The Golden Dream

The Golden Dream

The Golden Dream tells the story of three teenagers who jump “The Beast”, the train that illegal immigrants board in a bid to reach the American border.

Hello Carter

Hello Carter

Brit-caper Hello Carter straddles the lines of standard rom-com fare, with a few belly laughs and a healthy amount of meet-cutes along the way.

Two Days, One Night

Two Days, One Night

The Dardenne brothers’ latest film is an insightful examination into the management of a moral dilemma.

Life of Crime

Life of Crime

What should be a cut-and-dry kidnap plot by Detroit crooks Ordell and Louis soon goes amusingly awry in this adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s 1978 novel The Switch.

Grand Central

Grand Central

The spectre of a nuclear power plant looms large over the lives of the protagonists in this carefully constructed love triangle by Rebecca Zlotowski

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

Allan Karlsson has saved Franco’s life, watched A-bombs with Oppenheimer and danced with Stalin. Not that the folk in the care home know anything about that…

Lilting

Lilting

Lingering amongst the rubble of loss, Hong Khaou’s feature-length debut, Lilting, dwells on the limits of language.

Finding Vivian Maier

Finding Vivian Maier

When John Maloof bought of a box of negatives in a Chicago auction, little did he expect to uncover one of the 20th century’s most important photographers.

Joe

Joe

Joe (Nicolas Cage) bonds with Gary, a 15-year-old boy from a broken family with an alcoholic and violent father.

Next Goal Wins

Next Goal Wins

American Samoa is known in footballing history for losing 31-0 to Australia, but they believe that one day they will not only score but also win a match.

Mystery Road

Mystery Road

Set in Australia’s desolate Outback, the brilliantly tense Mystery Road is nothing short of gritty. Bleached colours adorned with a scorched tinge are nestled in amongst a fine cast of actors.

Watermark

Watermark

Watermark offers up a warning to mankind from the natural world: don’t throw away this resource and don’t take it for granted.

Under the Skin

Under the Skin

Dressed in a fake fur coat, Scarlett Johansson is the nameless, exotic alien serial killer at large in Scotland, driving a van and preying on lonely men.

Mistaken for Strangers

Mistaken for Strangers

Mistaken for Strangers is not a conventional band-on-tour film. It is as much about the relationship between two brothers as it is about The National.

In Bloom

In Bloom

Eka and Natia, two gal-pals on the verge of womanhood in Tblisi, rush towards the next stage of their lives as violence threatens their homeland.

Venus in Fur

Venus in Fur

Polanski mulls over the sexual politics behind the actress-director relationship, taking cues from the man whose seminal 1870 novella gave masochism a name.

Test

Test

Set in 1985 against the changing, cultural mecca of San Francisco, Test explores the life of a young, gay, modern dancer within the early, terse days of the AIDS epidemic.

Ilo Ilo

Ilo Ilo

Ilo Ilo is set in Singapore during the financial crash that happened in the 1990s, but it could as well be Britain in the second decade of the 21st century.

Short Term 12

Short Term 12

Short Term 12 taunts and tricks you with soft focus and witty quips, providing the sugar for the incredibly moving medicine of the story underneath.

For Those in Peril

For Those in Peril

For Those in Peril follows the aftermath of a fishing accident that claimed five lives in a remote Scottish village.

Bastards

Bastards

Denis’ latest offering is littered with abusers and victims. The cause of their woes appears to be Laporte, a rich businessman, who becomes the focus of a thirst for retribution.

Fire in the Blood

Fire in the Blood

Fire in the Blood tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments blocked access to low cost anti-retroviral drugs in the global South, causing millions of unnecessary deaths.

Teenage

Teenage

A celebration of adolescence in all its acne-ridden, rebellious glory, Matt Wolf’s Teenage is a compelling joyride through the evolution of the teenager.

Fill the Void

Fill the Void

Less a consideration of the inflexibility of faith than a portrait of desperate women, Fill the Void is a brave film.

Blue is the Warmest Colour

Blue is the Warmest Colour

Blue is the Warmest Colour charts the journey of Adèlefrom curiosity to melancholy via all points in between.

InRealLife

InRealLife

InRealLife opens with the provocative question, “Have we outsourced our children to the internet? And if yes, where are they and who owns them?”

Free Fall

Free Fall

Betrayal and guilt are the recurring themes in Free Fall, Stephen Lacant’s powerful film about forbidden love.

Le Week-End

Le Week-End

Two lost souls seek a light at the end of the long tunnel called marriage and hope to find it on a romantic weekend in Paris.

Becoming Traviata

Becoming Traviata

Becoming Traviata takes a look behind the curtain of Jean-François Sivadier’s re-imagining of Verdi’s masterpiece, as it moves around the demise of its namesake, Violetta Valéry, the “fallen woman.”

The Selfish Giant

The Selfish Giant

The Selfish Giant follows two scrappy 13-year-olds as they reject a school system that doesn’t accept them.

Utopia

Utopia

Utopia delves back into the White Australia Policy of 1901, which effectively introduced a form of Apartheid as virulent as anything seen in South Africa.

Kelly + Victor

Kelly + Victor

Adapted from Niall Griffiths’ compelling novel, Kelly + Victor is an intense love story with harrowing overtones.

Margarita

Margarita

The self-obsessed family that employs her as a nanny barely notice that Margarita is their domestic Sun until she is fired and it highlights the ways they orbit her.

Child’s Pose

Child’s Pose

In the upper echelons of Romania’s nouveau riche Child’s Pose probes into the caustic relationship between a domineering mother and her adult son.

Milius

Milius

Milius, the first feature-length documentary from director duo Zak Knutson and Joey Figueroa, unearths the real character of John Milius.

Mister John

Mister John

In Mister John, Gillen straddles two worlds – the one he wishes to leave behind and an alternative existence occupied by someone he once knew, but no more.

Call Girl

Call Girl

Based on actual events, Call Girl tells the story of underage prostitution among the Swedish elite in the 1970s.

Our Children

Our Children

Our Children is a harrowing depiction of one woman’s psychological decline, spiralling uncontrollably to an ending that is made more shocking by the simple treatment it is given.

The Act of Killing

The Act of Killing

Today the elderly former death squad leaders of Indonesia are venerated as heroes. One would assume they would be reluctant to explore their history. Not so.

Night of Silence (Lal Gece)

Night of Silence (Lal Gece)

Eons of ritual and inflexibility are played in this unsettling tale, in which youth vies with age to outmanoeuvre the demands of societal mores.