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Recently Arrived World Cinema (Movies)

Enjoy these new films from around the world.

The unthinkable

Sweden faces a mysterious attack while Alex tries to reunite with his youth love, Anna

Wet season

A teacher and student at a Singapore high school form a special, self-affirming bond

Yourself and yours

One of Hong Sangsoo's most delightful comic mysteries is now available in the I.S. When painter Yougsoo learns that his girlfriend, Minjung, was recently seen having drinks with another man, he can't help but question her about it. It doesn't go well and they part on bad terms. The next day, Youngsoo tries to find her, but can't. As he wanders and frets, Minjung has a series of encounters with other men. But to them, it seems she's not herself

Willow

"A medieval couple in Macedonia cannot conceive. An old woman offers help but only if they give her their firstborn. A year after they have a baby, she visits them. A taxi driver hits a man in the street. The ambulance and neighbors come and go. Seated alone on the curb in the rain, he waits for the police. Taken with his honesty, Rodna brings him an umbrella. Three years later they are married, but can't conceive until they try in-vitro. She gets pregnant with twins, but it turns out one of the babies will be deformed. Knowing that he opposes abortion, she faces a tough choice. Rodna's sister has adopted a 5-year-old boy. He is very intelligent but does not say a word. One day he goes missing."--container

The truffle hunters

A handful of men search for rare, expensive and delicious white Alba truffles deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy

Who you think I am

Ghosted by her hunky twenty-something lover, Claire, a middle-aged professor and single mom, creates a fake Facebook profile to do a little undetected online snooping. But when her 24-year-old avatar "Clara" is friended by her ex's equally attractive roommate, superficial correspondence quickly escalates towards intense intimacy and uncontrollable obsession

Through the shadow

Moving to the countryside of 20th century Rio de Janeiro, prim and assuming Laura is unprepared for life on an isolated plantation. Hired as a nanny for two young orphans who live on their uncle's coffee farm, she soon notices that things are not all as they seem. Confronted with continual apparitions, and noting the children's increasingly ambiguous behavior, Laura becomes convinced in the presence of hostile spirits whom she believes are intent on taking possession of her young charges. With growing concerns for their safety, she strives to unravel the mysteries of her new home without realizing that it may be herself who is in mortal danger

The ringmaster

Two young women working the night shift at a secluded gas station unwittingly become the stars of a terrifying show streamed live on the dark web. Held captive by a sadistic ringmaster and his cohorts, their survival instincts are stretched to the limit as they are forced to participate in a torture game with an unseen audience deciding their fate

Sibyl

Lacking inspiration for her new novel, psychotherapist Sibyl borrows source material from her newest patient Margot, blurring fiction and reality, past and present, personal and professional

You will die at twenty

Winner of the Lion of the Future Award for Best Debut Feature at the Venice Film Festival, it is a visually sumptuous ₁coming-of-death₂ fable. During her son₂s naming ceremony, a Sheikh predicts that Sakina₂s child will die at the age of twenty. Haunted by this prophecy, Sakina becomes overly protective of her son Muzamil, who grows up knowing about his fate. As Muzamil escapes Sakina₂s ever-watchful eye, he encounters friends, ideas, and challenges that make him question his destiny

Writing with fire

A fearless group of journalists maintain India's only women-led news outlet. All from the Dalit caste, the women of Khabar Lahariya prepare to transition the newspaper from print to digital while fighting for marginalized voices in the world's largest democracy. The film chronicles the astonishing determination of these reporters as they redefine what it means to be powerful

Wildland

"Following a car accident, which kills her mother, seventeen-year-old Ida moves in with her estranged aunt and her aunt's grown sons. The home is filled with physical tenderness and love, but outside of the home, the family leads a violent and criminal life. When an unforeseen murder pressures the family and their loyalty to each other, tension builds as love and violence become impossible to separate. Ida is faced with the same question her mother faced before her: What are you willing to sacrifice for your family?" --distributors

Wheel of fortune and fantasy .

In this triptych, mundane encounters spin into a world of infinite possibilities. In Episode 1: Magic (or Something Less Assuring), a young woman is startled when she realizes that her best friend's new flame might just be her ex; in Episode 2: Door Wide Open, a disgruntled student plots to trick his college professor, using his friend-with-benefits as bait; and in Episode 3: Once Again, a girl's college reunion leads to an unanticipated run-in with an old friend, and awakens feelings long since forgotten

The weasels' tale

A comedic thriller that stars a bumper crop of well-known older Argentine actors. The film is the story of a group of four long-time friends, including a used-to-be-famous actress, her now disabled husband and actor as well, who she eclipsed, and the sharp-tongued screenwriter and director of her greatest hits. Their coexistence is menaced by a young couple, who, feigning to be lost, slowly insinuate themselves into their lives

The maiden danced to death

A dancer-turned-impresario returns to his native Hungary after twenty years. He finds that the Communist regime that expelled him is gone, but his brother hasn't changed. He still works with the same cash-strapped dance company they started together and is married to his former sweetheart. The two men's rivalry is triggered with a challenge to revive their last success together, a dance on the ballad

Only the animals .

When glamorous Evelyne Ducat suddenly disappears during a blizzard in rural France, the lives of five people, each harboring their own secrets, become intertwined in their connection to her disappearance

Riders of justice

Markus has to go home to his teenage daughter, Mathilde, when his wife dies in a tragic train accident. It seems like an accident until a mathematics geek, a fellow passenger on the train, and his two colleagues show up

True mothers

After a long and unsuccessful struggle to get pregnant, Satoko and her husband decide to adopt a child. Over the next six years, the middle-class couple and their young son Asato settle into a comfortable, albeit routine, life. The family's orderly existence is shattered by the arrival of Hikari, a young woman claiming to be Asato's biological mother, demanding his return. As tensions mount, Satoko grows more and more emboldened to defend her family

Summer of 85

When Alexis capsizes off the coast of Normandy, David comes to the rescue and soon opens the younger boy's eyes to a new horizon of friendship, art, and sexual bliss. David's worldly demeanor and Jewish heritage deliver an ardent jolt to Alexis's traditional, working-class upbringing. After Alexis begins working at the seaside shop owned by David's mother, the two lovers steal every possible moment for a fugitive kiss, a motorcycle ride, or a trip to the cinema. Their relationship is soon rocked by a host of challenges, including an unexpected sexual rival and a romantic oath that transcends life itself

The road to Mandalay

Two Burmese immigrants flee their country's civil war in search of a new life in Thailand. Finding work, they focus their efforts on acquiring Thai ID cards. However, when one achieves this goal, their relationship is doomed

Munyurangabo

"After stealing a machete from a market in Kigali, Munyurangabo and his friend, Sangwa, leave the city on a journey tied to their pasts. Munyurangabo wants justice for his parents who were killed in the genocide, and Sangwa wants to visit the home he deserted years ago. From two separate ethnic groups, their friendship is tested when Sangwa's wary parents disapprove of Munyurangabo, warning that 'Hutus and Tutsis are supposed to be enemies.'" --container

Duckweed

When a son attempts to reconcile with his father, a series of fateful events allow him to experience the father's life in the past

Hive .

Follows the story of a woman living in a patriarchal village in Kosovo whose husband went missing during the war, as she tries to provide for her struggling family by starting a business with other widows but soon encounters resistance from the men in the village

The East

During the post-WW2 Indonesian War of Independence, a young Dutch soldier joins an elite unit led by a mysterious captain known only as "The Turk." When the fighting intensifies, the young soldier finds himself questioning, and ultimately challenging, his commander's brutal strategy to stop the resistance

Hope

Based on filmmaker's Maria Sødahl's own experiences, this is the story of Anja and Tomas, longtime romantic partners whose large, blended family is upended when Anja receives a grave medical diagnosis. Anja and Tomas are forced to recalibrate their long-term relationship in ways that only a profound crisis can inspire

Golden Voices

Raya and Victor built a shared career as the Soviet Union's most beloved film dubbers, translating the work of Federico Fellini and Stanley Kubrick into Russian over the decades. Upon the collapse of the USSR in 1990, the Jewish couple must immigrate to Israel and reinvent their talents to find employment. As they strive to acclimate to their adopted home, opportunities for first-rate vocal performances are few and far between. Raya answers a help wanted ad searching for women with 'pleasant voices' and finds herself catering to a lonely Russian community as a phone-sex operator, while Victor falls in with a band of black market film pirates from the VHS underground

Charlatan

"Few true stories tread the thin line between good and evil as precariously as that of Jan Mikolášek, a 20th century Czech herbal healer whose great success masked the grimmest of secrets. Mikolášek won fame and fortune treating celebrities of the interwar, Nazi, and Communist eras with his uncanny knack for 'urinary diagnosis'. But his passion for healing welled up form the same source as a lust for cruelty, sadism, and an incapacity for love that only one person could ever quell--his assistant, František. As a show trial threatens to pry open these secrets and undo him, Jan’s dichotomies are put to a final test, with the fate of his life’s only love in the balance." --container

Brighton 4th by Levan Koguashvili

In this portrait of parental sacrifice and the love of a father for his son, former wrestler Kakhi embarks on a journey from his home in the Republic of Georgia to visit his son Soso in the Russian-speaking neighborhood of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. There he finds him living in a shabby boarding house populated by a colorful group of fellow Georgian immigrants. Soso is not studying medicine, as Kakhi believed, but is working for a moving company and has accrued a $14,000 gambling debt to a local Russian mob boss. Kakhi sets his mind to helping his hapless son out of his debt, leading to situations as often comic as they are dire

Lost course

Embedding herself in the village of Wukan, southern China for several years starting in 2011, first-time documentarian Jill Li witnessed an unprecedented experiment in local democracy. Corrupt officials had illegally sold villager's land, but the villagers decided to fight back. The documentary is divided into two halves: the first, Protests, depicts the grassroots activities of Wukan residents as they work to reverse the land sales and gain a substantial measure of control over their local territory. See how the villagers themselves learn to organize elections, form alliances, and win support. "After Protests," confronts the collapse of idealism as the newly elected village government finds itself mired in the same kind of corrupt dealings they had originally condemned

The perfect candidate

Maryam is a determined young doctor who runs for city council after the male incumbent repeatedly ignores her request to fix the muddy road leading to her clinic. Despite her father and her community's struggle to accept her as their town's first female candidate, Maryam's creative and ambitious campaign builds momentum, becoming a symbol for a larger movement

The evil next door

A dad moves into a new house with his son and girlfriend. When he's out of town working, the son makes a new 'friend' next door

Sen sen

When an elderly taxi driver is diagnosed with a terminal illness, she decides to live out her remaining days as she wishes and befriends a young boy who has lost his brother

Memory house

In this audacious debut feature, Joao Paulo Miranda Maria conjures a surreal image of the racial and social rifts in modern day Brazil. Cristovam, an Indigenous Black man from the rural North, moves to an industrialized Southern town populated by the descendants of Austrian ex-pats to work in a milk factory. Immediately confronted with their virulent racism, he becomes more and more estranged from the white world. Upon discovering an abandoned house filled with objects reminding him of his origins, Cristovam begins a spiritual and physical metamorphosis

Dead pigs

The fates of an unlucky pig farmer, a feisty home-owner defending her property, a lovestruck busboy, a disenchanted rich girl, and an American ex-pat pursuing the Chinese Dream converge and collide as thousands of dead pigs are found floating down the Huangpu River, towards a modernizing Shanghai in Cathy Yan's (Birds Of Prey) debut feature

Dark blood

A father waiting to be sentenced for a revenge crime against the person who murdered his child experiences abuse by guards and other prisoners. He then finds consolation and affection in the prison dog

Beyto

Talented swimmer, motivated apprentice, cool buddy: Beyto is in the midst of life. But when the only son of a Turkish migrant family falls in love with his coach Mike, an ideal world falls to pieces. His parents only see one way out: They lure him to their home village and plan his wedding with Seher, his childhood friend. Suddenly, Beyto finds himself in a disruptive love triangle. A subtle, summerly sensuous love story about three young people

Divine love .

"In the year 2027, in a dystopian Brazil, a deeply religious woman uses her position in a notary's office to advance her mission to save struggling couples from divorce. Whilst waiting for a Sign in recognition of her efforts, she is confronted with a crisis in her marriage that ultimately brings her closer to God." --container

Half songs

While working on a story about a closing vinyl records store, a music magazine intern finds half-finished songs written by the store owner's nephew and convinces him to finish the songs

Raging fire

Bong is a highly respected hardline cop with a long history of success on dangerous cases. However, his past unexpectedly comes back to haunt him when a sting operation is attacked by a mysterious group of criminals led by Ngo, his former protégé, a talented former officer who had once respected and admired Bong. However, a terrible mistake three years prior landed him in prison, quickly turning the once rising star into a furious man with a grudge, and the will to destroy everyone who had wronged him, including his former mentor

Soumaya

One day, Soumaya a woman of color, a practicing Muslim, a mother, and an executive at an airport transportation company in Paris - is fired from her job of fourteen years without explanation or warning. Later that night, while watching TV, she learns that certain media outlets are linking her, through speculation, to jihadist circles. This all occurs only days after Soumaya's apartment, where she lives with her young daughter, is raided by police. Shaken but not about to sit by in silence, Soumaya decides to exercise her right of reply in court where her legal team demonstrates that she was fired only as a result of discrimination

Chongqing hot pot

When three friends open a hot pot restaurant in a former bomb shelter, they discover it's linked by a single wall to the bank vault next door. While deciding to take the easy money or go to the police, they find out one of the bank's employees is a former classmate and look to enlist her in deciding their future

My wonderful Wanda

A delightful satire of the haves and the have-nots set against the backdrop of a gorgeous lakeside villa in Switzerland. At the story's center is Wanda, a Polish caretaker who has left her own small children in Poland to look after Josef, the stroke-ridden patriarch of the wealthy Wegmeister-Gloor dynasty. Wanda is adept in navigating the tricky family dynamics between the two grown offspring and the elegant if controlling matriarch Elsa, along with the sporadic intervention of animals stuffed or alive. But an unexpected turn of events turns everything upside down

Luzzu

A hardworking Maltese fisherman, struggling to provide for his family amidst strict regulations imposed on his traditional family business by the European Union, enters Malta's fishing underworld

Honey sickness

The story of Sara, a teenage girl who sinks slowly but inevitably into the abyss of anorexia. Sara is the only daughter of well-off parents. She is often alone at home as her parents are consumed by their jobs. Sara is obsessed with her weight and is prepared to do anything to become thinner. Her friends finally notice her condition, but Sara slowly draws further into herself as she cuts herself off from contact with others

Habermann : based on a true story

A German mill owner spends WWII trying to save his wife, daughter and Czech workers from Nazi terror, but faces his own tragedy in the end. Based on true events surrounding the expulsion of Sudeten Germans from Czechoslovakia in 1945

Downstream to Kinshasa

Over six bloody days in June 2000, the Congolese city of Kisangani was the scene of deadly violence between the Ugandan and Rwandan armies. More than 10,000 shells exploded, killing thousands and injuring thousands more. Since then, victims of the Six-Day War have fought for recognition and compensation. The International Court of Justice has found Uganda guilty of war crimes, but the victims remain uncompensated decades later. Now, they decide to take matters into their own hands. In the first Congolese film to be an official selection Cannes Film Festival, and his country's national submission to the Academy Awards, acclaimed director Dieudo Hamadi captures their long journey down the Congo River to voice their claims in the capital city of Kinshasa, seeking justice at last

The concubine

Set during the early Joseon Dynasty in Korea, Hwa-Yeon, a minister's daughter, and Kwon-Yoo, a commoner are deeply in love, but to escape a life of poverty, Hwa-Yeon is forced to offer herself as one of the king's concubines. Once inside the royal palace, two men are immediately captivated by her. The Grand Prince Seong-won, a powerful, lust-filled megalomaniac, and Kwon-Yoo, who has everything to lose if his desire for Hwa-Yeon is exposed

The August virgin

Eva is about to turn 33 and her decision to stay in Madrid in August has become an act of faith. The days and nights arise as times for opportunities, and during the open-air summer celebrations, Eva meets other people whom she tries to help, without realizing that she is actually helping herself
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