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In her tender debut, a powerful ode to a label-free identity reminiscent of the work of Céline Sciamma, Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren draws a portrait of childhood and family as both a blessing and a curse.

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About Dry Grasses

Nuri Bilge Ceylan
In a landscape as whimsical as its people, Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan puts a spiritually and morally empty teacher - who would love to leave Anatolia behind him rather sooner than later - front and centre. Ceylan's work continues to fascinate with nihilistic men passing ...
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All of Us Strangers

Andrew Haigh
Sophisticated ghost stories, they do exist. Following A Ghost Story, melancholic souls can get what their hearts desire with All of Us Strangers. British filmmaker Andrew Haigh knows how to simultaneously surprise and captivate with this restrained but sometimes steamy romance ...
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Amal

Jawad Rhalib
A brilliant performance by Lubna Azabal (which is a pleonasm!) is the foundation on which Amal rests. A remarkable Belgian film by the tireless Jawad Rhalib.
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And the King Said, What a Fantastic Machine

Axel Danielson, Maximilien Van Aertryck
"That fantastic device," dixit King Edward VII, "is the film camera". But this Swedish documentary shows that not every image is reality. A story about cunning manipulation and observant viewers.

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The Boy and the Heron

Hayao Miyazaki
Whether it's his definitive adieu or not, Miyazaki's The Boy and the Heron is nothing short of a masterful depiction of everything that drives the filmmaker. A semi-autobiographical fantasy that explores life, death, and creation.

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With his latest satire, Romanian master provocateur Radu Jude gives his uncompromising reflection on our toxic, oppressive work culture. High expectations are justified for Do Not Expect Too Much From the End of the World, a postcard straight out of Absurdistan and winner of the ...
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Dream Scenario

Kristoffer Borgli
As an American critic wrote, it's the most ingenious screenplay idea that Woody Allen never came up with. That's Dream Scenario for which Kristoffer Borgli received assistance from Ari Aster as a producer.
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Dumb Money

Craig Gillespie
Funnier than The Big Short, more realistic than The Wolf of Wall Street, and equally adept at capturing the zeitgeist as Wall Street, Dumb Money, which revolves around a massive stock market manipulation, is a triumph across the board.

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An idiosyncratic ode to romance, Fallen Leaves is feel-good cinema from Finland that conquered hearts at Cannes. An Aki Kaurismäki grand cru and (Cannes) Grand Prix!
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Ferrari

Michael Mann
The silver screen glows Ferrari-red in Michael Mann's prestigious biopic about the iconic Italian racing magnate and the horsepower that drove him. Adam Driver grapples with his demons as a speed demon, and Penélope Cruz shines in a brilliant role.

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Holly

Fien Troch
Fien Troch opens the 50th anniversary edition of Film Fest Gent with an intriguing portrait of a 15-year-old girl who seems to have predicted a deadly school fire, and becomes a mourning community's medium for solace.
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How to Have Sex

Molly Manning Walker
A powerful reflection on consent, this energetic debut confidently paves a way between Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers and Charlotte Wells' Aftersun.

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After Les Misérables expectations are naturally high, and Ladj Ly does not disappoint with his second feature film Les Indésirables. Once again, he focuses on the explosive situations in the suburbs of Paris.

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Killers of the Flower Moon

Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese's monumental epic charts a forgotten and shameful part of American history.

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Das Lehrerzimmer gradually evolves into a thriller about a plague of thefts in a German school. The teacher who unwittingly finds herself in the eye of the storm is played by a magnetic Leonie Benesch.

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May December

Todd Haynes
In Todd Haynes' dark and deliciously funny melodrama May December, Julianne Moore and Natalie Portman play a mysterious cat-and-mouse game of seduction, naivety and performance.

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The Old Oak

Ken Loach
In his self-proclaimed final film, Ken Loach - master of British social realism - takes up the hatchet once more for those whom British politics has abandoned. The eternal humanist rallies one more time for solidarity between all, this time by showing us a clash in Northern ...

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A creamy French gourmet stew, lovingly prepared by director Tran Anh Hung (who won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival) and flavoured by delicious performances of Juliette Binoche and Benoît Magimel. Don't see it on an empty stomach.
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Perfect Days

Wim Wenders
Simplicity rules and moves in Wim Wenders' surprising gem Perfect Days, a film about a Japanese cleaner in harmony with routine. Cannes lauded actor Kôji Yakusho for his mesmerising performance.

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Rapito (Kidnapped)

Marco Bellocchio
Marco Bellocchio (Il traditore, 2019) tells the unlikely story of a six-year-old Jewish boy who was kidnapped at the behest of Pius IX in the 19th century. His parents fought a hellish battle to get him back.

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The Sweet East

Sean Price Williams
Sean Price Williams' directorial debut has everything to become a modern cult classic: an enchanting protagonist, a DIY punk attitude, an eclectic soundtrack and bizarre plot twists. Sometimes magical, always provocative. Welcome to the USA.

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Le temps d'aimer (Along Came Love)

Katell Quillévéré
For Le temps d'aimer, French filmmaker drew inspiration from her grandmother's gripping story. A post-war chronicle of passion, sacrifice and survival.

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Seven years after the remarkable sci-fi film Downsizing, director Alexander Payne is back with what he does best: a look at human relationships, their imperfections, but also those special, scintillating moments.

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