Stranger than Docu-Fiction

Stranger than Docu-Fiction

Our wide-ranging collection of films that defy easy classification.

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Stranger than Docu-Fiction
  • Oxhide

    Directed by LIU Jiayin • Documentary • 2005 • 110 minutes

    Daily life in an impossibly cramped Beijing apartment takes on epic proportions in this, intimate portrait, with unprecedented access, of a working-class Chinese family.

    Boldly transforming documentary into fiction, Liu Jiayin cast her p...

  • Oxhide II

    Directed by Liu Jiayin • Drama • With Liu Jiayin, Huifen Jia, Zaiping Liu • 2012 • 132 minutes

    Breaking new ground in cinematic art, Liu Jiayin's follow-up to her masterful debut OXHIDE turns a simple dinner into a profoundly intimate study of family relationships.

    Building on the stunning visi...

  • Party Girl

    Directed by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis • Drama • With Angélique Litzenburger, Joseph Bour, Mario Theis, Samuel Theis, Séverine Litzenburger, Cynthia Litzenburger • 2014 • 95 minutes

    Angelique is a 60-year-old bar hostess in a cabaret located near the border between France and...

  • All the Cities of the North

    Directed by Dane Komljen • Drama • With Boban Kaludjer, Boris Isakovic • 2016 • 97 minutes

    In the darkly wooded grounds and concrete boxes of what was once a Yugoslav resort complex, two men share an enigmatic, tender life. A stranger comes to town; things change, but how, what, and why remain a...

  • Female Directors

    Directed by Yang Mingming • Documentary • 2012 • 43 minutes

    Ah-Ming and Yueyue are two out-of-work film school grads living in Beijing who decide to turn the camera on each other and make a film about their lives.

    On the surface, FEMALE DIRECTORS is the ultimate documentary for the age of overs...

  • Level Five

    Directed by Chris Marker • Drama • With Catherine Belkhodja, Kenji Tokitsu • 1996 • 106 minutes

    A woman (Laura), a computer, an invisible interlocutor: such is the setup on which LEVEL FIVE is built. She "inherits" a task: to finish writing a video game centered on the Battle of Okinawa—a traged...

  • The Human Pyramid

    Directed by Jean Rouch • Documentary • 1961 • 93 minutes

    At the Lycée Français of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Rouch worked with students there who willingly enacted a story about the arrival of a new white girl, Nadine, and her effect on the interactions of and interracial relationships between the wh...

  • Guy

    Directed by Alex Lutz • Drama • With Alex Lutz, Tom Dingler, Pascale Arbillot • 2018 • 101 minutes

    Gauthier (Tom Dingler), a young journalist, finds a letter suggesting he might be the son of Guy Jamet (Alex Lutz in a César award-winning performance), a 72-year-old French pop singer who was fam...

  • A Man Vanishes

    Directed by Shohei Imamura • Documentary • 1967 • 130 minutes

    One of the most important and complex works by two-time Palme d'Or winning director Shohei Imamura, A MAN VANISHES begins as an investigation into one of the thousands of missing persons cases that occur in Japan each year.

    The film ...

  • Paths of the Soul

    Directed by Zhang Yang • Drama • 2016 • 117 minutes

    An astonishing journey of redemption, faith, and devotion. Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Zhang Yang ( Shower, Getting Home ) blurs the border between documentary and fiction to follow a group of Tibetan villagers who leave their families ...

  • The Punishment

    Directed by Jean Rouch • Documentary • 1962 • 64 minutes

    An aimless young woman is sent home from school with nothing to do. Drifting through the streets of Paris, she comes across a variety of people.

    "Extraordinary and extraordinarily rare movie about public misogyny."—Richard Brody, The New ...

  • A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness

    Directed by Ben Rivers & Ben Russell • Drama • 2014 • 98 minutes

    A SPELL follows an unnamed character through three seemingly disparate moments in his life. With little explanation, we join him in the midst of a 15-person collective on a small Estonian island; in isolation in the majestic wilder...

  • The Watermelon Woman

    Directed by Cheryl Dunye • Drama • With Cheryl Dunye, Zoie Strauss, Guinevere Turner, Valarie Walker, Lisa Marie Bronson, Cheryl Clarke, Irene Dunye • 1996 • 90 minutes

    Re-released for its 20th anniversary in a pristine 2K HD restoration, The Watermelon Woman is the story of Cheryl (Cheryl Dunye...