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    Luminous includes premieres only, with films that immerse the viewer in a cinematographic experience. These documentaries are character-, story- or author-driven, and make the universal tangible through the individual. All titles will be available October 24th, when the full program is announced.

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    • Alessandro Cassigoli, Casey Kauffman
    • 2018

    This intimate documentary follows an exceptionally talented female boxer who wants to hit peak performance, but also longs for the life of an ordinary 18-year-old.

    By Then

    • Matthieu Dibelius
    • 2018

    Taxi driver Kofi steers his regular customers through a changing Paris, as the car radio reports on the new reality of France.


    • Juan Pablo González
    • 2018

    The townspeople of a small Mexican village reflect on a young man’s death, gradually revealing that he wasn’t the only one to die at his own hand.


    • Olivier Meyrou
    • 2018

    Yves Saint Laurent was the last of the great Parisian couturiers, and this film offers a fascinating and candid glimpse behind the scenes of the fashion company that bears his name.

    Compulsory Figures

    • Ewa Kochańska
    • 2018

    Marina is determined that her daughter Julia is going to be a figure skater. Here in Poland, her family has opportunities that they simply didn’t have in Ukraine.

    Dark Corner

    • Fabio Caramaschi
    • 2018

    The story of Italian boxing champion Mirco Ricci, seen through the eyes of his primary school teacher, shows how difficult it is to escape your background.

    The Devil’s Tuning

    • Juan Carlos Lucas
    • 2018

    In this docufiction about a unique guitar technique, it isn’t always clear if myths are being investigated or created.

    Freedom Is a Big Word

    • Guillermo Rocamora
    • 2018

    Is there life after Guantánamo Bay? Muhammad starts over in Uruguay, but it’s a confrontation with reality.

    How Big Is the Galaxy?

    • Ksenia Elyan
    • 2018

    Zakhar is a seven-year-old boy living in the remote north of Siberia. This year, a teacher is moving in with his family to homeschool him.

    Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl

    • Amy Goldstein
    • 2018

    Witness the rise, fall and resurrection of Kate Nash in this intimate portrait of a talented singer-songwriter who risked it all to remain true to herself.

    Lost Reactor

    • Alexandra Westmeier
    • 2018

    A prestigious but never-completed Soviet nuclear power station in Crimea now stands in ruins, but several outsiders have found their salvation in this desolate place.

    Marceline. A Woman. A Century

    • Cordelia Dvorák
    • 2018

    A portrait of Marceline Loridan-Ivens, a writer and filmmaker who, having survived the Holocaust, never let anyone constrain her again.

    My Name Is Daniel

    • Daniel Gonçalves
    • 2018

    A coming-of-age story full of humor, self-reflection and maternal love, in which the director goes in search of the cause of his physical disability.

    Piazzolla, the Years of the Shark

    • Daniel Rosenfeld
    • 2018

    An intimate portrait of the famous Argentine bandoneon player and composer Astor Piazzolla, who revolutionized the tango.

    Quand tout le monde dort

    • Jérôme Clément Wilz
    • 2018

    Filmmaker Jérôme Clément-Wilz takes us into the heart of a group of friends who organize underground parties in Paris.


    • Ben Asamoah
    • 2018

    An unbiased behind-the-scenes look at internet scamming in Ghana, where con artists cheat wealthy Westerners to escape poverty.

    Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski

    • Irek Dobrowolski
    • 2018

    The remarkable life story of the pre-war Polish artist Stanislav Szukalski, documented by the American friends he made late in life.

    The Two of Us

    • Emil Næsby Hansen
    • 2018

    This moving and intimate portrait of two Danish teenagers captures every confusing, numbing, attractive and repulsive moment of first love.


    • Sarah Kaskas
    • 2018

    A powerful film set in the concrete jungle of Beirut, Lebanon, where three people are struggling to survive.

    The Way Home

    • Wael Kadlo
    • 2018

    Filmmaker Wael Kadlo’s childhood spanned many traumas as a result of family relations.. How does his personal story relate to the crisis in his home country, Syria?