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30. November | Director: Rainer Sarnet | Language: Estonian 

Shot in rustic black-and-white, “November” is a folklore, a black comedy & a love story. Unrequited love, as we all know,  makes us do strange things. Rainer Sarnet’s bleak vision, which is mostly sneakily funny, manages to be heartbreaking to an extent of turning a cold-feet towards the idea of love. He also cleverly makes the struggle and sadness that surrounds it feel like complete dead-pan-magic.

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29. Antiporno | Director: Sion Sono | Language: Japanese 

When Japanese auteur Sion Sono was asked to film his take on the Roman Porno Revival, (a type of adult film that features a sex-scene every 10 minutes) who knew he would create a maddening stage-play about the oppression and entrapment of woman in a society that has been scrutinized to please the male species. By doing so, Sono creates “Anti-Porno,” taking a ballsy step of criticising the very idea of a Roman Porno whilst also paying tribute to it. 

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28. Wonderstruck | Director: Todd Haynes | Language: English

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Todd Haynes’s “Wonderstruck” is about braving the sadness that is constantly trying to make and shape you into becoming someone. It is an adventure into the unknown that makes one understand what true love and compassion really mean. Shown through the eyes of two children who share common deafness, the film uses the single most beautiful (structurally and visually) way in which it examines adolescence and the constant feeling of trying to belong somewhere.

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27. Wajib | Director: Annemarie Jacir | Language: Arabic

Annemarie Jacir’s “Wajib” is a road-movie that builds upon the familial indifference between the absolutely charming father-son duo (both onscreen & offscreen). With earthy dialogue, relatable and familiar emotional tension and truly beautiful setup to ride-along, Jacir’s film never doubts the viewers into understanding why these two people from the same family have a different point of view about the world they live in. By doing so, she prods into the indifference and the subtle affection between the two with charismatic results.

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26. Afterimage | Director: Andrzej Wajda | Language: Polish

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Accounting the life of Polish Avant-Grande artist Wladyslaw Strzeminski, Andrzej Wajda’s last testament to films was a heartbreaking tale about the freedom of expression. The film follows Strzeminski, a hardcore social realist who was prohibited from making paintings on the grounds of them being entitled as ‘progressive art.’ Featuring one of the best performance of the year by Bogusław Linda and a story that still somehow haunts us in the contemporary world, Wajda’s last love letter to cinema is an experience bloated in dark red color.

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