A tale of secrets and lies with a constrained yet wonderfully expressive performance by the versatile Joanna Scanlan, who offers us a masterclass in the dramatic power of understatement.

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Ailey (2021)

An immersive portrait of the legendary choreographer Alvin Ailey is told in his own words and via the creation of a new commission inspired by the life of this enigmatic man who, when confronted by a world that refused to embrace him, was determined to build one that would.

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Alma (2021)

Alma is serving time for a murder she can’t remember committing. A surprising news revives her and she sets out for revenge in this Icelandic drama-thriller.

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With the strange and wonderful music composed by the pop duo Sparks, this amazing musical fantasy is like the unexpected love child of La La Land and The Lighthouse. Adam Driver manifests Cannes-awarded Leos Carax's craziest ideas in the flesh.

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Any Day Now (2020)

A rising star of Finnish cinema, Hamy Ramezan's fiction feature debut is a subtle and soft film that you can sink into. Guaranteed to make you teary-eyed.

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Bad Hair (2020)

Justin Simien (Dear White People, HIFF 2014) tackles racial stereotypes through horror without losing his comical edge. Bad Hair combines 1980’s zeitgeist, witty social commentary and ancient African American mythology. 

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Black Girl (1966)

A radical political statement by the most renowned African director of the twentieth century, Ousmane Sembène, is one of the greatest and most groundbreaking filmmakers who ever lived. This is one of the essential films of the 1960s.

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Blind Ambition (2021)

A heartwarming documentary about Team Zimbabwe's very first trip to the world's most famous wine tasting competition: rather than a story about the world of wine, it's a story about human dignity.

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Oliver Twist meets The Death of Mr. Lazarescu in this sophomore feature. Set in a snowbound boarding school on the eastern edges of Turkey, the film tells the story of a boy desperate to help his sick friend yet choked off at every turn by bullying teachers and corrupt administrators.

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Cairo Station (1958)

Yussuf Chahine’s classic film noir brings together the busy Cairo railway station's lost souls and peculiar characters.

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Prized with the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, Juho Kuosmanen's second feature tells the story of two strangers on a train. Seidi Haarla plays a young archeology student and Yuri Borisov a mine worker whose views on life dramatically change after the two find themselves stuck in a train compartment en route to Mongolia.

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Pirjo Honkasalo is a world-class Finnish filmmaker whose pursuit of ecstatic truths and aesthetic revelations transcends nationalities. The acclaimed documentary filmmaker’s praised fiction film became a cultural phenomenon.

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In its frank depiction of gay bars, closeted homosexuality, and the suffocating expectations of a straight society, this pioneering work is both a fascinating time capsule and a remarkably modern cinematic plea for tolerance and change.

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The Dissident (2020)

Documentary about journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder reveals that tyrants use both phones and bone saws to cement their power.

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Gaia (2021)

This thought-provoking and disturbing experience has a lot to say about humanity's destruction of the environment, about the "tipping point" we have collectively reached in the Anthropocene, but the film says it with creativity, mad flights of imagination, and humor.

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A Glitch in The Matrix (2021)

Rodney Ascher’s movies dwell on absurd theories until they start to make a weird kind of sense. All we know is we’re still a bunch of meat flaps, virtual or not, and we’ve got a lot of flapping to do.

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Gritt (2021)

With shades of Agnes Varda’s Vagabond (HIFF 2018), Itonje Soimer Guttormsen’s episodic feature debut stars Birgitte Larsen as a performance artist frustrated by her personal roadblocks.

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Hit the Road (2021)

Riotously funny at times and quietly devastating at others, this phenomenal feature debut moves Panah Panahi beyond his father’s, Jafar Panahi's, oeuvre to discover a distinct new voice.

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Luzzu (2021)

Accomplished debut from Maltese-American filmmaker Alex Camilleri profiles little-represented lives through one fisherman with intelligence and integrity.

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MLK/FBI (2020)

Sam Pollard's thrilling documentary unravels the FBI’s secret campaign of bugging, harassment and defamation against Martin Luther King Jr in the 1960s.

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Moon, 66 Questions (2021)

A family drama channels the ebbs and flows of physical movement and emotional trauma, even eschewing a traditional score to let her two leads truly carry the weight of the story.

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The lyrical approach of Nastja Säde Rönkkö invites the viewer to co-imagine apocalyptic love stories and recreate memories waiting for us yet on the horizon. The videos in this screening curated by AV-arkki bring forth the poetic quality of Rönkkö’s art, both textual and visual. The subject matter of the videos emerges from the context of the climate crisis and mass extinction.

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North by Current (2021)

Madsen Minax addresses mental health, addiction, grief, and domestic violence, all of which have directly impacted his family. Simultaneously, at the heart of this extraordinary film, there is a rarely seen, rich and layered portrait of trans identity.

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Carrie Brownstein wanted to make a tour documentary about her friend Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent. But what started as a satiric mockumentary of a rock documentary turned into metafiction.

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Näin pilvet kuolevat (2021)

How does a cloud die? Not with a bang but with hushed discussions on ethical dilemmas regarding weather tampering. The documentary follows a scientific project that aims to control the clouds – but who has the right to make it rain?

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Passion (2021)

BDSM sessions are rituals in Maja Borg’s documentary film that focuses on exploring one’s own limits and the contrast between submission and domination. Spirituality overlaps with sexuality and desire.

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In her newest feature Maïwenn returns to her roots by transferring the abundant energy which flows through her films into an intimate, accurate and moving work about grief, family and the transmission of Algerian heritage.

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Pig (2021)

Nicolas Cage isn’t just a gifted, fearless actor; he’s a state of mind. The Oscar winner delivers his best performance in years as a chef-turned-recluse, who briefly reenters society after his beloved truffle pig is violently taken from him.

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The Pink Cloud (2021)

This is the cathartic film experience – written in 2017! – we would have never guessed we would need. A poisonous pink cloud forces people to remain in total lockdown, and turns a lighthearted one-night stand between two strangers into a long-term relationship.

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The screening features the winning short films and audience favourites of the R&A Shorts - Cut to the Chase National Competition 2021.

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Relic (2020)

This spine-tingling, heartbreaking tale of a woman with Alzheimer’s, who gets lost in the labyrinthine corridors of both her mind and her home, has a universal power that will resonate with anyone, regardless of personal experience.

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Rock the Casbah (2013)

A bittersweet, delightfully outspoken satire laced with remarkable performances delivers a potent critique of the complacency to patriarchy that girdles contemporary Moroccan society.

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Schoolgirls (2020)

Award-winning Spanish hit tells a coming-of-age story of the sexual awakening of teenage girls in a Catholic school in a country torn between modernity and older customs and beliefs.

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Septet: The Story of Hong Kong (2020)

From the ’50s to the present day, the recent history of Hong Kong is illuminated through seven episodes by veteran local directors.

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Slalom (2020)

The French director's debut feature is a quietly chilling depiction of a teenager trying to advance in her skiing career – while getting tangled up in the web of her charismatic trainer.

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The Sleepwalkers (2019)

As a metaphor, sleepwalking — aka moving blindly into disaster — is pretty well-worn, but Paula Hernández ekes something new from it in her deliciously observed, tightly focused drama about a family falling apart over a New Year's vacation.

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Softie (2020)

Photojournalist and activist Boniface has decided to make Kenya a better place to live. But how to win an election with an anti-corruption campaign when voters are expecting bribes?

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Peru in the 1980s. A woman is deprived of her newborn baby and a journalist battling with his identity takes on the case. Melinda León’s film tells a dreamlike story about otherness and poverty, which reminds of Alfonso Cuarón's Roma with its portrayal of quiet empathy.

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Spring Blossom (2020)

Suzanne Lindon wrote the screenplay for her impressive directorial debut when she was just 15, and her authentic perspective shines through this tale of teenage romantic obsession.

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A Taste of Hunger (2021)

A power couple within the Danish gourmet scene runs the popular restaurant Malus in Copenhagen. They are willing to sacrifice everything to achieve their dream — getting the coveted Michelin star.

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Zola (2020)

“Y'all wanna hear a story about why me & this bitch here fell out?” 147 tweets later, a stripping gig gone South has become the stuff of legends – and now a must-see movie.

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