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THE TWO POPES

In 2013, progressive incoming Pope Francis (Jonathan Pryce) and conservative outgoing Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins) debate the best path forward for the Catholic Church, in this surprisingly funny chamber piece from Oscar-nominated director Fernando Meirelles (City of God).

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THE AERONAUTS


Set in 1862, Pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) and scientist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) find themselves in an epic fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a hot air balloon.

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JOJO RABBIT


Taika Waititi directs a riotous cast — including Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, Rebel Wilson, Thomasin McKenzie, and newcomer Roman Griffin Davis — in this daring, touching, and comedic satire about a young German boy who discovers a Jewish girl hiding in his home and consults with his imaginary best friend, Adolf Hitler (Waititi).

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AND THEN WE DANCED

A film brimming with doubt and dance about forbidden love in the Georgian ballet An instantly engaging tale of a young male dancer’s sexual awakening in contemporary Tbilisi, And Then We Danced is personal and political, relevatory and romantic.

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SYNONYMS


In this unpredictable, emotional new film from Nadav Lapid (The Kindergarten Teacher), Israeli ex-soldier Yoav (Tom Mercier) moves to Paris hoping to escape his national identity, but struggles to assimilate fully into French society. Winner, Golden Bear, Berlin Film Festival.

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SONG WITHOUT A NAME


Peruvian writer-director Melina Leon’s visually striking period piece is a Kafka-esque ripped from the headlines true crime thriller about a mother looking for her kidnapped child in 1980s Peru.

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TEL AVIV ON FIRE


In this wry, insightful comedy, a production intern on a popular Palestinian telenovela makes nice with an Israeli checkpoint commander, who happens to have his own ideas for improving the show. What could go wrong?
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LEONA


"Leona" is an intimate, insightful, and moving film that tells the story of a young Jewish woman from Mexico City who finds herself torn between her family and her forbidden love. Ripe with all the drama and interpersonal conflicts of a Jane Austen novel – there are no easy choices to be made as she struggles with her heart to take the best path.

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HUMAN NATURE

Human Nature is a provocative exploration of the scientifc breakthrough called CRISPR which provides unprecedented control over the basic building blocks of life. It opens the door to curing disease, reshaping the biosphere, and designing genetics of children. CRISPR’s far-reaching implications, through the eyes of the scientists who discovered it, the families it’s affecting, and the genetic engineers who are testing its limits.

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EDGE OF THE KNIFE

Arriving more than a century after British Columbia's first-ever feature film, In the Land of the Head Hunters — Edward S. Curtis' controversial but undeniably fascinating portrait of the Kwakwaka'wakw people of northern Vancouver Island — Edge of the Knife is the first feature to tell a story about the Kwakwaka'wakw's neighbours the Haida. Part drama, part historical reclamation, First Nations directors Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown's film is set during the 19th century and performed entirely in the Haida language.

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THE REPORT

In this searing political thriller from screenwriter Scott Z. Burns (Contagion), Adam Driver stars as a dogged investigator who’s tapped by the US Senate to probe the CIA’s use of torture tactics after 9/11.

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VARDA BY AGNÉS

The last film from the late French New Wave filmmaker Agnès Varda (Faces Places) traces her legendary career and life with characteristic humour and vibrant energy, presenting a portrait of an artist who lived through her films and revealed the extraordinary in the ordinary.

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THE WILD GOOSE LAKE

A gangster on the run — and seeking redemption — meets a woman who’ll risk everything to gain her own freedom, in this noir crime thriller from director Diao Yinan (Black Coal, Thin Ice).

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PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE

An exquisite portrait of hidden love, art, eros… and the gaze. Hired to paint a portrait ahead of a prospective marriage, an artist in 18th-century Brittany finds herself falling for the reclusive would-be bride, in the Cannes award–winning film from writer-director Céline Sciamma (Girlhood).

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GREENER GRASS

Suburbia has never been so hilariously absurd as it is in GREENER GRASS – where one eccentric housewife is driven mad by her eagerness to please. SNL’s Beck Bennett co-stars.

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PARASITE

Palme d’Or Winner (Best Film), Cannes Film Festival

A family of cunning derelicts scheme to enter a wealthy household's employ in this genre-bending, Palme d'Or–winning thriller of class struggle from South Korean master Bong Joon-ho (Okja, Snowpiercer).

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PAIN AND GLORY

Antonio Banderas, Best Actor, Cannes Film Festival


An aging filmmaker (Antonio Banderas) grapples with an uncertain future and the circumstances that shaped his successful but troubled life, in Pedro Almodóvar’s self-reflexive consideration of identity and desire.

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HONEY BOY

Winner, Special Jury Award, Sundance Film Festival

Actor and screenwriter Shia LaBeouf mines his own life in this confessional collaboration with director Alma Har’el, about the stormy childhood and early adult years of an actor (Lucas Hedges) struggling to reconcile with his abusive father (played by LaBeouf himself).

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