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World Cinema Now

A common impulse drives people of all nations: to tell stories, to relate to one another, and to seek out new adventures in the world of human experience.

The following 75 films from 30 different countries are stories drawn of a universal human culture.

Carefully selected for their expansive scope, depth of understanding, and cinematic excellence, these works portray the evolving complexities of storytelling through film from around the world. Arranged alphabetically by country, this selection is representative of the vibrant, exciting, and essential new work in cinema today.

Equal parts diversity of vision and craftsmanship, this contemporary work is an immersion into the vast narrative of the human condition. More than simple escape, these stories invite us to look inward, and, as we always have and will forever crave, the opportunity to journey onward.

As part of the World Cinema Now selection, we offer a mini-focus on films from Dutch-speaking Belgium, a cinematic hot spot that previously supplied PSIFF favorites such as Ben X, Moscow, Belgium and The Over The Hill Band.

Check out our “Flanders Five” including Oxygen, a touching portrait of youth facing mortality far too soon; immigrant family drama Turquaze; quirkily inventive romantic comedy Madly In Love; hard-hitting crime thriller Dossier K (which reunites the buddy cops from The Alzheimer Case); and Pulsar, a sound driven, slow-burn mystery about love, paranoia and radiowaves.


3 Backyards   

3 Backyards
USA, 2010, 88 min.
Edie Falco, Elias Koteas and Embeth Davidtz star in Eric Mendelsohn’s (Judy Berlin) mysterious and strangely affecting drama about one day in the lives of a group of Long Island inhabitants. A near-fairy-tale-like sense of the unreal make this a must-see.... more



Among Us   

Among Us
Sweden, 2010, 93 min.
Ernst and Cecilia seem to be a perfect, happy couple until an accident leaves their son in a coma. An enigmatic stranger offers consolation, but is he really what he seems to be? A compelling, magical story of hope told with beautifully minimalist visuals and powerful performances.... more



Anything You Want   

Anything You Want
Spain, 2010, 101 min.
Traditional male and female gender roles are tossed out the window in this intelligent and affecting feature about a newly widowed Madrid father who takes radical action to comfort his grieving four-year-old daughter. Filmmaker Achero Mañas strikes an emotional chord in this film about unconditional... more



Apart Together   

Apart Together
China, 2010, 95 min.
After nearly 60 years, a former Nationalist soldier returns to Shanghai and the woman (now with an extended family and a common-law husband) he was forced to abandon. A subtle, beautifully written work that contrasts traditional ways with the modernity of contemporary Shanghai. Winner, Best Screenpl... more



Bardsongs   

Bardsongs
Netherlands, 2010, 94 min.
Three folktales depicted in the form of lively traditional songs and set in superb locations in India, Mali and Ladakh, show that the ancient wisdom of Africans holds true for Indians, and that a universal foundation exists beneath apparent diversities of culture.... more



Bi, Don’t Be Afraid, Bi!   

Bi, Don’t Be Afraid, Bi!
Vietnam, 2010, 92 min.
Winner of several festival awards, including two International Critics Week’ prizes at the Cannes Film Festival and Best Film at Hong Kong’s Asian Film Festival, this autobiographical tale centers around life in a dysfunctional family seen through the eyes of six-year-old Bi. (Please note: contains ... more



Black Bread   

Black Bread
Spain, 2010, 108 min.
A ten-year-old boy confronts an adult world of lies, myths, wicked crimes and painful revelations in post-Civil War Catalonia. Be advised the film contains a scene that may offend those with a heightened sensitivity regarding cruelty to animals, though no animals were harmed during the shooting of t... more



Born to Suffer   

Born to Suffer
Spain, 2010, 112 min.
A gentle, bittersweet dramatic comedy of female solidarity and subterfuge set in rural Spain. It centers on 72-year-old Flora, a spinster fearful that her relatives won’t care for her in her old age, and who marries her faithful female housekeeper in order to keep her covetous nieces at bay.... more



Brotherhood   

Brotherhood
Denmark, 2009, 90 min.
Former Danish servicemen Lars and Jimmy are thrown together while training in a neo-Nazi group. Moving from hostility through grudging admiration to friendship and finally passion, events take a darker turn when their illicit relationship is uncovered.... more



The Child Prodigy   

The Child Prodigy
Canada, 2010, 101 min.
This gorgeously made biographical drama recounts the story of an extraordinarily gifted Canadian musical prodigy whose meteoric rise to fame in the 1930s was paralleled by a long, slow slide into depression and dissolution.... more



Colors in the Dark   

Colors in the Dark
Germany, 2010, 85 min.
Veterans Ganz and Berger are a delight in this intimate tale about aging and the bonds and boundaries of love. They play a long-married couple who react very differently to his diagnosis of prostate cancer… A heartfelt rumination on the nature of love and existence.... more



Copacabana   

Copacabana
France, 2010, 105 min.
Stung by the criticisms of her straitlaced daughter (Chammah), a footloose-and-fancy-free mom (Huppert) takes a job selling timeshares in Belgium… Fitoussi’s bright comedy is a charmer, and the real-life mother-daughter Huppert and Chammah are a delight.... more



Daydream Nation   

Daydream Nation
Canada, 2010, 98 min.
Instantly bored with the kids at her new small town high school, city girl Caroline becomes entangled in a secret love triangle with her teacher and a stoner classmate. Inspiring comparison to Juno and Donnie Darko, Daydream Nation launches the arrival of an exciting new filmmaking talent in writer-... more



Dog Sweat   

Dog Sweat
Iran, 2010, 90 min.
Secretly shot in Iran, this courageous film provides a fascinating glimpse of the quiet rebellion among the youth of that country, and the startling similarity of their quest for happiness.... more



Dossier K   

Dossier K
Belgium, 2009, 116 min.
Bustling Antwerp and backwoods Albania serve as the twin stages of tragedy in Dossier K, a hard-hitting crime thriller that reunites the buddy cops from the internationally acclaimed The Alzheimer Case (PSIFF 2004). This intense revenge story will leave audiences on the edge of their seats.... more



The Double Hour   

The Double Hour
Italy, 2009, 95 min.
A psychological thriller with fascinating story structure. Sonia meets Guido at a speed dating event; they click, fall in love and become a couple--until a surprising violent event interferes. A thrilling latter day film noir. ... more



Down the Shore   

Down the Shore
USA, 2010, 90 min.
This haunting story boasts superb performances by James Gandolfini and Famke Janssen as Bailey and Mary, lifelong friends (and one-time lovers) who find themselves at a crossroads when childhood secrets return to haunt their present-day lives in a small coastal town on the Jersey Shore.... more



The Drummond Will   

The Drummond Will
United Kingdom, 2010, 81 min.
A delicious black comedy that veers from quirky mystery into more dark and violent places, Butterworth’s debut features a mismatched set of brothers who attend their father’s rural funeral and find that the “eccentric” villagers are definitely not what they seem…... more



Dusk   

Dusk
Netherlands, 2010, 89 min.
Loosely inspired by a crime that sent shockwaves through the Netherlands, Dusk offers a haunting search to discover why 15-year-old Jessie is murdered by her closest friends. A story of jealousy, insecurity and peer pressure gradually unfolds in an overlapping, a-chronological structure.... more



An Earthy Paradise for the Eyes   

An Earthy Paradise for the Eyes
Czech Republic, 2010, 114 min.
This wry comedy chronicles the adventures of a Czech mother and her two daughters in the wake of the 1968 Russian invasion. It captures the euphoria of the liberalized Prague Spring that Soviet tanks were dispatched to repress as well as the solidarity in absurdity that persisted in the dark days fo... more



The Encore of Tony Duran   

The Encore of Tony Duran
USA, 2010, 90 min.
This bittersweet story of one man’s reawakening to the possibilities of life features terrific performances, abundant Palm Springs locations and a poignantly redemptive tale about the true nature of success.... more



Everything Will Be Fine   

Everything Will Be Fine
Denmark, 2010, 90 min.
In this clever psychological thriller, an obsessive screenwriter’s life and imagination twist into a labyrinthine trap that threatens to destroy all that he holds dear.... more



Family Tree   

Family Tree
France, 2009, 105 min.
A half-century-old secret casts its shadow over a French family. When patriarch Frédérick chooses not to attend the funeral of his son Charles, the fall-out reveals the damage to a family that decades of living a lie can cause.... more



Fifty - Nothing   

Fifty - Nothing
USA, 2010, 82 min.
With 50th birthdays looming, Adam and Jon decide to ditch their worries in Los Angeles for a weekend of battery recharging in Palm Springs. Johnston’s wry comedy deals with the concerns of aging boomers—loves lost, careers stalled, parents needing care—with an ironic wit.... more



For 80 Days   

For 80 Days
Spain, 2010, 105 min.
The nuance of an intense childhood friendship is re-explored decades later when two 70-year-old friends are unexpectedly reunited. Despite having lived very different lives, Axun and Maite find themselves spending more and more time visiting ailing relatives in the hospital as an excuse to spend mor... more



Gainsbourg   

Gainsbourg
France, 2010, 122 min.
For the French, self-destructive singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg was a combination of Frank Sinatra, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, and Jim Morrison, all rolled into one. Sfar’s larger-than-life biopic traces the icon’s life from childhood in Nazi-occupied Paris through to his death in 1992.... more



Gold and Copper   

Gold and Copper
Iran, 2010, 97 min.
A Tehran mullah-in-training struggles to take care of his ailing wife and their children in this profoundly moving melodrama. A film of near-universal appeal, it puts a human face on Iran’s Muslim clergy with its unusual tale of a man forced by hardship to become a better husband and father.... more



Habermann   

Habermann
Germany, 2010, 100 min.
A gripping story of a Sudetenland village transformed through extraordinary events, vividly illustrating the ways in which the best and worst of human nature emerge in the face of war and its aftermath.... more



Haru’s Journey   

Haru’s Journey
Japan, 2010, 134 min.
When it seems that Haru must leave her grandfather’s home, the two search for another family member to share his life. Like the foreign language Academy Award-winner Departures, Haru’s Journey provides an insider’s look at Japanese culture through its themes of acceptance, endurance and familial com... more



Heartbeats   

Heartbeats
Canada, 2010, 102 min.
A blackly comic romance from the director of I Killed My Mother in which twenty-something hipsters Francis and Marie complete for the affections of new kid in town Nicolas, who plays them off against each other until a weekend in the country resolves things once and for all.... more



Henry of Navarre   

Henry of Navarre
Germany, 2010, 153 min.
Protestants and Catholics at war in 16th-century France serve as the backdrop for this rousing epic—replete with bloody battles, bawdy sex, and delicious royal-court duplicity—tracing the rise of the protestant Henry, who went on to become the country’s beloved King Henry IV. ... more



The Housemaid   

The Housemaid
South Korea, 2010, 106 min.
When rich businessman Hoon decides to exercise his droit to seigneur over naïve housemaid Eun-yi, the other female inhabitants of his lavish mansion do not take it well in this unashamedly erotic remake of a classic suspense title.... more



The Hunter   

The Hunter
Iran, 2010, 92 min.
After losing his family during the run-up to Iran's disputed 2009 elections, a Tehrani man snaps and turns sniper in this latest from director/writer Rafi Pitts (whose It's Winter won the PSIFF ”New Visions” award in 2007).... more



I am Sindhutai Sapkal   

I am Sindhutai Sapkal
India, 2010, 110 min.
Known as the Mother Teresa of Maharashtra, the titular poor village girl made the leap from living on the streets to raising enough funds to shelter one thousand orphans and educate another two thousand children.... more



The Japanese Wife   

The Japanese Wife
India, 2010, 105 min.
In this emotional story that keeps you hooked, a shy teacher from India and a delicate Japanese beauty from Yokohama meet as pen pals and fall in love. So strong is their connection that they marry even though they have never met.... more



Juan   

Juan
Denmark, 2010, 102 min.
Retribution closes in on the serial seducer who has bedded and abandoned thousands of women in this thrillingly cinematic version of W.A. Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni. One of the composer’s most darkly seductive scores is performed here by Concerto Copenhagen, under the baton of Lars Ulrik Mortensen,... more



Little Murder   

Little Murder
USA, 2010, 98 min.
A moody, atmospheric detective thriller with a supernatural twist, Little Murder is set in post-Katrina New Orleans, as a disgraced cop is assigned to routine surveillance on a potential suspect in a recent string of bizarre murders terrorizing the city.... more



Little Rose   

Little Rose
Poland, 2010, 118 min.
Inspired by real events in mid-1960s Poland, this film à clef is a riveting exposé of how government agents infiltrated and informed on groups of writers and artists. Becoming progressively more gripping, it’s ultimately about the price one is willing to pay for love.... more



Little Sparrows   

Little Sparrows
Australia, 2010, 88 min.
Celebrating life--and the unconditional love of a mother for her three daughters--Little Sparrows centers on a family coming to terms with the matriarch’s impending death and the reality of their last Christmas together.... more



Lou   

Lou
Australia, 2010, 86 min.
A tender story about the relationship between 11-year-old Lou and her grandfather. Not long after Lou's father walks out of her life, her irascible and befuddled grandfather Doyle crashes in. When Doyle comes to stay, Lou discovers, against all her expectations, the healing power of love.... more



Love in a Puff   

Love in a Puff
Hong Kong, 2010, 103 min.
In an alley packed with loudmouth co-workers taking a cigarette break, a mild-mannered advertising executive meets a cosmetics salesgirl. As smoke gets in their eyes, one thing leads to another… This charming romantic comedy brilliantly charts a couple’s progression from casual acquaintance into int... more



Madly in Love   

Madly in Love
Belgium, 2010, 90 min.
A frank and funny romantic comedy about an obstinate Antwerp family, filmed in a quirkily inventive style, Madly in Love might recall It’s Complicated with its liveliness, beautiful settings, and spicy love scenes.... more



Mammuth   

Mammuth
France, 2010, 92 min.
Anchored by a tour-de-force performance from Depardieu, this offbeat, affectionate and frequently very funny road movie has the French icon playing newly retired slaughterhouse worker Serge, who takes his rusty motorcycle and hits the highway, where adventure awaits. A delight.... more



The Man From Nowhere   

The Man From Nowhere
South Korea, 2010, 119 min.
Korea’s 2010 box office champion, this dynamic thriller transforms local heartthrob Won Bin (Mother) into an action hero. It’s a fast-paced, blood-soaked tale about a mystery man who gets caught up in a gang war while trying to protect a child. The breathless, often violent action is not for the fai... more



The Man Who Will Come   

The Man Who Will Come
Italy, 2009, 117 min.
The Marzabotto massacre of 1944 marks one of the darkest moments of Italian history. Through the eyes of a little child and her rural family, World War II takes on a new perspective, and the tale of the infamous event is permeated with hope, despite much brutal suffering.... more



Mozart’s Sister   

Mozart’s Sister
France, 2010, 115 min.
A treat for classical music lovers and cinephiles alike, this lively, fascinating costume drama rescues Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s talented older sister Nannerl from the dustbins of history. Beginning in 1763, it follows the Mozart family’s exhausting life on the road, traveling by coach from one roy... more



The Myth of the American Sleepover   

The Myth of the American Sleepover
USA, 2010, 93 min.
Four young people navigate the suburban wonderland of metro-Detroit looking for love and adventure on the last weekend of summer. This discovery from the 2010 Cannes Film Festival is a surprisingly original and subtle antidote to Hollywood teen movies.... more



The Names of Love   

The Names of Love
France, 2010, 102 min.
Young extrovert Bahia Benmahmoud lives by the classic motto: "Make love, not war." In order to convert them to her cause, she sleeps with her political enemies - which means a lot of men, because every conservative is her enemy. But when she meets middle-aged Jewish scientist Arthur, sparks unexpect... more



Norman   

Norman
USA, 2010, 97 min.
Nothing seems to be going right for Norman, a wisecracking teenager who excels at rubbing people the wrong way. But what if he had only three months to live? A casual white lie leads to a web of deception that proves painful to untangle in this witty, poignant coming-of-age film about love and loss.... more



October   

October
Peru, 2010, 83 min.
If you enjoyed the deadpan dramedy of the Uruguayan film Whisky a few years back, don’t miss this bittersweet tale of a hard-hearted moneylender, a lonely spinster and the cutest-ever abandoned baby. Rendered in a brilliantly controlled expressionist style with numerous smartly handled running gags,... more



On the Path   

On the Path
Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2010, 100 min.
A free-spirited flight attendant, Luna starts to question her relationship when her partner wants to join a strict Wahhabi community. Is love alone enough to survive the conflict between fundamentalist Islam and secular modernity? ... more



The Owls   

The Owls
USA, 2010, 66 min.
With a sly nod to the acronym for “older, wiser lesbians,” Cheryl (Watermelon Woman) Dunye’s neo-noir head twister brings together two forty-something lesbian couples that share a convoluted incident in their past, an unexpected predicament in their present lives and a seriously uncertain future.... more



The Poll Diaries   

The Poll Diaries
Germany, 2010, 134 min.
On the eve of World War I, a 14-year-old German girl returns to her home on the Baltic coast, a place uneasily shared by Germans, Russians and Estonians. While her morbid scientist father controls the family with a cruel hand, the passionate teen secretly nurses a wounded Estonian anarchist back to ... more



The Princess of Montpensier   

The Princess of Montpensier
France, 2010, 135 min.
A lavish, swashbuckling drama set in war-torn 16th century France. To satisfy her father’s political ambitions, the titular princess is forced to marry a man she has never met rather than her true love, her dashing cousin Henri de Guise.... more



Pulsar   

Pulsar
Belgium, 2010, 94 min.
A sound driven, slow-burn thriller about love, paranoia and radiowaves in which two lovers are separated by an ocean of communication devices. Set in Brussels, the cozy, rather casual atmosphere glides almost imperceptibly towards fantastic territory. Winner, Critics’ Prize, Hamburg Film Festival. ... more



Puzzle   

Puzzle
Argentina, 2010, 87 min.
An Argentine housewife discovers a talent for jigsaw puzzles, much to the bewilderment of her affectionate but oblivious husband and two grown sons. As she pursues and perfects her puzzle-solving skills, she quietly finds her passion and asserts her independence.... more



The Recipe   

The Recipe
South Korea, 2010, 104 min.
Mixing romance, crime story, black comedy, missing-persons drama, modern fairy tale and food to near-perfection, The Recipe centers on a TV producer searching for the recipe for an enchanting spicy bean-curd stew--and its elusive creator.... more



Route 132   

Route 132
Canada, 2010, 113 min.
This poignant tale of a father devastated by his young son's death, never hits a wrong note, thanks to standout performances and characters of such dimensionality that each surprise twist lends increased psychological rightness. Like a French Canadian Five Easy Pieces, it blends comic road-movie enc... more



The Runway   

The Runway
Ireland, 2010, 101 min.
A nine-year-old boy with a smattering of Spanish finds himself at the center of village life when a Colombian pilot’s plane makes an emergency landing nearby. A droll, warmhearted paean to a community’s coming together, it nabbed the best Irish film prize at the Galway Film Festival.... more



The Silence   

The Silence
Germany, 2010, 119 min.
This highly-assured sophomore feature about two unresolved murder cases firmly establishes writer–director Baran bo Odar as a major international talent. More melodrama than thriller, it cleverly binds its disparate characters together through themes of loneliness, guilt and atonement.... more



Silent Souls   

Silent Souls
Russia, 2010, 75 min.
The rites and rituals of the Merja people, an ethnic minority once resident in the Volga region of Russia, form the backbone of this lyrical, dreamlike movie about love and loss. Winner, Best Cinematography, Venice Film Festival; Best Film, Abu Dhabi Film Festival.... more



A Somewhat Gentle Man   

A Somewhat Gentle Man
Norway, 2010, 103 min.
A droll, highly satisfying black comedy about our painful shortcomings, a tribute to less than perfect sex, and a worldwide campaign against people of petty exactness. After completing his prison sentence, Ulrik has to cope with his old gang, his ex, a few women, and a snitch. ... more



Songs of Love and Hate   

Songs of Love and Hate
Switzerland, 2010, 89 min.
A seemingly happy family living in the shadow of the Swiss Alps starts to come apart at the seams when daughter Lili’s burgeoning sexuality exerts a powerful hold over her father. A semi-gothic chamber piece about temptation, seduction, lies, and truth.... more



The Space Between   

The Space Between
USA, 2009, 90 min.
In the immediate post 9/11 America, an emotionally damaged flight attendant is thrown together with a 10-year-old Muslim boy whose father worked at the World Trade Center… An intelligent drama that avoids the maudlin while offering that most elusive of post 9/11 emotions: hope.... more



Special Treatment   

Special Treatment
France, 2010, 95 min.
Huppert (resplendent in a Louise Brooks-style black wig) and Lanners—she a disaffected prostitute, he an unhappy psychiatrist—are both superb in a drama that skewers bourgeois mores while drawing intriguing parallels between the two professions.... more



Summer Coda   

Summer Coda
Australia, 2010, 104 min.
Gorgeously photographed in Australia’s wine country, this gentle, nuanced romance follows an American-raised musician who, returning to her Australian roots to attend the funeral of her estranged father, meets—and bonds with—a handsome local…... more



Thanks   

Thanks
USA, 2011, 90 min.
A wry comedy of family foibles set over the course of three successive Thanksgiving dinners, as three adult children and their partners return to the family nest for the traditional holiday feast, discovering over time that even as the world undergoes dramatic change, blood is thicker than gravy.... more



Turquaze   

Turquaze
Belgium, 2010, 96 min.
A messy, moving and joyous romantic drama that explores the lives of immigrants who find themselves torn between two lands and cultures, with roots in neither, Turquaze introduces a trio of Turkish brothers living in Belgium who redefine family dynamics after their father's death.... more



Udaan   

Udaan
India, 2010, 134 min.
This coming-of-age story about a teenager who returns from boarding school to a father he has not seen in eight years and a half brother he did not know existed, received a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival.... more



The Whistleblower   

The Whistleblower
Canada, 2010, 112 min.
Based on a true story, this tough-minded and unsparing conspiracy thriller follows an American cop (Weisz) to Bosnia, where her job as a peacekeeper leads her to uncover a ring of human traffickers that includes fellow U.N. workers.... more



The White Meadows   

The White Meadows
Iran, 2009, 93 min.
The striking visuals and pointed metaphors of Iron Island led to the eye-catching compositions and invented mythologies of this allegory. Shot on the otherworldly salt formations of Iran's Lake Urmia, it follows an itinerant collector of human tears who visits villages to hear peoples' sorrows. Winn... more



The Woman With A Broken Nose   

The Woman With A Broken Nose
Serbia, 2010, 101 min.
Finding a sweet spot between art film and mass entertainment, this quirky relationship comedy follows several privately grieving people who cross paths in contemporary Belgrade. Notable for a lightness of touch, an appealing cast, attractive production design, and real tenderness for its tough yet v... more



Womb   

Womb
Germany, 2010, 107 min.
In the near future, when cloning is possible, a woman makes an eerie decision: she chooses to become pregnant with her dead boyfriend’s clone, thereby becoming mother to her lover… A gorgeously shot, haunting piece of Freudian science fiction.... more



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