When college coed Saruul takes a temporary job as a clerk in a sex shop, her awakening begins—but it’s not what you think. Her poker-faced indifference makes her the perfect foil for the shop’s clientele, who range from slightly sheepish to cautiously curious to downright perverse. But it’s the shop’s flamboyant, eccentric female owner who initiates Saruul’s journey into adulthood, taking her under her wing, teaching her the art of living, gently guiding her forward on the path to self-discovery. This joyfully quirky, candid, clever coming-of-age tale is fueled by a splendidly original script, utterly unique characters, unexpected encounters and in the background, Saruul’s very own musical combo.
Lieutenant Hermes Papauran, one of the best investigators of the Philippines, is in a deep moral crossroad. As a member of the police forces, he is a first-hand witness of the murderous anti-drug campaign that his institution is implementing with dedication. The atrocities are corroding Hermes physically and spiritually, causing him a severe skin disease resulting from anxiety and guilt. As he tries to heal, a dark past haunts him and has eventually come back for a reckoning.
Taeko and her husband Jiro are living a peaceful existence with her young son Keita, when a tragic accident brings the boy’s long-lost father, Park, back into her life.
To cope with the pain and guilt, Taeko throws herself into helping this deaf and homeless man.
In the midst of uncertainty, there’s no other passion that can pull us back to freedom but the burning fire that hides within each of us. Katips is a tale of the young, in their fight for their ideals, how big can one get against a force too much bigger than yourself.
A testament to the power of investigative journalism, She Said details the journey of New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, who together broke one of the most important stories in a generation — a story that shattered decades of silence around the subject of sexual assault in Hollywood and altered American culture forever. Together, their commitment and fortitude sparked a national conversation, helped propel the #MeToo movement, and fueled a reckoning of the system that had enabled Harvey Weinstein.
Aisha is a Senegalese nanny, working undocumented in New York for a wealthy white family. She looks after her ward Rose, secretly feeding the girl jollof rice when she won’t eat the food her mother leaves for her. Meanwhile, Aisha’s son remains at home in Senegal, as she tirelessly works to raise money for him to join her. As Aisha’s relationship with her employers gains complexity, so too does her connection to home, finding herself haunted by figures from West African folklore like the water spirit Mami Wata and the trickster god Anansi. What are these symbols trying to warn her about – her employers, or something darker lurking within her own life? With a stunning and distinctive visual style, Jusu weaves together a complex and tense portrait of labour, privilege and motherhood.
In “Bones and All,” first love finds Maren (Taylor Russell), a young woman learning how to survive on the margins of society, and Lee (Timothee Chalamet), an intense and disenfranchised drifter, as they meet and join together for a thousand-mile odyssey that takes them through the back roads, hidden passages, and trap doors of Ronald Reagan’s America. But despite their best efforts, all roads lead back to their terrifying pasts and a final stand that will determine whether their love can survive their otherness.
Argentina, 1985 is inspired by the true story of public prosecutors Julio Strassera and Luis Moreno Ocampo, who dared to investigate and prosecute Argentina’s bloodiest military dictatorship in 1985. Undeterred by the military’s still considerable influence within their fragile new democracy, Strassera and Moreno Ocampo assembled a young legal team of unlikely heroes for their David-vs-Goliath battle. Under constant threat to themselves and their families, they raced against time to bring justice to the victims of the military junta.
A fashion designer is suffering from a mysterious illness, until a Filipina caretaker arrives at her home and begins to use the traditional folk remedies from her country. And then a terrible truth is revealed. Eva Green stars in this fantastic genre film with an undertone of denunciation, directed by Lorcan Finnegan, who confirms the talent and imagination he showed in Vivarium.
A young woman with superpowers as strange as they are dangerous escapes from a psychiatric hospital and tries to fend for herself in the neon-lit streets of New Orleans. Along the way, she befriends a stripper, who she helps to protect from abusive men. Following A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT and inspired by fantasy and adventure films of the 1980s, Iranian-American director Ana Lily Amirpour once again creates a nocturnal, powerful and surprising genre film that draws you in with unusual camera angles and a cool electro vibe. Kate Hudson makes a great comeback as a character actress in her role as a stripper.
Valeria’s joy at becoming pregnant with her first child is quickly taken away when she’s cursed by a sinister entity.
As danger closes in and relationships with her family become fractured, she’s forced deeper into a chilling world dark magic that threatens to consume her.
A group of witches emerge that could be her only hope for safety and salvation, but not without grave risk.
In the early 1990s, queer teenager Jaime is sent to live with her devout Jehovah’s Witness relatives after the death of her father. Early on Jaime makes an unexpected connection with Marike, the daughter of a prominent Witness elder. The two are instantly drawn to each other, and begin a secret, unspoken relationship. But when their attraction becomes too obvious to hide, the community moves to separate the two, forcing them each to make a terrible choice between faith and love.
Raf and Julie, a couple on the verge of a breakup, end up in an emergency room in the midst of a major Yellow Vests protest in Paris. Their encounter with Yann, an injured and angry demonstrator, will shatter their certainties and prejudices. Outside, tension escalate.
Fatima-Zahra and her adolescent son Selim move from place to place, forever trying to outrun the latest scandal she’s caught up in. When Selim discovers the truth about his past, Fatima-Zahra vows to make a fresh start. Arriving in Tangier, they each find new opportunities that promise the legitimac.
Frank (Pierre Deladonchamps) spends his summer days hopelessly searching for companionship at a popular cruising spot on the shores of a lake in rural France. One day, he meets Michel (Christophe Paou), an attractive yet darkly mysterious man and falls blindly in love. When a death occurs, Frank and Michel become the primary suspects but they choose to ignore the dangers and instead continue to engage in their passionate and potentially lethal relationship.
Set in late 18th century France, painter Marianne is commissioned by an affluent countess to paint the wedding portrait of her sheltered but headstrong daughter Héloïse, in the hope it will find her a wealthy husband. While posing as her hired companion, Marianne is instructed to complete the portrait in secret, observing Héloïse by day and painting her by night. However, as the two women grow closer, their intimacy and attraction begins to blossom, paving the way for a simmering, star-crossed romance.
Haider Rana, a quiet, unemployed husband to a vociferous, employed wife, Mumtaz, has a seemingly happy arranged marriage and ordered family life, living under the same roof as the rest of the Rana clan. Amidst pressure and ridicule from his father, Haider finds work as a backup dancer for the trans performer Biba, opening his eyes to another way to love — and another way of life. Mumtaz, meanwhile, is frustrated with the expectations of patriarchal society. Soon their desires collide, forcing them and their family to reckon with what has been buried for so long.
Angry Son which presents a perma-mad protag Jungo (HORIKE Kazuki), a high school student living in rural Ota City, Gunma Prefecture. Audiences are asked to sympathise with his temper tantrums, most of which are aimed at his feisty Filipina mother Reina (GOW). Fortunately, she gives as good as she gets as she and her son navigate aggravating instances of xenophobia, being a single-parent household, and his quest to search for a father he has only ever known through child-support payments.
Jun, a young photographer living in Manilla, decides to return to his native town to visit his father, a retired doctor who became paralyzed after a car accident. During his visit, he decides to do a photo documentary on the locals Holy Week rites. He meets the mysterious Teresa, and while they’re becoming quick friends, she slowly starts to open up about her sister, Rosa, who’s recently died. Her presence still haunts Teresa.
Hong Kong bathed in the golden light of the 1960s. Chow Mo-wan and Su li-zhen are neighbors living in two rented apartments side by side. The journalist with the perfect haircut and the elegant secretary in a perfectly fitted dress exchange casual pleasantries at the stairway. Until they find out their spouses are having an affair with each other. The silent understanding will sprout into a relationship which, at that place and time, should not have come to fruition.
Elderly Quechua couple Virginio and Sisa live quiet, mundane lives in the Bolivian highlands tending to their herd of llamas. But the passage of time and an unusually long drought brought on by environmental change threaten their pastoral existence. When their grandson Clever comes to visit and help them with the animals, he also tries to persuade them to join him in the city where family can care for them.
Paula lives in a cinematic reality in which all people are divided into main and secondary characters. In order to be able to lead a life with her own storyline, she attends the school for main characters. But shortly before the final exam, Paula still fails to create emotional music. She sets out, therefore, in search of great emotions, ending up at a place where outtakes eke out a dreary existence on the fringes of society. Here, she encounters more and more inconsistencies surrounding her father’s death – and Paula begins to doubt her place in history.
Saint-Omer court of law. Young novelist Rama attends the trial of Laurence Coly, a young woman accused of killing her 15-month-old daughter by abandoning her to the rising tide on a beach in northern France. But as the trial continues, the words of the accused and witness testimonies will shake Rama’s convictions and call into question our own judgement.
In modern-day Berlin, Eva, a timid foley artist, moves around the world with both curiosity and caution. If quiet enough, she can be invisible to others, allowing her to explore parts of humanity most of us could never imagine. Her latest project, creating sound effects for a medication commercial starring a dark bay horse, releases Eva from her past inhibitions and transforms her physical form beyond the realm of possibility.
Sohee is a high school student at a vocational school. She gets excited to land an externship at a major internet provider’s call center, but the prized office job turns out to be a nightmarish workplace. She becomes under immense pressure from the company to reach the best team target. The work is daunting even to a gutsy girl like Sohee, but to make matters worse, externs only receive a fraction of the normal wages. She is gradually torn between anger, disappointment, and pressure. Eventually, it leads her to Death.
Detective Oh Yoo-jin becomes in charge of this case. She starts to follow Sohee’s traces and the people around her to reveal the causes of her death. As she investigates Sohee’s case, Yoo-jin comes to find out that the hidden side of the incident is more upsetting and demoralizing than she ever could have imagined.
Based on a true story. 1996, open sea.
During his shift on a transatlantic ship’s deck, Joel, a religious Filipino sailor, discovers Dumitru, a Romanian stowaway hidden between some containers.
If he is spotted by the Taiwanese officers running the vessel, Dumitru is at risk to be thrown overboard. Joel decides to hide him, as a sign of his gratitude towards God.
Soon, a dangerous cat and mouse game begins. When his crew, his own friends, even God itself start to turn their backs on him, Joel learns that he has to face his cruel destiny alone.
A middle-aged film director, together with his daughter whom he has not seen in years, visits a building owned by an interior designer. They have come because the daughter also hopes to study interior design. The designer owns the 4-story walk-up building, and she takes them up floor by floor to show them the renovations she has done. The three of them go into the rooms on each floor to look around. After the film begins in this way, we start again at the bottom and ascend one floor at a time.
In Ruben Östlund’s wickedly funny Palme d’Or winner, social hierarchy is turned upside down, revealing the tawdry relationship between power and beauty. Celebrity model couple, Carl (Harris Dickinson) and Yaya (Charlbi Dean), are invited on a luxury cruise for the uber-rich, helmed by an unhinged boat captain (Woody Harrelson). What first appeared instagrammable ends catastrophically, leaving the survivors stranded on a desert island and fighting for survival.
Eva a 16-year-old girl lives with her mother, her younger sister and their cat, but wants to move in with her estranged father. Clinging onto him, she tries to balance between the tenderness and sensitivity of teenage life.
A journalist descends into the dark underbelly of the Iranian holy city of Mashhad as she investigates the serial killings of sex workers by the so called “Spider Killer”, who believes he is cleansing the streets of sinners.
In this loving homage to Robert Bresson’s Au Hasard Balthazar, the world is seen through the eyes of Eo, a sweet, sentient donkey. When the circus at which he performs shutters for good, Eo’s future is suddenly uncertain. Told through vignettes, the film chronicles the equine’s post-performing life as he journeys between ever-changing sets of new owners and unfamiliar circumstances, bearing witness to the best and worst of humankind. A superb, inventive visual style imagines Eo’s rich interior world and creates a powerfully sympathetic character from the animal’s silent, unknowable gaze. An elegant ode to the beauty of the natural world and mournful lament for humankind’s role in its slow destruction.
Humans adapt to a synthetic environment, with new transformations and mutations. With his partner Caprice, Saul Tenser, celebrity performance artist, publicly showcases the metamorphosis of his organs in avant-garde performances. Timlin (Kristen Stewart), an investigator from the National Organ Registry, obsessively tracks their movements, which is when a mysterious group is revealed… Their mission – to use Saul’s notoriety to shed light on the next phase of human evolution.
Empress Elisabeth of Austria is known for her beauty and fashion trends. But in 1877, she celebrates her 40th birthday and must fight to maintain her public image. With a future of only ceremonial duties in front of her, she rebels against her public image and comes up with a plan to protect her legacy.
The intense friendship between two thirteen-year old boys Leo and Remi suddenly gets disrupted. Struggling to understand what has happened, Léo approaches Sophie, Rémi’s mother. “Close” is a film about friendship and responsibility.
On an impulse to reconnect with her origins, Freddie, 25, returns to South Korea for the first time, where she was born before being adopted and raised in France. The headstrong young woman starts looking for her biological parents in a country she knows so little about, taking her life in new and unexpected directions.
In a near future, the Japanese government program, Plan 75, encourages senior citizens to be voluntarily euthanized to remedy a super-aged society. An elderly woman who loses the means to live independently, a pragmatic Plan 75 salesman and a young Filipino caregiver face choices of life and death.
Upon the death of Rafael de Miranda, a beloved island doctor, his estranged widow, Celine, returns to their ancestral villa to scatter his ashes into the sea. Celine believes that this act of bidding farewell will finally bring closure to their failed marriage. Instead, she is haunted by memories of Rafael’s past infidelities and racked by self-recrimination at not having been able to give him a child. Overcome by conflicting emotions of love and rage towards her late husband , Celine loses herself in an inexplicable attraction to his possible illegitimate son. This obsession with the young man is what finally spirals her tragic journey into desolation.
With his father in prison and his brother abroad for work, young Rakib works as the lone housekeeper in an empty mansion belonging to Purna, a retired general whose family Rakib’s clan have served for centuries in a rural Indonesian town.
After Purna returns home to start his mayoral election campaign, Rakib bonds with the older man, who becomes a close mentor and father figure, and finds his calling as Purna’s assistant in work and life. When Purna’s election poster is found vandalised one day, Rakib doesn’t hesitate to track down the culprit, kicking off an escalating chain of violence…
Arnold is a clever student who has won many academic awards. One day, he meets Bee who runs an underground business helping students cheat on their exams. Bee asks Arnold to join his cheating ring and offers him a lot of money.
While Arnold considers working with Bee, many of his schoolmates, unhappy with their school’s disrespect of their freedom, organise a big protest.
A Singaporean auntie (“ajoomma” in Korean language) lives alone with her estranged son. Her only pleasure in life is to watch Korean TV series, clumsily imitating the dialogues. She and her son book a tour in Korea for holidays, but the son excuses himself for a job interview to cancel the trip. The auntie, who has never traveled abroad alone, musters up her courage – perhaps encouraged to do so by the hefty cancellation fee – to travel to Korea. Deluded by her dreams of a Korea like that shown in television dramas, the woman finds herself surprised if not shocked. Her journey begins to take a turn for the worse from the beginning: she finds herself lost, then involved in a violent incident. Will she be able to (re)discover her new self?
After ending her toxic relationship with her boyfriend Ben, 40-year-old Alice discovers she is pregnant. With her age and current relationship status, her first instinct is to have the pregnancy terminated. As her body undergoes dramatic changes, Alice struggles and needs to decide what to do. Will she slide back into the arms of Ben? What will this mean for the child growing inside her?
Luzonensis is a prehistoric hominid who is about to leave overseas to be a migrant worker. Hours before departing, he discovers that his passport is missing. Together with his father, they retrace their path to find it. Luzonensis ponders on who he is and his place in this country as their backs ache along the way.
Along a river that undergoes a major change, Baby, a middle-aged transwoman, shuttles between her job as a companion-for-hire for strangers and her duty to her father. As the people around Baby start to disappear, she realizes that she has been left behind in a stagnating city.
In the midst of a studio fire in 1921, Joaquin attempts to save the film reel of the first movie he’s ever seen, “Dalagang Bukid (1919)”. After finding the reel among the wreckage, he ends up inside the world of the almost destroyed film, and must find a way out before it completely burns away.
Thunder rumbling as heavy rain pours. Objects clashing and a breath drowning. OYO, 23, returns to visit his grandparents in Cagayan before he migrates to Canada. He seeks a carabao, a lasting memento of his younger brother who passed away during a flood.
Accompanied by his childhood friend, RJ, a tricycle driver, they go around town visiting old teachers, saying goodbyes, and searching for the elusive animal. A coming of age, NGATTA NADDAKI Y NUANG? (Why Did the Carabao Cross the Carayan?), is a film about the uncertainties of life in the face of migration, industrialization, poverty, and the effects of a natural calamity.
Katrina and her father Leon leave the city to visit her late grandmother Gare’s wake. Upon arrival, Katrina feels aloof and develops a connection with Infanta’s landscape more than her distant relatives. Night falls, and the rest of the household goes to sleep. In the middle of the night, Katrina wakes up in a daze and heads out to where Gare’s casket lies. There, she sees a dark entity crawl out of the property. The next day, the whole town is abashed at finding Gare’s casket empty. This prompts an all-out search for the missing body with the police, headed by Leon. In her isolation, Katrina treads between realms and unconsciously starts her own investigation on finding her grandmother.
Trapped at home with his talking cat, BOLD seeks refuge in the strong arms of strange men as together they venture deep down into the nether regions of the Internet in search of true happiness. Caught in the tangle of technology and social media, he wonders to his cat about his place in the world. If he spreads his wings, can he fly?