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(Le sac de farine)
Cinema of Our Time

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

Immigration, Islamic World, Religion, Spirituality & Myth, Women Directors
Canadian Images

A sushi conveyer-belt transports us into a rare land mammal’s supernatural habitat—where documentary crews must brave ghosts and other oddities.

Animation, Experimental & Avant Garde, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror
Canadian Images

Pushed past her breaking point by her overbearing mother, a pint-sized beauty queen is forced to take drastic measures to regain control of her young life.

Drama, Family Relations
International Shorts

An undeterred young man pursues the girl of his dreams.

Nonfiction Features

Mia Engberg’s personal docu-essay is a sly model of the genre—it weaves memory, love, loss, politics, class, aging, cynicism and hope into one deeply affecting tapestry. When Engberg was young and living in Paris’ Belleville district, she fell in love with an Algerian crook, who disappeared. Back in Sweden many years later, she gets a call from him…

Experimental & Avant Garde, Romance, Women Directors
(Guo jie)
Dragons & Tigers

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?

Economics & Globalization, Women Directors
Altered States

A disgraced cop and grieving father look to exact vengeance on a suspected pedophile murderer in this grisly tale. With its heady mix of brutality, merciless black comedy and potent subtext, Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado’s thriller leaves you reeling and forces you to question where your sympathies lie. Winner, Best Film, Best Screenplay, Fantasia 2013.

Comedy, Crime, Family Relations, Jewish Interest, Mystery, Action, Thrills & Suspense
Nonfiction Features

"Rachel Boynton’s compelling documentary follows what happens when Texas oil exploration firm Kosmos Energy makes an enormous discovery called the Jubilee Field off the coast of Ghana… no film offers a more incisive look at how the enormous wealth oil creates subverts the morality of individuals, corporations, even entire countries."—LA Times

Economics & Globalization, Environment, Human Rights, Power Politics, Women Directors
Canadian Images

Anxiety over Vancouver real estate reaches operatic heights in this mischievous musical riff on an infamous local news story.

Animation, Comedy, Music & Dance, Women Directors
International Shorts

A window to the life of Vancouver graffiti artists.

(Mang tan)
Dragons & Tigers

Hong Kong superstars Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng team up with Johnnie To for this wild, sparklingly madcap genre-bender: a romantic/detective/horror/thriller/comedy. He’s a blind amateur investigator; she’s a feisty young cop. To at his most dazzlingly playful, with beguiling performances by HK’s best.

Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Action, Thrills & Suspense
International Shorts

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…

Drama, Under 18 May Attend
(Marioneta Ciega)
International Shorts

In this twisted tale, a depressed and often manic puppeteer leaves home to do another day of penance, trying to absolve the tortured memories of a drunken night—when the monster that dwells within him was unleashed.

Drama, Family Relations
(La vie d'Adèle--Chapitres 1 & 2)
Spotlight on France

A tour de force of unbridled intimacy and graphic sexuality, Abdellatif Kechiche’s acclaimed drama features superb performances from Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos as young women finding their love for each other. "A shattering masterpiece about sexual awakening, heartbreak and self-discovery…"—Atlantic. Winner, Palme d’Or (for film and lead actors), Cannes 2013.

Literary (inc. Adaptations), Queer Interest, Romance, Sex & Eroticism
(Goryeolchwa Gajok)
Dragons & Tigers

Korea has all but cornered the market in comedy-dramas about the family, and Song Haesung’s film is one of the best. A middle-class failure (the wonderful Park Haeil) has to learn to live with his criminal brother and his sexually incontinent sister—not to mention his unflappable mom.

Comedy, Drama, Family Relations
Altered States

As a vagrant trickster plays funny games with an affluent family, Alex van Warmerdam’s outrageous provocation casts a sinister, enthralling spell. Oblivious to the abstract class warfare being waged against them, the homeowners likewise can’t envision the nightmare that’s about to enter their waking lives. "Sly, insidious and intermittently hilarious…"—Variety

Experimental & Avant Garde, Comedy, Drama, Family Relations, Sci-fi & Horror, Sex & Eroticism, Action, Thrills & Suspense
International Shorts

Trapped in their car for days after an unexpected snowstorm strands them on a remote mountain road, a young couple confronts a life-or-death choice: should we stay or should we go?

Drama
International Shorts

A blind teenaged skateboarder doesn’t let his challenges hold him back from achieving his dreams.

Disabilities, Under 18 May Attend
(Brecha en el silencio)
Cinema of Our Time

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.

Drama, Family Relations, Health (Mental & Physical), Human Rights
International Shorts

How to get your video-addict friends to go camping.

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