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Jim Chuchu, Vincent Moloi, P…
Beginning with an ambiguous science fiction in Nairobi and ending with a re-enactment of the myth of Noah’s ark in Cape Town’s Khayelitsha towns… 
CastElsaphan Njora, Patricia Kihoro, Shiv Singh,…
LanguageSwahili, Nouchi, Fre…   CountryKenya, South Africa,…
CWC$PG

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Mark Cousins
Director Mark Cousins follows his epic documentary The Story of Film with this globe-spanning rumination on children in the cinema, surveying su… 
CastMark Cousins
LanguageEnglish   CountryUnited Kingdom
DOC$14A

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Albert Serra
Following his radical (re-)interpretations of Cervantes' Don Quixote (Honor de Cavalleria) and the Biblical tale of the Three Kings (Birdsong), … 
CastVincenç Altaió, Lluis Serrat, Xavier Pau, Cl…
LanguageCatalan   CountrySpain
WL$18A

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Kambozia Partovi and Jafar P…
Politically persecuted Iranian master Jafar Panahi — still under house arrest and banned from filmmaking for twenty years for engaging in "propa… 
CastMaryam Moghadam, Jafar Panahi, Kambozia Part…
LanguagePersian   CountryIran
MAST$14A

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David Rimmer, Luther Price, …
The Academy Film Archive's restoration of David Rimmer's Canadian avant-garde classic Variations on a Cellophane Wrapper anchors the first progr… 
CastElliott Gould, Jim Bouton
LanguageSpanish   CountryCanada, USA
WL$14A

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Levan Koguashvili
Levan Koguashvili’s film — about a lonely 40-year-old schoolteacher who takes up with the wife of a soon-to-be-released convict — is a compassio… 
CastAndro Sakhvarelidze, Ia Sukhitashvili, Archi…
LanguageGeorgian   CountryGeorgia
CWC$14A

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Jim Chuchu, Vincent Moloi, P…
Beginning with an ambiguous science fiction in Nairobi and ending with a re-enactment of the myth of Noah’s ark in Cape Town’s Khayelitsha towns… 
CastElsaphan Njora, Patricia Kihoro, Shiv Singh,…
LanguageSwahili, Nouchi, Fre…   CountryKenya, South Africa,…
CWC$PG

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Frederick Wiseman
Direct cinema pioneer Frederick Wiseman takes an in-depth look at the preeminent American university during a fall semester that saw a vigorous … 
CastUnknown
LanguageEnglish   CountryUSA
DOC$14A

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Catherine Martin
Two solitary people meet each other and form a bond in the back country of the Gaspe peninsula. Inspired by Robert Bresson’s classic Mouchette,… 
CastAriane Legault, Sébastien Ricard, Hélène Flo…
LanguageFrench   CountryCanada
CWC$PG

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Hannes Schüpbach, Stephen Br…
Proposing simplicity as a radical antidote to today’s fervent desire for intricacy, these films and videos draw upon either a collaborative proc… 
CastVarious
LanguageVarious   CountryCanada, Switzerland,…
WL$G

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Ben Rivers, Ben Russell
A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS follows a single character at three disparate moments in his life: alone in the wilderness of Northern Finland,… 
CastRobert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
LanguageUnknown   CountryFrance | Estonia
WL$14A

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Stephanie Spray, Pacho Velez
The makers of last year’s Festival hit Leviathan served as producers on this astounding sensorial stunner that takes us on a state-of-the-art ca… 
CastChabbi Lal Gandharba, Anish Gandharba, Bindu…
LanguageNepali   CountryNepal
WL$PG

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Claude Lanzmann
The 220-minute film looks at Benjamin Murmelstein, the last president of the Jewish Council in the Theresienstadt ghetto, the concentration camp… 
CastBenjamin Murmelstein, Claude Lanzmann
LanguageGerman | French   CountryFrance | Austria
DOC$14A

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Alexandre Rockwell, Raisa Bo…
Determined to see "the river," two young children living in Los Angeles leave home to embark on a magical urban odyssey, in the marvelous new fi… 
CastLana Rockwell, Nico Rockwell, Rene Cuante-Ba…
LanguageEnglish, Spanish   CountryUSA, Puerto Rico
CWC$PG

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Basma Alsharif, Philipp Flei…
A sense of geographic, spatial and historical freefall attends this programme of works. Farther Than the Eye Can See, Basma Alsharif (13 minute… 
CastVarious
LanguageArabic, Polish, Span…   CountryUnited Arab Emirates…
WL$PG

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Mohamad Malas
Mohamad Malas, recognized widely as Syrian cinema’s first auteur, resurrects the ghosts of his country’s thirty-year-old dictatorship with this … 
CastNajla el Wa'za, Lara Saade, Bilal Martini, G…
LanguageArabic   CountrySyria
CWC$14A

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Wang Bing
Director Wang Bing casts an understanding and non-judgmental eye on the inmates of a decrepit Chinese mental hospital in this eloquent and emoti… 
CastUnknown
LanguageMandarin   CountryChina
WL$14A

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Alanis Obomsawin
Internationally acclaimed filmmaker and activist Alanis Obomsawin (Kahnesatake: 270 Years of Resistance) chronicles the Attawapiskat First Natio… 
CastShannen Koostachin
LanguageEnglish, Cree   CountryCanada
DOC$PG

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Joao Viana, Ali Cherri
The Battle of Tabatô Battle of Tabato, Joao Viana (83 minutes): After 30 years of exile, Baio is returning to Guinea-Bissau. His daughter Fatu … 
CastFatu Djebaté, Mamadu Baio, Mutar Djebaté
LanguageMadinka   CountryGuinea-Bissau, Leban…
WL$PG

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Nick Collins, Chris Kennedy,…
Beginning with the ruins of a Greek Byzantine church and ending with trance rituals in Burma, this programme sketches a trajectory of shifting p… 
CastVarious
LanguageEnglish, French   CountryUnited Kingdom, Cana…
WL$PG

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Ahmad Abdalla
In one of the most extraordinary nights in the history of Egypt, the prisons were suddenly opened, leaving thousands of prisoners wandering in t… 
CastAsser Yassin, Atef Yousef, Amr Abed, Yara Go…
LanguageArabic   CountryEgypt
CWC$14A

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Caroline Strubbe
A road movie. An unorthodox crime story. Portrait of an unlikely companionship. Belgian director Caroline Strubbe’s uniquely crafted second feat… 
CastKimke Desart, Zoltan Miklos Hajdu
LanguageDutch   CountryNetherlands
WL$14A

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Ventura Pons
Spanish director Ventura Pons returns to documentary filmmaking with this study of world-renowned museum expert Ignasi Millet. HIV-positive yet … 
CastIgnasi Millet
LanguageCatalan   CountrySpain
DOC$14A

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Ming-liang Tsai
Imbued with mystery, sly humour, and an enormous heart, the latest film from visionary director Tsai Ming-liang (The Wayward Cloud) links togeth… 
CastLee Kang Sheng, Lee Yi Cheng, Lee Yi Chieh, …
LanguageMandarin   CountryTaiwan
WL$14A

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Philip Gröning
The latest fiction from acclaimed filmmaker Philipp Gröning (Into Great Silence) is a chilling account of a young family’s unraveling and the de… 
CastAlexandra Finder, David Zimmerschied
LanguageGerman   CountryGermany
WL$14A

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Raya Martin, Mark Peranson, …
La última película, Raya Martin / Mark Peranson (88 minutes): A famous American filmmaker travels to the Yucatán to scout locations for his las… 
CastAlex Ross Perry, Gabino Rodríguez, Iazua Lar…
LanguageSpanish, English   CountryMexico, USA
WL$PG

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Alexandros Avranas
Greek director Alexandros Avranas’ chilling and incisive drama recounts an 11-year-old girl’s inexplicable suicide — and the family secrets that… 
CastThemis Panou, Eleni Roussinou, Reni Pittaki,…
LanguageGreek   CountryGreece
CTC$18A

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Thanos Anastopoulos
Taking inspiration from the financial crisis that continues to devastate Greece, the third feature from Thanos Anastopoulous is a taut and timel… 
CastSavina Alimani, Aggelos Papadimas, Yorgos Sy…
LanguageGreek   CountryGreece
CTC$14A

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Claire Denis
Supertanker captain Marco Silvestri is called back urgently to Paris. His sister Sandra is desperate; her husband has committed suicide, the fam… 
CastVincent Lindon, Chiara Mastroianni, Lola Cré…
LanguageFrench   CountryFrance
MAST$14A

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Yervant Gianikian, Angela Ri…
Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi’s PAYS BARBARE, an experimental, archival study of colonial Ethiopia. Milan-based duo Yervant Gianiki… 
CastUnknown
LanguageFrench, Italian   CountryFrance
WL$14A

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Joao Viana, Ali Cherri
The Battle of Tabatô Battle of Tabato, Joao Viana (83 minutes): After 30 years of exile, Baio is returning to Guinea-Bissau. His daughter Fatu … 
CastFatu Djebaté, Mamadu Baio, Mutar Djebaté
LanguageMadinka   CountryGuinea-Bissau, Leban…
WL$PG

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Rithy Panh
Rithy Panh uses clay figures, archival footage, and his narration to recreate the atrocities Cambodia's Khmer Rouge committed between 1975 and 1… 
CastRandal Douc
LanguageFrench   CountryFrance, Cambodia
WL$14A

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Juraj Lehotsky
Miracle is the story of 15-year-old Ela who is sent to a re-education centre. She yearns for love, but is not allowed to love. Despite all the r… 
CastRobert Roth, Michaela Bendulová, Venusa Kale…
LanguageSlovak   CountrySlovakia, Czech Repu…
DISC$14A

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Mati Diop, Akram Zaatari
Though an unlikely pairing on the surface, Mati Diop’s award-winning A Thousand Suns (Mille Soleils) and Akram Zaatari’s Venice Biennale commiss… 
CastLouay Hanafi
LanguageArabic, Wolof   CountrySenegal, Lebanon
WL$14A

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Argyris Papadimitropoulos, J…
Based on a violent real-life event that shook Athens, this drama about a frustrated policeman and a teenage skateboarder set to cross paths duri… 
CastHarris Markou, Leronymos Kaletsanos
LanguageGreek   CountryGreece
CTC$18A

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Ramon Zürcher
Loosely inspired by Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, this enchanting, minimalist gem by first-time feature director Ramon Zurcher has won admiring com… 
CastJenny Schily, Mia Kasalo, Anjorka Strechel, …
LanguageGerman   CountryGermany
WL$G

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Ettore Scola
On the 20th anniversary of Federico Fellini’s death, Ettore Scola, a devoted admirer of the incomparable maestro, commemorates the lesser-known … 
CastVittorio Viviani, Sergio Rubini, Antonella A…
LanguageItalian   CountryItaly
MAST$PG

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Aran Hughes, Christina Kouts…
Set over four days of unrelenting wind and rain in a remote village high up in the Nafpaktia Mountains in the west of Greece, the film follows t… 
CastIlias Katsaros, Spiridoula Katsarou, Adam Pa…
LanguageGreek   CountryGreece
CTC$14A

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Levan Koguashvili
Levan Koguashvili’s film — about a lonely 40-year-old schoolteacher who takes up with the wife of a soon-to-be-released convict — is a compassio… 
CastAndro Sakhvarelidze, Ia Sukhitashvili, Archi…
LanguageGeorgian   CountryGeorgia
CWC$14A

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Cristi Puiu
Acclaimed Romanian director Cristi Puiu (The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, Aurora) transforms what began as an intensive three-week acting workshop in… 
CastLudivine Anbérrée, Marion Bottollier, Ugo Br…
LanguageFrench   CountryFrance
WL$PG

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Manolo Nieto
A university student involved in militant leftist activism is faced with some difficult decisions when his father suddenly dies, leaving him in … 
CastFelipe Dieste
LanguageSpanish   CountryUruguay
DISC$14A

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Cristi Puiu
Acclaimed Romanian director Cristi Puiu (The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, Aurora) transforms what began as an intensive three-week acting workshop in… 
CastLudivine Anbérrée, Marion Bottollier, Ugo Br…
LanguageFrench   CountryFrance
WL$PG

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Catherine Martin
Two solitary people meet each other and form a bond in the back country of the Gaspe peninsula. Inspired by Robert Bresson’s classic Mouchette,… 
CastAriane Legault, Sébastien Ricard, Hélène Flo…
LanguageFrench   CountryCanada
CWC$PG

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Abdellah Taia
The story of Abdellah’s coming of age in two parts — first as a teenager in Morocco, the second as a university student in Geneva. Inspired by t… 
CastRaphael Bonacchi
LanguageFrench | Arabic   CountryFrance | Morocco
DISC$14A

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Alanis Obomsawin
Internationally acclaimed filmmaker and activist Alanis Obomsawin (Kahnesatake: 270 Years of Resistance) chronicles the Attawapiskat First Natio… 
CastShannen Koostachin
LanguageEnglish, Cree   CountryCanada
DOC$PG

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Ming-liang Tsai
Imbued with mystery, sly humour, and an enormous heart, the latest film from visionary director Tsai Ming-liang (The Wayward Cloud) links togeth… 
CastLee Kang Sheng, Lee Yi Cheng, Lee Yi Chieh, …
LanguageMandarin   CountryTaiwan
WL$14A

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Lav Diaz
Philippine cinematic luminary Lav Diaz draws inspiration from Dostoevsky and iconic compatriot José Rizal in this mature and boldly literate and… 
CastSid Lucero, Angeli Bayani, Archie Alemania, …
LanguageFilipino   CountryPhilippines
MAST$14A

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Mohammad Rasoulof
Khosrow and Morteza set out on a mission to kill someone. The assassination ought to be arranged as a suicide. At the last minute however, they … 
CastUnknown
LanguagePersian   CountryIran
CWC$14A

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Mohamad Malas
Mohamad Malas, recognized widely as Syrian cinema’s first auteur, resurrects the ghosts of his country’s thirty-year-old dictatorship with this … 
CastNajla el Wa'za, Lara Saade, Bilal Martini, G…
LanguageArabic   CountrySyria
CWC$14A

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Marcel Ophuls
Master documentarian Marcel Ophüls (The Sorrow and the Pity) turns his gaze back on his own extraordinary life with this memoir, both rigorous a… 
CastElliott Erwitt, Jeanne Moreau, Costa-Gavras,…
LanguageFrench   CountryFrance
DOC$PG

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Kambozia Partovi and Jafar P…
Politically persecuted Iranian master Jafar Panahi — still under house arrest and banned from filmmaking for twenty years for engaging in "propa… 
CastMaryam Moghadam, Jafar Panahi, Kambozia Part…
LanguagePersian   CountryIran
MAST$14A