40th CIFF College Program

Thursday, March 31 9:00 AM - Sunday, April 10 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 40th 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:  

Shorts Program 09

Tuesday, April 05, 2016 9:15 AM - 10:50 AM

Shorts Program 09

91%

Thursday, April 07, 2016 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

91%

Gun violence in America has sadly become a common occurrence. According to the Center for American Progress, an average of 33,000 people are killed by guns each year. It’s gotten so bad even kids aren’t spared; the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre had President Obama in tears on national television. After all these tragic events, you would think our government would have been fast at work on a solution. Unfortunately, many elected officials choose inaction for fear of alienating second amendment advocates and the National Rifle Association. If you turn on cable news, you’ll hear a heated debate about...

1944

Thursday, April 07, 2016 1:35 PM - 3:15 PM

1944

Staring death in the face with bombs and bullets flying is an occupational hazard for a soldier. But it helps to know who, or what, you are fighting for. In the summer and fall of 1944, Estonians were caught in the murky middle of fierce fighting between Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Russia. With World War II raging, men were sliced and diced into confused allegiances. The result: Estonians killing each other. Some wore the uniform of the Waffen SS; others served in the Red Army. “I don’t recognize myself,” laments one fighter. “It feels like you’re outside your own body.”...

AAAAAAAAH!

Friday, April 08, 2016 11:35 PM - 1:00 AM

AAAAAAAAH!

Though the apartments, streets, and humans all appear to exist in present-day London, these characters act like they’re from another time and place. They cook dinner naked, sling bodily waste like Nerf balls, and speak to each other in pained vowels; statements and questions that sound more like “ooh ooh ah ah uh uh?” than anything conceivably resembling a human tongue. Are they advanced iterations of apes? Are they civilized Homo sapiens? Best categorized as a soap opera composed of familial monkey business, Steve Oram’s horror-comedy-drama is like a nightmare after a terrible family trip to the zoo. Amazingly, these...

The Adderall Diaries

Friday, April 01, 2016 1:40 PM - 3:10 PM

The Adderall Diaries

Stephen Elliott (James Franco) spun his tortured youth into a wildly successful memoir THE ADDERALL DIARIES. When his publisher (Cynthia Nixon) lands him a lauded contract for a follow-up, pressure mounts as he silently fights the constraints of writer’s block. But an unexpected and very public visit from the father he claimed was dead (a riveting Ed Harris) brings to light accusations that shake the book’s entire foundation. Now faced with both producing work and repairing his reputation, for inspiration he becomes transfixed on a local murder trial he sees as a parallel to his own life. A romance with...

Akron

Wednesday, April 06, 2016 1:50 PM - 3:15 PM

Akron

Benny and Christopher are very much in love. Students at the University of Akron, they meet during a football game and soon these beautiful young men are inseparable. Benny's very accepting family embraces his new lover. And when Christopher invites Benny to his mother's house in Florida for spring break, they set off with both families' blessings. On the eve of departure, Christopher makes a shocking discovery of a past tragic event involving their mothers. He struggles with the decision of whether to let Benny know, which could cause Benny and his family to relive the worst day of their...

Anthropocene

Wednesday, April 06, 2016 11:50 AM - 1:25 PM

Anthropocene

Are we living in a new epoch? While many think we are still in the Holocene period of the geologic timescale, a growing number of scientists are now proposing that we are in fact living in the Anthropocene. For those unfamiliar with the lingo of geology, this concept means human activity is the driving force of our Earth’s ecosystems; what we do has altered our landscape and influenced changes within our soil, deep into the rock strata. It’s believed to have begun nearly 6,000 years ago when agriculture shifted due to a vast expansion in human population. Popularized by Nobel...

The Anthropologist

Monday, April 04, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM

The Anthropologist

THE ANTHROPOLOGIST profiles the lives of renowned anthropologists, Margaret Mead and Susan Crate, through the eyes of their daughters. While Mead’s groundbreaking work shaped the past, Crate’s work is the future. She has dedicated her career to studying the impact climate change has on indigenous people and their communities. The film follows Crate and her teenage daughter, Kathryn, who gains a unique cultural education through their travels. Mead’s daughter, Mary Catherine Bateson ( now in her seventies), followed in her mother’s footsteps as well, publishing several books and teaching anthropology at Harvard University and George Mason University. This compelling documentary...

The Ardennes

Friday, April 01, 2016 11:50 AM - 1:25 PM

The Ardennes(Ardennerna)

Kenneth is fresh out of prison and he’s not one to play games. He’s returned to his family, most notably his brother, Dave, for whom he took the fall. As Kenneth served the majority of a seven-year sentence, Dave walked free… and fell in love with Kenneth’s girlfriend. As you can imagine, having Kenneth back in the house has been a little tense. Prone to fighting at the drop of a hat, Kenneth brings bad luck and bad vibes wherever he goes—whether it’s at Dave’s job, in his home, or just out on the street. But when Kenneth is offered...

An Art That Nature Makes: The Work of Rosamond Purcell

Friday, April 08, 2016 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

An Art That Nature Makes: The Work of Rosamond Purcell

Chronicling the incredible photography of Rosamond Purcell, AN ART THAT NATURE MAKES: THE WORK OF ROSAMOND PURCELL explores an unconventional side of the medium. Obsessed with things others may find mundane or useless, Purcell scours junkyards, libraries, and the back rooms of museums for things she can bring to life with her camera. She also documents oddities in nature, exploring every inch of the strange artifacts she finds. Her incredible pictures can be at polar opposites of the emotional spectrum; from stunningly beautiful to weirdly macabre, they're all equally mesmerizing. The film reveals the artist in her natural element, whether...

Atomic Falafel

Friday, April 01, 2016 1:50 PM - 3:25 PM

Atomic Falafel

A nuclear showdown between Israel and Iran would not normally score high on the laugh-riot meter. But writer-director Dror Shaul manages to raise the weighty premise to high levels of absurdity in his farcical comedy ATOMIC FALAFEL. Nofar is a sassy Israeli teen who desperately wants to lose her virginity. Her Facebook friend, Sharareh, is an equally sassy Iranian singer-songwriter-rapper. Nofar’s mom, Mimi Azrian, sells falafels from a van she navigates through danger zones and has recently taken up with Oli, a German atomic energy investigator who has an allergic reaction to enriched uranium. They all become pawns and players...

Babai

Wednesday, April 06, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Babai

Gezim and his ten-year-old son, Nori, are struggling to make a living in Kosovo in the mid-90s. In their domineering uncle’s home, Gezim and Nori witness the brutality of their uncle towards other family members during his fits of rage. One day Gezim doesn’t return home. He’s fled for a recently united Germany, abandoning Nori to survive on his own. After a few foiled attempts to escape his dead-end future, Nori steals his uncle’s wedding money and sneaks onto a bus to take him out of Kosovo. Now a refugee, Nori’s chances of surviving are diminishing rapidly. The odds that...

A Beginner's Guide to Snuff

Friday, April 08, 2016 1:40 PM - 3:10 PM

A Beginner's Guide to Snuff

Los Angeles is a dreamer’s paradise, where people with visions of stardom flock to follow in the footsteps of matinee idols. But, if you want to make it in a savage town like L.A., you need that killer instinct—and the Winters brothers have just enough gumption necessary to branch out and make their own way. A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO SNUFF is the black black black, like the blackest, comedy of black comedies about trying to shoot your own horror film in a town where the more real something is, the better. Of course, horror movies get made every day. So...

Beyond Laughter & Tears: A Journey of Hope

Friday, April 08, 2016 11:50 AM - 1:10 PM

Beyond Laughter & Tears: A Journey of Hope

WORLD PREMIERE


PseudoBulbar Affect, or PBA, is a neurological disorder that causes uncontrollable outbursts of laughter or crying. It occurs in people who have suffered traumatic brain injuries or strokes, or who have conditions such as Alzheimer's or Multiple Sclerosis. It is still not widely known or spoken of, yet it afflicts nearly two million Americans. They include: Scott, a charming single parent who has MS and is stricken with sudden bursts of hysterical laughter; Dyanna, a retired deputy sheriff and nurse who had a stroke and is now prone to frequently bursting into tears; and Bobby, a truck-driver and...

Blush

Tuesday, April 05, 2016 11:25 AM - 12:50 PM

Blush(Barash)

Naama, a beautiful high school student living outside of Tel Aviv, has a difficult family life. Her father is overbearing with a hair-trigger temper and her mother seems to be obsessing about her older sister, a soldier currently missing. The randomness of her sister’s disappearance clearly weighs on the family. Naama’s life seems lost to her until a new girl at school changes everything. Hershko has everything Naama doesn’t—a slick haircut that makes her undeniably hip, an attitude of unerring coolness, and, most of all, she’s not afraid of anyone or anything. It doesn’t take long for Naama to fall...

Body

Friday, April 08, 2016 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Body(Cialo)

When a suicide victim he finds hanging in the park gets up and walks away, Prosecutor Janusz is unmoved. A widower whose daughter, Olga, became anorexic after her mother's death, Janusz has seen most everything life and death can do to the body. Olga's therapist, Anna, also has experience with the dead. She composes letters for them, channeling their messages through spirit writing. As Olga's illness worsens, Janusz begins noticing signs of a presence in his home, one that Anna knows is Janusz’ wife trying to reach him. With quietly disturbing skill, BODY tells a moving story of healing and...

Brother

Thursday, March 31, 2016 11:15 AM - 1:10 PM

Brother(Broer)

Mark’s life is about to change. He wakes up one morning to find a videotape in the mail from a wealthy former lover of his deceased brother, Michel. Mark had always lived in the shadow of his brother and still holds a grudge after Michel had an affair with his wife. Mark watches Grace, the wealthy former lover who is unaware of Michel’s death, make a startling confession on the videotape: she has always loved Michel and wants him to return to her. After much thought and the goading of a scrappy mechanic named Ronnie, Mark decides to impersonate his...

Der Bunker

Wednesday, April 06, 2016 11:45 AM - 1:10 PM

Der Bunker

When beginning work on your newest scholarly studies you need silence, solitude, and maybe a lake view. What you don’t need is a bunker in the middle of the German woods where the host family consists of a control-freak father and a mother who insists that the alien overlord living in her leg is preparing their child to be President of the United States (aliens, evidently, have a very loose interpretation of our nation’s laws). When a young nameless student is invited to the titular bunker for peace and quiet so he can begin his work, he unwittingly becomes tutor...

Bunny the Killer Thing

Saturday, April 02, 2016 11:25 PM - 12:55 AM

Bunny the Killer Thing

If you take the campiest of the campy 80s horror films, mix in a little bit of the idea that a production assistant in a lizard costume could pass for Godzilla, throw in some “Suicide Kings,” and top it all off with outtakes from “Porky’s,” you’ll get the first ten minutes of BUNNY THE KILLER THING. After that, you’re really on your own. And, as the characters in this Finnish comedy-horror can attest, on your own is a very dangerous place to be when a six-foot rabbit, whose longest appendage isn’t its ears, is coming after you and your …...

Buried Above Ground

Tuesday, April 05, 2016 1:50 PM - 3:10 PM

Buried Above Ground

Soldiers returning from battle, victims of domestic abuse, and survivors of traumatic ordeals all experience different results of what they’ve been through. In the searing documentary, BURIED ABOVE GROUND, we are introduced to three brave people as they try to live with the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Luis, a combat veteran; Ashley, a native of New Orleans who survived Katrina; and Erundina, who has endured domestic abuse her entire life and now fights drug addiction. Giving unprecedented access into each person’s struggles with PTSD, this film provides the much needed perspective into how people suffering from this condition...

The C Word

Thursday, April 07, 2016 1:40 PM - 3:10 PM

The C Word

After being nominated for an Oscar® for producing Michael Moore's “Sicko,” filmmaker Meghan O'Hara was diagnosed with cancer. While conducting cancer research, neuroscientist David Servan-Schreiber was diagnosed with brain cancer. Wait, don't turn the page. This is not a depressing film about decay and death. Quite the opposite. Meghan met David through his research into the lifestyle choices that cause cancer and the tools we all have to prevent it. She began documenting his confrontations with the twin demons that make us a cancer-prone culture. First is a consumer culture that aims to addict people to unhealthy products and choices....

Café Derby

Thursday, March 31, 2016 2:15 PM - 3:55 PM

Café Derby

Georges can sell anything, and he can convince you it’s a damn good investment. Be it “water softeners,” organic foot remedies, experimental laundry detergent, or any other conceivably worthless item, Georges will sell it to you at a 100-franc discount. But his alternative moneymaking schemes often go awry, and his family of five is financially suffering because of the risks he takes. When Georges gets word the Pope is coming to an open field next to his home, he hatches the grandest plan of all: a full vendor market selling beer, burgers, and plenty of souvenirs. His family remains skeptical,...

Cecilia

Wednesday, April 06, 2016 2:10 PM - 3:30 PM

Cecilia

The ugly horrors of child trafficking are examined in Pankaj Johar’s enlightening documentary CECILIA. Johar and his wife, Sunaina, live in New Delhi. When their maid, Cecilia, learns her 14-year-old daughter, Mati, has died, the Johars join her in a lengthy legal ordeal. Was Mati murdered? Did she kill herself? Who is responsible? The young girl represents thousands of children taken from poor villages and sent to work in India’s cities. Cecilia’s anguish grows as she receives little help from the police or the people back in her village (who are being threatened or bribed). On the upside, we are...

Chucks

Thursday, March 31, 2016 9:20 AM - 10:55 AM

Chucks

Still reeling from a lack of closure after her brother’s death, Mae has channeled her pain into rebellion. Her relationship with her mother has soured, and she spends her time with a rowdy group of punks, drinking heavily and tagging the walls of Vienna with graffiti. The fun and games finally come to an end when Mae is arrested and sentenced to community service at the local AIDS clinic. Her life begins to change when she meets a patient named Paul. The two become smitten, and when Mae is booted from the run down compound her buddies share, she moves...

Clear Years

Thursday, April 07, 2016 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Clear Years(Les Année Claires)

Director Frédéric Guillaume likes adventure, freedom, and intoxication. So when the love of his life gets pregnant, he is naturally concerned about how a baby will affect his lifestyle. He is constantly filming his experiences as a way to face his fears and as “something to hold onto in troubled times.” Thus his entire life becomes the subject of his lens. CLEAR YEARS follows Guillaume through the ten years of his relationship with his girlfriend, Claire, including their courtship, the birth of their daughter, and all the pitfalls of a contemporary relationship when two people with independent lives try to...

collective:unconscious

Wednesday, April 06, 2016 2:20 PM - 3:40 PM

collective:unconscious

Have you ever tried and failed to explain one of your dreams to another person? Maybe the retelling isn’t as compelling… maybe the problem was in the way you told the story. The filmmakers in COLLECTIVE:UNCONSCIOUS pawn out their dreams to other storytellers. Each filmmaker records one of their dreams and passes it on to another director to realize the writer’s unconscious vision. The results are breathtaking: they include a lyrical black-and-white planet where citizens are hypnotized by an omnipotent voice counting sheep; a hysterical, enraging game show in which a grim reaper from “the department of black death” condemns...

Coming Through the Rye

Tuesday, April 05, 2016 11:35 AM - 1:10 PM

Coming Through the Rye

Having adapted The Catcher in the Rye to a play, Jamie Schwartz (Alex Wolff of the Nat & Alex Wolff band) leaves his swank prep school in search of the book’s reclusive author, J.D. Salinger (Oscar® winner Chris Cooper). Bullied at school and feeling more and more like his hero Holden Caufield, Jamie is searching for answers that can only come from the people we want to be–even if the people we want to be are fictional. COMING THROUGH THE RYE is a coming-of-age story steeped in the humor, charm, and angst that made the book an international best seller....

Country: Portraits of an American Sound

Thursday, April 07, 2016 9:20 AM - 10:50 AM

Country: Portraits of an American Sound

Cowboy hats. Boots. Rhinestones. Johnny Cash’s obsession with black. Dolly Parton’s not-so-subtle dresses. These are just a few of the fashion phases that country music has inspired throughout the years. We often think of music only in terms of its sound, but its visual style can be just as integral to its appeal. This engaging documentary chronicles the history of the genre through the lenses of such notable photographers as Les Leverett, Raeanne Rubenstein, and Henry Diltz. It also features interviews with Merle Haggard, Lyle Lovett, LeAnn Rimes, The Band Perry, Tanya Tucker, Garth Brooks, Keith Urban, Roseanne Cash, Marty...

Daddy

Tuesday, April 05, 2016 2:05 PM - 3:35 PM

Daddy

“Who's your Daddy?” quips Colin, a studly middle-aged gay man who is diving into both a new TV talk show and a stream of hot, young lovers. Stewart, his lifelong best friend, is a plain, socially awkward loner trying to reboot his career. They've been through everything together, but their friendship is about to be jolted. That jolt arrives in the form of a gorgeous young intern at Colin's station named Tee. Tee is enamored by the Colin’s celebrity, and Colin is seduced by the younger man's beauty. Stewart senses danger from the start, but his efforts to warn Colin...

Deep Time

Monday, April 04, 2016 11:35 AM - 1:05 PM

Deep Time

A 2014 study found that the city of Williston, ND had the highest average rent in the U.S., besting NYC, L.A., and DC. North Dakota has become the nation’s second-largest oil producer, and with that distinction comes the inevitable boom to its economy. While ND’s oil boom is great for those in the industry, the insightful documentary DEEP TIME asks at what cost. Including interviews with leaders of the indigenous peoples, NASA scientists, and some of the transplant roughnecks working the oil rigs, DEEP TIME takes an all-encompassing look at how a small town can become a symbol of the...

Demimonde

Tuesday, April 05, 2016 11:40 AM - 1:10 PM

Demimonde(Félvilág)

Set in 1910s Budapest, DEMIMONDE tells the scandalous story of Elza Magnas, a wealthy prostitute tangled in a messy web of lust. Her incredibly rich boyfriend, Max, keeps their relationship a secret, unaware that when he’s away, she’s sleeping with a much younger poet named Gregely. Her housekeeper, Rozsi, is also quite fond of Elza, and there’s a past between them that creates a thick layer of tension. When Rozsi hires a naive young maid named Kato (a breakout performance by Laura Dobrosi), things get even more complicated. Rozsi becomes obsessive and jealous when Elza and Kato develop a close...

Desert Migration

Wednesday, April 06, 2016 2:15 PM - 3:35 PM

Desert Migration

Meet the Lazarus Men—the gay men who survived the Dark Ages of the AIDS epidemic into the New Era of protease inhibitors and life-extending cocktails. These are the men who never expected to see old or even middle age; men now facing the challenge of not just aging, but aging with HIV. While many seem to have tucked the issue of AIDS away, it is very much present for the Lazarus Men. Once again they find themselves pioneers in a frontier as uncertain as the early days of AIDS. In the desert town of Palm Springs, California, a community has...

Doglegs

Friday, April 01, 2016 2:05 PM - 3:35 PM

Doglegs

Tokyo, 1996—the cameras begin rolling as a small community of disabled individuals bands together to form a boxing league called Doglegs. Headed by Shintaro, an effervescent boxer who has never won a match, Doglegs participants range from nearly full-body paralysis to those living with autism, each and every one fighting together in the same league. The fights range from traditional boxing to mixed martial arts and even WWE-level theatrics as participants are tossed around the ring while the audience sits on edge. Shintaro’s long-time rival is Kitajima, known in the ring only as “Antithesis,” a burly boxer who is not...

Dough

Friday, April 01, 2016 11:40 AM - 1:15 PM

Dough

Nat is a Jewish baker desperately trying to save his family business. All his customers are moving or dying, and a ruthless developer wants to buy him out. Ayyash is a young Muslim immigrant trying to remove himself and his mother from poverty. He is looking for a cover job—something to legitimize the sudden big money he hopes to make working for a local drug supplier. When Nat's apprentice leaves him, Ayyash gets the position. Soon he is secretly selling pot from the bakery. When a stash accidentally gets mixed into the dough, sales suddenly increase and new customers bloom....

Embers

Friday, April 08, 2016 9:20 AM - 10:45 AM

Embers

In a not-too-distant future, an infection has plagued the human race. Despite their ragged clothes and decrepit surroundings, people look and act the same, except for one thing—they can't form new memories. A man and a woman wake up next to each other, wearing similar pieces of cloth tied around their wrists. They dub each other “Ben” and “Jenny,” try to piece together their relationship, and search for a better place to live. Meanwhile, a small boy wanders the city aimlessly by himself. An agitated teen wrecks anything that gets in his way. And a professor tries to defeat the...

Enclave

Thursday, April 07, 2016 11:25 AM - 12:55 PM

Enclave

Nenad rides to school in an armored tank, traveling from his Serbian enclave into hostile Albanian territory. He has no friends his age; only his dying grandfather and an elderly priest awaiting a new bell for his church. But even in war-torn Kosovo, not all innocence and magic of childhood can be destroyed. When two Albanian boys hesitantly befriend Nenad, and when Nenad arranges for them to ride in his tank, barriers begin to break down. Suddenly, life becomes an adventure of discovery and questioning. New possibilities emerge, even as old hatreds hold fast and rear their ugly heads. ENCLAVE...

Endorphine

Monday, April 04, 2016 2:25 PM - 3:50 PM

Endorphine

What if linear time is an illusion? As a young girl, Simone witnesses the jarring murder of her mother in an industrial stairwell. Twenty years later and now in her early thirties, Simone is haunted by the traumatic incident involving her mother. In one dream Simone can control the sun. In another dream, her mother removes one of Simone's fingers, painlessly. Is it her mother she sees in the grainy security videos while at work? Simone lies awake at night sweating in fear; her husband comforts her as she realizes her mind cannot distinguish between reality and dreams. She lectures...

Eva Nová

Friday, April 08, 2016 2:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Eva Nová

Eva Nová fell from grace in the public eye. Once a stunning young starlet, Eva’s alcoholism became tabloid fodder as she spiraled further and further out of control. Now 62 years old and on her third stint in rehab, she’s desperately attempting to reconnect with Dod'o, the estranged son she abandoned in her recklessness. Writer-director Marko Skop’s acclaimed past documentary work keenly emerges in his fiction feature debut, which intimately follows Eva with stark naturalism through every stumble toward redemption. As Eva, the renowned Emilia Vášáryová knowingly captures the precarious nature of an actress trying to play the role of...

Every Face Has a Name

Monday, April 04, 2016 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Every Face Has a Name

In April 1945 thousands of refugees arrived by boat in Malmo, Sweden. These were people of all nationalities, fleeing the concentration camps and other horrors of World War II. Cameras were there that day, filming the bewildered, hopeful, and frightened faces that disembarked to be processed into new lives and freedom. Filmmaker Magnus Gertten was haunted by this footage. He used the passenger lists from that time and set out to find as many of these people—the names behind that sea of faces—as possible. EVERY FACE HAS A NAME takes us from this startling archival footage into the homes and...

February

Saturday, April 02, 2016 11:20 PM - 12:55 AM

February

Kat (Kiernan Shipka) and Rose (Lucy Boynton) are in different grades at a prestigious prep school for girls, where they are stranded after their parents mysteriously fail to retrieve them for winter break. Meanwhile, a haunted young woman, Joan (Emma Roberts), makes a bloody pilgrimage across a frozen landscape toward the school. As Joan gets closer, Kat is plagued by increasingly terrifying visions, and Rose can only look on in horror as her younger schoolmate becomes possessed by an unseen evil force. What at first seems to be a coming-of-age story about two girls at different stages of maturation, turns...

Fifty

Monday, April 04, 2016 2:40 PM - 4:20 PM

Fifty

In the glittering African city of Lagos, four remarkable women are confronting their 50th year. Tola is a mega-controlling reality TV star, who is celebrating her birthday by televising it. Kate is a party planner, who has fanatically turned to Jesus to save a struggling marriage and hide from a potentially serious illness. Maria is a powerful businesswoman, who has just discovered an adulterous affair has left her pregnant. And Elizabeth is a fertility specialist, who manages her patients’ lives, but not so much her own. FIFTY runs on high wattage diva power and performances as glamorous as they are...

Follow

Friday, April 08, 2016 11:30 PM - 12:50 AM

Follow

Starving artist, Quinn, wakes up on Christmas morning to find himself in an egregious situation. His memory of the night before is foggy at best. The last thing he can recall is exchanging gifts with his girlfriend, Thana, who was acting incredibly strange. How those events led to the bloody mess he woke up to is a total mystery; the details come to him at a slow drip, with each burst revealing something more unsettling. While normally a calm and collected guy, panic and paranoia over his predicament have ignited a downward spiral. Eventually his newfound insanity leads to a...

Front Cover

Monday, April 04, 2016 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM

Front Cover

Ryan is a career-driven fashion stylist whose dream is to get the cover of a prestigious magazine. When the cover is assigned to a rival, Ryan is given a consolation assignment: to re-style Ning, a rising young Asian actor, for his introduction to American audiences. Ryan, who is also Asian but American-raised and openly gay, clashes immediately with the culturally proud and very machismo Ning. The manly and handsome actor makes no effort to hide his homophobic reactions. Ryan is outraged at having to endure these attitudes, but he knows this assignment will make or end his career. With varying...

Gala & Godfrey

Friday, April 08, 2016 1:20 PM - 3:20 PM

Gala & Godfrey

Love is like an old LP: the hits aren't that good and the B-side is more interesting. Emulating an old vinyl record, this witty and irresistible film is made of short, episodic visual “tracks.” They chart the hurricane-force rise, fall, and chaotic aftermath of the marriage of Godfrey, a cocky Brit who sings lead in a rock band, and Gala, a perky American who wants love and stability. What begins as a fairy-tale romance between opposites soon becomes a showdown between warring kingdoms. But divorce is only the beginning. Mixing squirm-in-your-seat humor with palpable sexual tension, this film follows the...

Gold Coast

Friday, April 01, 2016 11:15 AM - 1:10 PM

Gold Coast(Guldkysten)

When Danish botanist Wulff Joseph Wulff set sail for Africa in 1836, he thought he was on a mission to establish a coffee plantation in what was then Danish Guinea (now Ghana). But soon after arriving, Wulff learned there were sinister forces swirling in the thick forests. Daniel Dencik’s GOLD COAST charts Wulff’s Heart of Darkness-like journey from well-intentioned innocence to disillusioned interloper as he runs afoul of brutal slave traders and corrupt government officials. The constant subtext: Wulff’s obsession with exotic plant life and the beautiful landscapes that fuel his philosophical musings about humanity, morality, and the circular patterns...

Heil

Friday, April 01, 2016 11:20 AM - 1:05 PM

Heil

U.S. PREMIERE


The Neo-Nazis in the little town of Prittwitz aren't doing well. Half of their members are spies for competing White Supremacy groups. Some of them can't spell “white power” correctly. Arriving in Prittwitz for a conference on integration and tolerance is Sebastian, an African-German author. Moments after arriving, he is conked on the head by a Nazi and loses all memory, able only to repeat the last thing said to him. The local Neo-Nazis, who want to invade Poland, see a chance to use him as the unlikeliest of messengers. But Sebastian's pregnant girlfriend and the one honest...

Henry Gamble's Birthday Party

Thursday, March 31, 2016 11:50 AM - 1:15 PM

Henry Gamble's Birthday Party

Henry Gamble has a bit of a problem. His father is an Evangelical megachurch preacher, but Henry isn’t likely to follow in his footsteps. It seems like he has feelings for other boys at school, which could put him on a dangerous collision course with his family and their beliefs. Things reach a fever pitch at Henry’s 17th birthday party, as the outdoor pool fills up with chlorine, schoolmates, and mounting tension. Henry’s parents have their own struggles, wrestling with the fallout of a particularly difficult incident that drives a wedge between them and their friends. When the partygoers arrive,...

The Here After

Friday, April 08, 2016 2:30 PM - 4:10 PM

The Here After(Efterskalv)

John did a bad, bad thing. Though it takes a long time to assemble the story, we know it is something evil enough to influence an entire town. Even to make everyone hate him with every fiber of their being. John is still a teenager and fresh out of a two-year stint in prison. Now he has to reintegrate himself with his family, classmates, and hometown. But John can’t even make a trip to the grocery store without being accosted and pummeled by one of the mothers in town. It doesn’t take long for the hostility surrounding John to swell...

Here Is Harold

Wednesday, April 06, 2016 11:25 AM - 12:50 PM

Here Is Harold(Her er Harold)

For 40 years Harold and Marny have had a successful furniture store and marriage in Bergen, Norway. As illness threatens Marny, IKEA opens a store next to Harold's. Within a shockingly brief time, he loses both his wife and his livelihood. Everything he has worked for and loved has been taken, and Harold blames IKEA's founder, Ingvar Kamprad. Driven to desperation, Harold torches his store and sets out for revenge. He plans to kidnap Kamprad. How he will do this is unclear. Kamprad won't just climb into Harold’s car. Well, actually he does. Now that Harold really has him at...

Home Care

Tuesday, April 05, 2016 2:10 PM - 3:40 PM

Home Care(Domácí Péče)

In this world there are givers and takers. Vlasta has spent her entire life at the beckoning of others. Like clockwork, she patiently makes her routine rounds as an in-home care nurse, often walking through the sprawling rural landscapes to make ends meet. When she returns home, she’s met by her dispassionate but loyal husband, Láda, who takes her tenderness for granted. One night, as Vlasta treks home in the rain, an accident leads to a discovery about her well-being that will shake up their quiet daily lives. As she lets go of her stringent beliefs in science, she scrambles...

House of Time

Friday, April 01, 2016 11:35 AM - 1:00 PM

House of Time

HOUSE OF TIME begins with a group of buddies who have been mysteriously summoned to the remote castle of their zany friend, Robert. There, he tells them about studies he's been conducting on a Nazi time travel program, headed by an SS Quantum Physicist named Hans Kimmler. Robert is certain that by following Kimmler's plans, he has developed a device that will transport them back 70 years to 1944. After an impassioned speech, his friends look at each other puzzled, with one of them quipping, “Cut out the coke, Robert.” But, when the clock strikes 11:57, Robert presses the button,...

How Heavy This Hammer

Friday, April 01, 2016 2:20 PM - 3:35 PM

How Heavy This Hammer

Life is sliding away from Erwin, a married, middle-aged father of two sons who’s content to waste his days in front of a computer game or fall asleep during family outings. A closed book of a man, he’s unwilling to discuss his laisse-faire tendencies when confronted by his patient wife. But while his dimming joie de vivre is the center of HOW HEAVY THIS HAMMER, director-screenwriter Kazik Radwanski’s sharp use of close-up angles in this character study invites you in to places where Erwin has long faded out. The few sparks of joy he does exude—usually revolving around rugby, beers...

I Am Sun Mu

Friday, April 08, 2016 11:25 AM - 12:55 PM

I Am Sun Mu

I AM SUN MU introduces us to Sun Mu, a North Korean defector who originally escaped the country simply because he was starving, not to rebel against its extreme dictatorship. In fact, Sun Mu was championed by the government for his artistic skills, which they utilized to create propaganda posters. But even for a valued citizen, life in North Korea was rough. Food was scarce, and the constant hunger was crippling. It wasn’t until he made it to China that he discovered the dire conditions back home were intentional. This shocking revelation led Sun Mu on a mission to use...

I Promise You Anarchy

Friday, April 01, 2016 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

I Promise You Anarchy(Te prometo anarquía)

Miguel, a handsome skater from a middle-class family, and Johnny, a tattooed low-life who lives in an industrial container, are “milkers”—minor Mexico City criminals who sell the blood of volunteers (whom they refer to as cows) on the black market. At the lucrative price of 3,000 pesos per blood bag, they skate around the city tracking down desperate working class citizens willing to donate. Miguel and Johnny also happen to be in love, despite the abundant ridicule they face from their fellow conspirators. Complicating their relationship, Adri, a spindly seductress, constantly threatens to steal Johnny from Miguel. When a major...

In Pursuit of Silence

Tuesday, April 05, 2016 11:50 AM - 1:10 PM

In Pursuit of Silence

When avant-garde composer, John Cage, entered a sealed vacuum chamber in Boston, he waited a moment before noticing two sounds: one high and one low. He left the chamber to tell the technician of the malfunction and the technician said, “The higher sound is your nervous system, the lower sound is blood circulating through your veins.” It was then Cage realized that every living entity is connected through sound. Patrick Shen’s IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE utilizes archival footage of Cage to achieve a waking-dream meditation on what silence means, both when we choose to be silent and when we choose...

Indian Point

Monday, April 04, 2016 11:40 AM - 1:15 PM

Indian Point

Just 25 miles north of New York City is a nuclear power plant called Indian Point Energy Center. It was designed in the 1950s, shortly after President Dwight Eisenhower called for peaceful uses of nuclear power in his “Atoms for Peace” speech. It officially opened in Buchanan, New York in 1962, receiving the world’s first permit for a power plant. The facility has been controversial in recent years, due to its lack of an evacuation plan, environmental concerns, and its proximity to a major city making it a possible target for terrorism. A heated debate over its safety hit a...

Kafka's The Burrow

Thursday, March 31, 2016 2:05 PM - 3:55 PM

Kafka's The Burrow(Kafkas Der Bau)

Franz lives in a high security, prison-like apartment complex with his wife and children. Franz senses threats gathering against him, threats that are mounting and that even his manic additional security measures may not deter. What are these dangers amassing about him? Who is behind them? Who has installed these surveillance cameras? And what is this door found behind peeling wallpaper? Franz retreats to the deepest part of his apartment, an area he calls The Burrow, which is the only place he feels safe. Here he plots and theorizes, filming his own record of events. As his fears mount, the...

King Jack

Friday, April 08, 2016 2:35 PM - 3:55 PM

King Jack

In the canon of coming-of-age films wherein young men from the forgotten pockets of society must learn to blaze their own trails out of squalor, there is very little room for more members—though many have tried. It may be time for the likes of “The Outsiders,” “Stand By Me,” and “Good Will Hunting” to make room for director Felix Thompson’s triumphant KING JACK. Jack (a pitch-perfect performance by Charlie Plummer) is a 15-year-old left to his own devices, beaten by older townie kids, and chasing a girl who’s no good for him. But, when his younger cousin comes to stay...

Krisha

Tuesday, April 05, 2016 1:45 PM - 3:10 PM

Krisha

KRISHA, a pill-popping, booze-swilling hippie, has lived her life as the black sheep. After a decade of battling her inner demons, she returns home for Thanksgiving following years of estrangement. The mysterious arrival brings tension to an otherwise familiar holiday gathering that swells as each layer of the past is slowly unraveled. Soon, family secrets are unearthed, lies are revealed, and trust is broken. “You are heartbreak incarnate, lady; you are a leaver,” her brother-in-law snarls. Writer-director Trey Edward Shults shot the film almost entirely in his parents' Texas home and cast his aunt, mother, grandma, and himself as members...

L'attesa

Tuesday, April 05, 2016 11:45 AM - 1:25 PM

L'attesa

Possession and control drive the precarious relationship between two women in L’ATTESA. Inside an enormous villa in the mountains of eastern Sicily, Anna (Juliette Binoche) is welling over with grief after the loss of her son, Giuseppe. His French girlfriend, Jeanne, arrives on the scene apparently oblivious to the recent tragic events. She has not heard from Giuseppe for days and leaves a barrage of voicemails on his phone wondering where he is. The backdrop is beautiful. The villa is cold and foreboding. Anna and Jeanne are meeting for the first time, and Anna cannot bring herself to tell Jeanne...

A Light Beneath Their Feet

Thursday, March 31, 2016 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

A Light Beneath Their Feet

Orange Is The New Black’s Taryn Manning stars alongside up-and-comer, Madison Davenport, in this completely raw look at the challenging balance between caring for a sick loved one and finding your own independence. Davenport plays Beth, an introverted teen trying to decide where to go to college. Her single mother (Manning) suffers from bi-polar disorder and is barely able to take care of herself. When she misses her meds, it’s an intense scene. Beth’s parents split when she was young, her father unable to handle his wife’s manic outbursts. The divorce left Beth with the difficult responsibility of caring for...

Looking for Grace

Thursday, March 31, 2016 1:45 PM - 3:25 PM

Looking for Grace

After Grace steals the contents of her father’s safe, she sets off a series of events that are far-reaching in their scope and final in their results. LOOKING FOR GRACE is a family tale told in non-linear narrative, which supports its themes of the casualness of destiny. While we get a glimpse of Grace’s exploits as a runaway, including a run-in with the boy who steals her bags, we are also shown how her parents’ lives may have led to the teenager’s transgressions. In searching for their child, Dan (Richard Roxburgh) and Denise (the flawless Radha Mitchell) confront what’s missing...

The Lovers and the Despot

Wednesday, April 06, 2016 11:40 AM - 1:15 PM

The Lovers and the Despot

Kidnapping, power-mad tyrants, glamorous film stars, exotic international spies, imprisoned lovers—this is the stuff from which epic and adrenalin-fueled thrillers are made. Except this one is real. Famed South Korean director, Shin Sang-ok, and his ex-wife and South Korea's most revered film actress, Choi Eun-hee, were kidnapped by North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il. Kim was desperate to raise the international esteem of his country's cinema, so he “invited” the two to make films there. The captive lovers knew their very lives depended on cooperating with Kim's plans. While trying to survive and find the means of escape, their estranged relationship...

Ma Ma

Friday, April 01, 2016 1:45 PM - 3:35 PM

Ma Ma

Penélope Cruz delivers one of her best and most heartfelt performances in this emotional drama about a woman confronting illness, the end of her marriage, and the future of her family. Cruz stars as Magda, a Madrid woman who has recently been laid off from her teaching job, and whose college professor husband has run off with one of his students. As she struggles to raise her young, soccer-crazed son, Dani, she learns she has bigger problems: a diagnosis of breast cancer. As she begins arduous chemotherapy, she befriends a grieving man named Arturo (Luis Tosar), whose wife and daughter...

Madtown

Friday, April 01, 2016 2:10 PM - 4:05 PM

Madtown

WORLD PREMIERE


Denny Briggs isn’t your typical standup comedian. On the run from a very real and very unfunny murder, Denny takes the stage at a hip nightclub in the city and sets himself up to crash and burn. He delivers a ghastly punch line, “The more the audience laughs, the higher the odds are that I’ll die onstage.” The problem is the audience thinks Denny Briggs is hilarious. As they find him more and more engaging, we learn about Denny’s remarkable life story—17 years of driving a forklift (without a driver’s license), a job in a local restaurant specializing...

The Measure of a Man

Thursday, March 31, 2016 2:10 PM - 3:45 PM

The Measure of a Man(La loi du marché)

As the protagonist in this captivating film, actor Vincent Lindon absolutely enthralls as Thierry, a man looking for work and dignity in today’s economic climate. Unemployed, Thierry spends his days training for jobs he’ll likely never get, practicing how to interview for jobs he likely doesn’t want, and facing the harsh realities of a middle-aged man looking for work. Already recognized for his efforts with the Best Actor Award at Cannes, Lindon’s quiet repose and gravity work as the audience’s window into the humiliating world of a man who simply wants to feel some sort of worth to his wife...

Mom and Me

Friday, April 08, 2016 11:35 AM - 12:50 PM

Mom and Me

Set in Oklahoma City—aka the “manliest city in the United States”—MOM AND ME bases itself around a local radio program called The Joe Show. On Mother’s Day, its host, Joe Cristano, asks his male listeners to call in to talk about their relationships with their moms. This very simple set-up blossoms into an intimate sociological look at this unique bond. From a disabled teenager and his overprotective mom, to a middle-aged man dealing with his mother’s Alzheimer's disease, to several sons who are in the process of healing past rifts, this documentary examines the mother/son connection from a variety of...

Motley's Law

Thursday, April 07, 2016 2:05 PM - 3:35 PM

Motley's Law

Kimberley Motley identifies with Wonder Woman. And for good reason: she is tough as nails and suffers no fools. Raised in a bad neighborhood, Kimberley fast-tracked her way to a law degree. In 2008, faced with a chance to earn good money and pay off debt, she moved without her husband and three children to work as a litigator in Kabul, Afghanistan. Even though it was initially about the money, it soon became something much, much more. MOTLEY'S LAW fearlessly follows her into the violent streets and corrupt courts of Kabul on the eve of the American withdrawal. As the...

The New Classmate

Monday, April 04, 2016 11:30 AM - 1:05 PM

The New Classmate

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE


On her first day of school, Appu has no desire to get out of the bed she shares with her single mother, Chanda. Appu would rather spend the day goofing off. After all, as far as Appu can tell, the daughter of a maid has little hope of being employed as anything else. Still, the tenth grade culminates in exams that determine whether Appu will get into college. And Chanda—who works multiple jobs to pay Appu’s tuition—has big dreams for her daughter. When Appu’s apathy hits a new low, Chanda, with the help of her employer, concocts...

The New Man

Wednesday, April 06, 2016 11:35 AM - 12:55 PM

The New Man(El hombre nuevo)

Born to a large family in Nicaragua, Roberto knew the streets by age seven. His parents “lent” him to a refugee Uruguayan family who carried him off into the Sandinista revolution and into the militia at age 12. His family never knew what became of him. Years later Roberto is living openly as Stephania, the woman he always knew he was. She is working as a parking attendant in Montevideo and living on the streets or in hovels as she applies for a legal sex change. Memories of the large family she feels she deserted haunt her. Using social media...

Notes on Blindness

Thursday, April 07, 2016 2:15 PM - 3:40 PM

Notes on Blindness

In 1983, just days after the birth of his son, John Hull went blind. After a lifetime of issues with his sight, Hull was told the loss was permanent. His training as a theologian, as well as his standing as a lecturer and researcher, motivated him not to surrender his place in the world, but rather to explore his blindness and try to make sense of it. He built a team of people to record the great books he needed to read, amassing hundreds of cassettes. Then John began his own audio journal—his own notes on blindness—to document his journey...

Office

Friday, April 01, 2016 11:35 PM - 1:30 AM

Office(O Pi-seu)

You’re late for work. In addition to your boss being upset, something is wrong… the police are standing at the cubicle next to yours. You hear them mention something about a murder. Your coworker leans in and whispers, “You know the hammer murderer in the news? Apparently, it was him.” And then he nods to the cubicle next to you. This is the beginning of the end of your life. Because the hammer murderer is out there and he is coming for you and all of your coworkers. Oh and one more thing, he’s getting more “creative” as he kills....

One Floor Below

Monday, April 04, 2016 11:25 AM - 1:00 PM

One Floor Below(Un Etaj Mal Jos)

Sandu Patrascu is an ordinary middle-aged man. A father to son, Matei, and a dog lover, he runs a car registration business with his wife, Olga. But Patrascu is in an unusual predicament. While returning from a walk with his dog, he overhears his downstairs neighbor, Laura, in a heated argument with Vali, another man in the building. Patrascu pauses at the door—perhaps to see if he should intercede—but Vali storms out of the apartment and threateningly stares at his eavesdropping neighbor. Still a little uneasy, Patrascu goes about his day, only to discover Laura had been murdered while he...

The Ones Below

Monday, April 04, 2016 1:50 PM - 3:15 PM

The Ones Below

Kate and Justin are expecting their first child. They discover their strange and unseen new downstairs neighbors, Teresa and John, are also expecting a child and invite the couple to dinner. All does not go well. At the evening's end, Teresa falls on the stairs and loses her baby. Dreadful accusations are made. The new couple go away to grieve, and Kate has her child. Upon their return, Teresa and John seem eager to apologize and share in the joys of the new infant. Kate is hesitant but finally warms to the grief-stricken couple and even allows Teresa to begin...

Our Last Tango

Wednesday, April 06, 2016 2:05 PM - 3:30 PM

Our Last Tango(Un Tango Más)

The tango is a dance performed with intense feeling. Sometimes that feeling is hate. After a legendary career spanning 50 years, the two most celebrated dancers in the history of the tango reveal this and many other hard-won truths. Now in their 80s, María Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes speak openly about the partnership that swung madly between love and loathing and forever changed the art of the tango. In OUR LAST TANGO, Juan and Maria tell their stories to a group of young tango dancers in Buenos Aires. Through a series of beautifully staged and choreographed tango numbers,...

Out to Win

Friday, April 01, 2016 11:30 AM - 1:10 PM

Out to Win

Sports are our central cultural activity. We pour our hopes, dreams, and passions into it, and out of it rises our heroes and role models. For some of these heroes the price of fame was hiding the truth of who they were: LGBT athletes who knew their fortunes lay strictly in the closet. That began to change in the 1970s with heroic men and women such as David Kopay and Billie Jean King. Today the cultural shift is huge, but it is by no means complete. This joyous film gives us the history of LGBT athletes and the courageous battles...

Paradise Trips

Wednesday, April 06, 2016 1:40 PM - 3:10 PM

Paradise Trips

A bunch of young, free-spirited Belgians hop on a bus headed for an electronic music festival in Croatia. They laugh, they sing, they smoke, they drink. It looks like a rollicking good time for all on board, save one: the grumpy bus driver. Mario is 40 years older than most of his passengers. He has spent decades driving seniors to sun and fun spots on his tour bus (called “Paradise Trips”). Now, on the verge of retirement, he has nothing but scowls for these latter-day hippies. Once they arrive at the outdoor festival, however, Mario gains a new perspective amidst...

Paulina

Thursday, March 31, 2016 11:40 AM - 1:25 PM

Paulina(La Patota)

With her Ph.D. nearly complete and a promising law career in Buenos Aires, Paulina is on the path to success. To the shock and dismay of her father, a prominent judge, she announces her plan to set all this aside in order to teach at an impoverished suburban school. She believes it is the right thing to do, and nobody can dissuade her. After only a short time at this new job, Paulina is attacked one night and brutally raped by a gang. She soon discovers who attacked her and that she may be pregnant as a result. This sets...

Rabin in His Own Words

Tuesday, April 05, 2016 11:20 AM - 1:05 PM

Rabin in His Own Words

“There is nothing harder than defining oneself.” So wrote Yitzhak Rabin in a letter. Now, 20 years after his assassination in 1995, Rabin is given the chance to do precisely that. This extraordinary documentary gathers together a wealth of video footage and personal correspondence. The result is a compelling story that encompasses the greater part of a tumultuous century. Born in 1922 to immigrant parents, Rabin quickly excelled and rose in his country's trust and esteem. From Israel's War of Independence and his days as Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces, to his two elections to Prime Minister...

Resilience

Thursday, March 31, 2016 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Resilience

With the current political climate forcing the dialogue on public health towards the subject of who’s going to pay for it, there is great interest in the issue of preventative healthcare and how we can reduce the number of diseases affecting Americans. RESILIENCE addresses the remarkable Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, which was the first study to connect childhood trauma to many of today’s largest health risks. These include alcohol and drug abuse, depression, STD transmission, smoking, and attempted suicide. Interviews are held with the very doctors behind the landmark ACE Study, educators, and the physicians and social workers who...

Returning Home

Thursday, April 07, 2016 12:10 PM - 1:25 PM

Returning Home(Å vende tilbake)

Fredrik and Oskar are anxious because this is the day their father, Einar, has returned to rural Norway, fresh from a tour with the national army in Afghanistan. Almost immediately Einar criticizes Fredrik’s earring and calls attention to his seemingly rebellious attitude. He also seems to resent his older son’s reluctance to follow in his military footsteps. One day Einar vanishes in the frigid Norwegian wilderness, once again abandoning his two sons. Fredrik and Oskar set out to find him, embarking on a harrowing journey through picturesque mountains and fields. The further they move from civilization, the more their isolation...

Romeo Is Bleeding

Thursday, April 07, 2016 11:30 AM - 1:05 PM

Romeo Is Bleeding

Donté Clark, like many teenagers, had little interest in reading Romeo and Juliet in high school. But now, at age 22, he sees far too many similarities between the tragic tale and his life in Richmond, California—a city overwhelmed by a deadly turf war between two feuding neighborhoods. Donté has witnessed friends and family fall victim to gun violence. Still, he is determined not to share the fate of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers. Director Jason Zeldes’ documentary ROMEO IS BLEEDING follows Donté as spoken word poetry changes the course of his life. Inspired by English teacher Molly Raynor, Donté and his...

Scherzo Diabolico

Saturday, April 09, 2016 11:25 PM - 12:55 AM

Scherzo Diabolico

With nothing but cases of flavored water and potato chips, Anabela, a terrified young beauty, waits shivering in a grimy abandoned factory for her captor’s return. Beneath a skeletal mask that invokes the Mexican Dia de los Muertos is Aram, an overworked accountant making a desperate attempt to blackmail his boss by kidnapping her daughter. Things go methodically according to plan as Aram destroys the lives of those closest to him in his expertly calculated plot. But months later, Anabela discovers an overwhelming capacity for brutal revenge. Suddenly it’s Aram’s life that’s crashing down upon him as Anabela demonstrates how...

Schneider vs. Bax

Friday, April 01, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:35 PM

Schneider vs. Bax

In a thrilling yet darkly comedic twist on the old spy vs. spy genre, SCHNEIDER VS. BAX portrays two hitmen going face-to-face in a life or death game of chess, where neither man is sure which side they’re on. Schneider is the family man—beautiful wife and two adorable young daughters about to celebrate his birthday—when he gets a call to go after Bax (played by director Alex van Warmerdam). “He’s a child killer” is all Schneider knows as he reluctantly goes after his next contract. But shacked up in his own quagmire is Bax, waiting for his own daughter to...

Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story

Thursday, April 07, 2016 11:50 AM - 1:00 PM

Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story

In the 1970s, Falcon Studios defined and dominated the gay porn industry. Featuring the hottest men and the most uninhibited sex, it propelled and documented the gay community's social and physical liberation from stereotypes and prejudice. Although the industry was condemned as much as embraced, it formed an integral part of gay men's lives at the time. Equally as divisive was Falcon co-founder Chuck Holmes, who became a kingpin in the erotic film empire. SEED MONEY: THE CHUCK HOLMES STORY charts the rise and fall of this conflicted man and his cinematic kingdom. Holmes became obsessed with leaving a legacy,...

Sleeping Giant

Wednesday, April 06, 2016 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Sleeping Giant

At an isolated lake house in rural Ontario, three boys pass the time, waiting for summer to end and pining for something to happen. Nate and Riley, two rough-around-the-edges cousins vacationing with Nate’s grandmother, meet Adam, a gentle teen staying with his parents. Adam shows little aggression, yet his frustration chooses to manifest itself in more emotional forms. Nate and Riley show off their toxic, overbearing masculinity on a daily basis. They direct their machismo at every person they come into contact with, Adam being their most notable target. A dangerously high cliff on a remote island has a mysterious...

Staying Alive

Friday, April 01, 2016 9:20 AM - 10:45 AM

Staying Alive

The classic Bee Gees song, Staying Alive, has supposedly saved many lives: its pulsing disco beat mirrors the correct rhythms for life-saving CPR. And if anyone's life needs saving right now, it's Marianne's. Happily married with two beautiful daughters, she discovers her husband, Hakon, is having an affair with a younger woman named Frida. Worse, he thinks he loves her. Suddenly Marianne, the wronged party, finds herself increasingly on the losing end. With nothing to rely on but useless and silly advice from her pregnant girlfriend and her parents (who she finds have their own “arrangements”), Marianne tries to plan...

Summertime

Tuesday, April 05, 2016 1:35 PM - 3:20 PM

Summertime(La belle saison)

Time offers little mercy for star-crossed lovers. Delphine is a young woman who’s broken free of her family’s farm in southern France to head for bustling Paris in the 1970s. After a chance meeting leads her to Carole, the gutsy force behind an outspoken woman’s liberation group, Delphine becomes enraptured with her free spirit. Carole, though already engaged to the progressive Manuel, submits to her advances and begins stealing away for impassioned rendezvous. As desire reaches its swelling peak and Carole reveals their trysts to Manuel, fate unravels the romance when a health emergency sends Delphine back to her hometown....

Sworn Virgin

Monday, April 04, 2016 11:45 AM - 1:10 PM

Sworn Virgin(Vergine giurata)

Identity and gender issues abound in Laura Bispuri’s SWORN VIRGIN. But this intriguing drama is hardly your typical film about sexuality. Hana grew up in the mountains of Northern Albania. To avoid an arranged marriage and to counter second-class citizen status in her brutally chauvinistic village, she adopts the “Kanun code of honor” and agrees to live life as a celibate “man” named Mark. She cuts her hair, binds her breasts, and wears men’s clothing. By his mid-30s, Mark is miserable. He flees the mountains and ends up on the doorstep of his adoptive sister, Lila, in Italy. Lila fled...

Tanna

Tuesday, April 05, 2016 1:40 PM - 3:25 PM

Tanna

On the remote Pacific island of Tanna, covered in rainforest and shadowed by an active volcano, young warrior Dain and maiden Wawa have fallen in love. One day Dain's father is brutally attacked by the Imedin, a neighboring tribe, and now war threatens. To secure lasting peace, the tribal elders promise Wawa as a bride to an Imedin warrior. Dain and Wawa cannot accept this arrangement, even knowing it is the law and the only way to avoid bloodshed. The lovers flee in defiance of tradition, setting off a furious chase and a series of events that endanger everyone. Based...

Tell Spring Not to Come This Year

Tuesday, April 05, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM

Tell Spring Not to Come This Year

TELL SPRING NOT TO COME THIS YEAR follows a group of young soldiers in the Afghan National Army in 2014, around the time NATO troops began to withdraw from the region. With the burden now lying solely on their shoulders, these courageous young men feel the pressure to succeed. Although the realization of doing it alone certainly weighs on them heavily, they are happy to see outside forces leave. They initially welcomed the assistance, but over time resented the attitudes of their allies, witnessing their arrogance and mistreatment of their citizens on many occasions. The images we often see of...

Thank You For Playing

Friday, April 08, 2016 11:45 AM - 1:05 PM

Thank You For Playing

When Ryan Green’s one-year-old son, Joel, was diagnosed with cancer, doctors said he had four months to live. The unfathomable news hit Green and his family hard. Instead of living each day burdened by the inevitable outcome, they decided to make every moment count. For Green, his therapy came in the somewhat unlikely form of video games. As a game designer, he found a creative way to express his feelings. He channeled his family’s experience into an extremely profound game called That Dragon, Cancer. His wife and sons got involved, too, lending their voices and likenesses to the project. Joel...

Those People

Friday, April 08, 2016 11:10 AM - 12:40 PM

Those People

At first glance, Charles, Sebastian, and their friends live in a world far removed from most of us. They reside in rooms lined with priceless works of renaissance art and in buildings that overlook sweeping vistas of Central Park. But there’s something hiding beneath the sheen of their haute culture. Sebastian, whose father swindled millions from the masses in a Madoff-style scheme, is now known as “the son of the most hated man in New York.” His father’s former colleagues, the press, and his neighbors all equally shun him. Charles may be the only person who loves Sebastian, always putting...

Traders

Thursday, March 31, 2016 1:50 PM - 3:20 PM

Traders

“If you ever find yourself in a fight to the death, take my advice: Go for the throat,” says Harry. It’s a dog beat dog world out there after the latest financial crisis, and those who were bloodthirsty in their quest for making money are now looking for a new sport in the Irish film TRADERS. When the company Harry (Killian Scott) and Vernon (John Bradley from Game of Thrones) work for loses billions in the stock market and goes belly-up, the friends are just two out of a throng of unemployed former businessmen looking for ways to continue their...

Trapped

Wednesday, April 06, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:20 PM

Trapped

Dawn Porter’s TRAPPED just received the Special Jury Prize for U.S. Documentary at Sundance. The film streamlines the abortion debate by taking viewers inside clinics that face closure due to increasingly restrictive laws. Porter journeys to Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas to talk with clinic owners and employees about encroaching legislation that makes it more difficult to operate the centers. Because of TRAP laws (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers), a host of clinics have closed in recent years. “Closing the clinics will not stop abortions,” argues Gloria Gray, director of a women’s center in Tuscaloosa, AL. “Women will still get abortions,...

Unseen

Monday, April 04, 2016 12:10 PM - 1:25 PM

Unseen

WORLD PREMIERE


The 2009 arrest and subsequent trial of Anthony Sowell gripped the city of Cleveland and the nation. Having kidnapped, raped, and murdered 11 women from the Mount Pleasant neighborhood, Sowell then buried his victims’ bodies within the floorboards, walls, and grounds of his home where they were eventually found by police. These circumstances led to a media blitz that asked how an unemployed ex-convict could so easily get away with such horrible crimes for so long. UNSEEN is a documentary that works to set the record straight on that very topic, including interviews with family members of the...

Valley of Love

Monday, April 04, 2016 2:30 PM - 4:05 PM

Valley of Love

Two of France’s busiest and most beloved performers—Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu—team up for a drama about connecting with the beyond. The two movie stars play two movie stars, aptly named Isabelle and Gérard. In VALLEY OF LOVE, they are a long-divorced couple who journey to Death Valley in California at the request of their mostly estranged adult son Michael, who committed suicide six months earlier. On the eve of his death, he wrote his parents letters with specific instructions of when to arrive and where to go in the national park, promising to “return briefly.” Seeking some sort of...

Ville-Marie

Wednesday, April 06, 2016 9:15 AM - 10:55 AM

Ville-Marie

A suicide on the streets of a downtown Montréal borough unites the stories of a diverse cast of characters in Guy Édoin’s VILLE-MARIE. Witness to the tragedy, asthmatic architecture student, Thomas, misses the airport arrival of his mother, Sophie (Monica Bellucci), a European film star shooting a semi-biographical film under the direction of her onetime lover, Robert. Meanwhile, two paramedics, Pierre and Benoit, take the nearly lifeless body to an understaffed community hospital, where emergency room nurse, Marie, puts in countless hours of overtime rather than spend nights at home alone. In the aftermath of the tragedy, each character is...

We Go On

Friday, April 01, 2016 11:30 PM - 1:00 AM

We Go On

A lot of people ponder what happens to us when we die. For lonely video editor, Miles, though, the uncertainty has become an obsession. He spends his days terrified of everything around him. He's afraid to drive, and his only friend seems to be his mother. His neuroses certainly aren't helping him in the romance department either. After his aunt's death, Miles uses the money she left him to place an ad in the local paper. It offers a $30,000 reward for anyone who can prove the existence of an afterlife. He receives a flood of responses, mostly from wackos...

We Monsters

Thursday, April 07, 2016 1:50 PM - 3:25 PM

We Monsters(Wir Monster)

Paul and Christine know their separation has devastated their 14-year-old daughter, Sarah. But enough to drive her to murder? Sarah and her girlfriend, Charlie, run into the woods after a fight. Chasing them, Paul finds Sarah alone at the edge of a huge dam. She confesses she has just pushed her friend to her death. Torn between the horrors of the confession and the crime's discovery, her parents opt to conceal the killing and maintain an appearance of normalcy. To what lengths will they go, however, as things slowly fall apart? Charlie's father is frantic at her disappearance, and the...

Wedding Doll

Monday, April 04, 2016 12:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Wedding Doll(Hatuna MeNiyar)

Hagit, a vibrant young woman with a mild mental deficiency, is a wistful romantic who dreams of the day she’ll walk down the aisle. In this tale as delicate and intricate as her own life, Hagit works at a toilet-paper factory and uses scraps to create paper dolls wearing wedding dresses. Hagit’s driving desire is for independence, a yearning made even more palpable as she’s kept on a tight leash by her well-intentioned but overbearing mother, Sarah, who often confines her to a tiny apartment. But when Hagit begins an affair with Omri, the factory owner’s son, suddenly their hidden...

Winnetou's Son

Tuesday, April 05, 2016 2:15 PM - 3:50 PM

Winnetou's Son(Winnetous Sohn)

Max, also known as the “Chief,” is an enthusiast of Native Americans of the Old West. The chubby, bespectacled ten-year-old dresses in beaded vests and leather trousers, sleeps on the floor, and spouts a slew of honorable proverbs by which he lives his life. While away at a camp devoted to embodying the Native American lifestyle, Max discovers that the young stage actor who plays the son of Winnetou (the famed Apache hero of Karl May adventure stories) has been injured. Despite his mother’s concerns, Max resolves to try out for the role he was born to play. With the...

Women in Oversized Men's Shirts

Thursday, March 31, 2016 11:30 AM - 11:10 PM

Women in Oversized Men's Shirts(Kvinner i for store herreskjorter)

Trine, a budding Norwegian artist, has come up with the perfect idea for her breakthrough exhibition. Nine months pregnant, Trine will video stream the birth in a cage in front of a live audience while she wears a wig and Victorian-era garb. How could she not be catapulted to the top of the art world? Agnes will be Trine’s midwife, and until the baby is born, Agnes hires Trine for part-time factory work. But Agnes has a secret, and, alone in her office she pines to see her estranged son, Kåre. Kåre is a rapidly rising author who’s splitting his...

Yallah! Underground

Thursday, April 07, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:25 PM

Yallah! Underground

They say the pen is mightier than the sword and, for a number of young Arab artists, it's a concept they hold dear. They'd been struggling for years to be heard. Then when the Arab Spring began in 2009, the freedom to express themselves finally became a reality. They'd grown tired of the violence in the region and looked to their creative talents to help enact true reform. Though their protests successfully toppled some regimes, things still remain rocky as their countries try to forge a path towards a successful future. YALLAH! UNDERGROUND chronicles a young generation of liberal Arab...

You Carry Me

Wednesday, April 06, 2016 11:10 AM - 1:45 PM

You Carry Me(Ti mene nosiš)

The stories of three strong women converge in YOU CARRY ME. Their connections are seemingly loose. But in a world where everything is ultimately intertwined, the events of their lives will have a profound impact on each other. The most obvious threads holding them together are their jobs on a television soap opera. Ives is a producer, who is nearly driven to madness due to the stress of taking care of her Alzheimer's-afflicted father. Natasa is a pregnant bigwig, harboring a deep secret while dealing with her unfaithful boyfriend. Lidija is a secretary with two young kids (one of which,...

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