Amores Perros, 2000, Mexico
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
A harrowing, powerful and disturbing film about three unrelated stories that collide after one horrific car accident in Mexico City
El laberinto del Fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth), 2004, Spain/Mexico/USA
Director: Guillermo del Toro
This beautifully dark and nightmarish myth-based fairy tale won three Oscars on release and is a brilliantly executed tale of the loss of innocence.
Humpday, 2009, USA
Director: Lynn Shelton
A very smart, very adult comedy, which popularised the genre of mumblecore.
“A minor classic.” – British critic Sheila Johnston
Opening Night Film at Raindance in 2009.
In The Mood For Love, 2000, Hong Kong/France
Director: Kar Wai Wong
The film that launched Kar Wai Wong and helped bring Chinese cinema to the West’s attention.
Oldboy, 2003, South Korea
Director: Chan-wook Park
The opening night film at Raindance in 2004 – won Best Foreign Film in 2004’s BIFAs because of its fantastic performances, beautiful production design and excellent screenplay. Well worth a watch.
Once, 2008, Ireland
Director: John Carney
The perfectly formed indie success story that premiered at Raindance, was nominated for a BIFA and won Best Original Song at the Oscars.
Persepolis, 2007, France/USA
Director: Vincent Paronnaud/Marjane Satrapi
The highly stylized animation is thoughtful and poignant, dealing with an account of contemporary Iran in a way more relevant than ever.
The Diving Bell And The Butterfly, 2007, France/USA
Director: Julian Schnabel
A beautifully shot film with strong French influence made from material most thought not possible. Earned painter Schnabel an Oscar nom.
This Is England, 2004, UK
Director: Shane Meadows
Meadow’s unique voice shines with skinheads and distinct 80’s look. This film swept the board at BIFA.
Waltz With Bashir, 2008, Israel/Germany/France/USA/Finland/Switzerland/Belgium/Australia
Director: Ari Folman
A powerful and moving story about the 1982 conflict in Lebonan which was nominated for an Oscar. Won a BIFA in 2008.
Man On Wire, 2008, UK/USA
Director: James Marsh
This fascinating feature length doc takes a look at the illegal, yet daring, high wire routine by Phillippe Petit between the World Trade Centre’s Twin Towers in New York City. We showed James’ first film Wisconsin Death at Raindance in 1999. Won a BIFA and an Oscar
Mugabe and the White African, 2009, UK
Director: Lucy Bailey/Andrew Thompson
Made by Raindance alumni, this raw and visceral documentary follows the story of a farmer and his family’s strength in the face of inordinate injustice and brutality. Deservedly won a BIFA and was shortlisted for an Oscar
Touching the Void, 2003, UK
Director: Kevin Macdonald
A visually stunning documentary that manages to convey both the beauty and the horror of the experiences climbers face.
Won a BIFA and set new standards for dramatised documentaries. He won an Oscar for One Day in September of 2000.