Veronica Ghent, who after a double mastectomy, goes to a healing retreat in rural Scotland with her young nurse Desi. She discovers that the process of such surgery opens up questions about her very existence, leading her to start to question and confront past traumas. The two develop an unlikely bond as mysterious forces give Veronica the power to enact revenge within her dreams.
The Death of Cinema and My Father Too
When Yoel hears about an imminent Iranian military attack on Tel Aviv, he knows what to do - escape with his family to a safe haven in Jerusalem. His son Assaf, who is a filmmaker and about to become a father himself, wants to give Yoel one last lead role in his movie by melting the fictional world into bittersweet reality.
Following a tragic car accident in Greece, Beckett, an American tourist, finds himself at the center of a dangerous political conspiracy – and on the run for his life.
FIRST TIME [The Time for All but Sunset - VIOLET]
Julie just started university in Bordeaux. She moves into the house of Elizabeth, an old widow who lends her a room in exchange for her help with daily chores. There’s one condition : acting as if Victor, Elizabeth’s dead husband, was still alive. But soon, Julie starts feeling his presence…and an inescapable and dangerous love triangle begins.
A discomforting situation unfolds a late night in the streets of Brussels, when Ousmane and his sister Tiguidanké decide to ask a young couple passing by for help.
Guimoon: The Lightless Door
In 1990, at a secluded community center, the custodian murders all the guest lodgers and kills himself. Ever since, on every Old Year's Night, paranormal events begin to take place within the building. Eventually, the center is shut down and left abandoned for years. A renowned paranormal investigator who had lost his mother during an exorcism and three college students who heard about the rumor of the unexplained phenomena heads over to the building, resolved to uncover the buried secret.
OSS 117: From Africa with Love
The third entry in secret agent OSS 117's parodic spy adventures.
In Singapore, where even vapes are illegal, three rebellious schoolgirls are caught smoking by the principal. Their revenge prank takes a sinister turn.
Around the World in 80 Days
Passepartout is a young and scholarly marmoset who always dreams of becoming an explorer. One day, he crosses paths with Phileas, a reckless and greedy frog, eager to take on a bet to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days and earn 10 million clams in the process. Seizing the opportunity of a lifetime to explore the world, Passepartout embarks with his new friend on a crazy and exhilarating adventure full of twists and surprises.
Catarina is a researcher in quantum physics. She studies the sound spaces hidden in the variations of light. By immersing herself in the images she distorts, Catarina discovers a new form of sound spectrum, which seems to open an access to another temporality.
A young couple struggling to stay together, when they are offered an amazing deal on a home with a questionable past that would normally be beyond their means. In a final attempt to start fresh as a couple they take the deal. However, soon after moving in, the couple falls prey to strange and disturbing occurrences, and eventually learn that the house has a more troubling history than either of them anticipated.
A Brighter Tomorrow
Thirty-something Mehdi is a safecracker. He and his mates are just trying to get by, but robbery isn’t paying like it used to. Day to day Mehdi tries to be a good son to his mother, and a good father to his 1-year-old son to win back his ex, Sarah.
Night has to trick the mother of the missing child into sleeping to save her soul.
Zeros and Ones
JJ is an American soldier stationed in a Rome under siege, locked down, and at war. The Vatican being blown into the night sky is only the beginning of our hero’s journey to uncover and defend against an unknown enemy but threatening the lives of the entire world.
Paloma is a transexual woman farmer who decides to get married in the church with her boyfriend Zé, a bricklayer. Unfortunate coincidences turn this event into national news headlines. The quiet life in a rural area of Ceará is completely shaken by Paloma’s urge to get married in a liturgical ceremony, and at the end, Paloma is severely punished for breaking up social conventions.
Fou de Bassan
Dead city. Foggy night. A saxophone is playing. Lust is lurking.
You Can't Kill Meme
A hybrid documentary feature film about the genesis of "memetic magick" and its application by the alt-right in the United States.
A coati, a butterfly and a frog join forces in order to avoid that an evil snake destroys their home.
Mad God is an experimental stop-motion film set in a Miltonesque world of monsters, mad scientists, and war pigs. Conceived and directed by our founder, legendary visual effects and stop-motion craftsman Phil Tippett, all sets, creatures and environments in Mad God are handcrafted and shot at the Berkeley studio stage. Mad God is a mature film made with technology that spans the history of cinema.
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The Demons of Dorothy
Dorothy’s a film director and a bit of a loser. One night, fueled up on Heineken, she lets loose on her script when a call from her producer kills her buzz: enough with the queer comedies, it’s time to start making mainstream films. To avoid sinking to the deepest depths of despair, Dorothy seeks comfort in her favorite TV show Romy the Vampire Slayer. Unfortunately, her own demons show up.
Based on an idea by Eisenstein, who dreamt of composing the 101 poses of Robert Macaire – a popular French character epitomizing the unscrupulous swindler – as represented in the 101 lithographs of the series Caricaturana by Honoré Daumier. First, a montage of the gestures as Eisenstein envisaged. Then, original texts are added to the caricatures. And finally, we took the liberty to use them as a commentary to some current news.
What began as research unravels into a desktop film that explores a queer reimagining of a Soviet space flight.
A fertilizer used in a rich gated community becomes the source of a genetic mutation that transforms its residents into zombies. Can a teenager and his baby sister break free from the quarantined island before turning into grass?
Rose, 78-year-old, has just lost her beloved husband. When her grief gives way to a powerful impulse to live her life, making her realize that she can still redefine herself as a woman, the whole balance of the family is upset.
In a single humiliating day, Silvia is fired from her job despite being a few years away from retirement, a policeman fines her during a traffic check, and the director of the church choir takes away her solo part. During the Ave Maria rehearsal, Silvia decides to endure in an act of silent resistance.
Spiraling paranoia and gut-wrenching dread tear through #BLUE_WHALE, the feature debut from Russian writer/director Anna Zaytseva, whose shorts have won no less than 16 awards on the festival circuit. A provincial town is shaken by a wave of mysterious teen suicides. Researching the death of her younger sister, schoolgirl Dana (Anna Potebnya) comes across a sickening social media game that encourages youths to take horrific self-harm challenges. Aiming to hunt down those responsible for her sister’s death, she registers for the game, opening a doorway into the cruelest of hidden online worlds. Co-produced by Timur Bekmambetov and shot in the Screenlife storytelling format that he pioneered, #BLUE_WHALE taps into something insightfully disturbing about the ways that teens can find themselves manipulated online.
Weekday Night (Soir de semaine) in an animated slumber party made up of drawn observations evoking feelings of exaltation, humor and intimacy inherent to those nights.
The Last Thing Mary Saw
Winter, 1843. A young woman is under investigation following the mysterious death of her family's matriarch. Her recollection of the events sheds new light on the ageless forces behind the tragedy.
Gloria (Stefania Tortorella) needs an orgasm. When was the last time she had one? She doesn’t know if she’s ever had one. So begins Marcela Matta and Mauro Sarser’s sophomore feature, following 2016’s LOS MODERNOS, GHOSTING GLORIA, a charming and surprising genre-bender that switches between horror, fantasy, and offbeat comedy — all wrapped up in a whimsical and subversive romance. Gloria’s orgasm issue is easily solved when she finds the right man. There is just one issue: he’s a ghost. What brings real spark is the film’s sex-positive spin on the theme of finding Mr. Right, its boisterous moments of mindblowing (sometimes wholly inappropriate) erotic comedy, and Gloria’s rich, wider world. If you ever wanted to know what something like TIE ME UP! TIE ME DOWN! would look like if it was crossed with THE ENTITY, here is the place to find out.