Films by Country


Animation for Kids 2008

Animated short films from around the world to spark the imaginations of our youngest audience. This year's selection is best suited to children aged 5-7.

Blind Mountain

Mang shan

Li Yang

This searing suspense drama of a young woman tricked into slavery in a country village is a severely critical portrait of China now.

The Counterfeiters

Die Fälscher

Stefan Ruzowitzky

Oscar winner, Best Foreign Film. A vividly original concentration camp drama. "Sharp and compelling... delivers on the promise of its astonishing true-life origins." — Empire

Digital Panorama

A stunning collection of recent international short digital animations from the dark edge of the creative spectrum.


Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield

The spectacular giant screen spin-off from the BBC's Planet Earth series. "Simply matchless... there isn't a moment that doesn't fill one with awe." — Time Out

Funny Games

Michael Haneke

Michael Haneke (The Piano Teacher) channels his anger with mainstream media depiction of violence into a horrific and highly entertaining piece of cinema. Starring Naomi Watts, Tim Roth.

It's a Free World...

Ken Loach

Veteran masters of social realism Ken Loach and writer Paul Laverty (My Name Is Joe) return with one of their most involving character-centred dramas. "A movie of great honesty and humanistic inquiry." — The Guardian

Jar City


Baltasar Kormákur

CSI:Reykjavik! Richly atmospheric police thriller from Iceland. "Fans of the genre will thank the film for an infusion of ice-cold new blood." — Time Out NY

Jesus Christ Saviour

Jesus Christus Erlöser

Peter Geyer

A fascinating record of Klaus Kinski's fiery 1971 stage performance, his highly personal retelling of the New Testament, delivered to a crowd out for blood.

Lorna's Silence

Le Silence de Lorna

Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

Actress Arta Dobroshi is a revelation as a young Albanian woman inveigled into a treacherous scam in acclaimed Dardennes Brothers' new film. Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival 2008.

The Man from London

A Londoni férfi

Béla Tarr

Cult director Béla Tarr's bizarre, ominous adaptation of a Simenon detective novel unfolds in amazingly choreographed mobile camera sequences. "Mesmeric." — The Guardian


Sergei Bodrov

The legend of Genghis Khan comes to life in the festival's most lavish spectacle, an old-fashioned, giant-screen-filling epic that's both rip-roaring and romantic.


Robert Hamer

A Norwegian bachelor faces retirement in this charming comedy, easily the best-loved film to debut at Cannes this year. "A small wonder... luminous and deliciously funny." — LA Times



Sergei Loznitsa

This handsomely presented compilation of immaculately preserved 50s and 60s Soviet propaganda films offers unique insights into the mindset of a lost time and place.

The Sky, the Earth and the Rain

El cielo, la tierra y la lluvia

José Luis Torres Leiva

A poetic meditation on solitude, this masterful debut frames its characters within the imposing, rugged setting of a rural coastal area in Chile.

Swedish Tango

Schwedischer Tango

Jerzy Sladkowski

An elderly couple's decision to learn the tango leads them far from their cosy rural village. A delightful, intimate portrait of old lovers trying crazy new things.

Waltz with Bashir

Ari Folman

This extraordinary animated film captures director Air Folman's struggle to recover his lost memories of what he saw and what he did during Israel's ill-fated 1980s war in Lebanon.

The Wave

Die Welle

Dennis Gansel

This cautionary tale set in a German high school outlines how fascism starts and takes hold – quickly leading to violence and devastation. "Seductive and horrifying." — Hollywood Reporter


Christian Petzold

Christian Petzold (Something to Remind Me, Wolfsburg) confirms his status as one of Germany's best young directors with this intense, off-centre thriller.