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PITY

Babis Makridis (2018)

A Greek film about a man whose emotional needs overtake him

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UNBUILT LIGHT

Efthimis Sanidis (2017)

A Reygadas-like short film from a strong new Greek director

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THE PLEDGE

Christos Gkotsis (2014)

An artfully made short film from a new Greek filmmaker

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RECONSTRUCTION

Theo Angelopoulos (1970)

The great Greek master's first feature - still remarkable

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THE SISTERS

Michal Hytros (2018)

A short film about Nuns playing scrabble - why not!

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THE STONE WEDDING

Dan Pita (1973)

A little-known Greek gem from the early 70s -

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HARMONIA

Wojciech Has (1948)

A boy and his piano accordion, an allegory for everyone

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FOREVER

Margarita Manda (2014)

An artful observational film from a new Greek director

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KILLER (Tueur à gages)

Darezhan Omirbayev (1998)

A brilliant Bresson-influenced masterwork from Kazakhstan

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THE WONDER RING

Stan Brakhage (1955)

The first Brakhage I ever saw, and it's still mesmerizing

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AGA

Milko Lazarov (2018)

Nanook of the North in the age of climate change

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THE LIFE OF JESUS

Bruno Dumont (1997)

Another Bresson-influenced work of genius from France

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VIVARIUM

Lorcan Finnegan (2019)

Like an episode of Black Mirror, a 2019 festival crowdpleaser

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THE SECOND CIRCLE

Alexandr Sokurov (1990)

High order miserabilism, but not without a joke or two

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HUMANITE

Bruno Dumont (1999)

Dumont's second film is even greater - a masterpiece -

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SIMON OF THE DESERT

Luis Bunuel (1965)

A fantastic Bunuel allegory, one of his best but not widely seen

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MUSEUM HOURS

Jem Cohen (2012)

A quiet gem that blurs the line between doco and fiction

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WHISPERING PAGES

Alexandr Sokurov (1994)

A gem that isn't as widely seen as other Sokurov masterworks

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THE TRIAL OF JOAN OF ARC

Robert Bresson (1962)

From the unique and undisputed genius of cinematographic art

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SILENT LIGHT

Carlos Reygadas (2007)

Reygadas channels Dreyer to create a modern masterwork

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AMOUR FOU

Jessica Hausner (2014)

Sick love indeed, directed with consummate mastery

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LANDSCAPE

Sergei Loznitsa (2003)

A remarkable study that owes a debt to Akerman's D'Est

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NIGHT TRAIN

Yi'nan Diao (2007)

Not the most cheerful of films, but it has a grim realist beauty

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THE NEW APARTMENT

Hans Richter (1930)

A rare chance to see a different kind of film from Mr Richter

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ECCENTRICITIES OF A BLONDE

Manoel de Oliveira (2009)

Oliveira distills human desire and folly in this cautionary tale

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HONEYLAND

Tamara Kotevska (2019)

A beautifully realised poetic doco with a stark metaphor

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SHUNTERS

Jurgen Bottcher (1984)

More bleak poetry, this time in a wintry Eastern Europe rail yard

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LAND WITHOUT BREAD

Luis Bunuel (1932)

A savage critique of life in an impoverished region of Spain

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FISTS IN THE POCKET

Marco Bellocchio (1965)

An excellent mid-60s film that considers privilege and fascism

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HANNAH

Andrea Pallaoro (2018)

Exceptional work from Rampling and Pallaoro - a nod to Akerman

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VISITORS

Godfrey Reggio (2013)

An immersive, artfully produced experimental meditation

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FIRE WILL COME

Oliver Laxe (2019)

One of the standouts from the 2019 NZ Film Festival

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THE HALT

Sergei Loznitsa (2000)

An early short that was recently referenced in A Gentle Woman

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HOME STORIES

Matthias Muller (1997)

A clever collage gleaned from American melodramas of 50s

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DON'T TOUCH THE AXE

Jacques Rivette (2007)

A gem from one of the masters of post-60s French cinema

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A SOLDIER'S DREAM

Alexandr Sokurov (1995)

An evocative short gleaned from the 5-hour long Spiritual Voices

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