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1.

Tehran Taboo

In this gorgeously animated drama, the lives of several strong-willed women and a young musician intersect. Their stories reveal the hypocrisies of modern Iranian society, where sex, drugs, and corruption coexist with strict religious law. In the bustling metropolis of Tehran, avoiding prohibitions has become an everyday sport and breaking taboos can be a means of personal emancipation. Nevertheless, women invariably end up on the bottom rung of the social order. A young woman needs an operation to “restore” her virginity. A judge in the Islamic Revolutionary Court exhorts favors from a prostitute in exchange for a favorable ruling. The wife of an imprisoned drug addict is denied the divorce she needs in order to live independently. Nominated for the Critics' Week Grand Prize and the [...]
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2019; 2017
2.

Keep the Change

When aspiring filmmaker David (Brandon Polansky) is mandated by a judge to attend a social program at the Jewish Community Center, he is sure of one thing: he doesn’t belong there. But when he’s assigned to visit the Brooklyn Bridge with the vivacious Sarah (Samantha Elisofon), sparks fly and his convictions are tested. Their budding relationship must weather Sarah’s romantic past, David’s judgmental mother (Jessica Walter), and their own pre-conceptions of what love is supposed to look like. Under the guise of an off-kilter New York romantic comedy, KEEP THE CHANGE does something quite radical in casting actors with autism to play characters with autism, offering a refreshingly honest portrait of a community seldom depicted on the big screen. Winner of Best New Narrative Director an [...]
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2019; 2017
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Swept Away

Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Mediterranean, SWEPT AWAY is Lina Wertmuller's most famous and controversial film about sex, love and politics. On an elegant yacht cruising off the coast of Sardinia, Raffaella (Mariangela Melato), a rich and stunning capitalist, enjoys tormenting Gennarino (Giancarlo Giannini), a Communist sailor. Fate weaves a different scenario and roles become reversed when the two find themselves stranded together on a deserted island. Raffaella must submit to Gennarino in order to survive. They must determine if their love can survive the harsh realities of civilization.
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2018; 1974
4.

Tom of Finland

The proudly erotic drawings of artist Touko Laaksonen, known to the world as Tom of Finland, shaped the fantasies of a generation of gay men, influencing art and fashion before crossing over into the wider cultural consciousness. But who was the man behind the leather? Dome Karukoski's stirring biopic follows his life from the trenches of WWII and repressive Finnish society of the 1950s through his struggle to get his work published in California, where he and his art were finally embraced amid the sexual revolution of the 1970s. Tom's story is one of love, courage and perseverance, mirroring the gay liberation movement for which his leather-clad studs served as a defiant emblem.
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2018; 2017
5.

Seven Beauties

Nominated for four **Academy Awards** including Best Director (making Lina Wertmüller the first woman to be bestowed the honor), SEVEN BEAUTIES stars Giancarlo Giannini (*Swept Away*) as Pasqualino Frafuso, known in Naples as "Pasqualino Seven Beauties." A petty thief who lives off of the profits of his seven sisters while claiming to protect their honor at any cost, Pasqualino is arrested for murder and later sent to fight in the army after committing sexual assault. The Germans capture him and he gets sent to a concentration camp where he plots to make his escape by seducing a German officer. Nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Foreign Film at the **Academy Awards**. Nominated for Best Foreign Film at the **Golden Globes**. [...]
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2019; 1975
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Ixcanul

The brilliant debut by Guatemalan filmmaker Jayro Bustamante is a mesmerizing fusion of fact and fable, a dreamlike depiction of the daily lives of Kaqchikel speaking Mayans on a coffee plantation at the base of an active volcano. Immersing us in its characters' customs and beliefs, IXCANUL chronicles with unblinking realism, a disappearing tradition and a disappearing people. Winner of the Alfred Bauer award and nominee for the Golden Berlin Bear award at the 2015 **Berlin International Film Festival**. *"Like its titular Guatemalan volcano, Jayro Bustamante's hypnotic film debut IXCANUL bubbles with the tension of a teenage girl at odds with her family's native customs."* - Alex Migdal, ***The Globe and Mail***
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2019; 2015
7.

Pop Aye

A successful Bangkok architect in the midst of a midlife crisis is reunited with an elephant he knew growing up. The two embark on a road trip to the man's childhood home in the idyllic Thai countryside. Along the way, they meet a colorful cast of characters, including a pair of nonplussed local police officers, a forlorn transgender sex worker, and a mysteriously wise drifter. As the encounters mount and the bond between man and elephant deepens, filmmaker Kirsten Tan weaves a strikingly universal tale in this feature debut. Winner of the Screenwriting Award for World Cinema - Dramatic at the **Sundance Film Festival** and the Big Screen Award at the **Rotterdam Film Festival**. "*A joy. Warm yet unsentimental.*"— Maggie Lee, ***Variety*** "T*he thinking person’s feel-good film of t [...]
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2019; 2017
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Legend of the Mountain: Shan Zhong Zhuan Qi

A travelling scholar, intent on translating a Buddhist sutra, loses his way in the mountains. Time and space collapse around him as he continues his journey, encountering ghostly visitations amid a haunting fantasia of color, light and landscape. King Hu rose to prominence in the 1960s and 70s as a superb director of wuxia, a prevalent genre in Chinese-language film and literature built on ancient lore of swords, sorcery and chivalrous heroes. LEGEND OF THE MOUNTAIN comes from the director's later period, when his artistry, specifically his landscape compositions, was at the height of its powers. The film's astonishing nature scenes, shot on location in the Korean countryside, are reminiscent of Terrence Malick, while the reflective blend of myth and history is all Hu's own.
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2018; 1979
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Maigret Sets a Trap

Inspector Maigret tries to trap a killer and discovers why a happily married, wealthy, and talented man should want to murder women at night. Jean Gabin is fantastic as Georges Simenon's secure and steady sleuth, and old-hand Jean Delannoy expertly keeps up the pace and suspense in this enjoyable whodunnit. Nominated for Best Film from Any Source and Best Foreign Actor (Jean Gabin and Jean Desailly) at the **BAFTA Awards**.
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2019; 1958
10.

The Challenge

Italian visual artist Yuri Ancarani’s exquisite documentary enters the surreal world of wealthy Qatari sheikhs with a passion for amateur falconry. The opulence of this Middle Eastern gas state is on full display as the men race SUVs up and down sand dunes, fly their prized falcons around on private jets, and take their pet cheetahs out for desert spins in their souped-up Ferraris. The result is a film jaw-dropping not only for its displays of wealth, but for the pure cinematic beauty that won Ancarani the Filmmaker of the Present award at the 2016 **Locarno Film Festival**. Official Selection at the **SXSW Film Festival**. Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the **San Francisco International Film Festival**. *"Composed over three years, THE CHALLENGE is elegantly distilled, ea [...]
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2019; 2017
11.

Obit

It's a shame no one wants to talk to them at parties, because obituary writers are a surprisingly funny bunch. Ten hours before newspapers hit neighborhood doorsteps—and these days, ten minutes before news hits the web—an obit writer is racing against deadline to sum up a long and newsworthy life in under 1000 words. The details of these lives are then deposited into the cultural memory amid the daily beat of war, politics, and football scores. OBIT. is the first documentary to explore the world of these writers and their subjects, focusing on the legendary team at The New York Times, who approach their daily work with journalistic rigor and narrative flair. Going beyond the byline and into the minds of those chronicling life after death on the freshly inked front lines of history, t [...]
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2019; 2017
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Winter Sleep

A hotel owner and landlord in a remote Turkish village deals with conflicts within his family and a tenant behind on his rent. Winner of the Palme d'Or and the FIPRESCI Prize at the **Cannes Film Festival.** Nominated for Best Foreign Film at the **César Awards**. *"...feels very much like an epic novel, mirroring the pacing and themes of Chekov, whose work was its inspiration." - Betsy Sharkey, **The Los Angeles Times*** *"...impeccably acted morality tale of a wealthy man who sins by omission." - Peter Howell, **Toronto Star***
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2019; 2014
13.

Marriage Italian Style

One of the most famous, and funniest, Italian comedies of all time, MARRIAGE ITALIAN STYLE received nominations for Best Foreign Language Film, and Best Actress for Sophia Loren, at the **Academy Awards**. Marcello Mastroianni co-stars as the irrepressibly carnal businessman Domenico, who discovers Loren’s Filumena as a young prostitute and keeps her as his mistress and confidante. When he chooses to marry a young cashier instead of her, Filumena is furious, and resorts to a series of wild and hilarious ruses to win back his hand. Winner of a **Golden Globe** Award for Best Foreign-Language Foreign Film. “*Wonderfully flamboyant...rich and delicious...*” – ***The New York Times***
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2019; 1964
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Sunflower

In another of Sophia Loren’s great collaborations with director Vittorio De Sica (*The Bicycle Thief*), Loren plays Giovanna, a steel-willed Italian woman on a desperate search to find her husband Antonio (Marcello Mastroianni), who has gone missing on the WWII battlefields of Russia. Making the grueling overland journey years after the end of the war, she tracks Antonio down and finds him a changed man. This heart-wrenching reunion will forever alter the course of their lives. Nominated for Best Music - Original Score at the 1971 **Academy Awards**.
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2019; 1970
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Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction

A personal documentary about the iconic actor in his intimate moments, with clips from some of his 250 films and his own heart-breaking renditions of American folk songs. The film explores the actor's enigmatic outlook on his life, his unexploited talents as a musician, and includes scenes with David Lynch, Wim Wenders, Sam Shepard, Kris Kristofferson and Debbie Harry. Official Selection at the **SXSW Film Festival** and the **Venice Film Festival**. "*Engaging documentary tribute to the craggy character-actor and his five-decade career is elevated by classy visuals and a nicely relaxed, casual tone.*" - Neil Young, ***The Hollywood Reporter***
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2019; 2012
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Custody

A broken marriage leads to a bitter custody battle with an embattled son at the center in this thrilling domestic drama. Miriam and Antoine Besson have divorced, and Miriam is seeking sole custody of their son Julien to protect him from a father she claims is violent. Antoine pleads his case as a scorned dad whose children have been turned against him by their vindictive mother. Unsure who is telling the truth, the appointed judge rules in favor of joint custody. A hostage to the escalating conflict between his parents, Julien is pushed to the edge to prevent the worst from happening. Winner of a Silver Lion for Best Director at the **Venice Film Festival.** Nominated for a Platform Prize at the **Toronto International Film Festival**. *"Worth every moment...impossible to forget. Cra [...]
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2019; 2018
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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
18.

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
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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
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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