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XXY (2007)
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The story of an intersexual fifteen-year-old. She lives with her parents, who have to cope with the challenges of her medical condition. (86 mins.)
Director: Lucía Puenzo
 
2.
Polytechnique (2009)
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A dramatization of the Montreal Massacre of 1989 where several female engineering students were murdered by an unstable misogynist. (77 mins.)
 
3.
When We Leave (2010)
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Umay is a young woman of Turkish descent, fighting for an independent and self-determined life in Germany against the resistance of her family. Her struggle initiates a dynamic, which results in a life-threatening situation. (119 mins.)
Director: Feo Aladag
 
4.
Dry Season (2006)
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Chad, 2006. After a forty-year civil war, the radio announces the government has just amnestied the war criminals... (96 mins.)
 
5.
White Material (2009)
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Amidst turmoil and racial conflict in Africa, a French woman fights for her coffee crop, her family and ultimately for her life. (106 mins.)
Director: Claire Denis
 
6.
Inhale (2010)
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A couple goes to dangerous lengths to find a lung donor for their daughter. (83 mins.)
 
7.
The Headless Woman (2008)
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After running into something with her car, Vero experiences a particular psychological state. She realizes she might have killed someone. (87 mins.)
Director: Lucrecia Martel
 
8.
Hunger (2008)
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Irish republican Bobby Sands leads the inmates of a Northern Irish prison in a hunger strike. (96 mins.)
Director: Steve McQueen
 
9.
Paradise Now (2005)
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Two childhood friends are recruited for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. (90 mins.)
Director: Hany Abu-Assad
 
10.
Katalin Varga (2009)
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In the beautiful, otherworldly Carpathian Mountains a woman is traveling with a small boy in a horse and cart... (82 mins.)
 
11.
Dead Man's Shoes (2004)
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A disaffected soldier returns to his hometown to get even with the thugs who brutalized his mentally-challenged brother years ago. (90 mins.)
Director: Shane Meadows
 
12.
Even the Rain (2010)
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As a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply. (103 mins.)
Director: Icíar Bollaín
 
13.
Incendies (2010)
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Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history, and fulfill their mother's last wishes. (139 mins.)
 
14.
Essential Killing (2010)
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An Afghan POW attempts his escape. (83 mins.)
 
15.
Adrift (2009)
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A 1980s-set drama about a teenage girl undergoing her sexual awakening when she learns about her father's infidelities. (97 mins.)
Director: Heitor Dhalia
 
16.
I Killed My Mother (2009)
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A semi-autobiographical story about Hubert as a young homosexual at odds with his mother. (96 mins.)
Director: Xavier Dolan
 
17.
Arirang (2011 Documentary)
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Documentary on director Kim Ki-Duk looking back at his film career. (100 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
Stars: Ki-duk Kim
 
18.
Bleak Night (2010)
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Three best friends, Ki-tae, Dong-yoon, and Hee-june; they thought their friendship would last forever... (116 mins.)
Director: Sung-hyun Yoon
 
19.
Melancholia (2011)
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Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth. (135 mins.)
Director: Lars von Trier
 
20.
Garage (2007)
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A tragicomedy set in the world of gas stations in rural Ireland, where over-diligent employee of the garage searches for intimacy during the course of a life-changing summer. (85 mins.)
 
21.
Slovenian Girl (2009)
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Alexandra is a student from Krsko, a small town in Slovenia, while she studies the English language in Ljubljana... (90 mins.)
Director: Damjan Kozole
 
22.
Alamar (2009 Documentary)
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Before their inevitable farewell, Jorge, a young man of Mayan roots, and Natan, his half-Italian son, spend time together living off the Banco Chinchorro coral reef. (73 mins.)
 
23.
Wendy and Lucy (2008)
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Over the summer, a series of unfortunate happening triggers a financial crisis for a young woman and she soon finds her life falling apart. (80 mins.)
Director: Kelly Reichardt
 
24.
Suicide Room (2011)
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After suffering extreme humiliation at school, Dominik holes himself up in his room and begins spending all his time in a virtual reality chat room. (110 mins.)
Director: Jan Komasa
 
25.
Time (2006)
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To save her relationship, a woman puts herself through extensive plastic surgery. (97 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
 
26.
Stricken (2009)
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A serial adulterer faces his demons when his loving wife falls severely ill. (113 mins.)
 
27.
Submarino (2010)
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Two brothers meet at their mother's funeral, each in his way on a path of self-destruction, both haunted by a tragedy in their youth. (105 mins.)
 
28.
Distant (2002)
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After his wife leaves him, a photographer has an existential crisis and tries to cope with his cousin's visit. (110 mins.)
 
29.
Plastic Bag (2009 Short Film)
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A plastic bag, thrown out in the trash, attempts to find his way back to his owner and along the way discovers the world. (18 mins.)
Director: Ramin Bahrani
 
30.
Goodbye Solo (2008)
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Two men form an unlikely friendship that will change both of their lives forever. (91 mins.)
Director: Ramin Bahrani
 
31.
The Scouting Book for Boys (2009)
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When David discovers that his best friend Emily is being forced to leave their caravan park home, he agrees to help her to run away. But after their plan starts to unravel, secrets come to light that transform his life in ways he never imagined. (93 mins.)
Director: Tom Harper
 
32.
Applause (2009)
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When the critically acclaimed, tough and coming of age actress Thea Barfoed ends her rehab, she confronts a hard choice... (85 mins.)
 
33.
Tatarak (2009)
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In small-town Poland in the late 1950s, an aging woman married to a workaholic doctor meets a young man who makes her feel young again. Framed around this story, lead actress Krystyna Janda discusses the death of her husband from cancer. (85 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
34.
Katyn (2007)
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An examination of the Soviet slaughter of thousands of Polish officers and citizens in the Katyn forest in 1940. (122 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
35.
Dragonfly (2001)
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Dragonfly is the story of a couple that wants to get away. They want to spend time together in peace... (111 mins.)
Director: Marius Holst
 
36.
The Great Journey (2004)
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Reda, a young French-Moroccan guy and his old father drive from the south of France to Mecca in order for the father to do his pilgrimage. At first distant, they gradually learn to know each other. (108 mins.)
 
37.
If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (2010)
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Two weeks before his release, a teenage prisoner learns that his mother has returned home. Meanwhile, he finds himself in love with a student working in the penitentiary as an intern. (94 mins.)
Director: Florin Serban
 
38.
The Maid (2009)
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A drama centered on a maid trying to hold on to her position after having served a family for 23 years. (95 mins.)
 
39.
The United States of Leland (2003)
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A young man's experience in a juvenile detention center that touches on the tumultuous changes that befall his family and the community in which he lives. (108 mins.)
 
40.
The Weakness of the Bolshevik (2003)
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Based on a novel by Lorenzo Silva, this movie deals with the unusual and tragic relationship between... (95 mins.)
 
41.
Dirty Pretty Things (2002)
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An illegal Nigerian immigrant discovers the unpalatable side of London life. (97 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
42.
The Sea Inside (2004)
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The factual story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a thirty-year campaign in favor of euthanasia and his own right to die. (125 mins.)
 
43.
Cyclo (1995)
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A young man who struggles through life by earning some money with his bicycle-taxi in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city) gets contact to a group of criminals... (123 mins.)
Director: Tran Anh Hung
 
44.
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)
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A woman assists her friend in arranging an illegal abortion in 1980s Romania. (113 mins.)
Director: Cristian Mungiu
 
45.
The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
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Three young Irish women struggle to maintain their spirits while they endure dehumanizing abuse as inmates of a Magdalene Sisters Asylum. (114 mins.)
Director: Peter Mullan
 
46.
Boy A (2007)
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The story of a young Jack, newly released from serving a prison sentence for a crime he committed as a child. (106 mins.)
Director: John Crowley
 
47.
As If I Am Not There (2010)
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A harsh dose of cinematic realism about a harsh time-the Bosnian War of the 1990s-Juanita Wilson's drama... (109 mins.)
Director: Juanita Wilson
 
48.
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)
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Mr. Lazarescu, a 63 year old lonely man feels sick and calls the ambulance. When it arrives, the paramedic... (153 mins.)
Director: Cristi Puiu
 
49.
The Banishment (2007)
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A trip to the pastoral countryside reveals a dark, sinister reality for a family from the city. (157 mins.)
 
50.
Stephanie Daley (2006)
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Pregnant forensic psychologist Lydie Crane is hired to learn the truth behind the case of 16-year-old Stephanie Daley, who is accused of concealing her pregnancy and murdering her infant. (92 mins.)
Director: Hilary Brougher
 
51.
Pu-239 (2006)
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A worker at a Russian nuclear facility gets exposed to a lethal dose of radiation. In order to provide for his family, he steals some plutonium and sets out to sell it on Moscow's black market with the help of an incompetent criminal. (97 mins.)
Director: Scott Z. Burns
 
52.
A Separation (2011)
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A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease. (123 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
 
53.
Sex Traffic (2004 Mini-Series)
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Boston based Kernwell Industries is an American defense contractor. One of those contracts is to deploy... (189 mins.)
Director: David Yates
 
54.
Mysterious Skin (2004)
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A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth. (105 mins.)
Director: Gregg Araki
 
55.
The Believer (2001)
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A young Jewish man develops a fiercely anti-Semitic philosophy. Based on the factual story of a K.K.K. member in the 1960s who was revealed to be Jewish by a New York Times reporter. (98 mins.)
Director: Henry Bean
 
56.
Speak (2004)
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After a blurred trauma over the summer, Melinda enters high school a selective mute. Struggling with school, friends, and family, she tells the dark tale of her experiences, and why she has chosen not to speak. (89 mins.)
Director: Jessica Sharzer
 
57.
Takva: A Man's Fear of God (2006)
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A promotion brings a Muslim's relationship with God into question. (96 mins.)
Director: Özer Kiziltan
 
58.
Play (2011)
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An astute observation based on real cases of bullying. In central Gothenburg, Sweden, a group of boys... (118 mins.)
Director: Ruben Östlund
 
58.
Play (2011)
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An astute observation based on real cases of bullying. In central Gothenburg, Sweden, a group of boys... (118 mins.)
Director: Ruben Östlund
 
59.
Eastern Plays (2009)
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Through Georgi (a juvenile) and Itso (an adult), we take a quick glance (about one and a half hour quick) at what happens in post cold-war Bulgaria. (83 mins.)
Director: Kamen Kalev
 
60.
The Bridge (2011 TV Series)
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When a body is found on the bridge between Denmark and Sweden, right on the border, Danish inspector Martin Rohde and Swedish Saga Norén have to share jurisdiction and work together to find the killer. (60 mins.)
 
61.
Intimate Stories (2002)
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Three people and a baby set off on separate journeys, along the same road; their disparate dreams and stories intertwine amidst the breathtaking deserted Patagonic route. (92 mins.)
Director: Carlos Sorin
 
62.
Oslo, August 31st (2011)
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One day in the life of Anders, a young recovering drug addict, who takes a brief leave from his treatment center to interview for a job and catch up with old friends in Oslo. (95 mins.)
Director: Joachim Trier
 
63.
2:37 (2006)
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At 2:37, someone commits suicide in the school lavatory. The day is told up to that point from the viewpoint of six different students. (95 mins.)
 
64.
Kadosh (1999)
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Two sisters become victims of the patriarchal, ultra-orthodox society. (110 mins.)
Director: Amos Gitai
 
65.
The Intruder (2004)
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Louis Trebor, a man nearing 70, lives alone with dogs in the forest near the French-Swiss border. He has heart problems... (130 mins.)
Director: Claire Denis
 
66.
The Hidden Face (2011)
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A Spanish orchestra conductor deals with the mysterious disappearance of his girlfriend. (97 mins.)
Director: Andi Baiz
 
67.
Pieta (2012)
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A loan shark is forced to reconsider his violent lifestyle after the arrival of a mysterious woman claiming to be his long-lost mother. (104 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
 
68.
Barbara (2012)
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A doctor working in 1980s East Germany finds herself banished to a small country hospital. (105 mins.)
 
69.
Beauty (2011)
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Portrait of a closeted gay husband/father living a life of quiet middle-aged desperation who becomes fixated on a friend's handsome collegiate son, leading to an incident. (99 mins.)
Director: Oliver Hermanus
 
70.
Kauwboy (2012)
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A young boy and his father have a difficult relationship, but are trying to reach each other. They need a catalyst to make that happen. (81 mins.)
Director: Boudewijn Koole
 
71.
Paradise: Love (2012)
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On the beaches of Kenya they're known as "Sugar Mamas" -- European women who seek out African boys selling love to earn a living... (120 mins.)
Director: Ulrich Seidl
 
72.
For a Moment, Freedom (2008)
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Centers on a group of weary Middle Eastern refugees who have made their way to Turkey to apply for European visas. (110 mins.)
Director: Arash T. Riahi
 
73.
Hayat (2005)
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Hayat has an exam. Suddenly on that day her mother must take the father to the hospital outside village. Mother asks her to take care of her infant sister. What will Hayat do now? Will she stay home? or will she go to take the exam? (75 mins.)