Dashte khamoush
Ahmad Bahrami | Iran | 2020


A remote brick manufacture factory produces bricks in an ancient way. Many families with different ethnicities work in the factory and the boss seems to hold the key to solving their problems. Forty-year-old Lotfollah, who has been born on-site, is the factory supervisor and acts as go-between for the workers and the boss. Boss has Lotfollah gather all the workers in front of his office. He wants to talk to them about the shutdown of the factory. All matters now to Lotfollah is to keep Sarvar unharmed, the woman he has been in love with for a long time.
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Felkészülés meghatározatlan ideig tartó együttlétre
Lili Horvát | Hungary | 2020

Márta, a 40-year-old neurosurgeon, falls in love. She leaves her shining American career behind and returns to Budapest to start a new life with the man she loves. She waits for him in vain at the Liberty Bridge —he does not appear at the rendezvous. Márta starts to search for him desperately, but when she finally finds him, the love of her life claims that they have never met before.

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Gaza mon amour
Arab Nasser, Tarzan Nasser | France / Germany / Portugal / Palestine / Qatar | 2020

Gaza, today. Sixty-year-old fisherman Issa is secretly in love with Siham, a woman who works as a dressmaker at the market with her daughter Leila. When Issa discovers an ancient phallic statue of Apollo in his fishing net, he decides to hide it at home, not yet knowing what to do with such a mysterious and powerful treasure. Still he senses somehow that this discovery will change his life forever. Interestingly, his self-confidence begins to grow until he finally decides to approach Siham.  [ ... ]

 

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Hine Anachnu
Nir Bergman | Israel / Italy | 2020

Aharon has devoted his life to raising his son Uri. They live together in a gentle routine, away from the real world. But Uri is autistic, and now as a young adult it might be time for him to live in a specialized home. While on their way to the institution, Aharon decides to run away with his son and hits the road, knowing that Uri is not ready for this separation. Or is it, in fact, his father who is not ready? [ ... ]

 

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Josep
Aurel | France / Spain / Belgium | 2020

February 1939. Spanish republicans are fleeing Franco's dictatorship to France. The French government built concentration camps to confine the refugees, where they barely have access to hygiene, water and food. In one of these camps, separated by barbed wire, two men will become friends. One is a guard, the other is Josep Bartolí (Barcelona 1910 – NYC 1995), an illustrator who fights against Franco's regime. [ ... ]

 

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Minari
Lee Isaac Chung | United States | 2019

It's the 1980s, and David, a seven-year-old Korean American boy, is faced with new surroundings and a different way of life when his father, Jacob, moves their family from the West Coast to rural Arkansas. His mother, Monica, is aghast that they live in a mobile home in the middle of nowhere, and naughty little David and his sister are bored and aimless. When his sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother arrives from Korea to live with them, her unfamiliar ways arouse David's curiosity.  [ ... ]

 

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Nieva en Benidorm
Isabel Coixet | Spain | 2020

Peter Riordan is a solitary, compulsive and methodical man, obsessed by meteorological phenomena. When he is given early retirement at the Manchester bank where he has worked all his life, he decides to visit his brother Daniel, who lives in Benidorm. Upon arriving there he discovers that his brother has disappeared and that he was the owner of a burlesque club where Alex works. Alex is a mysterious woman who exerts a powerful fascination over him. Peter and Alex try to find out what happened to Daniel with the help of a policewoman who is in turn obsessed by Sylvia Plath's stay in Benido [ ... ]

 

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Nowhere Special
Uberto Pasolini | Italy / Romania / United Kingdom | 2020

John, a 35-year-old window cleaner, devotes his life to raising his 4-year-old son Michael, as the child's mother left them immediately after his birth. Their life is a simple one, made up of universal daily rituals, a life of complete dedication and innocent love that reveals the strength of their relationship. But John only has a few months to live. Since he has no family to turn to, he will spend the days left to him looking for a new and perfect one to adopt Michael, trying to protect his child from the terrible reality.

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Persian Lessons
Vadim Perelman | Russia / Germany / Belarus | 2020

France, 1942. Gilles is arrested by SS soldiers along with other Jews and sent to a concentration camp in Germany. There he manages to avoid execution by swearing to the guards that he is not a Jew, but a Persian. Thanks to this ruse, Gilles manages to stay alive, but he will have to teach the camp officer a language that he does not know. While a great friendship grows between them, the suspicions of the soldiers are soon aroused.
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Puppy Love
Michael Maxxis | Canada, United States | 2020

Morgan is a lonely young dishwasher with brain damage. His mom is an unemployed gambling addict. He has no friends. And he lives with his older brother Danny, a burnt out former kickboxing champ with a heavy appetite for booze and hookers. One night after finishing his business with a prostitute named Carla, Danny demands Morgan drive her away. On this fateful drive back to Skid Row Morgan is hit with inspiration. It occurs to him that Carla is available for hire, but instead of paying her for sex, he simply pays her to be his first friend.  [ ... ]

 

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Sheytan vojud nadarad
Mohammad Rasoulof | Germany / Czech Republic / Iran | 2020

Every society that enforces the death penalty needs people to kill other people. Four men are put in front of an unthinkable but simple choice. Whatever they decide, it will directly or indirectly corrode themselves, their relationships, and their entire lives. In four thematically connected episodes, Mohammad Rasoulof tells their stories, which inevitably are also the stories of the people who surround them.
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Služobníci
Ivan Ostrochovský | Slovakia / Romania / Czech Republic / Ireland | 2020

The year is 1980. Michal and Juraj are students at a theological seminary in totalitarian Czechoslovakia. Fearing the dissolution of their school, the tutors are moulding the seminarians into a shape satisfactory to the ruling Communist Party. Each of the young students must decide if he will give into the temptation and choose the easier way of collaborating with the regime, or if he will subject himself to draconian surveillance by the secret police.
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Sweet Thing
Alexandre Rockwell | United States | 2020

For Billie and Nico, life with their father in New Bedford Massachusetts, is a rollercoaster ride of playfulness and unease. When he is in the grip of alcohol, tears flow and their apparently idyllic family life collapses. Their mostly absent and irresponsible mother is not much help either. But their friendship with Malik, a boy of Billie’s age, frees them from their shackles. Together they embark on a journey into the fantastic and poetic world of childhood, unseen by the adults around them.
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Ta fang jian li de yun
Zheng Lu Xinyuan | Hong Kong / China | 2020

It's a wet winter in Hangzhou. Muzi, 22, comes home for Chinese New Year, where she plays her roles as a daughter, a half-sister, and a girlfriend. One day, Muzi accompanies her little sister to school and meets a local bar owner, the father of another student. The strange man reminds Muzi of an old friend, waking up memories of her relationship with him, who suddenly disappeared into thin air. At the same time, Muzi's boyfriend arrives for a visit. Roaming in this city that feels so familiar yet distant, Muzi searches for a place where she belongs.
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The Disciple
Chaitanya Tamhane | India | 2020

Sharad Nerulkar has devoted himself to becoming an Indian classical vocalist, a lifelong quest in which few succeed. Initiated into this centuries-old tradition by his father, he follows his dream with sincerity and discipline, committing himself entirely to his artistic journey. As he strives to attain the highest level of his craft, Sharad traces his way through the hallowed mysteries and rituals of past musical legends. But as the years pass, Sharad will be forced to negotiate between the complex realities of life in contemporary Mumbai and his chosen path, leading him to find his true [ ... ]

 

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Un triomphe
Emmanuel Courcol | France | 2020

Etienne, an often out of work but endearing actor, runs a theater workshop in a prison, where he brings together an unlikely troupe of prisoners to stage Samuel Beckett's famous play Waiting for Godot. When he is allowed to take the colorful band of convicts on a tour outside of prison, Etienne finally has the chance to thrive. Each date is a new success and a unique relationship grows between this ad hoc group of actors and their director. But soon comes the final performance in Paris. Will their last night together be the biggest hit of them all?
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