A monstrous case of manipulation lies at the heart of Daniel Rodríguez Risco’s stylish psychothriller. Obsessed with having a child, 45-year-old widow Silvia (Vanessa Saba) tricks the naïve Mercedes (Mayella Lloclla) into accepting a room in her home and arranges a meeting with young handyman Jaime (Manuel Gold). When Mercedes gets pregnant, Silvia will stop at nothing to claim the baby…
Maven, once a camera pro, is now a scuzzy videographer who compulsively records everything from the birth of his daughter to crime on the streets. One night he shoots a murder, with ruinous consequences… A riveting debut from Mikhail Red (son of Raymond), half noir thriller, half study of what it means to stand apart and look. Tony Rayns
Wilhelm Sasnal—whose paintings hang in MOMA and Paris’ Pompidou—has a second life, alongside his wife Anka, as a director; their Parasite is a haunting, gorgeously made evocation of contemporary Polish alienation. Centred on a lonely old man and a troubled younger mother (with baby) who move in together, this formally daring work has both a rare immediacy and an aching sense of compassion.
Italy, Poland, Switzerland
Lech Majewski’s follow-up to The Mill and the Cross is another visually ravishing tale, this one about a poet coping with the car-accident deaths of his beloved and best friend. "[Like The Mill…], the visuals are again striking and the theme of death deeply examined… Again there is a strong feeling that the stakes are high—a dialogue with God, a struggle for the soul…"—Hollywood Reporter
Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze’s (My Nikifor) amazing drama is exquisitely designed and replete with stunning musical sequences. "Spanning most of the 20th century… [this] ravishingly beautiful biopic commemorates the life and works of Bronisława Wajs, the first publicly feted female poet from Poland’s travelling gypsy minority… Every frame is a painterly masterclass in light and shadow."—Hollywood Reporter. Winner, Special Jury Prize, Istanbul 2014.
UK, Poland, Germany
The nomadic Badjao tribe are citizens of the sea, subsisting for centuries on the spoils of their compressor-diving expeditions. Eliza Kubarska‘s poetic documentary follows 10-year-old Sari as he sets out on his first fishing trip and is initiated into his people’s traditions and lore. "A mythological tale of wonder and water…"—DOX. Winner, Special Jury Prize: International Feature, Hot Docs 2014.
“The restless spirits of Portugal’s post-colonial underclass stumble dazedly though the wilds of Horse Money, the latest—and in some respects the most striking—of director Pedro Costa’s hallucinatory bulletins from the Lisbon slum known as Fontainhas… [A] strange, hauntingly beautiful effort… [It] defies classification as readily as it reimagines the possibilities of cinema…”—Variety. Winner, Best Director, Locarno 2014.
"I grew up believing I was a boy. Maybe I was. Maybe I am." An exploration of just how fluid and subjective gender identity can be.