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Nerve-shredders that’ll get your adrenalin pumping and keep you on the edge of your seat.

This year Thrill goes global, with corrupt cops in Korea (A Hard Day), mob families in rural Italy (Black Souls), warring Maoris in ancient New Zealand (The Dead Lands), aliens in the Middle East (Monsters: Dark Continent) and even a South African Bonnie and Clyde (Hard to Get). We have drug wars on the Strait of Gibraltar (El Niño), Chechen gangsters in Brooklyn (The Drop) and rebel dogs in Hungary (White God). We cover noir, neo-noir, sci-fi, pulp, crime, action and adventure in a programme that’s as sure to inspire wanderlust as it is to set your pulse racing.

Damon Wise

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The Salvation The Salvation

Mads Mikkelsen does what a man’s gotta do in the lawless pioneer West in this violent and stylish, smørrebrød western.

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Betibú Betibú

From the producers of The Secret in Their Eyes comes a stylish conspiracy thriller from Argentina that blends office politics, institutional corruption and a series of unexplained murders.

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Black Coal, Thin Ice Black Coal, Thin Ice

A riveting drama about a cop obsessed with a serial killer who, when the killings begin again years later, realises that he may know the culprit.

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Black Souls Black Souls

Based on a true story, this is an epic tale of an Italian Calabrian Mafia family.

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The Dead Lands The Dead Lands

The old world, myths and legends of ancient Maori tribes are explored in this exciting and exotic, action-packed coming-of-age adventure.

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Dragon Inn Dragon Inn

Exuberant swordplay and dramatic intrigue in the outlands: rediscover the poetic and kinetic cinema of King Hu, forerunner of the modern Chinese martial arts film.

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The Drop The Drop

Based on a story by acclaimed US crime writer Dennis Lehane, this is a smart and thrilling drama featuring a standout performance by Tom Hardy.

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French Riviera French Riviera

Catherine Deneuve heads an excellent cast in André Techiné’s engrossing drama about familial, financial and possibly murderous intrigue in the world of Nice casinos.

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A Hard Day A Hard Day

A crooked cop’s bad day goes from worse to hellish when a hit-and-run accident leaves him with a corpse on his hands.

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Hard to Get Hard to Get

A compact, highly enjoyable and kinetic action thriller unfurls at breakneck speed in downtown Johannesburg.

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Kill Me Three Times Kill Me Three Times

Enjoyable Australian comedy thriller, with Simon Pegg on great form as a hired assassin.

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Kung Fu Jungle Kung Fu Jungle

Iconic action super star Donnie Yen (Ip Man, Ip Man 2) plays a former martial arts instructor imprisoned after accidentally slaying an opponent.

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Monsters: Dark Continent Monsters: Dark Continent

Follow the alien invasion to the infected zones of the Middle East in this pyrotechnic sequel to Gareth Edwards’ cult sci-fi hit, Monsters.

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El Niño El Niño

A high action thriller from Cell 211’s Daniel Monzón features Luis Tosar (Mondays in the Sun, Even the Rain) as a detective chasing drug smugglers across the Gibraltar Straits.

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Snow in Paradise Snow in Paradise

A petty East End criminal finds spiritual support from an unlikely source when a drug deal ends in violent tragedy.

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Stereo Stereo

A seemingly reformed gangster has to take a long, hard look at himself in this ingenious and hallucinatory German thriller.

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Sunday Ball Sunday Ball

The land of football, Brazil, and the love of this national sport is the subject of this passionate documentary, looking at the role it plays in the lives of ordinary Brazilians.

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White God White God

Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes, a bold and visceral tale of canine uprising.

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Short films programme

All or Nothing All or Nothing

Stories that reflect the passions in the hearts of their protagonists from positive love to destructive hate and all points in between.

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