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12   

12
Russia, 2007, 153 min.
This riveting psychological drama is a loose remake of 12 Angry Men. As the jurors debate the details of their first-degree murder case, they reflect on contemporary Russian society.... more



4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days   

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Romania, 2007, 113 min.
One of the most highly acclaimed films of the year, this gritty, gripping drama portrays a university student who helps her roommate arrange an illegal abortion and is forced into a maelstrom of dramatic events.... more



881   

881
Singapore, 2007, 105 min.
Vivid hues and exuberant singing and dancing are the central aesthetic in this warm and earthy musical fantasy from Singapore that explores the relationship between two sisters in a popular getai band.... more



Armin   

Armin
Croatia, 2007, 82 min.
An intimate, poignant drama about a small-town father and son trying to maintain their dignity in the big city and in the face of unexpected opportunities.... more



The Art of Crying   

The Art of Crying
Denmark, 2006, 105 min.
A chilling tale of domestic abuse told with black humor and acute understanding. Young Allan will do anything he can to keep his family together. His innocence is his best protection against a father who misbehaves to ensure that he gets what he wants, however forbidden his desires.... more



Beaufort   

Beaufort
Israel, 2007, 120 min.
The last days of a legendary Israeli outpost in Lebanon are brought to harrowing life (and death) in this searing docudrama. Drawing comparisons to All Quiet on the Western Front, the film was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival.... more



Belle Toujours   

Belle Toujours
Portugal, 2006, 70 min.
Thirty-eight years after Buñuel’s Belle du jour, Henri and Séverine meet again by chance in an elegant concert hall in Paris. The two have obviously changed, yet Henri seems content to dwell in their perverse past. De Olveira’s elegant style and cunning narrative manages to create a tense, me... more



Ben X   

Ben X
Belgium, 2007, 93 min.
16-year-old Ben is different. Bullied at school and unable to communicate, he escapes into his video-game world until his tormentors go too far and Ben devises a plan to get rid of them once and for all. Director Nic Balthazar’s dazzling debut blends fantasy and harsh social realism.... more



Caramel   

Caramel
Lebanon, 2007, 96 min.
A bittersweet comedy set in a Beirut beauty parlor centered on five women. Layele and her friends are threads that weave a portrait of women muddling through the uncertainties of a culture caught between the modern and the traditional, yet never giving up hope of love.... more



The Class   

The Class
Estonia, 2007, 97 min.
Brutal bullying catalyzes a high school massacre in this harrowing teen drama. Like Elephant, it's inspired by the Columbine tragedy, but unlike Gus Van Sant's film, The Class posits a rationale for the violence.... more



The Counterfeiters   

The Counterfeiters
Austria, 2007, 99 min.
This gripping drama is based on a true story about the world’s largest counterfeiting operation, which occurred in a Nazi concentration camp where inmate artisans were forced to aid the war effort.... more



Crossing a Shadow   

Crossing a Shadow
Peru, 2007, 135 min.
This year’s Peruvian Oscar submission is a gentle but insightful historical drama situated at the beginning of the 20th century. It tells the story of a traffic engineer, who faces adversity and eventual redemption.... more



Days of Darkness   

Days of Darkness
Canada, 2007, 104 min.
Final part of a trilogy that began with Decline of the American Empire and The Barbarian Invasions. Everyman Jean-Marc escapes his Kafkaesque office and arid home life into a fantasy world of glamour and power in this witty dissection of the malaise of contemporary life.... more



Denias, Singing on the Cloud   

Denias, Singing on the Cloud
Indonesia, 2006, 110 min.
John De Rantau’s heartfelt drama features stunning vistas from a place rarely captured on film—West Papua, Indonesia—while telling the story of a young lad named Denias, whose burning desire is to go to school even thought it is many days’ travel away.... more



Donsol   

Donsol
Philippines, 2006, 105 min.
Whale sharks, magnificent creatures of the deep, annually visit the turquoise waters of Donsol. Daniel, a young guide at the retreat, finds himself drawn to the mysterious Teresa. Burdened by past heartaches and uncertain of the future, the two find sanctuary in each other as love surfaces anew. ... more



Duska   

Duska
Netherlands, 2007, 110 min.
This dark comedy tells the story an aging film critic, a stunningly beautiful cinema cashier and a Russian scrounger who comes to visit and is not likely to ever leave.... more



The Edge of Heaven   

The Edge of Heaven
Germany, 2007, 120 min.
Superb humanist drama, where six lives intersect in the never-ending search for love. When a tragic accident befalls his father, college professor Nejat leaves Germany for Turkey to find a young woman he feels has been wronged—raising questions about family, homeland and sexuality.... more



Eduart   

Eduart
Greece, 2006, 105 min.
Based on actual events, Eduart tells the story of a young criminal who commits a murder, but is put in jail for another crime, where he finds redemption. Winner of 11 awards at the 2006 Thessaloniki Film Festival.... more



Eklavya: The Royal Guard   

Eklavya: The Royal Guard
India, 2007, 107 min.
A spectacular, majestic fort sits in a fairytale setting in Rajasthan, India with a royal family that no longer rules. Eklavya, the royal guard whose markmanship inspired legends, lives only to protect the fort, the king and the soon-to-be-revealed shocking palace secrets.... more



Exiled   

Exiled
Hong Kong, 113 min.
Johnnie To’s latest ‘bullet opera is a tribute to the great Sergio Leone. Five gangsters, on the final lap of their career, find themselves with conflicting missions. Knowing each other so well over the years, who will get to outsmart whom when the final shot is fired... more



Gone With the Woman   

Gone With the Woman
Norway, 2007, 92 min.
A fast-paced screwball comedy about a man’s first tentative steps into the potential disaster area of love, about the female monologues that pass for dialogue, and the right of modern man to decide who wears the pants in the family.... more



The Home Songs Stories   

The Home Songs Stories
Australia, 2007, 103 min.
1970s Singapore nightclub singer and single mom Rose (Joan Chen, outstanding), drags her two young children off to suburban Melbourne with a new ‘daddy’ following a surprise marriage proposal. But will this new home prove fertile ground for such an exotic bloom?... more



I Just Didn't Do It   

I Just Didn't Do It
Japan, 2007, 143 min.
A devastating account of the hypocrisies of Japan’s legal system. En route to a job interview, a young man is accused of groping a girl on a train; protesting his innocence marks the start of a season in legal hell.... more



In the Heliopolis Flat   

In the Heliopolis Flat
Egypt, 2007, 118 min.
A story of a story of people searching for companionship, happiness and a soul mate, delivered with sensitivity, grace and charm, In the Heliopolis Flat is infused with the culture, sights and characters of modern-day Egypt.... more



It's Hard to be Nice   

It's Hard to be Nice
Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2007, 102 min.
Srdan Vuletic's second feature—following the prize-winning Summer in the Golden Valley—is an engaging, urban fairy tale about a man who wants to change his life and take charge of his destiny. It's Hard to Be Nice could also be a parable for the course Bosnia itself should travel. This... more



Jani Gal   

Jani Gal
Iraq, 2007, 100 min.
That movies are even being made in Iraq today is a miracle. Jamil Rostami illustrates the plight of the Iraqi Kurds by giving us a story of a Kurdish man radicalized by false imprisonment in 1940s and ‘50s Iraq.... more



Jar City   

Jar City
Iceland, 2006, 94 min.
The nasty homicide of slobbish loner Holberg is linked to a decades old case, as hard-bitten detective Erlender’s private life starts to impact his work and he finds himself facing questions about genetics, ethics and parental responsibility in this moody, absorbing crime drama.... more



King of Fire   

King of Fire
Thailand, 2006, 165 min.
With rip-roaring action, lavish costumes and exotic battles, King of Fire is the second in a trilogy about the life of the revered King Naresuan. A follow up to The Legend of Suriyothai (2003) directed by Prince Yukol, it is a blockbuster at home and the strongest Thai film submitted t... more



Kings   

Kings
Ireland, 2007, 88 min.
The first Irish-language film ever submitted in the Best Foreign Language category intersperses the past and present stories of six ambitious Irishmen who dreamed of making their fortunes in the construction industry of 1970s London.... more



Late Bloomers   

Late Bloomers
Switzerland, 2006, 86 min.
This charming comedy about how the opening of a lingerie shop scandalizes a small Swiss village proves that it’s still possible to have dreams and reach your goals at a mature age.... more



Lovesickness   

Lovesickness
Puerto Rico, 2007, 83 min.
Tales of maddening infatuation - a surprising love triangle, an unfaithful marriage and a hostage situation - weave together artfully in the backyards of Puerto Rico. Passion defeats reason again and again in this melancholy comedy about the selfish search for love and connection.... more



M For Mother   

M For Mother
Iran, 2006, 112 min.
The birth of a disabled child wreaks havoc on an otherwise happy marriage in this drama. The mother, a relief worker during the Iran-Iraq war, was exposed to chemicals during a bombardment.... more



A Man's Job   

A Man's Job
Finland, 2007, 85 min.
When a father of three is laid off from his factory job, he finds himself a new profession as a male escort. Although at times explicit and containing some delicate material, it’s more social commentary than exploitative or scandalous.... more



Mongol   

Mongol
Kazakhstan, 2007, 120 min.
Encompassing shifting tribal alliances, a love story for the ages and a sworn friendship transformed into enmity, Mongol traces the formative years of legendary warrior Genghis Khan. This Central Asia-set historical epic boasts breathtaking landscapes, dazzling cinematography, bloody battles and uni... more



On the Wings of Dreams   

On the Wings of Dreams
Bangladesh, 2007, 84 min.
When a man and his wife, uneducated villagers, find a wad of foreign currency in some second hand clothing, they begin to dream about what fortune might bring them. However, as their long-dormant desires surface, deceptions change their relationship.... more



The Orphanage   

The Orphanage
Spain, 2007, 105 min.
Young mother Laura struggles to keep her grip on reality when her young son goes missing near the orphanage where she was raised, in this spine-chilling modern twist on the haunted house thriller.... more



Our Father   

Our Father
Chile, 2006, 105 min.
Diagnosed with a terminal illness, “El Caco” gathers his family and tries to relive anew his long-gone youthful past… Graced with the presence of the luminous Argentine actress Cecilia Roth, the film is a funny and insightful portrait of a benign Chile of the 30s to the 70s, now long disappeared.... more



Persepolis   

Persepolis
France, 2007, 95 min.
A darkly humorous animation based on Marjane Satrapi’s experiences as a spirited young Muslim woman coming of age—from mischievous schoolgirl to rebellious teenager and beyond—against the turbulent background of Iran’s recent past.... more



The Pope's Toilet   

The Pope's Toilet
Uruguay, 2007, 97 min.
In a story loosely based on Pope John Paul II’s 1988 visit to Latin America, the shabby Uruguayan border town of Melo prepares for hordes of Brazilian pilgrims expected to descend and add material salvation to the spiritual salvation the Pontiff will surely bring.... more



Return of the Storks   

Return of the Storks
Slovakia, 2007, 96 min.
In this pastoral Slovak drama, a young flight attendant flees to a small village on the Slovakian-Ukrainian border in order to escape her problems, but in the process discovers herself.... more



The Russian Triangle   

The Russian Triangle
Georgia, 2007, 110 min.
A police procedural following the pursuit of a serial killer who leaves a worn-out book by Dostoevsky at the scene of his crimes; the narrative expands to uncover more difficult and painful motives connected with the war in Chechnya.... more



Satanás: Profile of a Killer   

Satanás: Profile of a Killer
Colombia, 2007, 95 min.
This first and very stylish film by Andres Baiz consist of three interconnected stories of contemporary urban characters at the breaking point. The malaise and style of the film are very reminiscent of Scorcese’s Taxi Driver, down to the taut acting of de Niro here mirrored by the great Mexic... more



Secret Sunshine   

Secret Sunshine
South Korea, 2007, 142 min.
Jeon Do-yeon was the deserved Best Actress winner at Cannes for her wrenching account of a woman coping with tragedy in her life as she tries to reinvent it. A vortex of hatred and forgiveness, faith and nihilism, composure and hysteria orchestrated by the great Lee Chang-dong.... more



Shadows   

Shadows
Macedonia, 2007, 129 min.
The spirits of Aegean refugees, suicides and unbaptized babies haunt the protagonist of Shadows until he learns the way to give them eternal peace, and in the process, finally grows into the man he wants to be.... more



Short Circuits   

Short Circuits
Slovenia, 2007, 105 min.
This Ljubljana-set ensemble drama plays with narrative chronology and various meanings of the title, intercutting stories of connections based on misunderstandings and guilty feelings. Winner of eight Slovenian Film Festival awards, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress.... more



The Silly Age   

The Silly Age
Cuba, 2006, 90 min.
A rare commercial film from Cuba, this colorful and bittersweet coming of age drama is set in 1958, just prior to the Castro revolution. Samuel is a ten-year-old boy who attempts to navigate this changing social and emotional climate.... more



Small Secrets   

Small Secrets
Luxembourg, 2006, 110 min.
A delightful coming-of-age story set in small town Luxembourg in 1962 about a sensitive 12-year-old boy who is struggling with puberty and a difficult family life within a society that is still recovering from the effects of the former Nazi occupation.... more



Takva - A Man's Fear of God   

Takva - A Man's Fear of God
Turkey, 2007, 100 min.
Muharrem lives a simple and modest life in the house where he grew up in the center of Istanbul. When he is thrust into the modern world with a new job, responsibilities and material temptations, his extremely devout beliefs are put to the test.... more



Taxidermia   

Taxidermia
Hungary, 2006, 90 min.
Three generations of men are each beset by an extreme obsessions—Vendel, by sex, Kalman, by gluttony and Lajos, by taxidermy. Young Hungarian hotshot György Pálfi’s eye-popping, savagely funny debut is a thinly disguised excoriation of the failure of his country’s successive governmental philosophie... more



The Trap   

The Trap
Serbia, 2007, 106 min.
A father faces a tough moral dilemma in this claustrophobic thriller. When his son requires an expensive life-saving operation, a mysterious stranger offers a solution, but the question is how far the father is willing to go to save his son. ... more



Warden of the Dead   

Warden of the Dead
Bulgaria, 2006, 105 min.
In this metaphorical drama, a nameless orphan known as “the boy,” lives and works in a cemetery. Bringing people together or helping them die, the boy has only one aim—to make them happy. ... more



The White Silk Dress   

The White Silk Dress
Vietnam, 2006, 142 min.
This gorgeous epic, an audience favorite everywhere it screens, revolves around one remarkable woman’s determination to keep her family together as they are trapped in an unrelenting cycle of war and poverty.... more



XXY   

XXY
Argentina, 2007, 91 min.
The psychological damage caused by inappropriate gender assignation is sensitively explored in newcomer Lucia Puenzo’s brave study of teen angst in a teenager with something to be angst-ridden about. Born a hermaphrodite and raised as a girl, 15-year old Alex is nudged by her parents toward making a... more



The Year My Parents Went on Vacation   

The Year My Parents Went on Vacation
Brazil, 2006, 110 min.
With Brazil’s soccer team competing for its third World Cup, 12-year old Mauro’s political activist parents take a ‘vacation’, leaving him to flounder in the alien world of his upright Yiddish grandfather in this charming, wide-eyed coming-of-age saga.... more



You, the Living   

You, the Living
Sweden, 2007, 95 min.
Described by the director as a “mosaic of human destinies” on the theme of “how to behave around others,” this is a triumph of tragicomedy from one of the cinema’s most sardonic imaginations. ... more



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