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    Luminous includes premieres only, with timeless, cinematic films that redeem the beauty of human relationships, expression, and empathy.

    Items in this selection


    • Lucas Gallo
    • 2019

    Excerpts from the TV program 60 minutos and other archive material, primarily originating from the Argentine military dictatorship, document the 74-day Falklands War of 1982.

    All I Can Say

    • Danny Clinch, Taryn Gould, Colleen Hennessy, Shannon Hoon
    • 2019

    In 1995, Shannon Hoon, lead singer of indie rock band Blind Melon, died of a cocaine overdose. Highly personal and sometimes experimental footage from his vast video archive tells a story about the bright and dark sides of fame.


    • Nadir Bouhmouch
    • 2019

    A major silver producer has been the scourge of Imider, Morocco for many years, but the villagers aren’t planning on backing down. The community’s ongoing protest reflects their resilience and comradeship.

    Andrey Tarkovsky. A Cinema Prayer

    • Andrey A. Tarkovsky
    • 2019

    Who better to get to talk about the life, work and ideas of film director Andrey Tarkovsky than Tarkovsky himself? His son, director Andrey Tarkovsky Jr., uses archive material to compile this film about the master.

    Ballad of Roaming Spirits

    • Li Xiaofeng, Kai Jia
    • 2019

    A man marked by misfortune helps poor people in the Chinese countryside with their ailments. Two sheep wander the rugged landscape, destined for ritual sacrifice. An uncompromising and moving impression of life and fate.

    Becoming Black

    • Ines Johnson-Spain
    • 2019

    As a child, filmmaker Ines Johnson-Spain’s white parents told her that her dark skin color was a mere coincidence and of no importance. As a teenager, she accidentally discovered the truth.


    • Elisa Amoruso
    • 2019

    Three Italian sisters pursue their dream of being models, under the leadership of their mother. All four devote their lives to beauty, and together they try to cope with the inevitable disappointments that ensue.

    A Boarding School

    • Shalahuddin Siregar
    • 2019

    A rare inside look at life in one of the many traditional Islamic boarding schools in Indonesia. At a time of increasing conservatism, the school has a strikingly tolerant attitude towards gender and religion.

    A Comedian in a Syrian Tragedy

    • Rami Farah
    • 2019

    Exiled in Paris, one of Syria’s most famous actors, Fares Helou, tries to remain connected to the dream of a free and democratic Syria. For him, it’s a matter of integrity and an existential quest.

    Flower Punk

    • Alison Klayman
    • 2019

    Japanese artist and “punk florist” Azuma Makoto has sent his eccentric floral artworks up into the sky and down into the ocean’s depths. For him, flowers represent life and transience.

    The Forbidden Strings

    • Hasan Noori
    • 2019

    Four young Afghan immigrants in Iran have formed a rock band which has never been allowed to perform. Now they’ve got the chance to play in their homeland, they’re not going to let anything stop them. Moments of joy compete with sobering reality.

    The Journey of Monalisa

    • Nicole Costa
    • 2019

    Director Nicole Costa discovers that an old Chilean friend of hers has reinvented himself as the transgender drag queen Monalisa, who writes astute pieces about the rawness of life as a prostitute on the fringes of New York society.

    Margaret Atwood: A Word After a Word After a Word Is Power

    • Nancy Lang, Peter Raymont
    • 2019

    A portrait of the Canadian writer Margaret Atwood, who in the latter days of her career has become a worldwide literary icon thanks to the award-winning series The Handmaid’s Tale—and who looks on with wry, self-deprecating humor.

    Max Richter’s Sleep

    • Natalie Johns
    • 2019

    Taking as its guide an ambitious outdoor performance of Sleep, an eight-hour-long music composition, this film explores the origins and effects of this piece.

    Moving So Slowly

    • Natalia Solórzano Vásquez
    • 2019

    The bureaucracy of the Costa Rican immigration department follows its own unfathomable logic. The line out front is long; once inside the waiting continues. Drily comic scenes make palpable the shift from patience to resignation, for all concerned.

    Rising from the Tsunami

    • Hélène Robert, Jeremy Perrin
    • 2019

    In 2011, Japan was hit by a tsunami that killed more than 15,000 people. This sensitive trip along several coastal communities reveals how traumatizing the disaster has been.


    • Ezequiel Salinas
    • 2019

    An unconventional journey into the memories of Argentina’s menacing Suquía River. Those who listen to him will hear that he’s overflowing with vengeful and jealous feelings about the people who live along his banks.

    The Unseen

    • Behzad Nalbandi
    • 2019

    A harrowing account of the fate of homeless Iranian women who were plucked from the streets of Tehran and placed in detention facilities, with no trial or hope of release. Stop-motion animations form the visual accompaniment to their unvarnished stories.


    • Daniela König
    • 2019

    The independent-minded Khawla leads a group of women plumbers in Jordan. The cheerful and refreshingly frank atmosphere between the women comes under threat when she faces trial on corruption charges.

    Who Are We?

    • Edgar Hagen
    • 2019

    A compassionate portrait of people growing up with serious disabilities in Switzerland and Germany. What does the type of care these young people receive, and their position in society, tell us about the Western world?


    • Mira Burt-Wintonick
    • 2019

    The daughter of Canadian filmmaker Peter Wintonick, who died in 2013, attempts to complete her father’s final project, Utopia, using a box of videotapes he left to her.

    Year of the Robot

    • Yves Gellie
    • 2019

    In aesthetic scenes, filmmaker Yves Gellie visits hospital patients and nursing home residents in France and Belgium to film their encounters with a robot. What happens when people and machines meet?