1 Daphne (15)
(Peter Mackie Burns, 2017, UK) 88 mins
This British debut homes in on a complex, intelligent, spiky, often self-destructive young woman, adrift in atomised modern-day London. Itâs a drama of small moments (many of them drunken), but itâs above all a calling card for Emily Beecham, whoâs never less than compelling.
2 On Body and Soul (18)
(IldikÃ³ Enyedi, 2017, Hun) 116 mins
Somewhere between Milan Kundera and Michel Gondry, this moving oddity finds romance in a Hungarian abattoir, where two outsiders find themselves having the same dream of deer communing in a snowy forest. These gorgeous images are offset by brutal slaughterhouse footage, which is of a piece with the filmâs jarring, bittersweet tone.
3 The Road to Mandalay (15)
(Midi Z, 2016, Mya/Tai) 108 mins
Social realism with an emotional kick. We follow two migrants from Burma into Thailand; strangers thrown together whose dreams of a better life are weighed against insecurity, bureaucracy, exploitation and other challenges, not to mention their own complicated, semi-romantic relationship.
4 Zoology (15)
(Ivan I Tverdovsky, 2016, Rus/Fra/Ger) 91 mins
Fusing elements of Kafka, Cronenberg, folk tale and Shirley Valentine, this movie focuses on a middle-aged Russian zoo worker who unexpectedly grows a big, pink tail. Rather than being horrified, she reinvents herself, romancing a doctor and rebelling against her drab existence. Not everyone is happy for her, of course: thereâs a sting to this tail.
5 Killing Ground (15)
(Damien Power, 2016, Aus) 88 mins
Itâs not exactly new ground, admittedly, but if you need another reason never to take an outback camping trip â or to pack appropriate weaponry if you do â itâs all…