GFF 2022

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1. Nobody Has to Know (2021)

99 min | Drama, Romance

Phil, a robust middle-aged man suffers a stroke, causing him to lose his memory. Millie, who takes care of him, tells him falsely that they were secretly in love before his accident.

Directors: Michelle Fairley, Bouli Lanners, Tim Mielants | Stars: Michelle Fairley, Bouli Lanners, Andrew Still, Julian Glover

Votes: 590

2. A Place Called Dignity (2021)

99 min | Drama

Pablo, a 12-year-old boy, receives a scholarship to attend school in the mysterious and isolated Colonia Dignidad, established in Chile by German settlers. He quickly becomes the favorite ... See full summary »

Director: Matías Rojas Valencia | Stars: David Gaete, Salvador Insunza, Amalia Kassai, Noa Westermeyer

Votes: 47

3. You Are Not My Mother (2021)

93 min | Drama, Horror

74 Metascore

In a North Dublin housing estate Char's mother goes missing. When she returns Char is determined to uncover the truth of her disappearance and unearth the dark secrets of her family.

Director: Kate Dolan | Stars: Hazel Doupe, Paul Reid, Ingrid Craigie, Carolyn Bracken

Votes: 3,462

4. The Pink Cloud (2021)

R | 105 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

69 Metascore

After a toxic and mysterious pink cloud appeared, Giovana finds herself stuck in a flat with a man she just met, changing her life in a way she never expected.

Director: Iuli Gerbase | Stars: Maria Galant, Kaya Rodrigues, Luciana Tomasi, Arthur da Costa Florenzano

Votes: 658

5. Compartment Number 6 (2021)

R | 107 min | Drama, Romance

80 Metascore

As a train weaves its way up to the arctic circle, two strangers share a journey that will change their perspective on life.

Director: Juho Kuosmanen | Stars: Yuriy Borisov, Seidi Haarla, Valeriy Nikolaev, Yuliya Aug

Votes: 9,957

6. The Beta Test (2021)

Unrated | 93 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

72 Metascore

An engaged Hollywood agent receives a mysterious letter for an anonymous sexual encounter and becomes ensnared in a sinister world of lying, infidelity, and digital data.

Directors: Jim Cummings, PJ McCabe | Stars: Jim Cummings, Virginia Newcomb, PJ McCabe, Wilky Lau

Votes: 5,021

7. So Damn Easy Going (2022)

91 min | Comedy, Drama

While desperately trying to find ways to get her ADHD medication, 18-year-old Joanna is trying to figure out her newfound feelings towards her classmate Audrey, but also towards herself.

Director: Christoffer Sandler | Stars: Tuva Albino, Emil Algpeus, Mats Blomgren, Gorki Glaser-Müller

Votes: 464

8. Great Freedom (2021)

Unrated | 116 min | Drama

89 Metascore

In post-war Germany, liberation by the Allies does not mean freedom for everyone. Hans is repeatedly imprisoned under Paragraph 175, which criminalizes homosexuality. Over the decades, he develops an unlikely bond with his cellmate Viktor.

Director: Sebastian Meise | Stars: Franz Rogowski, Georg Friedrich, Anton von Lucke, Thomas Prenn

Votes: 4,332

9. Land of Dreams (2021)

113 min | Comedy

In an effort to understand and control its populous, the government begins a program to record citizens' dreams.

Directors: Shoja Azari, Shirin Neshat | Stars: Sheila Vand, Matt Dillon, William Moseley, Isabella Rossellini

Votes: 212

10. The Lost Daughter (2021)

R | 121 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A woman's beach vacation takes a dark turn when she begins to confront the troubles of her past.

Director: Maggie Gyllenhaal | Stars: Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley, Dakota Johnson, Ed Harris

Votes: 63,081

11. Leave No Traces (2021)

R | 160 min | Drama

In 1983, communist Poland is shaken by the case of high school student Grzegorz Przemyk, who is beaten to death by police. The only witness of the beating becomes the number one enemy of the state.

Director: Jan P. Matuszynski | Stars: Tomasz Zietek, Sandra Korzeniak, Jacek Braciak, Agnieszka Grochowska

Votes: 1,214

12. What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? (2021)

150 min | Drama

85 Metascore

A chance encounter on a street corner has Lisa and Giorgi fall in love at first sight, but an evil spell is cast on them. Will they ever meet again?

Director: Aleksandre Koberidze | Stars: Ani Karseladze, Giorgi Bochorishvili, Oliko Barbakadze, Giorgi Ambroladze

Votes: 1,440

13. Holy Emy (2021)

111 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A young Filipina searches for the missing links between her strange bleeding condition and her faraway mother's healing powers.

Director: Araceli Lemos | Stars: Abigael Loma, Hasmine Killip, Eirini Inglesi, Angeli Bayani

Votes: 253

14. France (2021)

Unrated | 133 min | Comedy, Drama

57 Metascore

A celebrity journalist, juggling her busy career and personal life, has her life over-turned by a freak car accident.

Director: Bruno Dumont | Stars: Léa Seydoux, Blanche Gardin, Benjamin Biolay, Emanuele Arioli

Votes: 3,144

15. Aurora (II) (2021)

90 min | Drama

Alongside her work as an architect, 40-year old Luisa gives inspirational creative workshops to children. One day, she comes across 17-year-old Yuli by the school toilets; it turns out she ... See full summary »

Director: Paz Fábrega | Stars: Rebeca Woodbridge, Raquel Villalobos, Erika Rojas, Daniela Arroio

Votes: 96

16. Black Crab (2022)

TV-MA | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

54 Metascore

In a post-apocalyptic world, six soldiers on a covert mission must transport a mysterious package across a frozen archipelago. Noomi Rapace stars.

Director: Adam Berg | Stars: Noomi Rapace, Jakob Oftebro, Dar Salim, Erik Enge

Votes: 20,454

17. Freaks Out (2021)

141 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Rome, 1943: Matilde, Cencio, Fulvio and Mario are the main attractions of the "Mezza Piotta Circus" run by Israel, meanwhile someone starts looking for the four freaks with a plan that could change the fate of the whole world.

Director: Gabriele Mainetti | Stars: Claudio Santamaria, Aurora Giovinazzo, Pietro Castellitto, Giancarlo Martini

Votes: 4,986

18. Hatching (2022)

91 min | Horror

75 Metascore

A young gymnast, who tries desperately to please her demanding mother, discovers a strange egg. She hides it and keeps it warm, but when it hatches, what emerges shocks them all.

Director: Hanna Bergholm | Stars: Siiri Solalinna, Sophia Heikkilä, Jani Volanen, Reino Nordin

Votes: 7,514

19. Boiling Point (I) (2021)

R | 92 min | Drama, Thriller

73 Metascore

Enter the relentless pressure of a restaurant kitchen as a head chef wrangles his team on the busiest day of the year.

Director: Philip Barantini | Stars: Stephen Graham, Vinette Robinson, Alice Feetham, Ray Panthaki

Votes: 23,680

20. Passion (I) (2021)

92 min | Documentary

After leaving a toxic relationship, filmmaker Maja Borg embarks on a dark and deeply personal journey of healing as they explore intersections between the ritual worlds of BDSM and Christianity.

Director: Maja Borg | Star: Maja Borg

Votes: 41

21. Zalava (2021)

93 min | Drama, Horror

Investigating reports of demonic possessions in a remote village, a skeptical military officer finds his beliefs tested by an enigmatic exorcist.

Director: Arsalan Amiri | Stars: Navid Pourfaraj, Pouria Rahimi Sam, Hoda Zeinolabedin, Baset Rezaei

Votes: 330

22. Who Killed the KLF? (2021)

88 min | Documentary, Music

"Who Killed the KLF?" explores the rise and fall of the KLF in the 1980s and 1990s, touching upon themes that perfectly capture the 21st century zeitgeist. A tale as intriguing as it is bonkers"

Director: Chris Atkins | Stars: Jimi Cauty, Carl Cox, Mark Derbyshire, Bill Drummond

Votes: 509

23. Happening (2021)

R | 100 min | Drama

86 Metascore

An adaptation of Annie Ernaux's novel of the same name, looking back on her experience with abortion when it was still illegal in France in the 1960s.

Director: Audrey Diwan | Stars: Anamaria Vartolomei, Kacey Mottet Klein, Luàna Bajrami, Louise Orry-Diquéro

Votes: 5,965

24. Inu-oh (2021)

PG-13 | 98 min | Animation, Fantasy, Music

77 Metascore

A cursed dancer and a musician stun society with electrifying concerts in this animated rock opera.

Director: Masaaki Yuasa | Stars: Avu-chan, Mirai Moriyama, Tasuku Emoto, Kenjirô Tsuda

Votes: 465

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