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Watch on Cineuropa: Against the law - Crime movies worth your time

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Watch on Cineuropa: Against the law - Crime movies worth your time
Ash is Purest White by Jia Zhang-Ke

Few things have exerted more fascination on filmmakers than the underworld. That's why this week, following up on our focus on nerve-rattling films, we're proud to present you some extraordinary crime movies worth your time, selected for you from the world's best festivals, and peopled with all sorts of lawbreakers.

These titles are brought to you in partnership with eyelet (read the news), a streaming platform designed to give cinephiles around the world access to the very best in independent cinema. In conjunction with eyelet, we are now able to showcase films we’ve been reviewing over the years - titles you can stream and read about on Cineuropa. Stay tuned for the new movies coming your way soon!

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If You Saw His Heart [+see also:
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A 2017 Toronto world premiere, Joan Chemla's feature debut follows Gael García Bernal as a troubled man ostracized by his community, and struggling to find redemption for a life mired in crime and violence.

Black Coal, Thin Ice

An ex-cop and his ex-partner decide to follow up on investigation of a series of murders that ended their careers and shamed them, when identical murders begin again. A majestic neo-noir from Yi’nan Diao, winner of the 2014 Golden Bear in Berlin.

The Stranger

Welles’ third film packs almost as many technical wonders as his Citizen Kane, and it’s a goosebumps-raiser: a suspenseful thriller about a restless quest to catch an ex-Nazi living in false identity in a small Connecticut town. It’s one of the director’s lesser known works, so here’s your chance to rediscover this ageless classic.

Battle in Heaven [+see also:
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Explicit, shocking, and spiritual, Reygadas’ follow-up to his acclaimed Japón invites us into a universe of horror and beauty, gorgeously shot and immensely sensual.

Paranoid Park [+see also:
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From the 2007 Cannes official lineup comes Gus Van Sant’s evocative high-school drama, a testament to the director’s masterful ability to capture the ins and outs of adolescence through a haunting portrait of a teen riddled with guilt and anxiety.

Ash is Purest White [+see also:
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Jia Zhang-ke’s 2018 Palm d’Or contender conjures a tale of China’s underworld unlike anything you’ve seen before, with a towering performance from Zhao Tao.

Funny Games [+see also:
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Good luck surviving this tour de force of a film, stashed with violence, torture, and unspeakable horror. Yes, this is the remake of Haneke’s 1997 German-speaking original, but it’s just as thrilling and stomach-churning.

Birds of Passage [+see also:
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Following the international triumph of Embrace of the Serpent, Ciro Guerra teamed up with Cristina Gallego to conjure this indelible look at the origins of the Colombian drug trade, as seen through the eyes of an indigenous Wayuu family that becomes involved in the US marijuana trade in the 1970s. Ancestral cultures and family ties jostling against greed, violence, and war.

Los Bastardos [+see also:
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A 24-hour period in the lives of Fausto and Jesus, two undocumented Mexican day-laborers in L.A. Each day another task, each day the same pressure to find money. They go about their daily routine, standing on the corner at the Home Improvement Store waiting for work to come. Today, the job they are given is well paid compared to their poor usual wages. Today, Jesus carries a shotgun inside his backpack.

Court

Long before he was received the award for Best Script for his latest Golden Lion contender, The Disciple, Chaitanya Tamhane nabbed the top prize in the Orizzonti sidebar in 2014 with this devastating take on injustice and cast prejudice, featuring an old folk singer brought to court on farcical charges… here’s your chance to catch up with Tamhane’s debut feature, one of Venice’s greatest surprises.

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