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A COLONY

Canada (102 mins, director: Genevieve Dulude-De Celles)
Language: French, with English subtitles

Winner of the Berlinale's Crystal Bear for Best Film (Generation 14plus), this is the story of a young girl on the cusp of adolescence struggling with a new school, familial conflict and finding confidence in herself.
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BUTTERFLY

Italy (80 mins, directors: Alessandro Cassigoli, Casey Kauffman)
Language: Italian, with English subtitles

In 2016, 18-year-old Irma 'The Butterfly' Testa became Italy's first ever woman boxer to compete in the Olympics. This is her story.
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CATS

China (105 mins, director: Gary Wang)
Language: Mandarin, with English subtitles

Blanket and Cape are cats, father and kitten, living in a comfortable apartment in Chongqing ... until the curious Cape decides to set out on an adventure to find the legendary cat paradise, Peachtopia.
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CLEO: IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME

Germany (99 mins, director: Erik Schmitt)
Language: German, with English subtitles

The city of Berlin, and its history, star alongside a luminous Marleen Lohse in this playful, joyous and visually inventive story about a magical clock and a young woman's desire to rewind time.
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DAYS OF THE WHALE

Colombia (77 mins, director: Catalina Arroyave)
Language: Spanish, with English subtitles

Debut director Catalina Arroyave won a Special Jury Mention at SXSW for this free-spirited story of young love and defiance in the mean streets of Medellin, Colombia.
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LONG TIME NO SEA

Taiwan (96 mins, director: Yung-hui Tsui)
Language: Mandarin/Taiwanese, with English subtitles

Best Newcomer winner at the Golden Horse Film Festival, Tsui Yung-hui's charming debut film mixes music and drama to tell the uplifting tale of an Indigenous children's troupe training for a national dance competition.
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OKKO'S INN

Japan (120 mins, director: Kitaro Kosaka)
Language: Japanese, with English subtitles

Veteran anime filmmaker and former Studio Ghibli animator Kitaro Kosaka brings his magic touch to this fable about a young orphan girl running her grandmother's inn with some supernatural help.
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STARS BY THE POUND

France (86 mins, director: Marie-Sophie Chambon)
Language: French, with English subtitles

A science-obsessed teen battles negative assumptions about her body to reach for the stars in Marie-Sophie Chambon's out-of-this-world comedy.