Compelling stories with distinctive perspectives from both masters and emerging names, those making an essential contribution to world cinema. This year’s selection sees several politically charged stories in the form of dystopian allegory, devilish figures and accusatory polemic, all of them urgent and pertinent in questioning the current state of justice in different contexts.

The search for personal identity continues to resonate, while several delightful films centre on love, the bringing of joy and the power of emotions. Expansive landscapes framing their respective protagonist’s quest for personal freedom characterise two exceptional films that show US independent cinema at its best.

Southeast Asian Premiere

Southeast Asian Premiere

UK | 2020 | 117min | R21
28 Nov, Sat | 6.30pm
4 Dec, Fri | 6.30pm

In this period romance starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, each little gesture of desire carries immeasurable weight.

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Asian Premiere

Asian Premiere

Democratic Republic of the Congo, France, Belgium | 2020 | 90min | PG
3 Dec, Thu | 6.30pm

Dieudo Hamadi’s latest documentary on the survivors of Congo’s Six-Day War is a triumphant show of the strength of the human spirit.

Southeast Asian Premiere

Southeast Asian Premiere

USA | 2020 | 112min | PG13
5 Dec, Sat | 6.30pm

In Kelly Reichardt’s atypical Western, two outcasts strike an unlikely entrepreneurial friendship in 19th-century Oregon.

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Southeast Asian Premiere

Southeast Asian Premiere

Q&A with filmmaker(s)

France | 2020 | 97min | PG13
29 Nov, Sun | 6.30pm
30 Nov, Mon | 6.30pm

In this moving magic-realist tale, a teenage boy copes with the loss of his beloved community and home with gravity-defying means.

Israel, Italy | 2020 | 92min | PG13
27 Nov, Fri | 9.30pm

An uplifting drama about a father’s love for his son and the difficulties of letting go.

Southeast Asian Premiere

Southeast Asian Premiere

Q&A with filmmaker(s)

Mexico, Spain | 2020 | 97min | NC16
30 Nov, Mon | 6.30pm
4 Dec, Fri | 3.30pm

In Mexico’s northern frontier region, lyrical and horrific moments follow a mother who knows no bounds in finding her missing son.

Southeast Asian Premiere

Southeast Asian Premiere

Romania | 2020 | 200min | PG13
27 Nov, Fri | 6.30pm

A period chamber drama that challenges the existence of absolutes—even death.

Southeast Asian Premiere

Southeast Asian Premiere

Mexico | 2020 | 86min | M18
30 Nov, Mon | 9.30pm
4 Dec, Fri | 9.30pm

In this taut dystopian thriller, a posh wedding is interrupted by unwelcome guests who seek to destabilise the current social order in Mexico.

Southeast Asian Premiere

Southeast Asian Premiere

Côte d’Ivoire, France, Canada, Senegal | 2020 | 93min | PG13
4 Dec, Fri | 6.30pm

The condemned do not go gently into the good night, fighting with their stories instead, in this kinetic and dizzying thriller.

Southeast Asian Premiere

Southeast Asian Premiere

USA | 2020 | 108min | M18
28 Nov, Sat | 9.30pm
04 Dec, Fri | 7.00pm

In this graceful portrait of nomadism, Chloé Zhao challenges the romanticism of American freedom against a forced life on the road.

Southeast Asian Premiere

Southeast Asian Premiere

Q&A with filmmaker(s)

Denmark | 2020 | 97min | M18
5 Dec, Sat | 9.30pm

A young girl struggles to deal with her transgender father’s transition in this contemplative semi-autobiographical debut.

Southeast Asian Premiere

Southeast Asian Premiere

France | 2020 | 90min | R21
30 Nov, Mon | 9.30pm

A tense, compelling drama of sexual abuse in the world of high-performance sports.

Southeast Asian Premiere

Southeast Asian Premiere

Italy, USA, Greece | 2020 | 84min | R21
29 Nov, Sun | 9.30pm
3 Dec, Thu | 9.30pm

Old-timers and their canine friends go on perilous journeys for elusive truffles in this insightful and sumptuous documentary.

Southeast Asian Premiere

Southeast Asian Premiere

Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Netherlands, Philippines | 2020 | 84min | PG
2 Dec, Wed | 10pm

In this poetic, magic-realist film, a portal is a chance for connections—but only if we embrace the unknown.