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ADAMA

France (82 mins, dir. Simon Rouby)
Language: French w/English subtitles

When Adama's older brother leaves their West African village in the middle of the night, the 12-year-old is determined to find him. Defying his elders, Adama ventures beyond the forbidden cliffs, acro...
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BANANA

Italy/France/Belgium (85 mins, dir. Andrea Jublin)
Language: Italian w/English subtitles

Banana is blessed with more self-belief than talent, and is missing goals both on and off the field. His parents are drifting apart; the girl he likes is out of his league; his older sister is marryin...
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MARA AND THE FIREBRINGER

Germany (94 mins, dir. Tommy Krappweis)
Language: German w/English subtitles

Like any other 15-year-old, Mara just wants to fit in with her peers, and find her place in life. But schoolyard bullies and a weird, embarrassing mum are soon the least of her problems, because Mara’...
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MISS IMPOSSIBLE

France (90 mins, dir. Emilie Deleuze)
Language: French w/English subtitles

Her parents and teachers think she’s a pain; the feeling is mutual. Her older sister has a diploma, her younger sister is an over-achiever, she’s repeating a year at school. Life is never boring for 1...
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OUR HUFF AND PUFF JOURNEY

Japan (91 mins, dir. Daigo Matsui)
Language: Japanese w/English subtitles

On a whim, tight-knit teenage foursome Chie, Sattsun, Ichinose and Fumiko decide they absolutely have to attend a gig featuring their favourite band: real-life J-pop superstars Creephyp. The only prob...
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THE MAGIC BRUSH

China (87 mins, dir. Zhi-xing Zhong)
Language: Mandarin w/English subtitles

Young artist Ma Liang lives in the picturesque Baihua (Hundred Flower) Village, where he enjoys a simple life. One day, a celestial being notices Ma Liang’s talent and gifts him a brush that magically...
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THE NEW KID

France (81 mins, dir. Rudi Rosenberg)
Language: French w/English subtitles

When shy but lovable 13-year-old Benoît arrives in a new high school, it's as if he has to begin his life again from scratch. After trying and failing to make it with the cool kids, Benoît finds his...
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WHAT'S IN THE DARKNESS

China (98 mins, dir. Wang Yichun)
Language: Mandarin w/English subtitles

When a shocking series of crimes rock a small town in China in 1991, detective Qu Zhicheng is placed on the case. As he tracks the perpetrator, his teenage daughter Su Xiaotong attempts her own sleuth...

 


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