Films from some of our favourite women behind the camera.
Fancy something a little different? Our new Discovery Passes are designed to help you explore the hidden treasures in our programme. Carefully curated by our programmers, it’s a way of discovering the Festival treats you might have otherwise missed.
To make them extra-tempting, these films are available for the special price of three for £30.
Just choose any three films from our curated selections and use the code DISCOVER before adding seats to your basket. The ‘Discovery Pass’ price will then become available to select.
Dir-Scr Kaouther Ben Hania | Tunisia-France-Sweden
A night transforms into a nightmare as one woman attempts to seek justice but discovers her helplessness in the face of institutionalised patriarchy.
Read more about Beauty and the Dogs
Dir-Scr Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze | Poland
In this visually striking and perceptive analysis of trauma, Anna and Claudine return to Poland after witnessing the Rwandan massacres.
Read more about Birds are Singing in Kigali
Dir-Scr Naoko Ogigami | Japan
A subtle and surprising Japanese family drama that places a transwoman’s desire for motherhood at its core, with bittersweet results.
Read more about Close-Knit
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 Ida Panahandeh | Iran
Sensitive Iranian drama of thwarted romance and familial responsibility.
Read more about Israfil
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-Scr Jessica M Thompson | USA
Stephanie Beatriz stars in this powerful and involving portrait of a confident New Yorker trying to regain control of her life after a sexual assault.
Read more about The Light of the Moon
Dir Susanna Nicchiarelli | Italy-Belgium
Danish actress and singer Trine Dyrholm astounds as iconic performer Nico in this fascinating biopic.
Read more about Nico, 1988
Dir Ann Hui | China-Hong Kong
A woman is drawn into Hong Kong’s underground resistance movement in Ann Hui’s emotionally acute spy thriller.
Read more about Our Time Will Come
Dir-Scr Kirsten Tan | Singapore-Thailand
A disaffected, middle-aged Thai architect is reunited with an elephant from his childhood in this gently surrealistic and boldly visual debut from Kirsten Tan.
Read more about Pop Aye
Dir Anne Fontaine | France
Finnegan Oldfield stars as a young gay man desperate to break away, in this stirring drama from director Anne Fontaine (The Innocents).
Read more about Reinventing Marvin
Dir Agnieszka Holland | Poland-Germany-Czech Republic-Sweden-Slovakia
Set against the forest landscape of the Polish-Czech borders, Agnieszka Holland’s ‘feminist black comedy’ is also a thriller examining a sequence of bizarre murders.
Read more about Spoor
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