Puppet Love

Matteo Garrone, the Italian director of ‘Gomorrah’ and ‘Tale of Tales’, returns with ‘Pinocchio’, a new version of the children’s fable by Carlo Collodi starring Roberto Benigni.

5 to See: This Weekend

ASFF surveys the week’s new cinema releases, including ‘An American Pickle’, with Seth Rogen, and the Dardenne Brothers’ ‘Young Ahmed’, as well as Eva Riley’s ‘Perfect 10’.

August Streaming Previews

ASFF highlights the new shows on Netflix and Amazon Prime, including new feature films ‘Chemical Hearts’, with Lili Reinhart and ‘Project Power’, with Jamie Foxx.

Teenage Desires

Claire Oakley makes her feature debut with the superb ‘Make Up’, starring Molly Windsor as a teenager who experiences life-changing revelations when she arrives in a holiday park.

Out of this World

Alice Winocour returns with her third film, ‘Proxima’, starring Eva Green as an astronaut who is preparing for a space mission whilst facing the very real propect of leaving her family behind.

Mob Rule

Veteran Italian filmmaker Marco Bellocchio returns with his prize-winning gangster epic ‘The Traitor’, starring Pierfrancesco Favino as notorious Sicilian informant Tommaso Buscetta.

Women in Film: Kelly O’Sullivan

American actress and writer Kelly O’Sullivan scripts and stars in ‘Saint Frances’, the new film from Alex Thompson, in which she plays Bridget, a woman who takes a job as a nanny.

Spiritual Awakenings

Writer-director Eric Bress (‘The Butterfly Effect’) returns with the action drama ‘Ghosts of War’, starring Brenton Thwaites as a soldier in WW2 suffering from supernatural delusions.

On Death Row

American actor Wendell Pierce, best known for playing Bunk in ‘The Wire’, returns to screens with ‘Clemency’, a powerful Death Row drama written and directed by Chinonye Chukwu.

Café Society

First-time feature filmmaker Eliza Schroeder brings us ‘Love Sarah’, starring Celia Imrie in this West London-set story of three women who bond over the loss of a loved one.

Heartwrenching Affairs

Icelandic writer-director Hlynur Palmason returns with his second feature, ‘A White, White Day’, starring Ingvar Sigurðsson as a widower who discovers his late wife was having an affair.

Girl Powers

After several shorts, Fyzal Boulifa makes his feature debut with ‘Lynn + Lucy’, starring Roxanne Scrimshaw and Nichola Burley as two mothers whose friendship is marred by tragedy.

Surviving Testimonies

‘On The Record’, the new documentary from Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, explores the story of music executive Drew Dixon, as she accuses hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons of sexual assault.

Radical Leanings

Thomas Clay is back with ‘Fanny Lye Deliver’d’, an exquisite 17th Century-set drama starring Maxine Peake and Charles Dance as a married couple facing life-changing upheaval.

Films about Place

From expansive Norwegian landscapes to contemporary art museums, these Official Selection shorts examine our relationships with places – how they shape our sense of self.

Films Exploring Humanity

Delve into the ASFF archives and explore what it means to be human. These 5 films examine identity, coming-of-age and fitting in in today’s complex and changing world.

Spiritual Visions

French director Bruno Dumont returns with ‘Joan of Arc’, his second film about the Maid of Orleans and once again starring young actress, Lise Leplat Prudhomme.

Artistic Response

Jonathan Jakubowicz directs WWII drama ‘Resistance’, starring Jesse Eisenberg as Marcel Marceau, the renowned mime artist who fought to save hundreds of young lives.

Shining Stars

Jeffrey McHale in a Michigan-born editor and director, who makes his feature debut with ‘You Don’t Nomi’, a documentary love-letter to Paul Verhoeven’s 1995 camp cult classic ‘Showgirls’.

Brotherhood of Man

Arriving on Netflix, Spike Lee’s ‘Da 5 Bloods’ stars Delroy Lindo, Isiah Whitlock Jr, Norm Lewis and Clarke Peters as four veterans who return to Vietnam in search of their fallen comrade.

Food For Thought

The opening film for the Canada Now season, Atom Egoyan’s ‘Guest of Honour’ stars David Thewlis as a lonely food inspector dwelling on his troubled relationship with his daughter.