Films in Journey
Whether it’s the journey or the destination, films to transport you and shift your perspective.
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Dir-Scr Alfonso Cuarón | Mexico
Straight from the heart of Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men), this glorious reminiscence of a momentous year is a sumptuous black-and-white ode to the woman who shaped his early life.
Read more about Roma
Dir Joe Penna | Iceland
Mads Mikkelsen astounds in this gripping tale of one man’s gruelling fight for survival against the elements.
Read more about Arctic
Dir-Scr Jia Zhang-ke | China-France
Heartbreak and resilience fuel this quietly epic saga, in which one woman’s fortitude and knack for crime carry her through a rapidly changing China.
Read more about Ash is Purest White
Dir Ben Hackworth | Australia
Radha Mitchell stars in this humid, atmospheric drama that explores the relationship between a troubled opera singer and her adult stepson, set deep in the Queensland rainforest.
Read more about Celeste
Dir Aleksey German Jr | Russia-Poland-Serbia
In this powerful account of the struggles of banned writer Sergei Dovlatov, Aleksey German Jr. provides an unusual insight into the literary world of Soviet Russia.
Read more about Dovlatov
Dir-Scr Markus Imhoof | Switzerland-Germany
Markus Imhoof blends the intensely personal with the socio-political to powerful effect in this documentary, a penetrating examination of how migrants are treated upon arrival in Europe.
Read more about Eldorado
Dir-Scr Pieter Dumoulin, Timeau De Keyser | Belgium
Nothing is quite what it seems in this enigmatic mystery which promises to be one of the most original films of the year.
Read more about Etangs Noirs
Dir-Scr Jessica Hynes | UK
Jessica Hynes’ directorial debut is a life-affirming lesson in the importance of learning to stand up for yourself.
Read more about The Fight
Dir-Scr Valéry Rosier, Méryl Fortunat-Rossi | Belgium-France
It’s summer. The Tour de France is coming and senior fans arrive in their camper vans in this endearing documentary that revels in its visual humour.
Read more about Holy Tour
Dir Joachim Lafosse | Belgium-France
The director of After Love ventures into new territory with a drama about a mother and son taking to horseback in search of reconciliation.
Read more about Keep Going
Dir-Scr Ognjen Glavonić | Serbia-France-Croatia-Iran-Qatar
Vlada is employed to drive an unidentified cargo to Belgrade, but is forced to use back roads on his journey into a heart of darkness.
Read more about The Load
Dir-Scr Bi Gan | China-Taiwan-France
A dazzling dive into a noir-like dreamscape singles out Bi Gan’s partially 3D feature as the most intoxicating cinematic experience of the year.
Read more about Long Day’s Journey into Night
Dir-Scr Machérie Ekwa Bahango | Congo-France
Machérie Ekwa Bahango’s directorial debut is a compassionate and acutely observed portrait of homelessness experienced by young people in Kinshasa.
Read more about Maki’la
Dir-Scr Mia Hansen-Løve | France
Mia Hansen-Løve (Things to Come, Eden) crafts a beguiling, India-set road movie about a French journalist recovering from severe PTSD, following his abduction in Syria.
Read more about Maya
Dir-Scr Natalia Cabral, Oriol Estrada | Dominican Republic
A quinceañera celebration is nothing but nerve-racking for teenage Miriam, in this nuanced film that tackles race and class tensions in the Dominican Republic.
Read more about Miriam Lies
Dir-Prod Frederick Wiseman | USA
This small town in Indiana, a traditionally Republican state, known as the Crossroads of America is subject to documentarian Frederick Wiseman’s treatment.
Read more about Monrovia, Indiana
Dir Jacques Audiard | France, Spain, Belgium
John C Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix play sibling hired killers in Jacques Audiard’s (Rust and Bone, The Prophet) touching, darkly funny and free-wheeling Western.
Read more about The Sisters Brothers
Dir Morgan Neville | USA
This scintillating documentary, which features a wealth of archive footage and contemporary interviews, tells the little-known story of Orson Welles’ unfinished film The Other Side of The Wind.
Read more about They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead
Dir-Prod-Scr Jafar Panahi | Iran
Eight years into his filmmaking ban, Iranian director Jafar Panahi delivers another perceptive sideways glance at the contradictions that exist in contemporary Iranian society.
Read more about Three Faces
Dir-Scr Laura Luchetti | Italy
This beguiling drama, unfolding amidst the beauty of Sardinia’s sun-dappled landscape, charts the unlikely friendship between a traumatised woman and an illegal immigrant.
Read more about Twin Flower
Dir Nuri Bilge Ceylan | Turkey-France-Germany
Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s follow-up to his Palme d’Or-winning Winter Sleep is a persuasive portrait of a young writer at odds with his hometown and family.
Read more about The Wild Pear Tree
Dir Olmo Omerzu | Czech Republic-Slovenia-Poland-Slovakia
Two teenagers embark on a quixotic journey in a stolen car across the Czech Republic in Olmo Omerzu’s bittersweet take on the road movie genre.
Read more about Winter Flies
Dir-Scr A.B. Shawky | Egypt
Egyptian filmmaker A.B. Shawky makes his feature debut with this utterly unique road movie which charts the friendship between a leper and a young orphan.
Read more about Yomeddine
Short films programmes
Growing up is hard to do and there’s no denying we all undertake an important journey during our teenage years. In fact, those growing pangs are what connects us across continents and cultures.
Read more about What’s My Age Again?