Cleveland International Film Festival } March 27 – April 7, 2019 } Tower City Cinemas

42nd CIFF College Program

Thursday, April 05 11:20 AM - Saturday, April 14 11:40 PM

The CIFF is offering FREE morning, matinee, and late night screenings for college students who present a valid college I.D.

Free films will be screened on each weekday of the CIFF42 between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. They will also be screened after 11:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays.

Free tickets will be available one hour before screening start times and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Simply stop by the Film Festival Box Office with a valid college I.D. to obtain your ticket for admittance. One ticket per filmgoer per film.

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

Don't forget to visit our Updates page for the latest Stand By listings.

Films:  

Mountain Miracle - An Unexpected Friendship

Thursday, April 05, 2018 9:20 AM - 10:57 AM

Mountain Miracle - An Unexpected Friendship (Amelie rennt)

After an asthma attack nearly kills her, Amelie is sent to a clinic in the mountains to get well. Though her prognosis is serious, the last thing stubborn Amelie wants is to be seen as weak, so she largely ignores her symptoms and refuses to participate in the program. Fed up with being coddled by the staff, Amelie runs away into the beautiful landscape that surrounds the clinic, hoping to find some freedom. While hiding from the search team, Amelie meets Bart, a local boy who tells her of a miraculous healing fire on the top of the mountain. Legend...

Control

Thursday, April 05, 2018 11:20 AM - 1:22 PM

Control (Het Tweede Gelaat)

The discovery of a gruesome mass grave indicates the work of a particularly deranged serial killer. The victims are young women and all are missing their heads. The two detectives assigned to the case are complete opposites. Eric works strictly by the book, while Freddy prefers his instincts over rules. When a young female psychiatrist narrowly survives becoming the next victim, Freddy sees her as the key to the case. But the doctor’s drug use and Freddy’s more-than-professional interest in her may be fogging the real investigation. The urgency to find the killer is being complicated by a baffling...

Going West

Thursday, April 05, 2018 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM

Going West (Rett vest)

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE


Life hasn’t been easy for Kaspar since the loss of his mother. When he found solace in the bottle, it got him fired from his job as a music teacher. Things aren’t any better for his dad Vidar, whose house is overrun with things he has held on to. And while Vidar has always been a closet crossdresser, his penchant for women’s clothes is no longer a secret. In fact, buying wigs online has become somewhat of an obsession. Kaspar has all but given up on trying to save their failing relationship. Then, out of nowhere, Vidar...

Gabriel and the Mountain

Thursday, April 05, 2018 11:35 AM - 1:46 PM

Gabriel and the Mountain (Gabriel e a montanha)

Before entering a prestigious Ph.D. program at UCLA, Gabriel Buchmann decided to grab his backpack and spend a year traveling the world. Little did he know, the trip would be his last. GABRIEL AND THE MOUNTAIN is a dramatization of Buchmann’s tragic real-life story. It begins in Kenya, ten months into his epic journey. Buchmann was vibrant and charming, enthusiastically trying every new experience he could, making friends with a slew of natives along the way. But he was also completely—and somewhat endearingly—naive. He dressed in traditional African garb, believing it made him look less like a tourist. At the...

Sheikh Jackson

Thursday, April 05, 2018 11:40 AM - 1:10 PM

Sheikh Jackson

US PREMIERE


A conservative Islamic cleric has a mental breakdown over an unlikely event: the death of pop legend Michael Jackson. For years, Khaled’s been strongly opposed to western influence. He scoffs at women who don’t dress in the traditional garb in public. In one scene in SHEIKH JACKSON, he discovers his daughter watching Beyonce´ videos on YouTube and quickly shuts off their internet. However, Khaled has a secret. As a teen, he was obsessed with the King of Pop—so much so that he dressed the part, grew his hair out, and learned every dance move. His father, who ignorantly...

Streaker

Thursday, April 05, 2018 11:45 AM - 1:18 PM

Streaker (Flitzer)

When local high school teacher Balz (seriously) loses his school’s construction money, he needs to come up with some cash quick. With the help of his bookie barber, he finds a way for gamblers to bet on, frankly, the most exciting part of any soccer match: the streakers. STREAKER takes us on a wild romp through the shady underworld of international pro soccer gambling. With the side bets catching on, Balz has to start training his own runners, growing his nude gang to becoming so big and efficient they catch the eye of the local police. Now, with everyone closing...

My Brother Simple

Thursday, April 05, 2018 1:45 PM - 3:38 PM

My Brother Simple (Simpel)

German actors Frederick Lau and David Kross turn in incredible performances as brothers Ben and Barnabas in this touching road trip comedy-drama. When their mother dies, Ben (Lau) steals his brother away in search for their father who signed the younger Barnabas (Kross) away to a home for the mentally disabled. In his 20s, but with the mind of a child—hence his nickname Simple—Barnabas has the innocent charm and affability to make friends with nearly everyone. On their way to Hamburg to find their absent father, the brothers come across a cast of characters who are easily won over by...

Fail State

Thursday, April 05, 2018 2:05 PM - 3:39 PM

Fail State

Produced by news icon Dan Rather, FAIL STATE examines the rise of for-profit colleges in America and how politicians and shady businessmen tarnished our higher education system. It also looks at the mountain of student debt that makes it hard for graduates to succeed in their post-college lives. Interviews with former students from predatory institutions such as DeVry, Westwood, Kaplan, and the now-defunct ITT discuss their far from stellar experiences. It’s truly heartbreaking to hear how their lives were negatively affected by these college scams. The documentary provides a timeline of government involvement in higher education, dating back to the...

Summer 1993

Thursday, April 05, 2018 2:15 PM - 3:51 PM

Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993)

The world has crumbled for Frida at the age of six. Orphaned by her mother’s death from a mysterious illness, mentioned only in dark whispers, she is being whisked from Barcelona to live in the country with her Uncle Esteve and his family. For Frida the beauty of the countryside and the idylls of farm life are as alien and unwanted to her as this new family that has been thrust on her. An unknown universe lies before this beautiful and grieving child, as does the choice to accept it or fight it with all her might. The impact of...

Halal for Beginners

Thursday, April 05, 2018 2:20 PM - 3:55 PM

Halal for Beginners (Halal Daddy)

US PREMIERE


Raghdan is a young Muslim living in the small Irish town of Sligo. There’s not much going on, which is making his struggle to find himself all the more difficult. His days are spent hanging out with his well-intentioned, but eternally stoned, buddies and his girlfriend, who he now suspects is cheating on him. He’s living with his extremely supportive, but strange, aunt and uncle, whose hilarious sexual adventures are anything but private. When his stern, businessman father visits from India, he surprises Raghdan with a strange opportunity: running Ireland’s first Halal meat factory. Considering their relationship is...

Until the Birds Return

Thursday, April 05, 2018 2:30 PM - 4:23 PM

Until the Birds Return (En Attendant Les Hirondelles)

Not your average feature film, UNTIL THE BIRDS RETURN is a combination of three separate storylines, all of which take place in present-day Algeria. The first follows Mourad, a wealthy property developer in Algiers who finds difficulty connecting with his ex-wife, current wife, and son. After Mourad witnesses the beating of a stranger and fails to call the police, the incident haunts him. The second storyline picks up with Djabil, who has agreed to drive a man and his daughters from Algiers to Biskra, where one of the daughters is to be married. The third and final storyline focuses on...

Pick of the Litter

Thursday, April 05, 2018 2:35 PM - 3:55 PM

Pick of the Litter

The road to becoming a guide dog for the blind is long and competitive. Not only do the dogs need to be in perfect health and have the right disposition for the job, they must also be exceptionally bright. It is critical for guide dogs to know when to intelligently disobey their owners in order to keep them from danger. With these exceptional companions by their sides, the blind partners are able to have more independent lives and explore their worlds safely. Because of the importance of their roles, not all dogs are selected for the position. In fact, most...

Edie

Friday, April 06, 2018 9:20 AM - 11:02 AM

Edie

As a young girl, Edie was an adventurous free spirit, spending most of her time exploring the outdoors with her father. She envisioned herself living a life full of experiences… but everything changed when she married George. Even before his blood clot, George’s controlling and abusive behavior prevented Edie from living her life. After the clot, when he could no longer walk or speak, Edie sacrificed everything to care for him until his death. Now at 84 years old, full of regret and longing, Edie strives to reclaim her independence. Inspired by the memories of her father, she ventures into...

Chef Flynn

Friday, April 06, 2018 9:30 AM - 10:53 AM

Chef Flynn

There are those of us who can barely boil water and then there is Flynn McGarry. The product of a very nontraditional family, Flynn exhibited a passion and skill for cooking before he entered his teens. His parents turned his bedroom into a remarkably sophisticated kitchen, and Flynn would enlist his classmates as kitchen help for culinary events staged at his parents’ California home. After The New Yorker wrote about him at the age of 13, his reputation spread, and he soon began holding pop-up evenings at established eateries. But Flynn began to discover the other side of being a...

The Judge

Friday, April 06, 2018 11:15 AM - 12:37 PM

The Judge

In Palestinian territory, Islamic Shari’a courts hear all family cases. These cases are often the most sensitive, dealing with domestic abuse, divorce, child support, and rape. Although women are mainly at the center of these issues, no woman has ever become a judge in the history of Shari’a law; that is, until Kholoud Al-Faqih and Asmahan Wuheidi became the first two women appointed to Shari’a court in 2009. Refreshing and bold, THE JUDGE is an unflinching documentary that follows the personal and professional life of Kholoud Al-Faqih as she challenges the status quo and the roles women play in the...

An Act of Defiance

Friday, April 06, 2018 11:20 AM - 1:23 PM

An Act of Defiance (Bram Fischer)

In 1963 South Africa was ruled by the brutal system of apartheid. After a raid on a farm in Rivonia—a suburb of Johannesburg—ten men were charged with conspiracy to commit violent acts and sabotage against the government. One of the accused was Nelson Mandela, who convinced his fellow defendants to make a political statement by pleading not guilty. Included in Mandela’s group were Jewish anti-apartheid revolutionaries, who also joined the cause to end discrimination. All of the accused faced the possibility of the death sentence. Representing the men was a sympathetic white lawyer named Bram Fischer, who risked his own...

Shuttle Life

Friday, April 06, 2018 11:25 AM - 12:56 PM

Shuttle Life

US PREMIERE


Qiang lives in the squalid outskirts of a large and faceless city. It is a neglected area with a sporadic and scant water supply and even less hope. Qiang takes care of both his mentally unstable mother Li Jun and his six-year-old sister Hui Shan. One night a speeding driver hits Qiang’s motor scooter, killing his sister and fleeing the accident. Qiang is desperate to claim his sister’s body, but the hospital demands a birth certificate—a document his mother either cannot find or never had. As his mother’s condition worsens, Qiang begins a monumental struggle to accomplish what...

Tulipani: Love, Honour and a Bicycle

Friday, April 06, 2018 11:35 AM - 1:05 PM

Tulipani: Love, Honour and a Bicycle

Anna has come to the tiny village of Puglia, Italy to fulfill her mother’s wish of scattering her ashes there. Everyone in Puglia seems to know or remember Anna—and her past, which she knows nothing of. Suddenly Anna is laying in a hospital and facing possible murder charges. With the help of some villagers very eager to tell the story in their own unique way, the winding tale of Anna’s past is spun for the local police commissioner. TULIPANI is the saga of Anna’s parentage, recounted with the magic of myth. It is a tale of heroes and villains, triumph...

Bye Bye Germany

Friday, April 06, 2018 11:40 AM - 1:21 PM

Bye Bye Germany (Es war einmal in Deutschland)

The year is 1946 and David Bermann and his friends, all Holocaust survivors, are in a displaced persons camp run by American forces. David is orchestrating the sale of linens to Germans, using outlandish stories to earn enough to get himself and his friends to America. This is threatened by investigations into whether David possibly collaborated with the Nazis, who wanted to use his joke and storytelling skills to teach Hitler to be more humorous. As the sales efforts get wilder, the investigation deepens and David tells the story of his time in the camps. Is it the real story...

The Desert Bride

Friday, April 06, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:18 PM

The Desert Bride (La Novia Del Desierto)

Teresa is a reserved middle-aged housekeeper in Buenos Aires. She’s worked for the same family for years and has become accustomed to a life of routines. But her employers have recently decided to sell their house, turning Teresa’s life upside down. On her way to a possible new job, her bus is delayed. She wastes time shopping in a nearby market, where she meets a spirited man who convinces her to try on one of the dresses he’s selling. Teresa later realizes she left her bag in the makeshift fitting room. She returns the next day to find him, only...

Geek Girls

Friday, April 06, 2018 12:10 PM - 1:33 PM

Geek Girls

Early in the absorbing documentary GEEK GIRLS, director Gina Hara states she’s looking for people willing to discuss their “experiences as geeks, nerds, fans [and] outcasts.” The women she finds—including bloggers, a professional gamer, a video game programmer, and an aerospace engineer—provide thoughtful insights into their passion for anime, comics, gaming, and sci-fi. GEEK GIRLS illustrates how the outsider-welcoming veneer of this booming nerd culture masks issues with harassment, cyberbullying, and misogyny. Some women hide their cosplaying (a term used to describe dressing up as favorite fictional characters) from family and co-workers, while others are circumspect about where they live...

Time Share

Friday, April 06, 2018 1:15 PM - 2:51 PM

Time Share

Everfields International Resorts promises Paradise to its customers. Paradise is off to a rocky start for Pedro’s family when the resort is overbooked and they must share their quarters with another family. From the start, Pedro doesn’t like them and is unhappy with the perks and apologies glibly offered by Everfields. After Pedro is injured on a tennis court, he begins to suspect something more is happening than just selling time shares. He starts to believe something sinister is afoot in this giant corporation, something that wants to take his family away from him and enslave him forever. TIME...

Nothing Without Us: The Women Who Will End AIDS

Friday, April 06, 2018 1:30 PM - 2:37 PM

Nothing Without Us: The Women Who Will End AIDS

“For everything that the men have done to forge the fight on this epidemic—to open the door—it will be the women who close the door,” says Dazon Dixon Diallo, an advocate for those living with HIV. That’s the premise of NOTHING WITHOUT US, a compelling documentary stitching together intimate vignettes of women working to end the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. Via a combination of vintage footage and contemporary interviews, the film illuminates the activists determined to decrease the stigma around infection and increase education and access to healthcare. The late Katrina Haslip co-founded ACE (AIDS Counseling and Education) while incarcerated and...

The S Word

Friday, April 06, 2018 1:45 PM - 3:18 PM

The S Word

It seems we often only hear about suicide after it has happened. But what about those who attempt it and survive? What becomes of them? These questions piqued the interest of director Lisa Klein, who explores the topic in her documentary THE S WORD. For Klein, suicide is a very personal subject as she had to face the suicides of her father and brother. Thankfully she’s set out to tell her story and the stories of others who struggle with emotional trauma. She also fights to smash the stigma attached to suicide, removing the guilt and shame that survivors often...

Manry at Sea ~ In the Wake of a Dream

Friday, April 06, 2018 1:50 PM - 3:23 PM

Manry at Sea ~ In the Wake of a Dream

WORLD PREMIERE


In 1965 Cleveland suburbanite Robert Manry set out to accomplish a lifelong dream of sailing across the Atlantic Ocean. Middle-aged and married with children, Manry thought his life had become stale. He worried he would one day regret never turning his fantasy into reality. He kept the voyage a secret from his colleagues at The Plain Dealer, where he worked as a copy editor. When they found out, they began an intense competition with their rivals—The Cleveland Press and WEWS-TV—to get to Manry first. The expedition became big news across the world, especially in England where Manry would...

On Chesil Beach

Friday, April 06, 2018 1:55 PM - 3:45 PM

On Chesil Beach

Based on Ian McEwan’s novel, ON CHESIL BEACH has been called both a horror story and a comedy, because it’s about what happens when newlyweds attempt to consummate. Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn, Lady Bird) and Billy Howle (Dunkirk) star as Florence and Edward, a young couple on their honeymoon at the English seaside. It is 1962, and overcast. Florence is a disciplined violinist, raised in a cold vise of middle-class repression. Flashbacks show her mother (Emily Watson) crushing all impulse with propriety. Edward offers Florence some promise of freedom. He was raised in the countryside in a more volatile family, and...

The Bold, the Corrupt and the Beautiful

Friday, April 06, 2018 2:00 PM - 3:52 PM

The Bold, the Corrupt and the Beautiful

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE


Madame Tang presents herself as an antiques dealer. But with her house always filled with big-time politicians and the business elite, it’s clear there’s something shady going on. Tang is shameless in her efforts to make a buck. She’s aided in her nefarious enterprise by her two daughters, whom she affectionately refers to as “little idiot” and “big idiot.” The eldest is more involved and already jaded, while the youngest is still innocent, not yet fully conscious of the unscrupulous events unfolding around her. When several high-profile murders begin occurring, Madame Tang’s involvement comes into question. She...

Ask the Sexpert

Friday, April 06, 2018 2:10 PM - 3:33 PM

Ask the Sexpert

Dr. Mahinder Watsa is India’s most unassuming and compassionate celebrity. For years, the 93-year-old former gynecologist has written a daily sex advice column in The Mumbai Mirror called “Ask The Sexpert.” This touching, humorous documentary follows Dr. Watsa through his day-to-day life, which revolves around helping people understand their own bodies and sexuality. With no trace of judgment and endless patience, he answers readers’ intimate, sex-related questions—no query is too naive or risqué—and holds private counseling sessions for people with physical and emotional concerns. Nothing fazes Dr. Watsa—not his newspaper facing an obscenity lawsuit because of the column, not the...

Bisbee '17

Friday, April 06, 2018 2:30 PM - 4:28 PM

Bisbee '17

It’s 2017 in Bisbee, Arizona, an old copper-mining town just miles from the Mexican border. The town’s close-knit community prepares to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Bisbee’s darkest hour: the infamous Bisbee Deportation of 1917, during which 1,200 striking miners were violently taken from their homes, banished to the middle of the desert, and left to die. Townspeople confront this violent, misunderstood past by staging dramatic recreations of the escalating strike. These dramatized scenes are based on subjective versions of the story and “directed,” in a sense, by residents with conflicting views of the event. Deeply personal segments torn from...

Ruin Me

Friday, April 06, 2018 11:20 PM - 12:48 AM

Ruin Me

Welcome to Slasher Sleepout, the 36-hour full-immersion Ultimate Horror Movie Experience. This groovy weekend is part deep-woods slasher chase, part escape room, and completely intended to totally ruin you with terror. Alex and her boyfriend join four others for the experience. They are hooded, driven to the woods, and dumped. Now the creepy (and hokey) clues appear, giving them the Sleepout narrative. Fellow horror junkie, you know from the start this won’t end well. What you don’t know is just how insane it will get. Suddenly, participants start dying gruesomely, and people who may not be part of the game...

Have a Nice Day

Friday, April 06, 2018 11:40 PM - 12:57 AM

Have a Nice Day

Xiao Zhang has stolen a satchel containing one million yuan. He intends to use the money to take his fiancee´ to South Korea to repair a botched plastic surgery. The money belongs to a small-time crime boss known as Uncle Lui, and he intends to get it back quickly. Calls are made and the services of a sinister fixer are enlisted. Xiao is easily tracked. The task should be simple, but fate intervenes. Paths and destinies cross while unexpected players step into the game. Before long a simple retrieval has become a nasty (and witty) comedy of errors, with the...

V.I.P.

Saturday, April 07, 2018 11:15 PM - 1:23 AM

V.I.P.

A savage and sadistic serial killer has been terrorizing South Korea, and Detective Chae Edo is charged with stopping him at any cost. Chae quickly discovers his identity. The problem is, he is Kim Gwang-il, a member of a North Korean royal family who was smuggled out by the C.I.A. for intelligence purposes. When Chae arrests and charges Kim, top-level forces amass to protect this deranged murderer and the information he holds. When Chae is unable to stop Kim’s release, he is contacted by an ex-Intelligence officer who was also unsuccessful in stopping Kim. Now these two will go beyond...

Game of Death

Saturday, April 07, 2018 11:20 PM - 12:34 AM

Game of Death

Kill or be killed. Death is the only way out. Once begun, there is no turning back. Thus ominously states the Game of Death, which seven sex-and-drug hazed millennials very foolishly decide to play. When they touch the Game to enter as players, it pricks their fingers and takes some blood from each. Rarely a good sign. The Game is on and it says they must take 24 lives in a given time or die themselves. Within minutes, two of the unlucky gamesters’ heads have exploded. Clearly, this is no joke. The five survivors need to kill 22 people...

Mermaids

Monday, April 09, 2018 9:20 AM - 10:36 AM

Mermaids

In mythology and pop culture, mermaids are often portrayed as whimsical creatures that long for acceptance. Unsurprisingly, for the real-life mermaids profiled in this touching documentary, slipping on a shimmering tail and getting into the water represents a profound, depth-filled experience. For transgender woman Julz, the California mermaid community helps her shed the scars from an oppressive upbringing and find a place where she belongs. Tough-talking Cookie finds relief from the lingering effects of an abusive childhood, and in the process forges a deeper relationship with her supportive husband Ralph. Sensitive Rachel and her mother perform together as mermaids, which...

Handia

Monday, April 09, 2018 11:20 AM - 1:14 PM

Handia (Giant)

Sent by his father to fight in the Spanish Civil War, Martin returns years later to find his family farm impoverished and his younger brother, Joaquin, shockingly different from the young man he left behind. Afflicted with gigantism, Joaquin is nearly eight feet tall, and still growing. Crippled in the war and unable to work the farm, Martin seizes on a scheme to exploit his brother’s freakish size and earn enough to help his family. Joaquin reluctantly agrees, despising the stares and laughter, while wanting to save their farm. Now begins a grueling sideshow journey across 19th century Europe, with...

Newton

Monday, April 09, 2018 11:25 AM - 1:09 PM

Newton

Quirky government clerk Newton Kumar is sent out into the field to handle election duties in the conflict-ridden jungles of India. To say he takes things seriously would be a major understatement. He’s not only extremely smart and bright-eyed, but also hilariously uptight and painfully naive. Newton’s a sucker for the rules and rarely intimidated. Making friends isn’t exactly his strong suit. His determination to carry out a fair election is certainly endearing. But the odds are stacked against him. When he and his goofy crew of election workers show up for duty, they discover their polling station is in...

Meerkat Moonship

Monday, April 09, 2018 11:30 AM - 1:06 PM

Meerkat Moonship (Meerkat Maantuig)

Aspiring botanist Gideonette de la Rey is convinced she’s destined to die at an early age because of a family curse—a belief that only intensifies after her father suddenly passes away. As the frightened 13-year-old recoils from the world, her mother sends her to stay with her grandparents on their lush farm. Despite her grief, Gideonette is mystified by their quirks: her grandmother has an invisible dog, Bing-Bing, while her grandfather spends his nights building an elaborate contraption dubbed a “meerkat moonship” for her new friend Bhubesi, a little boy who cheerfully spends his days training to be an astronaut....

To Err Is Human

Monday, April 09, 2018 11:35 AM - 12:53 PM

To Err Is Human

WORLD PREMIERE


We need to alert you to a Public Health Emergency, but it doesn’t involve that person sniffling next to you, smoking, or your weight. It involves the healthcare system itself. Medical mistakes rank as the third leading cause of death in the U.S., just behind heart disease and cancer. Add nonlethal errors with potentially debilitating results and you have an industry in crisis. But this is not a documentary of horrors. It is one of hope. TO ERR IS HUMAN takes a fearless look at the systemic reasons that have allowed medical errors to continue at such an...

Money's Money

Monday, April 09, 2018 11:40 AM - 1:10 PM

Money's Money

US PREMIERE


When every player in the game is amoral, follows no rules, and will do anything to win, what outcome can you expect? After a blackmailed police official accepts a cash bribe to smuggle cocaine, he is followed home by Alex, a young woman who saw the transaction. Enlisting her brother and his friend, they break into the house and flee with the cash, but not before witnessing a bizarre event. As they celebrate their success, waters deeper and darker than they can imagine are rising around them. MONEY’S MONEY is a sleek and stylish noir thriller...

Barefoot

Monday, April 09, 2018 11:45 AM - 1:29 PM

Barefoot (Po strnisti bos)

Eda is a rather timid young boy growing up in the city of Prague during World War II. When the Germans arrive, Eda’s father resists their authority. This rebellion forces Eda and his family to flee Prague and retreat to the country. Eda’s grandparents have a farm there, and a completely unfamiliar and scary new life begins for him. A group of tough friends show him the ropes of country life, while Eda’s hapless father tries valiantly to adapt and find ways of providing for the family. BAREFOOT is the story of Eda’s discovery of himself and his puzzling world,...

Ramen Heads

Monday, April 09, 2018 1:35 PM - 3:08 PM

Ramen Heads

Like any source of joy, good food tends to create a devoted following, and so-called ramen heads traverse the globe looking for the best bowl of broth and noodles they can find. In Japan—where the dish began as a post-war cheap meal for a hungry population—the best ramen can be found in the kitchen of three-time reigning ramen king Tomita Osamu. This champion approaches his ramen as an artist approaches an empty canvas: with an eye (and nose) for detail and discipline. RAMEN HEADS is a foodie tour of Japan’s best ramen, including Tomita’s rigorous schedule that has hungry customers...

Driver

Monday, April 09, 2018 1:40 PM - 3:12 PM

Driver (Lifney Hazikaron)

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE


“A story is never a lie.” So Ruzummy instructs the beggars and cons he chauffeurs around the city of Bnei Brak. With a list of the rich, lonely, and gullible in his pocket, Ruzummy is a driver who takes his clients to these potential marks in exchange for half of what they collect. He gathers stories, encouraging everyone to tell theirs as a way of hiding his own. Ruzummy is raising his daughter Chani alone. His driving forces him to leave her at night. Chani hates this, and one night demands her father bring her along to...

The Feels

Monday, April 09, 2018 1:50 PM - 3:20 PM

The Feels

Andi and Lu seem like the perfect couple. They have a great connection, they’re in love, and they’re getting married. But their bachelorette weekend doesn’t go quite as planned when, during a night of partying, Lu reveals she’s never had an orgasm. The couples’ friends, an awkward mix of party-goers, do their best to support the brides and help them overcome this speedbump. However, the guests also have secrets and issues of their own that surface throughout the weekend. As truths are revealed, each character describes their first orgasmic experience to the camera, giving the audience an opportunity to connect...

The Seen and Unseen

Monday, April 09, 2018 2:05 PM - 3:31 PM

The Seen and Unseen

US PREMIERE


Many East Indonesians have strong beliefs in the magical and mystical, which are part of their holistic vision of the world. The seen and unseen represent dualism and balance—we should not only believe our eyes, but also what our eyes cannot see. This ambiguity shapes THE SEEN AND UNSEEN, a dreamlike film of disquieting beauty. Ten-year-old twins Tantri and Tantra are sister and brother, yin and yang, the white and the yolk of the egg. When Tantra begins suffering from a neurological disease that robs him of his senses, his sister Tantri supplies them for him. She relives...

The Dragon Defense

Monday, April 09, 2018 2:10 PM - 3:35 PM

The Dragon Defense (La Defensa del Dragón)

Named after a slick chess move, THE DRAGON DEFENSE follows the quirky lives of three friends, each grappling with the unsettling reality of growing old. Samuel is obsessed with chess. He’s a professional player and former college professor, who now spends his time tutoring, betting on matches, and tirelessly attempting to train a young protégé. Joaquin works as a watchmaker, an occupation that is slowly dying. He’s struggling to keep his business alive, sleeping on a couch in his shop, and somewhat comically trying to avoid the landlord. Lastly, there’s Marcos, a holistic medicine doctor whose practice is losing patients...

A Woman Captured

Monday, April 09, 2018 2:15 PM - 3:44 PM

A Woman Captured

Marish has been kept as a domestic slave in Eta’s house for over a decade. In addition to working tirelessly to complete all of the household tasks without any days off, Marish works full time in a factory and is obligated to give Eta every cent she earns. Marish often goes days without food or sleep, and she can’t go anywhere or do anything without permission. Eta and her family inflict verbal and physical abuse on the woman who washes their clothes and prepares their meals, seemingly taking pleasure in making Marish miserable and terrified. With no one to turn...

Worst Case, We Get Married

Monday, April 09, 2018 2:20 PM - 3:51 PM

Worst Case, We Get Married (Et au Pire, on se Mariera)

Aicha sits in an interrogation room, giving filmed testimony regarding the serious crime she has become involved in. The story Aicha tells is one of abuse, rebellion, and a life made up of quickly conceived and conflicting lies. It is the gritty story of a manipulator, a self-made victim who feels rules are for fools and whatever you can get people to believe is the truth. It is a life out of control and heading quickly for tragedy. Aicha is 14 years old. WORST CASE, WE GET MARRIED is her life laid bare, sometimes truthfully and sometimes as she wants...

The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 9:20 AM - 11:03 AM

The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales (Le grand méchant Renard et autres contes...)

Culled from the imagination of director Benjamin Renner, THE BIG BAD FOX AND OTHER TALES is a series of folktales surrounding the animal inhabitants of a small country farm. In “Baby Delivery,” Rabbit, Pig, and Duck must take over for a stork and deliver a baby girl to her home. Naturally, the three stand-ins aren’t as adept at delivering human babies as storks are, and they find the task could bring calamitous results. In “The Big Bad Fox,” the titular character finds himself the unwanted “mommy” to a trio of chicks when he can’t bring himself to eat them as...

Spoor

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 11:20 AM - 1:27 PM

Spoor (Pokot)

Janina Duszejko has retired to a mountain village on the Czech border. She is an astrology enthusiast and a passionate advocate of animal rights. Her village, filled with cruel and ruthless hunters, trappers, and poachers, sees her as a harmless old eccentric—until the day her beloved dogs go missing, possibly murdered by hunters. Powerless against corrupt police and officials, Janina begins a one-woman crusade to fight for these helpless victims, warning that nature will retaliate. Suddenly, a series of bizarre deaths begin, and all the victims are hunters. Evidence suggests a serial killer and that it may even be Mother...

Lots of Kids, a Monkey, and a Castle

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 11:25 AM - 12:56 PM

Lots of Kids, a Monkey, and a Castle (Muchos Hijos, un Mono y un Castillo)

As a young woman, Julita Salmerón made three wishes: to have a lot of kids; to own a monkey; and to live in a castle. Through the course of her fascinating life, all three of these wishes came true. Not only did she have six children and buy a monkey from an ad in a magazine, but she also moved into a castle… a real-life castle with knights in shining armor and giant paintings on the walls. Julita made the castle into her own magical sanctuary, filling it with art and keepsakes and animals of all kinds. Unbelievably, this is...

You Disappear

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

You Disappear (Du forsvinder)

When Mia’s husband Frederik is caught embezzling 12 million dollars from the school where they both work, his behavior is blamed on a brain tumor found in his frontal lobe. Mood swings, fits of anger, poor judgement, and impulse control are all signals of disturbance to this area of the brain. However, through flashbacks and testimonials, it is revealed that many of these symptoms resemble Frederik’s natural temperament before he got sick. As the line between Frederik’s personality and the effects of his tumor becomes less clear, Mia is led down a rabbit hole that will tear her family apart...

Freedom for the Wolf

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 11:40 AM - 1:11 PM

Freedom for the Wolf

What do freedom and democracy look like in the 21st century, and why are people fighting for it? Exploring these two pressing questions—and examining the moral and physical conflicts that arise as a result—is the aim of this documentary. To find answers, FREEDOM FOR THE WOLF focuses on places with “illiberal democracies,” or regimes where elected leaders ignore the will of the people and use their power to erode human rights or suppress marginalized groups. Post-revolution Tunisia struggles with illusory freedom that causes religious and economic oppression; Hong Kong’s democracy-supporting Umbrella Movement has nuanced clashes with a pro-China faction; frustrated...

Silas

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 11:50 AM - 1:10 PM

Silas

Liberia is rich in valuable natural resources such as diamonds and timber, although the government has long allowed foreign companies to exploit these riches at the expense of the country’s citizens. Enter activist Silas Siakor, who’s determined to not only preserve Liberian land for residents, but also expose abuses of power and human rights violations. This gripping documentary follows Siakor as he and fellow activists document illegal logging operations and work tirelessly to chip away at the rampant corruption undermining political progress. In some of the film’s most touching moments, SILAS also examines the toll this activism takes on Siakor’s...

Quality Time

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:25 PM

Quality Time

Dutch director Daan Bakker makes his feature debut with a doozy of a movie consisting of five separate tales of 30-something-year-old men wading through the waters of insecurity and ineptitude. The first part of QUALITY TIME is the story of Koen and his disinterest in chugging ham and milk at a family gathering—which he does at his family’s urging, only to become sick. Next is Stefaan, who has moved back home with his parents and visits locations from his life so he can take photos of these monumental sites. Kjell travels back in time to try and fix his insecurities...

Liquid Truth

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 12:10 PM - 1:40 PM

Liquid Truth (Aos Teus Olhos)

Alex is a young boy on the swimming team. His dad is gruff, seemingly always disappointed his son never gets first place. Noticing the father’s pressure has been affecting Alex’s behavior, Coach Rubens tries to offer emotional support. Extremely outgoing, he’s widely popular with the kids. The personal attention becomes questionable when Alex’s mother says her son confessed that Rubens was inappropriate with him in the locker room. Alex’s father is hesitant to pursue the matter at first, concerned about his own image. The school principal is slow to react, too—worried the whole thing could be a misunderstanding. But when...

Shelter

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 1:15 PM - 2:48 PM

Shelter

By collaborating with the Lebanese, Mona has betrayed her Hezbollah lover and his organization. She is quickly evacuated, forced to undergo painful facial plastic surgery, and sent to a safe house in Hamburg to recover. Assigned to protect her is Naomi, a Mossad agent whose husband had been killed by Hezbollah years before. The two women will be forced to live together in rigidly controlled circumstances, but Mona’s survival, and the intelligence she possesses, is essential. The arrangements are tense, but they are about to become deadly. Somehow Hezbollah has discovered the location of the safe house. What begins as...

Kim Swims

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 1:30 PM - 2:46 PM

Kim Swims

Kim Chambers is about to tackle the toughest swim of her life: the shark-infested, 30-mile stretch of frigid ocean between the Farallon Islands and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. As an open water marathon swimmer, the New Zealand native is used to grueling athletic challenges. But the empowering documentary KIM SWIMS details why completing this particular swim matters so much (for starters, Chambers would become the first woman to traverse this distance solo) and what drives her to rise at 4 a.m. and train. Determination is certainly a big part. Chambers only started swimming in earnest as an adult, after...

Killing Jesus

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 1:45 PM - 3:24 PM

Killing Jesus (Matar a Jesús)

Lita has just witnessed the murder of her father, a beloved professor at the university she attends. In the chaos and gunfire, she sees the young thug who committed the crime. The police, overwhelmed by the amount of gang-related killings, offer little hope for justice. Out with friends one evening, Lita sees the killer at a club. His name is Jesus. Lita decides to ingratiate herself to him, creating a chance to enact the retribution the authorities cannot. KILLING JESUS is a unique and multilayered revenge thriller. As Lita is pulled deeper into Jesus’ world, her life is increasingly at...

The Art of Loving

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 1:50 PM - 3:50 PM

The Art of Loving (Sztuka Kochania)

It’s the 1970s in communist Poland and no one wants to talk about sex... no one except sexologist Michalina Wisłocka, that is. THE ART OF LOVING is based on the true story of Wisłocka, a lesser-known hero of the sexual revolution, and her struggle to print what would become the first sexual guidebook in a communist country. Funny, insightful, and empowering, this film is a heartfelt tribute to the unconventional life and legacy of Poland’s sexual pioneer. Over her lifetime, Wisłocka worked tirelessly to educate her community about birth control, sexual pleasure, and safe sex. When she published The Art...

Punk Voyage

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 2:00 PM - 3:37 PM

Punk Voyage (Tokasikajuttu)

In 2012 directors Jukka Kärkkäinen and J-P Passi made “The Punk Syndrome,” a documentary about the Finnish band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät. The members of the punk quartet, which is named after their guitarist and principle songwriter Pertti, all have mental disabilities. The group had a successful seven- year-run until breaking up in 2016 when Pertti retired from music at the age of 60. PUNK VOYAGE catches up with the band in their final year together. Tension abounds as extensive touring has clearly caused friction among the members. Bassist Sami is fed up with singer Kari’s rebellious antics, as well as...

Dance Academy

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 2:10 PM - 3:50 PM

Dance Academy

Tara was on track to becoming one of the best dancers of her generation before a debilitating injury prematurely ended her career. After an 18-month recovery period, during which Tara learned to walk again, her dreams of being a company dancer are still very much alive. Despite the concern and discouragement from the people who care for her, Tara embarks on a journey to make a life for herself in the cutthroat world of professional dance. Risking another grave injury, Tara is willing to sacrifice everything, including her physical wellbeing, to actualize her aspirations. But with unrelenting demands on her...

Corporate

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 2:15 PM - 3:50 PM

Corporate

Emilie is a smart and driven human resources manager for a large corporation in Paris. To stay within France’s strict labor laws, her company creates a policy that pressures people into quitting by making their jobs unbearable, rather than firing those they want out. Emilie is charged with overseeing the ruthless plan, which she effectively carries out with a cool and evasive demeanor. Things seem to be going well... that is, until one of the targeted employees commits suicide by jumping off a balcony at work. In the investigations that follow, dark secrets are revealed within the hierarchy of the...

Yeva

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 2:25 PM - 3:59 PM

Yeva

Yeva is in trouble. She’s fled to an Armenian village with her young daughter Nareh, as she is suspected of having a role in her husband Vrouyr’s death. Hiding out with her aunt and uncle in the place where she once worked as a doctor during the Armenia-Azerbaijan war, Yeva attempts to start over as a teacher. Her presence soon draws suspicion, as she can’t produce any personal identification, but when a sudden tragedy strikes, some villagers question how a teacher can have her medical skills. As it turns out, Yeva is also carrying burdensome secrets (and her own scars...

The New Fire

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 2:30 PM - 3:54 PM

The New Fire

If the world can work together using innovation and technology to put a man on the moon, why can’t we unite to solve climate change? To avoid the worst effects of global warming, we need a rapid, coordinated, and global transition to renewable energy. Wind and solar energies have their flaws and limitations, and nuclear power is far too dangerous and costly… or is it? THE NEW FIRE is a documentary that explores the next generation of nuclear engineers and their work to create improved generators that address safety and waste issues, aspects of nuclear energy that have posed huge...

Montparnasse Bienvenue

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 9:20 AM - 10:57 AM

Montparnasse Bienvenue (Jeune femme)

After being dumped by her boyfriend of ten years, Paula is a slightly unstable trainwreck. In the opening scene, we find her disheveled and literally banging her head against a wall... perhaps a metaphor for the events to follow. With no money, no family, and no place to go, she wanders aimlessly around Paris with her ex-boyfriend’s stolen cat, struggling to find her place in the world. Lonely, yet free-spirited and lively, Paula bounces between friends’ couches, dance parties, and temporary jobs, meeting a variety of people along the way. This film is a beautiful snapshot of life’s ups and...

The Testament

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 11:05 AM - 12:39 PM

The Testament (Ha'Edut)

Dr. Yoel Halberstam, a historian at the Holocaust Institute, is trying to halt construction in a small town in Austria where 200 Jewish laborers were said to have been massacred in 1945. The mass grave was never located, documents are missing, and the town’s current officials tend to deny the event took place. Yoel has two weeks to present evidence; otherwise construction will resume and the graves may be forever lost. Yoel will not relent, even when a new document reveals a shocking truth about his own mother, one that could destroy his family. Powered by an extraordinary lead performance...

Disappearance

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 11:20 AM - 12:52 PM

Disappearance (Verdwijnen)

There’s frosty tension between photojournalist Roos and her ex-concert pianist mother Louise—and it’s not just because DISAPPEARANCE is set in the snow-blanketed Norwegian mountains. The women are at odds over long-standing disagreements that are always on the precipice of boiling over. Still, Roos tries to make the best of things despite this rocky relationship. She bonds with her 13-year-old half-brother Bengt (an artistic teen who’s fond of experimenting with sound) and reconnects with an old flame to have some illicit fun. Yet DISAPPEARANCE’s hidden fractures can’t help but surface—and come to a painful breaking point—after Roos confesses a wrenching secret...

West of Sunshine

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 11:25 AM - 12:43 PM

West of Sunshine

Things haven’t been going well for Jim. His gambling habit has put him deep into debt. Because of this, he’s now separated from his wife, and his young son Alex doesn’t think much of him. While these realities are certainly unsettling, there’s a more pressing matter at play. If he doesn’t pay back his loan shark in one day, his life will literally be over. And just when he thought things couldn’t get any worse, Jim’s wife needs him to watch their son. Of all days. With no other option, he’s forced to bring Alex along for what will become...

The Miner

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 11:30 AM - 1:13 PM

The Miner (Rudar)

With closures threatening his 30-year career as a miner, Alija is given a chance to survive layoffs by the ruthless mining company. He is to inspect a mine shut down during WWII, checking to make sure it is empty for permanent closure. While Alija is conducting his inspection, he finds evidence the mine was the sight of a massacre and may contain hundreds of bodies. Alija must bring this finding to light. He is a Bosnian refugee, and as a child was the sole survivor of his village during a similar atrocity. But the mining company, the police, and the...

Before Summer Ends

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 11:35 AM - 12:55 PM

Before Summer Ends (Avant la fin de l'ete)

Arash only has two weeks left in France before he’s due to move back to Iran. Although he has last-minute loose ends to tie up (and a law exam for which he should be studying), his fellow Iranian ex-pat friends Hossein and Ashkan convince him to join them on vacation instead. What ensues in this lightly fictionalized documentary is a road trip whose carefree veneer and beer-swilling bacchanalia give way to serious ruminations about religion, romantic connection, and cultural identity. The affable trio do their fair share of good-natured goofing around—especially after meeting two French women, musicians Michèle and Charlotte,...

Time Trial

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 11:40 AM - 1:02 PM

Time Trial

Scottish cyclist David Millar had risen to prominence before a 2004 doping scandal got him banned from the sport for two years. Eager for redemption and one final shot at the Tour de France, David began the tortuous series of trials that would qualify him to compete. This is David’s story, which he bluntly and fearlessly narrates. But TIME TRIAL is a sports documentary unlike any you’ve seen, kicking into a higher new gear of intimacy and immediacy. Focusing on David’s intense physical efforts, the film also chronicles the crazy and intricate relationships of cyclist, road crew, fellow competitors,...

Mademoiselle Paradis

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 11:50 AM - 1:27 PM

Mademoiselle Paradis (Licht)

Therese Paradis suddenly goes blind at a young age. In the darkness of her world, she grows into an extraordinarily gifted pianist. Paraded in 18th century Austrian society as a talented freak, she is captive to both the ridicule of unforgiving fashion choices and her position-conscious family. Her parents, hearing of a possible cure, take her to the asylum of Dr. Mesmer, who is conducting controversial experiments with magnetic fluids. When Therese begins to regain her sight, this miracle threatens to also become a curse. The only world she has ever known must now reconcile itself to the world as...

Intelligent Lives

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:14 PM

Intelligent Lives

WORLD PREMIERE


How much weight does an IQ score actually hold? Considering all the different types of intelligence, can a simplistic number truly tell us what someone is capable of? Director Dan Habib, whose career has centered on films about the disabled, certainly doesn’t think so. Chances are, after seeing his latest documentary, neither will you. Narrated by award-winning actor Chris Cooper, INTELLIGENT LIVES dismantles the myths about people with intellectual disabilities. Cooper’s involvement with the project is personal: his teenage son died of complications from cerebral palsy in 2005. The film focuses on the lives of Micah, Naomie, and...

La Familia

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 1:10 PM - 2:32 PM

La Familia

Andres is a single father living in a blue-collar neighborhood of Caracas. His son Pedro spends his days roughhousing with friends, some of whom are involved in the street violence that has recently spread through their community. When a boy attempts to steal Pedro’s cell phone, he retaliates with excessive force. Andres discovers the young thief has possible gang ties. If true, the consequences for Pedro could be deadly. Acting on his paternal instincts, he takes his son on the run. Prior to the incident, their communication had been seriously lacking. They bottled up their emotions, choosing other ways to...

Sheikh Jackson

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Sheikh Jackson

US PREMIERE


A conservative Islamic cleric has a mental breakdown over an unlikely event: the death of pop legend Michael Jackson. For years, Khaled’s been strongly opposed to western influence. He scoffs at women who don’t dress in the traditional garb in public. In one scene in SHEIKH JACKSON, he discovers his daughter watching Beyonce´ videos on YouTube and quickly shuts off their internet. However, Khaled has a secret. As a teen, he was obsessed with the King of Pop—so much so that he dressed the part, grew his hair out, and learned every dance move. His father, who ignorantly...

Anote's Ark

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 1:20 PM - 2:37 PM

Anote's Ark

The Pacific island republic of Kiribati is home to over 100,000 people. Despite being one of the most remote places on the planet, this little island is on the front lines of climate change. Scientists predict that Kiribati will become uninhabitable within this century due to rising sea levels. The nation has already experienced unprecedented flooding and changing storm patterns, factors that will inevitably leave its communities without viable land or fresh water. ANOTE’S ARK follows the people of Kiribati as they struggle to retain their culture, tradition, and dignity, while preparing for an uncertain future. The film’s focus is...

Ana, Mon Amour

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 1:40 PM - 3:47 PM

Ana, Mon Amour

Toma and Ana, two young graduate students, quickly fall in love upon meeting. However, theirs is not your average lighthearted love story. Ana’s tendency for debilitating panic attacks leaves her entirely dependent on Toma almost immediately. The relationship becomes increasingly intense as he isolates himself to care for her, taking her to doctor visits and paying her bills. As their attachment to one another grows, deeper issues emerge. ANA, MON AMOUR chronicles the different phases of Toma’s and Ana’s codependent relationship, up until its ultimate demise. The nonlinear narrative creates a cinematic puzzle for the viewer to piece together. As...

A Day

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

A Day (Haru)

World famous physician Kim Jun-young is rushing home from a U.N. conference to celebrate his daughter Eun jung’s birthday. Running late, he encounters a horrific auto accident with one passenger and one pedestrian dead. When he discovers the pedestrian is his daughter, he jolts awake back on a plane. But this is no dream. The same day repeats itself with the same tragic conclusion. With each successive effort to change the outcome, complications escalate. So does the tension. Don’t bother catching your breath. The next unpredictable twist will knock it out of you. Years ago, Dr. Kim made a highly...

Kusama - Infinity

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 1:50 PM - 3:10 PM

Kusama - Infinity

Born to conservative parents in Japan, Yayoi Kusama’s wild creativity was not embraced. Her mother was so upset about her daughter’s artistic inclinations she often destroyed her work. Kusama eventually moved to America to pursue her dreams, despite having no connections and speaking limited English. Undeterred, she worked her way into the New York pop-art scene and became famous in the 60’s with press attention comparable to Andy Warhol’s. Kusama fought racism and sexism in the industry, often finding herself at odds with other artists. But she never backed down or changed for anyone. One of her biggest challenges has...

Tripped Up

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 2:00 PM - 3:18 PM

Tripped Up

WORLD PREMIERE


Cleveland native Steve Belkin has a serious case of wanderlust. For years, the University Heights resident came up with brilliant schemes to earn free airline miles. One of those plans even had authorities confusing him as a drug trafficker. For Belkin, there’s nothing quite like traveling. He loves it so much he made a career out of it. Inspired by a global scavenger hunt he participated in, he founded Competitours in 2009. The unconventional travel agency offers customers an opportunity that mirrors such reality shows as The Amazing Race. Unlike that program, Competitours’ challenges do not include eating...

Cardinals

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 2:10 PM - 3:34 PM

Cardinals

Valerie has just been released from prison after serving time for a drunk driving accident that took the life of her neighbor. She’s clearly been hardened by her stint behind bars. There’s tension with husband and daughters, thanks to her stubborn refusal to discuss anything that’s happened. Besides some awkwardness, though, the avoidance plan actually seems to be working. That is, until her neighbor’s son Mark shows up looking for answers. He isn’t quite convinced by the account of what happened on the night of his dad’s death. He begins snooping on Valerie, digging for any dirt he can find....

Handia

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 3:00 PM - 4:54 PM

Handia (Giant)

Sent by his father to fight in the Spanish Civil War, Martin returns years later to find his family farm impoverished and his younger brother, Joaquin, shockingly different from the young man he left behind. Afflicted with gigantism, Joaquin is nearly eight feet tall, and still growing. Crippled in the war and unable to work the farm, Martin seizes on a scheme to exploit his brother’s freakish size and earn enough to help his family. Joaquin reluctantly agrees, despising the stares and laughter, while wanting to save their farm. Now begins a grueling sideshow journey across 19th century Europe, with...

Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist

Thursday, April 12, 2018 9:15 AM - 10:33 AM

Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist

From her working-class beginnings to being made a Dame of the British Empire, Vivienne Westwood carved a life and a fashion empire unlike any other. Known throughout the world for her revolutionary and controversial clothing designs, Westwood followed nobody’s advice and gleefully opposed decorum, public opinion, and social norms. Westwood steers this brave documentary the way she steered her career: fearlessly, argumentatively, and in the face of reason and convention. The self-proclaimed creator of Punk, Westwood was always willing to translate her political passion into her design—an anarchist working the runways in Paris and happily weathering establishment derision. WESTWOOD: PUNK,...

Out

Thursday, April 12, 2018 9:20 AM - 10:48 AM

Out

Agoston is a middle-aged power-plant worker in Slovakia. One day he is abruptly told he has lost his job as part of an immediate staff reduction. With no other prospects, he decides to take a risk and travel to Latvia for a position as a welder in a shipyard. When he arrives, however, the job does not work out and Agoston is now adrift in a foreign land. Far from his family and uncertain of his next move, he begins an odyssey of self-discovery and reflection. OUT chronicles his journey to redefine himself at mid-life. With little money and few...

Spoor

Thursday, April 12, 2018 11:15 AM - 1:22 PM

Spoor (Pokot)

Janina Duszejko has retired to a mountain village on the Czech border. She is an astrology enthusiast and a passionate advocate of animal rights. Her village, filled with cruel and ruthless hunters, trappers, and poachers, sees her as a harmless old eccentric—until the day her beloved dogs go missing, possibly murdered by hunters. Powerless against corrupt police and officials, Janina begins a one-woman crusade to fight for these helpless victims, warning that nature will retaliate. Suddenly, a series of bizarre deaths begin, and all the victims are hunters. Evidence suggests a serial killer and that it may even be Mother...

Ali's Wedding

Thursday, April 12, 2018 11:20 AM - 1:10 PM

Ali's Wedding

As the son of a beloved cleric in the Muslim community in Melbourne, Australia, Ali is under extreme pressure to live up to his father’s revered reputation. In a well-meaning attempt to impress his family (and to prove his rivals wrong), Ali tells one big lie, which leads to a series of unfortunate, yet amusing, events that quickly spiral out of control. ALI’S WEDDING is the classic story of a young man caught between following his heart and making his father proud, mixed with the complexities of being a Muslim in Australia. Interweaving love triangles, accidental engagements, cultural divides, and...

I Am Not a Witch

Thursday, April 12, 2018 11:25 AM - 12:58 PM

I Am Not a Witch

When a woman carrying water trips and falls unexpectedly on an empty path, she looks up to see eight-year-old Shula standing nearby. Of course, the only logical explanation for the incident is that Shula is a witch who willed the woman to fall… right? This is the conclusion the village leaders come to before they exile Shula to a witch camp. Upon arrival, Shula is tied to a spool of white ribbon and told if she cuts herself free, she will turn into a goat. Once officially named a witch by the community, her identity takes many forms—an oddity for...

HAZE, It's Complicated...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 11:30 AM - 12:40 PM

HAZE, It's Complicated...

WORLD PREMIERE


Palm oil farming has taken over many parts of Southeast Asia. It’s raking in billions, and while locals don’t see the bulk of that money, most of them are happy with the income it brings in. That’s mainly because, before the palm oil boom, they were struggling to make ends meet in the declining rubber industry. But as the title of this documentary points out, the topic is extremely complex. Much of the region sits on peat, a dense, carbon-heavy substance made of organic matter and dead vegetation. In order to clear land for palm oil crops, many...

Custody

Thursday, April 12, 2018 11:40 AM - 1:10 PM

Custody (Jusqu'ŕ La Garde)

After a bitter divorce, Miriam and Antoine find themselves in court, fighting for custody of their son Julian. Although Julian rejects his father, and Miriam testifies to her ex-husband’s abusive and predatory behavior, Antoine is granted visitation rights after pleading to the judge that he loves his son and needs to be with him. But during their visits, Antoine seems less interested in connecting with Julian and more focused on using him to get to Miriam. Antoine forces Julian to hand over Miriam’s new phone number and new address—both of which she changed to get away from Antoine—and attempts to...

Hal

Thursday, April 12, 2018 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Hal

There are films that make money and there are films that endure. Renegade director Hal Ashby made the latter. A passionate and obsessive craftsman, Ashby had serious authority issues with the studio power structure. Hitchhiking to L.A. when he was 17, Ashby’s first job was running a copy machine at Universal. After coming under the tutelage of director Norman Jewison, Ashby began editing film, winning an Oscar® for “In The Heat of the Night.” Before long, Jewison got him a chance to direct—and a new force of nature hit Hollywood. The director of such beloved movies as “Harold and...

Animals

Thursday, April 12, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:35 PM

Animals (Tiere)

Nick and Anna’s marriage is in a fragile state. As they plan for an extended stay in the Swiss Alps, Anna begins to suspect Nick has been having an affair with a woman who lives in their building. Unfortunately, they are not provided with much of an opportunity to mend things on their holiday. On the drive through the mountains, Nick hits and kills a sheep in an accident that leaves Anna shaken and confused, with a minor head injury. When they finally arrive at their picturesque mountain cottage, the circumstances are anything but peaceful. Anna has significant gaps in...

The Final Journey

Thursday, April 12, 2018 1:20 PM - 3:05 PM

The Final Journey (Leanders letzte Reise)

When his wife passes away, Eduard decides it’s time to revisit his past in this beautifully shot and expertly acted film. Reluctantly along for the ride is Eduard’s granddaughter Adele, who hasn’t had much of a relationship with her grandfather. While Eduard has spent his life hiding from his past, Adele begins slowly learning more and more about him. And it isn’t long before the motivation for this road trip becomes clear. Set during the beginning of the Ukraine / Russian conflict of 2014, THE FINAL JOURNEY follows Eduard and Adele as they travel from Germany to the Ukraine in...

Anchor and Hope

Thursday, April 12, 2018 1:30 PM - 3:21 PM

Anchor and Hope

Eva and Kat have a good thing going. They’re in love and living the bohemian lifestyle on a house boat, cruising the canals of London with their plants and cat. But when the cat dies, Eva’s maternal instincts kick into gear and she decides it’s time to be a mother. This doesn’t go over well with Kat who appreciates their laissez-faire existence. When Kat’s friend Roger visits, the male addition to the boat works in Eva’s favor as Roger agrees to be the couple’s donor. ANCHOR AND HOPE is a love story for the new millennium, as charmingly unconcerned with...

Racer and the Jailbird

Thursday, April 12, 2018 1:40 PM - 3:50 PM

Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidčle)

RACER AND THE JAILBIRD operates in a world of higher stakes and more refined tastes. Gigi Vanoirbeek belongs to a notorious Brussels gang responsible for a string of expertly executed, high-net-worth robberies. Under the cover of his luxury automobile import-export business he meets Bibi Delhany, a gorgeous and glamorous race-car driver with roots more respectable than his own. Despite their wildly different backgrounds, this unlikely pair falls for each other, fast and hard. Gigi manages to shield Bibi from his illicit activities and begins to wonder what another life might look like. But already deep into the planning of his...

In the Shadows

Thursday, April 12, 2018 1:45 PM - 3:42 PM

In the Shadows (Gali Guliyan)

Walls define the life of Khuddoos: the walls of Old Delhi that enclose the squalid neighborhood he lives in, as well as the walls of his mind that increasingly isolate him from the world. A poor repairman with a failing shop, Khuddoos has placed cameras around his house and closely monitors everything. When he suspects a neighbor is beating his young boy, Khuddoos becomes obsessed with finding the identity of the child and helping him. The boy, the son of a local butcher, is also isolated from his family and his world. He, too, spies on people through windows...

Barefoot

Thursday, April 12, 2018 1:50 PM - 3:34 PM

Barefoot (Po strnisti bos)

Eda is a rather timid young boy growing up in the city of Prague during World War II. When the Germans arrive, Eda’s father resists their authority. This rebellion forces Eda and his family to flee Prague and retreat to the country. Eda’s grandparents have a farm there, and a completely unfamiliar and scary new life begins for him. A group of tough friends show him the ropes of country life, while Eda’s hapless father tries valiantly to adapt and find ways of providing for the family. BAREFOOT is the story of Eda’s discovery of himself and his puzzling world,...

Life Hack

Thursday, April 12, 2018 2:10 PM - 3:35 PM

Life Hack

An argument over a parking space sets off a chain of events with far-reaching implications in this comedic cautionary tale about a group of friends tracking down a nefarious computer hacker. Carolyn keys the car of a guy who tries to steal her parking spot, only to find her savings account emptied. Bobby gets contacted by a hacker with a video of Bobby “emptying his hard drive,” and in the middle are Jack and Charlie who Carolyn and Bobby entreat to find the culprit. LIFE HACK is the rom-com for the new millennium where privacy and secrets are not so...

Maynard

Thursday, April 12, 2018 2:15 PM - 3:54 PM

Maynard

Civil rights activist Maynard Jackson first ran for office at the age of 30. He was defeated by segregationist Herman Talmadge for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia in 1968. Despite the loss, he became a beloved figure in the city of Atlanta, where he was elected mayor in 1973. The victory was historic as Jackson was the city’s first African-American to hold the position. He would eventually transform Atlanta’s reputation as the heart of the confederate South to a renowned world-class city. But it wasn’t an easy task. Jackson faced an uphill battle in changing the racist views and...

Beyond Dreams

Thursday, April 12, 2018 2:30 PM - 4:02 PM

Beyond Dreams (Dröm Vidare)

Freshly out of prison, Mirja is trying to decide which path to follow. Her best friends are criminals who are still clinging to a plan to rob a jewelry store in order to fund their exit from their boring suburban town. It’s a dream they’ve shared for years. But with a sick mother and little sister needing her care, Mirja tries to go the honest route for once. She lands a job at a local hotel, much to the chagrin of her friends, who become resentful she’s no longer interested in their schemes. They see her as a sellout. But...

Little Harbour

Friday, April 13, 2018 9:15 AM - 10:40 AM

Little Harbour (Piata Lod)

Ten-year-old Jarka lives with her mother, Mama Lucia, who neglects and disregards her. Their house is a mess, they have nothing to eat, and Mama Lucia spends most of her time with a series of strange men. Not cared for and lonely, Jarka longs for a loving, functional family. One day, when she finds twin babies abandoned at a train station, Jarka is given an opportunity to create the home she’s always dreamed of. After recruiting a neighborhood boy, Kristian, to play the dad in her fantasy family, Jarka transforms an abandoned garden shed into a hidden oasis. As the...

HAZE, It's Complicated...

Friday, April 13, 2018 9:20 AM - 10:30 AM

HAZE, It's Complicated...

WORLD PREMIERE


Palm oil farming has taken over many parts of Southeast Asia. It’s raking in billions, and while locals don’t see the bulk of that money, most of them are happy with the income it brings in. That’s mainly because, before the palm oil boom, they were struggling to make ends meet in the declining rubber industry. But as the title of this documentary points out, the topic is extremely complex. Much of the region sits on peat, a dense, carbon-heavy substance made of organic matter and dead vegetation. In order to clear land for palm oil crops, many...

West of Sunshine

Friday, April 13, 2018 11:00 AM - 12:18 PM

West of Sunshine

Things haven’t been going well for Jim. His gambling habit has put him deep into debt. Because of this, he’s now separated from his wife, and his young son Alex doesn’t think much of him. While these realities are certainly unsettling, there’s a more pressing matter at play. If he doesn’t pay back his loan shark in one day, his life will literally be over. And just when he thought things couldn’t get any worse, Jim’s wife needs him to watch their son. Of all days. With no other option, he’s forced to bring Alex along for what will become...

Directions

Friday, April 13, 2018 11:10 AM - 12:57 PM

Directions (Posoki)

DIRECTIONS begins with the grim story of Misho, a middle-aged Bulgarian taxi driver with a teenage daughter. Down on his luck, Misho has been desperately trying to pay back the loan he received for his business. When a shady banker tries to renege on their deal, Misho murders him and attempts suicide. What follows is a series of vignettes about cab drivers and the dubious situations that occur during their late-night shifts. With the economy tanked, driving taxis has become a last resort. The drivers’ wealthy—and often rude—customers see them as inferior, resulting in heated exchanges and violent clashes. But...

Love Means Zero

Friday, April 13, 2018 11:20 AM - 12:49 PM

Love Means Zero

“Let the record of what I did do the talking,” says famous tennis coach Nick Bollettieri in the beginning of Jason Kohn’s LOVE MEANS ZERO. Weathered and seemingly annoyed by Kohn’s pressing questions about controversial moments in his career, Bollettieri is feisty and defensive. But as the film progresses, his emotional wall begins to come down. In 1978 he founded a tennis academy that produced such superstars as Jim Courier, Anna Kournikova, Monica Seles, and Andre Agassi. Bollettieri was often criticized for his harsh teaching style and the fact that his students lived at the school. But many players saw...

A Trip to the Moon

Friday, April 13, 2018 11:25 AM - 12:52 PM

A Trip to the Moon (Un viaje a la luna)

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE


Tomas is an introverted teenager with an overbearing mother, who nags him about taking his anti-psychotic meds and studying for an upcoming important exam. If that wasn’t stressful enough, Tomas is also haunted by a violent and painful childhood memory, which causes him deep distress. To cope, he learns everything he can about the moon, and he dreams of one day visiting the luminous satellite. When Tomas rebels and stops taking his pills, this escapist daydream becomes a full-blown fascination that overtakes his life—and threatens to upend his family’s stability. Can his sassy neighbor Iris, whose kindness...

My Enemy, My Brother

Friday, April 13, 2018 11:50 AM - 1:18 PM

My Enemy, My Brother

In the midst of the 1980s Iran-Iraq War, a remarkably beautiful thing happened: an Iranian soldier risked his life to save a wounded man who was supposed to be his enemy. As if that wasn’t amazing enough, the two would meet again by sheer coincidence in Vancouver, Canada 25 years later. Their incredible reunion is captured in MY ENEMY, MY BROTHER, a documentary that grew out of an award-winning short film of the same name. Director Ann Shin follows the pair on a journey back to the region, which has now been devastated by the stronghold of ISIS. The conflict...

Dan Dream

Friday, April 13, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:37 PM

Dan Dream

Danish comedy star Casper Christensen co-wrote and stars as Thorkil in this film based on the true story of the Hope Whisper Danish electric car from the early 80s. In DAN DREAM, Thorkil is a man ahead of his time who can never get credit for his million-dollar ideas. When he finds himself out of a job, but with a vision to make an electric car, he recruits his hapless group of friends to join him in the venture. Hilariously depicting the trials and tribulations of blazing the trails of invention, DAN DREAM is a lot like the “Wolf of...

A Murder in Mansfield

Friday, April 13, 2018 12:20 PM - 1:47 PM

A Murder in Mansfield

In 1989 the small town of Mansfield, Ohio was shaken by the horrific murder of Noreen Boyle. The media circus around the case centered on 12-year-old Collier Boyle, who was home with his little sister at the time of the incident. Collier testified in court against his emotionally and physically abusive father, John, whom he believed was responsible for the death of his mother. John was convicted and sentenced to 20-years-to-life for the crime. But he maintained his innocence, insisting it was all an accident. Evidence in the case proved otherwise. A MURDER IN MANSFIELD follows Collier—now a filmmaker in...

Cloudboy

Friday, April 13, 2018 12:50 PM - 2:07 PM

Cloudboy (Cloudboy)

Twelve-year-old Niilas is not having a good summer. Instead of spending it at home in Belgium with his dad, he’s being sent to visit Sweden, where his mother and her family work herding reindeer. Niilas has trouble adjusting to the rugged outdoor lifestyle: he refuses to talk, threatens to run away, and acts out against his two half-siblings and stepfather. It takes a brush with death (and a stern talking-to from his stepsister, Sunna`) to shake him out of his petulant mood and convince him to give life in Sweden a chance. Niilas starts to stretch his comfort zone and,...

This is Home

Friday, April 13, 2018 1:20 PM - 2:51 PM

This is Home

Since the Syrian civil war began in 2011, over five million people have been forced to flee their homeland. Of these refugees, just under 21,000 have been accepted into the United States—often after years of being waitlisted. Upon arrival, refugees are provided with interpreters, home and job placement, and assistance applying for financial aid programs. However, they only have eight months before they are required to be entirely self-sufficient. THIS IS HOME follows four Syrian families on this eight-month journey as they adapt to life in the United States. Battling grief, recovering from trauma, and moving through cultural and language...

Larger Than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story

Friday, April 13, 2018 1:25 PM - 3:07 PM

Larger Than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story

Raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, Kevyn Aucoin was decidedly considered an unusual child. His room was filled with pictures of Streisand and his schooldays with beatings and torment. But Kevyn proved as resilient as he was rebellious. At 21, he went to New York City and simply walked into the offices of Vogue like he belonged there. Which he did. It was a time when the idea of a make-up artist in fashion was unknown. It was also a time of terror with the advent of AIDS. Kevyn’s astounding eye for color and fearlessly innovative spirit soon conquered the fashion world....

Quality Time

Friday, April 13, 2018 1:30 PM - 2:55 PM

Quality Time

Dutch director Daan Bakker makes his feature debut with a doozy of a movie consisting of five separate tales of 30-something-year-old men wading through the waters of insecurity and ineptitude. The first part of QUALITY TIME is the story of Koen and his disinterest in chugging ham and milk at a family gathering—which he does at his family’s urging, only to become sick. Next is Stefaan, who has moved back home with his parents and visits locations from his life so he can take photos of these monumental sites. Kjell travels back in time to try and fix his insecurities...

Kincsem - Bet on Revenge

Friday, April 13, 2018 1:40 PM - 3:42 PM

Kincsem - Bet on Revenge

As a young boy, Count Erno Blaskovich witnessed his father being betrayed and murdered and his ancestral lands being seized. Twenty-five years later, Erno is a handsome rouge with a taste for beautiful women and a talent for training horses and losing money. With a smoldering desire for vengeance never far from his mind, Erno is facing financial catastrophe unless he can somehow buy and train a winning horse. Enter Kincsem, a wild young mare everyone agrees can never be tamed or trained to race. Erno immediately joins his fortunes to this horse, and they become two uncontrollable spirits who...

Tigers Are Not Afraid

Friday, April 13, 2018 2:00 PM - 3:23 PM

Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven)

The ongoing drug war in Mexico has resulted in an unknown number of children left orphaned and homeless, fending for themselves on the streets of abandoned neighborhoods. TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID is a captivating modern-day fairy tale that follows five of these orphans as they struggle to survive in a world full of violence and death. When one of the children, Estrella, is granted three wishes, the line between reality and fantasy blurs dramatically. As dark and mysterious events unfold, it becomes uncertain whether these wishes are a blessing or a terrifying curse. In their quest for the truth, Estrella...

In Syria

Friday, April 13, 2018 2:35 PM - 4:00 PM

In Syria

In Damascas, the war-torn capital of Syria, the apartment of Oum Yazan became the refuge for other residents whose flats were abandoned or destroyed. The apartment is now their prison. Walled in by a sniper, bombings, and roving soldiers who rape and rob at will, the residents survive hour-by-hour in an environment that can explode at any second. Halima, along with her husband and baby, are preparing to flee to Beirut. As her husband leaves to finalize preparations, he is shot by the sniper and lies outside, presumably dead. Uncertain what to do, nobody tells Halima. The situation worsens as...

Kiko Boksingero

Friday, April 13, 2018 2:40 PM - 4:00 PM

Kiko Boksingero

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE


Young Kiko has recently lost his mother. Because there’s no family nearby to care for him, he’s left to live with his nanny. She’s a kind woman who loves Kiko deeply, but she’s struggling to keep him on track. The death of his mother has left Kiko distracted and distant. He’s also dealing with bullies at school who are constantly teasing him. The rest of his time is spent wandering aimlessly, giving his nanny a daily anxiety attack. He starts showing up outside the house of his estranged father, a boxer who has recently returned to town....

The Endless

Friday, April 13, 2018 11:15 PM - 1:07 AM

The Endless

As boys, Justin and his younger brother Aaron fled from a UFO cult, prior to what Justin feared was an impending mass suicide. After years of cult de-conditioning, Aaron still resents being dragged from what he felt was home. To help him move on, Justin agrees to take him back to Camp Arcadia, the cult’s isolated residence, to spend a single night for closure. Everyone is still there, alive and welcoming the brothers back. They can leave or stay as they choose. But before the night is over, it becomes clear that something is in the woods, something that...

Vampire Clay

Friday, April 13, 2018 11:35 PM - 12:56 AM

Vampire Clay

Art has given us Shakespeare, Beethoven, and Dickens. It has also given the Aina Art Academy in Japan an evil lump of clay thirsting for human blood. The story begins, as it often does, after a mysterious box is unearthed containing dried potter’s clay. When it is reconstituted by the students, the demons within are resurrected. Suddenly, Miss Aina’s students are being eaten and absorbed, becoming walking vampiric statues that can morph into any hideous shape necessary to satisfy their insatiable appetites. VAMPIRE CLAY is a completely unhinged spectacle of possessed pottery and carnivorous clay. When a mysterious stranger...

Revenge

Saturday, April 14, 2018 11:15 PM - 1:03 AM

Revenge

Jen joins her married lover, Richard, for a romp at his secluded desert villa before his annual hunting vacation. However, when his leering pals arrive, they’re a far cry from Richard’s millionaire-Adonis charms, and they feel entitled to make their own advances on Jen and ignore her rejections. After being violently assaulted and left for dead in the middle of the desert, Jen comes back to life, and the men’s hunting game is transformed into a ruthless manhunt. Like its protagonist, REVENGE rises like a phoenix from the ashes of its exploitation-film, rape-revenge forebears and celebrates grind-house style and excess...

Blood Fest

Saturday, April 14, 2018 11:20 PM - 12:50 AM

Blood Fest

Years ago Dax saw his mother murdered by one of his father’s psychiatric patients. Today his dad (Tate Donovan) is an anti-horror film crusader. He is targeting a local extravaganza called Blood Fest, which promises blood, more blood, and gratuitous slaughter. This heavily walled-in event recreates locations from gore classics, providing acres of interactive terror. Even though dad forbids it, Dax loves horror and plans to attend. The evil event organizer has plans, however. Once the festival starts and gates are locked, the horror begins for real, and it is all being filmed. But Dax knows all the rules...

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