TIFF 2017: Contemporary World Cinema

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1. The Ciambra (2017)

Unrated | 118 min | Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

In A CIAMBRA, a small Romani community in Calabria, Pio Amato is desperate to grow up fast. At 14, he drinks, smokes and is one of the few to easily slide between the region's factions - ... See full summary »

Director: Jonas Carpignano | Stars: Pio Amato, Iolanda Amato, Koudous Seihon, Damiano Amato

Votes: 1,645 | Gross: $0.03M

2. A Sort of Family (2017)

95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A woman flies from Buenos Aires to be present for the birth of the child she has arranged to adopt. When the child is born, she is confronted with a demand from the biological mother's ... See full summary »

Director: Diego Lerman | Stars: Bárbara Lennie, Daniel Aráoz, Claudio Tolcachir, Yanina Ávila

Votes: 417

3. Alanis (2017)

82 min | Drama

A young Buenos Aires mother finds employment as a sex worker and struggles to live under the same laws that are supposed to protect her.

Director: Anahí Berneri | Stars: Sofía Gala, Dante Della Paolera, Dana Basso, Silvina Sabater

Votes: 647

4. Ana, mon amour (2017)

125 min | Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

Toma and Ana meet as students in the literature faculty and quickly fall in love.

Director: Cãlin Peter Netzer | Stars: Mircea Postelnicu, Diana Cavallioti, Tania Popa, Igor Caras-Romanov

Votes: 1,437

5. Angels Wear White (2017)

TV-14 | 107 min | Drama

78 Metascore

In a small seaside town, two schoolgirls are sexually assaulted by a middle-aged man in a motel. Mia, a teenager who was working on reception that night, is the only witness. For fear of losing her job, she chooses to keep silence.

Director: Vivian Qu | Stars: Vicky Chen, Meijun Zhou, Ke Shi, Le Geng

Votes: 1,519

6. April's Daughter (2017)

103 min | Drama

60 Metascore

A pregnant 17-year-old decides to keep her condition to herself, enjoying a calm life in Puerto Vallarta. But, why on earth hadn't the inexperienced mother-to-be sought for assistance earlier? Can a mere child raise a kid on her own?

Director: Michel Franco | Stars: Emma Suárez, Ana Valeria Becerril, Enrique Arrizon, Joanna Larequi

Votes: 1,114

7. Arrhythmia (2017)

116 min | Drama

A paramedic devoted to his patients struggles to make time for his wife who begins to believe his patients are more important to him than she is.

Director: Boris Khlebnikov | Stars: Aleksandr Yatsenko, Irina Gorbacheva, Nikolay Shrayber, Maksim Lagashkin

Votes: 3,426

8. Beyond Words (2017)

85 min | Drama

A young Polish-born, Berlin-based lawyer working on refugee cases is unexpectedly reunited with his father, who is his only tie left with his homeland.

Director: Urszula Antoniak | Stars: Andrzej Chyra, Jakub Gierszal, Christian Löber, Justyna Wasilewska

Votes: 235

9. Birds Without Names (2017)

123 min | Drama, Mystery

Tawako's boyfriend is not her kind, but she puts up with it in exchange for shelter. Her old boyfriend of almost a decade ago is long gone, and was also not nice, but like most girls she ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuya Shiraishi | Stars: Sadao Abe, Masaaki Akahori, Mukku Akazawa, Yû Aoi

Votes: 405

10. Black Kite (2017)

87 min | Drama

Arian loves kites but a changing Afghanistan stands in his way. When the Taliban take power and ban kite flying, he all but gives up on his passion. However, to give his daughter Seema a ... See full summary »

Director: Tarique Qayumi | Stars: Haji Gul Aser, Leena Alam, Zohra Nasim, Hamid Noorzay

Votes: 24

11. Breath (I) (2017)

TV-MA | 115 min | Drama, Sport

71 Metascore

After developing an interest in surfing, a teenage boy and his friend forge an unlikely friendship with an older surfer.

Director: Simon Baker | Stars: Elizabeth Debicki, Simon Baker, Richard Roxburgh, Rachael Blake

Votes: 1,909 | Gross: $0.04M

12. Dark is the Night (2017)

115 min | Drama

Couple Sara "Gina Alajar" and Lando "Phillip Salvador" are trying to leave behind their criminal past, and survive with their small, but honest livelihood.

Director: Adolfo Alix Jr. | Stars: Phillip Salvador, Gina Alajar, Bembol Roco, Felix Roco

Votes: 33

13. Directions (2017)

103 min | Drama

Multiple stories of taxi drivers while they work one night.

Director: Stephan Komandarev | Stars: Haralan Alexandrov, Dimitar Banenkin, Vasil Banov, Ivan Barnev

Votes: 1,268

14. Disappearance (2017)

90 min | Drama, Mystery

An ill Dutch woman visits her family in Norway in hopes of reconnecting with her estranged mother.

Director: Boudewijn Koole | Stars: Jakob Oftebro, Rifka Lodeizen, Elsie de Brauw, Marcus Hanssen

Votes: 301

15. Don't Talk to Irene (2017)

TV-14 | 90 min | Comedy

63 Metascore

Irene must endure 2 weeks of community service at a retirement home. Following her passion for cheerleading, she secretly signs up the senior residents to audition for a dance-themed ... See full summary »

Director: Pat Mills | Stars: Michelle McLeod, Bruce Gray, Anastasia Phillips, Scott Thompson

Votes: 697

16. Euthanizer (2017)

85 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

71 Metascore

A man who euthanizes animals as a side job runs afoul of a white supremacist.

Director: Teemu Nikki | Stars: Matti Onnismaa, Jari Virman, Hannamaija Nikander, Heikki Nousiainen

Votes: 1,162

17. Félicité (2017)

129 min | Drama, Music

75 Metascore

Félicité sings in a bar in Kinshasa. When her 14-year-old son has a motorcycle accident, she goes on a frantic search through the streets of Kinshasa, a world of music and dreams. And her path crosses that of Tabu.

Director: Alain Gomis | Stars: Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu, Gaetan Claudia, Papi Mpaka, Nadine Ndebo

Votes: 764 | Gross: $0.01M

18. Longing (2017)

100 min | Drama

A middle-aged Israeli bachelor is forced to evaluate his life choices when he discovers an ex-girlfriend had given birth to his son 20 years before, in this affecting drama from writer director Savi Gabizon.

Director: Savi Gabizon | Stars: Ella Armony, Shai Avivi, Shmil Ben Ari, Salim Dau

Votes: 271

19. Good Favour (2017)

101 min | Drama

Rebbeca Daly's subtle and brilliantly realized parable , a teenage stranger welcomed into a household in a devout Catholic village gradually reveals his motives and what seem to be magical powers

Director: Rebecca Daly | Stars: Vincent Romeo, Lars Brygmann, Clara Rugaard, Alexandre Willaume

Votes: 67

20. Hannah (I) (2017)

TV-MA | 93 min | Drama

63 Metascore

Intimate portrait of a woman drifting between reality and denial when she is left alone to grapple with the consequences of her husband's imprisonment.

Director: Andrea Pallaoro | Stars: Charlotte Rampling, André Wilms, Stéphanie Van Vyve, Simon Bisschop

Votes: 938 | Gross: $0.01M

21. In Syria (2017)

85 min | Drama, War

A mother attempts to keep her family safe as war rages and a sniper lies in wait outside her home. This nerve-wracking study of life in Damascus won an Audience Award at Berlinale.

Director: Philippe Van Leeuw | Stars: Hiam Abbass, Diamand Bou Abboud, Juliette Navis, Mohsen Abbas

Votes: 1,889

22. The Journey (I) (2017)

82 min | Drama, Thriller

As Sara stands on the cusp of committing an unthinkable act, an unforeseen and awkward encounter gives her the opportunity to witness the potential consequences of her destructive action. But is this a second chance or an admission of guilt?

Director: Mohamed Al Daradji | Stars: Bennet De Brabandere, Zahraa Ghandour, Ameer Jabarah, Michel Kandinsky

Votes: 124

23. Ravenous (2017)

TV-MA | 104 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

In a small, remote village in upstate Quebec, things have changed. Locals are not the same anymore - their bodies are breaking down and they have turned against their loved ones. A handful of survivors goes hiding into the woods, looking for others like them.

Director: Robin Aubert | Stars: Marc-André Grondin, Monia Chokri, Charlotte St-Martin, Micheline Lanctôt

Votes: 6,004

24. Life & Nothing More (2017)

114 min | Drama

82 Metascore

Standing on the edge of adulthood, Andrew yearns to find his purpose as a young black man in today's America. With his mother longing to find more to her life than parenting, Andrew is ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Méndez Esparza | Stars: Andrew Bleechington, Regina Williams, Robert Williams, Ry'nesia Chambers

Votes: 344 | Gross: $0.02M

25. Looking for Oum Kulthum (2017)

90 min | Drama

A film within a film, "Looking for Oum Kulthum" is the plight of an Iranian woman artist/filmmaker living in exile, as she embarks on capturing the life and art of the legendary female ... See full summary »

Directors: Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari | Stars: Neda Rahmanian, Yasmin Raeis, Mehdi Moinzadeh, Kais Nashif

Votes: 183

26. Longing (2017)

100 min | Drama

A middle-aged Israeli bachelor is forced to evaluate his life choices when he discovers an ex-girlfriend had given birth to his son 20 years before, in this affecting drama from writer director Savi Gabizon.

Director: Savi Gabizon | Stars: Ella Armony, Shai Avivi, Shmil Ben Ari, Salim Dau

Votes: 271

27. Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2017)

93 min | Drama, Thriller

77 Metascore

Marlina lives quietly in Sumba until one day a man named Markus and his gang try to rob her house and she kills him. Eventually, she is haunted by Markus, and her life turns in 180 degrees.

Director: Mouly Surya | Stars: Marsha Timothy, Egy Fedly, Tumpal Tampubolon, Yoga Pratama

Votes: 1,729 | Gross: $0.02M

28. Meditation Park (2017)

PG | 94 min | Drama

An aging woman questions her life after suspecting her husband is having an affair.

Director: Mina Shum | Stars: Pei-Pei Cheng, Tzi Ma, Sandra Oh, Don McKellar

Votes: 324

29. Miami (2017)

TV-14 | 119 min | Drama

Two sisters reunite after years of separation. Their lives intertwine as they share a dream of a bright future, only to find out that the past can't be easily undone.

Director: Zaida Bergroth | Stars: Krista Kosonen, Sonja Kuittinen, Juhan Ulfsak, Alex Anton

Votes: 298

30. Motorrad (2017)

TV-MA | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

Director Vicente Amorim film is a wild and weird allegorical thriller. A gang of young dirt bikers on a ride across an isolated region of Brazil find themselves being hunted by a machete ... See full summary »

Director: Vicente Amorim | Stars: Guilherme Prates, Carla Salle, Emilio Dantas, Pablo Sanábio

Votes: 227

31. Nina (I) (2017)

86 min | Drama

A 12 year old swimming star becomes the emotional casualty of her parents acrimonious separation, in this powerful coming of age story about youth rebelliously standing up to the cruelties and immaturities of adulthood.

Director: Juraj Lehotsky | Stars: Bibiana Nováková, Robert Roth, Petra Fornayová, Josef Kleindienst

Votes: 58

32. On Body and Soul (2017)

Not Rated | 116 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

77 Metascore

When slaughterhouse workers Endre and Mária discover they share the same dreams - where they meet in a forest as deer and fall in love - they decide to make their dreams come true but it's difficult in real life.

Director: Ildikó Enyedi | Stars: Géza Morcsányi, Alexandra Borbély, Zoltán Schneider, Ervin Nagy

Votes: 19,050

33. Porcupine Lake (2017)

85 min | Drama, Romance

Porcupine Lake is a story of bravery and the secret life of girls set in Northern Ontario during a hot and hazy summertime when adulthood has not yet arrived, but childhood is quickly vanishing.

Director: Ingrid Veninger | Stars: Charlotte Salisbury, Lucinda Armstrong Hall, Christopher Bolton, Delphine Roussel

Votes: 327

34. The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales... (2017)

G | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

73 Metascore

Whoever thinks that the countryside is calm and peaceful is mistaken. In it we find especially agitated animals, a Fox that thinks it's a chicken, a Rabbit that acts like a stork, and a Duck who wants to replace Father Christmas. If you want to take a vacation, keep driving past this place.

Directors: Patrick Imbert, Benjamin Renner | Stars: Guillaume Darnault, Damien Witecka, Kamel Abdessadok, Antoine Schoumsky

Votes: 1,217 | Gross: $0.04M

35. The Insult (2017)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

72 Metascore

After an emotional exchange between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee escalates, the men end up in a court case that gets national attention.

Director: Ziad Doueiri | Stars: Adel Karam, Kamel El Basha, Camille Salameh, Diamand Bou Abboud

Votes: 11,220 | Gross: $1.00M

36. The Lodgers (2017)

R | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

52 Metascore

1920, rural Ireland. Anglo Irish twins Rachel and Edward share a strange existence in their crumbling family estate. Each night, the property becomes the domain of a sinister presence (The ... See full summary »

Director: Brian O'Malley | Stars: Charlotte Vega, Bill Milner, Eugene Simon, David Bradley

Votes: 6,518

37. The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches (2017)

TV-14 | 112 min | Drama

After her father's death, a young woman raised in isolation struggles to make sense of her world.

Director: Simon Lavoie | Stars: Marine Johnson, Antoine L'Écuyer, Jean-François Casabonne, Alex Godbout

Votes: 365

38. The Number (2017)

TV-MA | 95 min | Drama

After a young protégé's murder confirms a prison gang leader's growing misgivings about his life inside, he joins a reform-minded warden's efforts to improve the prison, eyeing it as a path... See full summary »

Director: Khalo Matabane | Stars: Mothusi Magano, Warren Masemola, Deon Lotz, Kevin Smith

Votes: 9

39. Adventures in Public School (2017)

TV-14 | 86 min | Comedy

65 Metascore

A socially awkward home-schooled kid forces his way into public-school against his suffocating but loving mother's wishes.

Director: Kyle Rideout | Stars: Judy Greer, Daniel Doheny, Siobhan Williams, Andrew McNee

Votes: 1,403

40. Pyewacket (2017)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

56 Metascore

A frustrated, angst-ridden teenage girl awakens something in the woods when she naively performs an occult ritual to evoke a witch to kill her mother.

Director: Adam MacDonald | Stars: Laurie Holden, Nicole Muñoz, Chloe Rose, Eric Osborne

Votes: 5,403

41. The Royal Hibiscus Hotel (2017)

TV-PG | 90 min | Comedy, Romance

A disillusioned London chef visits Nigeria and struggles with her matchmaking mother and restoring the family's rundown hotel. She's heartbroken when she discovers the man she loves is buying it.

Director: Ishaya Bako | Stars: Zainab Balogun, Kenneth Okolie, Deyemi Okanlawon, Joke Silva

Votes: 72

42. Samui Song (2017)

TV-MA | 108 min | Drama, Thriller

A soap opera actress finds herself increasingly pressured by her husband, a rich foreigner entirely devoted to a charismatic cult leader.

Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang | Stars: David Asavanond, Laila Boonyasak, Vithaya Pansringarm, Stephane Sednaoui

Votes: 331

43. Sergio & Sergei (2017)

93 min | Drama

A Russian cosmonaut is stranded on The Mir Space Station during the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Director: Ernesto Daranas | Stars: Camila Arteche, A.J. Buckley, Ana Gloria Buduén, Tomás Cao

Votes: 253

44. The Summit (2017)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The president of Argentina, Hernán Blanco, is facing a very important decision. He is participating in a meeting between different state leaders, which takes place in La Cordillera. From ... See full summary »

Director: Santiago Mitre | Stars: Walter Andrade, Ricardo Darín, Dolores Fonzi, José María Marcos

Votes: 2,752

45. Tulipani: Love, Honour and a Bicycle (2017)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

After losing his farm during the floods of 1953, a romantic Dutch farmer is tired of getting his socks wet. He cycles to Italy and decides to grow tulips in the sweltering heat of Puglia.

Director: Mike van Diem | Stars: Ksenia Solo, Giancarlo Giannini, Gijs Naber, Donatella Finocchiaro

Votes: 625

46. Under the Tree (2017)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

75 Metascore

When Baldwin and Inga's next door neighbours complain that a tree in their backyard casts a shadow over their sundeck, what starts off as a typical spat between neighbours in the suburbs unexpectedly and violently spirals out of control.

Director: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson | Stars: Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson, Edda Björgvinsdóttir, Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Þorsteinn Bachmann

Votes: 2,500 | Gross: $0.07M

47. Verónica (II) (2017)

81 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A female Psychologist who has stopped practicing medicine, decides to take the case of Veronica de la Serna, a young woman whose previous therapist has mysteriously disappeared.

Directors: Carlos Algara, Alejandro Martinez-Beltran | Stars: Olga Segura, Arcelia Ramírez, Sofía Garza, Horacio Castelo

Votes: 1,048

48. Wajib - The Wedding Invitation (2017)

96 min | Drama

A father and his estranged son must come together to hand deliver his daughter's wedding invitations to each guest as per local Palestinian custom, in this rousing family drama from Annemarie Jacir (When I Saw You).

Director: Annemarie Jacir | Stars: Mohammad Bakri, Saleh Bakri, Tarik Kopty, Monera Shehadeh

Votes: 809