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Identity

Characters and films that dig inside the soul

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FrantzFrantz

Period drama2016114 minsDirector: François Ozon

The ever-prolific François Ozon directs this richly-evocative period piece, set in the aftermath of World War I.

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EnemyEnemy

Drama201391 minsDirector: Denis Villeneuve

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as doppelgangers in this dark, pulsating thriller from Denis Villeneuve.

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White Colour BlackWhite Colour Black

Drama201683 minsDirector: Joseph A. Adesunloye

A young mixed heritage man confronts the psychological complexities of his identity in this essential, truly cinematic discovery for anyone interested in Black British cinema.

Peter Strickland

Master of crafting small, strange worlds you will never forget… 

 

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Berberian Sound StudioBerberian Sound Studio

Drama201192 minsDirector: Peter Strickland

In 1970s Italy, a timid British sound engineer joins the crew on a violent horror film. But the disturbing world of the film soon seeps into reality.

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In FabricIn Fabric

Drama2018119 minsDirector: Peter Strickland

A beautiful blood-red dress unleashes a curse on its wearers in Peter Strickland's erotic and twisted horror.

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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.

LGBTQIA+ Pride Month

Three stories that help show how and why Pride Month matters

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Vita & VirginiaVita & Virginia

Romance2018110 minsDirector: Chanya Button

Gemma Arterton and Elizabeth Debicki relive a literary love affair, fiery and forbidden, with a remarkable legacy.

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I Am SamuelI Am Samuel

Documentary202068 minsDirector: Pete Murimi

Kenyan couple Samuel and Alex remain committed to each other despite the danger and hardship facing them in Peter Murimi’s moving documentary portrait.

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The Leather BoysThe Leather Boys

Drama1964107 minsDirector: Sidney J. Furie

A newlywed biker becomes disenchanted with married life after joining a motorcycle gang, in one of British cinema's earliest sympathetic depictions of a gay working class man.

Biopics

Step inside lives of note…

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Mr. JonesMr. Jones

Drama2019119 minsDirector: Agnieszka Holland

James Norton stars as Welsh journalist Gareth Jones whose 1930s visit to Soviet Ukraine uncovered the truth of Stalin’s state-sponsored famine and reputedly inspired George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

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Malcolm XMalcolm X

Biopic1992202 minsDirector: Spike Lee

Denzel Washington takes the lead in one of the great screen biopics, directed by Spike Lee.

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Reaching for the MoonReaching for the Moon

Biopic2013114 minsDirector: Bruno Barreto

Beautifully told true story of the love affair between American poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lola de Macedo Soares.

Cannes Classics

We bring the festival to you - no queues and no tantrums, just award-winning cinema

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The SquareThe Square

Comedy2017151 minsDirector: Ruben Östlund

From director Ruben Östlund (Force Majeure) comes a satire on the hypocrisy of the art world, starring Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss and Dominic West. Winner of the Palme d'Or.

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Certified CopyCertified Copy

Drama2009106 minsDirector: Abbas Kiarostami

Abbas Kiarostami directs Juliette Binoche in a personal and playful drama about a day in the life of a French gallery owner and a British author.

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A Touch of SinA Touch of Sin

Drama2013125 minsDirector: Jia Zhangke

Jia Zhangke’s state-of-the-nation report on contemporary China is comprised of four stories about shocking acts of violence.

Under 90 Minutes

When time matters, these three films get it done

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The GhoulThe Ghoul

Thriller201682 minsDirector: Gareth Tunley

A British indie crime film of great style and ingenuity, executive produced by Ben Wheatley and starring Tom Meeten and Alice Lowe.

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DaisiesDaisies

Comedy196673 minsDirector: Věra Chytilová

Two self-confessed hedonists wreak wanton havoc in Věra Chytilová's visually spectacular neo-dadaist farce.

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Recorder: The Marion Stokes ProjectRecorder: The Marion Stokes Project

Documentary201888 minsDirector: Matt Wolf

The taped crusader: VHS nerds, media scholars and archive enthusiasts will appreciate this documentary about the African-American activist who recorded 30 years of TV news.

3 You Must See: New French Extremity

Divisive and disturbing, the films of the New French Extremity explore intimacy in a violent world

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RomanceRomance

Drama199998 minsDirector: Catherine Breillat

Shockingly explicit, Catherine Breillat’s critically acclaimed Romance is one of the most controversial films of modern cinema.

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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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EvolutionEvolution

Drama201582 minsDirector: Lucile Hadzihalilovic

The long-awaited second feature from Lucile Hadžihalilović (Innocence) is a gorgeously surreal coming-of-age tale laced with bizarre body-horror.

Desperate Optimists

Intense and addictive work by Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor - aka Desperate Optimists

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HelenHelen

Thriller200875 minsDirector: Christine Molloy

An inventive and acclaimed British feature following the transformation of a teenager who agrees to portray her missing college friend in a highly detailed crime reconstruction.

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Further BeyondFurther Beyond

Documentary201688 minsDirector: Christine Molloy

Desperate Optimists' deliriously deconstructed biopic of the extraordinary Ambrosio O'Higgins, who left Ireland to become the captain general of Chile in the Spanish Empire.

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Rose Plays JulieRose Plays Julie

Drama2019101 minsDirector: Christine Molloy

A young woman seeking her biological mother journeys into dangerous territory in this gripping psychological thriller from Irish directing duo Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor.

Park Chan-wook

Witness the evolution of a master filmmaker

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JSA: Joint Security AreaJSA: Joint Security Area

Thriller2001109 minsDirector: Park Chan-wook

Gunfire breaks out in the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea in this gripping thriller from Park Chan-wook.

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OldboyOldboy

Thriller2003120 minsDirector: Park Chan-wook

Park’s wilfully grotesque fable about an abductee trying to fathom the mysteries of his past.

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The HandmaidenThe Handmaiden

Period drama2016146 minsDirector: Park Chan-wook

Park Chan-wook (Old Boy, Stoker) channels Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith, to create a sumptuous twisty psychological thriller full of erotic intrigue.

Ingmar Bergman

Bergman's work still dazzles - tackling love, life and reflection in a way that feels ageless and vital.

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The Seventh SealThe Seventh Seal

Fantasy195796 minsDirector: Ingmar Bergman

Ingmar Bergman’s best-known film is a brilliant allegorical drama starring Max von Sydow as a knight trying to elude his own death.

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Wild StrawberriesWild Strawberries

Drama195788 minsDirector: Ingmar Bergman

Victor Sjöström is magnificent as the crabby professor taking a nostalgic road trip with his daughter-in-law, in Ingmar Bergman's elegiac masterpiece.

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Summer with MonikaSummer with Monika

Drama195397 minsDirector: Ingmar Bergman

Ingmar Bergman’s scandalous tale of two lovers enjoying the freedom of youth.

Nigel Kneale

Three titles highlighting the vision and talent of this British screenwriting pioneer

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The Quatermass XperimentThe Quatermass Xperiment

Horror195582 minsDirector: Val Guest

When the sole survivor from an orbital mission returns, the brilliant Professor Quatermass (Brian Donlevy) discovers the astronaut is not quite all that he seems...

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The Abominable SnowmanThe Abominable Snowman

Horror195785 minsDirector: Val Guest

Two men with opposing views undertake a dangerous Himalayan search for the legendary lost creature, in this typically intelligent take on the Yeti mythology from the pen of Nigel Kneale.

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Quatermass 2Quatermass 2

Horror195781 minsDirector: Val Guest

While researching for his moon colonisation programme, Professor Quatermass (Brian Donlevy) is intrigued by the strange readings his radar is picking up.

Camera Is Ours

Celebrating the British women who document life through films of insight and sharpness…

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Dreams of a LifeDreams of a Life

Documentary201191 minsDirector: Carol Morley

The power of kinship is explored in Carol Morley’s drama-documentary, drawn from real life and resonant with the way we live now.

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Divorce Iranian StyleDivorce Iranian Style

Documentary199876 minsDirector: Kim Longinotto

Kim Longinotto’s observational documentary delves into Iran’s difficult and one-sided divorce process.

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Sound It OutSound It Out

Documentary201175 minsDirector: Jeanie Finlay

Jeanie Finlay's elegaic account of the very last record shop in Teesside, UK.

BFI Flare past festival favourites

BFI Flare ensures the best LGBTQIA+ cinema shines brighter than ever…

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Rebel DykesRebel Dykes

Documentary202191 minsDirector: Harri Shanahan

A brilliant and refreshing story of UK post-punk dyke culture, told by those who lived it.

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RafikiRafiki

Drama201883 minsDirector: Wanuri Kahiu

Romantic sparks fly between the daughters of two opposing politicians in Wanuri Kahiu’s neon-bright story of forbidden love in Kenya.

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The UntamedThe Untamed

Horror201698 minsDirector: Amat Escalante

Amat Escalante follows Heli with a boundary-pushing, mind-blowing mix of sex, sci-fi and social drama.

Fashion on Film

Strike a pose and clear the runway: good-looking stories to mark London Fashion week...

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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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In FabricIn Fabric

Drama2018119 minsDirector: Peter Strickland

A beautiful blood-red dress unleashes a curse on its wearers in Peter Strickland's erotic and twisted horror.

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The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

Drama1972124 minsDirector: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Fassbinder's visual and verbal extravaganza about a successful but lonely fashion designer who falls in love with a beautiful younger woman.

Seen & Heard

Coming-of-age stories from around the world featuring young female narratives

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PapichaPapicha

Drama2019108 minsDirector: Mounia Meddour

As the Algerian Civil War unfolds, a group of determined young women come face to face with a new, dangerous reality.

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LadyworldLadyworld

Thriller201894 minsDirector: Amanda Kramer

Welcome to Ladyworld, a shadowy dwelling where tensions run high and nothing is ever quite what it seems.

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SomersaultSomersault

Drama2004102 minsDirector: Cate Shortland

This intoxicating drama about an adolescent girl's sexual awakening launched the careers of both its star Abbie Cornish and director Cate Shortland.

Social Issues

Three titles highlighting important social issues relevant to right now

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The Hard StopThe Hard Stop

Documentary201586 minsDirector: George Amponsah

The story of Mark Duggan, who was shot and killed in Tottenham in 2011, is brought to the screen in this humane, thought-provoking and topical documentary.

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MotherMother

Documentary201982 minsDirector: Kristof Bilsen

An intimate and moving exploration of motherhood and the frustrations of being unable to care for the ones we love.

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The StreetThe Street

Documentary201995 minsDirector: Zed Nelson

The working-class community of Hoxton Street face the upheavals of gentrification, austerity and the eruption of Brexit, in this portrait of a rapidly changing London.

Winter Warmers

Because heat and light are great antidotes to a cold, dark winter…

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Good VibrationsGood Vibrations

Drama2012103 minsDirector: Lisa Barros D'Sa

In 1970s Belfast Terri Hooley and his Good Vibrations record store become spawning ground for the city's fledgeling punk scene.

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Old BoysOld Boys

Comedy201795 minsDirector: Toby MacDonald

Charmingly idiosyncratic comedy reworking of Cyrano de Bergerac, with Alex Lawther as a boarder who helps the school hero woo a French teacher's daughter despite being besotted with her himself.

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The LunchboxThe Lunchbox

Drama2013105 minsDirector: Ritesh Batra

Mismatched lunchboxes lead to an unlikely romance in this exquisite Indian drama, brimful of tantalising food and elegantly delivered wisdom.

David Bowie

Celebrating and remembering the incomparable talent of David Bowie

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Merry Christmas Mr. LawrenceMerry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

War1982123 minsDirector: Nagisa Oshima

An unflinching study of brutality and resistance, fear and desire in a Japanese WWII POW camp, directed with verve by Oshima and starring David Bowie, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Tom Conti.

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Christiane F.Christiane F.

Drama1981131 minsDirector: Uli Edel

David Bowie’s image and music gives brooding energy to this tale of a junkie sex-worker in 70s Berlin.

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Just a GigoloJust a Gigolo

War1978106 minsDirector: David Hemmings

David Bowie stars as the soldier-turned-drifter-turned-dancer for rent, in David Hemmings' Berlin melodrama set at the end of the Great War.

Naomi Kawase

Uncommon friendships and powerful emotions refined for maximum impact

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RadianceRadiance

Drama2017102 minsDirector: Naomi Kawase

A passionate writer of film versions for the visually impaired meets an older photographer who is slowly losing his eyesight, in this luminous love story from Naomi Kawase (Sweet Bean).

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Sweet BeanSweet Bean

Drama2015113 minsDirector: Naomi Kawase

A struggling street food vendor accepts help from an elderly lady with a sensational recipe up her sleeve, in Naomi Kawase's bittersweet drama of culinary redemption.

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The Mourning ForestThe Mourning Forest

Drama200797 minsDirector: Naomi Kawase

A beautiful and contemplative portrait of grief from Cannes-winning filmmaker Naomi Kawase (Sweet Bean, Still the Water).

Climate Voices presented by Doc Society

Three titles dedicated to the only story that matters: our planet's survival

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70/3070/30

Documentary202198 minsDirector: Phie Ambo

After COP25 in 2019, thousands of young Danish people took to the streets to demand instant action on climate change. In the subsequent general election the new Danish government pledged bold climate policies, but will they be able to enact them?

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Thank You for the RainThank You for the Rain

Documentary201787 minsDirector: Julia Dahr

After a violent storm, Kisilu, a Kenyan farmer, transforms from a father and community leader to an acitivist on the global stage, as he visits COP21 in Paris to bring his message to the world.

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The Salt in Our Waters [Nonajoler Kabbo]The Salt in Our Waters [Nonajoler Kabbo]

Drama2020106 minsDirector: Rezwan Shahriar Sumit

A young artist relocates to coastal Bangladesh to practice his art, but in doing so up-turns the local community’s age-old customs and taboos.

J-Horror

Share restless times with the undead and the slayers, all the way from Japan

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Ring [Ringu]Ring [Ringu]

Horror199796 minsDirector: Hideo Nakata

A journalist sets out to uncover in urban legend about a supposedly cursed videotape, in Hideo Nakata's chilling and highly influential tale of technological terror.

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OnibabaOnibaba

Period drama1964102 minsDirector: Kaneto Shindo

Stylish, symbolic and erotically charged Japanese horror in which the fortunes of a murderous mother-and-daughter team are upended by a strangely masked samurai.

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PulsePulse

Horror2001119 minsDirector: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Kiyoshi Kurosawa's dark and apocalyptic J-Horror foretells how technology serves to isolate us as it grows more important to our lives.

Black Women of Cinema

Culture, country and mystery with bold women shaping great films…

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Daughters of the DustDaughters of the Dust

Drama1991112 minsDirector: Julie Dash

Julie Dash’s groundbreaking Daughters of the Dust remains urgent and poetic and continues to resonate, inspiring Beyoncé’s iconic visual album Lemonade.

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Second ComingSecond Coming

Drama2014105 minsDirector: debbie tucker green

What if an immaculate conception took place in a South London household? Idris Elba stars in a subtle, thought-provoking and original family drama.

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Recorder: The Marion Stokes ProjectRecorder: The Marion Stokes Project

Documentary201888 minsDirector: Matt Wolf

The taped crusader: VHS nerds, media scholars and archive enthusiasts will appreciate this documentary about the African-American activist who recorded 30 years of TV news.

LFF Black History

Lives are rerouted in a trio of stories which rose to acclaim at the BFI London Film Festival

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White Colour BlackWhite Colour Black

Drama201683 minsDirector: Joseph A. Adesunloye

A young mixed heritage man confronts the psychological complexities of his identity in this essential, truly cinematic discovery for anyone interested in Black British cinema.

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TimbuktuTimbuktu

Drama201496 minsDirector: Abderrahmane Sissako

Living in the sand dunes just outside the city of Timbuktu, a cattle herder and his wife find their peaceful existence disturbed by forces attempting to dictate their lifestyle.

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UltraviolenceUltraviolence

Documentary202075 minsDirector: Ken Fero

15 years after Ken Fero’s ground-breaking film Injustice, which examined deaths in police custody, comes a compelling follow-up that feels as timely as ever.

Festival Favourites

Thrilling, powerful stories that chime across borders

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MugMug

Comedy201792 minsDirector: Małgorzata Szumowska

The first man in Poland to receive a full face transplant achieves national notoriety, but struggles with his own identity in this ingenious tragicomedy.

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Support the GirlsSupport the Girls

Drama201890 minsDirector: Andrew Bujalski

Andrew Bujalski serves up a big-hearted comedy with his day-in-the-life look at Double Whammies – a Hooters-style bar and its tight-knit, all-female staff.

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The PreyThe Prey

Action and Adventure201893 minsDirector: Jimmy Henderson

An innocent man sentenced to rot in a Cambodian jail is released for the sadistic pleasure of twisted trophy hunters and forced to fight – or die.

Denis Villeneuve

Three excellent early career features from a filmmaker of distinction

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IncendiesIncendies

Drama2010131 minsDirector: Denis Villeneuve

A mother bequeaths two life-altering letters to her children in Denis Villeneuve’s powerful and compelling drama.

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EnemyEnemy

Drama201391 minsDirector: Denis Villeneuve

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as doppelgangers in this dark, pulsating thriller from Denis Villeneuve.

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PolytechniquePolytechnique

Crime200977 minsDirector: Denis Villeneuve

Denis Villeneuve’s profound dramatisation of the tragic Montreal Massacre.

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 with immortal scores, elevated to perfection by one of the greatest 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 feel the strain when, in a moment of terror, the father abandons his family in this dark comedy from Ruben Östlund (director of the Cannes 2022 Palme d'Or winner, Triangle of Sadness).

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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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