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IFFK every year presents a cross section of movies made throughout the world. Following Films will be screened in this section of IFFK 2015.

Magical Girl

Spain, France / 127 mins / Spanish / 2014

Director: Carlos Vermut

Alicia, an ailing child who dreams of the dress in the Japanese series Magical Girl Yukiko; Luis, her father, who will do anything he can to make her dream come true; Bárbara, a pretty young girl with psychological issues; and Damián, a teacher who has retired from everything except his stormy past. All will be trapped in a net of obscure blackmailing where instincts and reason spar with one another in a tragic struggle.


Alcala de Henares Short Film Festival-Pantalla Abierta Award
San Sebastian Film Festival-Golden Seashell,Best Film; Silver Seashell, Best Director

The Club / El Club

Chile / 98 mins / Spanish / 2015

Director: Pablo Larraín

Four retired Catholic priests share a secluded house in a small Chilean beach town, with a nun. The four men are there to discreetly purge their sins and crimes (ranging from child abuse to baby-snatching), until their routine is disrupted by a fifth man who makes them relive the past they thought they had left behind.

Austin Fantastic Fest-Best Picture, Fantastic Features
Berlin International Film Festival-Silver Bear
Chicago International Film Festival-Silver Hugo, Silver Plaque
Mar del Plata Film Festival-Best Screenplay

The High Sun / Zvizdan

Croatia, Serbia / 123 mins / Croatian / 2015

Director: Dalibor Matanic

Three different love stories, set in three consecutive decades, in two neighbouring Balkan villages burdened with a long history of inter-ethnic hatred: this is a film about the dangers – and the enduring strength – of forbidden love.

Cannes Film Festival 2015- Un Certain Regard Jury Prize
Pula Film Festival-Croatian Society of Film Critics Award, Golden Arena Award Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Costume Design, Best Director, Grand Golden Arena Award for Best Festival Film
Sarajevo Film Festival-C.I.C.A.E. Award
Slovene Film Festival-Slovenian Art Cinema Network Award


Memories On Stone / Bîranînen li ser kevirî

Germany, Iraq / 97 mins / Kurdish / 2014

Director: Shawkat Amin Korki

Hussein and Alan decide to make a film about the genocide of Kurdish people in Iraq, the Anfal campaign in 1988. They learn that, to achieve veracity by the means of cinema and to face their own identity, it's worth putting everything on the line - even their own life.

Abu Dhabi Film Festival-Best Film from the Arab World
Asia Pacific Screen Awards-Unesco Prize
Cinedays Skopje,Festival of European Cinema-Best Director Award


Turkey, France, Germany / 97 mins / Turkish / 2015

Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven

Early summer. In a village in northern Turkey, Lale and her four sisters are walking home from school, playing innocently with some boys. The immorality of their play sets off a scandal that has unexpected consequences. The family home is progressively transformed into a prison; instruction in homemaking replaces school and marriages start being arranged. The five sisters, who share a common passion for freedom, find ways of getting around the constraints imposed on them.

AFI Fest-Audience Award, New Auteurs
Cannes Film Festival- Label Europa Cinemas
Chicago International Film Festival-Audience Choice Award, Best Narrative Foreign-Language Feature
Hamburg Film Festival-Art Cinema Award
Odessa International Film Festival- Golden Duke,Grand Prix
Philadelphia Film Festival-Archie Award, Best First Feature
Sakhalin International Film Festival- Grand Prix
Sarajevo Film Festival- Heart of Sarajevo, Best Film,Best Actress
Valladolid International Film Festival-Audience Award, Best Film; FIPRESCI Prize,Best Film; Pilar Miro Award, Best New Director; Silver Spike, Best Film; Youth Jury Award, Best Film

Body / Cialo

Poland / 90 mins / Polish / 2015

Director: Malgorzata Szumowska

A busy prosecutor is worried that his anorexic daughter Olga, who is grieving over her recently deceased mother, might try to harm herself. He forces her to see Anna, a quirky psychiatrist who is dealing with her own loss in an unusual way. “Body” explores various approaches to our relationship with our body and our sensory experience of the world.

Berlin International Film Festival, Silver Bear for Best Director (Ex aequo), Małgorzata Szumowska
Kino Pavasaris International Film Festival in Vilnius, Best Actor, Janusz Gajos


France , Czech Republic , Belgium / 127 mins / French / 2015

Director: Xavier Giannoli

Marguerite Dumont is a wealthy woman, lover of the music and the opera. She loves to sing for her friends, although she's not a good singer. Both her friends and her husband have kept her fantasy. The problem begins when she decides to train for her first recital in front of a real audience. It was screened in the main competition section of the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.

Venice Film Festival-Nazareno Taddei Award

Neon Bull / Boi neon

Brazil, Uruguay, Netherlands / 101 mins / Portugese / 2015

Director: Gabriel Mascaro

The film follows a group who transport unfortunate bulls from rodeo to rodeo. Iremar, who is a rodeo in the North East Brazil, manhandles the bulls before they're sent into the arena, but who dreams of being instead a tailor in a clothing factory. There's also Galega,an exotic dancer, truck driver and mother to Caca and Zé, a fat buffoon of a man , hauls bulls with the best of them, but then spends hours in front of the mirror fixing his hair. There's no central plot line as such; instead the film follows the characters through their daily lives, including one or two dramatic set-pieces such as the incident with the horse, and then ends.

Adelaide Film Festival-Foxtel Movies International Award, Best Feature
Hamburg Film Festival-Critics Award
Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival-Premiere Brazil, Best Film,Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography
Toronto International Film Festival-Platform Prize, Honorable Mention
Venice Film Festival-Venice Horizons Award - Special Jury Prize

A monster with a thousand Heads / Un monstruo de mil cabezas

Mexico / 75 mins / Spanish / 2015

Director: Rodrigo Plá

Fed up with trying to secure health care for her husband’s severe medical ailments, Sonia takes matters into her own hands. Tracking down his doctor, she kidnaps him at gunpoint, setting the stage for a nail-biter that evokes the mind-numbing bureaucracy of Brazil and the citizen-on-the-edge stakes of Falling Down. Rodrigo Pla’s latest drama is a timely and tightly paced socio political thriller.

Don't tell me the boy was mad / Une histoire de fou

France / 134 mins / French, Armenian, German, 2015

Director: Robert Guediguian

In the 1980s, Aram, a young man from Marseille of Armenian origin, blows up the Turkish ambassador’s car in Paris. Gilles Tessier, a young cyclist who was passing by, is seriously injured. Aram, on the run, joins the Armenian Liberation Army in Beirut, the hotbed of international revolution in those years. Gilles tries to be understanding when Anouch, Aram’s mother, arrives in his hospital room to beg his forgiveness. She admits that her son planted the bomb. Aram clashes with his comrades in Beirut and decides to meet his victim to make him his spokesman.

Journey to the shore / Kishibe no tabi

Japan , France / 128 mins / Japanese / 2015

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Mizuki's husband (Yusuke) drowned at sea three years ago. When he suddenly comes back home, she is not that surprised. Instead, Mizuki is wondering what took him so long. She agrees to let Yusuke take her on a journey. And then journey to the shore becomes a road movie.

Cannes Film Festival-Un Certain Regard, Directing Prize

The Measure of a Man / La loi du marche

France / 93 mins / French / 2015

Director: Stephane Brize

At the age of 51 and after 20 months on unemployment, Thierry starts a new job that soon brings him face to face with a moral dilemma. How much is he willing to accept to keep his job?


Cannes Film Festival-Best Actor, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention
Brussels Film Festival-Audience Award

Mountains May Depart / Shan he gu ren

China, France, Japan / 131 mins / Chinese, Cantonese, Mandarin, English / 2015

Director: Jia Zhangke

The plot is set in the late 90’s of China. In Fenyang, childhood friends Liangzi, a coal miner, and Zhang, the owner of a gas station, are both in love with Tao, the town beauty. Tao eventually marries the wealthier Zhang and they have a son he names Dollar. In 2014 Tao is divorced and her son flies to Australia along with his business magnate father. In 2025, the 19-year-old Dollar no longer speaks Chinese and can barely communicate with his now bankrupt father. All that he remembers of his mother is her name.

San Sebastian International Film Festival-Audience Award, Best European Film

Wondrous Boccaccio / Maraviglioso Boccaccio

Italy / France / 115 mins / Italian / 2015

Director: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani

In plague-stricken 14th-century-Florence, 10 young men and women find refuge in the countryside, where they spend their days telling stories of love, fate and resurrection. They take refuge in a large country house, and spend their time telling stories. Every ten stories told in one day, the group of boys elect a king or queen of the day, and he must invent stories, which have various kinds and topics. Each kid tells a particular story, but no matter how different their stories may be, they all have one aspect in common: love.

The Lesson / Urok

Bulgaria, Greece / 110 mins / Bulgarian, English / 2014

Director: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov

In a small Bulgarian town, Nadezhda, a young teacher, is looking for the robber in her class so she can teach them a lesson about right and wrong. But when she gets in debt to loan sharks, can she find the right way out herself? What makes a decent human being become a criminal?

Angers European First Film Festival-Best Actress
Goteborg Film Festival-International Debut Award
San Sebastian International Film Festival-Kutxa Award, Best New Director
Sofia International Film Festival-Audience Award;Best Bulgarian Feature Film, Best Film; Sofia City of Film Grand Prix, Best Film
Tokyo International Film Festival-Special Jury Prize
Transilvania International Film Festival-Best Director; Best Performance, Best Actress


France /119mins / Tamil, French, English / 2015

Director: Jacques Audriad

To escape the civil war in Sri Lanka, a former soldier, a young woman and a little girl pose as a family. They end up settling in a housing project outside Paris. They barely know one another, but try to build a life together.

Cannes Film Festival-Palme d’Or

Rams / Hrúta

Iceland / Icelandic / 2015

Director: Grimur Hakonarson

In a remote Icelandic farming valley, two brothers who haven't spoken in 40 years have to come together in order to save what's dearest to them - their sheep.

Cannes Film Festival-Un Certain Regard Award
Hamptons International Film Festival-Golden Starfish Award
Palic Film Festival-Golden Tower, Best Film
Transilvania International Film Festival-Audience Award, Best Film;Special Jury Award
Valladolid International Film Festival-Golden Spike, Best Film; Pilar Miro Award, Best New Director
Zurich Film Festival-Golden Eye, Best International Feature Film

Standing Tall / La tete Haute

France / 119 mins / French / 2015

Director: Emmanuelle Bercot.

Abandoned by his mother at the age of 6, Malony is constantly in and out of juvenile court. An adoptive family grows around this young delinquent: Florence, a children’s magistrate nearing retirement, and Yann, a caseworker and survivor of a very difficult childhood.Together they follow the boy’s journey and try unfailingly to save him. Then Malony is sent to a stricter educational centre, where he meets Tess, a very special young girl who will show him that there are reasons for hope.


France / 79 mins / French / Arabic / 2015

Director: Philippe Faucon

Fatima lives on her own with two daughters to support: 15-year-old Souad, a teenager in revolt, and 18-year-old Nesrine, who is starting medical school. Fatima speaks French poorly and is constantly frustrated by her daily interactions with her daughters. Her pride and joy, they are also a source of worry. To ensure the best possible future for them, she works odd hours as a cleaning woman. One day, she takes a fall on the stairs. On leave, Fatima begins to write to her daughters things in Arabic that which she has never been able to express in French.


Portugal , France / 90 mins / Portugese / 2015

Director: Joao Salaviza

On a hot summer in Lisbon, David - aged 14, awaits the imminent death of his grandfather but refuses to visit him, fearing this terrible loss. His mother, Mónica, spends her nights at the hospital. The void already left by his grandfather forces David to take charge of the household. He doesn’t feel ready to assume this new role. But without realizing it: the more David tries to avoid adulthood, the more he gets closer to it.

Manaki Brothers Intl Film Festival Macedonia-Best Cinematography

Early WInter

Canada , Australia / 96 mins / English, French / 2015

Director: Michael Rowe

David, a man in his forties, lives a predictable life with his wife Maya and their two children. To please his wife with the latest gadgets, he works solitary shift work, days and nights, as a janitor in a retirement home. But when he begins to suspect that Maya is having an affair, he starts to lose ground, his past threatening to smash everything in his path.

The Pearl Button / El Boton De Nacar

Chile, France, Spain / 90 mins / Spanish / 2015

Director: Patricio Guzman

Water, the longest border in Chile, holds the secret of two mysterious buttons which were found on its ocean floor. In it are the voices of the Patagonian Indigenous people, the first English sailors and also those of its political prisoners. Some say that water has memory. This film shows that it also has a voice.

Berlin International Film Festival- Prize of the Ecumenical Jury; Silver Berlin Bear, Best Script
Bergen International Film Festival-Human Rights Award, Honorable Mention
Biografilm Festival-Audience Award; Unipol Award,Best Film
Philadelphia Film Festival-Jury Award, Best Documentary Feature
Jerusalem Film Festival-In Spirit for Freedom Award,Best Documentary

Eva Doesn't Sleep / Eva no duerme

Argentina, Spain, France/ 85 mins / Spanish / 2015

Director: Pablo Aguero

In 1952, Eva Peron died. She is the most beloved, but also hated political figure of Argentina. An expert is in charge of embalming her mortal remains. After years of hard work, he achieves a remarkable result. Meanwhile in Argentina, coups follow one other and some dictators want to remove Eva’s legacy from the people’s memory. Her body becomes the reasonfor clashes for 25 years. This “sleeping beauty” becomesa more powerful figure than any other living politician.

I am a soldier / Je suis un soldat

France, Belgium / 92 mins / French / 2015

Director: Laurent Larivière

Sandrine, 30 years old, is forced to return home in Roubaix to live with her mother. She is unemployed and accepts to work with her uncle in a kennel, which turns out to be a hub for dog trafficking from Eastern Europe. She rapidly acquires authority and respect in this world dominated by men, and earns the money that could provide her with her freedom. But sometimes even good soldiers stop taking orders.

Valley of Love

France, Belgium / 91 mins / English, French / 2015

Director: Guillaume Nicloux

Isabelle and Gerard go to a strange appointment in the Death Valley, California. They have not seen each other for years and are here to answer to an invitation from their son Michael, a photographer, which they received after his suicide, six months ago. Despite the absurdity of the situation, they decide to follow the initiatory program designed by Michael.

Big Father Small Father & Other Stories / Cha Va Con Va

Vietnam / 102 mins / Vietnamese / 2015
Director: Dang Di Phan

It is the late nineties, Vietnam is in economic turmoil and overpopulation has sparked political concern. Vu, a photography student, arrives in the sprawling metropolis of Saigon and moves into a slum neighbourhood where he meets a mix of eccentric characters including Thang, a charismatic young man, who convinces Vu to get a vasectomy in order receive money from the government.


UK, USA, France / 113 mins / English / 2015

Director: Justin Kurzel

Macbeth is the story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought low by ambition and desire. It is a thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the time and a reimagining of what wartime must have been like for one of Shakespeare’s most famous and compelling characters. It is a story of all-consuming passion and ambition, set in war-torn Scottish landscape.

Youth / La giovinezza

Italy, France, Switzerland / 118 mins / English / 2015

Director: Paolo Sorrentino

Fred and Mick, two old friends approaching their eighties, are enjoying a vacation in a lovely hotel in the foothills of the Alps. Fred, a retired composer and conductor, has no intention of returning to his music career which he dropped a long time ago, while Mick, a director, is still working, hurrying to finish the screenplay of his latest film. Both friends know that their days are numbered and decide to face their future together. But unlike them, no one else seems worried about the passing of time.

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival-Audience Award

Baby (a) lone

Luxembourg / Luxembourgish / 2015

Director: Donato Rotunno

Two troubled teens in Luxembourg act out their frustrations on the world, and slowly grow closer. They are already familiar with violence, drugs and pornography. They are being exposed to these at school and on a daily basis. Throughout this intense and psychologically intriguing film, the two pre-teens will seek to define themselves. Their violent journey of self-discovery is punctuated by heart warming moments of previously not experienced joy and happiness.

Brussels Film Festival
Stockholms Film Festival
Clones Film Festival
Luxembourg City Film Festival

Hongkong Trilogy: Preschooled Preoccupied Preposterous / Hoeng gong saam bou kuk

Hong Kong / 90 mins / Cantonese / 2015

Director: Christopher Doyle

A story of Hong Kong told by three generations of real people: 'preschooled' children, 'preoccupied' young people, and 'preposterous' senior citizens. Doyle is a cinematography guru, and he does not fail to amaze in this respect. The camera-work is fanciful, colourful and radiant, like a butterfly, flitting around little figures, pausing on bits of nectar, and providing glimpses from different angles and perspectives that complement the characters rather than detract from them.

Stories of our lives

Kenya,South Africa / English , Swahili / 2014

Director: Jim Chuchu

A collection of five vignettes about Kenya's LGBT community. Five stories about how life is for gay and lesbian people in Kenya. There is violence, exclusion and organized persecution. And amid of this hostility, a young group of artists manage to make some beautiful short movies by adding lots of love to it. All is shot in black and white. There is believable acting of people one can easily identify with. .

Berlin International Film Festival- Teddy Jury Award, Panorama Audience Award

The Face of the Ash / semay Xolamesh

Iraq / 60 mins / Kurdish / 2014

Director: Shakhwan Mohammed

During the Iraqi-Iranian war which started in 1980 and lasted for eight years, a Muslim family in a Kurdish village receives from the government the corpse of their son who has been killed in the war. While preparing for the funeral they discover that the corpse is not circumcised and they have doubts. Once they tell their Christian neighbours, the problem becomes worse as each family claims that the body is theirs.

Under Construction / Pod elektricheskimioblakami

Bangladesh / 88 mins / Bengali / 2015

Director: Rubaiyat Hossain

Under Construction is about a woman struggling to find herself in the sprawl of urban Bangladesh, where middle class actress Roya reconstructs a famous and politically-minded play of Rabindranath Tagore for modern times, reclaiming her agency in the process.

Secret / Sakli

Turkey / 102 mins / Turkish / 2015

Director: Selim Evci

Mahir, a famous musician with a personality to match, has been having a secret romantic relationship with his daughter’s friend Duru. Duru’s father Ali is honoured to have met Mahir, but he is a traditional, family-oriented man. The product of an old-school notion of what roles men and women should play in society. He takes his daughter to the gynaecologist regularly to assure himself that she’s a virgin and therefore marriageable. But conservatism doesn’t preclude hypocrisy: Ali has secrets of his own. Mahir and Duru drift apart just before Ali can learn about their relationship. But Duru is a spirited young woman with a mind of her own.

Absence / Ausencia

Brazil, Chile, France / 87 mins / Portugese / 2014

Director: Chico Teixeira

A sensitively observed slice of social realism, Absence tenderly depicts one adolescent’s uncertain journey into adulthood. Left adrift after his dad’s sudden departure, teenager Serginho works as a vendor at the local market, playing father figure to his little brother and companion to his frazzled, alcoholic mother. As Serginho’s burgeoning sexuality clashes with his own search for a role model, the film reveals a new level of tenderness.

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival-Best Actor, Special Jury Prize

Not My Day / Nicht mein tag

Germany / 110 mins / German / 2014

Director: Peter Thorwarth

Bank teller Till Reiners' life is torn out of a rut by a series of offbeat coincidences, which ultimately lead him to find himself and realize: His life isn't so bad after all...Till Reiners, mid-30s has been a teller at Osthofen Mutual Bank for almost 15 years, leading a settled, regular life. His marriage to ambitious purse designer MIRIAM is happy, but in danger of getting into a rut after all those years of harmony. The diehard hard rock lover's life is not exactly exciting; except for when his 4-year-old son has a crying fit because he lost his favourite snuggle bunny. All of a sudden, Till is torn from his daily routine when a bank robber storms his branch and takes Till hostage after his getaway car breaks down

Dirty, Yellow, Darkness / Premaya Nam

Srilanka / 95 mins/ Sinhala / 2014

Director: Kalpana Ariyawansa, Vindana Ariyawansa

After his wife leaves him, a man with a severe case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) who fears his own urine, admits himself to a mental hospital for treatment to overcome his fear and win his wife back. Told with heart and humor, this beautiful love story is based on a true story and shows that, indeed, sometimes love is the prescription.


Peru / 90 mins / Spanish / 2014

Director: Hector Galvez

The remains of a male body who had presumably disappeared during the years of political violence in Peru have been exhumed but nobody claims them. Now the only clue to his identification is a picture of a smiling girl found in his shirt. Only a blurred photo, a snapshot of a moment in time and a memory…

Mon Roi

France / 130 mins / French / 2015

Director: Maiwenn

Tony is a reserved and rational lawyer, Georgio a temperamental hedonist whose sheer energy, spontaneity, obsessive passion and irresistible charm blew Tony away the first moment they met. 10 years have passed since that day and, following a skiing accident, Tony is now stuck in a rehab center where she has time to look back at the exhilarating highs and painful lows of this relationship. We discover through Tony’s eyes not only the ecstasy of first love and the hopes of starting a family, but also how her fascination for Georgio gradually turns into dependence, and ultimately the destructive power of love. It is an examination of a relationship she knows is not good for her, but also one she can’t leave.


A Bigger Splash

Italy , France / 120 mins / Italy, France / 2015

Director: Luca Guadagnino

In A Bigger Splash, the lives of a high profile couple, a famous rock star and a filmmaker (Matthias Schoenaerts and Tilda Swinton), vacationing and recovering on the idyllic sun-drenched and remote Italian island of Pantelleria are disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend and his daughter (Ralph Fiennes and Dakota Johnson) - creating a whirlwind of jealousy, passion and ultimate danger for everyone involved.

Venice Film Festival- Soundtrack Stars Award, Best Innovative Budget Award

The Idol

Palestine / 100 mins / Arabic / 2015

Director: Hany Abu-Assad

A film about the popular Palestinian singer Mohammad Assaf, from childhood to adulthood, and his life in Gaza until he won the Arab idol. Mohammad became a glimmer of hope, uniting the divided Palestinians. The film tells the story of a modest young wedding singer who helped his fellow Palestinians forget their internal conflicts and unsuccessful struggle for independence


Pakistan / 87 mins / Urdu, Pashto / 2015

Director: Jamshed Mahmood Raza

After the death of the family's matriarch, her husband and son must confront not only the corruption in society around them but the corruption within themselves. Wahid, a poor train station master of a small, remote town in Pakistan, must come to terms not only with her death and his own childhood personal demons, but also his complicity in the events that led up to it. Set against the backdrop of the deliberately engineered decline of the railways system in Pakistan, ‘Moor’ is a story about the meaning of loyalty.

A Very Ordinary Citizen / Yek Shahrvand-e Kamelan Maamouli

Iran, Czech Republic / 100 mins / Persian / 2015

Director: Majid Barzegar

Present-day Tehran. After the death of his wife and the onset of the problems of old age – attention deficit and Alzheimer’s – Mr. Safari, an eighty-year-old pensioner, is persuaded to visit his son who lives abroad. A young woman agrees to make Mr. Safari’s travel arrangements. Gradually, Mr. Safari falls in love with her, gives up the idea of travelling and decides to express his love for her at any price, even if it means committing murder before he loses his memory.

Videophilia (and other viral syndrome) / Videofilia( y otros
sindromes virales )

Peru / 112 mins / Spanish / 2015

Director: Juan Daniel Fernandez

A teenage misfit spends her first days out of school slacking and experimenting with drugs and cybersex. She meets Junior online; he's an amateur porn dealer on a delusional journey regarding the Mayan Apocalypse and other conspiracy theories. Once they meet in the 'real world' unusual events start to unfold as bizarre characters appear in this contemporary non-love story that portrays a post-modern Lima, an internet glitchy virus, corruption, psychedelia and ancient ruins.

Rotterdam International Film Festival-Tiger Award

Damaged / Panie Dulskie

Poland / 91 mins / Polish / 2015

Director: Filip Bajon

Rainer Dulscy (Władyslaw Kowalski), professor of psychiatry from Switzerland, comes to visit Melanie (Maja Ostaszewska), granddaughter of Mrs Dulska (Krystyna Janda). Melanie has a feeling that it has something to do with the tenement house occupied by the Dulscy family. Melanie, a film director, is so fascinated with the history of her family that she decides to join him in his investigation. As more and more discoveries come to light, they are taken back to a past full of secrets that were supposed to stay buried forever. They find that the Dulscy family have a lot to answer for.

The Last night / Poslednyayanoch

Russia / 90 mins / Russian / 2015

Director: Arseniy Gonchukov

Ivan, a successful oncologist who has created a cure for cancer, discovers suddenly that by an ironical twist of fate, he is terminally ill. He realizes that he has one chance to correct the mistake he made a long time ago, and leaves his family to go to another city to the woman he loved all his life, hoping to spend the last night with her.


Iran / 82 mins / Persian / 2015

Director: Jafar Panahi

Internationally acclaimed director Jafar Panahi drives a yellow cab through the vibrant streets of Tehran, picking up a diverse (and yet representative) group of passengers in a single day. Each man, woman, and child candidly expresses his or her own view of the world, while being interviewed by the curious and gracious driver/director. His camera, placed on the dashboard of his mobile film studio, captures a spirited slice of Iranian society while also brilliantly redefining the borders of comedy, drama and cinema.

Berlin Film Festival-Golden Bear FIPRESCIPrize
Mumbai Film Festival-Audience Award


Germany , France / 90 mins / French / 2015

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov

A history of the Louvre during the Nazi occupation and a meditation on the meaning and timelessness of art. Large armies are trampling on the heart of civilisation and cannon fire is once again taking its toll. Amidst the massacre and the ruins, everything majestic, magnificent, and sacred, that took millions of minutes and hours of determined labour to build, is wiped out. Jacques Jaujard and Count Franziskus Wolff Metternich worked together to protect and preserve the treasure of the Louvre Museum.

Venice Film Festival -Fedeora Award, Best Euro-Mediterranean Film, Fondazione Mimmo Rotella Award

Under Electric Clouds / Pod elektricheskimi oblakami

Russia, Ukraine, Poland / 137 mins / Russian / 2015

Director: Aleksey German

In 2017 Russia, exactly 100 years after the Bolshevik Revolution, the world is on the verge of a new great war. An unfinished skyscraper looms on the horizon, casting an emblematic shadow over a society about to collapse. With breathtaking sci-fi imagery, this wildly strange magical realistic film interweaves the stories of seven individuals, from an architect to a Kyrgyz labourer, as it explores a dystopian dreamscape.

Berlin International Film Festival
Silver Berlin Bear,Outstanding Artistic Contribution

From Afar / Desde Allà

Venezuela, Mexico/ 93 mins / Spanish / 2015

Director: Lorenzo Vigas

Armando, a 50 year man, seeks young men in Caracas and pays them just for company. One day he meets Elder, a 17 years boy that is the leader of a criminal gang, and that meeting changes their lives forever. Armando, a 50 year man, seeks young men in Caracas and pays them just for company. One day he meets Elder, a 17 years boy that is the leader of a criminal gang, and that meeting changes their lives forever.

Venice Film Festival-Golden Lion
Zagreb Film Festival
London Film Festival

The Lower Depth

Russia /133 mins / Russian /

Director: Vladimir Kott

The film is based on the Maxim Gorky drama The Lower Depth. It portrays the lives of people on a real landfill site. Their daily routine consists of digging in the heaps of rubbish in search of precious metal scraps and objects to sell, stealing, drinking and fighting heavily. Ever since, the world cinema and theatre have been fascinated by the story of the derelicts living in a homeless shelter who find hope thanks to a pilgrim named Luca. The inhabitants begin to strongly believe in possible changes in their lives. But people are weak. And despite all their dreams, they are not ready to change.

Free in Deed

USA, Newzeland / 100 mins / English / 2015

Director: Jake Mahaffy

Set in the distinctive world of storefront churches, and based on actual events, Free in Deed depicts one man’s attempts to perform a miracle. When a single mother brings her young boy to church for healing, this lonely Pentecostal minister is forced to confront the seemingly incurable illness of the child and his own demons as well. The more he prays, the more things seem to spiral out of his control.

Venice Film Festival-Venice Horizons Award, Best Film

Embrace of the Serpent/ El abrazo de la serpiente

Colombia Venezuela , Argentina / 125 mins / Spanish , Portuguese , German, Catalan , Latin / 2015

Director: Ciro Guerra

The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.

Cannes Film Festival -C.I.C.A.E. Award
Hamptons International Film Festival-Golden Starfish Award, Honorable Mention
Lima Latin American Film Festival-Critics Award, Special Mention (Director); Best Film
Mar del Plata Film Festival-Best Film
Odessa International Film Festival-Golden Duke,International Competition Program - Special Jury Mention
Pacific Meridian International Film Festival of Asia Pacific Countries -Special Jury Award


Mexico, France / English / 2015

Director: Michel Franco

David is a nurse who works with terminally ill patients. Efficient and dedicated to his profession, he develops strong – even intimate – relationships with each person he cares for. But outside of his work, David is ineffectual, awkward and reserved. He needs each patient as much as they need him. For years, he has carried a burden of guilt and remorse. Now the weight has grown unbearable – David must return and face his past in order to heal.

Cannes Film Festival-Best Screenplay

The Assassin / Nie yin niang

Taiwan, China, Hong Kong / 120 mins / Mandarin / 2015

Director: Hou Hsiao-hsien

In 9th century China 10-year-old general's daughter is abducted by a nun who initiates her into the martial arts, transforming her into an exceptional assassin charged with eliminating cruel and corrupt local governors. After 13 years of exile, the young woman must confront her parents, her memories and her long-repressed feelings. A slave to the orders of her mistress, the girl must choose: sacrifice the man she loves or break forever with the sacred way of the righteous assassins.

Cannes Film Festival-Best Director, Cannes Soundtrack Award

Sunstroke / Solnechnyy Udar

Russia / 180 mins / Russian / 2014

Director: Nikita Mikhalkov

The film is based on two literary pieces by Ivan Bunin – Sunstroke, a short story, and the Russian writer’s chronicles, Cursed Days. The story is interwoven by contrasts – memories of the 1907 splendour on one side and the tragic events of 1920, when Russia was ravaged by the revolution and civil war, on the other. Anticipating his fate, a decommissioned White Guard officer, recalls moments of unconditional happiness: a steamboat on the Volga River and a brief love affair.

Shanghai International Film Festival- Golden Goblet Best Cinematography

Bleak Street / La calle de la amargura

Mexico / 99mins / Spanish / 2015

Director: Arturo Ripstein

Two elderly prostitutes – Jeza and Adela - Each has problems of their own. Jezahas problems at home with her teenage daughter and cross-dressing husband. Adela is dealing with loneliness. One night, they have a date to celebrate the victory in the ring of two wrestlers, twin midgets wearing masks. At the hourly hotel, in order to rob the tiny men of their earnings, they drug them with eye drops. But the dose proves fatal. They murder them unintentionally. Scared and confused, they decide to hide from the police and run away together to live, as they always have, on Bleak Street. They are arrested.

The Night Watchman / Jamais de la Vie

France / 95 mins / French / 2015

Director: Pierre Jolivet

Franck works as a night watchman in a shopping mall in the slum outskirts of Paris. He used to be a skilled worker and union delegate, always ready to fight for his fellow workers. Ten years have passed since and he is now alone with no prospect for change. One night, he notices a black SUV prowling around the mall’s parking lot. His suspicions turn into reality: a gang is planning a holdup and Franck is the only one to know about it. He wants to turn this situation into an opportunity for him and his friends to fulfiltheir destiny - a way for him to become a working-class hero again.

Shanghai International Film Festival-Golden Goblet

Sleeping Giant

Canada / English / 2015

Director: Andrew Cividino

Teenager Adam is spending his summer vacation with his parents on rugged Lake Superior. His dull routine is shattered when he befriends Riley and Nate, smart aleck cousins who pass their ample free time with debauchery and reckless cliff jumping. The revelation of a hurtful secret triggers Adam to set in motion a series of irreversible events that test the bonds of friendship and change the boys forever.

Best Canadian First Feature, TIFF 2015

Bob and the Trees

USA, France / English / 2015

Director: Diego Ongaro

It is deep winter in rural Massachusetts. Bob, a 50-year-old logger with a soft spot for golf and gangsta rap, is struggling to make ends meet in a merciless industry. When a rotten investment threatens the family business, Bob begins to heed the instincts of his ever darkening self.Filmed in a verite style on location during the polar vortex of 2014, Bob and the Trees presents the kind of breathtaking and unique vision of American life that lures movie lovers worldwide to Sundance.

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival-Award of Ecumenical Jury, Crystal Globe
Woodstock Film Festival-


USA / 87 mins / English / 2015

Director: Sean Baker

It’s Christmas Eve in Tinsel town and Sin-Dee is back on the
block. Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend hasn’t been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up, the sex worker and her best friend, Alexandra, embark on a mission to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumour. Their rip-roaring odyssey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles, including an Armenian family dealing with their own repercussions of infidelity.

Deauville Film Festival-Jury Prize
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival-Independent Camera
Palm Springs International Film Festival-Directors to Watch
Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival-Felix Award: Premio Feli, Best Fiction Film
Traverse City Film Festival -Stanley Kubrick Award

Paulina / La patota

Argentina , Brazil , France / 103 mins / Spanish, Guarani / 2015

Director: Santiago Mitre

Paulina, 28, gives up a brilliant lawyer’s career, in order to dedicate herself to teaching in a depressed region in Argentina. In a rough environment, she sticks to her teaching mission and to her political engagement, sacrificing her boyfriend and the trust of her father, a powerful local judge. Upon her arrival, she is brutally assaulting by a gang of young people, some of them being her own students. Despite the trauma and the inability to understand, Paulina will strive to stand for her convictions.

Cannes Film Festival-Critics Week Grand Prize, FIPRESCI Prize

Vanishing Point

Thailand / 100 mins / Thai / 2015

Director: Jakrawal Nilthamrong

The film evolves from an incident involving a horrific car accident. It is a story of two men each of whom is running away from a suffering of their own, at a different time and place - a young idealistic journalist who cannot stand injustice, and a middle-aged man who turns away from his past and goes on living a meaningless life as a motel owner. They eventually learn that no matter how far and long they go, the suffering in their minds has never gone away, until life reaches the unexpected end.

Cemetry of Splendour / Rak ti Khon Kaen

Thailand| France | Germany | Malaysia | South Korea | / Thai / 2015

Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness are transferred to a temporary clinic in a former school. The film cemetery of splendour tells of a lonesome middle-age housewife who tends a soldier with sleeping sickness and falls into a hallucination that triggers strange dreams, phantoms, and romance. There may be a connection between the soldiers’ enigmatic syndrome and the mythic ancient site that lies beneath the clinic.

Pancevo Film Festival-Lighthouse Award


Greece / Greek / 2015

Director: Athina Rachel Tsangari

In the middle of the Aegean Sea, on a luxury yacht, six men on a fishing trip decide to play a game. During this game, things will be compared. Things will be measured. Songs will be butchered, and blood will be tested. Friends will become rivals and rivals will become hungry. But at the end of the voyage, when the game is over, the man who wins will be the best man. And he will wear upon his little finger the victorious signet ring: the “Chevalier.”

London Film Festival-Best Film
Sarajevo Film Festival-Best Actor, Special Jury Mention

Petting Zoo

Germany, Greece, USA / 93 mins / English / 2015

Director: Micah Magee

Layla (17) is top of her high school class - and pregnant. Giving into family pressure, Layla decides against an abortion, drops her scholarship to college and moves into her beloved Grandma’s trailer on the family property. She goes to work, to church, to school. She meets a new boy - Aaron –who is different from everyone else. Just as things seem to be falling into place again, work and stress take their toll. Layla loses her baby at six months in utero. With three days to wait with a dead baby inside her before labour can be induced at the hospital, Layla begins to see her environment differently - and begins to find herself.

Rabin, The Last Day

Israel / English / 2015

Director: Amos Gitai

On the evening of Saturday, November 4, 1995, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is shot down with three bullets by a Jewish law student at the end of a huge political rally in the centre of Tel-Aviv.Twenty years have passed; the prospects of peace have vanished, as have vanished the nineties and their dream of normalcy.Through his film, Amos Gitaï sheds light on events leading up to Rabin’s murder.

Venice Film Festival-Golden Mouse, Human Rights Film Network Award


Germany German, / 138 mins / English, Spanish / 2015

Director: Sebastian Schipper

A young Spanish woman who has newly moved to Berlin finds her flirtation with a local guy turn potentially deadly as their night out with his friends reveals a dangerous secret

Berlin International Film Festival -Prize of the Guild of German Art House Cinemas, Reader Jury of the “Berliner Morgenpost”, Silver Berlin Bear for Outstanding Artistic
Norwegian International Film-Norwegian Film Critics Award
San Diego Film Festival-Best International Film


France / 188 mins / French, English / 2015

Director: Yann Arthus-Bertrand

A collection of stories about and images of our world, offering an immersion to the core of what it means to be human. Through these stories full of love and happiness, as well as hatred and violence, Human brings us face to face with the other, making us reflect on our lives. Human is a politically engaged work which allows us to embrace human condition and to reflect on the meaning of our existence.

100 Yen Love / Hyakuen no koi

Japan / 113mins / Japanese / 2014

Director: Masaharu Take

Slacker Ichiko gets into a fight with her younger sister and begins to live on her own, working the late shift at a 100 yen shop. On her way home, she passes a gym and meets middle-aged boxer Kano who trains there in silence.100 Yen Love is an adaptation of a screenplay that won the Shunan Film Festival’s inaugural Yusaku Matsuda Grand Prize. Director Masaharu Take powerfully depicts human frailty and a woman’s attempt to salvage her dreary life. Sakura Ando gives a fully-committed performance in the lead role, with a dynamic supporting cast in her corner including co-star Hirofumi Arai. Rock band Creep Hyp provides the theme song.

Blue Ribbon Awards- Best Actress
Japanese Professional Movie Awards-Best Film, Best Director
Kinema Junpo Awards - Best Actress
Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival- NETPAC Award
Tokyo International Film Festival- Japanese Cinema Splash Best Picture Award

The Fire / El incendio

Argentina / 95 mins / Spanish / 2015

Director: Juan Schnitman

Lucia and Marcelo are carrying a hundred thousand dollars in cash to pay for their new house. But something comes up for the real estate agent and the signing of the papers is postponed. Tense and filled with frustration, they head back to their old apartment and put the money away in a safe place. Marcelo says to her: “Relax, today’s just another day”. Throughout the 24 hours of wait, the true nature of the love between Lucia and Marcelo unveils, as well as the crisis they are in.

Malaga Spanish Film Festival-Silver Biznaga, Best Latin American Actress
Transilvania International Film Festival-Transilvania Trophy,Best Film


Iceland / Denmark / Croatia / 99 mins / English, Icelandic / 2015

Director: Rúnar Rúnarsson

Sparrows is a coming-of-age story about the 16-year old boy Ari, who has been living with his mother in Reykjavik and is suddenly sent back to the remote Westfjords to live with his father Gunnar. There, he has to navigate a difficult relationship with his father, and he finds his childhood friends changed. In these hopeless and declining surroundings, Ari has to step up and find his way.

Chicago International Film Festival-Silver Hugo
San Sebastián International Film Festival-Golden Seashell,Best Film
Sao Paulo International Film Festival-Autores de Cinema Award, Best Screenplay; International Jury Award, Best Feature Film
Warsaw International Film Festival-Competition 1-2 Award, Best Film

Romantic Exiles / Los exiliados románticos

Spain / 70 mins / Spanish, French, Italian, English, German / 2015

Director: Jonás Trueba

A trio of Spanish dreamers are headed to Paris in a camper van borrowed from a family friend to search of love and adventure. En route, they ruminate and philosophise, joke around and listen to music. The Wishful Thinkers (LFF2013) with a glorious Rohmer-infused coming of age narrative which gently challenges a romantic ethos that appears anything but passé. A work of imaginative dexterity, The Romantic Exiles is an engaging celebration of the restless spirit that drives the three men and a playful contemplation of culture’s role in helping us make sense of life’s absurdities.

Malaga Spanish Film Festival- Silver Biznaga Special Jury Award, Best Music

Memories of the Wind / Rüzgârin hatiralari

Turkey, Germany, France, Georgia / 120 mins / Turkish / 2015

Director: Özcan Alper

Aram, an Armenian descent, is a painter, poet, translator and member of the opposition. During the fall of 1943 he meets his lover and his friend and associate in an old manor in Büyükada. The action takes place during the most critical days of WWII. The Turkish government, while cooperating with Nazis and expecting a German victory, imposes Nazi-like policies on minorities and opposition groups in Turkey. Aram tries to lay low, but when winter comes it becomes harder to hide. His friends from the Communist Party don’t want him to stay in Turkey. Aram reluctantly accepts his friend’s escape plan and leaves Istanbul in a hurry.

The Diary of a Chambermaid / Journal d'une femme de chambre

France / Belgium / French / 2015

Director: Benoît Jacquot

In 19th-century-France, Celestine, a young chambermaid who is much courted for her beauty, has just arrived to the French countryside from Paris to work for the Lanlaire family. Fending off her master’s advances, Celestine also has to cope with Madame Lanlaire, who rules the household with an iron fist. There, she meets Joseph, a mysterious gardener, for whom she feels a fascination.

The Final Lesson / La dernière leçon

France / 105 mins / French / 2015

Director: Pascale Pouzadoux

Ninety-two-year-old Madeleine has decided to set the date and the conditions for her demise. By announcing this to her children and grandchildren, she wants to prepare them as gently as possible for her future absence. But for them, it is a shock, and conflicts ignite. Madeleine’s daughter Diane respects her mother’s decision and can hence share the humour and complicity of Madeleine’s final moments.

Absolution / Henkesi edestä

Finland / 92 mins / Finnish / 2015

Director: Petri Kotwica

Kiia and Lauri are speeding down a dark country road, anxious to reach the hospital with Kiia in premature labour. Their car hits something. Lauri goes to take a look and tells his wife he saw nothing. They rush to the hospital and Kiia gives birth to a healthy baby boy. While in the hospital Kiia meets Hanna, a woman whose husband is in a coma, the victim of a hit-and-run driver. Kiia befriends Hanna and tries desperately to help her without revealing her role in the accident.

A Childhood / Une enfance

France / 99 mins / French / 2015

Director: Philippe Claudel

In this tender, keenly observed look at growing up in poverty in small town France, 13-year-old Jimmy dreams of a bourgeois life with family vacations and games of tennis. Trapped in an unstable household with a drug-addicted mother and her criminal boyfriend, Jimmy is forced to grow up too quickly. Over the course of a sweltering summer, Jimmy must find moments of hope in a world full of strife.

Chicago International Film Festival-Best Picture, Best Actor


Philippines / 97 mins / Filipino, Tagalog / 2015

Director: Brillante Mendoza

After the super typhoon Haiyan, which changed the city of Tacloban in the Philippines into its horrendous state, the lives of Bebeth, Larry and Erwin intertwine. The survivors are left to search for the dead, while keeping their sanity intact, and protecting what little faith there may be left. A series of events continue to test their endurance.

Cannes Film Festival-Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention
Beirut Film Festival-Audience Prize, Best Feature Film


Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France / 108 mins / Romanian-Turkish / /2015

Director: Radu Jude

Eastern Europe, 1835. Riding cross Wallachia, gendarme Costandin and his son are searching for a ‘gypsy slave’ who has run away from his master and is suspected of having an affair with his mistress. On their odyssey they encounter people of different nationalities and beliefs. Each harbours prejudices against the others. When the ‘slave’ Carfin is found, the adventure is far from over...

Berlin International Film Festival, Silver Bear


Australia / 92 mins / English /2015

Director: Paul Cox

A journey of love on a transplant waiting list, a highly emotional love story. The film bears the poignancy of real life and death concerns. Scenes with doctors, medical imaging equipment and in the cancer ward of the Austin Hospital feel almost unbearably real. We see intimate moments of other lives from Robert’s hospital bed: a dying mother putting on lipstick to say goodbye for the last time to her 12-year-old daughter; a husband decorating his wife’s still-warm body with wildflowers.


Japan-France-Germany / 113 mins / Japanese / 2015

Director: Naomi Kawase

Sentaro runs a small bakery that serves dorayakis - pastries filled with sweet red bean paste (an). When an old lady, Tokue, offers to help in the kitchen he reluctantly accepts. But Tokue proves to have magic in her hands when it comes to making “an”. Thanks to her secret recipe, the little business soon flourishes… And with time, Sentaro and Tokue will open their hearts to reveal old wounds. Japanese auteur Naomi Kawase presents a tender ode to tolerance and patience. Sweet Red Bean Paste was the opening film of the Un Certain Regard section of the 2015 Cannes Festival.

Valladolid International Film Festival-Best Director


France, Belgium / 89 mins / French, English / 2015

Director: Nicolas Saada

One evening, while her parents go out for dinner, 18-year-old Louise, alone in her hotel room at TajMahal Mumbai, hears strange noises out in the corridor. Within minutes, she realises that a terrorist attack is underway. Her only connection to the outside world is her cell phone, which allows her to maintain contact with her father, who is desperately trying to reach her from the other side of a city that has been plunged into chaos. Louise must spend a long night alone in the face of danger. She will never be the same again.


Afganistan / 95 mins / Dari / 2015

Director: Hassan Nazer

Three interwoven stories of loneliness and isolation that centre around Janan, a woman from Afghanistan who travels to the UK for artificial insemination. Complications arise when William, a medical sciences student working in the clinic switches the donor's semen for his own.


Iran / 105 mins / Persian / 2015

Director: Ida Panahandeh

Nahid, a young divorcee, lives alone with her 10-year-old son in a Northern Iranian city on the Caspian Sea. According to the current rules, the custody of the child belongs to the father, but he has granted her on the condition that she doesn’t remarry. The relationship between Nahid and another man, who loves her passionately and wants to marry her, will trouble her life as a woman and as a mother.


Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic France / 108 mins / Romanian-Turkish / /2015

Director: Radu Jude

Eastern Europe, 1835. Riding cross Wallachia, gendarme Costandin and his son are searching for a ‘gypsy slave’ who has run away from his master and is suspected of having an affair with his mistress. On their odyssey they encounter people of different nationalities and beliefs. Each harbours prejudices against the others. When the ‘slave’ Carfin is found, the adventure is far from over...


Australia/ 92 mins/English /2015

Director: Roar Uthaug




Director: Ax-Ra



Director: Arab Abunasser, Tarzan Abunasser

A hot summer’s day in the Gaza Strip. Today the electricity is on. Christine’s beauty salon is heaving with female clients: a bride-to-be, a pregnant woman, a bitter divorcee, a devout woman and a pill-popping addict. But their day of leisure is disrupted when gunfire breaks out across the street. A angland family has stolen the lioness from Gaza’s only zoo, and Hamas has decided it’s time to settle old scores. Stuck In the salon, with the prospect of death drawing ever nearer, the women start to unravel. How will the day end? Will they lose their lives for the sake of “liberating the lioness”?









45 Years

UK / 95 mins/ English / 2015

Director: Andrew Haigh

Kate Mercer and her husband are excitedly planning a party to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary. One week before the celebration, a letter arrives for her husband. The body of his first love has been discovered, frozen in the icy glaciers of the Swiss Alps. As the party nears, there might not be a marriage left to celebrate.

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