TIFF 2017: Contemporary World Cinema

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1. A Ciambra (2017)

118 min | Drama

7.2
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66 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, Koudous Seihon, Damiano Amato, Francesco Pio Amato

Votes: 101

2. Una especie de familia (2017)

Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.7
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Director: Diego Lerman | Stars: Bárbara Lennie, Daniel Aráoz, Claudio Tolcachir, Yanina Ávila

Votes: 15

3. Alanis (2017)

82 min | Drama

6.0
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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

Votes: 7

4. Ana, mon amour (2017)

125 min | Drama

7.3
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63 Metascore

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

Director: Cãlin Peter Netzer | Stars: Diana Cavallioti, Mircea Postelnicu, Carmen Tanase, Vasile Muraru

Votes: 531

5. Angels Wear White (2017)

107 min | Drama

7.4
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In a small seaside town, two schoolgirls are 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 ... See full summary »

Director: Vivian Qu | Stars: Le Geng, Mengnan Li, Weiwei Liu, Zhou Meijun

Votes: 52

6. Las hijas de Abril (2017)

103 min | Drama

6.8
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60 Metascore

Valeria is 17 and pregnant. She lives in Puerto Vallarta with Clara, her half sister. Valeria has not wanted her long-absent mother, April, to find out about her pregnancy, but due to the ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 456

7. Arrhythmia (2017)

116 min | Drama

7.5
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Oleg is a young gifted paramedic. His wife Katya works at the hospital emergency department. She loves Oleg, but is fed up with him caring more about patients than her. She tells him she ... See full summary »

Director: Boris Khlebnikov | Stars: Galina Averyanova, Irina Gorbacheva, Polina Ilyukhina, Vladimir Kapustin

Votes: 62

8. Beyond Words (2017)

Drama

6.7
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A Polish born, Berlin based lawyer working on refugee cases is unexpectedly reunited with his long list father, in this luminous black and white fourth feature from Urszula Antoniak

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

Votes: 7

9. Kanojo ga sono na wo shiranai toritachi (2017)

123 min | Drama, Mystery

7.7
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Tawako's boyfriend is unkind, 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 still ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 7

10. Black Kite (2017)

Drama

6.7
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Director: Tarique Qayumi

Votes: 6

11. Breath (I) (2017)

115 min | Drama, Sport

9.1
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Based on Tim Winton's award-winning and international bestselling novel set in mid-70s coastal Australia. Two teenage boys, hungry for discovery, form an unlikely friendship with a ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 35

12. Madilim ang Gabi (2017)

106 min | Drama

5.4
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A Filipino couple become caught up in their country's violent drug when their son goes missing.

Director: Adolfo Alix Jr.

Votes: 7

13. Posoki (2017)

103 min | Drama

7.7
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Multiple stories of taxi drivers while they work one night.

Director: Stephan Komandarev | Stars: Vasil Banov, Ivan Barnev, Assen Blatechki, Stefan Denolyubov

Votes: 45

14. Verdwijnen (2017)

90 min | Drama

6.9
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An incurably 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: 115

15. Don't Talk to Irene (2017)

90 min | Comedy

8.6
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When Irene - the fattest girl in high school - gets suspended, she must endure two weeks of community service at a retirement home. Following her passion for cheerleading, she secretly ... See full summary »

Director: Pat Mills | Stars: Geena Davis, Anastasia Phillips, Elizabeth Jeanne le Roux, Scott Thompson

Votes: 14

16. Armomurhaaja (2017)

85 min | Thriller

7.2
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75 Metascore

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Director: Teemu Nikki | Stars: Ilari Johansson, Santtu Karvonen, Hannamaija Nikander, Heikki Nousiainen

Votes: 21

17. Félicité (2017)

123 min | Drama, Music

6.5
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70 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: 222

18. Ga'agua (2017)

100 min | Drama

6.7
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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: 36

19. Good Favour (2017)

Drama

7.7
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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: 10

20. Hannah (I) (2017)

95 min | Drama

6.1
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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: 35

21. In Syria (2017)

85 min | Drama

7.5
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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: 212

22. The Journey (I) (2017)

Drama

6.6
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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: Zahraa Ghandour, Ameer Jabarah

Votes: 5

23. Les Affamés (2017)

100 min | Drama, Horror

7.5
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In a small, remote village in upstate Quebec, things have changed. Locals are not the same anymore - their bodies are breaking down and they developed an outlandish attraction for flesh.

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

Votes: 15

24. Life & Nothing More (2017)

Drama

8.5
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Standing on the edge of adulthood, Andrew yearns to find his purpose as a young African-American in today's America. With his mother longing to find more to her life then parenting, Andrew ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Méndez Esparza

Votes: 6

25. Looking for Oum Kulthum (2017)

90 min | Drama

6.6
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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: 9

26. Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2017)

90 min | Drama, Thriller

7.3
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Marlina lives quietly in Sumba until one day a man named Markus and his gang tries 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: Egy Fedly, Dea Panendra, Yoga Pratama, Haydar Salishz

Votes: 85

27. Meditation Park (2017)

Drama

8.5
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Director: Mina Shum | Stars: Sandra Oh, Liane Balaban, Tzi Ma, Zak Santiago

Votes: 6

28. Miami (2017)

119 min | Drama

6.4
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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, Pirkko Hämäläinen, Janne Reinikainen

Votes: 87

29. Motorrad (2017)

Thriller

4.0
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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: Emílio de Mello, Juliana Lohmann, Guilherme Prates, Carla Salle

Votes: 23

30. Nina (I) (2017)

86 min | Drama

6.2
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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: 9

31. Teströl és lélekröl (2017)

116 min | Drama

8.2
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71 Metascore

An unusual love story set in the everyday world, based around the duality of sleeping and waking, mind and matter.

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

Votes: 1,700

32. Porcupine Lake (2017)

85 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.2
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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: 19

33. Le grand méchant renard et autres contes (2017)

83 min | Animation

7.2
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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

Votes: 169

34. L'insulte (2017)

112 min | Drama

8.3
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67 Metascore

In today's Beirut, an insult blown out of proportions finds Toni, a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser, a Palestinian refugee, in court. From secret wounds to traumatic revelations, the media ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 207

35. The Lodgers (2017)

92 min | Horror

6.3
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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, David Bradley, Eugene Simon, Bill Milner

Votes: 38

37. 28s (2017)

95 min | Drama

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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: Presley Chweneyagae, Deon Lotz, Mothusi Magano, Warren Masemola

38. Public Schooled (2017)

Comedy

8.2
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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, Russell Peters

Votes: 12

39. Pyewacket (2017)

90 min | Thriller

8.2
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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: Nicole Muñoz, Laurie Holden, Chloe Rose, Eric Osborne

Votes: 40

40. The Royal Hibiscus Hotel (2017)

Comedy, Romance

4.7
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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: 6

41. Samui Song (2017)

Drama

6.4
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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

Votes: 9

42. Sergio and Sergei (2017)

Drama

6.6
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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 Buduen, Tomás Cao

Votes: 8

43. La Cordillera (2017)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.4
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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: Ricardo Darín, Dolores Fonzi, Erica Rivas, Christian Slater

Votes: 575

44. Tulipani: Liefde, Eer en een Fiets (2017)

Comedy, Drama

9.3
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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, Lidia Vitale

Votes: 47

45. Undir trénu (2017)

89 min | Comedy, Drama

6.9
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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: 105

46. Veronica (III) (2017)

81 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.2
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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, Sofía Garza, Arcelia Ramírez, Horacio Castelo

Votes: 116

47. Wajib (2017)

96 min | Drama

7.5
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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, Maria Zreik

Votes: 25

48. Western (2017)

119 min | Drama

7.3
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A group of German construction workers start a tough job at a remote site in the Bulgarian countryside. The foreign land awakens the men's sense of adventure, but they are also confronted ... See full summary »

Director: Valeska Grisebach | Stars: Meinhard Neumann, Reinhardt Wetrek, Syuleyman Alilov Letifov, Veneta Fragnova

Votes: 190