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81.

Let the Corpses Tan

After stealing a truckload of gold bars, a gang of thieves absconds to the ruins of a remote village perched on the cliffs of the Mediterranean. Home to a reclusive yet hypersexual artist and her motley crew of family and admirers, it seems like a perfect hideout. But when two cops roll up on motorcycles to investigate, the hamlet erupts into a hallucinatory battlefield as both sides engage in an all-day, all-night firefight rife with double-crosses and dripping with blood. A glorious homage to 1970's Italian crime films and featuring vintage music cues by Ennio Morricone, LET THE CORPSES TAN is a deliriously stylish, cinematic fever dream. Official Selection at the **Toronto International Film Festival.** and at the **Locarno Film Festival.** "*A feverish, obsessive act of cinematic [...]
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2019; 2018
82.

Of Fathers and Sons

After making his Sundance award-winning documentary, *Return to Homs*, Talal Derki returned to Syria where he gained the trust of a radical Islamist family, sharing their daily life for over two years. His camera focuses primarily on the children, providing an extremely rare insight into what it means to grow up with a father whose only dream is to establish an Islamic caliphate. Osama and his brother Ayman both love and admire their father and obey his words, but while Osama seems content to follow the path of Jihad, Ayman wants to go back to school. OF FATHERS AND SONS is a work of unparalleled intimacy that captures the chilling moment when childhood dies and jihadism is born. Short-listed for an **Academy Award** for Best Documentary. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for World Docu [...]
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2019; 2018
83.

What Is Democracy?

Coming at a moment of profound political and social crisis, WHAT IS DEMOCRACY? reflects on a word we too often take for granted. Director Astra Taylor’s idiosyncratic, philosophical journey spans millennia and continents: from ancient Athens’ groundbreaking experiment in self-government to capitalism’s roots in medieval Italy; from modern-day Greece grappling with financial collapse and a mounting refugee crisis to the United States reckoning with its racist past and the growing gap between rich and poor. Official Selection at the **Toronto International Film Festival.** *"...a fascinating and enlightening treatise." - Rob Aldam, **Backseat Mafia*** *"...a sharp political reminder to pay attention to politics and to remember that the personal and the local are political." - Charlie P [...]
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2019; 2018
84.

Out 1: Part 1.

Jacques Rivette, co-founder of the French New Wave along with Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Éric Rohmer and Claude Chabrol, has always been that group’s most free-spirited and aesthetically radical member. This is very much on display in OUT 1, his fourth feature film and magnum opus, in which a whimsical young man receives anonymous notes that put him on the trail of a mysterious group of people who might or might not be conspirators. Based on an utterly unique concept that includes the absence of a script and nods to Honoré de Balzac and Lewis Carroll, OUT 1 has been practically impossible to see for more than forty years. An immensely involving, almost addictive blend of film, literature and theater, OUT 1 has been hailed as the Holy Grail of modern French cinema.
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2019; 1971
85.

The Great Silence

On an unforgiving, snow swept frontier, a group of bloodthirsty bounty hunters, led by the vicious Loco (Klaus Kinski) prey on a band of persecuted outlaws who have taken to the hills. As the price on each head is collected one-by-one, only a mute gunslinger named Silence (Jean-Louis Trintignant, The Conformist) stands between the innocent refuges and the greed and corruption that the bounty hunters represent. But, in this harsh, brutal world, the lines between right and wrong aren't always clear and good doesn't always triumph. Featuring superb photography and a haunting score from maestro Ennio Morricone, director Sergio Corbucci's bleak, brilliant and violent vision of an immoral, honorless west is widely considered to be among the very best and most influential Euro-Westerns ever [...]
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2019; 1968
86.

The Children Act

Smart, elegant, and deeply moving, THE CHILDREN ACT stars two-time **Academy Award**-winner Emma Thompson in a powerful and riveting performance as Fiona Maye, a British High Court judge who, in the midst of a marital crisis, must rule on a life-changing legal case concerning the survival of a teenage boy. Fiona is intensely dedicated to her profession, never finding time to have her own children while fully assuming the immense responsibility of making life-and-death decisions about the children of others. As Fiona is about to embark on one of the most challenging cases of her career, Jack (Stanley Tucci) her neglected and increasingly frustrated husband, makes a shocking revelation, sending her into an emotional tailspin. Official Selection at the **Toronto International Film Festi [...]
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2019; 2017
87.

Hereditary

When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter Annie (Toni Collette) begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more she discovers, the more he family finds themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell. Nominated for Best Female Lead and Best First Feature at the **Film Independent Spirit Awards**. Official Selection at the **Sundance Fil [...]
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2019; 2018
88.
Aya

Aya

In this short film, two strangers unexpectedly meet at an airport. He mistakenly assumes her to be his assigned driver. She, enchanted by the random encounter, does not hurry to prove him wrong. Nominated for Best Live Action Short Film at the **Academy Awards.**
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2019; 2013
89.

Lean on Pete

A deeply moving story about love, loneliness, family, and friendship, told through the unique prism of one boy’s connection to a very special racehorse. Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer) arrives in Portland, Oregon with his single father Ray (Travis Fimmel), both eager for a fresh start after a series of hard knocks. While Ray descends into personal turmoil, Charley finds acceptance and camaraderie at a local racetrack where he lands a job caring for an aging horse named Lean On Pete. The horse's gruff owner Del Montgomery (Steve Buscemi) and his seasoned jockey Bonnie (Chloë Sevigny) help Charley fill the void of his father's absence—until he discovers that Pete is bound for slaughter, prompting him to take extreme measures to spare his new friend’s life. Winner of [...]
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2019; 2017
90.

Grace Jones

This electrifying journey through the public and private worlds of pop culture mega-icon Grace Jones contrasts musical sequences with intimate personal footage, all the while brimming with Jones’s bold aesthetic. A larger-than-life entertainer, an androgynous glam-pop diva, an unpredictable media presence – Grace Jones is all these things and more. Sophie Fiennes’s documentary goes beyond the traditional music biography, offering a portrait as stylish and unconventional as its subject. Official Selection at the **Toronto International Film Festival.** Winner of the Best Documentary Award at the **Washington DC Filmfest.** *"If you want a rock-n-roll, sexy, feel-good, empowering film, pull up to the theater in your most audacious outfit and get ready for the Grace Jones experience." - [...]
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2019; 2017
91.

What Will People Say

Sixteen-year-old Nisha lives a double life. When out with her friends, she’s a regular Norwegian teenager. At home with her family, she is the perfect Pakistani daughter. But when her father catches her alone with her boyfriend, her two worlds brutally collide. To set an example and escape the judgment of their peers, Nisha’s parents send her to live with family in a small town in Pakistan. There, in an unfamiliar country surrounded by people she barely knows, Nisha must adapt to a rigid culture that denies her the freedoms she once enjoyed. WHAT WILL PEOPLE SAY is a tense and moving drama about women’s rights, immigrant identity, and familial duties. Winner of the Audience Award at the **AFI Film Festival.** Official Selection at the **Toronto International Film Festival.** *"Brims [...]
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2019; 2018
92.

A Town Called Panic

Hilarious and frequently surreal, the stop-motion extravaganza A TOWN CALLED PANIC has endless charms and raucous laughs for children from eight to eighty. PANIC stars three plastic toys named Cowboy, Indian and Horse who share a rambling house in a rural town that never fails to attract the weirdest events. Cowboy and Indian’s plan to gift Horse with a homemade barbeque backfires when they accidentally buy 50 million bricks. This sets off a perilously wacky chain of events as the trio travel to the center of the earth, trek across frozen tundra and discover a parallel underwater universe of pointy-headed (and dishonest!) creatures. Nominated for a Golden Camera at the **Cannes Film Festival.** Nominated for the Best Foreign Film Award at the **César Awards.** *"There's really very l [...]
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2019; 2009
93.

Sundance Film Festival Shorts Collection 2017

Six innovative, surprising short films selected from the Sundance Film Festival, widely considered to be the premier showcase for shorts, and the launchpad, for more than 30 years, of many now-prominent independent filmmakers. The 2017 Sundance Film Festival Shorts Collection encompasses fiction and animation, from dream-like portraits to laugh-out-loud comedy to poignant reflections of the world we live in. This edition includes two Jury Award winners and *Come Swim*, the directorial debut of actress Kristen Stewart.
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2019; 2017
94.

Marwencol

Jeff Malmberg's landmark documentary MARWENCOL follows the story of Mark Hogancamp, a victim of a brutal beating, who in response created a fantastic miniature world. As he documents the town's dramas with his camera, the dolls become living characters in an epic tale of love, adventure, resurrection and revenge. When his photos are discovered by the art world, Mark is suddenly forced to choose between the safety of his imaginary world and the real world he's avoided since the attack. Winner of the Find Your Audience and the Truer Than Fiction Award at the **Film Independent Spirit Awards.** Winner of the Grand Jury Award at the **SXSW Film Festival.** *"A fine, delicately nuanced portrait of an artist compelled by mysterious forces to create something utterly unique." - Ann Hornaday [...]
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2019; 2010
95.

Weekends

This animated short film tells the story of a young boy shuffling between the homes of his recently divorced parents. Surreal, dream-like moments mix with the domestic realities of a broken up family in this hand-animated film set in 1980’s Toronto. Nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the 2019 **Academy Awards**. Winner of the Golden Gate Award in the Bay Area Short Film Category at the **San Francisco International Film Festival.** Winner of Best Short Film at the **Annecy International Animated Film Festival**.
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2019; 2017
96.

Side by Side

Produced by Keanu Reeves, SIDE BY SIDE is an in-depth examination of how digital filmmaking is challenging traditional celluloid film as the gold standard in moviemaking. Through unprecedented access to influential filmmakers James Cameron, David Fincher, George Lucas, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, Robert Rodriguez, Lana and Andy Wachowski, Steven Soderbergh and many more, SIDE BY SIDE captures the essence of the film versus digital debate. Official Selection at the **Berlin International Film Festival** and **Tribeca Film Festival**. "*This exhaustive documentary is one of the best films ever made about the filmmaking process.*" - ***The Aristocrat*** "*Essential viewing for understanding different sides of one of the most vital current debates in cinema.*" - ***Film4***
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2019; 2011
97.

Living in the Future's Past

**Academy Award-Winner** Jeff Bridges shares the screen with scientists and profound thinkers going beyond politics and borders to look under the hood of humanity, revealing eye-opening concepts about ourselves and our past, providing the keys to a better future. The film shows how no one can predict how major changes might emerge from the spontaneous actions of the many. How energy takes many forms as it moves through and animates everything. How, as we come to understand our true connection to all there is, we will need to redefine our expectations, not as what we will lose, but what we might gain by preparing for something different. Winner of Best Feature Documentary at the **Amsterdam Film Festival** and the **IndieFEST Film Awards**.
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2019; 2018
98.
Fig

Fig

Directed by Ryan Coogler (*Fruitvale Station, Black Panther*), FIG is a this sympathetic look at the life of a working class mother, a prostitute named Candice wants nothing more than to provide a good life for her daughter Kyla. One night that she is unable to find a babysitter for Kyla, Candice takes her to the corner where she picks up johns and leaves her in the car. When Candice is with a john, Kyla is found alone by the police and is taken into emergency foster care. When she finds out, Candice does everything in her power to convince the social worker in charge of Kyla’s case that she really does love her daughter very much. Winner of the Short Film Award at the **American Black Film Festival**. Nominated for Outstanding Independent Short Film at the **Black Reel Awards**.
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2019; 2010
99.

Los Angeles Plays Itself

Thom Andersen's landmark documentary LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF explores the tangled relationship between the movies and their fabled hometown as seen entirely though the films themselves. From its distinctive neighborhoods to its architectural homes, Los Angeles has been the backdrop to countless movies. In this dazzling work, Andersen takes viewers on a whirlwind tour through the metropolis real and cinematic history, investigating the myriad stories and legends that have come to define it, and meticulously, judiciously revealing the real city that lives beneath. Winner of the Independent/Experimental Film and Video Award at the **Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.** Winner of the Best Documentary Feature Award at the **Vancouver International Film Festival.** *"The best do [...]
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2019; 2004
100.

Leviathan

One of the most critically-acclaimed documentaries in recent years, LEVIATHAN is a groundbreaking, immersive portrait of the contemporary commercial fishing industry. Directed by the award-winning filmmakers of *Sweetgrass* and *Foreign Parts*, LEVIATHAN is a purely visceral, cinematic experience. Nominated for the Truer Than FIction Award at the **Film Independent Spirit Awards.** Winner of the Don Quixote Award and the FIPRESCI Prize at the **Locarno International Film Festival.** *"With its repetitive images of netted and gutted sea life, the film suggests that the beast is the human hunter himself." - Peter Keough, **Boston Globe*** *"...a briny, immersive effect that is almost hallucinatory." - Peter Howell, **Toronto Star***
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2019; 2013