Masterstrokes

The latest essays from world cinema’s most celebrated auteurs.

DEATH IN SARAJEVO

  • 2016
  • 85 min
  • Colour

DirectorDanis Tanovic

LanguageFrench/English/Bosnian

CountryFrance/Bosnia & Herzegovina

Death in Sarajevo is a feature based on the play of the French philosopher, journalist and writer Bernard-Henri Levy. The film is about the existential fears, anxieties and moral dilemmas that plague ..... Read more

ENDLESS POETRY

  • 2016
  • 128 min
  • Colour

DirectorAlejandro Jodorowsky

LanguageFrench/English/Spanish

CountryChile/Japan/France/UK

Through Alejandro Jodorowsky's autobiographical lens, Endless Poetry narrates the years of the Chilean artist's youth during which he liberated himself from all of his former limitations, from his fam..... Read more

GRADUATION

  • 2016
  • 128 min
  • Colour

DirectorCristian Mungiu

LanguageRomanian

CountryRomania/Belgium/France/UK

Romeo Aldea (49), a physician living in a small mountain town in Transylvania, has raised his daughter with the idea that once she turns 18, she will leave to study and live abroad. His plan is close ..... Read more

I, DANIEL BLAKE

  • 2016
  • 100 min
  • Colour

DirectorKen Loach

LanguageEnglish

CountryBelgium/France/UK

Daniel Blake, 59, who has worked as a joiner most of his life in the North East of England needs help from the State for the first time ever following an illness.He crosses paths with a single mother ..... Read more

MA’ROSA

  • 2016
  • 110 minutes
  • Colour

DirectorBrillante Ma Mendoza

LanguageFilipino/Tagalog

CountryPhilippines

Ma’ Rosa has four children. She owns a small convenient store in a poor neighborhood of Manila where everybody likes her. To make ends meet, Rosa and her husband, Nestor, resell small amounts of narco..... Read more

MY HINDU FRIEND

  • 2016
  • 124mins
  • Colour

DirectorHector Babenco

LanguageEnglish/Portuguese

CountryBrazil

Diego is a film director very close to death, surrounded by people who are having trouble dealing with his current tempestuous mood. Chances are he won't survive, but if he does, that means he needs t..... Read more

NEVER EVER

  • 2016
  • 86mins
  • Colour

DirectorBenoit Jacquot

LanguageFrench/Portuguese

CountryFrance/Portugal

The story revolves around Rey, a filmmaker. During a retrospective being dedicated to him in a museum, he sees a performance by a young woman. He follows her after coming out of the museum. She is cal..... Read more

PARADISE

  • 2016
  • 131 min

DirectorAndrei Konchalovsky

LanguageRussian/French/German/English

CountryRussia/Germany

Paradise tells the story of three individuals and their fateful decisions forced by a totality of conviction. While listening to their recounts, we are taken back to the final days of World War II and..... Read more

SLACK BAY

  • 2016
  • 122 minutes
  • Colour

DirectorBruno Dumont

LanguageEnglish/French

CountryGermany/France

Summer 1910. Several tourists have vanished while relaxing on the beautiful beaches of the Channel Coast. Infamous inspectors Machin and Malfoy soon gather that the epicenter of these mysterious disap..... Read more

THE BEAUTIFUL DAYS OF ARANJUEZ

  • 2016
  • 97 min
  • Colour

DirectorWim Wenders

LanguageFrench,German,English

CountryFrance/Germany/Portugal

A beautiful summer day. A garden. A terrace. A woman and a man sit at a table beneath the trees, with a soft summer wind. In the distance, in the vast plain, the silhouette of Paris. A conversation be..... Read more

THE CONSTITUTION

  • 2016
  • 90 min
  • Colour

DirectorRajko Grlic

LanguageCroatian

CountryCroatia

Four very different people live in the same building but avoid each other because of differences in how they live their lives, what they believe in, and where they come from. They would probably never..... Read more

THE NEON DEMON

  • 2016
  • 118mins
  • Colour

DirectorNicolas Winding Refn

LanguageEnglish

CountryFrance/Denmark/USA

When aspiring model, 16-year-old Jesse, moves from small-town Georgia to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get w..... Read more

THE SALESMAN

  • 2016
  • 125 minutes
  • Colour

DirectorAsghar Farhadi

LanguagePersian

CountryIran/France

Forced out of their apartment due to ongoing dangerous renovation work on an adjacent building, Emad and Rana move into a new flat in the centre of Tehran. An incident linked to the previous tenant wi..... Read more

THE UNKNOWN GIRL

  • 2016
  • 113 minutes
  • Colour

DirectorJean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne

LanguageFrench

CountryBelgium/France

Jenny, a young general practitioner, feels guilty for not having opened the door of her practice to a girl who is found dead shortly after. On learning from the police that they have no way of identif..... Read more

A Lullaby To The Sorrowful Mystery

  • 2016
  • 480 min
  • BW

DirectorLav DIAZ

LanguageEnglish, Filipino, Spanish, Mandarin

CountryPhilippines

Interconnected narrative threads on the Philippine Revolution of 1896-1897 against Spain characterize Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis--the story of the ballad Jocelynang Baliwag, which became the hymn of the r..... Read more

The Nights of Zayandeh-rood/ Shabhaye Zayandeh-rood

  • 2016
  • 63 min
  • Color

DirectorMohsen Makhmalbaf

LanguagePersian (English Subtitle)

CountryIran

The film is about an anthropologist and his daughter, and it happens during three different periods: Before, during and after the revolution. The daughter works in accidents and emergency departme..... Read more

It's only the end of the world

  • 2016
  • 95 min
  • color

DirectorXavier Dolan

Language French

CountryCanada/France

After 12 years of absence, a writer goes back to his hometown, planning on announcing his upcoming death to his family. As resentment soon rewrites the course of the afternoon, fits and feuds unfold..... Read more

THE COMMUNE

  • 2016
  • 112 min

DirectorThomas Vinterberg

LanguageDanish

CountryDenmark

Erik and Anna are a couple of academics with a dream. With their daughter Freja, they set up a commune in Erik's huge villa in an upmarket district of Copenhagen. With the family at the centre of the ..... Read more

The Death of Louis XIV/ La Mort de Louis XIV

  • 2016
  • 115 min
  • Colour

DirectorAlbert Serra

LanguageFrench

CountryFrance

August 1715. After going for a walk, Louis XIV feels a pain in his leg. The next days, the king keeps fulfilling his duties and obligations, but his sleep is troubled and he has a serious fever. He ba..... Read more

Paterson

  • 2016
  • 115 minutes
  • Colour

DirectorJim Jarmusch

LanguageEnglish

Country United States, Germany, France

Paterson is a bus driver and poet from the city of Paterson, New Jersey. Every day follows much the same pattern. After work, he returns home, has dinner with his wife, Laura and walks his dog to the ..... Read more