18. If! Istanbul Bagimsiz Filmler Festivali 2019

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1. Being Impossible (2018)

TV-MA | 97 min | Drama

A young woman discovers she was submitted to several surgeries to correct her intersexual body as a baby. She has to find her own self outside gender binaries.

Director: Patricia Ortega | Stars: Lucía Bedoya, Belkis Avilladares, María Elena Duque, Adyane Gonzalez

Votes: 133

2. Gay Chorus Deep South (2019)

TV-14 | 100 min | Documentary, Music

66 Metascore

In response to a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws and the divisive 2016 election, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus embarks on a tour of the American Deep South.

Director: David Charles Rodrigues | Stars: Tim Seelig, Chris Verdugo, Ashle Blow, Jimmy White

Votes: 201

3. The Dead Don't Die (2019)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

53 Metascore

The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tom Waits, Chloë Sevigny

Votes: 65,354 | Gross: $6.56M

4. I Lost My Body (2019)

TV-MA | 81 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

81 Metascore

A story of Naoufel, a young man who is in love with Gabrielle. In another part of town, a severed hand escapes from a dissection lab, determined to find its body again.

Director: Jérémy Clapin | Stars: Hakim Faris, Victoire Du Bois, Patrick d'Assumçao, Alfonso Arfi

Votes: 28,687

5. To Live to Sing (2019)

105 min | Drama

A Sichuan Opera troupe are faced with the demolition of their theater and dissolution.

Director: Johnny Ma | Stars: Xiaoli Zhao, Guidan Gan, Xihu Yan, Huanghe Yan

Votes: 167

6. Too Late to Die Young (2018)

110 min | Drama

80 Metascore

During the summer of 1990 in Chile, people begin to feel a growing sense of freedom and three teenagers face their first loves and fears.

Director: Dominga Sotomayor | Stars: Demian Hernández, Antar Machado, Magdalena Tótoro, Matías Oviedo

Votes: 1,182 | Gross: $0.01M

7. End of the Century (2019)

Unrated | 84 min | Drama

80 Metascore

Two men meet in Barcelona and after spending a day together they realize that they have already met twenty years ago.

Director: Lucio Castro | Stars: Juan Barberini, Ramon Pujol, Mía Maestro, Mariano Lopez Seoane

Votes: 2,762 | Gross: $0.03M

8. Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life (2018)

106 min | Documentary, Biography

Jonathan Agassi is one of the world's most successful gay porn stars. This is a rare and intimate look at the world of porn and escorting, as well as on a unique relationship between a mother and son.

Director: Tomer Heymann | Stars: Jonathan Agassi, Michael Lucas

Votes: 378

9. Beanpole (2019)

130 min | Drama, War

84 Metascore

1945, Leningrad. WWII has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and leaving its citizens in tatters, physically and mentally. Two young women search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins.

Director: Kantemir Balagov | Stars: Viktoria Miroshnichenko, Vasilisa Perelygina, Andrey Bykov, Igor Shirokov

Votes: 9,566

10. This Is Not Berlin (2019)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama

69 Metascore

In the 1980s, an outsider gets invited to a mythical nightclub where he's unleashed to punk, sexual liberty and drugs.

Director: Hari Sama | Stars: Xabiani Ponce de León, José Antonio Toledano, Mauro Sanchez Navarro, Klaudia Garcia

Votes: 984

11. Lara (2019)

98 min | Drama, Music

It's Lara's 60th birthday, and this very evening, her son will be giving his debut piano concert. Lara mapped out his musical career. But Lara is not welcome at his debut performance. Even if Lara engages, everything gets out of control.

Director: Jan-Ole Gerster | Stars: Tom Schilling, Rainer Bock, Maria Dragus, Corinna Harfouch

Votes: 1,714

12. Les Misérables (2019)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

78 Metascore

A cop from the provinces moves to Paris to join the Anti-Crime Brigade of Montfermeil, discovering an underworld where the tensions between the different groups mark the rhythm.

Director: Ladj Ly | Stars: Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti, Djebril Zonga, Issa Perica

Votes: 21,634

13. Our Time (2018)

Not Rated | 177 min | Drama

56 Metascore

A family lives in the Mexican countryside raising fighting bulls. Esther is in charge of running the ranch, while her husband Juan, a world-renowned poet, raises and selects the beasts. ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Reygadas | Stars: Natalia López, Phil Burgers, Carlos Reygadas, Yago Martínez

Votes: 1,577 | Gross: $0.01M

14. About Endlessness (2019)

78 min | Drama, Fantasy

87 Metascore

With ABOUT ENDLESSNESS, Roy Andersson adds to his cinematic oeuvre with a reflection on human life in all its beauty and cruelty, its splendour and banality.

Director: Roy Andersson | Stars: Jessica Louthander, Tatiana Delaunay, Anders Hellström, Bertil J. Nyberg

Votes: 4,838

15. The Death of Dick Long (2019)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

69 Metascore

Dick died last night, and Zeke and Earl don't want anybody finding out how. That's too bad though, cause news travels fast in small-town Alabama.

Director: Daniel Scheinert | Stars: Michael Abbott Jr., Virginia Newcomb, Andre Hyland, Sarah Baker

Votes: 4,146

16. The Souvenir (2019)

R | 120 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

91 Metascore

A young film student in the early '80s becomes romantically involved with a complicated and untrustworthy man.

Director: Joanna Hogg | Stars: Neil Young, Tosin Cole, Jack McMullen, Frankie Wilson

Votes: 9,371 | Gross: $1.04M

17. The Unknown Saint (2019)

100 min | Comedy, Crime

A criminal returns to the fake grave where he buried his loot years before and discovers that it has become the shrine of an unknown saint and a thriving little village.

Director: Alaa Eddine Aljem | Stars: Younes Bouab, Salah Ben Saleh, Bouchaib Semmak, Mohammed Nouaimane

Votes: 771

18. Forman vs. Forman (2019)

77 min | Documentary

A look at the life and work of director Milos Forman, from the Czech New Wave to Hollywood.

Directors: Jakub Hejna, Helena Trestíková | Stars: Milos Forman, Miroslav Ondrícek

Votes: 224

19. Loving Vincent: The Impossible Dream (2019 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

The journey of two passionate filmmakers to achieve their impossible dream: creating the world's first fully painted feature film.

Director: Miki Wecel | Stars: Bartosz Armusiewicz, Sean M. Bobbitt, Douglas Booth, Piotr Dominiak

Votes: 204

20. Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019)

Unrated | 94 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

An exploration of the history and emotional power of cinema sound, as revealed by legendary sound designers and visionary directors, via interviews, clips from movies, and a look at their actual process of creation and discovery.

Director: Midge Costin | Stars: Gary Rydstrom, Steven Spielberg, Teresa Eckton, Thomas A. Edison

Votes: 1,470

21. Mystify: Michael Hutchence (2019)

102 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

73 Metascore

A documentary feature about the troubled heart and soul of Michael Hutchence, lead singer and songwriter of INXS.

Director: Richard Lowenstein | Stars: Kylie Minogue, Rosie O'Donnell, Bono, Helena Christensen

Votes: 2,113

22. System K (2019)

94 min | Documentary

In the urban jungle of Kinshasa, amid social and political chaos, an eclectic and bubbling street art scene is emerging.

Director: Renaud Barret | Stars: Béni Baras, Géraldine Tobe, Freddy Tsimba

Votes: 88

23. The Sound Is Innocent (2019)

68 min | Documentary, Music

Electronic music is a playground. And your toy can be an instrument, a machine, an object.

Director: Johana Ozvold | Stars: Steve Goodman, John Richards, François Bonnet, Hannes Hoelzl

Votes: 21

24. Varda by Agnès (2019)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary, Biography

85 Metascore

Agnès Varda, photographer, installation artist and pioneer of the Nouvelle Vague, is an institution of French cinema. Taking a seat on a theatre stage, she uses photos and film excerpts to provide an insight into her unorthodox oeuvre.

Stars: Agnès Varda, Sandrine Bonnaire, Hervé Chandès, Nurith Aviv

Votes: 1,928

25. Amina (2019)

70 min | Documentary

Amina, an African immigrant woman living in Turkey, tries to hold on to life through her dreams against the challenges of life.

Director: Kivilcim Akay | Star: Aminata Fall

Votes: 36

26. Kadin Olmanin Gunahi/The Sin of Being a Woman (2018)

60 min | Documentary

The Sin of Being a Woman is the story of an indomitable woman who fought a relentless and uphill battle against prejudice, convention and authority at a difficult time in a difficult part of the world.

Director: Umran Safter | Star: Aysel Yildirim

Votes: 28

27. The Disappearance of My Mother (2019)

94 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

A once-iconic fashion model strives to escape the world of images and disappear for good, but her son's determination to make a final film about her sparks an unexpected collaboration and confrontation with the camera's gaze.

Director: Beniamino Barrese | Stars: Benedetta Barzini, Beniamino Barrese, Lauren Hutton, Stephanie DeBaillew

Votes: 324

28. One Child Nation (2019)

R | 83 min | Documentary, History

85 Metascore

After becoming a mother, a filmmaker uncovers the untold history of China's one-child policy and the generations of parents and children forever shaped by this social experiment.

Directors: Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang | Stars: Nanfu Wang, Zaodi Wang, Zhimei Wang, Tunde Wang

Votes: 5,476 | Gross: $0.18M

29. The Final Hour (2019)

88 min | Documentary | Completed

Faced with the imminent extinction of her ancestral language, a young woman embarks on a voyage across Europe, to discover her origins and her (dying) culture.

Director: Caglar Malli | Stars: Deniz Bensusan, Selim Eskinazi, Sonsoles Guillén, Flora Musafia Aitas

Votes: 12

30. The Swing (2018)

74 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

An assured, emotionally rich film about the lies a family tells to keep their patriarch happy; and the unattended costs of their falsehood. After sixty years of marriage, Antoine and Vivi ... See full summary »

Director: Cyril Aris | Stars: Antoine Aris, Marie-Therese Aris, Toufic Aris, Viviane Aris

Votes: 32

31. Demons (II) (2018)

84 min | Comedy, Horror

A young actress struggles to come to terms with the price she has to pay for making art.

Director: Daniel Hui | Stars: Vicki Yang, Glen Goei, Vikneshwaran Kobinathan, Eshley Gao

Votes: 61

32. Down the River (2018)

98 min | Adventure

An estranged father and son takes a wild trip. The journey turns into an adventure during which they both have to deal with their and each other's past and present.

Director: Rick Ostermann | Stars: Louis Hofmann, Oliver Masucci

Votes: 36

33. M (III) (2018)

90 min | Mystery

M is a work of art that explores the relationship between sexuality and death. These two appear to be opposite forces, but in fact they merge in all of us, disguising the fear of death or ... See full synopsis »

Director: Anna Eriksson | Stars: Veera Sivonen, Joni Segerroos, Dulce Rodriguez-Saldivar, Melanie Rodriguez-Saldivar

Votes: 186

34. Føniks (2018)

85 min | Drama

From a young age, Jill has acted as the responsible adult in her small family. She cares for her loving but mentally unstable mother and her younger brother. The news that their estranged ... See full summary »

Director: Camilla Strøm Henriksen | Stars: Ylva Bjørkaas Thedin, Maria Bonnevie, Sverrir Gudnason, Casper Falck-Løvås

Votes: 226

35. Giant Little Ones (2018)

R | 93 min | Drama

67 Metascore

Two popular teen boys, best friends since childhood, discover their lives, families, and girlfriends dramatically upended after an unexpected incident occurs on the night of a 17th birthday party.

Director: Keith Behrman | Stars: Josh Wiggins, Darren Mann, Taylor Hickson, Maria Bello

Votes: 6,599 | Gross: $0.18M

36. Old Boys (2018)

96 min | Comedy

In the school-set re-working of Cyrano, an awkward but imaginative pupil helps the handsome but spectacularly dim school-hero pursue the fiery daughter of a visiting French teacher.

Director: Toby MacDonald | Stars: Alex Lawther, Jonah Hauer-King, Pauline Etienne, Denis Ménochet

Votes: 1,018

37. Pour vivre heureux (2018)

88 min | Drama, Romance

-Brussels, 2018. Amel and Mashir, 17 and 22 years old, live a secret love story which, under the weight of family traditions, threatens brutally to collapse. Without breaking the balance of... See full summary »

Directors: Salima Glamine, Dimitri Linder | Stars: Sofia Lesaffre, Christopher Zeerak, Atiya Rashid, Arsha Iqbal

Votes: 63

38. Psychobitch (2019)

109 min | Drama

Frida is different. Marius, on the other hand is the most perfect boy in class. When they have to work together at school, it's the start of a turbulent and challenging relationship. Generation Achievement meets impossible love.

Director: Martin Lund | Stars: Jonas Tidemann, Elli Rhiannon Müller Osborne, Saara Sipila-Kristoffersen, Bethina Nærby

Votes: 699

39. Koko-di Koko-da (2019)

89 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

54 Metascore

As a couple goes on a trip to find their way back to each other, a sideshow artist and his shady entourage emerge from the woods, terrorizing them, luring them deeper into a maelstrom of psychological terror and humiliating slapstick.

Director: Johannes Nyholm | Stars: Leif Edlund, Ylva Gallon, Katarina Jakobson, Peter Belli

Votes: 2,054

40. Luz (II) (2018)

70 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

63 Metascore

Luz, a young cabdriver, drags herself into the brightly lit entrance of a run-down police station. A demonic entity follows her, determined to finally be close to the woman it loves.

Director: Tilman Singer | Stars: Luana Velis, Johannes Benecke, Jan Bluthardt, Lilli Lorenz

Votes: 2,241

41. Morto Não Fala (2018)

Not Rated | 110 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Stênio, the nightshifter of a morgue, has the ability to communicate with the cadavers that are brought to him every night.

Director: Dennison Ramalho | Stars: Daniel de Oliveira, Fabiula Nascimento, Bianca Comparato, Marcos Kligman

Votes: 1,912

42. Song Without a Name (2019)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

75 Metascore

Georgina's newborn daughter is stolen at a fake health clinic. Her desperate search for the child leads her to the headquarters of a major newspaper, where she meets a lonely journalist who takes on the investigation.

Director: Melina León | Stars: Pamela Mendoza, Tommy Párraga, Lucio Rojas, Ruth Armas

Votes: 788

43. Chained for Life (2018)

91 min | Drama

79 Metascore

A beautiful actress struggles to connect with her disfigured co-star on the set of a European auteur's English-language debut.

Director: Aaron Schimberg | Stars: Jess Weixler, Adam Pearson, Stephen Plunkett, Charlie Korsmo

Votes: 617

45. Fuga (2018)

102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Alicja suffers from memory loss and has rebuilt her own free spirited way of life. Two years later, she returns to her former family to assume against her will her role as wife, mother and ... See full summary »

Director: Agnieszka Smoczynska | Stars: Gabriela Muskala, Lukasz Simlat, Malgorzata Buczkowska, Piotr Skiba

Votes: 878