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A MOMENT OF INNOCENCE

Mohsen Makhmalbaf Iran, 1996

Shaping 90s Iranian cinema—alongside Abbas Kiarostami & Jafar Panahi—Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s greatest film is a profound work of hybrid filmmaking. Recreating his own violent encounter with police, this meta-narrative offers up a political and personal work of reflection. Hand-picked by Miko Revereza.

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ENTRANCED EARTH

Glauber Rocha Brazil, 1967

Glauber Rocha’s visually electrifying and confrontational film is rightly hailed as a masterpiece of the Brazilian Cinema Novo movement. A fierce political fable that aims fire at governmental corruption and class divisions while capturing the poetry of the landscape. Hand-picked by Lisandro Alonso.

LOVE MEETINGS

Pier Paolo Pasolini Italy, 1964

One of very few docs Pasolini ever made, this little-seen gem explores his country’s complex attitudes to sex and love. The Italian radical-atheist auteur covers themes like marriage, homosexuality and prostitution with subversive curiosity and a sparkling sense of humor. Hand-picked by Anna Luif.

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THE PERFUMED NIGHTMARE

Kidlat Tahimik Philippines, 1977

In a surreal dream style, Filipino director Kidlat Tahimik’s documentary debut creatively catches its disillusioned protagonist between the “First” and “Third” Worlds. A milestone in post-colonial cinema, later championed by Herzog & Coppola. Hand-picked by Véréna Paravel & Lucien Castaing-Taylor.

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Yolande Zauberman France, 2018

Yolande Zauberman’s investigative documentary is a deeply wrought story of one man’s heartbreaking trauma and confrontation with his past. This bracing exposé shockingly finds new victims inside a deeply private community—making it hard to look away. Hand-picked by Elie Grappe.

INVASIÓN

Hugo Santiago Argentina, 1969

Lost for years, then rediscovered, Hugo Santiago’s debut and its magical genre fluidity is the stuff of legend. Is it an avant-garde crime thriller, a political sci-fi? Co-written with Jorge Luis Borges, who said it may be “the first example of a new fantastic genre.” Hand-picked by Andreas Fontana.

THE JESTER

José Álvaro Morais Portugal, 1987

José Álvaro Morais theatrically transforms Alexandre Herculano’s 1843 novel before our very eyes in his Golden Leopard-winning first feature. The Jester imaginatively reflects on national identity, engaging with entire centuries of Portuguese history. Hand-picked by Miguel Gomes.

CHARLES, DEAD OR ALIVE

Alain Tanner Switzerland, 1969

For his feature debut, director Alain Tanner transplants the revolutionary spirit of May ‘68 to his native Switzerland, examining a man’s attempt to trade his comfortable bourgeois life for the counterculture. Winner of Locarno’s Golden Leopard. Hand-picked by Raphaël Dubach & Mateo Ybarra.