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The Time Is New - Contemporary Arab Cinema

New and daring visions from Arab directors with stories that go deep and live lon

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200 Meters200 Meters

Drama201996 minsDirector: Ameen Nayfeh

In Ameen Nayfeh’s accomplished feature debut, a Palestinian father navigates the complexities of life under occupation, where the wall separates him from his family.

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Let's TalkLet's Talk

Documentary202199 minsDirector: Marianne Khoury

An exploration of identity, as told by the women in family of the great Egyptian filmmaker, Youssef Chahine.

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Talking about TreesTalking about Trees

Documentary201994 minsDirector: Suhaib Gasmelbari

Beautifully shot documentary about four members of the 'Sudanese Film Club' who decide to revive an old cinema.

Back to School

Three varied views of student life, decades apart and wildly different

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Ghost WorldGhost World

Comedy2001107 minsDirector: Terry Zwigoff

Scarlett Johansson and Thora Birch star as a pair of social outcasts struggling to make sense of the world around them, in this sublime love story based on the work of underground artist Daniel Clowes.

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Battle RoyaleBattle Royale

Science Fiction2000114 minsDirector: Kenji Fukasaku

Before The Hunger Games there was Battle Royale, Kinji Fukasaku's magnificently twisted shocker in which tearaway teens are given three days to kill or be killed.

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Mädchen in Uniform Mädchen in Uniform

Drama193189 minsDirector: Leontine Sagan

Leontine Sagan’s pioneering and internationally acclaimed lesbian love story.

Cruel Summer

Lust, rage and deceit in the heat

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One Deadly SummerOne Deadly Summer

Crime1983134 minsDirector: Jean Becker

A summer of love turns into a dark tale of revenge. This compelling film by Jean Becker features a stunning Isabelle Adjani in one of her most extraordinary performances.

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Assault on Precinct 13Assault on Precinct 13

Police drama197691 minsDirector: John Carpenter

Besieged in an abandoned police station, a lone cop and his skeleton staff recruit a condemned killer from the cells in a desperate battle to survive the night, in John Carpenter's brutal and unrelenting cult classic.

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A Bigger SplashA Bigger Splash

Thriller2015125 minsDirector: Luca Guadagnino

Ralph Fiennes delivers a sensational performance as one of four passionate souls sharing a villa in the Sicilian sunshine, with jealousy, intrigue and violence simmering beneath the surface.

Ennio Morricone

Three titles, each with an immortal score, elevated to perfection by one of the twentieth century's most important film composers

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Cinema ParadisoCinema Paradiso

Drama1988124 minsDirector: Giuseppe Tornatore

A boy strikes up a friendship with a projectionist in this timeless and charming love letter to cinema from Giuseppe Tornatore.

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The Battle of AlgiersThe Battle of Algiers

Drama1966121 minsDirector: Gillo Pontecorvo

Gillo Pontecorvo’s masterpiece about the last years of French colonial rule in Algeria, seen from the perspective of both the revolutionaries and the French authorities.

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TheoremTheorem

Drama196898 minsDirector: Pier Paolo Pasolini

Pasolini’s classic about a handsome, enigmatic stranger (Terence Stamp) who arrives at a bourgeois household and seduces an entire family.

Early Bergman

A filmmaker's first steps on the road to true mastery

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CrisisCrisis

Drama194593 minsDirector: Ingmar Bergman

Ingmar Bergman’s intriguing directorial debut, in which a young woman is torn between the traditional rural life of her family and the bright lights of the big city.

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Port of CallPort of Call

Drama194897 minsDirector: Ingmar Bergman

Arguably the most acclaimed of Bergman's early films, this charts the unsteady relationship between a girl bruised by her parents’ unhappy marriage and a sailor tired of years at sea.

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To JoyTo Joy

Drama194999 minsDirector: Ingmar Bergman

Victor Sjöström (the great director later cast in Wild Strawberries) plays a conductor overseeing the tempestuous relationship between two violinists under his tutelage, in this early romance from Ingmar Bergman.

South Asian Heritage Month

Reclaiming the history and identity of British South Asians

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I'm British But...I'm British But...

Documentary198929 minsDirector: Gurinder Chadha

Britain beats to the sound of Bhangra and Bangla in Gurinder Chadha's debut film.

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Sixth HappinessSixth Happiness

Biopic199794 minsDirector: Waris Hussein

Funny, acerbic and moving story of a young man's sexual awakening as family life crumbles around him.

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Mogul MowgliMogul Mowgli

Drama202089 minsDirector: Bassam Tariq

Bassam Tariq’s visceral directorial debut, co-written with Riz Ahmed, finds a British-Pakistani rapper’s life spiralling out of control when, on the cusp of success, he succumbs to a debilitating illness.

Nicolas Winding Refn

Expect grit, gloss and fury from this versatile director

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PusherPusher

Crime1996105 minsDirector: Nicolas Winding Refn

The debut film of both Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) and Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale) is a ferociously gritty crime thriller about a drug dealer's dizzying descent into self-destruction.

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DriveDrive

Crime201197 minsDirector: Nicolas Winding Refn

Ryan Gosling plays the stunt double leading another life as a getaway driver in Nicolas Winding Refn's timeless cult thriller.

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Only God ForgivesOnly God Forgives

Crime201390 minsDirector: Nicolas Winding Refn

Ryan Gosling takes on Bangkok’s criminal underworld in this kaleidoscopic revenge fantasy from cult director Nicolas Winding Refn.

Márta Mészáros

A direct and observational voice, whose films celebrate the rich tapestry of Central and Eastern European life

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RiddanceRiddance

Drama197381 minsDirector: Márta Mészáros

A thoughtful, observational drama about a young woman’s fight to retain her integrity despite falling in love.

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AdoptionAdoption

Drama197584 minsDirector: Márta Mészáros

Celebrated as the first time a woman (or a Hungarian) director was awarded the Golden Bear at Berlin, Adoption is a powerful statement on female agency.

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Diary for My ChildrenDiary for My Children

Drama1984103 minsDirector: Márta Mészáros

The first part of Márta Mészáros' award-winning autobiographical Diary trilogy, set in Hungary from 1947 to 1953.

David Cronenberg

A beginner’s path through the brilliantly disgusting work of the body horror master

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CrashCrash

Drama1996100 minsDirector: David Cronenberg

Technology and sexuality meet in head-on collision in David Cronenberg’s controversial adaptation of writer J.G. Ballard’s hugely transgressive 1973 novel, starring James Spader and Holly Hunter.

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ScannersScanners

Horror1980103 minsDirector: David Cronenberg

From singularly talented Canadian director David Cronenberg comes this sci-fi/horror classic about people with powerfully violent telepathic powers.

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RabidRabid

Horror197691 minsDirector: David Cronenberg

David Cronenberg’s classic outbreak horror introduces us to a young woman (Marilyn Chambers) who hungers for human blood after an experimental plastic surgery goes wrong.

Robert Altman

Striving, socially and culturally, to stay alive. Watch three of his finest survivors

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That Cold Day in the ParkThat Cold Day in the Park

Drama1969106 minsDirector: Robert Altman

Sandy Dennis excels in this unsettling psychological thriller, the first truly personal film from American master filmmaker Robert Altman.

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ImagesImages

Drama1972101 minsDirector: Robert Altman

Robert Altman's psychological horror in which a pregnant children’s author (Susannah York) suddenly begins to experience paranoia, hallucinations and visions of a doppelgänger.

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Kansas CityKansas City

Crime1995115 minsDirector: Robert Altman

Robert Altman revisits the 1930s city of his childhood, vividly recreating its jazz clubs, speakeasies, political corruption and lively crime scene.

Agnès Varda

3 essential films from a central figure of the French New Wave

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Cléo from 5 to 7Cléo from 5 to 7

Drama196291 minsDirector: Agnès Varda

Agnes Varda’s classic character study follows a successful pop singer as she wanders around Paris while awaiting the results of serious medical tests.

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VagabondVagabond

Drama1985101 minsDirector: Agnès Varda

The story of Mona, a young hitchhiker who cannot communicate with the world, is told in flashback by people who came into contact with her.

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Varda by AgnèsVarda by Agnès

Biopic2018115 minsDirector: Agnès Varda

In her final film, Agnès Varda offers a personal insight into her oeuvre, using excerpts from her work to illustrate her unique artistic visions and ideas.

Road Movies

A closed box on the open road is the place where you will find many great films

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Radio OnRadio On

Road movie1979100 minsDirector: Chris Petit

Chris Petit's cult classic is one of the most striking feature debuts in British cinema – a haunting blend of edgy mystery story and existential road movie.

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Kings of the RoadKings of the Road

Road movie1976169 minsDirector: Wim Wenders

One of the finest achievements of New German Cinema, Wenders' remarkable road-movie follows two young men as they travel through a country in the midst of momentous change.

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WajibWajib

Drama201793 minsDirector: Annemarie Jacir

An estranged father-son relationship in the vibrant city of Nazareth makes for an immensely entertaining drama by Palestinian director Annemarie Jacir (When I Saw You).

Joanna Hogg

Taking a scalpel to English bourgeois life, throwing emotional storms into privileged lives

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UnrelatedUnrelated

Drama200796 minsDirector: Joanna Hogg

On a Tuscan break a fortysomething woman finds herself drawn to the company of a group of partying teens, including a young Tom Hiddleston (in one of his earliest roles).

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ArchipelagoArchipelago

Drama2010109 minsDirector: Joanna Hogg

Starring Tom Hiddleston, a family holiday to the Isles of Scilly sees fractures emerge in this sun-filled drama from Joanna Hogg (The Souvenir).

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ExhibitionExhibition

Drama2013105 minsDirector: Joanna Hogg

Joanna Hogg's sleek and minimalist comedy about a pair of artists and their emotional attachment to their ultra-modernist apartment.

Olivier Assayas

A director with a curiosity for human behaviour and the intelligence to express it

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DemonloverDemonlover

Drama2002121 minsDirector: Olivier Assayas

Olivier Assayas' neo-noir cyber-thriller is a chilling exploration of the nexus between sex and violence available at the click of a button.

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Irma VepIrma Vep

Drama199699 minsDirector: Olivier Assayas

Olivier Assayas' sexy and stylish ode to the madness of filmmaking, with Maggie Cheung as the Hong Kong movie star playing a Catwoman-style anti-heroine.

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Personal ShopperPersonal Shopper

Drama2016106 minsDirector: Olivier Assayas

Kristen Stewart reunites with Olivier Assayas to play an A-List celebrity's personal shopper, who keeps receiving strange text messages from an unknown source.

Swedish Cinema

Beyond Bergman we focus on three contemporary filmmakers with a flair for telling it differently

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Force MajeureForce Majeure

Drama2014120 minsDirector: Ruben Östlund

On a family holiday to the French Alps, a couple see stress put on their marriage when, during a crisis, the father abandons his family.

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Girls LostGirls Lost

Fantasy2015106 minsDirector: Alexandra-Therese Keining

Teenage friends get the chance to be boys for a while in this supernatural, gender fluid fantasy from the director of Kiss Me.

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You, the LivingYou, the Living

Comedy200793 minsDirector: Roy Andersson

Washed out interiors provide the backdrop for a motley crew of characters: a stout depressive and her long-suffering husband; a young girl with a crush on a rock musician; couples with too much to say, or too little; a diligent tuba player...

Danish Cinema

Three distinct views of a nation that has contributed so much to cinema

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Babette's FeastBabette's Feast

Drama198799 minsDirector: Gabriel Axel

Gabriel Axel’s Oscar-winning story of a Parisian chef who finds refuge in a Danish village; a magical film about the power of the senses.

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AntichristAntichrist

Horror2009104 minsDirector: Lars von Trier

After tragedy strikes, a couple retreat to a cabin in the woods in order to grieve. However, they find things go from bad to worse, in this brutal interrogation of nature from Lars von Trier.

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In a Better WorldIn a Better World

Drama2010113 minsDirector: Susanne Bier

Susanne Bier’s sumptuous, Oscar-winning drama explores the duality of a doctor working in a Sudanese refugee camp and his troubled family life in rural Denmark.

Finnish Cinema

Life and love in a cold climate - three different ways into a place and its people

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A Moment in the ReedsA Moment in the Reeds

Romance2017107 minsDirector: Mikko Makela

The world’s troubles recede, at least for a moment, in this intimate drama about an affair between a Finnish man and a Syrian immigrant.

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Drifting CloudsDrifting Clouds

Comedy199693 minsDirector: Aki Kaurismäki

When husband and wife Lauri and Ilona lose their jobs due to a recession, they are too proud to use the social welfare system for support, and so attempt to find new jobs. However things don't go to plan with one disaster following another.

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The White ReindeerThe White Reindeer

Horror195368 minsDirector: Erik Blomberg

The wife of a reindeer herder acquires a potion to make her an irresistible object of desire, but at a terrible cost, in this extraordinary vampiric fairy-tale set amongst the starkly beautiful fells of Finnish Lapland.

Romanian Cinema

What have the Romanians ever done for us? Original, piercing cinema for starters

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4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

Drama2007109 minsDirector: Cristian Mungiu

When a practical young student helps her manipulative friend, it proves to be a devastating, life-changing experience for both. This Palme d’Or-winner is as taut as a thriller and comes from the director of Beyond The Hills.

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Police, AdjectivePolice, Adjective

Drama2009110 minsDirector: Corneliu Porumboiu

Porumboiu's daring and darkly comic masterpiece is a policier unlike any other.

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The Death of Mr. LazarescuThe Death of Mr. Lazarescu

Comedy2005154 minsDirector: Cristi Puiu

Cristi Puiu's multiple award-winning drama about a seriously ill man caught in an absurdist bureaucratic nightmare over the course of one night.

Louis Malle

The key titles that made Malle such a rewarding filmmaker

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Lift to the ScaffoldLift to the Scaffold

Crime195891 minsDirector: Louis Malle

Julien Tavernier plans the perfect murder of his boss. Having emerged from the scene of the crime, he returns to retrieve a vital piece of evidence but finds himself trapped in a lift, increasingly desperate to escape before the police arrive.

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Au revoir les enfantsAu revoir les enfants

War1987105 minsDirector: Louis Malle

A French boarding-school friendship threatened by Nazi hatred in Malle's elegant tale of World War Two.

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Lacombe, LucienLacombe, Lucien

War1974138 minsDirector: Louis Malle

It is 1944 and in rural France an eighteen-year-old finds himself caught between his job as a member of the Gestapo, and the Jewish girl he is falling in love with.

Flare

A selection of crowd-pleasers from festivals past

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Postcards from LondonPostcards from London

Drama201789 minsDirector: Steve McLean

A stylish, sexy film about a young man’s journey into an unusual form of escort work.

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OrlandoOrlando

Fantasy199293 minsDirector: Sally Potter

Tilda Swinton stars in Sally Potter's dazzling interpretation of Virginia Woolf's novel.

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The Duke of BurgundyThe Duke of Burgundy

Drama2014104 minsDirector: Peter Strickland

Peter Strickland’s visually and aurally intoxicating tale of sadomasochistic power-play is a daringly erotic sensory feast.

Lanthimos

An auteur whose place is now assured amongst Europe's provocative visionaries

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KinettaKinetta

Comedy200694 minsDirector: Yorgos Lanthimos

The first solo feature of acclaimed director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite, Dogtooth) follows the cryptic, bizarre activities of three inscrutable residents of a Greek holiday resort.

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DogtoothDogtooth

Drama200993 minsDirector: Yorgos Lanthimos

Yorgos Lanthimos' scary, witty tale of a dysfunctional Greek family is original, ingenious and sadly relevant as a study of parent-child relationships

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AlpsAlps

Drama201194 minsDirector: Yorgos Lanthimos

Yorgos Lanthimos directs this odd drama in which a group of people start a company where they impersonate the dead to help customers through the grieving process.

Fassbinder

A fearless artist who knew no taboos, he combined scathing criticism with profound human insight

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The Marriage of Maria BraunThe Marriage of Maria Braun

Drama1978120 minsDirector: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

With a blazing star performance from Hanna Schygulla in the title role, this was the greatest critical and commercial success of Fassbinder’s career.

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QuerelleQuerelle

Drama1982109 minsDirector: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Jeanne Moreau plays a jaded brothel madam caught up in the violent sexual awakening of Brad Davis' naïve young sailor in Fassbinder's fever dream of subversive eroticism.

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Fear Eats the SoulFear Eats the Soul

Melodrama197493 minsDirector: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Fassbinder’s international breakthrough, this unconventional love story combines lucid social analysis with devastating emotional power.

Haneke

A master provocateur with mordant wit and forensic rigour

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AmourAmour

Drama2012127 minsDirector: Michael Haneke

Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or-winner, about an octogenarian couple trying to cope when a stroke leaves the wife partly paralysed and speechless.

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HiddenHidden

Drama2004113 minsDirector: Michael Haneke

A literary TV chat-show host (Daniel Auteuil) discovers the drawbacks to celebrity when he and his wife (Juliette Binoche) start receiving anonymous messages in the form of videos of their home and naively violent drawings.

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The White RibbonThe White Ribbon

Drama2009143 minsDirector: Michael Haneke

Michael Haneke's Cannes prizewinner, set in a pre-WW1 German village, explores the oppressively strict social conditions that gave rise to Nazism

A-list meets arthouse

When established stars chose rawer, more challenging pictures

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Only God ForgivesOnly God Forgives

Crime201390 minsDirector: Nicolas Winding Refn

Ryan Gosling takes on Bangkok’s criminal underworld in this kaleidoscopic revenge fantasy from cult director Nicolas Winding Refn.

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Personal ShopperPersonal Shopper

Drama2016106 minsDirector: Olivier Assayas

Kristen Stewart reunites with Olivier Assayas to play an A-List celebrity's personal shopper, who keeps receiving strange text messages from an unknown source.

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Journey to ItalyJourney to Italy

Drama195486 minsDirector: Roberto Rossellini

Roberto Rossellini's acerbic but finally very moving masterpiece about marital crisis boasts great performances from Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders

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