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In the divided city of Belfast at the height of The Troubles, a rookie British soldier (Jack O'Connell, Starred Up) finds himself separated from his unit and lost in IRA-controlled territory, in this gripping fusion of charged political drama and action-thriller.
Out of a job after a disastrous product launch, a big-city yuppie retreats to his suburban childhood home, in this heart-warming and hilarious film about crashing hard, coming home and waking up.
A young windsurfer from a small Moroccan coastal village undertakes a perilous solo voyage across the ocean to Europe, in this transcendently beautiful high-seas adventure.
In this sharp, smartly paced thriller, a hyper-busy executive (Missy Peregrym, Rookie Blue) and her boyfriend head into the woods for a weekend retreat from big-city pressures — but after an unsettling encounter with a stranger, they find themselves at the mercy of nature's tooth and claw.
Bang Bang Baby
Canadian director Jeffrey St. Jules makes his feature debut with this surreal, fever-dream fusion of small-town musical and 1950s sci-fi.
PLEASE NOTE: The 6:15pm screening (Scotiabank 4) of Bang Bang Baby on Friday, September 12 has moved to 6:00pm (Scotiabank 4).
On the run from the cops and a murderous former lover, a sultry outlaw (Nadia Litz) and her young son take refuge with her estranged father (Stephen McHattie) in the small Saskatchewan town of Big Muddy, in this modern-day murder ballad from writer-director Jefferson Moneo.
A teenage Quebecer in the 1960s evolves from pro-independence activist to radical terrorist, in this gripping chronicle of the origins of the FLQ in the decade preceding the 1970 October Crisis.
The Crow's Egg
In a Chennai slum, two young brothers set out to realize their dream: to get their first taste of pizza.
Fleeing with her ten-year-old daughter after the girl is promised in marriage as part of a peace treaty, the wife of a tribal chieftain is pursued through the mountains by both her husband and the intended groom’s henchmen.
Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere
When they discover that they are pregnant, a young couple in Hanoi resort to desperate (and bizarre) measures to raise money for an abortion.
The Great Man
Recuperating in Paris after being wounded in Afghanistan, a French Foreign Legion soldier (Jérémie Renier, L’Enfant, Summer Hours) is reunited with the man who saved his life — and unexpectedly finds himself able to repay his debt when he is compelled to take care of the man’s young son.
Fabricating credentials to score a last-ditch job as a high school guidance counsellor, a boozing, drug-addled former child star becomes an improbable hit with his students by dispensing the worst advice possible, in this hilarious reprobate comedy from writer-director-star Pat Mills.
I am not Lorena
A case of mistaken identity becomes a living nightmare when a young actress finds herself relentlessly assailed by debt collectors, in this Kafkaesque fable for the information age.
In Her Place
A wealthy couple seeks to secretly adopt the unborn child of an impoverished and troubled rural teenager, in this compelling drama from writer-director Albert Shin.
In this smart and incisive thriller, a Dutch cop of Moroccan heritage goes undercover in a Moroccan drug ring and finds there a feeling of belonging he never experienced in "normal" society.
Life in a Fishbowl
A hit at the domestic box office, Icelandic director Baldvin Zophoníasson's intriguing, multiple-narrative drama follows three people — a struggling single mother, a former athlete trying to scale the corporate ladder, and a once-acclaimed author turned full-time drunk — whose lives intersect in surprising ways.
The Little Death
This edgy ensemble comedy from first-time director Josh Lawson takes us inside the homes of seemingly straight-laced Australian suburbanites to reveal a gallery of kinks, fetishes, oddball turn-ons, and pent-up repression let precariously loose.
The second feature from Colombian director Oscar Ruiz Navia (Crab Trap) follows two young street artists as they explore the vibrant and exciting milieu of the director’s hometown of Cali.
Desperate to fulfill his terminally ill daughter’s last wish, a grief-stricken man plunges into a vortex of blackmail, deception and double-cross, in this deliriously stylized noir thriller from dynamic young Spanish director Carlos Vermut.
A police officer finds himself haunted by a traumatic childhood memory as he searches for a missing man in the rugged mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan, in this striking feature debut by Batin Ghobadi.
May Allah Bless France!
French rapper, author, and spoken word artist Abd Al Malik makes his directorial debut with this adaptation of his 2004 autobiography, chronicling his upbringing in the crime- and drug-ridden streets of Strasbourg and his life-changing encounters with hip hop and religion.
The Narrow Frame of Midnight
The intersecting destinies of three people — a Moroccan-Iraqi writer searching for his brother, the lover whom he left behind, and a young orphan on the run — create an incisive and unsettling portrait of a land riven by violence and fundamentalism.
A young architect embarking upon his first major project is unexpectedly brought face to face with dark secrets from his ancestral past, in this stunningly shot feature debut from Brazilian writer-director Gregorio Graziosi.
A young auburn-haired girl (Sloan Avrich) panics when she finds out that redheads may become extinct in only a century, in this charmingly comic short documentary from veteran filmmaker Barry Avrich.
In his first fiction feature, director Philippe Lacôte refracts the fraught and blood-drenched history of the Ivory Coast through the story of a young man’s twenty-year journey from country boy to political militant to assassin.
Buenos Aires' enormous, informal street market La Salada is the vibrant setting for this thoughtful and affecting study of the immigrant experience in Argentina.
A married, middle-class London couple (Nadine Marshall and Idris Elba) are shocked when they seem to have been blessed — or cursed — with an immaculate conception, in the provocative second feature by award-winning British playwright Debbie Tucker Green.
Senza Nessuna Pietà
A loyal Mafia enforcer becomes a hunted man when he protects a beautiful young escort from his boss’ sadistic son.
Songs She Wrote About People She Knows
A timid officer worker becomes both pariah and Pied Piper when she unleashes her confessional, scathingly honest pop compositions upon friends and co-workers, in this hilarious comedy from Vancouver’s Kris Elgstrand (Doppelgänger Paul).
Stories Of Our Lives
Created by the members of a Nairobi-based arts collective — who have removed their names from the film for fear of reprisal — this anthology film that dramatizes true-life stories from Kenya’s oppressed LGBTQ community is both a labour of love and a bold act of militancy.
Three parallel love stories set in three different cities are set against some of the major international events of the last five years, in this ambitious, globe-spanning feature debut from director Rooth Tang.
In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming of age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination.
A smash success at this year’s Cannes, the stunning feature debut by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy focuses on a gang of deaf-mute students whose extra-curricular activities include robbery, prostitution and aggravated assault.
The lives of an arrogant young motivational speaker in debt to the Chinese mafia, his lookin’-to-get-out wife, and a single father in dire straits fatefully intertwine in this nail-biting thriller from Singapore that is based, almost unbelievably, on a true story.
The Valley Below
Dividing four related narratives of hope and struggle into four self-contained vignettes, first-time feature director Kyle Thomas creates a Raymond Carver-esque portrait of life on the Alberta Badlands.
The Vanished Elephant
A crime novelist receives a vital clue to the whereabouts of his long-missing fiancée, in this mind-bending mystery that pays homage to Hollywood film noir and the reality-twisting fictions of Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar.
Award-winning screenwriter Suha Arraf (The Syrian Bride, Lemon Tree) makes her feature directorial debut with this story of spirited eighteen-year-old orphan Badia, whose arrival at the Ramallah home of her three spinster aunts unleashes a torrent of family secrets and long-held grudges.
We Were Wolves
Two estranged brothers hash out their grievances while packing up their late father’s Kawartha Lake cottage, in this sharp, witty and insightful family drama from first-time writer-director Jordan Canning.
An awkward teenage outcast (2014 TIFF Rising Star Julia Sarah Stone) finds unlikely companions in two aged residents of the retirement home in which she works, in this charming and poignant debut by Canadian director Lindsay MacKay. Starring Jenna Nye, Kenneth Welsh, Leah Pinsent and Craig Arnold.
Wet Bum preceded by Red Alert
An awkward teenage outcast (2014 TIFF Rising Star Julia Sarah Stone) finds unlikely companions in two aged residents of the retirement home in which she works, in this charming and poignant debut by Canadian director Lindsay MacKay. Wet Bum is preceded by a screening of veteran filmmaker Barry Avrich’s charming new short, Red Alert.
A socially awkward teenage math prodigy (Asa Butterfield, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Hugo) finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad, in this warm and inspirational drama co-starring Sally Hawkins, Rafe Spall and Eddie Marsan.