Best Of 2013

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1.
The Act of Killing (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers. (115 mins.)
 
2.
Manakamana (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary about a group of pilgrims who travel to Nepal to worship at the legendary Manakamana temple. (118 mins.)
 
3.
Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
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Adèle's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire and to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adèle grows, seeks herself, loses herself, and ultimately finds herself through love and loss. (180 mins.)
 
4.
Stranger by the Lake (2013)
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Summertime. A cruising spot for men, tucked away on the shores of a lake. Franck falls in love with Michel, an attractive, potent and lethally dangerous man. Franck knows this but wants to live out his passion anyway. (100 mins.)
Director: Alain Guiraudie
 
5.
Coast of Death (2013 Documentary)
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Costa da Morte is a region in Galicia (Spain), which was considered as the end of the world during the Roman period... (81 mins.)
Director: Lois Patiño
 
6.
The Immigrant (2013)
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1921. An innocent immigrant woman is tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville until a dazzling magician tries to save her and reunite her with her sister who is being held in the confines of Ellis Island. (120 mins.)
Director: James Gray
 
7.
Norte, the End of History (2013)
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An embittered law student commits a brutal double murder; a family man takes the fall and is forced into a harsh prison sentence; a mother and her two children wander the countryside looking for some kind of redemption. (250 mins.)
Director: Lav Diaz
 
8.
Like Father, Like Son (2013)
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Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own. (121 mins.)
 
9.
Safe (2013 Short Film)
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The story of a female student working as a cashier in an illegal casino. (13 mins.)
Director: Byoung-gon Moon
 
10.
Heli (2013)
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Heli must try and protect his young family when his 12-year-old sister inadvertently involves them in the brutal drug world. He must battle against the drug cartel that have been angered as well as the corrupt police force. (105 mins.)
Director: Amat Escalante
 
11.
Needle (2013 Short Film)
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Young Lilly is going to get her ears pierced. A quarrel between her parents overwhelms the situation and directs it differently. (21 mins.)
 
12.
Child's Pose (2013)
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The news of a fatal car accident involving her son will trigger against all odds, a mother's struggle to set her child free. (112 mins.)
 
13.
Gold (2013)
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In the summer of 1898, a small group of German compatriots head into the hostile northern interior of British Columbia in search for gold at the height of the Klondike Gold Rush. (101 mins.)
Director: Thomas Arslan
 
14.
Harmony Lessons (2013)
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Lonely Kazakh teenager Aslan is bullied at his new school. He prepares himself for a bloody revenge on the school bully Bolat. (120 mins.)
Director: Emir Baigazin
 
15.
Redemption (2013 Documentary)
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(26 mins.)
Director: Miguel Gomes
 
16.
Jealousy (2013)
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As a man leaves his wife and daughter, a series of brief conversations, observed gestures, chance encounters and impulsive acts, tell the story of the relationships that flounder and thrive in the wake of this decision. (77 mins.)
Director: Philippe Garrel
 
17.
Stray Dogs (2013)
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An alcoholic man and his two young children barely survive in Taipei. They cross path with a lonely grocery clerk who might help them make a better life. (138 mins.)
Director: Tsai Ming Liang
 
18.
La strada di Raffael (2013 Documentary)
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Raffael is a 13 years old boy who lives in the suburbs of Naples. From 12:00 to 3:30 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. he sells cigarettes in a street corner with his friend Adama. (25 mins.)
 
19.
Versailles (2013 Short Film)
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An elderly woman in a wheelchair and a hormone driven teenage boy arrive to a beach cabin where, through rare moments of lucidity, she will persuade him to kill her. (20 mins.)
 
20.
Sheep (2013)
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(96 mins.)
 
21.
Endorphin (2013 Short Film)
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Endorphin is about a man who lost his family in a bus accident and he lock up himself in home. After more than a month he decides to go out and leave the house and come to life again. But he cannot help himself laughing. (17 mins.)
Director: Reza Gamini
 
22.
Moebius (2013)
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A father driven into desire, a son coveting that of his father's, and the sorrowful maternity that hovers them into tragedy. (89 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
 
23.
Gloria (2013)
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A story set in Santiago and centered on Gloria, a free-spirited older woman, and the realities of her whirlwind relationship with a former naval officer whom she meets out in the clubs. (110 mins.)
 
24.
Blind Detective (2013)
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A cop is forced into early retirement due to retinal damage. But after witnessing a bank robbery along with a female inspector - who believes he has acute senses - they team up in hope to solve the case. (130 mins.)
Director: Johnnie To
 
25.
A Teacher (2013)
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A high school teacher in Austin, Texas has an affair with one of her students. Her life begins to unravel as the relationship comes to an end. (75 mins.)
Director: Hannah Fidell
 
26.
Just Before Losing Everything (2013 Short Film)
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Miriam, with her two children, escapes her husband, whom she fears. (29 mins.)
Director: Xavier Legrand
 
27.
Le sens de l'orientation (2012 Short Film)
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(35 mins.)
Director: Fabien Gorgeart
 
28.
Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
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A depressed musician reunites with his lover, though their romance - which has already endured several centuries - is disrupted by the arrival of her uncontrollable younger sister. (123 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
 
29.
The Missing Picture (2013 Documentary)
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Rithy Panh uses clay figures, archival footage, and his narration to recreate the atrocities Cambodia's Khmer Rouge committed between 1975 and 1979. (92 mins.)
Director: Rithy Panh
 
30.
Philomena (2013)
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A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. (98 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
31.
Tom at the Farm (2013)
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A grieving man meets his lover's family, who were not aware of their son's sexual orientation. (102 mins.)
Director: Xavier Dolan
 
32.
Miss Violence (2013)
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An unnerving story about a horrid family drama and an elaborate facade where appearances can be deceiving and nothing is as it seems. (98 mins.)
 
33.
A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness (2013 Documentary)
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From pagan re-enactors to failed communes, black metal festivals to Arctic hermits, and the forever Golden Hour to the Northern Lights... (98 mins.)
 
34.
A Field in England (2013)
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Amid the Civil War in 17th-century England, a group of deserters flee from battle through an overgrown field. Captured by an alchemist, the men are forced to help him search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field. (90 mins.)
Director: Ben Wheatley
 
35.
The Selfish Giant (2013)
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Two thirteen year-old working-class friends in Bradford seek fortune by getting involved with a local scrap dealer and criminal. (91 mins.)
Director: Clio Barnard
 
36.
Paradise: Hope (2013)
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The final installment in Ulrich Seidl's Paradise trilogy, 'Paradise: Hope' tells the story of overweight thirteen-year-old Melanie and her first love... (92 mins.)
Director: Ulrich Seidl
 
37.
Neighboring Sounds (2012)
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The lives of the residents of a Brazilian apartment building and the security guards who get the job guarding the surrounding streets. (131 mins.)
 
38.
What Now? Remind Me (2013 Documentary)
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Joaquim Pinto, who has been living with HIV for more than two decades, looks back at his life in cinema, at his friendships and loves, at the mysteries of art and nature - while undergoing an experimental drug treatment. (164 mins.)
Director: Joaquim Pinto