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Films in Dare

In-your-face, up-front and arresting: films that take you out of your comfort zone.

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  • Border

    Dir Ali Abassi | Sweden

    Prepare for a love story like no other in this audacious Scandinavian fantasy, based on a novel by the writer of Let the Right One In.

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Feature films

  • aKasha

    Dir-Scr hajooj kuka | Sudan-South Africa-Qatar-Germany

    With his striking, gently comedic debut, set amidst an endless war in his beloved country, hajooj kuka announces himself as one of Sudan’s most unique cinematic voices.

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  • Chained for Life

    Dir-Scr Aaron Schimberg | USA

    Made by and starring disfigured people, Aaron Schimberg’s dextrous, darkly comedic film-within-a-film makes you think about cinematic representation without offering simple resolutions.

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  • Consequences

    Dir-Scr Darko Štante | Slovenia

    A teenage tearaway is forced to face up to his actions, and confront his burgeoning sexuality, in this provocative Slovenian coming-of-age tale.

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  • The Dead and the Others

    Dir João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora | Brazil-Portugal

    Set in the indigenous Krahô community of Pedra Branca in Brazil, this atmospheric, visually poetic work depicts a young man’s realisation that he is in possession of shamanic gifts.

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  • Dogman

    Dir Matteo Garrone | Italy

    Gomorrah director Matteo Garrone presents a masterful tale of twisted friendship, not-so-petty crime and revenge, set in a seedy coastal town on the outskirts of Rome.

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  • The Flower

    Dir-Scr Mariano Llinás | Argentina

    A bold and beguiling cinematic adventure on a truly epic scale structured across three parts and six very different narrative episodes.

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  • The Green Fog

    Dir Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson | USA

    Guy Maddin and brothers Evan and Galen Johnson remake Vertigo, albeit with clips from other people’s films, in a treasurable magpie collage.

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  • The Image Book

    Dir-Scr Jean-Luc Godard | Switzerland-France

    Jean-Luc Godard pushes his exploration of words, sounds and images to vivid new extremes in this complex, dizzying mix of film, essay and collage.

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  • Ladyworld

    Dir Amanda Kramer | USA

    Welcome to Ladyworld, a shadowy dwelling where tensions run high and nothing is ever quite what it seems.

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  • Lizzie

    Dir Craig William Macneill | USA

    Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart captivate in this bodice-ripping retelling of the strange and fascinating case of Lizzie Borden.

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  • Madeline’s Madeline

    Dir-Scr Josephine Decker | USA

    The third feature from acclaimed director Josephine Decker is a jazz-infused fever dream that tackles head-first the thorny themes of cultural production and appropriation.

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  • Nancy

    Dir-Scr Christina Choe | USA

    Andrea Riseborough is extraordinary in this disquieting drama about a woman convinced that she was kidnapped as a child and might have found her real parents.

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  • Petra

    Dir Jaime Rosales | Spain-France-Denmark

    In his most accessible film to date, acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Jaime Rosales tells the tale of a morbidly dysfunctional family.

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  • Quién te cantará

    Dir-Scr Carlos Vermut | Spain

    This stylish, elegant and enigmatic feature by one of Spain’s most imaginative directors explores the notion of reality, imitation and artistic creation.

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  • Sauvage

    Dir-Scr Camille Vidal-Naquet | France

    The daily misfortunes of a lonesome rent boy are laid bare in this tough but tender portrait of life on the fringes of society.

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  • Sticks and Stones

    Dir Martin Skovbjerg | Denmark-Iceland

    Martin Skovbjerg’s ambitious directorial debut offers a timely and provocative take on toxic friendship and the destructive power of extreme masculinity.

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  • Suburban Birds

    Dir-Scr Qiu Sheng | China

    Stand by Me meets Kafka in this dreamy treat from debut director Qiu Sheng, in which time is a flat pretzel.

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  • Thunder Road

    Dir-Scr Jim Cummings | USA

    Following the death of his mother, an emotionally unstable cop sees his life slowly unravel in this bracingly uncomfortable tragicomedy.

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  • United Skates

    Dir-Prod Dyana Winkler, Tina Brown | USA

    A charming and dynamic tribute to the electrifying underground African-American roller-skating scene, whose future looks in doubt.

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Short films programme

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