Film Comment's Best Unreleased Films of 2012

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1.
Our Children (2012)
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Like millions of other couples, Mounir and Murielle fall in love. Like millions of other couples, Mounir and Murielle have children... (111 mins.)
Director: Joachim Lafosse
 
2.
Ji yi wang zhe wo (2012)
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(87 mins.)
Director: Fang Song
Stars: Fang Song
 
3.
First Cousin Once Removed (2012 Documentary)
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Acclaimed filmmaker Alan Berliner chronicles the deeply personal story of his mother's first cousin--well-known... (78 mins.)
Director: Alan Berliner
 
4.
When Night Falls (2012)
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(70 mins.)
Director: Liang Ying
 
5.
Bwakaw (2012)
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Comedy about growing old, fear of loneliness and coming out of the closet. Starring one of the Philippines' institution of cinema, Eddie Garcia. (110 mins.)
Director: Jun Robles Lana
 
6.
Gebo et l'ombre (2012)
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Set in the late 19th century, about a honored but poor patriarch who sacrifices himself to protect his fugitive son. (95 mins.)
 
7.
Differently, Molussia (2012 Documentary)
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(81 mins.)
Director: Nicolas Rey
 
8.
Perret in Frankreich und Algerien (2012 Documentary)
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(110 mins.)
Director: Heinz Emigholz
 
9.
Three Sisters (2012 Documentary)
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Three sisters live alone in a small village family house in the high mountains of the Yunan region. Their parents are nowhere to be seen... (153 mins.)
Director: Bing Wang
 
10.
Dormant Beauty (2012)
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A mosaic of several intertwined stories questioning the meaning of life, love and hope, set during the last six days in the life of Eluana Englaro, a young woman who spent 17 years in a vegetative state. (115 mins.)
 
11.
Far from Afghanistan (2012 Documentary)
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Five accomplished, politically progressive film-makers come together to raise the collective consciousness about the U.S... (120 mins.)
 
12.
Camille Rewinds (2012)
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Camille was only sixteen and still in high school when she fell in love with Eric, another student.... (115 mins.)
Director: Noémie Lvovsky
 
13.
Wadjda (2012)
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An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest. (98 mins.)
 
14.
Greatest Hits (2012)
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Drifting from fiction to documentary, Greatest Hits tells the story of Emilio, a man in his fifties... (103 mins.)
Director: Nicolás Pereda
 
15.
Small Roads (2011 Documentary)
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(103 mins.)
Director: James Benning
 
16.
Everybody in Our Family (2012)
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Marius is a divorced man in his late thirties. His five year-old daughter Sofia lives with her mother... (107 mins.)
Director: Radu Jude
 
17.
Shepard & Dark (2012 Documentary)
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Shepard & Dark is the remarkable story of a friendship in letters. (92 mins.)
Director: Treva Wurmfeld
 
18.
Hannah Arendt (2012)
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A look at the life of philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt, who reported for The New Yorker on the war crimes trial of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann. (113 mins.)
 
19.
Araf/Somewhere in Between (2012)
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ARAF is the story of Zehra and Olgun whose lives are caught in a vacuum! The world in which they live... (124 mins.)
Director: Yesim Ustaoglu
 
20.
Thursday Till Sunday (2012)
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Two children travel with their parents from Santiago to the north of Chile for a family holiday. The... (96 mins.)
 
21.
Goodbye (2011)
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Story of a young lawyer in Tehran in search of a visa to leave the country, which is what Mohammad Rasoulof did during the winter of 2010/11. (100 mins.)
 
22.
After Lucia (2012)
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Alejandra and her dad Roberto have just moved to town. She is new at school, he has a new job. Starting over is sometimes complicated when you have left so much behind. (103 mins.)
Director: Michel Franco
 
23.
Kon-Tiki (2012)
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Legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times. (118 mins.)
 
24.
Reconversão (2012 Documentary)
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Reconversion portrays seventeen buildings and projects by Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto Moura, accompanied by his own writings. An investigation upon his architecture and his critical approach. (70 mins.)
Director: Thom Andersen
 
25.
Tiger Tail in Blue (2012)
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Tiger Tail in Blue is about a young married couple, Christopher and Melody, that work opposite schedules... (80 mins.)
Director: Frank V. Ross
 
26.
Sun Don't Shine (2012)
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A couple takes a tense and mysterious road trip through the desolate yet hauntingly beautiful landscape of central Florida. (90 mins.)
Director: Amy Seimetz
 
27.
Traveling Light (2011 Documentary)
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(59 mins.)
Director: Gina Telaroli
 
28.
Postcards from the Zoo (2012)
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Little Lana was 3 years old when she was abandoned alone in the zoo. Raised by a giraffe trainer, the zoo is the only world she knows... (95 mins.)
Director: Edwin
 
29.
3 (2012)
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(115 mins.)
Director: Pablo Stoll
 
30.
Les Invisibles (2012 Documentary)
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Several elderly homosexual men and women speak frankly about their pioneering lives, their fearless decision to live openly in France at a time when society rejected them. (115 mins.)
 
31.
Everyday (2012)
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This film charts the relationship between a man imprisoned for drug smuggling and his wife and is being shot over the course of five years, a few weeks at a time. (106 mins.)
 
32.
Twilight Portrait (2011)
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Marina, an upper-class social worker with a doting husband and an enviable downtown apartment, is suddenly transformed into a bizarre twilight version of herself after having been raped by three policemen. (105 mins.)
 
33.
The Strawberry Tree (2011 Documentary)
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Testing the boundaries between anthropology, documentary and reverie, the film is a mesmerizing cinematic... (71 mins.)
 
34.
Age Is... (2012 Documentary)
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Exploring the texture, the beauty and the singularity of aging faces and silhouettes, Age Is meditates through tiny details, a gesture, a pause, a look, on the subjective experience and cultural concepts of ageing. (75 mins.)
Director: Stephen Dwoskin
 
35.
Louise Wimmer (2011)
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A women wages an uphill strugle to put her life back together in this neo-realist drama from france.Louise... (80 mins.)
Director: Cyril Mennegun
 
36.
Aquí y Allá (2012)
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"AQUÍ": Pedro returns home to a small mountain village in Guerrero, Mexico after years of working in the US... (110 mins.)
 
37.
Beyond Outrage (2012)
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As the police launch a full-scale crackdown on organized crime, it ignites a national yakuza struggle... (112 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
 
38.
Back to Stay (2011)
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Portrait of everyday life of Marina, Sofia and Violeta, three sisters living in Buenos Aires his grandmother's house, the woman who raised her, after she has died. (99 mins.)
 
39.
The Final Member (2012 Documentary)
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Thirty miles from the Arctic Circle, in the northern Icelandic town of Husavik, stands the Icelandic Phallological Museum... (75 mins.)
 
40.
Kinshasa Kids (2012)
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A film crew follow a group of children that live rough on Kinshasa's streets. The children are thought of as shegues, or witches, by many adults including their families. The kids' desire is to make money and music. (85 mins.)
 
41.
The Minister (2011)
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Transport Minister Bertrand Saint-Jean is awoken in the middle of the night by his head of staff. A bus has gone off the road into a gully... (115 mins.)
 
42.
Celluloid Man (2012 Documentary)
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This is the story of Mr P.K.Nair, a man who talks,eats,dreams and sleeps cinema. Lovingly known as Henri Langlois of India, Nair Sahab (P.K.Nair) is the man behind archiving of many films in India. (164 mins.)
 
43.
Nights with Théodore (2012 TV Movie)
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A romantic connection blossoms between two young Parisians during a succession of dreamlike nocturnal visits to a singular... (59 mins.)
 
44.
Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)
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A clash between Sultan and Shahid Khan leads to the expulsion of Khan from Wasseypur, and ignites a deadly blood feud spanning three generations. (321 mins.)
Director: Anurag Kashyap
 
45.
The Dead Man and Being Happy (2012)
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El Muerto is the story of a Spanish man in Argentina who one day becomes aware on the upper floor of... (92 mins.)
Director: Javier Rebollo
 
46.
The Invader (2011)
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The struggles of illegal African immigrant Amadou in search for a better life in Brussels. (95 mins.)
Director: Nicolas Provost
 
47.
Foxfire (2012)
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Set in the 1950s, a a group of young girls in upstate New York form their own gang. (143 mins.)
Director: Laurent Cantet
 
48.
Donoma (2010)
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A female teacher begins an ambiguous relationship with a student, an agnostic teenager is « called » by God, a photographer offers herself to a stranger : do we choose to love, do we choose to be loved ? (133 mins.)