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17 Feb 2015 - 10:24 AM  UPDATED 20 Feb 2015 - 3:07 PM

Ida 

Poland

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Starring: 
Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Joanna Kulig
What's it about?
In 1960s Poland, an 18-year-old novitiate learns she is a Jewish orphan. Before she takes her vows, she meets her only living relative, and together, they discover a dark family secret dating back to the Nazi occupation.

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A minute with: Director Pawel Pawlikowski

 

Leviathan 

Russia

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Starring:
 Elena Lyadova, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Aleksey Serebryakov
What's it about: 
A searing critique of the entrenched corruption that plagues contemporary Russia, the Golden Globe winner tells the story of a villager in North Russia, who is embroiled in a dispute with the corrupt mayor of the town.

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Tangerines 

Estonia

Director: Zaza Urushadze
Starring:
 Misha Meskhi, Giorgi Nakashidze, Elmo Nüganen
What's it about?
An Estonian village is the flashpoint for tensions in the war in Georgia, when two sole villagers take in a pair of wounded soldiers.

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Timbuktu 

Mauritania

Director: Abderrahmane Sissako
Starring: 
Abel Jafri, Fatoumata Diawara, Hichem Yacoubi
What's it about?
The inhabitants of a village in Mali have their lives come under increasing surveillance as extremists seek to implement Sharia Law. Two unwed parents in Aguelhok face the dire prospect of death by stoning.

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Wild Tales 

Argentina

Director: Damián Szifron
Starring:
 Rita Cortese, Ricardo Darín, Liliana Ackerman
What's it about?
Each revenge fantasy is more ludicrous than the last in this madcap series of shorts from Argentina: In one, a road rage incident has an extraordinary ending; in another, an explosives expert wages war with inept bureaucrats; and in the finale, a pair of newlyweds barely make it out of their reception alive.

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