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Titles in Genre Adolescence/Coming of Age

1981

1981

Directed by Ricardo Trogi
  • Canada / 
  • 2009 / 
  • French with English subtitles / 
  • 102 min
Directed by Ricardo Trogi


"This is a film that belongs on your 'Must-See' list if you were ever 11 years old and made it to adulthood!"
- Cynthia Corral, Cinequest
A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA

A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA

Directed by Thierry Binisti
  • France / 
  • 2011 / 
  • French, Arabic & Hebrew with English subtitles / 
  • 99 min
Directed by Thierry Binisti


"[For] anyone who's just interested in a gripping, unsentimental drama with a lot of action and a pacifist message of hope and reconciliation, A Bottle in the Gaza Sea is must-viewing."
- Jeff Henrich, Montreal Gazette

"Heartfelt! [Bottle] is a gentle pairing of youthful idealism and tenacious hope."
- Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

"This is the story of people who dream big and find a commonunderstanding...No matter where your sympathies lie,it's hard not to get behind that."
- Robert Levin, AM New York
A PECK ON THE CHEEK

A PECK ON THE CHEEK

Directed by Mani Ratnam
  • India / 
  • 2002 / 
  • Tamil & Sinhala with English subtitles / 
  • 136 min
Directed by Mani Ratnam

Winner - 6 Awards - India's Oscars®
Winner - Best Film - Los Angeles Film Festival

"A sweet, funny, fairy tale."
- Adam Nayman, Eye Weekly
A SIMPLE CURVE

A SIMPLE CURVE

Directed by Aubrey Nealon
  • Canada / 
  • 2005 / 
  • English / 
  • 92 min
Directed by Aubrey Nealon

Winner - Best Director - Nantucket Film Festival
Winner - Best Screenwriter - Nantucket Film Festival

"A Simple Curve possesses wisdom that is rare for film these days, let alone a debut."
- Peter Howell, The Toronto Star
ALAMAR

ALAMAR

  • Mexico / 
  • 2009 / 
  • Spanish & Italian with English subtitles / 
  • 73 min
Directed by Pedro González-Rubio


"CRITICS' PICK! Luminous!"
- Stephen Holden, The New York Times

"CRITICS' PICK! Gorgeous!"
- V.A. Musetto, New York Post

"CRITICS' PICK! Relish in the adventure!"
- Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
ARCADIA

ARCADIA

Directed by Olivia Silver
Directed by Olivia Silver


"Ms. Silver's ability to...catch those moments between innocence and knowing, childhood and adulthood, unforgiving and forgiving, makes her someone to watch."
- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"...a nicely-honed sense of poignancy...Silver's sensitively written and directed scenario make Arcadia feel fresh..."
- Christopher Bourne, TwitchFilm.com

"An atmospheric, sun-soaked road trip!"
- EW.com
AUGUST THE FIRST

AUGUST THE FIRST

Directed by Lanre Olabisi
Directed by Lanre Olabisi

Winner - Audience Award - Urbanworld Film Festival
Winner - Best Feature Film - San Francisco Black Film Festival

"A smart and engaging debut!"
- indieWIRE

"Emotional fireworks that ring true!"
- Variety

"A sharply observed, ultimately heartbreaking story...a fine achievement!"
- Stan Hall, The Oregonian
BEFORE YOUR EYES

BEFORE YOUR EYES

Directed by Miraz Bezar
  • Turkey / 
  • 2009 / 
  • Turkish & Kurdish with English subtitles / 
  • 101 min
Directed by Miraz Bezar

Winner - Best Director - Istanbul Int'l Film Festival
Winner - Special Jury Prize - Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival

"The film has moments, especially toward the end, that so transcend the material as to make the journey doubly worthwhile."
- Jay Weissberg, Variety
BELLE AND SEBASTIAN

BELLE AND SEBASTIAN

Directed by Nicolas Vanier
  • Canada / 
  • 2014 / 
  • English / 
  • 99 min
Directed by Nicolas Vanier


"A well-crafted outdoor adventure in the old school Disney tradition. "
- Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

"Sumptuously shot...wholesome, straight-arrow entertainment."
- John Hopewell, Variety

"This beautiful drama deals with...strong positive messages about protecting the weak and fighting for what you believe in..."
- Common Sense Media
BEN X

BEN X

Directed by Nic Balthazar
  • Belgium / 
  • 2007 / 
  • Flemish with English subtitles / 
  • 93 min
Directed by Nic Balthazar

Submitted by Country - Best Foreign Film - Academy Awards®
Winner - Grand Prix (Best Film) - Montreal World Film Festival
BLUSH

BLUSH

Directed by Michal Vinik
  • Israel / 
  • 2015 / 
  • Hebrew & Arabic with English subtitles / 
  • 83 min
Directed by Michal Vinik


"A freshness of observation and a sparky sense of wonder about its protagonists means that Michael Vinik's debut feature retains the keen edge of authentic experience."
- Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter
BREATHE

BREATHE

Directed by Mélanie Laurent
  • France / 
  • 2014 / 
  • French with English subtitles / 
  • 91 min
Directed by Mélanie Laurent


"In her second directorial outing, Melanie Laurent offers a compelling, superbly acted portrait of an adolescent friendship perched on the brink of obsession."
- Scott Foundas, Variety

"An impressive second film that features intelligent writing and several knockout performances...Laurent also impresses here as a director of actors."
- Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

"Melanie Laurent's gorgeous, twisted and confident Breathe is a natural second act to the early moments of Kechiche's time-spanning new classic [Blue is the Warmest Color], applying the same level of care and consideration to the hormonally driven closeness of yet another pair of wild teen girls."
- Kate Erbland, Film School Rejects
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