Ciao Ciao is focused on the malfunctions of China’s urbanist ideology, and how they are realised in the setting of uncertain personal lives.
Maite Alberdi’s nuanced documentary is refreshing and non-patronising glimpse into the lives of people with Down’s Syndrome.
Raoul Peck’s biopic treads with caution, but despite its flaws it’s an accessible, gripping introduction to it subject.
Despite its exuberant archival footage, Kate Hickey’s Venice Beach skating doco never quite does justice to the themes it explores.
Maliglutit offers a meticulous preservation of an endangered lifestyle unsullied by the grot of America’s cultural imperialism.
Helene Hegemann’s stylish debut uses its teenage abandon for a deeper reflection on the world of adult disarray.
Sally Potter’s dinner party farce boasts a distinctive style and impressive performances, emerging as a pithy but pleasing satire of the contemporary bourgeoisie.
Cláudia Varejão’s documentary on female Japanese shellfish divers comprises moody, living tableaus that capture informal portraits of the ama and their families.
José Pedro Lopes’ art-horror offers glimpses of the extraordinary, even if there is a lot of clutter.
Sergei Loznitsa’s formally powerful Austerlitz traces the contours of loss, memory and history by recording the passage of visitors to concentration camp memorials.