Films in Dare
In-your-face, up-front and arresting: films that take you out of your comfort zone.
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.
Read more about Border
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.
Read more about aKasha
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.
Read more about Chained for Life
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.
Read more about Consequences
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.
Read more about The Dead and the Others
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.
Read more about Dogman
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.
Read more about The Flower
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.
Read more about The Green Fog
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.
Read more about The Image Book
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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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.
Read more about Lizzie
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.
Read more about Madeline’s Madeline
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.
Read more about Nancy
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.
Read more about Petra
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.
Read more about Quién te cantará
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.
Read more about Sauvage
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.
Read more about Sticks and Stones
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.
Read more about Suburban Birds
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.
Read more about Thunder Road
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.
Read more about United Skates
Short films programme
Family life is never easy. A multitude of evils and secrets can lurk behind closed doors. These shorts draw some of those secrets out into the open in order to explore what is acceptable behaviour within the domestic space.
Read more about Keep it in the Family