In a First Nations reservation in Québec, a young man gets accidentally involved in a murder. His guilt turns into a deep crisis and he goes into hiding in the forest. Along the way, he gets in touch with his roots, rediscovering his people’s traditions, and seeks a way to atone for his sins. A coming of age story with an original anthropological tilt, a heartfelt and musical debut with great non-professional actors.
The real story of Christine Chubbuck. An American TV news reporter from the Seventies who was crushed by the media’s sensationalism and by the conflict between public image and intimate desperation, whose story inspired Sydney Lumet’s film Network. Antonio Campos (Afterschool, 2008; Simon Killer, 2012) brings her back on screen as a woman of great psychological depths through Rebecca Hall’s mesmerizing performance and the meticulous recreation of music and sounds from the time.
A boarding school for upper-class children in the middle of the mountains. A high-end prison with a suffused sense of repression in the air. A house in the woods where to hide secret pleasures. Andrea De Sica’s feature debut is a dark fairytale combining horror influences, authorial ambitions, political analysis, film theory, and postmodernism. An unusual first work that spans from the Grimm Brothers to the movies of David Lynch and Marco Bellocchio.
Jesus is an eighteen-year-old who spends his days between street dance contests, chasing girls, and hanging out with his friends. When he gets himself in trouble he turns to his father for help, even though they never got along. An unbiased analysis of the generational conflict between a father grown during the Pinochet dictatorship and a son forced to confront the present without a moral compass. Jesus is the second film by Fernando Guzzoni, whose debut feature Dog Flesh received an award at the San Sebastian Film Festival.
A man, his wife, his son, a rich cousin and his sister in need of a new kidney to survive. A Chinese drama of increasingly noir hues, a compelling and uncompromising analysis of class relationships in contemporary society and the painful need for a moral of the story. Great performances and extraordinary sound design in this tense yet moving film.
After being unemployed for a while, a former alcoholic accountant finds a job transcribing intercepted phone calls for a mysterious organization. Soon, he finds himself entangled in a dangerous political conspiracy. With an extraordinary performance by François Cluzet as the lead role in this debut feature inspired by psychological thrillers from the Seventies (like The Conversation or Three Days of the Condor) with a penchant for Hitchcock-tinted hues. The cast also features Alba Rohrwacher.
Young Katherine, forced into an arranged marriage, lives secluded in a freezing cold palace in the countryside of northern England in Nineteenth century. Her husband avoids her, while her father in law torments her demanding a grandson. During one of their absences, Katherine lets herself go to the throes of passion with a servant and decides to “free herself” in cold blood. The gothic portrayal of a dark lady, innocent and depraved, adapted from Nikolai Leskov’s novel Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District.
The concept of beauty in the words of young women who share their experiences with the director in a series of interviews conducted with the “pretty” girls in school and the “ugly” ones. The result is an investigation of the pressures and cultural conditioning that create a pre-packaged image of the female gender. This ironic and delicate film is an intimate and poignant journey through the public and private world of adolescence, body and self-image, and appearance-based social conventions.
Two brothers of Maghrebi origin contend with one another over a bar in Pigalle and their right to be independent. The movie represents the directorial debut of two members of the French rap group La Rumeur (active since 1997), which was sued by the French police for defamation. A poignant film full of vitality and humanity, with a sharp contextual analysis, and two extraordinary protagonists (Reda Kateb and Slimane Dazi).
A cleaning lady finds a job in a wealthy gated community outside Buenos Aires. On the other side of the barbed wire, she discovers a different community that lives in defiance of those “respectable people,” following the laws of nature and exploring the human body. A deadpan satire that is both funny and “scientific,” where the meticulous composition blends with the sensorial fullness of its images, and political theories flow into the joys of storytelling. The dystopic memories of J.G. Ballard and Latin American sensuality.