2005, New Line Cinema, 95 min, USA/Germany/Canada, Dir: David Cronenberg

This thriller from director David Cronenberg stars Viggo Mortensen as a pillar of a small town community who runs a diner and lives a happy and quiet life with his wife (Maria Bello) and two children. But their lives are forever changed when Mortensen thwarts an attempted robbery and is lauded as a hero by the media, attracting the attention of two brutal mobsters (William Hurt and Ed Harris) who believe he is someone else. “A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE shifts its tone faster and better than any film I can think of … from the deeply serious to the deeply unnerving to the outright parodic with breathtaking speed and effect.” – Manohla Dargis, New York Times.

2016, Netflix, 105 min, France/ Qatar, Dir: Houda Benyamina

Houda Benyamina won the Camera d'Or prize at Cannes for this hard-hitting feature debut. Streetwise teen Dounia (Oulaya Amamra) and her best friend Maimouna (Déborah Lukumuena) live in an immigrant slum on the outskirts of Paris, with few prospects for the future. The two fall into the orbit of local drug dealer Rebecca (Jisca Kalvanda), whose flashy lifestyle proves as dangerous as it is alluring.

2015, 117 min, India, Dir: Vetri Maaran

Part of a new wave of Indian cinema (along with such films as COURT) tackling corruption, this brutal thriller won the Amnesty International Italia Award at the Venice Film Festival. After four immigrants are framed for a crime, a policeman from their hometown defends them - but he wants a favor in return. “The only possible reaction to this powerful outcry against police atrocities is towering indignation.” - Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter.

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