Watch on Cineuropa: A brave new world - Films championing diversity, migration and new ways of being
- New indie gems for you to enjoy on our pages: fasten your seatbelts, and join us in these cinematic journeys!
All around the world, millions of people live in transit. Whether fleeing violence to build a better life abroad, or struggling to find new purpose and meaning in this one, travelling is a fundamental facet of our existence, and one that cinema has explored since its inception. In a sea of films that have chronicled all sorts of journeys - geographical and psychological - we have selected a few guaranteed to make you travel from the comforts of home. Hailing from all corners of the world, here's some of our favourite cinematic voyages.
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Two-time Palm d’Or winner Emir Kusturica directs and stars as a milkman, whose life in the war zone of the 90s Bosnian conflict is turned upside down by a love affair with a mysterious Italian fugitive (Monica Bellucci). An impressive tale of forbidden love thrumming with the director’s distinct blend of energy and dark humour.
Los Exoticos – Michael Ramos Araizaga
What exactly are the exoticos? Michael Ramos Araizaga’s documentary sheds light on the life and history of Mexico’s most flamboyant and best-groomed wrestlers. A subtle look at these mannered gladiators and their fans, which doubles as a critique of society’s stances toward homosexuality.
An extremely original and heartfelt film by Michel Gondry (famed for helming Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), The We and the I homes in on a group of teenagers bracing for their last day of high school, conjuring an indelible portrait of what it feels like to wrestle with the desire to be yourself, and the need to blend in.
Martin Páv’s documentary beckons us into the heart of Kibera, a giant slum in the outskirts of Nairobi captured here through a mosaic of interviews with local residents and artists. A piercing portrait that refuses to succumb to hopelessness and misery, and conjures instead an uplifting and engrossing ode to the slum’s resilient and resourceful folks.
Beasts of the Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin
Behn Zeitlin stunned Sundance with this Malick-inspired look at the Hurricane Katrina catastrophe, as experienced by a six-year-old girl and her father. A work of unbridled ambition and compassion, guaranteed to make your jaw drop, and your heart melt.
After his wife suffers a stroke, Tunisian-born, Marseille-based Lotfi must return to his native land and reunite with his estranged and autistic son. A harrowing, thoughtful and unflinching tale about finding a place in the world.
A Central African Republic teacher flees his native land for France, where he falls for a local woman, and struggles to build a new life in the foreign turf. A brutal look at the refugee experience and the humiliations suffered by anyone forced to go through Europe’s asylum system. An unmissable and deeply compassionate gem.
Customs officer Tina has an incredible sense of smell, but when the mysterious Vore walks past her, her super talent is challenged for the first time ever. Winner of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard award in 2018, Border is unlike anything you’ve ever seen, an odd tale of belonging and Frankenstein-like romance with a surprisingly large heart.
The Farewell – Lulu Wang
Chinese-American Billi (Awkwafina, awarded a Golden Globe for her turn) travels back to China to visit her grandmother. The old matriarch is dying, but the family has agreed to keep the news secret from her, and to hastily arrange a wedding that shall serve as a final goodbye. One of the greatest surprises of the past few years, The Farewell paints a family portrait that’s both culturally specific and rooted in timeless, universal themes.
A heartrending coming of age set in a rural commune nearby Santiago in 1990s Chile, Too Late to Die Young is as much an elegy to teenage angst and freedom as it is a portrait of a country venturing into adulthood, captured in the midst of its post-Pinochet transition. If the name of Chilean prodigy and writer-director Doming Sotomayor has escaped your radars, jot it down at once, and if you’re yet to watch this gem for which she won the Best Director award in 2018, here’s your chance to make amends.
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