Madame is an emotionally powerful account of the relationship between Caroline, a flamboyant 90-year-old grandmother, and her gay filmmaker grandson Stéphane as they engage in an intimate conversation that takes place across time and space. Based on personal archive footage, this is a moving and highly engaging family saga that challenges the taboos of gender and sexuality.
This is a languid and beautifully made account of the lives of three families who live in the polluted Russian city of Magnitogorsk, home to the state-run Kombinat, one of the largest iron and steel factories in the country. Kombinat falls midway between the stories of Chekhov and Kafka, rendered in the medium of social-realist cinema.
Il Mio Corpo tells the parallel stories of Oscar, a young working-class Sicilian boy who dreams of escaping the grip of his father, and Stanley, a Nigerian refugee who works as a farmhand in order to survive. Made with remarkable access to its subjects, Il Mio Corpo feels like a finely tuned drama.