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On Her Shoulders
Isis sexual slavery survivor from mostly overlooked religious minority faces an uphill struggle raising awareness of the horrors suffered by her people - in cinemas Friday, January 25th [Read More...]

Rosa Luxemburg
Biopic of Polish born German revolutionary reveals that she wasn't as "radical" as the modern media would like us to think - Margarethe von Trotta's classic is rereleased on Monday, February 4th [Read More...]

Buffalo Boys
What do you get when you mix a Western revenge story with a martial arts film, taking place in Indonesia? Here's your answer - now available on all major VoD platforms. [Read More...]

Glass
The hero from Unbreakable and the villain from Split are captured and incarcerated in a maximum security psychiatric facility, and the outcome isn't pretty - in cinemas from Friday, January 18th [Read More...]

Backtrace
Heist thriller lacks a little imagination, just like its amnesia-stricken protagonist (played by a far more effective Matthew Modine) - now available on VoD [Read More...]

Revenger
A former detective infiltrates a prison island in order to avenge the murder of his family, in colourful yet soulless South Korean martial arts flick - now available on Netflix [Read More...]

Monsters and Men
Afro-American man accidentally witnesses and films the police killing of another Afro-American, in powerful drama about getting trapped in the machinations of power - in cinemas Friday, January 18th and on VoD on Monday, January 21st [Read More...]

The Raft
Is this Big Brother's grandfather? The surviving members of a very strange social experiment are brought together nearly a century later: the 11 strangers were made to live on a raft for three months cut off from the rest of the world - in cinemas Friday, January 18th. [Read More...]

Beautiful Boy
The life of 18-year-old Nic Sheff is turned upside down after he becomes addicted to crystal meth, in this cinema adaptation of best-selling books by Nic and his father David - in cinemas Friday, January 18th [Read More...]

London Unplugged
Anthology film comprising 10 segments directed by emerging filmmakers celebrates the British capital, serendipity and isolation, mostly from a very female perspective - in cinemas Friday, January 18th [Read More...]

Mary Queen of Scots
A tale of two kingdoms. As Queen of Scotland in the turbulent 16th century, Mary must contend with her cousin Elizabeth I of England in order to stay alive, in po-faced historical epic - in cinemas from Friday, January 18th [Read More...]

Stan & Ollie
Late-career biopic following a UK tour of Laurel and Hardy successfully rescues and celebrates slapstick and old Hollywood nostalgia, but it also lacks a little punch (or slap?) - in cinemas on Friday, January 11th [Read More...]

Colette
Biopic of French writer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette starring a stunning Keira Knightley details her struggle to overcome strict societal constraints of the Belle Époque and to become an artist in her own right - in cinemas from Wednesday, January 9th [Read More...]

Newly Single
After being dumped by his girlfriend, an aggressive and egotistical Astor embarks on an erratic dating crusade, in profoundly dark comedy about hurt egos and cruel psyches - available now on VoD [Read More...]

The House By The Sea (La Villa)
A father’s legacy is minutely dissected in this stirring tale of regret, nostalgia and the true meaning of community spirit - in cinemas Friday, January 11th [Read More...]

An Impossible Love (Un Amour Impossible)
French drama detailing the lives of two lovers during four decades is a canny tale of chauvinism and quiet domestic suffering - in cinemas Friday, January 4th [Read More...]

Coffee with Cinnamon (Café com Canela)
Powerfully evocative portrait of grief, love and loss amongst a group of close friends and neighbours is a dirty gem of Brazilian cinema! [Read More...]

The 12th Man
Survival epic about lone survivor of a Norwegian resistance boat during WW2 uses devices of mainstream war genre to convincing results - in cinemas and also on VoD on Friday, January 4th. [Read More...]

One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o Tomeru na!)
Ultra dirty, low-budget Japanese meta-comedy-horror lives up to its ambitions and delivers a bounty of surprises - in selected cinemas from Friday, January 4th, and then on VoD, DVD and BD on Friday, January 28th [Read More...]

The Passenger
Jack Nicholson plays a TV journalist who commits identity theft and travels around the world in a dead man's shoes, in Antonioni's splendid essay on self-deceit - in cinemas from Friday, January 4th [Read More...]

Acceptable Damage
Aspergic teen is taunted and bullied by street gang in leafy London suburb, exposing a country with institutions unprepared to handle young people with special needs - one-off screening on March 7th and then out on VoD the following month [Read More...]

RBG
Progressive American Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is celebrated for her mammoth achievements and treated as a celebrity, but should we bestow such treatment upon judges? Our editor reviews and raises questions about doc out in cinemas and also on VoD [Read More...]

The Favourite
Greek director delivers auspicious drama set in Britain 300 years ago about social climber attempting to become the Queen's advisor, but the film lacks the dirty genius of his early works - in cinemas from Saturday, December 29th. [Read More...]

1985
Not just another colourful Christmas movie! Beautifully shot in grainy black and white, family drama explores the Aids epidemic and Christian values in Texas in the 1980s - in cinemas from Thursday, December 20th, and then on VoD on Monday, December 24th [Read More...]

Santa Claus (Le Père Noël)
A petty criminal disguised as Santa Claus learns the true meaning of Christmas, in festive French comedy that never overstays its welcome - out on VoD on Monday, December 17th (with Walk This Way) [Read More...]

Free Solo
Ain't no mountain high enough? Extreme climber wants to become the first person to achieve an impressive feat, with very little concern for the possible consequences of his actions - in cinemas on Friday, December 14th [Read More...]

An Elephant Sitting Still (Da Xiang Xi De Er Zuo)
In this extremely bleak and yet powerful account of survival in modern-day China, four separate lives implode even as they intersect in a rundown town - on VoD on Monday, December 24th [Read More...]

Meteors (Meteorlar)
Man strikes, and so does nature! Filmmaker exposes Turkish operation against Kurds by blending footage collected by locals with images of natural phenomena such as a meteorite rain and the eclipse of the sun - in selected cinemas Friday, December 7th [Read More...]

Tides
A thousand shades of grey. Four friends take a barge holiday on the canals of Southern England, captured in glorious black and white cinematography - in cinemas from Friday, December 7th [Read More...]

Old Boys
British public school spin on Cyrano de Bergerac features a dazzling Alex Lawther as the school runt, yet it fails some of the rules of a good farce - in cinemas February 22nd (2019) [Read More...]

Those Who Are Fine (Dene Wos Guet Geit)
Call centre worker Alice begins scamming elderly women, and the interwoven consequences of her deeds could be serious - available until December 31st on ArteKino. [Read More...]

For Some Inexplicable Reason (Van Valami Furcsa Es Megmagyarázhatatlan)
Hungarian film reminiscent of Michel Gondry deals with the existential realities of youth, and it's also infused with political flavours and a heartfelt tribute to Budapest - available in December with ArteKino [Read More...]

L’Animale
Small town in Austria is riddled with repressed sexuality and confused sentiments, but there's also a beam of hope for the silent hearts - available in December with ArteKino [Read More...]

Pity
Greek man actively seeks attention and pity after his wife falls into a coma, in a quaint and twisted tale about out lack of time for each other - available throughout December with ArteKino [Read More...]

Flemish Heaven (Le Ciel Flamand)
Set in a brothel on the French-Belgian border, queasy tale asks difficult questions about parenthood and responsibility - available throughout December on ArteKino [Read More...]

Until We Fall (Til vi Falder)
Danish drama set in Spain about couple seeking their missing child descends into a bizarre tale of despondency and recklessness - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

A Shelter Among the Clouds (Streha mes Reve)
Two religions, one temple! Drama set in very rural and traditional Albania proposes a very peculiar gesture of unity between Muslims and Catholics: a joint mosque and church. But is it feasible? from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Slam
Australian film directed by Indian filmmaker will hit you like a punch in the face; our editor describes it as "film of the year" - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

A Place to Live
The topics of grief, mourning and reconnecting with the past are the central pillar of this Canadian drama, set in the wintry countryside of Quebec - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Disobedience
A promiscuous and rootless woman who has escaped from the strict North London Orthodox Jewish community returns following the death of her rabbi father - in cinemas from Friday, November 30th [Read More...]

Still River (Akinito Potami)
Greek film set in Siberia excels in the sombre and wintry cinematography; it deals with a number of very different topics including corporate interests, Russian Orthodox faith and a dormant libido - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain
Ponzi scheme or power to the people? Documentary investigates the nuts and bolts of Blockchain and Bitcoin, and whether the new technologies could change the way we live - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Asandhimitta
Is this the Asian (and cisgender) Divine? Completely bonkers Sri Lankan film about fat psychotic woman seeking fame premieres at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Wandering Girl (Niña Errante)
Four half-sisters in Colombia meet for the first time at their father's funeral, and they travel across the country in order to prevent the youngest one from being taken in by social services - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Kadakh
Feuding couple have to conceal a dead body in their flat during their extravagant Diwali party, in dark comedy investigating India's "a-moral" values and traditions - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Two Fridas (Dos Fridas)
The dysfunctional relationship between the ailing Frida Kahlo and her Costa Rican nurse Judy is the backbone of this new Mexican drama - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Winter’s Night (Gyeo-wul-ba-me)
A middle-aged couple return to where they spent their first night together three decades earlier, only to come to the fateful realisation that the years have killed their affection - heartrending Korean drama shows at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Bad Poems (Rossz Versek)
Hungarian drama about man in his 30s overcoming being dumped by girlfriend excels in sensibility and ingeniousness; it's a heartfelt ode to masculinity in all of its splendid brittleness - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Werewolf (Wilkolak)
Polish WW2 horror film uses ferocious dogs as a trope for the defeated and still rabid Nazi enemy - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Awaken
Sensory film filmed in 35 countries during six years premieres in the Competition of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival; the outcome is rather impressive if not without imperfections [Read More...]