Brilliant Rare Film Festival Films

There are so, so many absolutely fantastic films that seldom make it to the big screen outside of Film Festivals. If you ever get a chance to watch any of them, seize it!
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1.
Archie's Final Project (2009)
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A teen coming-of-age romantic dramedy about a media-obsessed geek and the most beautiful and twisted girl in school. (107 mins.)
“ This unforgettable movie changed my entire perception of film. A masterpiece in editing. ” - lisa-ravenclaw
 
2.
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
“ Got an eight minute long standing ovation at Cannes. And rightly so. ” - lisa-ravenclaw
 
3.
The Piano Teacher (2001)
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A young man romantically pursues his masochistic piano teacher. (131 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ Bold. Riveting. Disturbing. ” - lisa-ravenclaw
 
4.
It's Not Me, I Swear! (2008)
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Léon is ten years old, has lots of problems and an overly fertile imagination. Of course, there is mom and dad who are always fighting... (110 mins.)
“ Deeply moving and darkly funny. ” - lisa-ravenclaw
 
5.
The Black Balloon (2008)
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All Thomas wants is a normal adolescence but his autistic brother, Charlie, thwarts his every opportunity. Will Thomas, with the help of his girlfriend, Jackie, accept his brother? (97 mins.)
Director: Elissa Down
“ A remarkable movie. ” - lisa-ravenclaw
 
6.
The White Ribbon (2009)
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Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. Who is responsible? (144 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ Haunting. ” - lisa-ravenclaw
 
7.
La journée de la jupe (2008)
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Skirt Day is a fascinating psychological study, a socio-critical investigation - and Isabelle Adhani's first film in five years (87 mins.)
“ One of the most powerful film's I've ever seen. ” - lisa-ravenclaw
 
8.
Mary and Max (2009)
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A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. (92 mins.)
Director: Adam Elliot
“ A bittersweet homage to friendship. ” - lisa-ravenclaw
 
9.
The Page Turner (2006)
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The girl Mélanie Prouvost is the beloved daughter of the butchers Mrs. Prouvost and Mr. Prouvost. She... (85 mins.)
Director: Denis Dercourt
“ Very subtle and very cleverly made. ” - lisa-ravenclaw
 
10.
Mermaid (2007)
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In Moscow, a young woman disappears after falling in love with a new man. (115 mins.)
Director: Anna Melikyan
“ A down-to-earth fairytale. ” - lisa-ravenclaw
 
11.
Rope (1948)
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Two young men strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime. (80 mins.)
“ Ok, ok so it's not really a festival film. But it's one of the most underrated movies ever and I had to put it in here. My favorite Hitchcock. ” - lisa-ravenclaw
 
12.
Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger (2008)
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A coming-of-age story about a 13-year-old girl trying to fit into both a posh private school and an ordinary public school. (103 mins.)
Director: Cathy Randall
“ A coming of age comedy. ” - lisa-ravenclaw
 
13.
Call Me Elisabeth (2006)
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A 10 year old girl lives in post WWII rural France with her parents, who are about to divorce. Her older sister leaves home to finish school... (90 mins.)
“ This is a film for children and I saw it only once, as a child. To be honest, I don't remember it too well, by I remember that it left 13 year old me deeply impressed and that, even after working at the Berlin Film Festival for five years and watching a multitude of films, this is the one movie I shall never forget. ” - lisa-ravenclaw
 
14.
Razzle Dazzle (2007)
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A man wants to make a difference in the world of dance. (95 mins.)
Director: Darren Ashton
“ Another film for kids that I absolutely loved (which says a lot, considering my hatred for dancing). ” - lisa-ravenclaw
 
15.
We Shall Overcome (2006)
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A drama about a boy who's inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and challenges repressive school authority in 1969 Denmark. (109 mins.)