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BIG FISH & BEGONIA

China (105 mins, dir. Xuan Liang, Chun Zhang)
Language: Mandarin, with English subtitles

Like Spirited Away in reverse, Big Fish & Begonia is a visually breathtaking Chinese animation that gives ancient Taoist myth a Ghibli-esque make-over.
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EDHEL

Italy (84 mins, dir. Marco Renda)
Language: Italian

A young girl with malformed ears uses fantasy to help her cope with classroom bullies and process the death of her father in this Italian coming-of-age film.
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INVENTING TOMORROW

USA (105 mins, dir. Laura Nix)
Language: English, Indonesian and Spanish with English subtitles

Students from Indonesia, India, Mexico and Hawaii prepare to take the Olympics of world science fairs by storm.
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LU OVER THE WALL

Japan (112 mins, dir. Masaaki Yuasa)
Language: Japanese with English subtitles

The top award winner at the 2017 Annecy Animation Festival, Lu Over the Wall is a genre-bending musical mermaid tale from noted anime director Masaaki Yuasa.
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MOUNTAIN MIRACLE - AN UNEXPECTED FRIENDSHIP

Germany (97 mins, dir. Tobias Wiemann)
Language: German with English subtitles

Scenic alpine sights provide a stunning backdrop for this spirited and acclaimed coming-of-age adventure about a young girl's determination to overcome obstacles.
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SPEAK UP

France (95 mins, dir. Stephane de Freitas and Ladj Ly)
Language: French with English subtitles

A group of teens from Paris's impoverished suburbs go through high-intensity training to compete for the title of France's best young orator. The catch: they've rarely spoken in public before.
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THE GIRL WITHOUT HANDS

France (76 mins, dir. Sebastien Laudenbach)
Language: French with English subtitles

Winner of the Jury Prize and Best French Film award at the Annecy Animation Festival, The Girl Without Hands is a breathtakingly beautiful fairytale unafraid of its Grimm origins.
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THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL

Spain (68 mins, dir. Pau Ortiz)
Language: Spanish with English subtitles

A top award-winner at Hot Docs, The Other Side of the Wall follows two Honduran teenagers in Mexico who have to grow up fast after their mother goes to prison.