A nine year-old is left in a cold-war orphanage in Hungary. He is terrorized by peers and staff, but nonetheless determined.
And Your Mother Too (Mexico)
A spontaneous young couple in love invites an unhappily married 28-year-old woman to go on a road trip with them.
The Bank (Australia)
A computer genius invents a program, which is able to predict which stocks are going to be winners. But then, evil CEO gets a hold of it and wants to use it for his own greedy purposes.
Lateef, a 17-year-old Iranian, works with illegal Afghans at a construction site. Director Majidi examines friendship among Iranians and Afghans despite their country's disputes.
Behind the Sun (Brazil)
Set in 1910 in the desert of Brazil, two families who own farms battle over land.
Broken Silence (Spain)
1944: Lucia goes to work in her aunt's tavern in a small mountain village in Spain. The inhabitants of the town are split, some are fascist supporters of Franco, others are part of the Maquis guerillas fighting for the freedom of Spain. When the two groups clash, everyone is forced to be involved.
Chronically Unfeasible (Brazil)
A satire on Brazilian life through the eyes of six characters across the country. The inequities of class and race are juxtaposed against the ridicule of liberals and tourists.
Two friends, living amidst the war in Chad in the 1970s, join the rebel army after their village is destroyed. While at first they believe they are fighting for justice, their opinions of the war diverge and they come to separate opinions about surviving in their country.
Friend (South Korea)
Four boys, inseparable as children, grow up and, eventually, apart. The most scholarly of the four goes to the U.S. to learn filmmaking and comes back to Korea to pursue a career. Upon his return, they meet up again, but two of the boys are in rival gangs and violence erupts.
* Greed: A Reconstruction (Germany)
There's nothing like a good, six-hour-long silent movie about the fundamental corruptibility of the human race, I always say. (Sean Nelson)
How Harry Became a Tree (Ireland)
An absurdist story about a man who loses his son and wife and comes to the conclusion that if love will give him nothing, perhaps hate will be kinder.
I Love Beijing (China)
A Beijing cab driver has multiple short-term liaisons with women from all social strata.
After a hard Arctic winter, the people of a small village look to superstition for something to blame. A cheerful Inuit boy named Ikingut appears, and despite his smile, charm, and friendship with the minister's son, they try and blame him for their problems.
The Independent (USA)
Jerry Stiller and Janeane Garafalo portray a fairly believable father-daughter business team who only barely manage to keep Fineman Films afloat, even after being offered the insulting $6/lb. for Morty's entire catalogue. The Independent is an entertaining B-movie mockumentary. (Kate Mercier)
Kira's Reason (Denmark)
With the Dogme 95 aesthetic, we explore Kira's tentative re-entry into society after a nervous breakdown, and her husband's inability to help.
The Lawless Heart (Britain)
From funny to depressing, Lawless explores the emotional rollercoaster of unexpected death.
Left Side of the Fridge (Canada)
After Christophe ditches his engineering job, Stephane begins filming his roommate's subsequent journey through unemployment.
Little Crumb (Netherlands)
Ruud Feltkamp plays Kruimeljte, a lonely orphan who travels around the village getting in trouble and charming his way into the hearts of the kind Danish folk. Everyone is way, way too cute, except the big bad evil policeman.
Much Ado About Something (Australia)
If you're into conspiracy movies, this is a must. This film posits the theory that all of Shakespeare's works were not really written by him, but by Christopher Marlowe, who was born in the same year, but supposedly died long before all the great stuff was written. You be the judge.
Naughty Little Peeptoe (New Zealand)
Gay filmmakers Garth Maxwell and Peter Wells made this documentary about a man called Doug George, and his continuing obsession with women's shoes.
An exploration of the life of 1880's children's novelist Nykke Van Hichtu. While she was married to her intellectual equal, socialist politician and poet Pieter Jelles Troelstra, he insisted that her place was in the home, squelching her to the point of a nervous breakdown.
Parallel Worlds (Czech Republic)
Two Czech pilots end up flying together for the Royal Air Force, but their bond is tested when they fall for the same woman.
Pauline and Paulette (Belgium)
The story of four sisters, Martha, Cecile, Pauline, and Paulette. Pauline is mentally challenged and lives with Martha. When Martha dies however, she leaves her money to her sisters, but under the condition that Cecile or Paulette care for Pauline.
The Piano Teacher (Austria/France)
A completely repressed 40-year-old piano teacher, who lives with her controlling mother, is seduced by one of her students. Director Haneke explores disturbing pathologies and S&M disaster. Adult. YES.
Playing Swede (Cuba)
A German thief pretends to be a Swedish professor in order to avoid Interpol and engineer a jewel heist in Havana. He gets in deeper than he expected, however, when he falls for the daughter of a retired policeman.
Possible Loves (Brazil)
This is one of those "what if" movies where the question is asked: What would have happened if Julia hadn't flaked on her date with Carlos 15 years ago:Carlos has passionate affair; Carlos becomes a homo; Carlos loves all women.
Rain (New Zealand)
This is a darn good-lookin' film that captures the feel of summer in 1970s New Zealand. The story is about a transitional time in an adolescent girl's life when her alcoholic mother starts drifting away from her father, with the implication that she may eventually follow in her footsteps, but the reason to see it is to let the images wash over you. (Andy Spletzer)
* The Son's Room (England)
The Son's Room is an excellent film about a normal Italian family--a father, a mother, two well-adjusted kids--with normal problems, until one of the kids up and dies. (Katia Dunn)
The Struma (Canada)
The Struma was a ship carrying around 800 Jewish refugees out of Romania, heading towards Palestine. When the engine failed, they were refused admittance into Turkey because of political pressure from the British. The film follows a search for the ship's ruins and exposes the perseverance of an old cover-up. (Marjorie Skinner )
* Time Out (L'Emploi du temps) (France)
See review this issue.
Under the Moonlight (Iran)
Seyyed, a novice cleric in Tehran, goes on a trip to the city and encounters a group of homeless people living under a bridge. When he sees the love born of squalor, he is forced to question his faith and how to use it.
Under the Skin of the City (Iran)
A family of four teenage to adult children, a disabled father, and a mother who works in a factory, struggle to get ahead socially and economically in contemporary Tehran.
Violet Perfume, Nobody Hears You (Mexico)
A troubled pre-teen, Yessica, couldn't have a more horrid life: her family hates her, she gets picked on at school, raped regularly by her step-brother's friend, all the women in her life are unsympathetic harpies, and, to top it off, she wears glittery makeup and eyeliner. Go see this film if you are already planning to off yourself later this evening. (Kate Mercier)
Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (Japan)
A man in his 40s is left by his wife and travels to a far off village in search of a golden Buddha. Instead, he meets a wild woman, who is a kleptomaniac, but also, a maniac for something else. Guess what it is, just guess.