Featuring new films by established and upcoming international filmmakers, Cinema Today looks at the fast-changing perspectives of World Cinema. Look out for discoveries from countries such as the Czech Republic, Chile and Mexico, playing alongside the year’s most exciting titles from Sundance, Cannes, Venice and Locarno.
An African slave boy is groomed by a comtesse into a court performer and object of curiosity in 18th-century Austria.
Dir. Markus Schleinzer
Austria, Luxembourg (2018)
Another Day of Life
Animation proves a rich medium for this documentary about a journalist venturing into the heart of the Angolan Civil War.
Dir. Raúl de la Fuente
Poland, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Hungary (2018)
This Swedish genre-bender crosses from social realism to fantasy thriller when a gifted customs officer meets a suspicious man.
Dir. Ali Abbasi
Sweden, Denmark (2018)
An incandescent coming-of-age tale about a ballerina-in-training struggling against the restraints of her male body.
Dir. Lukas Dhont
Happy as Lazzaro
A village simpleton becomes embroiled in a plot beyond his comprehension when he catches the attention of a Machiavellian nobleman.
Dir. Alice Rohrwacher
I Do Not Care If We Go Down In History as Barbarians
A Romanian theatre director mounts an audacious outdoor performance that recounts a 1941 historical massacre long forgotten by her compatriots.
Dir. Radu Jude
Romania, Czech Republic, France, Bulgaria, Germany (2018)
John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection
Tennis and film theory collide in an idiosyncratic essay film about tennis great John McEnroe.
Dir. Julien Faraut
Olivier Assayas’s latest is a humorous social critique of digital anxieties, interpersonal relationships and the changing tides of the literary landscape.
Dir. Olivier Assayas
A Mexican rancher-poet’s open marriage descends into crisis when his wife begins an affair with an American cowboy.
Dir. Carlos Reygadas
Mexico, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden (2018)
Ray & Liz
An intimate and unsettling dramatic autobiography of a British working-class family living on the fringes of society.
Dir. Richard Billingham
Sorry to Bother You
Stay woke, indeed: Gonzo new director Boots Riley mashes searing socio-political critique with a dystopia not too distant from our own.
Dir. Boots Riley