42nd Toronto International Film Festival®
September 7-17, 2017

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Pat Mills
Five family members crowd into a car to take grandma to a nursing home against her will. An omniscient narrator reveals each person’s predicamen… 
CastEileen Sword, Shannon Ford, Chantelle Wilson…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
SCC$18

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Atom Egoyan
Atom Egoyan’s The Adjuster is one of the filmmaker’s most acclaimed works, and remains one of the most significant contributions to what became … 
CastElias Koteas, Arsinée Khanjian, Maury Chayki…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
COV$R

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Philip Hoffman
Local legend Philip Hoffman’s formally adventurous and emotionally devastating documentary looks at the tortured last years of Toronto writer Ge… 
CastGeorge Lachlan Brown
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
CF$PG

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Mark Lewis
In conjunction with Mark Lewis: In a City, special screenings of Lewis’s Backstory (2009) and Cinema Museum (2008) will take place during the Fe… 
CastUnknown
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
FUT$18

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Dylan Akio Smith
Ten-year-old Billy is mercilessly teased at school because he has a large cranium. He learns that one of his classmates has found a way to get a… 
CastAlex Ferris, Conner Dwelly, Brad Dryborough,…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
SCC$18

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Ruba Nadda
World Premiere Juliette (Patricia Clarkson), a magazine editor, arrives in Cairo to meet her husband Mark (Tom McCamus), a UN official in Gaza. … 
CastPatricia Clarkson, Tom McCamus, Alexander Si…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
SP$14A

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Denis Côté
Québec auteur Denis Côté brings us a beautiful story about an elderly man who lives in a junkyard surrounded by the detritus of culture and who … 
CastJean-Paul Colmor
LanguageFrench   CountryCanada
VAN$14A

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Atom Egoyan
Catherine (Julianne Moore), a successful doctor, suspects her husband David (Liam Neeson), a handsome music professor, is cheating on her. To la… 
CastJulianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
GALA$$14A

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Mark Lewis
In conjunction with Mark Lewis: In a City, special screenings of Lewis’s Backstory (2009) and Cinema Museum (2008) will take place during the Fe… 
CastUnknown
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
FUT$18

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Carl Bessai
Cole (Richard de Klerk) wants to write his way out of small-town Lytton, B.C. and his job at the family gas station. A new romance with Serafina… 
CastRichard de Klerk, Kandyse McClure, Sonja Ben…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
CWC$PG

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Dilip Mehta
A warmhearted social satire about a Canadian diplomat (Lisa Ray) and her chef husband Michael (Don McKellar) who are posted to New Delhi. Upon a… 
CastLisa Ray, Don McKellar, Seema Biswas, Maury …
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
GALA$$PG

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John Greyson
[NOTE: This short film has been pulled from official selection at Toronto International Film Festival in protest against their Spotlight on Tel … 
CastUnknown
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
SCC$14A

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Sherry White
Mitsy (Meghan Greeley) just wants to escape her life in Newfoundland and her overbearing grandmother (Mary Walsh), but a visit from her mother a… 
CastMeghan Greeley, Mary Walsh, Joel Thomas Hyne…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
CF$14A

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Peter Stebbings
Reality intersects with delusion in the mind of Arthur Poppington (Woody Harrelson), a regular man who adopts a superhero persona known as Defen… 
CastWoody Harrelson, Kat Dennings, Elias Koteas,…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
SP$14A

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Bernard Émond
Dr. Rainville, an aging country doctor with a deep attachment to his patients, is about to retire and is looking for a successor. Jeanne Dion, a… 
CastJacques Godin, Elise Guilbault
LanguageFrench   CountryCanada
MAST$14A

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Bruce Sweeney
Writer-director Bruce Sweeney returns with a romantic comedy about a man who may have just met the woman of his dreams, but their romance is com… 
CastCam Cronin, Laara Sadiq, Gabrielle Rose, Pau…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
SP$14A

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Paramita Nath
In 1978, Toronto poet Souvankham Thammavongsa was born in a Lao refugee camp in Thailand. Based on her book of poems inspired by her father’s di… 
CastSouvankham Thammavongsa, Kevin Au
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
SCC$18

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Peter Raymont and Michele Ho…
An enigmatic musical poet and world-renowned pianist, Glenn Gould continues to captivate international audiences twenty-six years after his earl… 
CastGlenn Gould
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
RTR$PG

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Rob King
World Premiere George Ryga’s HUNGRY HILLS is a beautifully dark adaptation of the acclaimed Canadian novel about one teenager’s struggles to rev… 
CastKeir Gilchrist, Alexander De Jordy, John Py…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
CF$PG

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Blaine Thurier
A reformed criminal escapes his wife’s dinner party for a quick beer with his cousin and former partner in crime. Over the course of one wild ni… 
CastTygh Runyan, Paul Anthony, Marnie Robinson, …
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
CWC$14A

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Gary Yates
Two drug-addled brothers go for one last major score in writer-director Gary Yates’s energetic and funny crime comedy. 
CastTimothy Olyphant, Stephen Eric McIntyre, Ros…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
CWC$14A

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Dev Khanna
Ever wondered what the afterlife is like? Dev Khanna provides us with a cynical take on romanticized visions of eternal happiness in this charmi… 
CastDavid Fox, Georgina Reilly, Sean Clement, Kr…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
SCC$PG

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Valery Todorovsky
Swing-dance lessons followed by a concert at 9 pm featuring Aelita with the Galaxy All-Star Orchestra in honour of the Russian musical screening… 
CastThe Galaxy All-Star Orchestra
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
YDSFreePG

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Brigitte Berman
An intimate look at the outspoken, flamboyant founder of the Playboy empire. With humour and insight, the film captures Hefner’s fierce battles … 
CastHugh Hefner
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
SP$14A

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Terry Gilliam
North American Premiere This fantastical morality tale tells the story of Dr. Parnassus and his travelling show, the extraordinary ‘Imaginarium’… 
CastJohnny Depp, Heath Ledger, Jude Law, Colin F…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
GALA$$PG

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Don McKellar
Don McKellar’s Imaginary Lovers is a multi-channel installation that resulted from McKellar’s self-described obsession with the intimate and aut… 
CastBeste Bereket, Gülçin Santýrcýoðlu
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
FUTFree18

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Mark Lewis
Straight from Canada’s Venice Biennale Pavilion this year, Mark Lewis: In a City features the North American premiere of three new filmed artwor… 
CastUnknown
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
FUTFree18

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Xavier Dolan
Hubert, a brash 17-year-old, is confused and torn by a love-hate relationship with his mother that consumes him more and more each day. After di… 
CastAnne Dorval, Xavier Dolan, François Arnaud, …
LanguageFrench   CountryCanada
SP$14A

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Hélène Florent
Generally, it’s nice to be light in one’s step. In this visually inventive short, however, it’s causing great existential issues for a man attem… 
CastDenis Trudel, Marie-Josée Bastien, Murielle …
LanguageFrench   CountryCanada
SCC$18

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Reginald Harkema
Perry, a sheltered chemist, falls in love with Leslie, a former homecoming princess, when he is selected to be a jury member at her hippie, deat… 
CastGregory Smith, Kristen Hager, Sarah Gadon, K…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
VAN$14A

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Corey Adams and Alex Craig
Equal parts surreal comedy, fantasy and indictment of our logo-glutted culture, Corey Adams and Alex Craig’s Machotaildrop follows teen skateboa… 
CastJames Faulkner, Anthony Amedori, Lukács Bics…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
CF$PG

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Jaco Van Dormael
Jared Leto stars as Nemo, the world's oldest man. In 2092, humans have achieved immortality, thanks to advances in genetics and at the age of 12… 
CastJared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh…
LanguageEnglish | French   CountryCanada
SP$18

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Aszure Barton
The National Ballet of Canada’s preview presentation of the latest production from Aszure Barton in celebration of the Festival’s screening of M… 
CastNational Ballet of Canada
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
YDSFreePG

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Igor Drljaca
A young boy’s psyche is put to the test as he waits outside for his parents to stop arguing. Shutting out the world on a hot sunny day, he finds… 
CastAndrij Luczkiw, Goran Slavkovic, Andrea Buss…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
SCC$18

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Maxime Morin
Opening Night concert by DJ Champion, hosted by Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman Thursday, Sept. 10 at 9:00PM 
CastDJ Champion, Measha Brueggergosman
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
YDSFree14A

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Matthew Bissonnette
In writer-director Matthew Bissonette’s intimate and amusing road movie Passenger Side, two talkative brothers tour Los Angeles while trying to … 
CastAdam Scott, Joel Bissonnette, Robin Tunney, …
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
CWC$14A

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Peter Mettler
Filmmaker and visual artist Peter Mettler takes audiences on an eye-opening aerial tour of Alberta’s tar sands in this beautiful, haunting and v… 
CastUnknown
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
RTR$G

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Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond’s documentary Reel Injun is a long-needed corrective to the wildly inaccurate portrayals of native peoples in Hollywood films and f… 
CastWes Studi, Adam Beach and Sacheen Littlefeat…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
RTR$PG

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Vic Sarin
An extraordinary woman helps an orphan boy find self-acceptance and love through her unique gifts of colour and magic. Set in a small village on… 
CastConnie Nielsen, Aidan Quinn, John Bell, Jack…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
KIDYouthPG

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Ivan Grbovic, Min Sook Lee,…
La Chute - Ivan Grbovic Marie, an elementary school teacher, suspects a student has been abused at home. Her judgment clouded by tensions in he… 
CastMarie-Ève Bertrand, Uriel Isaac Emahel, Yves…
LanguageEnglish / French   CountryCanada
SCC$14A

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Sami Khan, Sonya Di Rienzo,…
75 El Camino - Sami Khan In Sarnia’s Chemical Valley, a red-hot Chevy El Camino is the last treasured possession that Travis and Marianne have … 
CastEarl Pastko, Victoria Snow, Rachel Wilson, J…
LanguageEnglish/French/Ewe/A…   CountryCanada
SCC$PG

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Cordell Barker, Peter Welli…
Runaway - Cordell Barker Award-winning animator Cordell Barker brings us this zany and sumptuously animated tale about a reckless train ride. G… 
CastOliver Dennis, Noam Jenkins Marc Bendavid, …
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
SCC$14A

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Anne Emond, Nicolas Pereda,…
Naissances - Anne Emond Naissances examines an ephemeral connection between strangers and the false hope borne of living in a moment that both … 
CastJolianne L'Allier, Nico Gagnon Amalio Miran…
LanguageEnglish/French/Spani…   CountryCanada
SCC$14A

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Randall Okita, Mio Adilman, …
fish in barrel - Randall Okita Following the intricate and ethereal dream landscape he created in Machine with Wishbone, Randall Okita continue… 
CastLeif Nygaard, Roberta Cenedese, Brendan McLe…
LanguageEnglish, Bosnian, Cr…   CountryCanada
SCC$14A

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William Beaudine
Pickford plays Molly, the oldest girl in an “orphan farm” in the Louisiana bayou. The owners of the farm, the vile and opprobrious Grimes family… 
CastMary Pickford, Roy Stewart, Gustav von Seyff…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
COV$G

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Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak
Speak City delivers a unique glimpse of Toronto through its most omnipresent yet most innocuous markers: street signs. Over a two-year period, S… 
CastUnknown
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
FUTFree18

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Robert Stefaniuk
World Premiere A rock’n’roll vampire comedy about a down-and-out band that will do anything for a record deal. Their humdrum image radically cha… 
CastAlice Cooper, Alex Lifeson, Moby, Iggy Pop, …
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
CWC$14A

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Robert Stefaniuk
Spotlight concert featuring The Burning Brides and Canadian legends Blue Peter with guest appearances from stars of the rock’n’roll vampire come… 
CastTBA
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
YDSFreePG

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George A. Romero
To celebrate the premiere of George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead in Midnight Madness, The Toronto Zombie Walk: Special Director's Cut Editio… 
CastGeorge A. Romero
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
YDSFree14A

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George A. Romero
Master director George A. Romero returns to his world of the undead, this time pitting two feuding clans in the middle of the fallout of a zombi… 
CastAlan Van Sprang, Kenneth Welsh, Devon Bostic…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
MM$14A

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Jeremy Shaw
Berlin-based, Vancouver punk artist Jeremy Shaw's This Transition Will Never End #6 is a spinning vortex of appropriated footage where spiraling… 
CastUnknown
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
FUTFreePG

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Unknown
The TIFF Kids Zone – offering fun for children of all ages, including face-painting, green-screen activity and more. Saturday, September 12 at … 
CastUnknown
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
YDSFreeG

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Jacob Tierney
Leon Bronstein (Jay Baruchel) is not your average Montreal West high school student. For one thing, none of his peers can claim to be the reinca… 
CastJay Baruchel, Saul Rubinek, Colm Feore, Jess…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
SP$PG

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Bruce Alcock
Bruce Alcock’s animated depiction of a tragic Newfoundland love song (performed by Émile Benoit) illustrates the tune’s folk roots through its i… 
CastUnknown
LanguageEnglish, French   CountryCanada
SCC$PG

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Klaus Lutz, Heinz Emigholz, …
George Méliès’ playful and eccentric spirit hovers throughout Wavelengths’s opening programme. Klaus Lutz’s Titan (USA), is a charming, artisan… 
CastVarious
LanguageVarious   CountryCanada
WL$18

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Tomonari Nishikawa, Nicky Ha…
In a time of tampered food and farming, an appreciation for nature and its untold mysteries is as strong as ever. Tomonari Nishikawa’s Lumphini… 
CastVarious
LanguageVarious   CountryCanada
WL$18

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Ute Aurand, Friedl vom Gröll…
Wavelengths 2009 concludes on a ruminative note, with art and experience partaking in time’s inevitable passage. Ute Aurand’s Snowing Chestnut … 
CastVarious
LanguageVarious   CountryCanada
WL$18

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Alexandre Franchi
Fantasy and reality meet in The Wild Hunt when an ancient ritual is reborn in the woods north of Montreal. 
CastMark A. Krupa, Ricky Mabe, Tiio Horn, Trevor…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
CF$14A

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Sook-Yin Lee
Year of the Carnivore is a romantic-comedy-drama about a girl with an unrequited crush on a boy who thinks she’s bad in bed, so she goes out to … 
CastSheila McCarthy, Kevin McDonald, Cristin Mil…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
CF$14A

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Alejandro Fernandez Almendra…
A warm family saga which follows 24 hours in the life of a poverty-stricken provincial family in central Chile. 
CastClemira Aguayo, Alejandra Yanez, Cornelio Vi…
LanguageSpanish   CountryChile
CWC$18

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Soi Cheang
Gripping and smartly constructed, this unconventional crime thriller/psychological drama, revolves around assassins who commit murder by making … 
CastRichie Jen, Louis Koo, Shui-Fan Fung, Suet L…
LanguageCantonese   CountryChina
VAN$18

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Ho Yuhang
Two young people of different classes are bound together by restless ennui. But when the girl is revealed to be underage, lies and blackmail spi… 
CastChui Tien You, Wai Ying Hong, Ng Meng Hui
LanguageCantonese, Mandarin…   CountryChina
CWC$18

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Lu Chuan
From acclaimed director Lu Chuan comes a devastating and controversial epic film based on the most atrocious holocaust in Chinese history, the N… 
CastLiu Ye, Gao Yuanyuan, Hideo Nakaizumi
LanguageMandarin   CountryChina
SP$14A

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Bruce Beresford
Adapted from his internationally best-selling memoir, the film tells the true story of Li Cunxin, a Chinese-trained ballet dancer. Plucked from … 
CastBruce Greenwood, Kyle MacLachlan, Joan Chen,…
LanguageEnglish   CountryChina
SP$PG

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Xiaolu Guo
A subjective anatomy of contemporary China in the post-Marxist era, this is a dark, poetic depiction of people from different backgrounds, livin… 
CastUnknown
LanguageMandarin   CountryChina
RTR$18

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Wan Ma Cai Dan, Pema Tseden
This peacefully charming second feature by Pema Tseden (Wan Ma Cai Dan) is the first ever to be shot entirely in Tibet and in the Tibetan langua… 
CastManla Kyab, Tsondrey, Lumo Tso
LanguageTibetan   CountryChina
CWC$PG

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Lou Ye
A lyrical and audacious portrait of a doomed gay love triangle that spins out of control, Spring Fever is inspired by prohibited Chinese novels … 
CastChen Si Cheng, Hao Qin, Zhuo Tan, Wu Wei
LanguageMandarin, Cantonese…   CountryChina
VAN$18

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Tian Zhuangzhuang
The disillusioned general of an ancient Chinese army regiment finds himself stranded in a village populated by a strange clan with mystical conn… 
CastMaggie Q, Jô Odagiri, Chung Hua Tou
LanguageMandarin   CountryChina
SP$18

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He Ping
In the Kingdom of Zhao, all the men have left for war and Lady Li (Fan Bingbing), wife of the absent lord, says victory will soon bring their me… 
CastFan Bingbing
LanguageMandarin   CountryChina
SP$PG

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Oscar Ruiz Navia
Treading a fine line between documentary and fiction, Crab Trap is a meditative look at daily life in a remote village on the Pacific coast of C… 
CastRodrigo Vélez, Arnobio Salazar Rivas, Jaime …
LanguageSpanish   CountryColombia
DISC$18

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Sebastián Cordero
Rabia is a romantic thriller about a construction worker on the run for killing his foreman who hides in the mansion where his girlfriend works … 
CastYon González, Fernando Tielve, Concha Velasc…
LanguageSpanish   CountryColombia
CWC$18

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Ciro Guerra
Ignacio, a former traveling musician, makes one final trip across the country following his wife's death. He is joined by a teenaged fan, and to… 
CastMarciano Martínez, Yull Núñez
LanguageSpanish   CountryColombia
CWC$18

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Damjan Kozole
A young university student solicits sex clients through newspaper ads, involving her in a hellish adventure. 
CastNina Ivanisin, Peter Musevski, Primoz Pirnat…
LanguageSlovenian | English…   CountryCroatia
CWC$18

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Jan Hrebejk
This film, freely inspired by stories form Michal Viewegh’s bestseller, Tales of Marriage and Sex, is a wry comedy about sex and marriage and a … 
CastJirí Machácek, Simona Babcáková, Petr Ctvrtn…
LanguageCzech   CountryCzech Republic
CWC$18

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Michael J. Bassett
From Robert E. Howard, the legendary creator of Conan, comes this tale of a savage mercenary in sixteeth-century Century England who owes the de… 
CastJames Purefoy, Max von Sydo, Ian Whyte, Pete…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCzech Republic
MM$14A

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Harun Farocki, Lisandro Alon…
Lisandro Alonso (Liverpool, Los Muertos) creates a face-to-face encounter with the wild in the beguiling and enigmatic S/T (Argentina), a moment… 
CastVarious
LanguageVarious   CountryCzech Republic
WL$18