Set in the northern frontier of Iran, this drolly charming first feature mines absurdist humor and quiet pathos from the immutable routines of a group of men. Against visually serene compositions and a plaintive score, Jalali teases out the intense longing hidden behind his characters’ stoic expressions.
Actor Eric Elmosnino is a dead ringer for legendary French singer/songwriter Serge Gainsbourg in this offbeat, imaginative biopic of a provocative artist as famous for his storied romances and many scandals as he is for his enduring music.
An Israeli tank crew hits the ground hard during the 1982 invasion of Lebanon in this claustrophobic and gripping look at the Middle East conflict that unfolds entirely inside the tank. Winner of the Venice Film Festival’s prestigious Golden Lion.
A sleepy Los Angeles exurb and its shiftless young residents are seen through the eyes of two Japanese tourists in this intimate evocation of a small town in Southern California where everyone’s talking but no one really understands.
Examining a notorious World War II massacre through the eyes of an eight-year-old child, this richly textured film captures with a serene beauty the lives of Italian peasants caught in the crossfire between fascists and partisans.
Mirroring circumstances familiar to the filmmaker herself as the child of communards, this knowing and nuanced coming-of-age film concerns the moral choices and dilemmas facing ten-year-old Karo, growing up with her bohemian parents in a chaotic Amsterdam group squat circa 1974.
A former Black Panther returns home to a web of political intrigue, racial tension and suspicion in this period-perfect look at love, activism and empowerment in 1970s Philadelphia, starring Kerry Washington, Anthony Mackie and Jamie Hector.
The melancholy misadventures of a quiet young man who tries again and again to cross the border from Mexico into the U.S. take the form of visual poetry in this beguiling, deceptively quiet feature debut.
Epitomizing Hannah Arendt’s thesis on the banality of evil, this prize-winning film, set in the Balkans, offers a chilling, unflinching look at a raw recruit’s evolution into a killing machine, visualized in a minimalist, matter-of-fact style.
A middle-aged circus performer, living with her husband in a trailer park on the outskirts of Rome, takes in an abandoned toddler and a surrogate family slowly forms in this brilliant neorealist portrait of itinerant but deeply interwoven lives.