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1. 1% (2017)

92 min | Crime

7.6
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1% is set within the primal underworld of outlaw motorcycle club gangs. It follows the heir to the throne of a motorcycle club who has to betray his president to save his brother's life.

Director: Stephen McCallum | Stars: Eddie Baroo, Ryan Corr, Aaron Fa'aoso, Simone Kessell

Votes: 16

2. 3/4 (2017)

83 min | Drama

6.3
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Mila is a gifted pianist with a bright future, yet her father pays more attention to the rings of Saturn than to her goals, and her brother tries to distract her with his unwanted talent ... See full summary »

Director: Ilian Metev | Stars: Mila Mihova, Nikolay Mashalov, Todor Veltchev, Simona Genkova

Votes: 43

3. A Worthy Companion (2017)

105 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

6.8
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Plagued by the abuse of her past and the turmoil of failed intimate encounters, Laura struggles to find a lover and a sense of normalcy. Her beacon of hope comes in sixteen year-old Eva, a ... See full summary »

Directors: Carlos Sanchez, Jason Sanchez | Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Julia Sarah Stone, Denis O'Hare, Maxim Roy

Votes: 21

4. Ava (II) (2017)

105 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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13-year-old Ava learns that she will lose her sight sooner than expected, and she confronts the problem in her own way.

Director: Léa Mysius | Stars: Noée Abita, Laure Calamy, Juan Cano, Tamara Cano

Votes: 198

5. All You Can Eat Buddha (2017)

85 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

8.3
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At the Palacio, an all-inclusive resort in the carribean, Mike's arrival complicates the normal flow of operations. His voracious appetite, mysterious magnetism and unexpected miracles ... See full summary »

Director: Ian Lagarde | Stars: Sylvio Arriola, Ludovic Berthillot, Alexander Guerrero, Richard Jutras

Votes: 6

6. Apostasy (2017)

95 min | Drama

8.1
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A faithful Jehovah's Witness is forced to shun her own sister because of a religious transgression. As the separation draws out, she starts to question the meaning of God's love.

Director: Dan Kokotajlo | Stars: Sacha Parkinson, Siobhan Finneran, Robert Emms, Steve Evets

Votes: 19

7. Black Cop (2017)

91 min | Drama

7.7
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A black police officer is pushed to the edge, taking out his frustrations on the privileged community he's sworn to protect.

Director: Cory Bowles | Stars: Ronnie Rowe, Sophia Walker, Sebastien Labelle, Simon Paul Mutuyimana

Votes: 21

8. Cardinals (2017)

84 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.0
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Directors: Grayson Moore, Aidan Shipley | Stars: Sheila McCarthy, Katie Boland, Grace Glowicki, Noah Reid

Votes: 11

9. Disappearance (2017)

89 min | Drama

7.1
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During a dramatic night, two young lovers run from hospital to hospital seeking for an help for some complications after their first time. They'll have to confront with the indifference of some doctors and avoid them to call their parents.

Director: Ali Asgari | Stars: Nazanin Ahmadi, Pedram Ansari, Sadaf Asgari, Mohammad Heidari

Votes: 28

10. Shang an de yu (2017)

90 min | Drama

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A young boy searches a small fishing village for his parents from a past life.

Director: Kuo-An Lai | Stars: Jen-Shuo Cheng, Peggy Tseng, Run-yin Bai, Han-Yi Yao

11. Five Fingers for Marseilles (2017)

120 min | Drama, Thriller, Western

7.1
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Lives change forever when Tau, the young lion, kills two corrupt policemen in a South African shanty town.

Director: Michael Matthews | Stars: Zethu Dlomo, Kenneth Fok, Garth Breytenbach, Warren Masemola

Votes: 14

12. Gutland (2017)

107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.3
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A surrealist rural noir about a German thief who flees to a small Luxembourg village only to discover that the locals have secrets of their own.

Director: Govinda Van Maele | Stars: Frederick Lau, Vicky Krieps, Pit Bukowski, Leo Folschette

Votes: 7

13. High Fantasy (2017)

Comedy, Drama

7.1
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A group of young friends on a camping trip, deep in the South African countryside wake up to discover they have all swapped bodies. Their individual cultural heritage and experience of ... See full summary »

Director: Jenna Cato Bass | Stars: Qondiswa James, Nala Khumalo, Francesca Varrie Michel, Liza Scholtz

Votes: 10

14. Human Traces (2017)

87 min | Drama, Thriller

7.1
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When a mysterious young man arrives on a remote Sub-Antarctic research station, secrets threaten the relationship of a married couple working on the island.

Director: Nic Gorman | Stars: Sophie Henderson, Mark Mitchinson, Vinnie Bennett, Sara Wiseman

Votes: 24

15. I Kill Giants (2017)

104 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

8.8
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Barbara Thorson struggles through life by escaping into a fantasy life of magic and monsters.

Director: Anders Walter | Stars: Zoe Saldana, Imogen Poots, Jennifer Ehle, Madison Wolfe

Votes: 123

16. I Am Not a Witch (2017)

90 min | Drama

7.1
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Following a banal incident in her local village, 8-year old girl Shula is accused of witchcraft. After a short trial she is found guilty, taken into state custody and exiled to a witch camp... See full summary »

Director: Rungano Nyoni | Stars: Gloria Huwiler, Chileshe Kalimamukwento, Travers Merrill, Ritah Mubanga

Votes: 112

17. Indian Horse (2017)

Drama

7.6
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Follows the life of Canadian First Nations boy, Saul Indian Horse, as he survives residential school and life amongst the rascism of the 1970s. A talented hockey player, Saul must find his own path as he battles sterotypes and alcoholism.

Director: Stephen S. Campanelli | Stars: Sladen Peltier, Forrest Goodluck, Ajuawak Kapashesit, Michiel Huisman

Votes: 7

18. Kissing Candice (2017)

102 min | Drama, Thriller

8.5
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17 year old Candice longs to escape her seaside town and finds solace in her imagination. When her disillusionment calcifies into an obsession with a troubled stranger, she becomes entangled with a dangerous local gang.

Director: Aoife McArdle | Stars: Ann Skelly, Ryan Lincoln, Conall Keating, Ryan McParland

Votes: 22

19. Luk'Luk'I (2017)

90 min | Drama

8.6
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A portrait of five Vancouverites living on society's fringes during the 2010 Winter Olympics, "Luk'Luk'I" takes us into uncharted territory, falling somewhere between a fiction we need to see and a documentary we wish didn't have to exist.

Director: Wayne Wapeemukwa | Stars: Angel Gates, Joe Buffalo, Ken Harrower, Eric Buurman

Votes: 10

20. Matar a Jesús (2017)

Drama

7.5
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Lita witnesses the murder of her own father, a university professor. Frustrated over the local police she and her family starts to investigate the murder themselves. Located at the dark and... See full summary »

Director: Laura Mora Ortega | Stars: Natasha Jaramillo, Giovanny Rodríguez, Camilo Escobar, Carmenza Cossio

Votes: 11

21. Mary Goes Round (2017)

84 min | Drama

7.7
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Mary is a substance abuse counsellor with a drinking problem. After getting arrested for drunk driving and losing her job, Mary returns to her hometown where she learns that her estranged ... See full summary »

Director: Molly McGlynn | Stars: Aya Cash, Aaron Poole, Kimberly-Sue Murray, Sara Waisglass

Votes: 6

22. Messi and Maud (2017)

92 min | Drama

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Maud and Frank are on holiday in Chile. Their relationship is fragile and so is Maud. After many years of trying, it is now time to face the fact that they will never have children. However... See full summary »

Director: Marleen Jonkman | Stars: Rifka Lodeizen, Guido Pollemans, Koke Santa Ana, Daniel Candia

23. Stebuklas (2017)

91 min | Comedy, Drama

8.9
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Close to bankruptcy, Irena, the owner of a struggling pig farm in tiny post-Communist town finds a surprising benefactor in a handsome American man who appears to be the answer to all her prayers.

Director: Egle Vertelyte | Stars: Egle Mikulionyte, Vyto Ruginis, Andrius Bialobzeskis, Daniel Olbrychski

Votes: 7

24. Montana (2017)

Drama

7.7
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A young woman returns to her hometown following the death of her grandfather, and begins an affair with a married teacher in the debut feature from Israeli filmmaker Limor Shmila. Powerful ... See full summary »

Director: Limor Shmila

Votes: 9

25. Never Steady, Never Still (2017)

110 min | Drama

8.7
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A mother struggles to take control of her life in the face of advanced Parkinson's disease, while her son battles his sexual and emotional identity amongst the violence of Alberta's oil field work camps.

Director: Kathleen Hepburn | Stars: Shirley Henderson, Théodore Pellerin, Mary Galloway, Nicholas Campbell

Votes: 6

26. Los Versos del Olvido (2017)

92 min | Drama

6.8
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When the elderly caretaker of a remote morgue discovers the body of a young woman killed during a protest, he embarks on a magical odyssey to give her a proper burial before the militia returns.

Director: Alireza Khatami | Stars: Juan Margallo, Tomás del Estal, Manuel Morón, Itziar Aizpuru

Votes: 46

27. Oh Lucy! (2017)

95 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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The drama-comedy tells the story of Setsuko Kawashima (Terajima), a lonely, chain-smoking office lady in Tokyo who is past her prime. After deciding to take an English class, she discovers ... See full summary »

Director: Atsuko Hirayanagi | Stars: Shinobu Terajima, Josh Hartnett, Kaho Minami, Kôji Yakusho

Votes: 83

28. Princesita (2017)

71 min

7.2
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Twelve-year-old Tamara lives within a cult that is ruled by the beliefs of its leader Miguel, who becomes obsessively convinced that Tamara is the "chosen one". But when she falls in love ... See full summary »

Director: Marialy Rivas | Stars: Nathalia Acevedo, Marcelo Alonso, Sara Caballero, Nahuel Cantillano

Votes: 12

29. Korparna (2017)

Drama

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1970s, Sweden - Hard working farmer Agne (played by acclaimed actor Reine Brynolfsson) struggles with the harsh reality of his daily life, hoping his teenage son Klas will take over the ... See full summary »

Director: Jens Assur | Stars: Reine Brynolfsson, Peter Dalle, Maria Heiskanen, Jacob Nordström

30. Scaffolding (2017)

90 min | Drama

7.7
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17-year- old ASHER has always been the impulsive troublemaker, from primary school, all through junior high and high school. It's hard for him to concentrate in class, and he is compelled ... See full summary »

Director: Matan Yair | Stars: Asher Lax, Ami Smolartchik, Jacob Cohen, Keren Berger

Votes: 34

31. The Butterfly Tree (2017)

120 min | Drama

7.0
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Evelyn, an ex-burlesque queen, bewitches single dad Al and his teenage son Fin with her zest for life. When father and son discover they are competing for the affections of the same woman, ... See full summary »

Director: Priscilla Cameron | Stars: Melissa George, Ewen Leslie, Ed Oxenbould, Sophie Lowe

Votes: 14

32. The Future Ahead (2017)

Drama

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The Future Ahead charts the enduring friendship between Romina and Flor, from first love to first divorce. The film is written in three blocks, without flashbacks: Romina and Flor ... See full summary »

Director: Constanza Novick | Stars: Dolores Fonzi, Pilar Gamboa

33. Sommerhäuser (2017)

97 min | Drama

6.2
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Director: Sonja Kröner | Stars: Katja Brenner, Jonathan Bähr, Peter Clös, Günther Maria Halmer

Votes: 12

34. The Great Buddha + (2017)

102 min | Drama

7.9
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Pickle is a night security guard at a bronze statue factory. His colleague, Belly Bottom, works as a recycling collector during the day, and Pickle's biggest pleasure in life is flicking ... See full summary »

Director: Hsin-yao Huang | Stars: Cres Chuang, Bamboo Chu-Sheng Chen, Leon Dai, Shao-Huai Chang

Votes: 13

35. Svanurinn (2017)

Drama

7.2
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A nine-year-old girl is sent to a country farm in Iceland to serve her probation for shoplifting. The girl finds a kind of freedom by submitting to the inevitable restraints and suffering of remote rural life.

Director: Asa Hjorleifsdottir | Stars: Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Thor Kristjansson, Katla M. Þorgeirsdóttir, Gríma Valsdóttir

Votes: 10

36. Waru (2017)

88 min | Drama

7.4
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A powerful and challenging story surrounding the tangi (funeral) of a small boy Waru who dies at the hands of his caregiver and how the boys death impacts the community.

Directors: Chelsea Cohen, Ainsley Gardiner, Casey Kaa, Renae Maihi, Awanui Simich-Pene, Briar Grace Smith, Paula Whetu Jones, Katie Wolfe | Stars: Awahina Rose Ashby, Jonny Brugh, Amber Cureen, Roimata Fox

Votes: 12

37. Fen bei ren sheng (2017)

91 min | Drama

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A poor family struggles to cope with tragedy and mental illness in a fractured society.

Director: Tan Seng Kiat

38. Si-e-nui sa-rang (2017)

110 min | Drama

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A married poet in South Korea falls for a teenage boy who works at the local doughnut shop.

Director: Yang-hee Kim

39. Tigre (2017)

91 min | Drama

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A woman tries to reconnect with her estranged son during a visit to an island in the Tigre Delta.

Directors: Ulises Porra, Silvina Schnicer

40. Valley of Shadows (I) (2017)

91 min

7.1
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In this mystery drama we follow Aslak (6) in a quest for answers about recent tragic events. Valley of Shadows is a film in the tradition of the Scandinavian Gothic.

Director: Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen | Stars: Adam Ekeli, Kathrine Fagerland

Votes: 17

41. Village Rockstars (2017)

87 min | Drama

6.1
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A young village girl in northeast India wants to start her own rock band.

Director: Rima Das

Votes: 7

42. Vinterbrødre (2017)

100 min | Drama

7.0
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A brother odyssey set in a worker environment during a cold winter. We follow two brothers, their routines, habits, rituals and a violent feud that erupts between them and another family.

Director: Hlynur Palmason | Stars: Michael Brostrup, Anders Hove, Elliott Crosset Hove, Jannik Jensen

Votes: 43