Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara are perfect as a Texas hooligan couple, deeply in love, who face a crossroads when he is jailed… "The excitement of a bold new voice… Lowery’s gorgeously shot third feature suggests a lost artifact freshly unearthed from the 1970s, or the origin story behind a long-lost folk ballad about criminal lovers whom prison couldn’t keep apart."—Variety Winner, Cinematography Award, Sundance 2013.
Chain-smoking and peddling booze, teenaged Ali isn’t one to drop her guard. Nevertheless, Paco R. Baños’ debut exposes her vulnerabilities and thoughtfully explores her insecurities. A coming-of-age tale hinging on hard-won lessons, Ali "locks the viewer in by virtue of its earthy performances and generosity of spirit."—Hollywood Reporter
Buying a gamecock with grand schemes of reaping the financial spoils, introverted Chalo instead discovers a new best friend. Chalo’s lack of bloodlust is mirrored by writer-director Neto Villalobos, who keeps the cockfighting off-screen and focuses his attention squarely on the deadpan comedy that arises from a relationship that’s neither fish nor fowl.
Robert Redford gives a tour de force performance and J.C. Chandor (Margin Call) is equally virtuosic with his camera in this gripping Indian Ocean survival drama. "Wistfully but resolutely alone, initially bemused by his predicament," Redford quietly and craftily fights to survive after his 39-foot sailboat is damaged very far from land.
Araf means purgatory and that’s where the longings of the spirit and body will take young Zehra. With stunningly directed scenes using seductive music and striking winter vistas, Yeşim Ustaoğlu’s potently soulful drama "creates resonant images that blend countryside, village and landscape into rich visual emotions…"—Hollywood Reporter. Winner, Best Film, Abu Dhabi 2012.
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
Born deaf and mute, and exploited by her parents, 19-year-old Ana resolves to save her siblings from suffering similar indignities. Former social workers Andrés and Luis Rodríguez ensure that the hard-won victories in their visually spectacular debut ring true and resonate deeply. Winner, Best First Film, Best Actress, Cairo 2013.
A bluegrass musician and his wife learn their young daughter has cancer in Felix van Groeningen’s masterful evocation of the power of music to convey both joy and sadness. "An immaculately observed, desperately moving story of love, loss, and bluegrass music…"—Indiewire. Winner, Audience Award (Panorama), Berlin 2013; Best Actress, Tribeca 2013.
An unsettling moment is caught on an iPhone as a plane is about to take off. Listen closely—the mystery deepens.
Three successful entrepreneurs celebrate their latest factory opening only to find themselves victims of a very hostile takeover and in prison on trumped up charges. A massive hit in Poland, Ryszard Bugajski’s unrelenting thriller reminds us of the brutality that regimes may resort to when they feel their power slipping.
Despite still being under house arrest, Jafar Panahi somehow continues to make masterful films. His latest—co-directed with Kambuzia Partovi—sees a man and a woman holed up in a seaside villa, where mind games and paranoia run deep. "The rewards—heady, emotional, provocative and invigorating—are limitless.”—Time Out. Winner, Best Screenplay, Berlin 2013.
Alba, 75, a native Colombian woman whose daughter became sick and was taken away from her as a young child, now returns constantly to those memories of their time together. A beautiful and powerful documentary about loss, heartbreak and stoic existence.
Isabelle Huppert and Toni Servillo (Il Divo) are superb in Italian master Marco Bellocchio’s caustic political critique and keenly observed social drama centring on the hot-button issue of euthanasia. A powerful and supremely intelligent work, showing Bellocchio at the peak of his powers.
A tour de force of directorial precision and control, Joanna Hogg’s unnerving drama dissects the marriage of two middle-aged artists (Viv Albertine, of 1970s punk legends The Slits, and Turner Prize-nominated artist Liam Gillick) as they prepare to vacate their gleaming modernist digs. "A brilliantly chilly portrait of a couple, a home, and an unspoken horror…"—Guardian
While caring for an elderly woman, a young nursing assistant is deemed the miracle cure for an entire family’s multiple dysfunctions. Employing improvisation and invention in this accomplished film, Nathan Silver "locates the ordinary madness bubbling just beneath the surface of his own life, and flickers of lunacy abound…"—Village Voice
When an Afrikaan man romances a Zulu woman, there’s bound to be a price to pay. In the case of Fanie and Dinky, it’s her dowry (known in South Africa as lobola). Cultures clash and sparks fly in Henk Pretorius’ star-crossed romantic comedy. Winner, Audience Award, Seattle 2013.
Guided by the joyous rhythms of Cape Jazz, this rousing crowd-pleaser centres on a teenaged saxophonist torn between honouring his late father and obeying his protective mother. Roberta Durrant delivers an inspiring coming-of-age tale about finding the courage to fulfill your ambitions and the strength to let the past go. Winner, Audience Award, Durban 2013.
Thrusting us into the turmoil of the Colombian civil war, Juan Carlos Melo Guevara’s alternately gripping and gentle drama delivers a kaleidoscope of affecting storylines and well-drawn characters, including a compromised father desperate to instill strong values in his son. A tremendous cinematic achievement from a country whose films we rarely see.
A young woman is brought to the main square of a small town in modern day Iran to be hanged for adultery. Horrified, the townspeople look away. She begs for help and, at the last minute, her appeal seem to be answered by young man. Inspired by a true story.
Grief in all its forms takes over a family after a man discovers that his wife of 40 years has died unexpectedly. Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck’s moving debut is "a superb opening salvo from a filmmaking team with a fine future… Not a moment in the film is wasted, nor an affectation indulged…"—Film Comment