• Friends and Strangers

    Friends and Strangers

    The callow fumbling of wayward young people seeking romantic and professional satisfaction remains an ever-present theme of international cinema, yet Australian director James Vaughan has found entirely new, poignant, and hilarious ways to reveal his characters’ charms and deficits, privileges and blind spots. The story pivots on the failed attempts of freelance videographer Ray (Fergus Wilson) to woo the disinterested Alice (Emma Diaz) during an impromptu camping trip, and the fallout back in Sydney. Vaughan’s ear for the casual cut-down…

  • Bebia, à mon seul désir

    Bebia, à mon seul désir

    Ariadna, a 17-year-old woman working as an international runway model, finds her life interrupted when she is summoned home to her rural Georgian village for her grandmother’s funeral. There, she must deal with her mother’s embittered invective, as well as memories of the deceased, who instilled much confusion and doubt in her as a child. To her surprise, Ariadna is enlisted to carry out an arduous ritual—connecting back to Greek mythology—in which the family’s youngest must guide the soul of…

  • Moon, 66 Questions

    Moon, 66 Questions

    The feature debut of Greek filmmaker Jacqueline Lentzou confirms the bold formal experimentation and naked emotional interiority promised by her acclaimed shorts such as The End of Suffering (A Proposal). Sofia Kokkali—the star of Lentzou’s previous two works—brings her remarkable physicality to the role of Artemis, a twentysomething who tentatively reunites with her estranged father, Paris (Lazaros Georgakopoulos), after he is diagnosed with a debilitating illness. Instead of traversing familiar dramatic terrain with standard psychological realism, Lentzou relies largely on…

  • Stop-Zemlia

    Stop-Zemlia

    Guided by a humane curiosity and completely lacking in sensationalism, Kateryna Gornostai’s penetrating study of the confusions and beauty of youth takes enormous emotional care as it observes a class of Ukrainian 11th graders over the course of one year. A documentarian with a dramatist’s eye, the director uses a cast of remarkably poised teenagers playing fictional versions of themselves, centering mostly on Masha (a spellbinding Maria Fedorchenko), trying to make sense of the world around her, and the sensitive…

  • All the Light We Can See

    All the Light We Can See

    An unusually ambitious epic told in eloquently simple brush strokes, Mexican filmmaker Pablo Escoto Luna’s All the Light We Can See is a daring work of minimalist gestures on a maximalist canvas, unfolding against the grand volcanic landscapes of Popocatépetl and Ixtaccihuatl. Guided by mythic storytelling traditions, the film, set during some indeterminant past, begins as the tale of a woman who runs off into the forest when forced to marry a bandit, before gradually revealing itself as a time-bending…

  • Dark Red Forest

    Dark Red Forest

    A work of visual awe and matter-of-fact spiritual inquiry, Dark Red Forest is a majestic documentary portrait that details the annual retreat of thousands of Tibetan nuns to small wooden houses on the vast Tibetan Plateau. With extraordinary intimacy, the camera nestles in with the women of the Yarchen Monastery, who, during the 100 coldest days of the year, learn about—and in some cases experience—profound matters of life and death, suffering and healing, karma and consequence. A document of the…

  • Bình

    Bình

    An alien in human guise visits Vietnam in search of materials for his home planet, and finds a sprawling construction site erecting a mega-temple. This quietly observed sci-fi tale probes questions of home, belonging, and spirituality while reflecting a changing world mired in capitalistic exploitation.

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  • Nha Mila

    Nha Mila

    En route to visit a sick relative in her native Cape Verde after a 14-year absence, Salomé (Yaya Correia) runs into a childhood acquaintance in the Lisbon airport and accepts an invitation to spend her stopover at the woman’s home. Anchored by the unhurried sensitivity of Correia’s performance, this gentle vignette simultaneously evokes the melancholic absences and unexpected joys of shared diasporic memory.

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  • We

    We

    In this nuanced, sophisticated, and wonderfully engaging documentary, filmmaker Alice Diop creates a kaleidoscopic portrait of people from largely Black and immigrant communities in the Parisian suburbs, their lives and work connected by the RER B commuter train that cuts through the city from north to south. Her subjects include a migrant from Mali working as a mechanic; her own sister, a community care worker making house calls to the elderly; the writer Pierre Bergounioux, expounding upon centuries of French…

  • Liborio

    Liborio

    Faith and magic become flesh and blood in this consummate debut feature from Dominican filmmaker Nino Martinez Sosa. Divided into seven sections, the film tells the legend of Liborio, a farmer who disappeared from his village near the beginning of the 20th century, only to be resurrected as a figure of spiritual healing and political rebellion, both an exalted messiah and a tangible human being. Using a prismatic storytelling approach, ultimately centering on the villagers’ fight for independence from occupying…

  • Taming the Garden

    Taming the Garden

    At the center of Salomé Jashi’s spellbinding film is an image of immense power: a massive tree, uprooted from the earth, improbably floating across a vast sea on a raft of soil. This surreal, metaphorically resonant invocation of man’s attempts to harness and control nature is the visual centerpiece of a patient, lyrical documentary about a man of wealth and power—a former Georgian prime minister—and his heaven-and-earth-moving project to transport centuries-old trees from his country’s coastline to his own personal…

  • Madalena

    Madalena

    In this hauntingly oblique yet vivid moral drama, set in a rural Brazilian town, three characters’ lives are affected in different ways by the death of Madalena, a local trans woman whose body is found in one of the vast soybean fields that stretch across the region. For cisgender Luziane (Natália Mazarim) and Cristiano (Rafael de Bona), a bar hostess and a wealthy soy farm scion, respectively, her death occasions vastly different kinds of rupture, while for Bianca (Pâmella Yule),…