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  • AlenaAlena - Based on the internationally acclaimed graphic novel, ALENA is a psychological thriller about revenge.

  • Almayer's Folly - Narrative film adaptation by Chantal Akerman of Joseph Conrad's first novel, following a European man living in Southeast Asia and his half-indigenous daughter.

  • Alois Nebel - It is the end of summer, 1989. Alois Nebel works as a train dispatcher at a small railway station in the Sudetenland, a mountainous region on the Czechoslovak border.

  • The Astonishing Work of Tezuka Osamu - Known as the "father of anime," Tezuka Osamu (1928 - 1989) has created hundreds of comics, dozens of films, and television series including "Astro Boy".

  • B

  • Beltracchi: The Art of ForgeryBeltracchi: The Art of Forgery - For nearly 40 years, Wolfgang Beltracchi fooled the international art world and was responsible for the biggest art forgery scandal of the postwar era.

  • Bestiaire - Fascinating and beguiling, Denis Cote's mesmerizing meditation on the relationship between man and beast.

  • Blind - Ingrid (Ellen Dorrit Pettersen) is a woman contending with the loss of vision.

  • The Book of the Dead - Master animator Kihachiro Kawamoto's tale of a young noble girl in 8th-century Japan who leaves her home to follow the apparition of an executed prince.

  • Boris Without BeatriceBoris Without Beatrice - A morality tale with fairy-tale inflections that focuses on Boris Malinovsky, an affluent, successful businessman who comports himself with an extreme degree of pride and arrogance.

  • Bridgend - A narrative film based on a mysterious suicide cluster that took place in Bridgend County, a small former coal-mining province in Wales. Between December 2007 and January 2012 seventy-nine suicides were officially committed in the area.

  • By the Time It Gets Dark - A delicately poetic portrait of a country haunted by the lingering trauma of the 1976 government-sanctioned massacre of student demonstrators in Bangkok.

  • C

  • Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart - A small-town murder in New England became one of the highest-profile cases of the twentieth century.

  • Cell 211Cell 211 - Juan (Alberto Ammann), a rookie prison guard, is knocked unconscious in a freak accident his first day on the job. He is brought into an empty cell to recover, only to wake up to find a vengeful uprising underway.

  • CERN - Multi-awarded director Nikolaus Geyrhalter delivers stunning images from inside the immense CERN apparatus.

  • D

  • Dries - For the first time, fashion designer Dries Van Noten allows a filmmaker to accompany him in his creative process and home life.¬†

  • E

  • The Exquisite Short Films of Kihachiro Kawamoto - A collection of short films from one of the world's greatest stop-motion animators, famous for his beautiful, expressive puppets and for harnessing Japan's unique aesthetic traditions to create visually stunning stories.

  • F

  • Forget Me NotForget Me Not - Filmmaker David Sieveking portrays the domestic care of his mother Gretel, who, like millions of others, is suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

  • Four Adventures of Reinette & Mirabelle - A criminally overlooked gem from master filmmaker Eric Rohmer.

  • From Business to Being - The story of three executives who embark on a quest to find ways out of the "rat race."

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  • Happy Hour - A slow-burning epic chronicling the emotional¬†journey of four thirtysomething women in the misty seaside city of Kobe.

  • Homo SapiensHomo Sapiens - Abandoned landscapes of urban decay portend an ominous future in this wordless documentary.

  • The Human Scale - According to revolutionary Danish architect and urban planner Jan Gehl, if we are to make cities sustainable and livable for people, we must re-imagine the very foundations of modern urban planning.

  • I

  • I, Anna - The lives of a beautiful divorcee and a troubled detective intersect during the investigation of a vicious murder in London.

  • J

  • Jean Ziegler, the Optimism of Willpower - An in-depth documentary on the charismatic and controversial sociologist, professor and best-selling author Jean Ziegler and his belief in socialism.

  • K

  • Kirikou and the Wild BeastKirikou and the Wild Beast - Tiny Senegalese hero Kirikou is back in this sumptuous follow-up to the universally beloved Kirikou and the Sorceress.

  • L

  • Lamb - Ephraim, a half-Jewish Ethiopian boy, will do anything to save his pet in this subtle drama.

  • M

  • Making Plans for Lena - Acclaimed auteur Christophe Honore's rapturously sprawling family saga that veers from painful to funny to painfully funny-expertly capturing all the feints and digs that pass for conversation when loved ones reunite.

  • Master of the Universe - In economic powerhouse Germany, a top banker gives a disturbing account of his emotions, motivations and predictions.

  • Mondovino: The SeriesMondovino: The Series - This multi-generation, globe-trotting saga covers not only the entire gamut of wine making, but wine's place in a treacherously globalized and hyper-marketed world.

  • N

  • Nightmare, The -

    A party girl suffers the slow chaos of a mental breakdown, and forms a bond with a strange monster.

  • No Ordinary Hero: The Superdeafy Movie - When a deaf actor who plays a superhero on television looks beyond his cape to influence a deaf boy to redefine what "being normal" means, he also finds inspiration to transform himself.

  • O

  • The Ossuary and Other Tales - Svankmajer's films conjure up a dreamlike universe that is at once dark, macabre, witty and perversely visceral.

  • P

  • Paths of the SoulPaths of the Soul - An astonishing journey of redemption, faith, and devotion, following a group of villagers who leave their families and homes to make a Buddhist "bowing pilgrimage" to the holy capital of Tibet.

  • Phil Mulloy: Extreme Animation - One of animation's most prurient, dark and mischievious masters, multi-award-winning animator Phil Mulloy stands as an antidote to all that is kitsch and sentimental.

  • Promised Lands - Promised Lands is famed writer and critic Susan Sontag's sole documentary project, shot in Israel on the fly in the final days and immediate aftermath of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

  • R

  • Red Knot - A modern exploration of love, isolation and the inescapable vastness of the natural world. Starring Vincent Kartheiser and Olivia Thirlby.

  • S

  • The ShrineThe Shrine - A blood-curdling tale of sacrificial cults, demonic possession and ancient evil.

  • Silentium - How can God-fearing faith and open-minded convent life engage in symbiosis?

  • Slow Food Story - In 1986 Carlo Petrini, dispirited by the rapid rise of global fast food chains, launched Slow Food, an international movement to preserve traditional and regional cuisine.

  • A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness - Indie filmmakers Ben Rivers and Ben Russell collaborated on this festival favorite that follows a mysterious character through three seemingly disparate moments in his life.

  • The Strange Little CatThe Strange Little Cat - A sequence of family scenes in a Berlin flat creates a wondrous world of the everyday: Coming and going, conversations, all manner of doings.

  • Summer Holiday - From acclaimed Romanian director Radu Muntean (Tuesday, After Christmas), Summer Holiday (aka Boogie) is a funny and bittersweet drama of male mid-life crisis.

  • T

  • Tales from the Golden Age - Conceived and scripted by Palme d'Or winner Cristian Mungiu ("4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days"), "Tales From The Golden Age" is a funny, poignant and surreal portrait of 1980s Romania.

  • Tatsumi - The life and work of Japanese comics artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi-a manga pioneer who elevated the genre to a new level of creative expression and adult realism.

  • Tokyo IdolsTokyo Idols - A provocative look into the Japanese pop music industry, a cultural phenomenon driven by an obsession with young female sexuality and internet popularity.

  • Torture Made in USA - Mixes stunning archival footage, on the ground detective work and backed by hard hitting interviews from key administration witnesses.

  • Towards Zero - A dazzling mix of shocking family drama, picturesque seaside landscapes and three generations of brilliant French actresses, "Towards Zero" is a smart, smoldering and thrilling update of one of Agatha Christie's most enduring works.

  • Trouble Every Day - World renowned filmmaker Claire Denis' controversial film about carnal lust as cannibalistic disease.

  • V

  • Vic + Flo Saw a BearVic + Flo Saw a Bear - A woman who has just been released from prison moves into a house in the Canadian forest and receives a visit from her lover.

  • W

  • White Sun - When his father dies, anti-regime partisan Chandra travels to his remote mountain village after nearly a decade away. He must face his brother Suraj, who was on the opposing side during the Nepalese civil war.

  • Wife to be Sacrificed - Queen of Japanese erotica Naomi Tani plays Akiko, a wife who charges her husband with sexual battery.

  • The Windmill Movie - What if someone wrote your autobiography? Would it be true? What if someone took the images of your life and made a film?

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