A quietly effective, simply told parable of resistance to the heartlessness of the state, Chapour Haghighat's "The Firm Land" celebrates traditional community values even as it records their decline.
Oliver Stone's unusual and inescapably interesting "W." feels like a rough draft of a film it might behoove him to remake in 10 or 15 years.
Street-gang sensibilities and misspent youth offer solid drama and a realistic portrayal of urban gangsterism in Kazakh crimer "Racketeer."
A young boy watches his estranged parents repeat their destructive relationship patterns in the modest but moving Kazakh drama "Together With My Father."
Pic's first half keeps auds guessing whether the protag is also the rapist, but the characters don't credibly mix.