Topic is the boundary-pushing streaming service from First Look Entertainment for thrillers, mysteries, dramas and documentaries from around the world, serving viewers who crave entertainment beyond the mainstream. Whether it’s a Nordic-noir crime thriller (The Killing), an Italian supernatural political drama (The Miracle), or a mind-blowing paranormal mystery from Russia (Dead Mountain), Topic expands your view of the world.
In 1980, Gloria Karamañites made history by becoming the first Black woman to win Miss Panama. Through her story, the film explores race, national identity, and the effects of a white standard of beauty in a country that is largely Afro-descendant.
Skid Row Marathon follows criminal court judge Craig Mitchell as he leads a long-distance runner’s club of ex-cons and drug addicts on Los Angeles’ notorious skid row. Through running, the group finds a sense of purpose, changing lives.
Faced with taking care of her opioid-addicted veteran father, headstrong teen Mickey Peck does what she can to keep her household afloat. When she receives the opportunity to leave her home for good, she must make an impossible decision.
A group of activists fight to free enslaved fishermen working around remote Indonesian islands to feed a global appetite for seafood. Facing serious personal peril, the activists’ stories serve as a torch point for their country and the world.
Inspired by the true events of the 1970s French Connection, a heroin smuggling ring that passed drugs from Asia through France to the US, this thriller/drama highlights the glamor, grit, and terror that was French organized crime.
In 1970, Lithuanian sailor Simas Kudirka defected by jumping off a Soviet vessel aboard a US Coast Guard Cutter and asking for asylum. His leap for freedom led to one of the biggest political muddles of the Cold War, before a stunning twist of fate.
Respected Danish journalist and documentarian, Mads Brügger poses as a Liberian Ambassador as he goes undercover into the African blood diamond trade. Brügger finds himself in exceedingly dangerous situations as he exposes corruption in Africa.
Before his untimely passing, 27-year-old actor Anton Yelchin enjoyed a successful and promising career. ‘Love, Antosha’ offers a deeper portrait of the beloved star through the exploration of his journals, writings, and interviews from colleagues.
The 1980s cult classic about a young man, Cru Jones, determined to overcome all obstacles to win the BMX race “Helltrack”. Recently restored in 4K. Directed by renowned stuntman, Hal Needham and starring Lori Loughlin and Talia Shire.
A powerful companion piece to the Oscar®-nominated The Act Of Killing. After 50 years of silence, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered, and who was responsible, after viewing footage of the perpetrators’ reenactments.
Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer and documentary titans, Werner Herzog and Errol Morris examine a country where Indonesian death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life mass-killings.
Young Abraham is sent to jail for a petty crime. He raises his status by captivating the hardened gangsters with his knack for storytelling. Once released, he starts a new life as a writer, but his friends could cost him his future.
An Afro-noir film in the heart of Ghana. A crime family has to shape up before the government shuts down their lucrative lounge. When their leader is mysteriously killed, the eldest must take over, battling insurrection and a murder investigation.
Two fathers are at odds over their children’s marriage, but what starts as a friendly family disagreement quickly devolves into the couple becoming pawns in a bitter dispute about tradition, progress, and the true nature of Islam.
When tragedy strikes, a young woman returns to her small town. She is reunited with her brother-in-law, but the relationship is strained when she learns new information about her sister’s death and her own emotions become increasingly complicated.
Political activist Boniface "Softie" Mwangi runs for office in a regional Kenyan election, but learns that running a clean campaign against corrupt opponents is an uphill battle when based on idealism alone.
From Bong Joon-ho, the Academy Award winning director of Parasite, Influenza tracks a man’s descent into a life of crime told entirely through CCTV footage. With Bong’s characteristic tension and twists, he brings you deep into his nightmare vision.
When filmmaker Joong-rae suffers from writer’s block, he travels to the coast to find inspiration. He falls for his friend’s girlfriend, the vivacious Moon-sook. Their affair doesn’t last long, but Joong-rae cannot get Moon-sook out of his head.
A woman receives a packet of letters from a man from her past. She drops the letters, scattering the contents. As the story unfolds she has to make sense of the chronology and the writer’s intent. A tale of love and longing from Hong Sangsoo.
Conceived by Javier Bardem and filmmaker Eugene Richards following the filming of Terence Malick’s To The Wonder. Bardem plays a priest who listens to local residents of a small Oklahoma town share their stories, confessions and fears.
In this exploration of science, nature, and Indigenous cosmology set against the otherworldly landscapes of Hawaii, 10-year-old Manu and her mother collect wild, endangered bees in hopes of cultivating disease-resistant colonies.
Coming of age is hard enough as it is, but in Iran it’s dictated by strict rules. Ava will have to find her place in the world while navigating family hypocrisy, defying social norms, and facing constant reminders to follow traditions.
Modern-day cowboys lead their flocks of sheep up into Montana’s mountains for summer pasture in this unsentimental elegy to the American West. A tribute to those, past and present, who eke out a bittersweet living on the land.
Oscar-nominated director James Longley’s stirring documentary weaves together the modern history of Afghanistan with portraits of young students and teachers in the old city of Kabul, offering a nuanced vision of a society in the shadow of war.
In this uniquely intimate ghost story, single mom and part-time paranormal investigator Shelia is hired by Richard to examine his Tennessee farmhouse. In searching for his wife’s spirit, Shelia ends up confronting the mysteries of her own life.
In the final installment of Stieg Larsson's "Millennium" trilogy, Lisbeth Salander must not only prove her innocence, but also identify the same corrupt government institutions that nearly destroyed her life. Once a victim, now she’s fighting back.
In the second installment of Stieg Larsson's phenomenal "Millennium" trilogy, Lisbeth Salander goes on the run after being accused of three murders. It’s up to journalist Mikael Blomkvist to investigate and clear her name.
The first installment of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy introduces the tattooed and brilliant hacker Lisbeth Salander, who teams up with disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist to investigate a murder within a powerful family with a dark past.
High above Central Havana is a community of rooftop dwellers who have been forced upwards due to the city’s chronic housing shortage. In Pedro Ruiz’s visually mesmerizing film, these unique residents reflect on life in a society amid transformation.
Every year, separated couples meet in the middle of a bridge over the US-Mexico border to get married. Meet Jesenia and Luis, whose upcoming wedding will allow them to finally live together safely, and the officiant who makes it all possible.
In the Mexican village of Milpillas, a family remembers the last day they saw their youngest son, Nando, a horse wrangler apprentice. Through the voices and daily rituals of the community, Caballerango evokes the presence of those who have parted.
An urban legend states that in 1983 the Atari Corporation, faced with an overwhelmingly negative response to the E.T. video game, disposed of millions of unsold game cartridges by burying them in a small New Mexico town. Could the story be true?
Filmmaker and photographer Cheryl Dunn turns her lens on the pioneers and masters of New York street photography, revealing that these shooters are as colourful and unique as the subjects they’ve documented.
Filmed over 10 years, Los Ultimos Frikis charts the tumultuous journey of Cuban heavy metal band Zeus, who went from persecuted to government sanctioned. On their first national tour, the band confronts the fate of heavy metal amid changing times.
An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at everything that went into making The Bridge (Bron/Broen) the iconic Nordic Noir series that it is, from story development to set design, to how Saga’s infamous leather pants were chosen.
Award-winning director Manfred Kirchheimer’s “Canners” takes to the streets of New York City in a humanistic ode to the tireless scavengers who earn their daily bread by collecting the city’s bottles and cans.
Three incarcerated men face the challenge of a lifetime: transform Eli, an adorable but unruly Labrador puppy, into a highly disciplined guide dog in just 12 months. A story of friendship, hope, and tenderness set against the broken US prison system.
Can child stars have a happy life after their iconic runs are over? Jaleel White, aka Steve Urkel (Family Matters), proves they can. Join him and Beverly Hills, 90210’s Brian Austin Green as they chat fame, acting, and their new role as fathers.
The alt-right love him. Many loathe him. But all can agree that Steve Bannon is a distinct force. Legendary documentarian Errol Morris puts the former Trump advisor in the hot seat to try and demystify the controversial populist. Can it be done?
When Bob Leuci turned on his fellow officers to bring down New York’s most corrupt police unit, he was both lauded as a hero and condemned as a rat. But he also exposed the dangerous underbelly of secrecy that penetrates American policing.
What was it like to be a funeral director during the rise of COVID-19 in April 2020? In this intimate portrait, Doris’s Brooklyn funeral home is overwhelmed, but she never forgets her purpose: to celebrate the deceased and give back to the living.
The devastating power of tornadoes is undeniable, but have you ever wondered why the Bible Belt and Tornado Alley overlap? Meet survivors, meteorologists, and everyday people whose experiences with tornadoes have confirmed their belief in the Divine.
Few hobbies require the technical skills of railway enthusiasts. Get to know the niche world of Garden Rail Magazine and its impassioned community, who find focus, therapy, and camaraderie in the hobby of running large-scale trains outdoors.
On stage he makes crowds laugh with his hilariously biting musings. Off stage, comedian Gastor Almonte talks about how his comedy is rooted in his immigrant roots, parenthood, and his beloved neighborhood of East New York.
Welcome to Lanzhou, a city in northwest China that’s famous for its beef noodle soup. In this short documentary, we meet some of the students who flock there to learn the secrets of hand-pulling Lanzhou lamian.
Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne's poignant tribute to his murdered childhood friend, Andrew Bagby, tells the story of a child custody battle between Bagby's grieving parents and Shirley Turner, Bagby's pregnant ex-girlfriend and suspected killer.
A French terrorism-hipster thriller that follows a group of ethnically diverse adolescents as they prowl the streets of Paris to execute a bombing plot. When they hole up in a shopping mall, they fear they may not survive the night - or each other.
In this gritty Western, a lawman apprehends a notorious outlaw and gives him nine days to kill his older brother. Starring Guy Pearce, Emily Watson, Ray Winstone and John Hurt. Written by acclaimed songwriter Nick Cave.
In this stylish thriller, Yella narrowly escapes her violent ex-husband and starts over in a new town. She finds a job with a handsome executive, and soon a romance blooms. But her perfect new life is threatened when buried truths resurface.
In this mind-bending horror, a troubled young man whose father has mysteriously disappeared goes to a British mansion, where he gets stuck in a never-ending time loop and discovers astonishing facts about his past.
After meeting on a dating app, Sean and Casey are quickly falling in love. There’s only one hitch: he’s being pursued by a dogged sheriff who believes he murdered his whole family. In order to prove his love to Casey, Sean must prove his innocence.
Two women named Helen live separate lives, but when foreboding signs appear—a meteor reportedly crashes nearby, people go missing, and inexplicable, life-altering changes—the Helens’ realities spiral into a terrifying journey through unknown terrain.
In this tender film about a father’s love, Joey lives happily with Cody and his 6-year-old son, Chip, but when Cody dies suddenly in a car accident, Joey must fight for custody of a boy he’s grown to love as his own son.
After losing their baby 57 hours after birth, John and Ricky try to resume normal life, but long-suppressed doubts and secrets roil to the surface and their two kids begin acting out. Everything changes with the arrival of a surprise visitor.
When an ice cream shop owner in Orangeburg, SC tries to remove a Confederate flag from his property, he’s met with resistance from the Sons of Confederate Veterans, igniting a fight that reveals the deep-seated racism that the flag still upholds.
A rare look at the life and work of legendary fashion designer Pierre Cardin, whose futuristic designs revolutionized fashion for the masses. The film features exclusive archival footage and interviews with Cardin himself at the sunset of his career.
When an elderly man gets in a cab and takes his first ride from Manhattan into Brooklyn, the trip becomes more significant than he could have ever imagined. This project was made under the supervision of Iranian film legend Abbas Kiarostami.
Already dealing with a hectic day filled with traffic and demanding passengers, a taxi driver in Tripoli, Lebanon, is confounded when he finds a mysterious little boy in his backseat. Who is he and what does he want? If only he would speak.
Simple and quiet moments in the life of an elderly Lebanese couple who are following the madness and chaos of the 2011 Egyptian spring revolution through their TV set. Commissioned by the Sharjah Art foundation for the Sharjah Biennial 10.