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Films in Dare

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

Cinema is a risky business and Dare favours the brave. Here you’ll find filmmakers pushing the limits in myriad ways, to reward adventurous viewers. Chemsex gets us going with drug-fuelled orgies, Happy Hour does slow-burn with a 5-hour duration, Sunrise takes neo-noir to rain-lashed extremes, and Lucifer does it all in a circle. Buffy the talking hamster, as voiced by Isabella Rossellini in Closet Monster, is this year’s Dare spirit animal, Entertainment gives us a new king of anti-comedy, while Nicola Costantino, bathing with soap made of her own body fat, is our new queen. Buy a ticket. I dare you.

Kate Taylor

Dare Gala in Association with Time Out

The LobsterThe Lobster

Following Dogtooth and Alps, Yorgos Lanthimos turns his strange lens on an all-star cast in this bleakly hilarious dystopian drama.

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Arabian Nights – Volume 1, The Restless One Arabian Nights – Volume 1, The Restless One

Miguel Gomes’s uniquely imaginative response to Portugal’s economic crisis: an encyclopedic, shape-shifting, hugely entertaining triptych that merges true-life experience with the ancient tales of Scheherezade.

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Arabian Nights – Volume 2, The Desolate One Arabian Nights – Volume 2, The Desolate One

Miguel Gomes’s uniquely imaginative response to Portugal’s economic crisis: an encyclopedic, shape-shifting, hugely entertaining triptych that merges true-life experience with the ancient tales of Scheherezade.

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Arabian Nights – Volume 3, The Enchanted One Arabian Nights – Volume 3, The Enchanted One

Miguel Gomes’s uniquely imaginative response to Portugal’s economic crisis: an encyclopedic, shape-shifting, hugely entertaining triptych that merges true-life experience with the ancient tales of Scheherezade.

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Blood of My Blood Blood of My Blood

Part period drama, part contemporary satire, this is a highly distinctive film from Italian maestro Marco Bellocchio.

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Body Body

A widower, his daughter and the family physical therapist offer three frequently wry perspectives on the notion of loss in Szumowska’s fascinating film.

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Chemsex Chemsex

A hard-hitting and often graphic documentary about the chemsex sub-scene in London’s gay community.

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The Chosen Ones The Chosen Ones

Sex trafficking in Mexico is the subject of David Pablos’ powerful but deeply human drama.

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Closet Monster Closet Monster

An offbeat Canadian coming-of-age drama with surrealist tendencies, featuring the voice of Isabella Rossellini as a talking hamster.

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Der Nachtmahr Der Nachtmahr

Visual artist AKIZ presents a phantasmagoric mind-games conundrum.

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The Endless River The Endless River

The director of Shirley Adams and Beauty returns with a typically challenging but rewarding drama set in a small South African town.

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Entertainment Entertainment

A shock-jock stand-up comedian’s toxic tour of US ghost towns triggers his own hallucinatory emotional breakdown.

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Father Father

A charged, unsentimental account of the ralationship between a son determined to find his father, at any cost.

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Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere

A wry and weirdly affecting take on teenage pregnancy that moves from realism to an altogether stranger place.

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Flocking Flocking

Exploring the trend for public shaming via social media, this topical, of-the-moment drama holds back the big reveal in its account of a crime that may or may not have happened.

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Happy Hour Happy Hour

A group of thirty-something women find their friendship tested by their differing attitudes to work, love and sex in the city of Kobe, Japan.

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Homesick Homesick

The spirit of early Roman Polanski exists at the heart of this menacing claustrophobic thriller.

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Kothanodi Kothanodi

A gruesome quartet of traditional folk fables from Assam follow women characters to the edge of sanity in this surreal debut feature.

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Lucifer Lucifer

Lucifer visits a village in Mexico and leaves the villagers in disarray, in this visionary drama, filmed within a circular frame.

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Madame Courage Madame Courage

A gritty yet delicate portrait of solitary and unhinged petty thief Omar and his addiction to Madame Courage pills, by veteran Algerian director Merzak Allouache.

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Madonna Madonna

Hospital thriller meets character portrait in this stylish Korean tale of a woman who never fitted in.

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A Monster with a Thousand Heads A Monster with a Thousand Heads

A desperate woman, keen to secure life-saving treatment for her desperately ill husband, takes on the multinationals in this taut conspiracy thriller from Rodrigo Plá.

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Neon Bull Neon Bull

Set in and around the Brazilian bullfighting scene, we follow a young man whose aspirations veer more towards dance than the violence of the ring.

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Nicola Costantino: The Artefacta Nicola Costantino: The Artefacta

An immersive and daring plunge into the peculiar world of one of Argentina’s most controversial artists, Nicola Costantino.

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NOTFILMNOTFILM

Ross Lipman explores the fascinating world of Samuel Beckett in this kino-essay about the making of Film (1965), starring Buster Keaton.

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Old Czech Legends Old Czech Legends

This digitally restored version of Jiří Trnka’s classic puppet feature includes six stories, including those of Princess Libuše and Přemysl the Ploughman.

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One Floor Below One Floor Below

Romanian realism meets incisive ethical irony in Muntean’s tense tale of two neighbours wondering how much the other knows about who committed a murder.

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Parabellum Parabellum

A chilling vision of a holiday resort offering survivalist training for the impending apocalypse.

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Poet on a Business Trip Poet on a Business Trip

A black and white lo-fi hybrid documentary that sees a grungy poet hit the road in China in 2002.

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Queen of Earth Queen of Earth

Following Listen Up Philip, Alex Ross Perry further mines the dark side of the psyche with this stunning drama about the reunion of two not-so-close school friends.

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Schneider vs Bax Schneider vs. Bax

A professional hitman who may have found the perfect work-life balance takes on a job that turns out to have unexpected consequences.

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Sunrise Sunrise

A police inspector, haunted by the abduction of his six year-old daughter, takes the law into his own hands in this high-style neo-noir thriller.

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Take Me to the River Take Me to the River

A young gay teen is thrust into a world of familial tension and menace at a fraught family reunion.

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Under Electric Clouds Under Electric Clouds

Alexey German Jr’s complex and visually compelling portrait of a Russia ‘crucified between past and present’ combines seven stories in a portrait of an absurd reality.

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Wave vs Shore Wave vs Shore

Martin Štrba’s inventive documentary tells the remarkable story of a group of Slovak photographers whose groundbreaking work challenged Communist orthodoxy in the 1980s.

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Women in Love Women in Love

Ken Russell’s first major auteurist feature is a lyrical take on love and death as experienced by a Britain ravaged by WWI.

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Short films programme

The Quays and Christopher Nolan35mm: The Quays Meet Christopher Nolan

Three restored 35mm prints of films from two of the world’s most original filmmakers, alongside a brand new short by Christopher Nolan.

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Short films programme

VideoFamily at War

A selection of films that dares to show life like it is.

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