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There are impulses that people of all nations share. To tell stories, to relate to one another and to make excursions into the expansive coffer of human experience. The following films, which number more than 80 from more than 40 different countries, are stories drawn of a universal human culture. Carefully selected for their encompassing and cinematic excellence, these works portray the evolving complexities of storytelling through film from around the world. This selection is representative of the vibrant, exciting and essential new work in cinema today.


1981   

1981
Canada, 2009, 102 min.
This cheeky, semi-autobiographical coming-of-age tale tells the story of Ricardo, 11, who, struggling with his family's move and a new school, decides to become a liar. With a flare for inventiveness and a desperate desire to impress his classmates, Ricardo dismisses his family and weaves untruths.... more



Adrift   

Adrift
Vietnam, 2009, 110 min.
This poetic, languidly sensual story of tangled loves in modern Vietnam illustrates changing values in a traditional society as it explores sexual awakening, lesbian desire and marital infidelity.... more



Altiplano   

Altiplano
Belgium, 2009, 109 min.
A ravishingly shot environmental drama set in the High Andes of Peru. When a mysterious sickness afflicts a remote village, the superstitious inhabitants' fears turn to anger, which they direct against a team of European medics until one young woman learns the sinister truth about the source.... more



Artois the Goat   

Artois the Goat
USA, 2009, 110 min.
Lab technician Virgil embarks on an epic quest to create the greatest goat cheese the world has ever known and reclaim the heart of his beloved Angie. A felonious German baker, a grave-digging hermit and a tiny white goat color this journey of love, destiny and dairy products.... more



Berlin '36   

Berlin '36
Germany, 2009, 100 min.
With Berlin facing boycotts if Jewish athletes aren't allowed to participate in its Olympic Games, the Nazis bully a Jewish expat into training for the German high jumping team -- but they're also waging a covert campaign to defeat her.... more



The Big Dream   

The Big Dream
Italy, 2009, 101 min.
A three-way love story between Laura, a college student, Libero, the leader of the student movement, and Nicola, a policeman, set against the background of the student demonstrations of 1968. A look at a generation, in the tradition of The Best of Youth.... more



The Big Gay Musical   

The Big Gay Musical
USA, 2009, 90 min.
Tackling themes of love vs. sex, and featuring a real Broadway musical cast and a cameo by Michael Musto, excellent musical numbers and quality performances distinguish The Big Gay Musical as an icon of the genre. You'll leave the theater smiling and humming the tunes.... more



Breathless   

Breathless
South Korea, 2009, 130 min.
Song-hoon is a violent, foul-mouthed enforcer for local gangster Man-shik. But things change when an unlikely bond develops between him and wayward schoolgirl, Han Yeon-hee. This semi-autobiographical, often brutal look at cyclical violence shows how love might just redeem a lost soul.... more



Bride Flight   

Bride Flight
Netherlands, 2008, 130 min.
Fifty years after they met on a flight to New Zealand, where they were headed to join their already-settled fiancés, three women meet at the funeral of a fellow passenger and discover just how intertwined their lives have been over the past half century.... more



Camino   

Camino
Spain, 2008, 143 min.
Inspired by real events and winner of six Goya awards, Camino tells the heartbreaking story of a young Catholic girl who, after being diagnosed with cancer, is chosen by the controversial Opus Dei as their living martyr.... more



Chamaco (The Kid)   

Chamaco (The Kid)
Mexico, 2009, 97 min.
Abner is trapped in the rough life of Mexico City. His escape? Boxing. Dr. Frank Irwin (Martin Sheen) and his son Jimmy, a pro boxer, come together to teach Abner that the heart fuels the punches we throw in life.... more



Children Metal Divers   

Children Metal Divers
Philippines, 2009, 93 min.
A realistic docudrama, Children Metal Divers tells the heart-tugging story of children who scavenge for metal scraps in the murky waters of Manila Bay, often risking their lives in the process.... more



Daniel & Ana   

Daniel & Ana
Mexico, 2009, 90 min.
Daniel and Ana Torres enjoy a careless, affluent existence. But when the siblings are kidnapped on the streets of Mexico and forced to perform the unthinkable in front of a camera, their relationship is violently shattered and their lives thrown into an utterly uncharted route. ... more



Dark Resonance   

Dark Resonance
Bangladesh, 2009, 105 min.
If a child is sent to university by parents who are beggars, is she an emancipated person who can choose her destiny or only the literate daughter of beggars? This sensitive first feature comes from award-winning painter Khalid Mahmood Mithu.... more



Dev.D   

Dev.D
India, 2009, 144 min.
Dev.D is a modern take on the classic love story Devdas, illustrating the sensibilities, aggression and free thought of youth today. At times reckless, it reflects the conflicts of a generation caught between their Eastern roots and Western sensibilities.... more



Different from Whom?   

Different from Whom?
Italy, 2009, 106 min.
A slapstick comedy about a handsome gay politician paired with a conservative woman in a campaign for mayor. They work together, fight and eventually have an affair which shakes their lives. But an alternative solution is at hand, and they grab it.... more



Dogtooth   

Dogtooth
Greece, 2009, 96 min.
In this shocking satire on middle-class mores, the über-controlling parents of three teenage offspring plot to preserve them from worldly contamination. But the introduction of a lusty female security guard into their secluded life acts like a spark to tinder.... more



Eamon   

Eamon
Ireland, 2009, 85 min.
A family holiday at the Irish seaside brings the tensions between a little boy with behavioral problems, his selfish mother and sexually frustrated father to a blackly comic peak. An entertainingly horrific, confidently stylized vision of the Oedipus complex in action.... more



The Eclipse   

The Eclipse
Ireland, 2009, 88 min.
Caught in an unlikely love triangle, a widower with two young kids (Ciarán Hinds, Munich), a beautiful author of supernatural fiction (Iben Hjejle, High Fidelity), and a pompous pop novelist (Aidan Quinn) are forced to deal with their own ghosts.... more



Excited   

Excited
Canada, 2009, 83 min.
In this smart dramatic comedy that impishly bills itself as a relationship movie "about premature ejaculation," successful businessman and sexual sad-sack Kevin learns a thing or two about relationships when he is introduced to the sexy Hayamm. Funny, pithy and profane in equal measure.... more



Eyes Wide Open   

Eyes Wide Open
Israel, 2009, 90 min.
A taboo-breaking drama about a married butcher who falls in love with a seductive younger man in Jerusalem's insular ultra-orthodox community. It's shocking to see the extremes community leaders take to insure conformity in their compact, rigidly ordered world.... more



Father and Guns   

Father and Guns
Canada, 2009, 106 min.
Jacques and Mark are cops who just don't get along. Unfortunately they are also father and son. When they are assigned as an undercover team to infiltrate an outdoor adventure group-therapy camp for fathers and sons, hilarity ensues. An American remake is already in the works.... more



Fish Tank   

Fish Tank
United Kingdom, 2009, 124 min.
First-time actress Katie Jarvis gives an electrifying performance as a troubled teen with a passion for dance who develops a crush on her mother's new boyfriend in this bleak yet poetic tale of life and lust on an English housing estate. Winner, Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival.... more



Fortapasc   

Fortapasc
Italy, 2009, 110 min.
A striking recreation of the life of Giancarlo Siani, a young journalist whacked in 1985 by the Neapolitan mob for digging too deeply into their affairs.... more



The Front Line   

The Front Line
Italy, 2009, 100 min.
The fictionalized story of Sergio Segio and Susanna Ronconi, a modern-day Marxist Bonnie and Clyde who terrorized Italy in the 1970s through their extreme left-wing terrorist organization Primea Linea. An insightful examination of the terrorist mind.... more



The Girl   

The Girl
Sweden, 2009, 98 min.
A haunting, poetic portrait of childhood solitude that brings to mind resonant mood pieces such as Lynne Ramsay's Ratcatcher, The Girl excels at depicting the private realms kids create when free of adult supervision.... more



Glorious 39   

Glorious 39
United Kingdom, 2009, 130 min.
Set in the days leading up to World War II, Glorious 39 is a complex mystery built around Britain's secret plot to bargain with Hitler to stay out of the war. Uncovering secrets about her upstanding ruling-class family, one strong young woman finds herself in terrible danger.... more



Gordos   

Gordos
Spain, 2009, 120 min.
Five people deal with the common difficulty of being overweight. Group therapy seems to be the obvious forum to work out their individual issues. However, Gordos soon becomes a tasty study about guilt, fear, love and passion.... more



Handsome Harry   

Handsome Harry
USA, 2009, 95 min.
An all-male study in gay denial, featuring a roster of gifted character actors, Handsome Harry is a psychological mystery about lost love, forgiveness and the stifling effect the "code of silence" has over men and their relationships.... more



The Happiness of Kati   

The Happiness of Kati
Thailand, 2009, 105 min.
With the impending death of her mother, a young girl living with her adoring grandparents completes the puzzle of her past and discovers the reason that her mother gave her up as a baby. A delicate and touching adaptation of one of Thailand's most beloved novels.... more



Happy Tears   

Happy Tears
USA, 2009, 91 min.
Demi Moore and Parker Posey star as a pair of polar opposite sisters coming together to care for their ailing father (Rip Torn), a rascally womanizer now shacked up with a crackbrained drifter (Ellen Barkin).... more



Harry Brown   

Harry Brown
United Kingdom, 2009, 97 min.
When the escalating gang violence of his public-housing neighborhood leads to the death of his best friend, aging Royal Marines veteran Harry Brown's (Michael Caine) contempt for the ineffectual forces of the local law sees him turn vigilante with devastating results.... more



Hipsters   

Hipsters
Russia, 2009, 125 min.
Moscow, 1955. Incurring the wrath of all the grim-faced Soviets in Russia isn't enough to stop a group of splashy young swingers from showing their true colors. Hipsters is a tender love story wrapped in an infectiously fun musical.... more



Is It Just Me?   

Is It Just Me?
USA, 2010, 93 min.
Frustrated by his ongoing failure to meet Mr. Right, Blaine stumbles upon what might be his perfect match in an online chat room -- Xander, a sweet, hunky guy who's recently moved to LA. Smitten, Blaine then finds that he's been chatting to Xander under his go-go dancer roommate's profile.... more



Jaffa   

Jaffa
Israel, 2009, 105 min.
This absorbing melodrama plays like a Middle Eastern Romeo and Juliet. When tragedy strikes mere hours before Mali, a teenage Jewish girl and Taufik, her Arab sweetheart (and employee in her father's garage) are to elope, years of trust between employer and employees is shattered.... more



John Rabe   

John Rabe
Germany, 2009, 134 min.
When the Japanese launch the 1937 Rape of Nanking, German businessman John Rabe fights to set up a secure zone for his workers and their families, opposed by those who despise his Nazi leanings. This stirring epic is the story of "China's Oscar Schindler."... more



La Mission   

La Mission
USA, 2009, 118 min.
Peter Bratt's powerful and moving film is a love letter to the vibrancy and daily struggles of San Francisco's Mission District. Full of affection for its characters, it's is a redemptive story of one man's struggle to unlearn a lifetime of destructive habits when a secret brings him into conflict.... more



The Last Days of Emma Blank   

The Last Days of Emma Blank
Netherlands, 2009, 90 min.
Emma Blank is waiting for her death. So are her servants. The staff of Blank's isolated country home has long submitted to her venomous attitude and irrational whims with an eye on an inheritance, but the truth about this way-offbeat household will slowly be revealed in this pitch-black comedy.... more



The Long Night   

The Long Night
Syria, 2009, 93 min.
Three long-term political prisoners are suddenly released -- but why, and what awaits them? Elegant and cinematic, this intelligent political drama offers a searing indictment of contemporary Syrian life and politics, yet is universal in its intellectual, political and moral fury.... more



Love & Rage   

Love & Rage
Denmark, 2009, 95 min.
Daniel is a dedicated piano student who could wind up at Juilliard if he can just keep his nerves under control. Then he falls for Sofie. Their bliss soon spawns an awful jealous streak, propelling this slow-burn psychological drama to a startling climax.... more



The Making of Plus One with Kate, Cate and George the Story of a Hollywood Nobody   

The Making of Plus One with Kate, Cate and George the Story of a Hollywood Nobody
United Kingdom, 2009, 93 min.
A fictional documentary set among the wheelers and dealers behind the scenes at the Cannes Film Festival, this satirical comedy packs a punch and pokes more than a little fun at the celebrity obsession fuelling the modern-day film industry.... more



A Matter of Principles   

A Matter of Principles
Argentina, 2009, 110 min.
A man with seemingly unwavering ethics is challenged by his new boss, who believes everyone has a price and is willing to prove it. In this Capra-esque tale no one leaves unscathed when principles and pragmatism collide.... more



A Matter of Size   

A Matter of Size
Israel, 2009, 90 min.
Fed up with dieting, four overweight friends decide to start a sumo wrestling club in this genial situation comedy. Part sports drama, part love story, this is a sweetly absurd tale of forlorn blue-collar guys pursuing a difficult goal and in the process learning to accept themselves.... more



Medal of Honor   

Medal of Honor
Romania, 2009, 106 min.
Told with precision, irony and extraordinary performances, this immensely touching film encapsulating Romania's shift from Communism to Capitalism, centers on a 75-year-old man awarded a Medal of Honor for unspecified "heroic" actions during World War II.... more



Mediterranean Food   

Mediterranean Food
Spain, 2009, 102 min.
Mediterranean Food is a delightful romantic comedy prepared with the finest ingredients: a pure heart, a sexy cast and a lot of delectable haute cuisine. This cordial love triangle falls between an impulsive woman, her undemanding husband and her seductive mentor.... more



Merantau   

Merantau
Indonesia, 2009, 107 min.
Welsh director Gareth Evans delves into the world of Indonesian martial arts with his adrenaline-fueled action film. Yuda (heartthrob Iko Uwais) leaves his village for his traditional rite of passage and faces a baptism of fire in the capital Jakarta.... more



Mid-August Lunch   

Mid-August Lunch
Italy, 2009, 75 min.
This low-key charmer follows sixtyish Roman Gianni, who lives with his tyrannical 93-year-old mother and finds himself forced to look after three other elderly ladies during the summer holidays. The aging women prove a handful.... more



Miracle Seller   

Miracle Seller
Poland, 2009, 106 min.
An engrossing drama about finding compassion under the most trying circumstances, Miracle Seller is a testament to how caring about others enriches our lives. A recovering alcoholic conman gives a lift to two fierce Dagestani children who've fled a refugee camp.... more



My Dog Tulip   

My Dog Tulip
USA, 2009, 83 min.
This delightful animated adaptation of J.R. Ackerley's quirky 1947 memoir looks at the loving relationship between the author and his muse -- an Alsatian with a huge desire for doggie sex. The film's mordant wit and warmth make a winning combination.... more



My Queen Karo   

My Queen Karo
Belgium, 2009, 103 min.
Moved from Belgium to the chaos of a 1974 Amsterdam artists' commune, a precocious 10-year-old witnesses the disintegration of her parents' marriage in this compelling coming-of-age story.... more



North   

North
Norway, 2009, 78 min.
Aptly billed as "an antidepressive off-road movie," this wry comic drama follows an anxious ex-skiing ace as he reluctantly journeys through spectacular arctic landscapes and reconnects with life. Magnificently visual, with deadpan acting and a quirky economy of style.... more



North Face   

North Face
Austria, 2008, 126 min.
Based on a 1936 attempt by two Germans and two Austrians to be the first to scale the near-vertical Eiger North Face, the most dangerous unconquered rock face in the Alps, this grippingly staged mountain movie boasts plenty of white-knuckle thrills.... more



OSS 117: Lost in Rio   

OSS 117: Lost in Rio
France, 2009, 100 min.
Twelve years after his adventures in Cairo, agent OSS 117 is back for another mission at the end of the world. He teams up with a sexy Mossad agent to capture a Nazi blackmailer. With a jubilantly retro score and a flair for using 1960s vocabulary to revisit colonial arrogance with biting satire.... more



The Over the Hill Band   

The Over the Hill Band
Belgium, 2009, 93 min.
In the tradition of sassy social comedies such as last year's Moscow, Belgium and playing like a combination of Calendar Girls and Young at Heart, this charming comic drama is a coming-of-old-age story about a classy woman who rediscovers life and love when it's almost too late.... more



Paulista   

Paulista
Brazil, 2009, 83 min.
From award-winning director Roberto Moreira, Paulista is the story of three young people in search of love amid the frantic pace of São Paulo. What will a relationship unearth of their unspoken past, and can they dare hope for a happy future?... more



Plan B   

Plan B
Argentina, 2009, 103 min.
When conniving Bruno gets dumped by his girlfriend he decides to win her back by hook or by crook. Since she is happy with new boyfriend Pablo, Bruno devises another plan to get him out of the way in this clever, witty comedy.... more



Polytechnique   

Polytechnique
Canada, 2009, 82 min.
A mesmerizing dramatization of the 1989 massacre by Montreal engineering student Marc Lepine of 14 female students, fuelled by rage at feminist "viragos." The film faithfully recreates the violence in gleaming black and white, but refuses to wallow in it.... more



Queen to Play   

Queen to Play
France, 2009, 101 min.
Sandrine Bonnaire and Kevin Kline (in his first French-speaking role) shine in this sophisticated feel-good comedy set in idyllic Corsica. Middle-aged chambermaid Hélène's newfound obsession with the game of chess leads her to seek the tutelage of a reclusive American expat.... more



Rabia   

Rabia
Spain, 2009, 89 min.
A gripping social thriller about two immigrants: a short-tempered construction worker and a live-in maid eking out a livelihood in Spain. A few weeks into their passionate relationship a tragic accident forces him to hide in her attic. Unbeknownst to her, he becomes a menacing ghost-like dweller.... more



A Rational Solution   

A Rational Solution
Sweden, 2009, 98 min.
A quartet of sterling performances from some of Sweden's top actors (including the wonderful Pernille August) anchors Jorgen Bergmark's tragicomedy about a marriage counseling couple who find themselves in deep water when the husband falls for his best friend's wife.... more



Regrets   

Regrets
France, 2009, 106 min.
Cedric Kahn's suspenseful tale of irrational, obsessive love features Yvan Attal (Munich) and Valéria Bruni Tedeschi as old flames who reconnect and leave emotional carnage in their wake. With a suitably propulsive score by Philip Glass.... more



Restless   

Restless
France, 2009, 100 min.
This delicately wrought gem proves the "coming-of-age" story knows no age limit. Orphaned 18-year-old Claire lives with her elderly grandfather Maurice. As she meets a hopeless romantic and fumbles through her first feelings of love, he struggles to heal love's old wounds in his waning days.... more



Sagan   

Sagan
France, 2009, 116 min.
With perfect attention to period detail and a decidedly sympathetic point of view, director Diane Kurys and actor Sylvie Testud (in a César-nominated performance) bring the controversial life of French author Françoise Sagan to the big screen.... more



Sawasdee Bangkok (Part 1): Sightseeing   

Sawasdee Bangkok (Part 1): Sightseeing
Thailand, 2009, 86 min.
Sawasdee Bangkok is comprised of four love letters to the city that form a colorful tapestry of life in the capital. Directed by four of Thailand's most respected filmmakers, these shorts move from magical travelogue to heartfelt melodrama.... more



The Shadowless   

The Shadowless
Turkey, 2009, 97 min.
Unfolding in a timeless village rife with supernatural beliefs, mysterious disappearances and untimely deaths, this mesmerizing film offers an ambitious adaptation of a multilayered literary work by Hasan Ali Toptas, "the Kafka of the East," and plays like an Anatolian Twin Peaks.... more



Shirley Adams   

Shirley Adams
South Africa, 2009, 92 min.
A searing, unsentimental story of a mother whose world is forever changed when her son is left paralyzed by a stray bullet in a gang shootout. Struggling after her husband walks out and battling meddling hospital authorities, Shirley refuses to seek charity or compassion.... more



The Sicilian Girl   

The Sicilian Girl
Italy, 2009, 113 min.
The true story of 17-year-old Sicilian Rita Atria (Veronica D'Agostino) -- who confessed all she knew about the inner workings of the Palermo Mafia after her father and brother were murdered -- is brought to vivid life in Marco Amenta's hard-hitting and wonderfully acted drama.... more



Slovenian Girl   

Slovenian Girl
Slovenia, 2009, 90 min.
An amoral coed gets more than she bargains for when she tries prostitution as a shortcut to the good life. Centering on secrets, lies and a single-minded quest for money, this smoothly made drama starts as a thriller but later switches tracks.... more



Sticky Fingers   

Sticky Fingers
Canada, 2009, 107 min.
In this sly comedy, six of the world's worst gangsters managed to heist $2 million, but only one got away. Now after four years in the clink, five bumbling thieves from Montreal are forced to walk the famous Camino pilgrimage in Spain to prove they've changed their ways.... more



The Swimsuit Issue   

The Swimsuit Issue
Sweden, 2009, 100 min.
In the wake of a wild bachelor party, Fredrik discovers his passion for synchronized swimming. Convincing his floorball teammates to join him as Sweden's only all-male team, they set their sights on the world championships in this oddball, comedic tale of courage, triumph and gender role reversal.... more



Thanks Maa   

Thanks Maa
India, 2009, 120 min.
After 12-year-old street kid Municipality rescues an abandoned infant, he begins a relentless search to find the baby's mother in the urban jungle of Mumbai. Using real locations and street kids a la Slumdog Millionaire, this sentimental social commentary captures the lives of children.... more



Time of the Comet   

Time of the Comet
Albania, 2008, 103 min.
Romantic, tragic and profoundly hilarious, this period epic, set shortly before WWI and based on the novel by Nobel Prize winner Ismail Kadare, marries the absurdity of war to the utter absurdity that was once Albania.... more



To Die Like a Man   

To Die Like a Man
Portugal, 2009, 134 min.
Transsexual cabaret star Tonia has it tough. Her junkie boyfriend has run away, there's a hot new Black act in town and her psychotic son is acting up. Worst of all, her body is rejecting the surgical and hormonal transformations that made her famous.... more



Today's Special   

Today's Special
USA, 2009, 99 min.
In this super-feel-good foodie comedy, young Manhattan chef Samir rediscovers his heritage and his passion for life through the enchanting art of cooking Indian food.... more



Transmission   

Transmission
Hungary, 2009, 90 min.
A mesmerizing dystopian drama set in a world in which all the screens have stopped functioning. Television stations don't broadcast, computer monitors are empty, the entire telecommunication industry is gone.... more



Villon's Wife   

Villon's Wife
Japan, 2009, 114 min.
This enticing period melodrama depicts a long-suffering woman's relationship with her brilliant but self-destructive writer husband in postwar Tokyo. Based on a semi-autobiographical 1947 novel by Osamu Dazai.... more



Weekend   

Weekend
Chile, 2009, 86 min.
Patricio wants time alone with Francisca while she tries to forget her recent heartbreak. Sofia, a sexy hitchhiker, just wants a little distraction on her aimless journey. In a beautiful beach house on the Chilean coast, three twenty-somethings are about to get much more than they expected.... more



Welcome   

Welcome
France, 2009, 110 min.
A smoothly crafted, emotionally affecting drama driven by powerful performances, Welcome focuses on illegal immigrants trying to reach England from Calais, and the risk taken by the French people who help them despite threats from the police.... more



Well Done Abba   

Well Done Abba
India, 2009, 144 min.
Cleverly orchestrated by the great master of Indian cinema, Shyam Benegal, this satirical comedy is a wonderful tableau of village life encompassing a sweet love story and a fantastic yarn. How can a well, once dug, be stolen?... more



Will Not Stop There   

Will Not Stop There
Croatia, 2008, 112 min.
When a Croatian war vet turned private investigator recognizes an actress in a Serbian porn film, his quest to find her leads to blackly comic complications in this sardonic romantic drama. Vinko Bresan, the leading director of the Young Croatian Film generation, offers an acerbic satire that target... more



Will You Marry Us?   

Will You Marry Us?
Switzerland, 2009, 90 min.
A charming romantic comedy about a small-town civil servant whose life is thrown for a loop when an old boy friend pops up from her past and they find they still have feelings for each other. ... more



Woman without Piano   

Woman without Piano
Spain, 2009, 94 min.
Woman without a Piano is a quietly comic look at a Madrid housewife's attempt to escape from her mundane and tedious existence. She has no specific plan, just the fervent hope that she will find the adventure she's so desperately seeking.... more





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