Amour

If you’ve ever loved, this story of an elderly couple facing the unthinkable – one half of their familiar, codependent unit fading away – will touch a raw nerve.

My Brother the Devil

London’s mean streets and the escalating gang culture that eats up our youth are brought to vivid life in Sally El Hosaini’s searing portrait of modern England.

Beasts of the Southern Wild

The voice of the film is one of beauty and innocence, narrated by six-year-old Hushpuppy, as she navigates her world of near orphanhood.

The Pool

The Pool manages to transcend the standard clichés about India – a feat made more triumphant by the fact that the writer and director are foreigners.

Rust and Bone

Rust and Bone is a deeply affecting portrait of the gradual coming together of two wounded souls, driven by a brave central performance by Marion Cotillard.

The House I Live In

Eugene Jarecki, director of Why We Fight, takes a fascinating, gritty look at the American criminal justice system.

Undefeated

The rules and culture of American football itself might be an alien concept to most of the UK’s population, but raw passion and determination translates beyond sport.

Searching For Sugar Man

Searching for Sugar Man follows the search for the mysterious musician Rodriguez, who was briefly hailed as the finest recording artist of his generation, only to disappear into obscurity.

The Giants (Les Géants)

Lanners’ portrait of dreamy adolescence contains remarkable performances from the three juvenile leads as they embark on a journey into quasi-Dickensian drama.

Take This Waltz

Take This Waltz follows Margot as she agonises over leaving a secure life with a dependable husband for the excitement of an illicit liaison.

In Your Hands (Contre Toi)

Alone in a cell-like room, plagued and tormented by her captor, Yann, surgeon Anna is forced to confront the personal and professional facets of her personality.

A Simple Life

In A Simple Life, the aloof movie producer Roger treats his live-in servant Ah Tao with dismissiveness, until illness upsets the balance of their shared existence.

Fast Girls

Blue-collar black kid meets snooty white rich girl and they play out their rivalries on the running track. And that’s it. Noel Clarke’s script does what it says on the tin.

The Landlord

Originally released in 1970, this cult classic tells the story of a well-to-do New Yorker who becomes the landlord of an inner-city tenement.

All in Good Time

Rafta lends itself superbly to the screen in this hugely enjoyable – if not exactly groundbreaking – adaptation.

Late September

Late September is a portrait of lonely people discovering unpalatable truths about themselves at a 65th birthday party.

Circumstance

Focusing on the unseen world of Iranian youth culture, the narrative develops around the relationship of two young girls, Atafeh and Shireen.

Breathing (Atmen)

A story of rehabilitation, Breathing doesn’t hammer home its theme of new life through death. Instead, it focuses on a young man with a Year Zero outlook.

Even the Rain

Set in Bolivia in 2000 at the height of the civil unrest, a writer and director team begin shooting an epic take on the life of Christopher Columbus.

Cloclo

While the rest of the world was enamoured with The Beatles, Claude François was a sensation in France.