Matteo Garrone’s live-action retelling of the classic Italian fairy tale is a dream come true.
A group of young women come of age against the backdrop of civil war in Mounia Meddour’s vibrant, nuanced debut.
Natalia Dyer plays a Catholic girl who experiences a profound sexual awakening in Karen Maine’s smart religious satire.
By Anton Bitel
A Cornish caravan park provides the backdrop to a young woman’s sexual (re)awakening in Claire Oakley’s impressive debut.
Argentine actor and author Romina Paula turns director for this sublime mediation on middle age womanhood.
A key episode in Mafia history is documented in this engrossing, patient and unglamorous crime saga.
By Liz Seabrook
Kelly O’Sullivan writes and stars in this sensitive and timely survey of contemporary womanhood.
Jonathan Glazer riffs on the so-called “dancing plague” which struck the French border city 500 years ago. The result is spectacular.
By Rogan Graham
An astonishing, intense performance from Alfre Woodard carries this sombre, powerful death row drama.
Hugh Jackman plays a tricksy teacher in director Cory Finley’s pitch-black classroom comedy.
A moving account of a mother trying desperately to balance a scandal at work and a health drama at home.
A police chief’s suspicion turns into an obsession in this chilly Icelandic drama from Hlynur Palmason.
By Leila Latif
Spike Lee tackles black trauma, white saviourism and the ingloriousness of war in this searing Vietnam epic.
Pete Davidson fictionalises his own adolescence in Judd Apatow's warmest bro comedy to date.
Andrew Patterson’s incredible debut feels like a spiritual successor to Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Eliza Hittman’s emotionally bruising, exceptionally tender abortion drama is not to be missed.
The true story of a group of people who spent two years quarantined in a giant replica of Earth’s ecosystem.
A dancer goes on the warpath in Pablo Larraín’s scorching survey of love and family in modern-day Chile.