Films in Dare
In-your-face, up-front and arresting: films that take you out of your comfort zone.
Dir-Scr FJ Ossang | France-Portugal
Full steam ahead to Nowhereland, in this surreal, beautifully shot black-and-white dream voyage from French cult maverick FJ Ossang.
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Dir-Scr Pablo Berger | Spain-France
From the director of Blancanieves comes a wacky women’s melodrama with some absurdist supernatural digressions and a fabulous central performance from Maribel Verdú.
Read more about Abracadabra
Dir-Scr Jonas Carpignano | Italy-USA-France-Sweden
Life among the Italian Romani community is explored in this gritty drama considering what it takes for a boy to become a man.
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Dir-Scr Eliza Hittman | USA
Coney-Islander Frankie juggles his dangerous double life: showing off his heteronormative masculine prowess with friends by day, cruising for gay hook-ups at night.
Read more about Beach Rats
Dir Nicolas Wackerbarth | Germany
Tensions and rivalries on the set of a Fassbinder remake fuel sharp observations on truth and performance in Nicolas Wackerbarth’s probing drama.
Read more about Casting
Dir-Prod Joshua Bonnetta & J P Sniadecki | USA
A visually striking and experimental anthropological essay about border crossings in the Sonoran Desert.
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Dir-Scr Toshio Matsumoto | Japan
1960s Japan receives an electrifying charge of counter cultural subversion in this visually striking, anti-establishment classic.
Read more about Funeral Parade of Roses
Dir Jon Garaño, Aitor Arregi | Spain
From the Basque directors of Loreak (LFF 2014) comes an unsettling tale of sibling rivalry based on the true story of the world’s tallest man.
Read more about Giant
Dir Semih Kaplanoğlu | Turkey-Germany-France-Sweden-Qatar
Mankind faces extinction in this stunningly-realised widescreen dystopian fiction about ecological disaster.
Read more about Grain
Dir-Scr Liu Jian | China
Multi-strand Pulp Fiction-style gangster narrative meets bold, frequently hilarious social satire, in this thrilling Chinese animation.
Read more about Have a Nice Day
Dir Bornila Chatterjee | UK
This UK-India co-production employs Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus as the source of its story about a ruthless businessman whose world is threatened by an evil act.
Read more about The Hungry
Dir-Scr Bryan Forbes | UK
An unmarried mother-to-be finds companionship among a gallery of warm and eccentric characters when she comes to London to have her child.
Read more about The L-Shaped Room
Dir Ruth Mader | Austria
Happiness is an emotion shared by all in this world, but when one man questions his existence, the penalty can be deadly.
Read more about Life Guidance
Dir-Prod Václav Kadrnka | Czech Republic-Slovakia-Italy
In southern Italy, a knight searches for his son who has joined the Children’s Crusade in this unusual, visually evocative take on the Middle Ages.
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Dir Barbara Albert | Austria-Germany
An enthralling account of the life of a blind pianist whose partially restored sight witnessed a loss in her musicality.
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Dir Run, Shojiro Nishimi | France-Japan
Move to France. Put all your favourite genres in a blender. Get the hip hop blasting. Then hook up with a Japanese animation studio.
Read more about Mutafukaz
Dir Pedro Pinho. | Portugal
Portuguese director Pedro Pinho and a terrific ensemble case reinvent the agitprop tradition in a sprawling, formally inventive panoramic tale about workers defending their factory.
Read more about The Nothing Factory
Dir-Scr Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza | Italy-France-Switzerland
True life Mafia kidnap story, re-fashioned as bravura modern fairytale, from the makers of Salvo.
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Dir Denis Côté | Canada-Switzerland-France
Body-builders as you’ve never seen them before, in all their vulnerability and away from artificial glamour.
Read more about A Skin So Soft
Dir Jean Libon, Yves Hinant | France-Belgium
A darkly funny and unsettling behind-the-scenes glimpse at the work of a rather unusual Belgian judge.
Read more about So Help Me God
Dir Jakob Lass | Germany
There’s an anti-capitalist vigilante on the streets of Berlin and she’s looking for a protégé in this witty, ultra-violent, female-focused fight-fest.
Read more about Tiger Girl
Dir-Scr Valeska Grisebach | Germany-Bulgaria-Austria
Masculine tensions reaching boiling point in this sizzling, brilliantly observed western, where migrant German construction workers are pitched against villagers in remotest Bulgaria.
Read more about Western
Short films programme
In this second decade of the 21st century, we are more globally connected than at any other time in history. Perhaps this means we’re also more alone. Existential crisis and dread features in these short films that dare to ask questions about our place in the world.
Read more about My Loneliness Is Killing Me