20. Season of the Devil
Director: Lav Diaz
Country: Philippines | Language: Tagalog | Runtime: 234 Mins.
Cast: Piolo Pascual, Shaina Magdayao, Bituin Escalante
In the late 70s, a gang of militias, under the control of the military, terrorizes a remote village in the Philippines. The poet-teacher-activist Hugo Haniway decides to find out the truth about the disappearance of his wife. A love story and an unconventional music set in the darkest period of Philippine history, the Marcos Dictatorship, Season of the Devil is based on real events and real characters.
Director: Paul Dano
Country: USA | Language: English | Runtime: 104 Mins.
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Bill Camp
14-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry — a housewife and a golf pro — in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job — and his sense of purpose — he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Suddenly forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother’s struggle as she tries to keep her head above water. Paul Dono’s many acting credits include Looper (2012), Prisoners(2013), 12 Years a Slave (2013), Youth (2015), and Okja (2017). Wildlife (2018) is his feature directorial debut.
18. Leave No Trace
Director: Debra Granik
Country: USA | Language: English | Runtime: 109 Mins.
Cast: Thomasin McKenzie, Ben Foster, Jeffery Rifflard
For years, a teenage girl and her veteran father have lived undetected in Forest Park, a vast woods on the edge of Portland, Oregon. When a careless mistake catches the attention of the authorities, the pair is removed from the park, forcing them to confront their conflicting desire to be part of a community and their fierce need for independence. Debra Granik is a director and screenwriter whose 2010 film, Winter’s Bone, starred Jennifer Lawrence and was nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture.
17. The Man Who Feels No Pain
Director: Vasan Bala
Country: India | Language: Hindi| Runtime: 134 Mins.
Cast: Abhimanyu Dasani, Gulshan Devaiah, Radhika Madan
Surya is born with a strange condition under tragic circumstances. He is diagnosed with a rare medical disorder called Congenital Insensitivity to Pain and is tended to by the odd-couple combination of his father and his mischievous grandfather Ajoba. Vasan Bala, an Indian screenwriter and filmmaker. His debut film Peddlers (2012) was screened at the 51st Semaine de la Critique and also played at TIFF’ 12. He has worked as a screenwriter on Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet and Raman Raghav 2.0. He is also an award-winning advertising filmmaker and Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota (The Man Who Feels No Pain) is his second feature film.
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Director: Lee Chang-Dong
Country: South Korea | Language: Korean | Runtime: 148 Mins.
Cast: Ah-In Yoo, Steven Yeun, Jong-seo Jeon
Deliveryman Jongsu is out on a job when he runs into Haemi, a girl who once lived in his neighbourhood. She asks him if he’d mind looking after her cat while she’s away on a trip to Africa. On her return she introduces Jongsu to Ben, an enigmatic young man she met during the trip. And one day Ben tells Jongsu about his most unusual hobby.