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Celluloid Streams: What to watch online this week

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With the prospect of an extended period of staying indoors ahead, we're compiling a list of films which are available on streaming sites. Look out for new recommendations every week.

Virunga (15) - Netflix

Orlando von Einsiedel's Oscar-nominated documentary combines a story of corporate greed, crooked politics and the struggle to save the mountain gorilla in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Part investigative journalism. Part conservation film. Watch trailer here.

Mary and the Witch's Flower (U) - All 4

In the grand tradition of Studio Ghibli, Hiromasa Yonebayashi's beguiling and beautiful film follows the story of Mary, whose discovery of a mysterious flower accords her special powers. Watch trailer here.

Toni Erdmann (15) - Prime

Who would have thought that a German comedy would not only become one of the most beloved films of 2016 but also be rewarded with an Oscar nomination to boot? Maren Ade's heart-warming film is uproariously funny. Watch trailer here.

My Neighbour Totoro (U) - Netflix

Speaking of Japan's famous animation studio, Netflix has 21 films from the Ghibli catalogue. Arguably their best, 'Totoro' is set in post-war Japan and tells the tale of a family's encounters with friendly wood spirits. Watch trailer here.

Personal Shopper (15) - BBC iPlayer

Olivier Assayas's spooky supernatural drama afforded Kristen Stewart the best role of her career, to date, and she repaid this faith by conjuring up a career high performance. A film about family, grief and the unknown. Watch trailer here.

Boy (15) - Prime

Taika Waititi's feature debut is a riotous, rude, rambunctious and rip-roaring mix of comedy, coming-of-age drama and pure Kiwi madness. Watch trailer here.

The Kingmaker (15) - Curzon Home Video

Lauren Greenfield follows up her investigations into affluence and greed in The Queen of Versailles and Generation Wealth with a portrait of one of the most famous political matriarchs. Watch trailer here.


IDFA (International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam) have opened up their library to make a hugely eclectic catalogue of short and feature documentaries available to all. Check it out here.

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