Features

Discover captivating stories from great cinematic storytellers. See prizewinners from the world’s most prestigious festivals alongside new works that deserve to be known.

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3000 Nights

Documentarian Mai Masri's first fiction film is the inspiring story of a Palestinian schoolteacher finding hope and strength against all odds while serving a long prison sentence.

Angry Indian Goddesses

Dubbed India's answer to Bridesmaids, this female buddy movie from acclaimed director Pan Nalin (Samsara) presents a refreshingly frank portrait of women in India today.

Barakah Meets Barakah

A rare film from Saudi Arabia, this daring debut is a playful and sweet romantic comedy that charts the perilous route to love in a conservative society.

Beast

An exciting film from new Australian talents, Sam and Tom McKeith, Beast is the story of a young boxer in Manila who accidentally kills his opponent in a fixed fight.

Being 17

Two boys explore their confusing but undeniable attraction to each other in this drama by French master André Téchiné, set in the stunning landscapes of the Pyrenees.

Closet Monster

Flashes of horror and a talking hamster voiced by Isabella Rossellini elevate this idiosyncratic Canadian gay coming-of-age tale well above this familiar genre.

The Commune

Trine Dyrholm won the Best Actress award at the Berlinale for her terrific performance in this new '70s-set drama by acclaimed Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration).

A Copy of My Mind

An unlikely romance blossoms between a film-loving beautician and a DVD bootlegger against the turbulent socio-political backdrop of contemporary Jakarta.

Cuckold

This South African drama about a man who finds himself entangled in an unusual love triangle after his wife cheats on him, doubles as an unsparing critique of male entitlement.

Dark in the White Light

This mysterious, horror-tinged story follows three men in Sri Lanka – a Buddhist monk, an organ dealer, and a surgeon – whose lives are linked by their proximity to death.

Death in Sarajevo

Danis Tanović's Berlinale Grand Jury Prize winner is a sweeping look at modern Sarajevo, using a bustling hotel to explore the region's troubled past and uncertain future.

Desde allá

Winner of the Golden Lion at Venice, this story of a middle-aged man's affair with a young street thug is a tense study of class conflict and desire in Venezuela's capital.

Embedded

Stephen Sewell's erotic political thriller sees a war correspondent meet an alluring, enigmatic woman at a cocktail party, before a dangerous power play engulfs the two.

Francofonia

After his love letter to the Hermitage Museum in Russian Ark (2002), the master Sokurov turns his gaze to the Louvre and the astonishing collaboration that preserved its treasures.

Free in Deed

Based on real events, this evocative and disturbing look at America's storefront church circuit won the Orizzonti Prize at Venice Film Festival.

Fukushima, mon amour

Funny, touching and beautifully shot, this film charts a friendship between two women processing very different kinds of trauma, in the wake of Japan's Fukushima disaster of 2011.

Goat

Selected for Sundance and the Berlinale, this powerful exposé of the dangerous ‘hazing' rituals of campus fraternities across the US features a great dramatic turn from Nick Jonas.

Halal Love (And Sex)

A festival hit at Dubai, Rotterdam and Sundance, this joyful romantic comedy shares stories of devout Muslims trying to manage their love lives within strict religious rules.

Innocence of Memories – Orhan Pamuk's Museum and Istanbul

This introduction to the great novelist Orhan Pamuk and his unique art exhibition is also a journey to the heart and soul of Istanbul.

The Land of the Enlightened

An intriguing hybrid of documentary and fiction, this hit at Sundance and Rotterdam film festivals is an inspired look at the Afghan conflict and what the future holds for that ravaged nation.

Let Them Come

Set during Algeria's ‘black decade', this story of love in troubled times explores the impact of the devastating civil war between government forces and radical Islamists.

Life After Life

Winner of the Hong Kong International Film Festival Firebird Award, Zhang Hanyi's auspicious debut feature is a ghost tale of remarkable beauty with flashes of absurd humour.

Lovesong

Indie darling Jena Malone and rising star Riley Keough shine in this exploration of the ambiguous close bond between a lonely soft-spoken woman and her free-spirited friend.

Magallanes

This suspenseful political thriller reaches deep into Peru's long-troubled history to tell a moving tale of a man's quest for redemption.

Mekko

A Native American ex-con, Mekko, becomes embroiled in a fateful conflict with a local thug, in this intriguing fusion of gritty realism and Indigenous legend.

A Monster With a Thousand Heads

Pushed to her limit, a woman goes up against a faceless and corrupt bureaucracy to save her husband's life in this clever and frenetic Mexican thriller.

Morris From America

Winner of the Sundance Screenwriting Award, this is a fresh, funny film about how a shy African-American teen who relocates to Germany deals with culture shock and first love.

Mr. Pig

Danny Glover and Maya Rudolph find roles worthy of their significant talent in Diego Luna's tender Mexican road movie about a father, his daughter and a hog named Howard.

Mustang

Winner of a Cannes Directors' Fortnight prize, four Césars and an Oscar nomination, this Turkish gem is a powerful portrait of sisterhood.

My Revolution

In this charming comedy, a French-Tunisian teenager inadvertently becomes the face of the Arab Spring in Paris while trying to impress the girl he fancies.

Neon Bull

A rodeo worker dreams of designing fabulous frocks in this sensual and evocative Brazilian film, winner of a Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival.

Shepherds and Butchers

Steve Coogan excels in a rare dramatic role as a determined lawyer, in this engrossing courtroom drama inspired by true events, from South African director Oliver Schmitz.

Spa Night

A young Korean-American attempts to define his cultural and sexual identity in Andrew Ahn's perceptive debut, which invites viewers into a community rarely portrayed on screen.

Sunset Song

Legendary British director Terence Davies offers a richly cinematic take on a classic of Scottish literature, starring model turned actress Agyness Deyn and Peter Mullan.

Suntan

On a sun-drenched Greek island, a middle-aged doctor becomes obsessed with a group of beautiful, frequently naked, young tourists in this sensual and disquieting drama.

Swiss Army Man

The most divisive film at Sundance – an entirely unique comedy starring Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe – triggered walkouts, but went on to win the Directing Prize.

Teenage Kicks

In this powerful new queer Australian drama, a 17-year-old boy navigates the many minefields of adolescence and sexuality, in the wake of a family tragedy.

Ten Years

In this controversial film, a box office success until it disappeared from cinemas, five young filmmakers each imagine Hong Kong ten years into the future.

Tharlo

During a visit to a nearby town, the peaceful life of a reclusive Tibetan shepherd is upended by romance and bureaucracy, in this visually stunning black and white drama.

Thithi

Winner of two awards at Locarno, Thithi is a hilarious, bawdy Indian comedy about three generations of men who follow their desires after the death of the century-old patriarch.

The Treasure

A father's hunt for buried treasure turns into more than just a matter of money, in this hilariously deadpan film from Romanian New Wave director Corneliu Porumboiu.

A War

Director Tobias Lindholm and actor Pilou Asbæk reunite following their collaboration on A Hijacking (SFF 2013) in this riveting and complex exploration of Denmark's role in the Afghan war.

Wednesday, May 9

A mysterious donation sparks a series of murky moral dilemmas in this tense Iranian drama, which was a hit at Venice and stars the great actress Niki Karimi.

What's in the Darkness

A murder mystery set in a small Northern Chinese town that depicts a schoolgirl's burgeoning sexuality as she takes a serial-killer investigation into her own hands.

White Girl

Sex, drugs, race relations and gender politics in New York combine, in this provocative semi-autobiographical debut feature, which rocked the Sundance Film Festival.