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Ran | Official Trailer

With Ran, legendary director Akira Kurosawa reimagines Shakespeare’s King Lear as a singular historical epic set in sixteenth-century Japan.

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Intuitively alive to the vulnerabilities of adolescence, Bill Forsyth’s coming-of-age film, now a perennial classic, was an unlikely smash hit. Culled from the Scottish Youth Theatre, the impressive cast bring a lively authenticity to their characters’ comical mishaps and relatable growing pains.

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A lyrical work of documentary science fiction, Hannah Jayanti’s Truth or Consequences is a revealing reflection on humanity’s ambitions and stasis. Applying a bold fictional premise, the film is a thrilling formal adventure that never loses sight of the tenderness with which it treats its subjects.

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Xavier Beauvois’ vivid WWI drama is a fiercely compassionate portrayal of the quiet toll of war on the home front. Caroline Champetier’s (Holy Motors) lush cinematography, reminiscent of paintings by Monet and Renoir, imbues the French countryside with a melancholy that pulses beneath the surface.

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In this ingenious stop-motion short, humble beans come alive, populating their own planet made from everyday household objects. As fish tins become race cars and candy boxes turn into skyscrapers, this delightfully bean-centric microcosm doubles as a whimsical parody of space-obsessed 1970s culture.

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In her hypnotic documentary feature, Ethiopian-Mexican filmmaker Jessica Beshir explores the coexistence of everyday life and its mythical undercurrents. Though a deeply personal project—Beshir was forced to leave her hometown of Harar with her family as a teenager due to growing political strife—the film she returned to make about the city, its rural Oromo community of farmers, and the harvesting of the country’s most sought-after export (the euphoria-inducing khat plant) is neither a straightforward work of nostalgia nor an issue-oriented…

Pedro Almodóvar’s punk sensibility seemed not to diminish in his third feature, although he began to flirt with the melodrama that he would embrace later. This irreverent satire was written as a vehicle for Cristina Sánchez Pascual, but Carmen Maura is the one who receives a pet tiger as an accessory.

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