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Ahlat Agaci (The Wild Pear Tree)
by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Sinan is passionate about literature and has always wanted to be a writer. Returning to the village where he was born, he pours his heart and soul into scraping together the money he needs to be published, but his father’s debts catch up with him…
“The Wild Pear Tree is a gentle, humane, beautifully made and magnificently acted movie from the Turkish film-maker and Nuri Bilge Ceylan: garrulous, humorous and lugubrious in his unmistakable and very engaging style. It’s an unhurried, elegiac address to the idea of childhood and your home town – and how returning to both has a bittersweet savour.” – Guardian
by Nadine Labaki
ZAIN, a 12-year-old boy, faces the Judge.
THE JUDGE: Why are you suing your own parents?
ZAIN: For giving me life.
“With two astonishing child performances, Capernaum is a real heart-breaker. It can make Ken Loach look happy-go-lucky but it’s a gripping, sympathetic cry for the dispossessed.” – Empire
Un Couteau dans le Coeur (Knife + Heart)
by Yann Gonzalez
Paris, Summer 1979. Anne produces third-rate gay porn. After her editor and lover Lois leaves her, she tries to win her back by shooting her most ambitious film yet with her trusted, flaming sidekick Archibald.
But one of her actors is brutally murdered and Anne gets caught up in a strange investigation that turns her life upside-down.
“Set in the world of gay erotica, this strange, violent fantasy starring Vanessa Paradis isn’t funny – or serious – enough.” – Guardian
by Sergey Dvortseyov
Ayka just gave birth.
She can’t afford to raise a child.
She has no job, debts to be paid, not even a room of her own.
But there is no way to suppress her natural instincts.
“Sergey Dvortsevoy’s long-awaited follow-up to Tulpan holds close to a hard-pressed Kyrgyzstani migrant ducking and diving in the Russian metropolis; it’s sincere and hard-wrought if cinematically routine.” – BFI
Laskovoe Bezralichie Mira (The Gentle Indifference of the World)
by Adilkhan Yerzanhov
After her father’s untimely death, Saltanat is forced to trade her idyllic countryside life for the cruel city. She has to find money to pay off the large family debt that her father left behind, in order to save her mother from jail. Friends since their village childhood, her loyal, but penniless admirer Kuandyk follows her just to make sure his sweetheart is safe. Saltanat’s uncle introduces her to a possible groom, who promises to pay off her family’s debts. But Saltanat’s hopes are dashed, when she discovers that the men in this city don’t keep their word. When Kuandyk tries to help Saltanat get the money through other ways, he ends up finding himself in more trouble than he bargained for. Although life keeps dealing them bad hands, Saltanat and Kuandyk never give up.
“A pair of villagers are forced to find work in the city in this indictment of bureaucratic corruption and abuse of power in the post-Soviet wild East.” – Variety