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This luminous miniature of speculative science fiction from Portuguese artist-filmmaker Pedro Neves Marques ponders the very meaning of the nuclear family. Shot on 16mm and bathed in natural light, Becoming Male in the Middle Ages is a provocative meditation on gender, identity, and reproduction.

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Scrappy low-budget filmmaking has a new kid on the block in actor, director, and writer Kit Zauhar. Zeroing in on an Asian-American student’s premature case of postgraduate drift, she brings an altogether different charm to independent cinema with her wry, plucky, and perceptive first film.

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Widely celebrated as “the mother of all Holocaust films,” Polish director Wanda Jakubowska’s remarkable work is based on her experiences in Auschwitz, where she returned to shoot as early as 1948. Resilience shines through in this beautifully crafted paean to female solidarity in the darkest times.

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Vicky Krieps is luminous as a woman under the influence in this mysterious family drama from the French multihyphenate Mathieu Amalric. Told in puzzle-piece fragments, the film has the beautiful fragility of broken glass and feels, contrary to the title, as though it would be hazardous to touch.

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The only solo feature from film theorist Peter Wollen reimagines sci-fi cinema on an intimate scale: a two-hand chamber drama suffused with poetic reflections on a planet ravaged by wars. Luminously ethereal, Tilda Swinton transfixes as an extraterrestrial visitor on a futile search for world peace.

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Amid a tornado of violent passions and fantasies, Tilda Swinton is an ethereal vision of innocence and ferocity in Christoph Schlingensief’s apocalyptic parable. Creeping through a phantasmagorical landscape, Nosferatu-style, Udo Kier triumphs at what he does best: playing the Devil with style.

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A deeply compassionate sibling drama that swept the board at the Swiss Film Awards, this intimately observed tale of terminal illness swerves cliché at every turn. Boasting a pair of superb performances from Lars Eidinger and the inimitable Nina Hoss, My Little Sister is a tender, understated gem.

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