Films in Journey
Whether it’s the journey or the destination, films to transport you and shift your perspective.
Dir-Scr Arshad Khan | Canada
A kaleidoscopic personal documentary in the vein of Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell, exploring family dynamics, emerging sexuality and Pakistani-Canadian identity.
Read more about Abu
Dir-Scr Affonso Uchôa, João Dumans | Brazil
A teenager is drawn into the past life of his neighbour in this delicate, poetic work from Brazilian filmmakers João Dumans and Affonso Uchoa.
Read more about Araby
Dir Modi Barry, Cédric Ido | France
Bustling with African hair salons, this is a sprightly-paced drama set in the working-class area of Paris around the Château d’Eau metro station.
Read more about Chateau
Dir-Scr Nick Kelly | Ireland
In this warm, witty Irish drama, a rock drummer with bipolar disorder builds an unusual friendship with a goalie who has Asperger syndrome.
Read more about The Drummer and the Keeper
Dir-Scr Vincenzo Marra | Italy
Tough, gripping drama about a committed, principled priest taking on the Mafia and risking his life in a poverty-stricken parish in Naples.
Read more about Equilibrium
Dir Mohamed Jabarah Al-Daradji | UK-Iraq-France-Qatar-Netherlands
Iraqi filmmaker Mohamed Jabarah Al-Daradji takes us into the mind of a potential female suicide bomber in this unforgettable drama.
Read more about The Journey
Dir-Scr Ahmad Ghossein, Lucie La Chimia, Shirin AbuShaqra, Manuel Maria Perrone, Una Gunjak, Rami Kodeih, Mounia Akl, Neto Villalobos | Lebanon-France
A portmanteau feature that is an often laugh-out-loud portrait of Lebanon and all its myriad charms and idiosyncrasies.
Read more about Lebanon Factory
Dir Humberto Solás | Cuba
A beautifully restored cinematic tour de force from Humberto Solás, the enfant terrible of Cuban cinema in the 1960s.
Read more about Lucía
Dir John Carroll Lynch | USA
Harry Dean Stanton gives the performance of a lifetime as an irascible nonagenarian maverick in a New Mexican town, grappling with his mortality.
Read more about Lucky
Dir David Batty | UK
The Swinging sixties narrated and presented by Michael Caine himself and featuring an era-defining soundtrack.
Read more about My Generation
Dir-Scr Tusi Tamasese | New Zealand
Samoan former fighter turned midwife and baker deals with a harsh reality and the supernatural in this quietly powerful drama.
Read more about One Thousand Ropes
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 Jamie Thraves | UK-Ireland
Aidan Gillen stars – as not-quite-himself – in a playful comedy about an actor struggling to keep things real after his divorce.
Read more about Pickups
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 Eugene Jarecki | USA-Germany
Comparing Elvis’s life and times with everyday existence in Trump’s America, this slyly amusing road movie documentary is a treat for the eyes and ears.
Read more about Promised Land
Dir-Scr Jens Assur | Sweden
A beautiful but haunting psychological drama about a farmer and his family set in 1970s rural Sweden.
Read more about Ravens
Dir-Scr Chloé Zhao | USA
A luminous and enthralling study of a young South Dakotan cowboy’s struggle following a rodeo injury, from the director of Songs My Brothers Taught Me.
Read more about The Rider
Dir Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin | USA
A portrait of Bible salesmen selling their wares becomes a fascinating window on 1960s American life.
Read more about Salesman
Dir-Scr Mahamat-Saleh Haroun | France
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s compassionate and sincere film observes a troubled soul struggling to survive in an apathetic world.
Read more about A Season in France
Dir Amr Salama | Egypt
Sheikh Jackson follows a hardline Islamist preacher who yearns to moonwalk again after the death of singer Michael Jackson.
Read more about Sheikh Jackson
Dir Michael Glawogger, Monika Willi | Austria-Germany
A film about nothing is one of the year’s finest documentaries, and a lyrical tribute to its late director, Michael Glawogger.
Read more about Untitled
Dir-Prod-Scr Marc J Francis, Max Pugh | UK
Take a slow and meditative walk with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, the inventor of mindfulness.
Read more about Walk With Me
Dir Berni Goldblat | France-Burkina Faso-Qatar
A heart-felt coming-of-age tale set in Burkina Faso exploring mixed cultural identity and finding one’s place in the world.
Read more about Wallay
Dir-Scr Jenny Suen. Co-Dir-Scr Christopher Doyle | Hong Kong
Debut director Jenny Suen collaborates with Christopher Doyle for this gorgeous Hong Kong-based drama, set to delight dreamers, outcasts and sensualists.
Read more about The White Girl
Short films programmes
The journey from childhood to adulthood is a headlong dive into the unknown. Whatever country or culture, it’s fraught and stressful for all involved, negotiating family, love and relationships as you try to find your place in the world.
Read more about Heading for that Adult Crash