39th CIFF College Program

Thursday, March 19 9:00 AM - Saturday, March 28 11:55 PM

The CIFF is offering FREE morning, matinee, and late night screenings to college students when they
present their valid college I.D.

Free films will be screened on each weekday of the 39th CIFF between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., as well
as late night screenings beginning after 11:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Tickets will be available one hour before screening start time and distributed on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. Students simply need to stop by the Duke Desk (Will Call)—located in the hallway just outside the entrance to Tower City Cinemas—with their valid college I.D. to gain their ticket for admittance. One ticket per student, per film.

And use code COLLEGE to receive $2 off the ticket price for other Festival screenings. Discounts are also available to students at the Film Festival Box Office

Films:

1971

Friday, March 20, 2015 12:20 PM - 1:40 PM

1971

Before the Pentagon Papers and WikiLeaks, before Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations, there was Media, Pennsylvania. On March 8, 1971, during the “Fight of the Century” boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, eight activists calling themselves the “Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI” broke into a small FBI office outside Philadelphia. They picked the lock and loaded every file into suitcases. Then they simply walked out the front door. The activists shared hundreds of secret documents with the public, revealing the FBI’s vast program of spying on citizens. An outraged Congress conducted its first-ever investigation of a U.S. intelligence...

24 Days

Monday, March 23, 2015 1:50 PM - 3:40 PM

24 Days(24 jours)

January 20, 2006 begins just like any other day for Ruth Halimi, a Parisian receptionist and divorced mother of three adult children. She goes to work, buys a pair of boots for her son Ilan, and then prepares a Shabbat dinner for Ilan and daughter Yaël. Little does Ruth know, this seemingly innocuous Friday will be the preface to the most horrific experience of her life. After dinner, Ilan rushes out to get drinks with sexy Emma, whom he met at work, before his girlfriend Mony gets home. Yet, Ilan never makes it to Mony’s apartment. The following day, an...

Above All Else

Thursday, March 26, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:35 PM

Above All Else

Former high-wire artist David Daniel never expected to be at the forefront of the Keystone XL pipeline debate. But when he discovered TransCanada planned to route it through his land, he became incredibly concerned. He had moved to rural East Texas with his wife and young daughter for peace, a wish that appeared to now be in jeopardy. Instead, Daniel became somewhat of an expert on the dangers of the pipeline, spreading the word to his neighbors. They were convinced by his knowledge and passion, so they didn’t need to be won over. David found himself in a battle with...

Above Us All

Thursday, March 19, 2015 9:15 AM - 10:55 PM

Above Us All

In her melancholy film ABOVE US ALL, Eugenie Jansen depicts how, with no respect to the magnitude of one’s grief, the world keeps turning. According to 11-year-old protagonist Shay, she and her family are “ordinary people living an ordinary life” in rural Australia. Her Flemish father Koen is funny. Her Aboriginal mother is tidy. Her little brother Kelab aspires to be a professional wrestler. And Shay is a self-professed spoiled kid who enjoys off-roading. Yet, their seemingly ordinary existence is disrupted when Shay’s mother becomes ill and soon after passes away. Within months, Koen moves Shay and Kelab closer to...

Alfred & Jakobine

Monday, March 23, 2015 9:20 AM - 10:35 AM

Alfred & Jakobine

For nearly 60 years, an old, dilapidated London taxi has been in Alfred’s possession. It hasn’t worked for several decades, but 84-year-old Alfred can’t seem to part with it. In the late 1950s, he and Jakobine, an artist and his wife at the time, used the car to travel around the globe. Their burning passion for each other fueled their journey from Japan to Morocco, India, Tibet, and numerous other faraway locales. But that passion dwindled when the couple settled in Syracuse, New York, and Jakobine became desperate to have a child. After Jakobine, at 42, gave birth to their...

Alléluia

Friday, March 27, 2015 11:30 PM - 1:05 AM

Alléluia

After a night of heavy drinking, Michel and Gloria share a heated, passionate rendezvous as Gloria’s young daughter sleeps across the hall. The next morning, Michel has become a part of their life, announcing to the daughter just how “sexy” her mother is. It’s not long before Gloria, in heat, ditches her daughter and runs off with Michel before becoming involved in his elaborate con schemes. Unfortunately, Gloria can’t handle Michel’s constant womanizing and, in a fiery moment of jealousy, she murders Michel’s latest lover. Surprisingly, the effects of the crime are lost on her as she laughs it off...

Apartment Trouble

Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Apartment Trouble

Nicole and Olivia are the 21st century Odd Couple. Nicole is an artist (of sorts) whose wealthy parents have cut her off, and Olivia is an aspiring (and unsuccessful) actress. They are lifelong friends, utterly penniless, and about to be evicted from their illegal New York sublease. With no money for food (calling it a “cleanse”) and no options, Nicole decides they should spring an unannounced visit on her TV celebrity aunt in Los Angeles. What better place to find grounding and stability than Hollywood? What better chance for success than by competing on her aunt's nationally televised reality talent...

Art Connect

Friday, March 27, 2015 1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Art Connect

The Levantille is one of the most crime-laden and violent communities in Trinidad and Tobago. But co-existing with the high crime rate and poverty is a thriving arts movement. The Success Levantille Secondary School sponsors the Art Connect Program. This program offers students from high-risk environments a chance to learn ways to express themselves and communicate outside the culture of violence and fear. Partnering with urban artist Wendell McShine, the Freetown Collective, and London's Company Chameleon Dance Theatre, this program offers exposure to the arts and a chance for growth and hope. The filmmakers gave some of these students cameras...

Back on Board: Greg Louganis

Thursday, March 26, 2015 2:40 PM - 4:05 PM

Back on Board: Greg Louganis

With the beauty and grace of a Greg Louganis dive, BACK ON BOARD: GREG LOUGANIS crafts a deeply personal portrait of a compelling and complicated man. The journey from childhood diving prodigy to four-time Olympic Gold Medalist is only part of the story. In many ways, the challenges Louganis faced outside athletic competition were even greater. From the terrifying ordeal of concealing his HIV status at the 1988 Seoul Olympics to his battles against discrimination afterward as an openly gay athlete, Louganis was a man unprepared for some of life's harsher realities. In 2011, the greatest diver of all time...

Becoming Bulletproof

Friday, March 27, 2015 1:45 PM - 3:05 PM

Becoming Bulletproof

Zeno Mountain Farm is a Vermont non-profit organization that hosts an annual film camp for people of all abilities. BECOMING BULLETPROOF takes us along as these wonderful individuals film and star in the ambitious “Bulletproof” – a Western movie replete with gunslingers, barroom brawls, and damsels in distress. Focusing on several of the actors during the shoot, whose disabilities range from cerebral palsy to Williams Syndrome, this documentary is humorous and heartwarming while also working as a behind-the-scenes look into how movies are made. Famed commercial director Michael Barnett does an impeccable job of getting the audience right next to...

Behavior

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 2:20 PM - 4:10 PM

Behavior(Conducta)

In her 50 years of teaching in Havana, Carmela has never tired of her students – not even Chala, a mischievous 11-year-old who regularly speaks out of turn in class and roughhouses with other boys during recess. Carmela can see past the classroom antics to the young boy who, in the absence of a father, takes care of his drug-addicted mother without any complaint. And, according to Carmela, if you treat a boy like a delinquent, he will act like one. Still, the school administrators fear Carmela, with perhaps a few too many years in the profession, might be losing...

Big Moccasin

Friday, March 27, 2015 11:55 AM - 1:00 PM

Big Moccasin

Winding through the rolling Appalachian Mountains in southwestern Virginia is a 20-mile span of road called BIG MOCCASIN. There, directors Chelsea Moynehan and Andrew Moynehan introduce us to the unhurried lives of four locals: Geraldine, an ailing widow; Mouse, an avid hunter and, believe it or not, animal enthusiast; and chain-smoking Polo and his lifelong best friend Steve. In this shrinking community—where drinking and going to church are the most common ways to fill a day—these aging Appalachian residents fondly recall stories of their youth, while being keenly aware of the rapidly changing world around them and the uncertainty of...

Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound

Thursday, March 26, 2015 11:50 AM - 1:30 PM

Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound

You could be a huge country music fan and not be familiar with the name Billy Mize, but you’ve certainly experienced his incredible influence on the genre. Mize began as a songwriter and quickly gained momentum in a promising career as a performer. Unfortunately, that was nixed due to a personal tragedy. Needing to stay near his family, Mize passed up touring opportunities. Instead he found a home on local L.A. television, where he inspired and fostered the careers of upcoming popular artists. Despite regional notoriety and extensive songwriting credits, he never quite found the commercial success he deserved. This...

The Blue Hour

Thursday, March 26, 2015 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

The Blue Hour(La Hora Azul)

Even a past you are unaware of can suddenly return to haunt you. This is the unsettling reality that Adrian abruptly faces. After the death of his mother, Adrian discovers somebody had been blackmailing her. His father, who left the family 40 years ago, had been a Commander in Peru's war against a terrorist faction. During this time, he was responsible for the torture and rape of numerous prisoners. One of them, a girl named Miriam, managed to escape and remain free. Now Adrian is being blackmailed. A successful lawyer with a beautiful family, he searches for Miriam in an...

A Borrowed Identity

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

A Borrowed Identity(a.k.a. Dancing Arabs)

“Sometimes I forget you’re an Arab,” says Yonatan, a Jewish Israeli teen with muscular dystrophy, to his best friend Eyad. “Yeah, me too,” Eyad responds. For the past two years, Eyad has been the sole Arab student at a highly competitive boarding school in Jerusalem. Having grown up in a predominantly Arab village in Israel, Eyad had a difficult time acclimating to the school. But thanks to Yonatan, whom Eyad met through a service program, and Naomi, Eyad’s Jewish girlfriend, Eyad’s experiences in Jerusalem haven’t been completely miserable. Still, he cannot escape the stigma associated with his ethnicity among the...

Bread and Butter

Thursday, March 19, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Bread and Butter

“I can see your hymen from here,” so says Amelia’s boss in this upbeat comedy about looking for love, thinking of romance, and finding yourself. In BREAD AND BUTTER, 30-year-old Amelia is looking for her first boyfriend and—even with the help of her eccentric boss, her overbearing parents, and her best friend—her luck seems to be running out. With her nose buried in a book, she finds romance in a stranger who has left notes in the margins and soon finds herself entranced with this man who also videotapes his own will. Charming, funny, and unique...

By Blood

Friday, March 27, 2015 12:10 PM - 1:15 PM

By Blood

At the turn of the 19th century, the U.S. government’s efforts to “civilize” the Cherokee and Seminole Nations, among other Native American tribes, included encouraging the use of what they considered to be “modern” farming practices—or, more specifically, African slave labor. After the Civil War, the African men and women previously enslaved by the Cherokee and Seminole Nations became known as “Freedmen” and were granted membership within the tribes. Now, almost 150 years later, the tribes have disenfranchised over 30,000 descendants of Freedmen and excluded them from tribal benefits, such as healthcare and education grants. Marcos Barbery and Sam Russell’s...

Chasing Berlusconi

Thursday, March 19, 2015 11:50 AM - 1:15 PM

Chasing Berlusconi

When the formerly great harness racer Bjarte hits bottom, he really hits bottom; and sometimes the horse’s bottom hits him. In debt up to his collar, Bjarte hatches a plan to drug the titular horse and fix the big race – only, his partners aren’t exactly thoroughbreds in the world of crime. From the director of the hilarious “King Curling” (36th CIFF), the comedy CHASING BERLUSCONI runs at the pace of a Triple Crown winner as we watch Bjarte’s world slowly disintegrate to outrageous outcomes. With eager police officer Lotte hot on his tail, Bjarte’s world begins closing in on...

Christmas, Again

Friday, March 20, 2015 2:20 PM - 3:40 PM

Christmas, Again

At Christmas time, Noel – yes, that is his name – has become a temporary fixture in New York City. For the past five years, the mustachioed thirtysomething has spent the weeks leading up to Christmas living in a camper and selling trees to a festive clientele of young couples and happy families. And Noel quietly takes pride in his job: he offers only the finest tree varieties; he carefully crafts wreathes from fallen branches; and he dutifully sweeps up stray needles every night. Still, this Christmas season just isn’t the same. As Noel’s regular customers have noticed, “that nice...

The Coffin Maker

Friday, March 27, 2015 1:55 PM - 3:35 PM

The Coffin Maker(Magkakabaung)

Randy is a single father, barely earning enough as a coffin maker to provide medicine for his sick daughter Angeline. He is forced to work overtime, leaving Angeline alone for long periods. One night, while her father is working, Angeline has a reaction to the medication which results in her death. In shock and unable to pay the hospital bill and obtain Angeline's body, Randy falls under the influence of the unscrupulous owner of a funeral home. In exchange for paying the hospital bill, he insists Randy agree to an elaborate funeral service for Angeline her at his business. He...

Come to My Voice

Friday, March 20, 2015 2:45 PM - 4:25 PM

Come to My Voice(Were Denge Min)

“Poor Berfe,” a man remarks after hearing just one of the many sorrows the elderly Kurdish grandmother has endured during her lifetime. At present, Berfe and her young granddaughter Jiyan are in pursuit of a gun. But their intentions are to save, not end, a life. Turkish soldiers recently imprisoned Berfe’s adult son Temo upon the mere suspicion he was harboring contraband weapons. In order to rescue Temo, Jiyan and Berfe must surrender at least one gun to the military officials. First, Jiyan desperately collects all the toy guns in the village. And then Berfe offers the soldiers her father’s...

Corn Island

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 2:20 PM - 4:00 PM

Corn Island(Simindis kundzuli)

During the annual spring torrent, the Enguri River washes soil from the Caucasus to the Black Sea, creating tiny islands in its wake. It’s a place of pristine beauty -- until gun shots ring out. For this is the site of ethnic strife between Georgians and Abkhazians, who claim independence. Symbolic perhaps of his people’s resistance, an old Abkhaz man paddles up to a tiny island in the river, then slowly and painstakingly builds a wood dwelling by hand. One day he brings his teenaged granddaughter, who obediently helps him work the soil. Not given to displays of emotion –...

Crescendo! The Power of Music

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 2:25 PM - 3:50 PM

Crescendo! The Power of Music

“El Sistema” was created 38 years ago in Venezuela to help foster social change by building youth orchestras among disadvantaged children. It has grown into a musical movement, counting among its graduates Gustavo Dudamel, the charismatic Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. CRESCENDO! THE POWER OF MUSIC follows students in two “Sistema”-inspired youth orchestra programs: “Play On, Philly!” in West Philadelphia; and the Harmony Program in Harlem, New York City. The film’s young musicians struggle against significant emotional and cultural roadblocks, sometimes set up by their own families. We meet Raven, a natural violinist whose rambunctiousness gets her in...

The Dead Lands

Saturday, March 28, 2015 11:25 PM - 1:15 AM

The Dead Lands(Hautoa)

Just as his chieftain father is staging peace talks with the opposing tribe, teenage Hongi witnessess the enemy desecrating the sacred remains of their Maori ancestors. Clearly not ready for a truce, they try to pin it on Hongi, giving them a reason to stage an attack on his entire tribe. It's a horrifically brutal scene that makes revenge seem like an inevitable response. Hongi sets out to avenge the death of his people, including his father, for whom he must honor with retaliation. His main target is Wirepa, the instigator of the massacre. He must follow him into the...

Don't Leave Me

Friday, March 27, 2015 9:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Don't Leave Me(Ne Me Quitte Pas)

The world of the superb Belgian documentary DON’T LEAVE ME is a combination of existential surrealism, where everything and nothing happens, and slapstick comedy, where everyone is the straight man. Bob and Marcel are two old friends – men without women – who bond over wine, rum, and beer while discussing loneliness and their plans to execute their own demise under a secluded tree Bob remembers from his youth. While the subject matter is solemn, the circumstances and tone are natural deadpan – like when Bob can’t remember where his sacred tree is. From the very beginning, you can’t help...

Dreamcatcher

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 12:15 PM - 1:55 PM

Dreamcatcher

DREAMCATCHER is a breathtakingly raw look at the work of a former prostitute whose Chicago charity helps women leave the sex industry. Brenda Myers-Powell has a big personality to match her big heart. She cruises the streets at night in her Dreamcatcher Foundation van, distributing condoms. Often she stops to talk to prostitutes, every one with a devastating story. In her after-school club for at-risk teenage girls, the kids exchange horrifying rape stories over Doritos and Coke. Education, empowerment, and prevention are the bywords of this brave soul, who admits to abandoning her own daughters. Her new business is giving...

Fair Play

Thursday, March 26, 2015 11:30 AM - 1:10 PM

Fair Play

Anna is a young Czechoslovak sprinter who hopes to qualify for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. She lives in a modest flat with her mother Irena, herself a former athlete, who has been reduced to cleaning buildings due to her dissident sympathies. Anna is expected to unquestioningly follow the instructions of her coaches at the National Sports Center. But when they start prescribing new steroid injections, Anna rebels, and the coach pressures Irena to keep her daughter on the drugs. Meanwhile, government operatives are trying to force Irena to confess to collaborating with a dissident, insinuating her daughter’s future...

Far From Home

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 2:40 PM - 3:55 PM

Far From Home

Born in Uganda, Brolin Mawejje had a childhood plagued with hardships. His abusive father drove his mother to flee the country, leaving her son and two daughters behind. Soon, Brolin became the target of his dad's anger and aggression. Finally, when Brolin was ten, his mom, now in the United States, was able to bring her children to live with her. That didn't last long, though. Brolin was bounced to various homes, never able to truly settle. While America offered a world of opportunity, his feelings of abandonment were hard to overcome. He channeled those emotions into skateboarding, a passion...

Felix and Meira

Friday, March 27, 2015 11:40 AM - 1:25 PM

Felix and Meira(Félix et Meira)

Maxime Giroux’s FELIX AND MEIRA are an unlikely pair. Living off handouts from his sister, Felix is half-heartedly mourning the recent death of his callous, unloving father. Meira, married to devout Shulem, is a young Hasidic Jewish mother who prefers soul music to the strict principles of her religion. She frequently locks herself in the bathroom just to avoid Shulem. Pressure from family and friends to have more children intensifies Meira’s attraction to non-religious life, but secrets are hard to keep in her small Hasidic community. When Felix and Meira first meet at their local pizza shop, Meira avoids brazen...

A Fight For

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 2:35 PM - 4:00 PM

A Fight For(Boj za)

On October 15, 2011, as part of the wave of protests that followed the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street, Slovenian activists occupied a square in front of the Ljubljana stock exchange, setting up tents and remaining there through the winter. A FIGHT FOR depicts the life of protesters in the camp, from the erection of the first tent to its dismantling six months later. The film provides a hard look at the difficulties involved in maintaining a protest space, and the quarrels among those involved. United in their opposition to corporate greed, the protestors organize themselves around principles of...

The Fool

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:55 PM

The Fool(Durak)

Dima Nikitin, a Russian plumber, may be too smart for his own good. Or at least that’s what his family thinks. While his peers have no qualms about stealing to put food on the table, Dima would rather take the less common route of getting an education to earn a promotion. And, confirming his family’s fears, Dima’s intellect is precisely the root of his troubles in Yury Bykov’s blisteringly cold drama, THE FOOL. After a pipe bursts in an apartment building teaming with alcoholics, drug addicts, and troubled children, Dima is called to fix the leak. But his thorough inspection...

Frailer

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM

Frailer(Brozer)

FRAILER, a drama about four women learning to cope with terminal illness, is at once wrenching and inspirational. In her 1997 film “Brittle,” Mijke de Jong directed these same actresses as sisters at a reunion who hash out old rivalries and common bonds. FRAILER brings the women together again – and initially it seems they’re just acting out their roles. But when we learn the one they call Mouse (Leonoor Pauw) is really dying of cancer, the film takes on new depth. The women confess their thoughts about existence and fear of the unknown. They hang out together, doing what...

Gente de Bién

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 9:20 AM - 10:45 AM

Gente de Bién

GENTE DE BIÉN, which translates as both “well-off people” and “decent people,” tells the story of a boy’s introduction to the realities of income inequality. Eric is ten and lives with his extended family in chaotic circumstances in Bogota. He’s suddenly taken to live with his father Gabriel, whom he barely knows. Gabriel is a semi-employed carpenter who can barely keep his own head above water. His biggest client is Maria Isabel, a well-meaning professor. She invites him to join a group of friends at her country house, where she has furniture that needs repair, suggesting he bring along Eric...

Giovanni's Island

Friday, March 27, 2015 11:15 AM - 12:55 PM

Giovanni's Island(Giovanni no Shima)

In the summer of 1945, Shikotan Island in Japan’s far north is a delightful place to play for young brothers Junpei and Kanta. Their stern father runs the island defense force while soldiers are up in the mountains shooting. Then comes August 15: the war is over, Japan has lost, and Soviets occupy Shikotan. When a Russian family takes over their house, the boys’ family is moved into the stall. Worst of all, they have to share their school with Russian children. But then Junpei meets Tanya, the daughter of the Soviet commander. Soon the children are playing together and...

Guard Dog

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Guard Dog(Perro Guardián)

In 1995 the Peruvian government passed an Amnesty Law absolving those accused of crimes during the country's 15-year counterinsurgency war -- including brutal paramilitary squads. GUARD DOG is a moodily atmospheric film that chronicles the violent days of Miguel, a ruthless government killer then and a ruthless contract killer now. Expressionless and given to bouts of fury, he coldly liquidates his targets under orders of his boss, the General. Though he seems to have a family, Miguel squats alone in a leaky grey apartment -- until, in a vague search for something like salvation, he wanders into a charismatic church....

Halfway

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 11:15 AM - 1:30 PM

Halfway(Halfweg)

Reeling from a notably brutal divorce linked to a major misstep at his (former) office, Stef buys a house in the country in search of solitude. Before he can unpack his belongings, an intruder shows up, bath towel slung over his shoulders, claiming the house is his. It appears no one told him the house had been sold. The two have a fight and Stef calls the cops, but when the police arrive there’s no trace of the towel-toting invader. Shortly thereafter Stef learns the previous owner, Theo, died in the tub under suspicious circumstances. It’s not long before Theo...

The Hand that Feeds

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 2:25 PM - 3:55 PM

The Hand that Feeds

In New York City, undocumented workers are the backbone of industry and help the city stay alive. Yet those workers – who are deeply depended on by their employers – are treated as indentured servants, often making far less than minimum wage in dangerous conditions. THE HAND THAT FEEDS brings us to the front lines as about a dozen undocumented employees of a popular deli in NYC fight for basic workers’ rights, including fair scheduling, overtime pay, and competent wages. Following along with Mahoma Lopez, a brave deli worker who risks his home in the States to fight for his...

Havana Curveball

Friday, March 20, 2015 11:35 AM - 12:45 PM

Havana Curveball

It seemed so simple at first. The filmmakers were making a home movie about their son Mica’s bar mitzvah project, which was to send baseball equipment to underprivileged kids in Cuba. But life threw Mica a HAVANA CURVEBALL, and the story turned into this heartwarming film about a naïve boy who grows into a politically aware young man. Mica is inspired by the fact that Cuba harbored his grandfather when he fled Nazi Europe. Now his well-intentioned 13-year-old ideals come smack up against the U.S. embargo on imports to Cuba. After two years of research, writing letters to his senator,...

HelloHello

Friday, March 27, 2015 1:50 PM - 3:25 PM

HelloHello(Hallåhallå)

A warm-hearted Swedish comedy that will keep you toasty through the winter, HELLOHELLO continues to win audience awards at film festivals. Disa is 40ish, a bit dumpy, and way too accommodating. Her husband has left her for a twiggy new model, and she’s bossed around by her mother and the chief matron at the hospital where she works. While her ex is looking sporty and put-together, Disa remains stuck in her rut. An old crone in the hospital tests her patience beyond its limits, and she tries martial arts to get out some aggression. But one day when she’s handing...

High Performance

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 2:10 PM - 3:50 PM

High Performance(Mandarinen lügen nicht)

Brothers Daniel and Rudi share little besides DNA. Slovenly Daniel, single and in his early 30s, is an actor/performance artist, who supplements his meager stock boy income with handouts from his parents. Urbane Rudi, on the other hand, is a married father and award-winning executive at a tech company in Vienna. Despite Rudi’s blatant lack of respect for his brother, Rudi offers Daniel part-time work at his company, coaching the newly-hired developer Nora on public speaking. Daniel is at first reluctant to accept the job. But Rudi hints at having romantic feelings for Nora, and Daniel, professedly never one to...

I Am a Knife With Legs

Saturday, March 21, 2015 11:45 PM - 1:10 AM

I Am a Knife With Legs

Grieving the sudden explosive death of his love Baguette, international French pop star Bené (writer-director Bennett Jones) finds himself on FatwaList.com, thanks to user iluvtennis127. Now he must hide out in L.A. with his loyal sidekick Beefy to avoid death at the hands of an SSN (or assassin as most would call it). Part musical, part meta-absurdism, part action, a little bit cooking show perhaps, part graphic novel (which is really just a fat comic book, okay?), part mystery, and 100% hilarious, I AM A KNIFE WITH LEGS is a trippy ride through the mind of Jones, punctuated by stream-of-consciousness...

I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story

Friday, March 27, 2015 11:20 AM - 12:50 PM

I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story

Listen up, everybody! I AM BIG BIRD is the story of a really nice man who always plays pretend. Once upon a time -- at the 1969 Puppeteers of America conference -- an animator and Bozo show worker named Caroll Spinney met Muppet meister Jim Henson. Soon thereafter the Children’s Television Workshop launched Sesame Street, and Big Bird was hatched. Caroll, the man behind the feathers (and Oscar the Grouch), is now 81 and still filling children with joy. Home videos show Caroll and other Muppeteers clowning around behind the scenes at Sesame Street. He appears as Big Bird at...

Ice Poison

Friday, March 20, 2015 12:15 PM - 1:50 PM

Ice Poison(Bing Du)

In rural Myanmar there are few opportunities to make money, and even fewer to connect with other people. The son of a poor farmer sets out on a motor scooter, hoping to make some cash by shuttling travellers to their isolated destinations. His first client is an initially reserved transplant from China, still dealing with family matters surrounding her grandfather’s death. The two form a bond, and struggling to make ends meet, they resort to selling ICE POISON, the Taiwanese slang term for methamphetamine. As they grow fonder of one another, so does their love for the poison they sell....

Imperial Dreams

Monday, March 23, 2015 11:45 AM - 1:10 PM

Imperial Dreams

“You can’t splash back into the projects, you gotta slide in,” narrates 21-year-old Bambi Jones as he walks through the Watts neighborhood in South Los Angeles. Bambi, convicted of assault with a deadly weapon, has just been released from jail, but he has no plans of returning to his former lifestyle. In prison, Bambi diligently honed his writing, and he even published a short story in the literary journal McSweeney’s. Now Bambi has aspirations of acquiring a book deal. Yet dreams are hard to achieve in his crime-ridden neighborhood. Bambi desperately needs money to care for his son Day, whose...

In Order of Disappearance

Friday, March 20, 2015 12:10 PM - 2:05 PM

In Order of Disappearance(Kraftidioten)

In the snow-covered mountains of Norway, Nils drives his plow truck clearing the roads for the people of the isolated region. A well-respected man in his community, Nils goes about his days – “a pathfinder” as he calls himself. But when his son is murdered by drug dealers, Nils begins to blaze his own trail to justice and revenge. IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE, starring the incomparable Stellan Skarsgård (“Good Will Hunting,” “Thor”) as the father on a mission, is a stark reminder that, sometimes, other nations can take an age-old premise and make it better. Making his way through the...

The Incident

Friday, March 20, 2015 11:35 PM - 1:15 PM

The Incident(El Incidente)

A more appropriate title might be “Groundhog Day in Hell.” When two brothers are apprehended on drug charges in an apartment complex, one of them attempts to flee. The pursuing officer shoots him in the leg and the three end up at the bottom of a maintenance stairwell. As they try to leave, they notice something strange… there’s no bottom floor; the stairs just take them right back to the top. The trio discovers they’ve become trapped in an infinitely looping stairwell. In a seemingly parallel universe, a well-to-do suburban family is confined to an endless stretch of Mexican highway...

The Incredible Adventures of Jojo (and his annoying sister Avila)

Thursday, March 19, 2015 2:10 PM - 3:30 PM

The Incredible Adventures of Jojo (and his annoying sister Avila)

“This film is not for over-protective parents,” warns this Tim Burton-esque, absurd children’s comedy from first-time writer-directors, husband-wife team Ann-Marie Schmidt (so many hyphens) and Brian Schmidt. When Jojo and his sister Avila are left to their own devices after a car accident injures their mother, they must survive in the woods on their own. Among the travails and harrowing experiences is a deranged hobo, ravaging wolves, abandoned couches, and dirty diapers. But don’t fret for the little ones; they have a sharp pocketknife at the ready. The creative team behind this unique film refer to it as a “children’s...

Inferno

Monday, March 23, 2015 11:20 AM - 1:15 PM

Inferno

A quote from Dante’s Inferno sets the stage for this INFERNO, a parable of modern poverty in Ljubljana. Mare and Sonja have two young children. At the bottom rung of the Slovenian social ladder, they have nowhere to go and nobody left to ask for help. Mare is a loving father who reads bedtime stories to the kids – and initially even believes in fairy tale endings himself. He’s been out of work for months, laid off from his factory for breaking the boss’s arm in a fit of rage. His friend Vlado, the leader of the union, tries to...

Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story

Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:20 PM - 1:35 PM

Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story

First go to your refrigerator. Now be honest. How much in there is bad or plain forgotten about? It is estimated that a staggering 50% of food produced – from farm to table and all stages in between – is uneaten, discarded needlessly, or destroyed. Filmmakers Grant Baldwin and Jenny Rustemeyer found a way to investigate the truth about these numbers. They embarked on a daring six-month project. They would purchase no new or fresh produce or groceries and live solely off discarded foods: items pulled for sell-by dates, rejected for aesthetic reasons, or simply tossed into dumpsters – though...

Kebab & Horoscope

Friday, March 27, 2015 9:20 AM - 10:30 AM

Kebab & Horoscope

KEBAB & HOROSCOPE is a deadpan comedy in the vein of Aki Kaurismäki. Plunked down in a Warsaw industrial area next to a super glue factory is a carpet warehouse where no customer dares to tread. The Boss, concerned with the lack of “business energy” exhibited by his hapless employees, has hired two “marketing specialists.” Until recently, these sad sacks were an unemployed kebab shop worker and a horoscope writer. But having realized marketing is a line of work requiring no training, KEBAB & HOROSCOPE now sell their non-product to the denizens of the warehouse. Its six workers exhibit various...

Labyrinthus*

Thursday, March 19, 2015 12:05 PM - 1:40 PM

Labyrinthus*

Frikke, 14, leads a boring life. School is easy and his friend Marko is girl-obsessed. One day a cyclist nearly runs him over, leaving a backpack behind. In it are a USB key and a box that looks like an old camera. When he plugs the USB into his PC, a cheerful-looking game starts. But suddenly a girl appears, begging for help -- Her name is Nola, and she is stuck in the game’s labyrinths. A sinister figure in black wearing a bird mask is pursuing her through the changing game environment. If Frikke quits or loses, Nola will die....

Listening

Friday, March 20, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM

Listening

Reading people's minds sounds awesome in theory, but what if technology could make it possible? Would we truly want to know the thoughts of others? Furthermore, would we really want them to know ours? Such a breakthrough would completely change the way humans interact. Whether it's for the good is what a group of genius, but dysfunctional, grad students find out in Khalil Sullins' LISTENING. Uptight David is so obsessed with his studies that he's strained his personal relationships. Spacey Ryan could be just as brilliant as David if he wasn't so consumed with chasing women. One of those women...

The Little Death

Friday, March 27, 2015 10:45 PM - 12:20 AM

The Little Death

Focusing on the sex lives of five couples, THE LITTLE DEATH goes behind closed doors in the suburbs to uncover a hidden world of taboo fetishes. Stuck in carnal monotony, these individuals seek extreme ways to spice things up. Mauve wants her boyfriend Paul to rape her. Phil discovers sex is best when his wife Maureen is passed out on sleeping pills. Evie and Dan become obsessed with roleplay. And Rowena is so turned on by seeing her husband Richard cry, she goes to disturbing lengths to make it happen. There's also Monica and Sam who is deaf - strangers...

Long Way to the Top

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 12:30 PM - 1:35 PM

Long Way to the Top

To fans, the life of a musician seems glamorous; sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. While that may be true of the world's biggest rockstars, many artists struggle to make ends meet. As LONG WAY TO THE TOP reveals, life on the road isn't easy. It's comprised of long months away from friends and family, nights sleeping in cold vans, and hopes that merch sales will allow for the occasional grungy hotel, or at the very least, pay for gas. But not every musician is doing it to become a celebrity. Their love for music and its tool as a...

Loreak (Flowers)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM

Loreak (Flowers)

Nothing is technically wrong with Ane. According to her doctor, she is just experiencing a rare case of early menopause. And while the news is upsetting to childless Ane, she finds little comfort in her husband Ander, who rarely utters more than a few words to her. When a bouquet of flowers is delivered to Ane’s door, her spirits are lifted—she assumes Ander is finally expressing sympathy to her condition. But after she thanks him for the thoughtful gesture, he curtly denies responsibility. Over the next several weeks, Ane continues to receive a new, anonymous bouquet of flowers every Thursday....

Lost in Karastan

Thursday, March 26, 2015 2:15 PM - 3:50 PM

Lost in Karastan

Emil Forester is a washed-up British filmmaker, struggling with a serious case of writer’s block. It’s been years since he’s made any films, a reality that’s led him to a state of depression. Out of nowhere, he receives a weird call from the Karastan Film Festival, inviting him to make an appearance. He curiously accepts, thrilled with their enthusiasm for his work. When he arrives, Emil realizes the whole thing is a set-up. The nation's President has called him there to direct an epic historical film about the unknown Caucasus republic. Excited by the prospect of finally creating a new...

Love at First Fight

Thursday, March 19, 2015 2:05 PM - 3:45 PM

Love at First Fight(Les combattants)

Thomas Cailley’s quirky comedy LOVE AT FIRST FIGHT brings together reserved Arnaud and brusque Madeleine on a hot summer day at the beach. Arnaud is ready to relax with his two best friends. Yet, unbeknownst to him, they just signed Arnaud up for a self-defense demonstration, and his all-too-eager opponent is Madeleine. Although she pins him to the ground with ease, Arnaud impulsively bites Madeleine in order to break free and save face. The tension between them heightens when Arnaud is later hired to build a shed behind Madeleine’s family home. At work, Arnaud witnesses Madeleine’s peculiar habits—from swimming with...

Macondo

Monday, March 23, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM

Macondo

Eleven-year-old Ramasan has a lot of responsibility. In traditional Chechen society, he would be the man of the house, in charge of his mother and two younger sisters. Yet he now lives in Macondo, a multicultural neighborhood in gritty industrial Vienna. Ramasan speaks German better than his mother Aminat, and he interprets between her and welfare officials. The family fled Chechnya after the death of Ramasan’s father, and they’re trying to make do in this foreign society. Ramasan's world is disrupted anew when Isa, his father's war buddy, moves into their housing complex. Isa pays his respects to Aminat and...

Mafia and Red Tomatoes

Monday, March 23, 2015 2:15 PM - 3:55 PM

Mafia and Red Tomatoes(La nostra terra)

No sane Italian would intentionally cross a Mafia boss, which says a lot about the motley crew of would-be organic farmers in MAFIA & RED TOMATOES. Determined to work the land confiscated by the government from capo Nicola Sansone, a group of dreamers are undeterred by the fact that they don’t know how to farm. Unseen powers, orchestrated by Sansone from behind bars, stymie them at every turn. They enlist the help of the Anti-Mafia Board in the person of Filippo, a neurotic regulator. The curious co-op includes a gay designer, a kooky practitioner of holistic eco-biology, a wheelchair-bound athlete,...

Marie's Story

Monday, March 23, 2015 12:15 PM - 1:50 PM

Marie's Story(Marie Heurtin)

Little Marie Heurtin is an imprisoned soul. Born blind and deaf in late 18th-century France (five years after Helen Keller), she reaches toward sunlight like a flower. Now 13, she sniffs and howls like a dog, letting no one but her father touch her. Marie is deposited at a school for deaf girls, where Sister Marguerite (marvelous Isabelle Carré) takes on the dual challenges of communicating and taming her. Marguerite refuses to let her own debilitating lung condition constrain her, grappling with her young charge to the point of exhaustion. Literally tethered to one another, the women engage in a...

Meet the Hitlers

Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:15 PM - 1:40 PM

Meet the Hitlers

Shakespeare once asked, “What’s in a name?” And if your name is Smith or Jones, probably not a whole lot. But what if your name is Hitler? Would you change it? MEET THE HITLERS is a fascinating look at the complicated lives of simple people with an unfortunate name. The film also introduces us to those who desire to promote the name's legacy, a well as those who desire to destroy it. There’s the teenage cheerleader, an American born long before Hitler’s reign, the Ecuadorean immigrant, an actual relative of the man who made the name infamous, and a neo-Nazi...

Memories on Stone

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 11:30 AM - 1:05 PM

Memories on Stone

“In Kurdistan, filmmaking is not a job for sane men,” the character Alan explains to the crew of “Anfal,” a film-within-the-film depicting the Kurdish genocide of the 1980s. “Anfal” is the passion project of director Hussein Hassan, whose father, a film projectionist, was a victim of the genocide. But numerous glitches keep disrupting the production schedule. Against his better judgment, Hussein casts the Kurdish pop star Roj Azad as the male lead. While the flamboyant singer will surely secure an audience for the film, he has little talent or respect for Hussein’s artistic aspirations. Hussein also can’t seem to find...

The Midnight Swim

Saturday, March 21, 2015 11:40 PM - 1:10 PM

The Midnight Swim

According to locals, Spirit Lake is bottomless. Somewhere in its algae-laden depths lies the body of June’s mother, who recently vanished in the lake. June and her two half-sisters have returned to their mother’s house to seek answers about her death. Instead of concrete evidence, they find astrological clues that eerily mirror a local legend about a family of sisters who nocturnally entered the lake one-by-one, never to return. As the legend burrows deeper into their psyches, the sisters’ history of emotional repression rises to the surface. A slow-boiling thriller that spins a psychological labyrinthine web in lieu of cheap...

Mirage

Friday, March 27, 2015 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Mirage(Délibáb)

“One of us isn’t normal,” says Francis (his real name?), an African soccer player on the wrong end of a Hungarian’s semi-automatic. After the conductor of his train drops dead, Francis ends up in the barren Hungarian countryside near an outpost that echoes a Spaghetti Western villa. Although never stated, the outpost appears to be some sort of work camp, and attempts to leave have grave consequences. The tension rises as bodies inexplicably appear, potholes the size of trucks lacerate the landscape, and a soccer ball becomes a serious object of desire. Director Szabolcs Hajdu, often cited as the heir...

Monument to Michael Jackson

Thursday, March 26, 2015 9:20 AM - 10:55 AM

Monument to Michael Jackson(Spomenik Majklu Dzeksonu)

Marko—music lover, poet, and professional barber—just had a brilliant idea. It’s the spring of 2009, and Marko hasn’t had much luck lately. His wife Ljubinka recently left him, and he lives in a small, economically depressed town in Serbia. But he is certain his luck is about to change. At a town meeting, Marko proposes to rebuild a nearby airport and then attract tourists by erecting a MONUMENT TO MICHAEL JACKSON in time for the King of Pop’s farewell tour. At first the townspeople scoff at Marko’s plan, but they eventually come around to the idea, as life can’t get...

Move On!

Monday, March 23, 2015 2:10 PM - 3:40 PM

Move On!

“It smells like sawdust and sweat and teenagers,” says Sara, an actor from Near West Theatre. While that may sound like an unpleasant combination, she means it lovingly. Since 1978, Near West has operated out of the third floor in the Club Building at St. Patrick's Church in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood. In that time, over 15,000 children, teens, and adults have been a part of its productions. They are now opening their own building, a $7.3 million space in the newly transformed Gordon Square Arts District. Before the move, director Ted Sikora chronicled their last days in the old...

A Murder in the Park

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 2:15 PM - 3:50 PM

A Murder in the Park

In 1983, Anthony Porter was sentenced to death for the murder of two teenagers on Chicago’s south side. Amid allegations of police brutality, and thanks to the investigations of Northwestern University journalism students under the tutelage of Professor David Protess, Porter was released in 1999. New evidence pointed to a man named Alstory Simon as the perpetrator. The media brouhaha over Porter’s wrongful imprisonment led Governor Ryan to banish the Illinois death penalty and commute the sentences of all death row inmates. Professor Protess and his students were media heroes. But there was one problem: in his fervor to abolish...

Next to Her

Thursday, March 19, 2015 11:40 AM - 1:10 PM

Next to Her(At li Layla)

Chelli, the twentysomething protagonist of Asaf Korman’s NEXT TO HER, spends day and night on guard. At work she polices the locked gates of a high school in Israel. A typical day ends with rowdy teens rattling the gates and screaming for Chelli to let them free. At home Chelli is the primary caregiver for her mentally challenged 24-year-old sister Gabby. Chelli feeds, bathes, and even sleeps alongside her sister. Social worker Shifra does not approve of Gabby being left alone while Chelli works. Yet, Chelli and Gabby’s detached mother, who lives with a new husband, is unwilling to offer...

Our Family

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 2:05 PM - 4:00 PM

Our Family(Bokutachi no Kazoku)

Reiko has been unusually absentminded recently. At lunch she responds to a question long after her two companions have changed the topic of conversation. On her way home, she neglects to pick up her husband Katsuaki from work as planned. And when her eldest son Kosuke telephones to inform his parents of his wife’s pregnancy, Reiko momentarily forgets the news before reporting it to Katsuaki. Although her youngest son Shunpei reassures Reiko that memory loss is a common side effect of old age, Reiko’s incoherent mumbling at dinner with Kosuke and his in-laws prompts the family to take Reiko to...

Patchwork Family

Monday, March 23, 2015 2:20 PM - 3:50 PM

Patchwork Family(Du goudron et des plumes)

Christian (charmingly acted by Sami Bouajila) is, by his own account, “not a good guy,” – and is, by the account of others, a man who can’t finish what he started. But he loves spending time with his daughter and would do anything for her attention. Well, almost anything. PATCHWORK FAMILY is a hilarious and touching story of a man out to prove his worth to his neighbors, to his father, to his daughter, and to the woman he’s come to love. When the popular televised triathlon comes to town, Christian is offered an opportunity to join his town’s team...

Preggoland

Thursday, March 19, 2015 11:45 AM - 1:35 PM

Preggoland

Ruth has a serious case of arrested development. She works at a supermarket and lives in her dad’s basement, getting wasted, watching “Wayne’s World,” and eating chips. Typical teenage behavior – except Ruth is pushing 35. Her girlfriends are into their little families and won’t party anymore. Totally obsessed with pregnancies, they meet for tea and chart their menstrual cycles. Ruth’s juvenile behavior is too much, and they kick her out of their mommy clique. One day, Ruth gives a maternity saleslady the impression she’s pregnant. Big mistake: she doesn’t correct the impression. Word gets out about the blessed event...

Proud Citizen

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 2:35 PM - 4:05 PM

Proud Citizen

Shot and edited like a documentary, PROUD CITIZEN tells the fictional story of Bulgarian playwright Krasimira (the lovely co-writer Katerina Stoykova-Klemer) on her first trip to America to see her biographical play (which won second prize in a Kentucky playwriting contest). She dreams of coming to this country and being a pampered playwright, but instead she’s left to her own devices, traveling around Lexington and seeing the sights and meeting people all on her own. Borat, she’s not – instead, we get a chance to see one of the country’s more historical cities through the innocent eyes of a woman...

Purgatory

Friday, March 27, 2015 11:20 PM - 12:45 AM

Purgatory(Purgatorio)

PURGATORY begins with a young married couple moving into a new apartment to escape an awful tragedy that seems to be gnawing at their emotionally fragile relationship. The details of the event that haunts them is only revealed in tiny glimpses. While her husband is at work, Marta (a terrific performance from "Game of Thrones’" Oona Chaplin) hears a knock on the door. Frazzled by a family emergency, a new neighbor asks Marta if she could watch her son Daniel. Marta hesitantly obliges, and it soon becomes clear something is very wrong with the troublesome child. When Daniel tells Marta...

Racing to Zer0

Friday, March 20, 2015 11:50 AM - 1:05 PM

Racing to Zer0

Trash. Garbage. Junk. These are words we commonly call the things we throw away. But in San Francisco they have a completely different perspective. They see “waste” as “resources,” materials that can always be recycled and turned into new things. They give purpose to the stuff most people may see as otherwise useless. Dedicated to protecting the environment, they’re aiming to make the city 100% waste free by 2020. It sounds like a daunting goal, but as this film reveals, they’re surprisingly close to doing so. Now, you may wonder how exciting can a documentary on trash be? The short...

Refugiado

Thursday, March 19, 2015 2:25 PM - 4:00 PM

Refugiado

Matias is a curly-haired moppet who likes to pretend he’s Superman. When his Mami, Laura, doesn’t pick him up after a birthday party, a nice lady takes him home. But catastrophe strikes; Laura lies on the apartment floor, bloody and beaten. REFUGIADO depicts a harrowing flight from domestic abuse, as Laura seeks to protect them from her husband. The uncomprehending boy senses his mother’s panic and wishes he could help her. After the police escort them to a safe house, Matias makes a friend. But Laura is used to being on her own. While trying to get a restraining order...

A Royal Hangover

Friday, March 20, 2015 2:10 PM - 3:50 PM

A Royal Hangover

When you think of British culture, chances are “they drink a lot” will come to mind. A ROYAL HANGOVER is an eye-opener of a documentary that examines the binge drinking culture of Great Britain: when, where, and why it started; how it compares to other cultures; and how it can be slowed. Including interviews with scientists and doctors looking to bring awareness, members of parliament trying to legislate, and people suffering with alcoholism, A ROYAL HANGOVER is a sobering look at a plague that has dominated the British for centuries—and what it may take to find a solution. Along with...

Run Boy Run

Friday, March 20, 2015 11:30 AM - 1:20 PM

Run Boy Run(Lauf Junge lauf)

Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Pepe Danquart takes us on a heartrending journey in his latest film RUN BOY RUN. Eight-year-old Srulik is already on the run when we meet him in winter of 1942/1943. His clothes are tattered, and he is covered in filth. The expansive Polish countryside through which he traverses underscores both his diminutive frame and the sheer solitude of his trek. Through a flashback, we learn Srulik’s father’s parting advice: to be brave, to be strong, to change his name, but to never forget he is Jewish. And Srulik—who renames himself Jurek Staniak—is ever faithful to his father’s...

La Salada

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM

La Salada

Juán Martín Hsu’s LA SALADA mixes together a diverse group of immigrants in the titular street market of Buenos Aires. While economic opportunity has drawn these immigrants thousands of miles away from home, life in and around the market has its fair share of challenges. Korean shop-owner Mr. Kim must rely on his teenage daughter Yunjin’s ability to speak Spanish to make his business deals. But he is less than pleased when he suspects Yunjin is using her fluency to flirt with Argentinian men. Meanwhile, no amount of Spanish is helping Taiwanese DVD hawker Huang fill his lonely nights. And...

Sam Klemke's Time Machine

Thursday, March 26, 2015 11:40 AM - 1:15 PM

Sam Klemke's Time Machine

It's 2015. We have spaceships, artificial intelligence, and lots of gadgets that do things we never imagined possible. But there are still no time machines. Caricature artist Sam Klemke has inadvertently come close to making it a reality, but not in the way you'd think. Since 1977, Klemke has been obsessively filming his life, documenting the various phases he's experienced, from his highs to extreme lows. The footage reveals an intimate portrait of a man who's struggled with self-esteem, weight, work, depression, and love. Regardless of your life path, his journey is a relatable one. It's a raw look at...

Secrets of War

Monday, March 23, 2015 1:55 PM - 3:30 PM

Secrets of War(Oorlogsgeheimen)

SECRETS OF WAR is one of the finest youth films made in recent years. Tuur and Lambert are 12 and live in a Dutch village. It’s the summer of 1943, and the boys play childish games, chasing each other and venturing into forbidden caves. There are rumors of a Resistance group in the village, and Lambert’s dad wants him to join the young Nazi group. One day a new girl comes to school; she’s called Maartje and dreams of being in the Olympics. Suddenly the village has many secrets. There are mysterious happenings at night; people are taken away, and...

Semicolon; The Adventures of Ostomy Girl

Thursday, March 26, 2015 2:25 PM - 3:50 PM

Semicolon; The Adventures of Ostomy Girl

If you think chronic illness is nothing to laugh at, let us introduce you to a young woman named Dana. Diagnosed at age four with Crohn's disease, her 25 years have been a ceaseless round of surgeries, medication, intravenous feeding, and close encounters with death. She tells you this with a grin. Dana is a miraculous example of the power of humor. With her equally remarkable mother, she has forged a life filled with love, courage, and bluntly off-the-wall humor, in spite of her disease. As we travel with Dana and her mother between their Las Vegas home and their...

Shrew's Nest

Saturday, March 28, 2015 11:30 PM - 1:00 AM

Shrew's Nest(Musarañas)

A shrew is a mole-like creature that burrows into an area, rarely leaving its territory. The shrew of SHREW’S NEST is Montse, a young woman forced into the role of caregiver for her newborn sister after their mother dies during childbirth and their father deserts them. Now, 18 years later, Montse is still physically and psychologically incapable of leaving the apartment, and rarely sees anyone except for a few customers she makes dresses for. Set in 1950s Spain, SHREW’S NEST is a suspenseful thriller that centers on the relationship between these two sisters – one cemented to her home and...

Sixteen

Friday, March 27, 2015 2:05 PM - 3:25 PM

Sixteen

To rescue him from the horror of being a child soldier in the Congo, Jumah's mother gave him up for adoption. Now, on the brink of his 16th birthday, Jumah lives in London with his adoptive mother. But the dreams of his former life haunt him, and he is easily provoked to bursts of violence. One night Jumah witnesses a classmate commit a murder in an underpass. The classmate fears discovery and now Jumah is being threatened into silence, drawn dangerously close to a different type of war taking place in his school. The child soldier, who witnessed atrocities his...

Slow West

Friday, March 20, 2015 3:00 PM - 4:25 PM

Slow West

Academy Award®-nominated Michael Fassbender plays brutish loner Silas Selleck, leading 16-year-old Jay Cavendish across America in John Maclean’s SLOW WEST. In 1870, love rouses Jay, still wet behind the ears, to leave his noble family in Scotland and follow peasant Rose and her father John Ross to the American West. Amidst greedy outlaws and defensive Native Americans, it’s remarkable Jay makes it to the Colorado Territory on his own. Still, aware of his limitations, he accepts the guidance of Silas, who promises, for a mere $100, to reunite Jay with his lost love just past a forest called Silver Ghost....

Spring

Friday, March 20, 2015 11:30 PM - 1:20 PM

Spring

The last thing Evan’s dying mother says to him is a joke. Her irony seems to be emblematic of his life at the moment… he’s lost his family, his job, and all of his prospects. And a late night bar fight means that now the police are after him. So he hops on a plane to Italy (because why not?). Once there, he ends up in a tiny coastal tourist trap, and the sighting of a gorgeous seductress named Louise compels him to stay. Eventually he convinces her to go out with him, and the two embark on a passionate...

Stations of the Cross

Friday, March 20, 2015 3:10 PM - 5:00 PM

Stations of the Cross(Kreuzweg)

Maria is a young girl in a family entrenched in their church – an ultra-conservative version of Catholicism that adheres to pre-Vatican II doctrine. She finds solace in the idea that her younger brother’s muteness is a manifestation of God’s love. Shot as 14 single-angle, fixed-camera scenes (modeled after the actual “Stations”), STATIONS OF THE CROSS is a harrowing and sometimes endearing look at a young girl’s journey to self-sacrifice as she navigates through storms of school boy crushes, little white lies, and a less-than-saintly mother. It can be maddening to watch this young woman (played beautifully by Lea van...

Still Dreaming

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 11:45 AM - 1:20 PM

Still Dreaming

The Lillian Booth Actor's Home is a community for retired Broadway entertainers and their families, just outside of Manhattan. The home has decided to bring its residents out of retirement and stage a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the facility. Enter Ben and Noah, two up-and-coming theater directors from New York hired to make this challenge a reality in a mere six weeks. As cast and directors begin this unique voyage of discovery, the choice of play begins to resonate in unexpected and marvelous ways. Like Shakespeare's famous woods, the retirement home is a world where real-life sprites...

Take Me to the River

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 11:50 AM - 1:30 PM

Take Me to the River

In TAKE ME TO THE RIVER, actor and musician Terrence Howard guides us through a tour of American soul music. At the heart of the film is Memphis, Tennessee and the amazing recordings from the legendary Stax Records in the 1960s. Beyond the tunes, this documentary also reveals the important role Stax Records played in the civil rights movement. The label and studio may be known for its African-American stars. However, it also featured a racially diverse stable of artists and crew – something unheard of at the time. The film doesn’t just focus on the past, though. In addition...

They Are All Dead

Thursday, March 26, 2015 2:20 PM - 3:55 PM

They Are All Dead(Todos están muertos)

Some people may think it’s cool to have a rock star for a mother, but Pancho doesn’t. His mother Lupe, the former singer/keyboardist of the hit Spanish rock group Groenlandia, hasn’t left the house for as long as Pancho – a boy scout in those awkward early teen years – can remember. Plus, she hates music. Still grieving the loss of her brother and bandmate Diego, Lupe wears pajamas all day and obsessively bakes apple pies. Meanwhile, Pancho is left to the care of Paquita, his loveable Mexican grandmother. Yet, Paquita fears she won’t be around forever. In a desperate...

They Have Escaped

Thursday, March 19, 2015 2:20 PM - 4:00 PM

They Have Escaped(He ovat Paenneet)

Joni has a bit of a stutter. It’s one of the reasons he’s generally tight-lipped, letting the outside world deduce his thoughts from the pleadings of his eyes. But there’s also a more elusive reason. After going AWOL from the Finnish army, Joni is given one last chance to escape prison: he’s to become an informant in a low-level juvenile detention camp. There he meets another exile by the name of Raisa, a rebellious sparkplug of a girl who can’t seem to follow the rules. Together they take a chance and go on the lam, tearing through the Finnish countryside...

Tiger Orange

Friday, March 27, 2015 11:50 AM - 1:05 PM

Tiger Orange

From early on, Chet and his younger brother Todd knew they were gay. Raised by their embittered father after their mother left them, life in their little California town seemed set. Todd, however, burst out of the closet and fled to L.A. while Chet stayed behind to work in his family's hardware store and play his expected role. After their father's death, Todd suddenly returns home, jobless and living out of his truck. His in-your-face open sexuality and confrontational humor jolt both the carefully arranged order of Chet's life and the fragile tolerance of his hometown's unspoken homophobia. Now issues...

Tommy

Thursday, March 19, 2015 9:20 AM - 10:55 AM

Tommy

Estelle, a striking blonde, returns to Stockholm at Christmas time, but she is hardly bearing cheer. Because her husband Tommy is the prime suspect of a bloody €4,000,000 heist, federal agents detain Estelle at the airport for questioning. Still, the ever-so-elusive Estelle avoids divulging any information about Tommy’s whereabouts. After the agents release her, Estelle first reunites with her mother Katarina and sister Blanca (played by singer Lykke Li) and then navigates her way through the complex underworld her husband formerly controlled. Estelle’s mission is to retrieve Tommy’s share of the stolen money and flee with her daughter to Sri...

The Tribe

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 11:30 AM - 1:40 PM

The Tribe(Plemya)

At an isolated Ukrainian boarding school, students cannot speak or hear. Their communication is visual, using rapid-fire Ukrainian Sign Language and heated exchanges of forceful body language. As the film disclaims, there is no voice-over and there are no subtitles or translations. Instead the film coaxes us to comprehend the institution’s language. We learn from the characters’ actions and counteractions – as does the film’s malleable protagonist, Sergey. Upon arriving at the institution, Sergey is immediately vacuumed into its seedy universe: a hurricane of drugs, dangerously volatile sex, and rapidly escalating violence. As he transitions from the role of outsider...

Underdog

Friday, March 20, 2015 9:20 AM - 11:00 AM

Underdog(Svenskjävel)

UNDERDOG depicts a grim new Swedish reality that belies the country’s image as a nation of socially enlightened families living in bright IKEA-filled spaces. Dino, an aimless young woman estranged from her alcoholic father, is the face of modern Sweden. Like 80,000 of her countrymen, she has fled unemployment for a new life in Oslo. But in Norway she’s treated like a dog, caught in a destructive spiral of day labor and a chaotic living situation. Dino finds a part-time job in a sushi restaurant owned by Steffen, a former tennis pro who’s raising two daughters while his wife is...

Unlikely Heroes

Monday, March 23, 2015 2:25 PM - 4:00 PM

Unlikely Heroes(Schweizer Helden)

Sabine, a middle-aged psychotherapist’s assistant, doesn’t have much to look forward to this Christmas. Her daughter and ex-husband are off to Jamaica for the holidays, and her so-called friends purposely neglected to include Sabine in their annual trip to a resort in St. Moritz. But when an accident leads Sabine to a center for asylum seekers in Switzerland, she concocts a slapdash plan that may just make this holiday season worthwhile. Against all odds Sabine sets out to direct the asylum seekers in a rendition of Friedrich Schiller’s play about the Swiss hero William Tell. And what her diverse cast...

Uyghurs, Prisoners of the Absurd

Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:10 PM - 1:50 PM

Uyghurs, Prisoners of the Absurd(Ouïghours, Prisonniers de l'absurde)

Uyghurs are a Turkic Islamic group living in the Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region in China, an area they refer to as East Turkistan. A 1997 march for religious freedom resulted in their violent oppression by the Communist Party. UYGHURS, PRISONERS OF THE ABSURD follows the travails of three members of this persecuted group who escaped China for the Middle East, only to be captured and sold as terrorists to American forces. Following 9/11, the United States announced a reward for information leading to the capture of Taliban leaders. Sold by Afghanis for U.S. dollars, the Uyghurs were sent to Guantánamo,...

Villa Touma

Monday, March 23, 2015 11:40 AM - 1:05 PM

Villa Touma

At 18 years old, Badia Touma can no longer reside in the orphanage where she spent her childhood. Instead, she is off to live in a villa in Ramallah with her three reclusive aunts, Juliette, Violette, and Antoinette. Devout Christians, the three women have always disapproved of Badia, whose deceased mother was Muslim. With hopes of ridding themselves of Badia as soon as possible, the aunts set out to find their niece a husband. Abiding by old-fashioned ideas of courtship and aristocracy, they insist Badia learn to speak French, take piano lessons, and practice proper etiquette. Then they parade her...

Violet

Friday, March 20, 2015 2:35 PM - 4:00 PM

Violet

During a routine trip to the mall, 15-year-old Jesse’s best friend is violently attacked at random. The attackers do not confront or acknowledge Jesse, and Jesse does not engage or pursue the attackers… he simply backs away. Why did this happen? Could Jesse have done more? Did he have an obligation? These are the questions posed by VIOLET, a carefully calibrated character study of the process of coping in the midst of senseless trauma. Jesse’s parents and friends all seem to have their own (often destructive) reactions to the incident, but it’s the parents of the victim to whom he...

Waste Land

Monday, March 23, 2015 11:50 AM - 1:30 PM

Waste Land

As Leo drops off his son at school, he whispers in his ear, “Be careful… don’t hurt anyone.” At age six, his son already knows how to use a gun. This is the result of Leo’s occupation as a homicide detective working in Brussels’ seamy underworld, and Leo’s wife doesn’t approve of his proximity to danger. When she discovers she’s pregnant, it spurs her to condemn the underlying subtext of violence in her family. As Leo is assigned to a heinous crime involving a Congolese immigrant, he begins to drift into a deeply psychological entanglement that has ramifications beyond his...

Wildlike

Friday, March 20, 2015 11:45 AM - 1:25 PM

Wildlike

Mackenzie – a doe-eyed 14-year-old with tousled hair, torn clothes, and too much black eyeliner – is sent to live with her thirty-something uncle in Juneau, Alaska. Surrounded by vast forests, picturesque mountains, and spectacular waters, Juneau might provide an ideal retreat for this troubled teen, coping with the recent death of her father and current absence of her mother. Still, something is just not right about her awkward uncle: he showers her with a few too many gifts and comments far too often on how “adult” she looks. When living with her uncle becomes unbearable, Mackenzie makes a hasty...

The Young Kieslowski

Friday, March 27, 2015 2:10 PM - 3:45 PM

The Young Kieslowski

Brian Kieslowski is an awkward college student reluctantly clinging to his “v-card” when he meets the girl of his dreams, Leslie (also awkward and a card carrying member of the “v-club”). When they engage in losing their virginity together, all seems right in the world for young Brian. Until Leslie realizes she’s pregnant. With twins. THE YOUNG KIESLOWSKI is a hilarious and touching comedy about young lovers navigating through the world of immaturity, responsibility, and impending parenthood. The choice to keep the babies doesn’t come easy to Brian (neither does breaking the news to his parents), but Leslie goes full...

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