Joseph Israel Laban
Based on the alarmingly true story of a nine-year-old girl who was impregnated by her father and had the baby, Joseph Israel Laban’s film gets to the core of a peculiarly Filipino tangle of Catholicism, superstition and untamed desires. Soberly made but still shocking, and brutally realistic in its conclusions.
As a tattoo is being etched into his skin, a man loses himself in the fading memories of his youth.
Inspired by Terry Fox, two well-intentioned but poorly prepared cousins embark on an alternately hilarious and heartbreaking marathon of haplessness.
As a pack of kids pilot their bikes through suburban streets, idleness erupts into anarchy and they taste teenage rebellion for the first time.
A brief (and extremely odd) encounter between a lonesome farmer (Jesse Zubot) and a Chinese tourist who’s lost her way.
A man’s desperate attempt to remember someone’s name sparks a frantic, fantastical game show in the recesses of his brain.
An undeterred young man pursues the girl of his dreams.
In a crisis, should you look back at the past or forward to a better future? Lisa Langseth’s (Pure) haunting drama poses this question when a young woman in mental disarray (Alicia Vikander, A Royal Affair) turns her back on therapy and moves from hotel to hotel with a group of like-minded sufferers, searching for peace of mind…
In the blink of an eye, an unassuming stretch of Russian countryside becomes a historical site. And only a girl and her grandmother are there to witness it.
Yunis "Sly" Lattuf
Walter is an 89-year-old curmudgeon, and proud of it.
This gorgeously shot (by Chris Doyle, regular DOP of Wong Kar-wai) and elegantly restrained drama is a remarkably assured debut by Flora Lau. Hong Kong movie queen Carina Lau gives a tour de force performance as a matron whose husband suddenly disappears. Her driver (Chen Kun) has secrets of his own: will they overcome their own solitudes?
An immersive sensory experience that takes us on a trip from the mythic Forest of Storms to an orbiting international space station.
In the Auckland drug scene, a young woman finds her life complicated when she starts scoring drugs from her lover for a young street dealer she’s attracted to…
Jason Paul Laxamana
Cat-and-mouse games get a turtle-and-monkey makeover in Jason Laxamana’s tale of 21st-century grifters. Bam Bonifacio is a dream hunk on a dating site, adept at persuading his admirers to part with cash. Behind "Bam" is Greg, less impressive and much more fallible… Dragons & Tigers Award nominee.
Just as bright young Sarah is learning to negotiate life in a Belgian Catholic orphanage she is wisked away to a remote Moroccan village. Director Kadija Leclere draws from her own abduction experiences to craft a remarkably immersive film. "Piercingly bittersweet… Beautifully low-key… [A] valiant first feature…"—Hollywood Reporter
A Triqui Indian teen, who was abandoned by her mother, begins to experience momentary spiritual visions that help awaken her sense of self and her appreciation of her grandmother—as well as Mexican native culture in general.
K-pop as you’ve never seen it! Lee Harkjoon gets incredibly intimate access to the grooming and launch of girl band 9 Muses (the endless rehearsals, the rivalries) and nails the whole system. Dragons & Tigers Award nominee.
The director of Western Movie (VIFF 11) returns with a film set in and around a tin outhouse. It features two teenaged boys, a lamb, a nervous man, a bossy woman and a policeman. Plus an embarrassing love letter.
Another brilliant storytelling riddle from Lee Kwangkuk, director of Romance Joe.
Paulina García is fantastic as the eponymous lead, a woman in her mid-50s, newly divorced, who refuses to give up on love and sex in Sebastián Lelio’s intimate drama. "Funny, melancholy and ultimately uplifting, Lelio’s enormously satisfying [film] never puts a foot wrong."—Hollywood Reporter. Winner, Best Actress, Berlin 2013.