World Cinema

World Cinema

A selection of acclaimed dramas from around the world.

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World Cinema
  • When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism

    Directed by Corneliu Porumboiu • Drama • With Diana Avramut • 2014 • 89 minutes

    A director asks his actress whether she’s comfortable doing a nude scene. As long as its justified, she says. Don’t worry, he replies. So begins Corneliu Porumboiu’s deliciously witty new film. Shot inside non-descri...

  • Stop-Zemlia

    Directed by Kateryna Gornostai • Drama • 2021 • 122 minutes

    Hanging out with friends, smoking too much, spinning bottles and kissing, making mistakes, playing, refusing to accept, dreaming with open eyes – life as a teenager can be overwhelmingly beautiful and difficult at the same time. Introve...

  • Robe of Gems

    Directed by Natalia López Gallardo • Drama • With Nailea Norvind, Antonia Olivares • 2022 • 117 minutes

    In the midst of a silent divorce, Isabel (Nailea Norvind) leaves the city with her two children for her family's abandoned country house. She soon discovers that the sister of her housekeeper,...

  • Torremolinos 73

    Directed by Pablo Berger • Drama • With Javier Cámara, Candela Peña • 2003 • 91 minutes

    Spain, circa 1973. Alfredo is a struggling door to door encyclopedia salesman. Meanwhile his wife Carmen is obsessed with becoming a mother. Alfredo’s boss gives Alfredo a choice: make 'educational' sex films...

  • Aberdeen

    Directed by Hans Petter Moland • Drama • With Lena Headey, Charlotte Rampling, Stellan Skarsgard • 2000 • 103 minutes

    Kaisa (Lena Headey), a beautiful and feisty Scottish woman, finally has her life together...at least until her mother (Charlotte Rampling) asks an enormous favor: to bring back t...

  • What's in a Name?

    Directed by Alexandre de La Patellière, Matthieu Delaporte • Drama • With Patrick Bruel, Valérie Benguigui, Guillaume de Tonquedec • 2012 • 109 minutes

    Vincent (Patrick Bruel), a successful forty-something, is about to become a father for the first time. He is invited to dinner at the charming a...

  • Astrakan

    Directed by David Depesseville • Drama • 2022 • 105 minutes

    When Samuel, a young orphan, is sent to live with foster parents Marie and Clement, he is gradually forced to face the demons he's holding on to internally, as well as those that exist within his new family. Swept up in the motions of c...

  • A Coffee in Berlin

    Directed by Jan Ole Gerster • Drama • With Tom Schilling, Friederike Kempter • 2014 • 88 minutes

    Jan Ole Gerster’s wry and vibrant feature debut A Coffee in Berlin, which swept the 2013 German Oscar Awards, paints a day in the life of Niko, a twenty-something college dropout going nowhere fast. ...

  • Leila

    Directed by Dariush Mehrjui • Drama • With Leila Hatami, Ali Mosaffa • 1999 • 125 minutes

    Reza and Leila, an attractive and affluent young couple deeply in love and recently married, discover that Leila is unable to conceive. Invoking tradition, Reza's mother convinces her daughter-in-law that R...

  • Helen

    Directed by Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor • Drama • With Annie Townsend • 2008 • 79 minutes

    An 18 year old girl called Joy has gone missing. Another girl called Helen is a few weeks away from leaving her care home. Helen is asked to ‘play’ Joy in a police reconstruction that will retrace Joy’s la...

  • The Butterfly

    Directed by Philippe Muyl • Drama • With Michel Serrault • 2002 • 80 minutes

    Legendary actor Michel Serrault stars as Julien, an ornery butterfly collector. When eight-year-old Elsa and her often-absent mother move into the apartment next to his, the persistent and curious Elsa adopts a reluctan...

  • Beanpole

    Directed by Kantemir Balagov • Drama • With Viktoria Miroshnichenko, Vasilisa Perelygina, Andrey Bykov • 2019 • 137 minutes

    In post-WWII Leningrad, two women, Iya and Masha (astonishing newcomers Viktoria Miroshnichenko and Vasilisa Perelygina), intensely bonded after fighting side by side as an...

  • The Pencil

    Directed by Natalya Nazarova • Drama • With Vladimir Mishukov, Nadezhda Gorelova, Kirill Veselov • 2019 • 92 minutes

    Antonina, an artist from Saint Petersburg, follows her husband, a political prisoner, to the deep north province of Russia. As she starts teaching art in a local school, she finds...

  • Tall As the Baobab Tree

    Directed by Jeremy Teicher • Drama • With Dior Ka, Oumoul Ka • 2012 • 82 minutes

    Coumba and her little sister Debo are the first to leave their family’s remote African village, where meals are prepared over open fires and water is drawn from wells, to attend school in the bustling city. But when...

  • Maya (Mia Hansen-Løve)

    Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve • Drama • With Roman Kolinka, Aarshi Banerjee • 2018 • 107 minutes

    December 2012. Two French reporters are released after months of captivity in Syria. Gabriel, just shy of 30, heads to his childhood home in Goa, India, to recover. There, he meets Maya.

  • When I'm Done Dying

    Directed by Nisan Dag • Drama • With Oktay Çubuk, Hayal Köseoglu, Ushan Çakir • 2020 • 97 minutes

    FEHMI, a 19-year-old aspiring rapper from a rough neighborhood of Istanbul, is addicted to bonzai, a cheap and deadly drug, jeopardizing his dreams of becoming a successful rapper. When Fehmi crosse...

  • Eden is West (Costa-Gavras)

    Directed by Costa-Gavras • Drama • With Riccardo Scamarcio, Odysseas Papaspiliopoulos, Léa Wiazemsky • 2009 • 110 minutes

    Handsome and resourceful Elias flees as a refugee to Western Europe, which he sees as Eden. A drama with humor centered around the illegal immigrants living in the EU.

    "The ...

  • Wood and Water

    Directed by Jonas Bak • Drama • With Anke Bak, Patrick Lo • 2021 • 79 minutes

    With seamless grace, shooting on 16 mm, and underscored by a soundtrack from Brian Eno, German director Jonas Bak moves from the tall spires of the Black Forest to the teeming skyscrapers of Hong Kong in his tranquil, ...

  • Crystal Swan

    Directed by Darya Zhuk • Drama • With Alina Nasibullina, Ivan Mulin • 2018 • 93 minutes

    Set a few years after Belarus gained independence in 1990, this vibrant debut feature follows the path of young Evelina, who dreams of moving to Chicago in order to pursue her passion for house music. However...

  • Adela

    Directed by Adolfo Alix, Jr. • Drama • With Anita Linda, Joem Bascon, Jason Abalos • 2008 • 90 minutes

    It is Adela’s 80th birthday. A former radio personality, she lives on her own in the slums of Manila. Adela is surrounded by a sea of humanity and with it their problems, successes, and trivial...

  • Stefan Zweig

    Directed by Maria Schrader • Drama • With Josef Hader, Barbara Sukowa, Tómas Lemarquis, Cristina do Rego • 2016 • 106 minutes

    This emotionally powerful film explores the painful dilemma of whether to speak out or remain silent in the face of tyranny. Stefan Zweig: Farewell To Europe tells the st...

  • A Film About Couples

    Directed by Oriol Estrada, Natalia Cabral • Drama • With Oriol Estrada, Natalia Cabral, Lia Estrada Cabral, Carlos M. Matos, Homer Mora • 2021 • 89 minutes

    Directed by Miriam Lies’ award-winning team, Natalia Cabral y Oriol Estrada, A Film About Couples is equal parts a candid exposition of the ...

  • Zero Point

    Directed by Mihkel Ulk • Drama • With Tambet Tuisk, Märt Pius, Brigitte Susanne Hunt • 2014 • 114 minutes

    After being denounced as an outcast in school and frightened away from home by his mother's developing schizophrenia, there is no other way out for Johannes but to start improving his life b...

  • Andrei Tarkovsky's Nostalghia

    Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky • Drama • With Oleg Yankovsky, Erland Josephson, Domiziana Giordano
    • 2013 • 125 minutes

    Nostalghia is Andrei Tarkovsky's brooding late masterpiece, a darkly poetic vision of exile. It was the first of his features to be made outside of Russia, the home to which he...