Elena (2011)

The Revelation according to Andrei Zvyagintsev doesn’t come after a terrifying future event. It is the already present moral collapse that will bring the inevitable catastrophe. 

Skammen (Shame, 1968)

Ingmar Bergman, in one of his lesser known masterpieces, de-dramatizes a war by transferring all its tragedy to Liv Ullmann, Max von Sydow and inevitably to his audience too. 

Ida (2013)

Paweł Pawlikowski tries to express everything that troubled 60s Poland but his aesthetic austere formalism surpasses the content. 

The Act of Killing (2012)

Joshua Oppenheimer creates a multilayered documentary that explores the Indonesian massacres by blending fiction with reality, the present with the past and surrealism with true horror. 

Jauja (2014)

Jodorowsky meets Tarkovsky with a touch of Beckettian minimalism in Lisandro Alonso's hypnotic meta-Western that leads Viggo Mortensen into a never-ending journey to a surreal existential void.