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Abou Leila
Algeria 2019 135 min.

Algeria, 1994. In the midst of civil war, two longtime friends and police officers set off on a quest, crossing the Sahara in search of Abou Leila, a terrorist on the run. What they discover about themselves, however, may prove far more dangerous in this fever dream of a war drama.

The Aeronauts
USA 2019 101 min.

In 1862, daredevil balloon pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) teamed up with pioneering meteorologist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) to study the weather—flying higher than anyone in history in the process. This thrilling adventure pits human grit and ingenuity against increasingly thin air.

Russia 2019 130 min.

In post–World War II Leningrad, nurse Iya (the titular Beanpole) and former soldier Masha attempt to rebuild their lives—but the devastation of their city is nothing compared to the damage inflicted on their psyches in this crushing but beautiful Russian period drama.

Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid
USA 1969 110 min.

As rollicking, wisecracking outlaws who can’t ride far or fast enough to escape their own infamy, Paul Newman and Robert Redford generate the chemistry that made them Hollywood legends in George Roy Hill’s semirevisionist, seriocomic Western.

Italy 2009 37 min.

The city in which a film is set is often referred to as a character in its own right. This documentary aims to explore that concept, reflecting on the art of cinema in relation to its environment. With appearances by Wim Wenders, David Lynch, and Bernardo Bertolucci, among others.

The Conductor
Netherlands 2018 137 min.

This stirring drama is based on the true story of Dutch musician Antonia Brico, who became the first woman ever to conduct a professional symphony orchestra when she signed with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in the late 1920s. But her struggles didn’t end there.

The Golden Glove
Germany 2019 115 min.

Consider this your trigger warning. Depicting 1970s Hamburg as a lurid, squalid pit of iniquity, director Fatih Akin (Head On, DFF27; In the Fade, DFF40) brings the crimes of real-life, low-life German serial killer Fritz Honka to the big screen in unrelentingly grisly detail.

A Hidden Life
Germany 2019 173 min.

Devoted husband and pious churchgoer Franz Jägerstätter is faced with an intolerable choice in World War II-era Austria: take an oath of loyalty to Hitler or be executed as a traitor. Terrence Malick’s latest epic explores faith and moral certitude in the face of earthly consequences.

The Human Factor
United Kingdom 2019 108 min.

With unprecedented access to key players, this absorbing behind-the-scenes documentary reveals how, in the 1990s, the United States nearly achieved the impossible—securing peace between Israel and its neighbors. The lessons to be learned from the not-so-distant past couldn’t be more urgent.

The Invisible Life
Brazil 2019 139 min.

Based on Martha Batalha’s darkly comic novel, this splashy Brazilian period drama set in 1940s Rio de Janeiro traces the lives of two sisters separated by a cruel father. Ever orbiting one another without connecting, they yearn for what might have been while forging their own paths.

The Keeper
United Kingdom 2018 120 min.

Bert Trautmann was a Manchester City goalkeeper who became a hero first for winning the 1956 FA Cup finals with a broken neck and later for good works that earned him an Order of the British Empire. Before that, though, he was a German POW in love with an English girl. This is his astonishing story.

Brazil 2019 155 min.

When Brazil’s elected Communist government was overthrown in 1964, the ensuing military dictatorship lasted for more than 20 years. This epic biopic about leftist revolutionary Carlos Marighella and his struggle against the junta has already proven deeply controversial in his homeland.

The Painted Bird
Czech Republic 2019 169 min.

This unsparing black-and-white Czech period drama follows an unnamed boy as he wanders aimlessly across the countryside at the bloody close of World War II. In his fight to survive, he is both witness to and victim of increasingly savage acts at the hands of villagers and soldiers alike.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire
France 2019 119 min.

French writer/director Céline Sciamma won the Best Screenplay award at Cannes for this affecting, elegantly subversive period romance set in the 18th century, which follows artist Marianne on a delicate assignment: painting the wedding portrait of reluctant bride-to-be Héloïse.

The Report
USA 2019 119 min.

Adam Driver and Annette Bening head up an excellent ensemble cast in this smart political thriller that tackles the true story of Daniel J. Jones, a Senate staffer charged with investigating the CIA’s use of torture in the wake of 9/11.

Stalag Luft III - One Man's Story
USA 2018 105 min.

Calling this documentary “a love letter from a niece who wants future generations to know how much we owe the Greatest Generation,” Tom Brokaw sums up the efforts of filmmaker Louise Woehrle to share her uncle Charles’s story of heroism at the German POW camp that inspired The Great Escape.

The Traitor
Italy 2019 145 min.

For all its extravagance, this engrossing spectacle of a drama is based on a true story: the life of Tommaso Buscetta, a made man turned informant whose collaboration with the Italian government led to a seven-year trial that toppled the Casa Nostra in the 1980s.

The Two Popes
United Kingdom 2019 125 min.

Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce star in this incisive, fascinating account of the transfer of power between Popes Benedict and Francis, directed by Fernando Meirelles (City of God, The Constant Gardener) and written by Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything, Bohemian Rhapsody).

A Woman Under the Influence
USA 1974 155 min.

In this heartbreaking landmark of American independent cinema, director John Cassavetes’ own wife—the incomparable Gena Rowlands—stars as a housewife waging a desperate uphill battle to be seen, heard, and understood for who she is, not least by her vexed husband Nick (Peter Falk).

You Don't Nomi
USA 2019 92 min.

Upon its release in 1995, Showgirls was a notorious failure. Today, however, Paul Verhoeven’s salacious look at the lives of Vegas strippers is itself getting another look from critics. Jeffrey McHale’s thoroughly delightful documentary examines its journey from flop to alt-classic.

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