | 2017 | 102 minutes | Michel Hazanavicius
Oscar®-winner Michel Hazanavicius depicts the whirlwind 1968 romance between revolutionary filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard and activist Anne Wiazemsky.
Norway | 2018 | 80 minutes | Henrick Martin Daslsbakken
A recently unemployed music teacher and his transgender father attempt to mend their tense relationship on a trip to Norway’s west coast.
Paraguay | 2017 | 102 minutes | Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schémbori
After finding an antique treasure map, a teen and his band of whip-smart friends stage a daring heist.
Trinidad and Tobago | 2017 | 102 minutes | Michael Mooleedhar
A young teen in 1950s coastal Trinidad learns bittersweet lessons of life, love, and loss.
India | 2017 | 91 minutes | Danish Renzu
Amid the backdrop of the Kashmiri conflict, a young woman must come to grips with the disappearance of her doting husband.
Greece | 2017 | 88 minutes | Christos Georgiou
A Greek police officer and his activist daughter travel to their country home to hash out their political disagreements.
Brazil | 2018 | 119 minutes | Filipe Matzembacher, Marcio Reolon
A shy twentysomething online erotic worker ventures out of his comfort zone to defend his space as a performer.
Australia | 2017 | 77 minutes | Lucy Coleman
A budding playwright sets her sights on a sweet-seeming divorce in the hopes of lifting her spirits
Hong Kong | 2018 | 93 minutes | Simon Chung
After reuniting in Australia, a depressed man follows his old secondary school friend back to their native Hong Kong.
Ukraine | 2018 | 88 minutes | Roxy Toporowych
A student and a soldier find love amidst the trauma of the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Colombia | 2017 | 99 minutes | Laura Mora Oretega
Her father murdered before her eyes, and the police indifferent, a Colombian student plots a bloody revenge against the murderer.
Vietnam | 2017 | 113 minutes | Stephane Gauger
A magician deathly afraid of ghosts falls for a girl haunted by them in this spellbinding horror-romantic-comedy.
South Korea | 2017 | 124 minutes | Shin Dong-seok
A grieving couple attempts to cope with their son’s death by becoming mentor to a bullied boy.
Romania | 2018 | 88 minutes | Ioana Uricaru
A Romanian immigrant stubbornly battles bureaucracy and corruption in her determination to get a Green Card.
Italy | 2017 | 92 minutes | Paola Randi
A lonely widower hoping to communicate with aliens copes with his grief making first contact with long-estranged relatives.
India | 2017 | 111 minutes | Siddhartha Jatla
After an arranged wedding, Shukla of Mumbai longs for intimacy while crowded with his whole family living in one room.
China | 2017 | 122 minutes | Sylvia Chang
A woman’s plan to relocate her father’s grave unravels a tale of three generations of love, betrayal, and hope.
France | 2017 | 85 minutes | Elsa Diringer
After a drunken, testosterone-filled party goes wrong, a teenage girl resolves to rid her life of toxic masculinity.
Austria | 2017 | 97 minutes | Barbara Albert
An exquisite period-piece telling the inspiring true story of blind Baroque pianist Maria Theresia von Paradis.
Argentina | 2018 | 80 minutes | Martín Rodriguez Redondo
A gay young man in rural Argentina, longing to pursue education elsewhere, instead suddenly inherits his family’s ranch.
Indonesia | 2017 | 93 minutes | Mouly Surya
A woman defending herself from gang rape becomes considered an outlaw herself in this dark feminist western.
Canada | 2017 | 105 minutes | Vladimir de Fontenay
A vagrant young mother hopes to escape the tribulations of the road to build a future for her son.
Italy | 2018 | 90 minutes | Alessandro Genovesi
A newly-engaged gay couple prepares for their wedding in a conservative Italian village, which tests tradition against their love.
Italy | 2017 | 112 minutes | Ferzan Ozpetek
Naples serves as an enthralling backdrop for this mystery-shrouded thriller of romance and murder.
Russia | 2017 | 83 minutes | Ksenia Zueva
A brutally honest look at the pains of life in rural Russia, for young and old alike.
Philippines | 2018 | 90 minutes | Shireen Seno
A precocious 8-year-old girl in the late-1980s Philippines processes the turmoil around her in her own magical lens.
Canada | 2017 | 110 minutes | Kathleen Hepburn
A mother deals with Parkinson's disease while her son struggles to come to terms with his sexuality.
Hong Kong | 2017 | 102 minutes | Doris Wong
A Hong Kong twenty-something searching Taiwan for her twin sister finds unexpected friendship and kindness along the way.
Bangladesh | 2017 | 86 minutes | Mostofa Sawar Farooki
A famed Bangladeshi movie director’s life is upended by scandal when he leaves his family to marry a teenage girl.
Guatemala | 2017 | 90 minutes | Michael Polish
A young Honduran woman’s romantic encounter with a handsome traveler lures her into the twisted net of human trafficking.
France | 2017 | 110 minutes | Tonie Marshall
A female manager’s push for the top soon leaves her facing the looming glass ceiling.
United Arab Emirates | 2018 | 97 minutes | Yasir Al Yasiri
Four retired men in Dubai spend a sudden windfall on a crazy adventure outside their assisted living community.
United Kingdom | 2017 | 110 minutes | Dominic Cooke
Newly-wedded lovers in 1962 England face growing pains and sobering discoveries about each other during their honeymoon.
Lebanon | 2017 | 95 minutes | Nadim Tabet
Amidst the perpetual troubles and turmoil in Beirut, three twenty-somethings continue chasing excitement, music, and love as young people do.
Iran | 2018 | 107 minutes | Mani Haghighi
A pop-art colored black comedy about a serial killer stalking film directors in Tehran.
Italy | 2017 | 114 minutes | Roberto De Paolis
Forbidden romance blossoms between a sheltered 18-year-old girl and a troubled 25-year-old man in this remarkable authentic drama.
Belgium | 2017 | 130 minutes | Michael R. Roskam
When a racecar driver and robber cross paths as lovers, their passionate romance goes hand-in-hand with a daring heist.
Brazil | 2018 | 100 minutes | Aly Muritiba
Winner of the SIFF 2018 Grand Jury Prize - Ibero-American Competition | When a Brazilian teenager's sex video goes viral, she commits one desperate act that shocks her enite community.
France | 2017 | 117 minutes | Albert Dupontel
Three french WWI veterans embark on a twisting journey of schemes and betrayls to right past wrongs.
Turkey | 2017 | 108 minutes | Pelin Esmer
Two women at turning points in their lives find friendship and inspiration for the world ahead in one another.
Switzerland | 2017 | 93 minutes | Peter Luisi
A teacher and barber make a hilarious bet of how long streakers can stay on the field of soccer matches
Russia | 2017 | 102 minutes | Elizaveta Stishova
A disjointed family struggling to remain as one while traveling through the Kyrgyzstan countryside to reach a storied healing mountain.
Spain | 2017 | 97 minutes | Carla Simón
A six-year-old girl orphaned as a result of the AIDS virus must relearn the meaning of human intimacy.
China | 2017 | 106 minutes | Yixi Sun
Two Chinese students find themselves in a chilling Gothic tale in a secluded 16th century mansion in the British countryside.
Australia | 2017 | 112 minutes | Warwick Thornton
An aboriginal ranch-hand goes on the run after a violent act of self-defense in the Australian outback.
Denmark | 2017 | 96 minutes | Annika Berg
Coming-of-age film where eight punk rebels explore their artistic expressions through social media while managing painful realities.
Taiwan | 2017 | 112 minutes | Ya-che Yang
The ruthless matriarch of an all-female crime family finds her syndicate on the brink of collapse.
Russia | 2017 | 104 minutes | Rustam Khamdamov
An enchanting tale of intrigue, doubt, and mysticism set in and around the palace of a Russian Czar.
Germany | 2017 | 118 minutes | Robert Schwentke
In the waning days of The Third Reich, a young German deserter steals a captain’s uniform to avoid execution.
United Kingdom | 2017 | 105 minutes | Richard Eyre
A judge faces a personal and professional crisis when she’s asked to rule in the case of a teenager who is refusing a life-saving blood transfusion.
Ireland | 2017 | 93 minutes | Nick Kelly
A Dublin drummer who is diagnosed with bipolar disorder befriends a 17-year-old with Asperger's Syndrome.
Hong Kong | 2017 | 87 minutes | Chapman To
A woman competes in a martial arts tournament to win ownership of her late father's dojo.
Finland | 2017 | 103 minutes | Antti Jussi Annila
In the 1930's, a Finnish farmer is forced by Soviet Intelligence to infiltrate a farm collective.
Denmark | 2018 | 85 minutes | Gustav Moller
Winner of the Golden Space Needle Award for Best Director (Gustav Möller) | An emergency dispatcher receives a panicked distress call from a woman, leading him on a frantic rescue mission.
Paraguay | 2018 | 95 minutes | Marcelo Martinessi
A longtime couple's bond is tested when one is sent to prison and the other begins chauffeuring wealthier older ladies.
Argentina | 2017 | 92 minutes | Pablo Solarz
Winner of the Golden Space Needle Award for Best Actor (Miguel Ángel Solá) | Coming to grips with his mortality, an elderly tailor searches for the man that once saved him from the Holocaust.
Italy | 2017 | 105 minutes | Paolo Genovese
A mysterious restaurant patron grants strangers their wishes in exchange for peculiar tasks he assigns them,
South Korea | 2017 | 110 minutes | Yang-hee Kim
A disillusioned poet on Jeju Island finds new inspiration through his romance with a boy in a donut shop.
Palestine | 2018 | 127 minutes | Muayad Alayan
Winner of the SIFF 2018 Grand Jury Prize - Official Competition | A love affair between an Israeli and Palestinian in embattled Jerusalem threatens to explode into political crisis.
Denmark | 2018 | 85 minutes | Malene Choi
Two Koreans adopted by parents in Denmark return to their home country they’ve never seen.
India | 2017 | 119 minutes | Anup Singh
A shamansitc singing healer in the Thar Desert must seek revenge for her lost grandmother after suffering an assault.
France | 2017 | 98 minutes | Marine Francen
A village of lone French women one day encounter a handsome stranger that threatens their way of life.
Nepal | 2018 | 87 minutes | Prabin Syangbo
A young man leaves his native home of Nepal to chase an uncertain future.
China | 2017 | 84 minutes | Jia Hu
Winner of the SIFF 2018 China Stars Award for Best Film | A polyamorous male couple test the limits of their sexuality by becoming romantically entangled with a beautiful young girl.
Japan | 2017 | 124 minutes | Hirokazu Kore-eda
A defense attorney who begins to question his profession after a client begins to change his story with each confession.
China | 2018 | 118 minutes | Cai Chengjie
A third-time widow who falls on especially hard times is declared cursed but then turns superstition to her advantage.
Germany | 2017 | 94 minutes | Jan Zabeil
A family drama set in the Italian Dolomites mountains where the source of pain centers around one young boy.
Iceland | 2017 | 89 minutes | Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson
An absurd black comedy of two families that feud over the placement of a tree in their neighborhood.
Norway | 2017 | 91 minutes | Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen
A boy embarks on an odyssey through a forest to find the creatures that have been eating his sheep.
India | 2017 | 87 minutes | Rima Das
A willful 10-year-old girl in a rural India decides to form a band despite the limitations of her impoverished lifestyle.
Colombia | 2017 | 96 minutes | Santiago Caicedo
Animated feature that follows a woman—from conception to young adulthood—as she fumbles her way through a dysfunctional life.
Palestine | 2017 | 96 minutes | Annemarie Jacir
A Palestinian son returns home to reunite with his father and drive around Nazareth to prepare for a family wedding.
New Zealand | 2017 | 88 minutes | Briar Grace-Smith, Awanui Simich-Pene, Katie Wolfe, Renae Maihi, Casey Kaa, Chelsea Winstanley, Paula Whetu Jones, Ainsley Gardiner
Eight vignettes directed by eight female Maori directors centered around the death of a Māori boy.
Norway | 2017 | 106 minutes | Iram Haq
A young girl caught between Pakistani tradition and Western values is forced to live with her aunt in Pakistan.