Valley of Saints
directed by Musa Syeed
A low key drama set in Kashmir, a picture perfect location seldom seen on film. There's a slightly preachy environmental message but overall it works well, has good performances from an unknown cast, provides a nice display of life in the region, and sticks to a small personal story keeping the region's political turmoil mostly in the background.
directed by Miguel Gomes
A beguiling piece of work. Inventive, but never feels gimmicky despite some whimsical moments and characters that recall something in between Wes Anderson and Aki Kaurismaki. Black and white academy ratio images look glorious on the big screen. Cool retro soundtrack. Will need some time to ponder, or even a rewatch before I can decide how I truly feel about this one.
The Last Time I Saw Macao (A Última vez que vi Macau)
directed by João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata
A fascinating b-movie/film noir infused documentary the likes of which I've never seen. It's mostly static ponderous shots of random locations in the city, with emphasis on the places Guerra da Mata remembers from his youth. All embellished with a mysterious story played out by intentionally bad actors who are mostly heard and seldom actually seen on screen. Nothing spectacular but well worth a look.
Abu, Son of Adam
directed by Salim Ahamed
Finally caught up with India's submission to the 2012 Oscars. A touching tale of morality and faith. Takes quite awhile to get going, and also some time to get used to the slightly off sync dubbing and overwhelming amount of subtitles, but the physical acting from the lead actor and the scenery are very impressive.