Sundance 2017: World Cinema Dramatic Competition

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1. Axolotl Overkill (2017)

94 min | Drama

5.8
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65 Metascore

Mifti, age 16, lives in Berlin with a cast of characters including her half-siblings; their rich, self-involved father; and her junkie friend Ophelia. As she mourns her recently deceased ... See full summary »

Director: Helene Hegemann | Stars: Jasna Fritzi Bauer, Arly Jover, Laura Tonke, Mavie Hörbiger

Votes: 36

2. Berlin Syndrome (2017)

R | 116 min | Thriller

7.2
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74 Metascore

A passionate holiday romance leads to an obsessive relationship, when an Australian photojournalist wakes one morning in a Berlin apartment and is unable to leave.

Director: Cate Shortland | Stars: Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt, Lucie Aron, Matthias Habich

Votes: 138

3. Carpinteros (2017)

106 min | Drama

8.4
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Julián finds love and a reason for living in the last place imaginable: the Dominican Republic's Najayo Prison. His romance, with fellow prisoner Yanelly, must develop through sign language... See full summary »

Director: José María Cabral | Stars: Ramón Emilio Candelario, Jean Jean, Mario Nunez, Manuel Raposo

Votes: 23

4. Don't Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl! (2017)

106 min | Drama

7.6
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44 Metascore

Joca, a Brazilian boy of 13, and Basano La Tatuada a Paraguayan indigenous girl living on the border between the two countries, marked by the waters of the Rio Apa. Joca is in love with Basano and wants to do everything to win her love.

Director: Felipe Bragança | Stars: Cláudia Assunção, Adeli Benitez, Zahy Guajajara, Marco Lori

Votes: 27

5. Family Life (2017)

80 min | Comedy, Drama

6.4
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A young man spends a few weeks housekeeping for a relatively distant relative and enjoys taking over the comfort of their lives in Santiago. Soon, he meets a cute neighbor and starts ... See full summary »

Directors: Cristián Jiménez, Alicia Scherson | Stars: Jorge Becker, Gabriela Arancibia, Blanca Lewin, Cristián Carvajal

Votes: 35

6. Free and Easy (2017)

90 min | Comedy

7.6
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When a traveling soap salesman arrives in a desolate Chinese town, a crime occurs, and sets the strange residents against each other with tragicomic results.

Director: Jun Geng | Stars: Xu Gang, Zhiyong Zhang

Votes: 14

7. God's Own Country (2017)

104 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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81 Metascore

Spring. Yorkshire. Young farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker for lambing season ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path.

Director: Francis Lee | Stars: Josh O'Connor, Alec Secareanu, Gemma Jones, Ian Hart

Votes: 102

8. My Happy Family (2017)

120 min | Drama

8.1
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86 Metascore

In a patriarchal society, an ordinary Georgian family lives with three generations under one roof. All are shocked when 52-year-old Manana decides to move out from her parents' home and ... See full summary »

Directors: Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Groß | Stars: Ia Shugliashvili, Merab Ninidze, Berta Khapava, Tsisia Qumsishvili

Votes: 50

9. The Nile Hilton Incident (2017)

106 min | Thriller

7.9
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Set against the backdrop of the Egyptian Revolution, the thriller features a police officer who investigates the murder of a woman. What initially seems to be a killing of a prostitute ... See full summary »

Director: Tarik Saleh | Stars: Tareq Abdalla, Yasser Ali Maher, Nael Ali, Hania Amar

Votes: 34

10. Pop Aye (2017)

104 min | Drama

7.4
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81 Metascore

On a chance encounter, a disenchanted architect bumps into his long-lost elephant on the streets of Bangkok. Excited, he takes his elephant on a journey across Thailand, in search of the farm where they grew up together.

Director: Kirsten Tan | Stars: Penpak Sirikul, Thaneth Warakulnukroh, Bong

Votes: 46

11. I Dream in Another Language (2017)

103 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.9
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When a language dies, a unique vision of the world is lost forever.

Director: Ernesto Contreras | Stars: Fernando Álvarez Rebeil, José Manuel Poncelis, Eligio Meléndez, Fátima Molina

Votes: 43

12. The Wound (2017)

88 min | Drama

7.2
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76 Metascore

Xolani, a lonely factory worker, travels to the rural mountains with the men of his community to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood.

Director: John Trengove | Stars: Nakhane Touré, Bongile Mantsai, Niza Jay Ncoyini, Thobani Mseleni

Votes: 51