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A globetrotting survey of bold storytelling and essential perspectives on the world.

South Terminal

Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche France, 2019

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The latest film by Algerian-French auteur Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche is an engrossing drama tinged with a thriller’s suspense. Echoing Casablanca’s hero fighting to keep wartime neutrality and Transit’s clever use of an unnamed locale, Ameur-Zaïmeche vividly tells a timeless story of paramount urgency.

The Young Observant

Davide Maldi Italy, 2019

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Discipline is no fun for teenagers, but this immersive documentary finds humor in the fascinating, decadent universe of a hotel school where boys are meticulously trained to serve. Davide Maldi’s touching rite of passage compassionately reveals how the journey to adulthood comes with a rule book.

Cassandro, the Exotico!

Marie Losier France, 2018

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Portraiture is central to French-born, New York-based artist Marie Losier’s work. In Cassandro, Losier captures body and soul of the queer luchador with unmitigated warmth and empathy, gorgeously echoing the flamboyance and resilience of her subject with the beguiling physicality of her 16mm images.

The Daughters of Fire

Albertina Carri Argentina, 2018

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Few films have fought the “male gaze” quite like this one. Argentine director Albertina Carri responds to cinema’s systemic patriarchy with this political porn: a lesbian and feminist road movie that proudly subverts paradigms of beauty, sexuality, and representation with radical determination.

Buoyancy

Rodd Rathjen Australia, 2019

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A real-life thriller that opens a window on the reality of modern slavery, Buoyancy was selected as the Australian submission to this year’s Academy Awards. The incredible performances of non-professional actors and a suspenseful atmosphere transform a desperate story into gripping cinema.

Bixa Travesty

Claudia Priscilla, Kiko Goifman Brazil, 2018

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In times of turmoil and distress, the voice of an artist can instill hope and inspire change. The full-body performances of Linn da Quebrada do just that, raging for Brazilians who can no longer put up with intolerance and repression. A strong polemic inside a tender portrait of a vital artist.

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Yolande Zauberman France, 2018

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Yolande Zauberman’s documentary is a bracing investigative exposé on a personal level. A deeply wrought story of one man’s heartbreaking trauma and confrontation with his past, the film also shockingly finds new victims inside a deeply private community. A painful revelation—it is hard to look away.

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Małgorzata Szumowska Poland, 2018

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Part of Viewfinder, our globetrotting strand showcasing fascinating stories, this beguiling and unpredictable drama is a dark yet frequently comic look at identity, love, religion, and small-town community in Poland. It won director Małgorzata Szumowska her second Silver Bear award at the Berlinale.

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