Cleveland International Film Festival } March 30 – April 10, 2022

ACCESSIBILITY OPTIONS

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With English Subtitles

200 Meters

PALESTINE, JORDAN, ITALY, SWEDEN, QATAR
Directed By Ameen Nayfeh
Running Time: 96 Minutes

The wall dividing Israel from the Occupied Territories separates Palestinian family man Mustafa from his Israeli wife and children. Since he has a work permit, he’s able to visit them with a certain amount of frequency, but his staunch moral... {more}

Asia

ISRAEL
Directed By Ruthy Pribar
Running Time: 85 Minutes

At 17, Vika (Unorthodox actress Shira Haas) desperately wants to be like any other rebellious teenager: drinking with her friends, exploring her sexuality, and embracing her independence. But Vika’s desires for normalcy are derailed by a degenerative motor disease that... {more}

At the Ready

UNITED STATES
Directed By Maisie Crow
Running Time: 98 Minutes

El Paso, Texas is the largest city on the U.S.-Mexico border and home to one of the region’s largest law enforcement education programs. Local Horizon High School offers a law enforcement career track and a Criminal Justice Club that trains... {more}

The Auschwitz Report (Správa)

SLOVAKIA
Directed By Peter Bebjak
Running Time: 94 Minutes

Based on the unbelievable true story, THE AUSCHWITZ REPORT tracks Freddy and Valér, two young Jewish men from Slovakia, on their agonizing attempt to escape the concentration camp in 1944. Each day the men watch, count, and document the number... {more}

Bad Tales (Favolacce)

ITALY, SWITZERLAND
Directed By Damiano D'Innocenzo, Fabio D'Innocenzo
Running Time: 98 Minutes

The suburbs of Rome are not the idyllic environment residents seek. Although this tight-knit collection of families frequently finds themselves in close quarters—birthday parties, shared family dinners, afternoons in the pool—their relationships are anything but civil. Mothers are detached and... {more}

Berlin Alexanderplatz

GERMANY
Directed By Burhan Qurbani
Running Time: 183 Minutes

Based on Alfred Döblin’s iconic 1929 novel of the same name, BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ updates the great German work for the present day. As a child of immigrants himself, director Burhan Qurbani reimagines this fable of morality and acceptance through the... {more}

Charlatan

CZECHIA
Directed By Agnieszka Holland
Running Time: 118 Minutes

“The Oracle of Urine.” That’s what they call the subject of Polish auteur Agnieszka Holland’s latest skillfully crafted biopic. CHARLATAN portrays the fascinating life of successful Czech healer and accused conman Jan Mikolášek. A certified herbalist with the uncanny ability... {more}

The Columnist (De Kuthoer)

NETHERLANDS
Directed By Ivo van Aart
Running Time: 86 Minutes

Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences. Disgruntled columnist Femke Boot (Westworld’s Katja Herbers) makes that abundantly clear in this satirical revenge comedy about the pitfalls of social media obsession. Femke is plagued day and night with death... {more}

The Dog Who Wouldn't Be Quiet (El perro que no calla)

ARGENTINA
Directed By Ana Katz
Running Time: 73 Minutes

Although she never makes a peep when he’s around, Sebastián’s neighbors say his dog wails her heart out when he’s not home. A loyal caretaker at heart, Sebastián tries to solve the issue by bringing his furry companion to work.... {more}

Downstream to Kinshasa

CONGO, FRANCE, BELGIUM
Directed By Dieudo Hamadi
Running Time: 90 Minutes

For six days in June 2000, foreign Rwandan and Ugandan forces fought to occupy the Congolese city of Kisangani, located at the mineral-rich mouth of the Congo River. The conflict, now known as the Six-Day War of Kisangani, left more... {more}

Father (OTAC)

SERBIA, FRANCE, GERMANY, CROATIA, SLOVENIA, BOSNIA, HERZEGOVINA
Directed By Srdan Golubović
Running Time: 120 Minutes

When Nikola lost his job two years ago, his severance package never came. Without consistent work, he has struggled to put food on the table for his wife and two children. They have no food, no electricity, no running water…... {more}

Felicitá

FRANCE
Directed By Bruno Merle
Running Time: 85 Minutes

It’s the last day of summer vacation, and Tommy can’t wait for the first day of school tomorrow. Her parents promised to get her there on time this year. Being punctual for such an occasion doesn’t seem like a big... {more}

Fire in the Mountains

INDIA
Directed By Ajitpal Singh
Running Time: 87 Minutes

A wife and husband run a modest hotel in a remote Himalayan mountain village. The wife Chandra's strong-willed resourcefulness has made her the family's sole provider but causes friction with her alcoholic husband, who's left feeling emasculated. Their relationship strains... {more}

Games People Play (Seurapeli)

FINLAND
Directed By Jenni Toivoniemi
Running Time: 105 Minutes

Mitzi is getting a divorce, smoking again, and mostly envisioning a climate apocalypse in her future. It’s also her birthday. When old friends reunite to throw her a surprise party at the seaside cottage they visited in their youth, Mitzi... {more}

Goodbye Soviet Union (Hüvasti, NSVL)

ESTONIA
Directed By Lauri Randla
Running Time: 86 Minutes

Johannes’ life was unconventional from the start. Not knowing who his father was, Johannes’ mother wrote that Lenin was the father on his birth certificate. After all, as his grandfather says, “Lenin is the father to all fatherless children in... {more}

Havel

CZECHIA
Directed By Slávek Horák
Running Time: 104 Minutes

Experienced Václav Havel's capricious rise from beloved national playwright to political dissident and eventually President of Czechoslovakia. In the summer of 1968, the playwright revels in decreased censorship under Slovak politician Alexander Dub?ek's leadership as he attempts to reform the... {more}

Here We Are

ISRAEL, ITALY
Directed By Nir Bergman
Running Time: 92 Minutes

Aharon and his autistic son Uri have a great routine. They ride their bikes; they watch Charlie Chaplin movies; they eat pasta stars; they feed their fish Yoni, Yaron, and Daniel. Life is good. Aharon, a loving and devoted father,... {more}

Human Factors (Der menschliche Faktor)

GERMANY, ITALY, DENMARK
Directed By Ronny Trocker
Running Time: 102 Minutes

Influenced by the Euro-thrillers of Michael Haneke, HUMAN FACTORS explores the power of perspective and the tendency to blame personal strife on outside forces. After a well-off, multilingual German family experiences a perplexing home invasion during what seems to be... {more}

In the Same Breath

UNITED STATES
Directed By Nanfu Wang
Running Time: 95 Minutes

IN THE SAME BREATH is a brilliant and challenging recount of the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. This highly topical documentary tracks the U.S. and Chinese governments' response from the first reports in Wuhan to the pandemic’s ebullition in... {more}

Into the Darkness (De forbandede år)

DENMARK
Directed By Anders Refn
Running Time: 153 Minutes

Leaflets gently fall from the sky sending news that the German army has arrived in Denmark. It’s 1940 and Director Skov and his well-to-do family have only heard rumors of war. But Germany’s growing influence is slowly creeping into their... {more}

Karnawal

ARGENTINA, MEXICO, BRAZIL, CHILE, NORWAY
Directed By Juan Pablo Félix
Running Time: 95 Minutes

With a glorious mane of jet black hair and a furious talent for the dazzling footsteps of malambo, teenaged Cabra wants nothing more than to be a professional dancer. Living with his mother and her stern boyfriend in a bordertown... {more}

Kiss Me Kosher

ISRAEL, GERMANY
Directed By Shirel Peleg
Running Time: 101 Minutes

Shira has finally found the woman of her dreams, Maria, and she’s ready to settle down. But everyone in Shira’s family is skeptical of this newfound love—not because Maria is a woman, but because she seems to be one in... {more}

A La Calle (To the Street)

UNITED STATES
Directed By Nelson G. Navarrete, Maxx Caicedo
Running Time: 111 Minutes

The crisis unfolding in Venezuela has been making headlines for years. As violence erupts in the streets, people without food, water, or electricity have been fleeing the country in droves. Unsustainable economic practices compounded by Nicolás Maduro’s authoritarian reign has... {more}

The Last Matinee (Al morir la matinée)

URUGUAY
Directed By Maximiliano Contenti
Running Time: 88 Minutes

Ana is an engineering student with exams to worry about. But for one night only she’s the projectionist at the old Cine Opera in Montevideo, Uruguay. Having agreed to cover her aging father’s shift at the theater, she’s certain the... {more}

The Last Out

UNITED STATES
Directed By Sami Khan, Michael Gassert
Running Time: 84 Minutes

Because of the complicated relationship between the U.S. and Cuba, Cuban baseball players must establish a residence elsewhere in order to be recruited by the Major Leagues. Happy, Carlos, and Baró, three promising ball players, defect from their homeland to... {more}

Listen

UNITED KINGDOM, PORTUGAL
Directed By Ana Rocha De Sousa
Running Time: 73 Minutes

Bela and Jota are Portuguese immigrants struggling to make ends meet while raising their three children in London. The loving couple will do anything they can to provide for their kids. But lacking opportunity, resources, and a reliable support system,... {more}

Ma Belle, My Beauty

UNITED STATES, FRANCE
Directed By Marion Hill
Running Time: 95 Minutes

Featuring beautiful people enjoying fine wine and fresh food on the picturesque French countryside, MA BELLE, MY BEAUTY is a breezy, contemporary love story that centers around the surprise reunion of polyamorous ex-lovers. Bertie, a talented singer from New Orleans,... {more}

Masha

RUSSIA
Directed By Anastasiya Palchikova
Running Time: 86 Minutes

Everyone who meets 13-year-old Masha can’t help but love her. With her charm, unrestrained laughter, and a rather feisty streak, it’s not hard for her to light up a room. The young, natural performer dreams of one day becoming a... {more}

Miracle Fishing: Kidnapped Abroad

UNITED STATES
Directed By Miles Hargrove
Running Time: 107 Minutes

When Tom Hargrove was running late for work one morning, he chose to take the scenic route to avoid heavy city traffic in Cali, Colombia, where he worked as an agricultural scientist. After Tom was kidnapped by the FARC (Revolutionary... {more}

Missing in Brooks County

UNITED STATES
Directed By Lisa Molomot, Jeff Bemiss
Running Time: 81 Minutes

Over the last decade, thousands have gone missing in Brooks County, Texas, just north of the Mexican border. In an attempt to circumvent the state’s busiest immigration checkpoint, countless migrants have ventured into the vast ranch lands that surround the... {more}

Mogul Mowgli

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Bassam Tariq
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Zed has worked his entire life to make it as a rapper. And he’s made quite a name for himself in New York, rapping about his British-Pakistani upbringing. But for someone who’s created an artistic image around his cultural identity,... {more}

The Most Beautiful Boy in the World

SWEDEN
Directed By Kristina Lindström, Kristian Petri
Running Time: 94 Minutes

For years, famed director Luchino Visconti traveled the world in search of the perfect boy to play the lead in his acclaimed 1971 film, “Death in Venice.” When Visconti met Björn Andrésen in Stockholm, his exhaustive search finally ended. At... {more}

The Night of the Beast (La noche de la bestia)

COLOMBIA, MEXICO
Directed By Mauricio Leiva Cock
Running Time: 70 Minutes

It’s 2008 in Bogota, and Iron Maiden is about to play a show in the city for the first time, much to the delight of the surprisingly large Colombian metal scene. Dedicated metalheads Vargas and Chuki have waited three long... {more}

One-Way to Moscow (Moskau Einfach!)

SWITZERLAND
Directed By Micha Lewinsky
Running Time: 98 Minutes

It’s Zurich 1989, and a mild-mannered police detective, Viktor Schuler, is sent undercover to suss out the potentially dangerous “radical” politics of a leftist theater group as they mount a production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Undergoing a complete head-to-toe makeover,... {more}

Open Hearts

UNITED STATES
Directed By Travis Pollert, Jacob Kostelli
Running Time: 59 Minutes

In the developing country of Haiti, Dr. Jeff Kempf of Akron Children's Hospital and a team of international doctors revolutionized pediatric cardiac care at St. Damien Pediatric Hospital with the support of charitable partners focused on sustainability and empowerment. Nearly... {more}

A Perfectly Normal Family (En helt almindelig familie)

DENMARK
Directed By Malou Reymann
Running Time: 97 Minutes

Director Malou Reymann taps into her own upbringing in A PERFECTLY NORMAL FAMILY—a gentle and sincere debut feature. In early 2000s Denmark, 11-year-old Emma spends most of her time thinking about and playing soccer like the self-proclaimed tomboy she is.... {more}

The Pink Cloud (A Nuvem Rosa)

BRAZIL
Directed By Iuli Gerbase
Running Time: 103 Minutes

One day, the pink clouds arrived. No one knew where they came from or why, but they were quickly found to be toxic, resulting in death after only ten seconds of exposure. Like nebulous cotton candy, they drifted with questionable... {more}

Preparations to Be Together For an Unknown Period of Time (Felkészülés meghatározatlan ideig tartó együttlétre)

HUNGARY
Directed By Lili Horvát
Running Time: 95 Minutes

PREPARATIONS TO BE TOGETHER FOR AN UNKNOWN PERIOD OF TIME is a beguiling exploration of love and obsession that shimmers like a mysterious dream just out of reach. Set in Hungary, the film follows Marta, a successful neurosurgeon who leaves... {more}

Rival

GERMANY
Directed By Marcus Lenz
Running Time: 96 Minutes

Following the death of his grandmother, nine-year-old Roman leaves the Ukraine to join his mother Oksana in Germany, where she works illegally as an in-home nurse. Thrilled to be reunited, the boy soon realizes he’ll have to share Oksana with... {more}

Sanremo

SLOVENIA, ITALY
Directed By Miroslav Mandić
Running Time: 85 Minutes

At times the idyllic Slovenian landscape in Miroslav Mandi?’s SANREMO sings with vivid color. But more often than not, shots of the countryside are obscured with haze. Reflecting the cloudy mental state of Bruno, a kind nursing home resident suffering... {more}

Self Portrait (selvportrettet)

NORWAY
Directed By Katja Høgset, Espen Wallin, Margreth Olin
Running Time: 80 Minutes

At 28-years-old, Lene Marie Fossen has never gone through puberty. Her severe anorexia has prevented her fragile body from fully developing, and her skeletal frame struggles to support itself through even the most mundane of tasks. Fossen is dying. The... {more}

Sisters: The Summer We Found Our Superpowers (Tottori! Sommeren vi var alene)

NORWAY
Directed By Silje Salomonsen, Arild Østin Ommundsen
Running Time: 77 Minutes

When nine-year-old Vega and five-year-old Billie embark on an overnight hiking trip with their dad, the sisters get a bit more adventure than they signed up for. After their father falls into a pit beneath some large rocks, Vega and... {more}

A Song Called Hate

ICELAND
Directed By Anna Hildur
Running Time: 90 Minutes

In 2019 the Icelandic anti-capitalist and BDSM techno group Hatari (meaning “Hater”) won the honor of representing their home country at that year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. As pro-Palestinian artists who had just been handed a global platform... {more}

Spaceboy

BELGIUM
Directed By Olivier Pairoux
Running Time: 97 Minutes

Eleven-year-old Jim’s fascination with all things outer space borders on obsession. But with a cool astrophysicist dad who’s scheduled to travel into space, how can you blame him? After moving to a brand new city and enrolling in a brand... {more}

Summertime

UNITED STATES
Directed By Carlos López Estrada
Running Time: 95 Minutes

Like his energetic and impactful debut, “Blindspotting,” Carlos López Estrada’s sophomore feature SUMMERTIME is a love song to the West Coast that blends poetry and hip-hop with themes of home and belonging. Taking place over one summer day in bustling... {more}

Sun Children (Khorshid)

IRAN
Directed By Majid Majidi
Running Time: 99 Minutes

SUN CHILDREN tells the story of four child laborers led by the voracious and driven Ali. This 12-year-old and his friends commit petty crimes and work menial jobs to survive. When a criminal leader recruits Ali to retrieve underground treasure,... {more}

The Tailor (Raftis)

GREECE, BELGIUM, GERMANY
Directed By Sonia Liza Kenterman
Running Time: 100 Minutes

Shirt pressed, cufflinks fastened, and not a stray thread to be found. Nikos meticulously prepares for a busy day in his elderly father’s tailor shop that nobody visits. Times are changing in Athens, and the demand for expensive Italian suits... {more}

There is No Evil (Sheytan vojud nadarad)

GERMANY, CZECHIA, IRAN
Directed By Mohammad Rasoulof
Running Time: 150 Minutes

For Iranian men, military service is mandatory. They can’t get a passport or a job, or start a dignified life in Iran, without having served. And while some of these compulsory tasks in the military are mundane… others will haunt... {more}

Thou Shalt Not Hate (Non Odiare)

ITALY
Directed By Mauro Mancini
Running Time: 96 Minutes

On a day like any other in Northern Italy, Simone finds himself, as he often does, kayaking down a beautiful river and taking in the quiet evening. Then suddenly Simone’s tranquility is interrupted by the sound of a car crash.... {more}

TOPOWA! - Never Give Up

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Philip Sansom, Inigo Gilmore
Running Time: 82 Minutes

Around the slums of Katwe, Uganda some unlikely sounds fill the air: those of tubas, trumpets, trombones, and brass drum sets. This is all thanks to Brass for Africa, a UK based nonprofit (98% African-led) that brings brass music to... {more}

Tove

FINLAND
Directed By Zaida Bergroth
Running Time: 100 Minutes

All her life, Tove Jansson wanted to be known for her paintings. Raised in a family of artists, Jansson was always pushed to pursue fine art by her father, a renowned sculptor. But while she studied, painted, and exhibited her... {more}

The Translator

SYRIA, FRANCE, SWITZERLAND, BELGIUM, QATAR
Directed By Rana Kazkaz, Anas Khalaf
Running Time: 105 Minutes

Sami Najjar serves as an Arabic-English translator for the Syrian Olympic team at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. However, a slip of the tongue when translating is seen as a slight to the new Syrian president. Sami is... {more}

Under the Open Sky (すばらしき世界)

JAPAN
Directed By Miwa Nishikawa
Running Time: 126 Minutes

UNDER THE OPEN SKY is a remarkable vehicle for the prolific Kōji Yakusho, whose decades-long career spans “Tampopo,” “Shall We Dance,” “Babel,” and more. The versatile actor wears his heart on his sleeve as Mikami, a former Yakuza recently released... {more}

When I'm Done Dying

TURKEY
Directed By Nisan Dag
Running Time: 97 Minutes

Over the last few years, a dangerous drug has emerged on the streets of Istanbul called bonzai. A cheap, synthetic, addictive replacement for marijuana, bonzai is responsible for the most drug-related deaths in Turkey and has ruined countless lives. One... {more}

Wishlist (La lista de los deseos)

SPAIN
Directed By Álvaro Díaz Lorenzo
Running Time: 101 Minutes

Something doesn’t feel right. Eva reluctantly asks her best friend Mar to confirm her worst fear: a lump in her right breast. Her mother deceased and her father absent, Eva’s only real family is Mar, who vows to be at... {more}

Writing with Fire

INDIA
Directed By Rintu Thomas, Sushmit Ghosh
Running Time: 93 Minutes

Within India’s caste system, most people are divided into four hierarchical categories: priests, warriors, traders, and labourers. But the “untouchables” or Dalits are considered so impure they are excluded from the caste system entirely. For thousands of years Dalits, and... {more}

With Captions

The 8th

IRELAND, UNITED STATES
Directed By Aideen Kane, Maeve O'Boyle, Lucy Kennedy
Running Time: 94 Minutes

In 1983 the people of Ireland voted to add an Eighth Amendment to the constitution, giving the unborn an equal right to life as the mother; essentially a constitutional ban on abortion. This amendment has led to a bitter and... {more}

Ahead of the Curve

UNITED STATES
Directed By Jen Rainin, Rivkah Beth Medow
Running Time: 97 Minutes

For the first 20 years of her life, Franco Stevens didn’t know lesbians existed, let alone that she herself was one. After coming out, she dove into San Francisco’s queer scene, but quickly noticed a lack of genuine lesbian media... {more}

Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir

UNITED STATES
Directed By James Redford
Running Time: 103 Minutes

AMY TAN: UNINTENDED MEMOIR is an intimate and candid profile examining the life and work of Amy Tan, famed author of The Joy Luck Club. Tan candidly describes her journey to become a writer, detailing traumatic childhood memories riddled with... {more}

Barbara Lee: Speaking Truth to Power (formerly known as Truth to Power: Barbara Lee Speaks for Me)

UNITED STATES
Directed By Abby Ginzberg
Running Time: 82 Minutes

BARBARA LEE: SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER is an inspiring profile of trailblazer Barbara Lee, the highest-ranking African American woman in the U.S. Congress, and the obstacles she overcame to forge a political career dedicated to racial and social justice. As... {more}

Best Summer Ever

UNITED STATES
Directed By Michael Parks Randa, Lauren Smitelli
Running Time: 80 Minutes

After falling in love at a dance camp over the summer, Sage and Anthony don’t know when they’ll see each other again…but it might be sooner than they think. With a magical twist of fate, Sage finds herself enrolled as... {more}

Best Summer Ever (WITH AUDIO DESCRIPTION)

UNITED STATES
Directed By Michael Parks Randa, Lauren Smitelli
Running Time: 80 Minutes

THIS IS THE LISTING FOR THE VERSION OF BEST SUMMER EVER THAT CONTAINS AUDIO DESCRIPTON - FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED. TO PURCHASE A TICKET TO THE VERSION WITHOUT AUDIO DESCRIPTION, PLEASE VISIT THE BEST SUMMER EVER PAGE. After falling in... {more}

The Big Scary "S" Word

UNITED STATES
Directed By Yael Bridge
Running Time: 82 Minutes

Socialism. One of the most taboo words in American political speech. The supposed antithesis of everything that the United States represents. The opposite of freedom and choice. Purely un-American… or is it? With our healthcare systems, our education systems, and... {more}

Crutch

USA
Directed By Sachi Cunningham, Vayabobo
Running Time: 98 Minutes

Two decades of exclusive access, plus a lifetime of archival footage, depict Bill Shannon from his early years to his rise as an award-winning dancer and cutting-edge performance artist whose work finds outlet at prestigious venues worldwide. CRUTCH documents Bill’s... {more}

Crutch (WITH AUDIO DESCRIPTION)

USA
Directed By Sachi Cunningham, Vayabobo
Running Time: 98 Minutes

THIS IS THE LISTING FOR THE VERSION OF CRUTCH THAT CONTAINS AUDIO DESCRIPTON - FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED. TO PURCHASE A TICKET TO THE VERSION WITHOUT AUDIO DESCRIPTION, PLEASE VISIT THE CRUTCH PAGE. Two decades of exclusive access, plus a lifetime... {more}

The Dilemma of Desire

UNITED STATES
Directed By Maria Finitzo
Running Time: 108 Minutes

Can you say the word “clitoris” without blushing? Draw the clit in its entirety? If not, maybe it’s time to brush up on your “Cliteracy.” But don’t worry—THE DILEMMA OF DESIRE is here to satisfy your needs. This documentary on... {more}

Down a Dark Stairwell

UNITED STATES
Directed By Ursula Liang
Running Time: 83 Minutes

In November 2014, Akai Gurley, an unarmed Black man, was shot and killed by a police officer while walking down a dark stairwell in Brooklyn’s New York City Housing Authority Pink Houses. Peter Liang, a Chinese-American officer, was the person... {more}

For Madmen Only

UNITED STATES
Directed By Heather Ross
Running Time: 85 Minutes

Even if you’ve never heard the name Del Close, you’ve undoubtedly seen the products of his teachings. The list of performers—including decades of SNL cast members from Belushi to Poehler—whom Del mentored in the ways of long-form improv is endless.... {more}

Golden Arm

UNITED STATES
Directed By Maureen Bharoocha
Running Time: 87 Minutes

In the competitive world of Ladies Arm Wrestling, you gotta be tough as nails. Armed with mere strength and determination, these fierce women go head-to-head in dingy rest stops, hoping to battle their way to glory—and cash—at Nationals. When Danny,... {more}

Jacinta

UNITED STATES
Directed By Jessica Earnshaw
Running Time: 105 Minutes

At 26 years old, Jacinta is finishing up the latest in her string of sentences at the Maine Correctional Center. She’s no stranger to prison life—a place she’s frequented for the last decade—or to her favorite fellow inmate, her mother... {more}

Lily Topples the World

UNITED STATES
Directed By Jeremy Workman
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Twenty-year-old Lily Hevesh is a world-renowned domino toppler. Her domino designs have been featured in several commercials, on major television shows, and even in Hollywood movies. Her venture into domino art began at age nine when she started a YouTube... {more}

Lorelei

UNITED STATES
Directed By Sabrina Doyle
Running Time: 111 Minutes

Fresh out of prison after serving a15-year sentence for armed robbery, Wayland (Pablo Schreiber) makes his way to a Christian halfway house. While mopping floors to earn his keep, it doesn’t take long for Wayland to run into his old... {more}

Ma Belle, My Beauty

UNITED STATES, FRANCE
Directed By Marion Hill
Running Time: 95 Minutes

Featuring beautiful people enjoying fine wine and fresh food on the picturesque French countryside, MA BELLE, MY BEAUTY is a breezy, contemporary love story that centers around the surprise reunion of polyamorous ex-lovers. Bertie, a talented singer from New Orleans,... {more}

Medicine Man: The Stan Brock Story

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Paul Michael Angell
Running Time: 96 Minutes

Stan Brock led quite the life. As a young man he lived off the grid as a cowboy, wrangling cattle through the Amazonian ranches of South America. Then he went on to star in one of America’s most popular wildlife... {more}

Missing in Brooks County

UNITED STATES
Directed By Lisa Molomot, Jeff Bemiss
Running Time: 81 Minutes

Over the last decade, thousands have gone missing in Brooks County, Texas, just north of the Mexican border. In an attempt to circumvent the state’s busiest immigration checkpoint, countless migrants have ventured into the vast ranch lands that surround the... {more}

Sanremo

SLOVENIA, ITALY
Directed By Miroslav Mandić
Running Time: 85 Minutes

At times the idyllic Slovenian landscape in Miroslav Mandi?’s SANREMO sings with vivid color. But more often than not, shots of the countryside are obscured with haze. Reflecting the cloudy mental state of Bruno, a kind nursing home resident suffering... {more}

A Sexplanation

UNITED STATES
Directed By Alex Liu
Running Time: 81 Minutes

Let’s talk about sex. Are you uncomfortable? Maybe that’s because most Americans have been brought up in a culture where sex is seen as a sinful and shameful act we do in the shadows. Additionally, because 49 out of 50... {more}

Sound of Violence

UNITED STATES
Directed By Alex Noyer
Running Time: 94 Minutes

Synesthesia can manifest itself in a variety of ways. For the music obsessed Alexis, very specific sounds can cause blinding bursts of colors and a sense of euphoria unlike anything she’s ever felt. Although the condition was triggered by her... {more}

Summertime

UNITED STATES
Directed By Carlos López Estrada
Running Time: 95 Minutes

Like his energetic and impactful debut, “Blindspotting,” Carlos López Estrada’s sophomore feature SUMMERTIME is a love song to the West Coast that blends poetry and hip-hop with themes of home and belonging. Taking place over one summer day in bustling... {more}

Swan Song

UNITED STATES
Directed By Todd Stephens
Running Time: 105 Minutes

Returning to CIFF after more than two decades, queer cinema pioneer Todd Stephens completes his “Ohio Trilogy” with the bittersweet SWAN SONG. While his previous films—EDGE OF SEVENTEEN and GYPSY 83—followed young outcasts coming into adulthood, this final installment is... {more}

Sweet River

AUSTRALIA
Directed By Justin McMillan
Running Time: 101 Minutes

Rocked by a tragic accident, a remote Aussie community hides its trauma deep within towering fields of sugarcane. From the moment Hanna—an obvious outsider—comes to town, she gets the feeling she’s unwelcome. But her quest is one of a grieving... {more}

There is No Evil (Sheytan vojud nadarad)

GERMANY, CZECHIA, IRAN
Directed By Mohammad Rasoulof
Running Time: 150 Minutes

For Iranian men, military service is mandatory. They can’t get a passport or a job, or start a dignified life in Iran, without having served. And while some of these compulsory tasks in the military are mundane… others will haunt... {more}

Together Together

UNITED STATES
Directed By Nikole Beckwith
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Matt, a successful app developer in his 40s, is beyond ready to start a family. But life hasn’t gone the way he thought it would. Single and without any romantic prospects, Matt (Ed Helms) makes the unconventional decision to hire... {more}

Unapologetic

UNITED STATES
Directed By Ashley O'Shay
Running Time: 86 Minutes

Janaé and Bella are Black female activists fighting for transformative justice, responsible policing, and legal reform in Chicago, Illinois. Frustrated that Black women are frequently excluded from leadership in mainstream movements, they unapologetically advocate for racial justice through a Black,... {more}

Voodoo Macbeth

UNITED STATES
Directed By Dagmawi Abebe, Victor Alonso-Berbel, Roy Arwas, Hannah Bang, Christopher Beaton, Agazi Desta, Tiffany Kontoyiannis Guillen, Zoe Salnave, Ernesto Sandoval, Sabina Vajraca
Running Time: 108 Minutes

It’s October 1935. America is in the midst of The Great Depression, and millions of unemployed are struggling to survive. Still, Harlem’s Lafayette Theater continues operations and is the most active Negro Theater unit of the Federal Theater Project, a... {more}

When I'm Done Dying

TURKEY
Directed By Nisan Dag
Running Time: 97 Minutes

Over the last few years, a dangerous drug has emerged on the streets of Istanbul called bonzai. A cheap, synthetic, addictive replacement for marijuana, bonzai is responsible for the most drug-related deaths in Turkey and has ruined countless lives. One... {more}

Women is Losers

UNITED STATES
Directed By Lissette Feliciano
Running Time: 85 Minutes

In 1960s San Francisco, Celina Guerrera is a bright and talented high school student with a promising future. But an unplanned pregnancy dramatically alters her chartered course. After witnessing her best friend die from a botched abortion, she decides to... {more}

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Best Summer Ever (WITH AUDIO DESCRIPTION)

UNITED STATES
Directed By Michael Parks Randa, Lauren Smitelli
Running Time: 80 Minutes

THIS IS THE LISTING FOR THE VERSION OF BEST SUMMER EVER THAT CONTAINS AUDIO DESCRIPTON - FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED. TO PURCHASE A TICKET TO THE VERSION WITHOUT AUDIO DESCRIPTION, PLEASE VISIT THE BEST SUMMER EVER PAGE. After falling in... {more}

Crutch (WITH AUDIO DESCRIPTION)

USA
Directed By Sachi Cunningham, Vayabobo
Running Time: 98 Minutes

THIS IS THE LISTING FOR THE VERSION OF CRUTCH THAT CONTAINS AUDIO DESCRIPTON - FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED. TO PURCHASE A TICKET TO THE VERSION WITHOUT AUDIO DESCRIPTION, PLEASE VISIT THE CRUTCH PAGE. Two decades of exclusive access, plus a lifetime... {more}

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