France, Germany, Malaysia, Netherlands
Pak Awang wants to give his daughter a wedding gift: a house he finds in the jungle. He enlists fellow villagers to literally move it, on their shoulders, to their Malaysian village. But when an illegal African immigrant sheltering there is mistaken for a ghost, a madcap series of hilarious misunderstandings ensues. Black humour with a serious political/allegorical twist. Shelly Kraicer
After personal problems send free spirit Cristina (Sophie Alexander-Katz) scurrying for the comforts of her family home, her taciturn ex-addict brother’s relationship with a new girlfriend threatens the orphan siblings’ fragile peace… "Sibling rivalry is kept at a low, slow simmer in [Marcelo Tobar’s] fractiously intimate family drama… Thanks to flinty performances… it’s a film of subtle but not insubstantial emotional rewards."—Variety
A hugely enjoyable black-and-white homage to the Nouvelle Vague set against 1999’s student demonstrations in Mexico City, Alonso Ruíz Palacios’ debut focuses on teenaged Tomás, his slacker older brother and their search for a folk-music icon who once made Bob Dylan cry… Playful and charming, it’s "full of life and related with intelligence and a sense of humour."—Slant. Special Jury Mention: Best New Narrative Director, Tribeca 2014.
When reality is knocked for a loop, desperate characters are stranded in infinitely repeating realms. As limbo distorts their psyches, Isaac Ezban delivers mind-bending sci-fi that recalls Philip K. Dick while revealing a brilliant new voice in genre cinema. "One of the most intriguing Mexican films of the year… bright and concise, perfectly expressing its director’s (very human) concerns while also offering an exciting alternate world."—Twitch
Ricardo Silva’s controversial, disturbing and unclassifiable film features interviews (and, be warned, much more) with various marginal characters existing on the fringes of Tijuana, Mexico. "[An] utterly transfixing fiction-documentary hybrid… The total lack of delineation between staging and real life [adds] an additional layer of fascination… Mesmerizing…"—Slant. Winner, Cineasti del presente Award, Locarno 2014.
Brazil, France, Mexico, Denmark, Germany, Argentina
Lisandro Alonso returns with a gorgeous, 19th century-set existential exploration. Viggo Mortensen is a Danish engineer who heads into the Patagonian wilderness in search of his missing daughter. "This hallucinatory head-trip Western remains unmistakably Alonso’s film… a metaphysical road movie in which origin and destination are markedly less important than the journey itself."—Variety. Winner, FIPRESCI Prize, Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2014.