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Contemporary Selection

Opening Night

The most personal project to date from Academy Award-winning writer-director Alfonso Cuarón, Roma chronicles a turbulent year in the lives of a middle-class family in 1970s Mexico City; winner of Best Film at the 2018 Venice Film Festival and Mexico’s Official Selection for the 2019 Academy Awards.

Australian Premiere

A little known chapter in Cuban history is brought to light through a Russian literature professor (Rodrigo Santoro, Westworld) who's ordered to serve as a translator for child patients after the Chernobyl disaster.

Australian Premiere

In this hilarious Colombian comedy, Amalia, a cranky middle-aged secretary has unexpected feelings awakened in her by her building’s chaotic maintenance worker and finds herself going to outrageous lengths to keep him around.

The new film from the creators of the Oscar-nominated Embrace of the Serpent, this is an astounding, epic, visually exquisite story about the Colombian drug trade, told through the perspective of a proud indigenous family.

Australian Premiere

A highlight from Los Angeles’ Outfest, Eva + Candela delicately charts the evolution of attraction from sensual to intimate to routine between a filmmaker and her lead actress in this nuanced and passionate romance.

Australian Premiere

A Mexican box-office smash-hit, this romantic comedy follows a break-up expert who sets her sights on her biggest challenge yet: ending the relationship between her sister and the douchebag she’s dating.

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The captivating, wonderfully moving new Brazilian drama from Gustavo Pizzi, Loveling traces a mother-of-four whose life is turned upside down when her eldest son is offered the chance to pursue his sporting dreams overseas.

Australian Premiere

In this tense drama from one of the Dominican Republic’s biggest directors, a decorated policeman must confront the true meaning of justice when his spoiled teenage son breaks the law in a society marked by deep social contradiction.

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A rallying cry for equality and a testament to the power of ordinary people, this award-winning documentary follows Víctor and Fernando, a devoted, unassuming couple from Mexico who find themselves in the centre of a legal firestorm over their desire to get married.

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Following a devastating plane crash in 2016, this is the charged story of Brazil’s Chapecoense football club, made with exclusive access to the new team, the families and the three surviving players.

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The winner of Best Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival, Oblivion Verses centres on an elderly caretaker who discovers the body of an unknown young woman and embarks on an odyssey to give her a proper burial.

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Wim Wenders embarks on a personal journey with Pope Francis, the first pontiff from the Americas, and one of the world’s most remarkable subjects.

Winner of Best Film at the 2018 Sydney Film Festival, this is a piercing and emotionally compelling look into the lives of the Paraguayan wealthy through the tribulations of a hesitant woman in quiet crisis.

Australian Premiere

The vibrant and affecting Audience Award nominee at Glasgow, newly divorced 72-year-old Violeta proves that rebelliousness knows no age when finances threaten her newfound freedom.