TIFF 2016: Contemporary World Cinema

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1. L'économie du couple (2016)

100 min | Drama

6.5
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66 Metascore

After 15 years of marriage, a couple with two kids is about to divorce. Until the husband find a new place to live, they have to cohabit, and figure out how to share their belongings.

Director: Joachim Lafosse | Stars: Bérénice Bejo, Cédric Kahn, Marthe Keller, Jade Soentjens

Votes: 1,235 | Gross: $0.00M

2. La mujer del animal (2016)

120 min | Drama

7.5
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Amparo flees the convent and lands in a marginal neighborhood at her sister's house. Cousin Libardo becomes infatuated with Amparo, forcing her to live under his roof; the Animal's family, ... See full summary »

Director: Víctor Gaviria | Stars: Natalia Polo, Tito Alexander Gomez, Jesús Vásquez

Votes: 210

3. Apprentice (2016)

115 min | Drama

6.5
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77 Metascore

Inevitably, a transfer to a maximum security prison will eventually challenge the integrity and ethics of a young correctional officer on his way to become a chief executioner.

Director: Junfeng Boo | Stars: Firdaus Rahman, Wan Hanafi Su, Mastura Ahmad, Boon Pin Koh

Votes: 937 | Gross: $0.00M

4. Aquarius (2016)

Not Rated | 146 min | Drama

7.6
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88 Metascore

Clara, a 65 year old widow and retired music critic, was born into a wealthy and traditional family in Recife, Brazil. She is the last resident of the Aquarius, an original two-story ... See full summary »

Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho | Stars: Sonia Braga, Maeve Jinkings, Irandhir Santos, Humberto Carrão

Votes: 12,870 | Gross: $0.29M

5. Pays (2016)

100 min | Drama

6.7
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Emily Price tries to balance family life and leading crunch negotiations between a Canadian politician and the president of a country whose natural resources are being exploited.

Director: Chloé Robichaud | Stars: Emily VanCamp, Micheline Lanctôt, Serge Houde, Rémy Girard

Votes: 110

6. Tereddüt (2016)

105 min | Drama

6.4
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Two Turkish women one oppressed by sexist traditions and one liberated by modern mores, have more in common than it would seem.

Director: Yesim Ustaoglu | Stars: Funda Eryigit, Ecem Uzun, Mehmet Kurtulus, Okan Yalabik

Votes: 960

7. Smrt u Sarajevu (2016)

85 min | Drama

6.5
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The major hotel Europe in Sarajevo will receive an important visit on the anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, attack that triggered World War. As the manager of ... See full summary »

Director: Danis Tanovic | Stars: Snezana Vidovic, Izudin Bajrovic, Vedrana Seksan, Muhamed Hadzovic

Votes: 678

8. Los decentes (2016)

104 min | Drama

5.9
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A housemaid, working in an exclusive gated community in the outskirts of Buenos Aires, embarks on a journey of sexual and mental liberation in a nudist swinger-club boarding the high security walls.

Director: Lukas Valenta Rinner | Stars: Iride Mockert, Ivanna Colona Olsen, Mariano Sayavedra, Pablo Seijo

Votes: 171

9. Ember (II)

Sci-Fi | Announced

A documentary series director on her latest assignment covering an insufferable celebrity chef's restaurant opening discovers that the secret to its success is more than meets the eye.

10. Burn Country (2016)

102 min | Drama, Thriller, War

4.7
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60 Metascore

After being exiled from Afghanistan, a former war journalist settles in a small town in Northern California and takes a job with a local newspaper. But when he attempts to cover local crime... See full summary »

Director: Ian Olds | Stars: Dominic Rains, Melissa Leo, James Franco, Rachel Brosnahan

Votes: 530

11. Handsome Devil (2016)

95 min | Drama, Sport

7.2
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60 Metascore

Ned and Conor are forced to share a bedroom at their boarding school. The loner and the star athlete at this rugby-mad school form an unlikely friendship until it's tested by the authorities.

Director: John Butler | Stars: Fionn O'Shea, Ardal O'Hanlon, Amy Huberman, Ruairi O'Connor

Votes: 3,874

12. Le ciel attendra (2016)

105 min | Drama

7.1
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At 17, Sonia almost left her family to go jihad. She was convinced that this was the only way for her and her family to go to heaven. She finally came back to reason. Unlike Mélanie, 16 ... See full summary »

Director: Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar | Stars: Noémie Merlant, Naomi Amarger, Sandrine Bonnaire, Clotilde Courau

Votes: 500

13. Indivisibili (2016)

100 min | Drama

7.0
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80 Metascore

Daisy and Violet are twin sisters on the verge of turning 18. They are blessed with beautiful voices and are sought after to sing at weddings, communions and baptisms. Their real draw is ... See full summary »

Director: Edoardo De Angelis | Stars: Angela Fontana, Marianna Fontana, Antonia Truppo, Toni Laudadio

Votes: 633

14. Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge (2016)

100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

5.7
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51 Metascore

Follows the famous physicist and chemist Marie Curie and her struggle for recognition in the male-dominated science community in early 20th century France.

Director: Marie Noelle | Stars: Karolina Gruszka, Arieh Worthalter, Charles Berling, Izabela Kuna

Votes: 410

15. Mister Universo (2016)

90 min | Drama

7.1
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66 Metascore

The young lion tamer Tairo is unhappy with his present life situation. He uses the loss of his talisman to make a trip through Italy searching for the man, who gave it to him a long time ago.

Directors: Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel | Stars: Tairo Caroli, Wendy Weber, Arthur Robin, Lilly Robin

Votes: 113

16. Past Life (2016)

109 min | Drama

6.6
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60 Metascore

Past Life tracks the daring late 1970s odyssey of two sisters - an introverted classical musician and a rambunctious scandal sheet journalist - as they unravel a shocking wartime mystery that has cast a dark shadow on their entire lives.

Director: Avi Nesher | Stars: Nelly Tagar, Joy Rieger, Doron Tavory, Evgenia Dodina

Votes: 256 | Gross: $0.09M

17. Mahana (2016)

103 min | Drama

7.3
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From the author of "The Whale Rider", a tale of family rivalry and reconciliation, set against the stunning backdrop of rural New Zealand in the 1960s.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Temuera Morrison, Akuhata Keefe, Nancy Brunning, Jim Moriarty

Votes: 490

18. Pyromaniac (2016)

98 min | Drama

6.1
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A ruthless pyromaniac is on the loose in a southern village of Norway. They don't know he's no stranger, but one of them. We follow him. The son of the fire brigade chief's own son, in secret spreading fear.

Director: Erik Skjoldbjærg | Stars: Trond Nilssen, Per Frisch, Liv Bernhoft Osa, Henrik Rafaelsen

Votes: 481

19. The Rehearsal (2016)

102 min | Drama

6.4
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61 Metascore

First-year acting student Stanley mines his girlfriend's family scandal as material for the end-of-year show at drama school. The result is a moral minefield.

Director: Alison Maclean | Stars: James Rolleston, Kerry Fox, Ella Edward, Alice Englert

Votes: 92

20. White Sun (2016)

89 min | Adventure, Drama

7.2
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81 Metascore

Anti-regime partisan Chandra confronts physical, social and political obstacles for his father's funeral. His search for a solution takes him to neighboring mountain villages and encounters with the police and rebel guerrillas. A portrait of post-civil war Nepal during the fragile deadlocked peace process.

Director: Deepak Rauniyar | Stars: Dayahang Rai, Asha Maya Magrati, Rabindra Singh Baniya, Sumi Malla

Votes: 221

21. Tamara y la Catarina (2016)

107 min | Drama

7.2
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A story about feminine solidarity at México City. Doña Meche an old lonely lady and Tamara a mentally challenged woman in her forties, meet in their solitude in an endeavor to return a baby that Tamara took from a newspaper stand.

Director: Lucía Carreras | Stars: Cecilia Cantú, Ángeles Cruz, Angelina Peláez, Gustavo Sánchez Parra

Votes: 19

22. Tramps (2016)

82 min | Comedy, Romance

6.5
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77 Metascore

A young man and woman find love in an unlikely place while carrying out a shady deal.

Director: Adam Leon | Stars: Callum Turner, Grace Van Patten, Michal Vondel, Mike Birbiglia

Votes: 1,907

23. Vaya (2016)

115 min | Drama

8.2
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Three people board the train bound for Johannesburg. Strangers, each on their own mission, with a simple task to complete and in search of family to help them. But when they are betrayed by... See full summary »

Director: Akin Omotoso | Stars: Warren Masemola, Sihle Xaba, Phuthi Nakene, Emmanuel Nkosinathi Gweva

Votes: 32

24. Nikdy nejsme sami (2016)

105 min | Drama

6.4
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A paranoid prison guard moves into a village flanked by a state motorway. He befriends his new neighbour, an unemployed hypochondriac supported by his wife, working in the local grocery. ... See full summary »

Director: Petr Václav | Stars: Klaudia Dudová, Zdenek Godla, Miroslav Hanus, Karel Roden

Votes: 44

25. X500 (2016)

104 min | Drama

6.6
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Thousands of kilometers apart, three young migrants undergo mental, emotional, and physical transformations in order to survive the violence of their new worlds.

Director: Juan Andrés Arango Garcia

Votes: 146