Finns are engaged in far more peculiar forest activities than raking if "Euthanizer" is any indication. While the film is an offbeat and violent revenge fantasy, "Euthanizer" has a philosophical underpinning that makes it strangely effective. This is Finland's official entry for the 2019 Oscars.
Writer-director Kaouther Ben Hania fashions a powerful indictment of police corruption that occurs in the midst of Tunisia's Arab Spring. Newcomer Mariam Al Ferjani plays a sexual assault victim who refuses to be silenced.
"Laila" is an epic Norwegian melodrama that has been remastered and preserved for the ages. As "Laila" features a Norwegian heroine who is adopted by Lapp (Sami) parents, I compare this film with Amanda Kernell's "Sami Blood".
This debut feature from Amanda Kernell was a massive hit on the film festival circuit in 2016. A teenage Sami girl attends a Swedish boarding school and is forced to choose between her ambitions and her heritage.
Writer-director Lucia Puenzo crafts an unsettling coming-of-age drama based on her country's dark past. The dramatic vistas of Argentina's Patagonia region form the backdrop for this story of Nazi fugitive Josef Mengele and his plans to experiment with the life of young Lilith and her family.
"Balibo" is a tense, intelligent political thriller based on real-life events. The film is also a timely reminder that journalists put their lives on the line in service of the truth. Anthony LaPaglia and Oscar Isaac deliver nuanced, passionate performances.