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

43rd CIFF College Program

Thursday, March 28 9:00 AM - Saturday, April 06 11:59 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 CIFF43 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 $1 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:  

Champions

Thursday, March 28, 2019 9:05 AM - 11:09 AM

Champions (Campeones)

In CHAMPIONS, Javier Gutiérrez stars as Marco Montes, a well-known, blowhard assistant coach who gets fired for pushing his boss during a game. He then goes out drinking to drown his sorrows and ends up getting arrested for drunk driving. The judge has a clever punishment for him: coach basketball at a center for individuals with mental disabilities. The idea doesn’t sit well with Marco, whose insolent attitude toward the disabled is somewhat alarming. Still, he’s assigned to the Los Amigos organization, and when he arrives to begin coaching, it’s clear he has his work cut out for him. These...

The Chaperone

Thursday, March 28, 2019 11:30 AM - 1:18 PM

The Chaperone

Inspired by true events and based on Laura Moriarty’s novel of the same name, THE CHAPERONE whisks audiences back to Prohibition-era Wichita, Kansas, where two women’s lives unexpectedly intersect. Louise Brooks, a 16-year-old gifted dancer, has been accepted to a prominent modern dance company in New York City. Louise’s well-to-do parents, although supportive of her promising career, require a chaperone to accompany their daughter across the country. Norma Carlisle, a meek, unassuming woman of Wichita, willingly volunteers—much to her husband’s surprise. When Louise’s spirited defiance collides with Norma’s straight-laced values, the women slowly begin to reveal a depth in one...

Close Enemies

Thursday, March 28, 2019 11:35 AM - 1:26 PM

Close Enemies (Frères Ennemis)

Although Driss and Manu grew up in the same tight-knit Moroccan/Algerian community in Paris, their lives have taken completely opposite paths. While Driss has made a name for himself as a narcotics officer, Manu, along with the rest of their childhood crew, has thrived in a life of street crime. Not surprisingly, Driss’s choice of career has isolated him from the rest of the group, who have written him off as a traitor and a rat. But after two of their own are gunned down in a deal gone wrong, Driss and Manu must put their pasts behind them and...

The Kleptocrats

Thursday, March 28, 2019 11:40 AM - 1:04 PM

The Kleptocrats

Red Granite Pictures, newcomers to the Hollywood scene in 2011, became the unlikely film company to finance Martin Scorcese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Even for Hollywood standards, however, the exorbitant amounts of money flowing in to the company to throw over-the-top, star-studded parties and purchase a number of high-end real estate properties were highly suspicious. Meanwhile, an ocean away, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak had recently instituted a new fund called 1MDB—a large pool of taxpayer money designated to invest in the future of its country. Soon, reporters from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The...

Slut in a Good Way

Thursday, March 28, 2019 11:45 AM - 1:17 PM

Slut in a Good Way (Charlotte a du fun)

Charlotte is devastated when her boyfriend, Sam, breaks the news that he’s gay—and then breaks up with her. To ease her wounded heart, the spirited 17-year-old and her two friends, outspoken radical, Mégane, and reserved bookworm, Aube, get jobs at a toy store, where they’re surrounded by an abundance of cute, slightly older boys. Emboldened by the environment and her new-found single status, Charlotte hooks up with many of her co-workers. Unfortunately, what she perceives as sexual freedom is viewed far more negatively by everyone else. It’s at this point that SLUT IN A GOOD WAY morphs from a lighthearted...

The Map to Paradise

Thursday, March 28, 2019 11:50 AM - 1:25 PM

The Map to Paradise

Only 3.5% of Earth’s oceans are protected, compared to 15% of Earth’s land. While there is plenty of work to be done, there is much to be celebrated. A self-proclaimed “collection of sea tales,” THE MAP TO PARADISE follows dedicated marine biologists and conservationists on their quest to protect our world’s oceans. A refreshing documentary that highlights more successful progress than dire circumstances, the film travels to Apo Island in the Philippines, the Antarctic Peninsula, a small fishing village in Greece, the California coast, and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to trace the history and evolution of the global movement to...

Land of Glass

Thursday, March 28, 2019 11:55 AM - 1:23 PM

Land of Glass (Landet af glas)

His dad’s demanding work schedule leaves 13-year-old Jas home alone for the weekend. Left to his own devices, Jas spends time in the massive, glass greenhouse in his backyard, letting his imagination flourish as it did when his mother was still alive. On one fateful day, Jas finds old, frail Alva and a young girl, Neia, hiding in his family’s barn. The pair come from the forest, but they are on the run from a dangerous threat and cannot return home. Curious about these peculiar strangers, Jas invites them inside for food, warmth, and safety from whomever they say is...

Cuck

Thursday, March 28, 2019 1:35 PM - 3:29 PM

Cuck

U.S. PREMIERE


Ronnie is a young white male, struggling with the pressures of life. He’s unemployed, rejected from the military for being mentally unstable, and lives at home with his ailing and nagging mother. When it comes to dating, things aren’t any better, as women don’t exactly find his approach charming. Instead of looking inward, Ronnie finds an outlet for his frustration online. The alt-right community gives him a place to belong and absolves his personal responsibility—his problems aren’t his fault, they tell him. Instead, the blame belongs with weak progressives who are trying to emasculate men and impose their...

Mother's Instinct

Thursday, March 28, 2019 1:50 PM - 3:27 PM

Mother's Instinct (Duelles)

Alice and Céline seem to have the perfect lives. The women are best friends, their families live next door to each other in a beautiful suburban neighborhood, and their sons have grown up like brothers. Inseparable, the families do almost everything together. The boys have even created a secret passageway to connect their backyards, in case they weren’t close enough. But like most stories that begin with everyone happy… something inevitably goes wrong. After a terrible accident, the mothers’ harmonious relationship morphs into one of suspicion and blame. When Céline attempts to form a closer relationship with Alice’s son in...

Benjamin

Thursday, March 28, 2019 1:55 PM - 3:20 PM

Benjamin

Seven years ago, young Benjamin Oliver wowed the critics and won awards for his first film, “Happy.” Now he is finally releasing his long overdue follow-up, “No Self”—an odd mix examining his inability to maintain relationships, coupled with Buddhist philosophy. The film’s incompatible elements reflect Benjamin perfectly. He’s an appealingly dysfunctional stew of insecurity, strange acquaintances, and bushels of boyish charm. Further complicating his creative and personal tailspin is Noah, a handsome young singer whom Benjamin is instantly smitten with. When “No Self” premieres, it is a critical disaster. Life may stubbornly insist on imitating art because it seems his...

Hail Satan?

Thursday, March 28, 2019 2:00 PM - 3:35 PM

Hail Satan?

In HAIL SATAN?, director Penny Lane chronicles a controversial and growing movement known as The Satanic Temple. Based in Salem, Massachusetts, the group was formed in 2013 by Malcolm Jarry and Lucien Greaves, whose initial purpose was to troll the government over a lack of separation of church and state. After a stunt in Florida gained them media attention, they started amassing supporters and eventually shifted from prankster activists to a legitimate operation. They began seeing themselves as more progressive and politically-armed. Nevertheless, with the word “Satan” in their organization’s name, they’re often misunderstood and reviled. So what exactly do...

A Faithful Man

Thursday, March 28, 2019 2:05 PM - 3:20 PM

A Faithful Man (L'homme fidèle)

After many years together, Marianne abruptly tells Abel she is pregnant by their mutual friend, Paul, and she is going to marry him. Abel steps aside but never stops loving her. Years later, Paul suddenly dies in his sleep. At the funeral, Abel reconnects with Marianne and meets her young son, Joseph. He also reconnects with Paul’s young sister, Eve, now an attractive woman. Eve always had a crush on Abel, never understanding why Marianne chose her brother over Abel. Feelings long buried are about to re-emerge, and their relationships are about to get complicated. A FAITHFUL MAN lets each...

Harajuku

Thursday, March 28, 2019 2:10 PM - 3:30 PM

Harajuku

After her mother’s apparent suicide on the eve of Christmas, 15-year-old Vilde finds herself completely alone. In the wake of tragedy, she is forced to contact a father she’s never known, but receives no reply. As social services tries to keep track of her, Vilde wanders the streets of Oslo, creating a desperate plan to run away to Tokyo and putting herself in danger in the process. Meanwhile, Vilde’s father prepares for Christmas with his wife and other children. Wracked with guilt from his past mistakes, he grapples with what to do with his estranged daughter’s voicemail. A heartbreaking story...

Princess of the Row

Thursday, March 28, 2019 2:15 PM - 3:40 PM

Princess of the Row

While in Iraq, Sergeant Willis suffered a traumatic brain injury. Now enduring PTSD, he is homeless on L.A.’s infamous Skid Row. His 12-year-old daughter, Alicia, known as “Princess” to those on the Row, is always fleeing foster homes to be on the streets with her father. Princess is a gifted storyteller and myth-weaver. In her tale, the Princess needs to rescue her Knight, escaping from the Row so they can recreate a family. With social services in pursuit, she flees the city with her father. But he is unable to care for her or himself and can turn dangerously violent...

The Footballest

Friday, March 29, 2019 9:20 AM - 10:58 AM

The Footballest (Los futbolísimos)

THE FOOTBALLEST is a fun-filled adaptation of The Mystery of the Sleeping Referees, a book in Roberto Santiago’s popular Spanish children’s series that shares the film’s name. It centers around Pakete, an 11-year-old soccer player on the Soto Alto school team, who has become a YouTube sensation for his painfully bad penalty shots. Because the team faces a demotion in league status, the school is considering ending the soccer program. In fact, they must win the next three games or the team is toast. For many of the players, this decision would have a ripple effect of consequences. To boost...

Sobibor

Friday, March 29, 2019 11:10 AM - 1:00 PM

Sobibor

When Jewish people first arrived at the train station in the Sobibor Concentration Camp, they were met with fiddle players, warm welcomings, and friendly reassurances they would live and work in dignity. But the reality of what was waiting for them was an entirely different story. Violence, cruelty, and a terrifying lack of humanity would cause unimaginable suffering and loss. Those who survived would endure some of the worst treatment. Based on real events, SOBIBOR portrays the horrific atrocities that took place within one of the largest extermination camps in Poland, as well as the infamous uprising that followed, in...

Angels Are Made of Light

Friday, March 29, 2019 11:25 AM - 1:22 PM

Angels Are Made of Light

The children of Kabul, Afghanistan have never known peace. Raised amidst the chaos and violence of continuous conflict, their curious minds try to make sense of their circumstances and the fate of their homeland. Attempting to provide some sense of normalcy, the teachers at the Daqiqi Balkhi School emphasize the importance of education and using knowledge to rebuild in the ruins of war. With the students and teachers as its focal point, ANGELS ARE MADE OF LIGHT captures the fears, dreams, and struggles of the Afghan people, interweaving the complex history of the country with found footage and stories from...

I Used to Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story

Friday, March 29, 2019 11:35 AM - 1:11 PM

I Used to Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story

A viral sensation for her explosive emotions, Elif daydreams of One Direction and feels she can only relate to other 1D fans. Sadia launched her own Backstreet Boys e-newsletter to keep fellow fans apprised of the band’s latest news and whereabouts. Dara spent weekends with her Take That VHS tape, memorizing each member’s dance moves and harmonies in case someone fell ill and, by chance, needed her to fill in. When Beatlemania hit, Susan fantasized about John Lennon and stood screaming in unending seas of young girls. I USED TO BE NORMAL: A BOYBAND FANGIRL STORY steps into the lives...

Cuck

Friday, March 29, 2019 11:45 AM - 1:39 PM

Cuck

U.S. PREMIERE


Ronnie is a young white male, struggling with the pressures of life. He’s unemployed, rejected from the military for being mentally unstable, and lives at home with his ailing and nagging mother. When it comes to dating, things aren’t any better, as women don’t exactly find his approach charming. Instead of looking inward, Ronnie finds an outlet for his frustration online. The alt-right community gives him a place to belong and absolves his personal responsibility—his problems aren’t his fault, they tell him. Instead, the blame belongs with weak progressives who are trying to emasculate men and impose their...

The Sweet Requiem

Friday, March 29, 2019 12:00 PM - 1:33 PM

The Sweet Requiem (Kyoyang Ngarmo)

THE SWEET REQUIEM opens with a shocking scene: a traveler trudging through desolate, snow-covered mountains is shot and killed, stunning a young girl in the hiking party. Things don’t get clearer as the movie continues. Twenty-something Dolkar, an esthetician living in modern-day Delhi, shadows a mysterious Tibetan refugee, who keeps dialing a disconnected phone number. But through a combination of flashbacks and a contemporary narrative, the plot starts falling into place. Dolkar is also Tibetan, and she was the little girl caught in the gunfire, as her parents risked a harrowing Himalayan journey to give her a better life in...

Watermark

Friday, March 29, 2019 12:10 PM - 1:42 PM

Watermark

Water. One of the most powerful forces of nature. Our most valuable resource. We need water. We are water. Since the birth of civilization, humans have harnessed water for our survival and benefit, but never before have we seen the natural flow of water disrupted on such a massive scale. Agriculture, industry, waste, depleted aquifers, and the redirection of vital rivers and streams have led to incredible changes in natural landscapes over time. With stunning cinematography, WATERMARK documents these changes, showing us we are no longer passive observers in nature, but rather the direct cause of drastic transformation in a...

Westside vs The World

Friday, March 29, 2019 1:00 PM - 2:35 PM

Westside vs The World

Located in Columbus, Ohio, Westside Barbell is a renowned workout club that focuses on powerlifting, a strength sport with three lifts: squat, bench press, and deadlift. To put it simply, these super-jacked individuals lift some insanely heavy weights. In fact, one Westsider had a combined record of 3,005 pounds. The owner of the invitation-only gym is Louie Simmons, a former champion lifter who rewrote the rules on weight training (today, his techniques are used in other professional and collegiate sports). Louie—now in his mid-60s—is notoriously rough. Under his roof, you’re either breaking records or you’re out. The environment is brutally...

Benjamin

Friday, March 29, 2019 1:15 PM - 2:40 PM

Benjamin

Seven years ago, young Benjamin Oliver wowed the critics and won awards for his first film, “Happy.” Now he is finally releasing his long overdue follow-up, “No Self”—an odd mix examining his inability to maintain relationships, coupled with Buddhist philosophy. The film’s incompatible elements reflect Benjamin perfectly. He’s an appealingly dysfunctional stew of insecurity, strange acquaintances, and bushels of boyish charm. Further complicating his creative and personal tailspin is Noah, a handsome young singer whom Benjamin is instantly smitten with. When “No Self” premieres, it is a critical disaster. Life may stubbornly insist on imitating art because it seems his...

Always in Season

Friday, March 29, 2019 1:35 PM - 3:04 PM

Always in Season

Public reports prove nearly 5,000 lynchings took place from the 1890s through the 1960s, an era of American history that still haunts black and white communities. For much of the nation, these horrific acts may feel like a distant memory. But when 17-year-old Lennon Lacy was found hanging from a swing set in rural North Carolina in 2014, the police department’s quick ruling of a suicide contradicted blatant evidence he may have been lynched. ALWAYS IN SEASON explores the suspicious circumstances of the Lacy case, along with numerous other historic lynchings in communities still struggling to reconcile their past. The...

In Fabric

Friday, March 29, 2019 1:45 PM - 3:43 PM

In Fabric

Sheila has resumed dating and needs a new outfit. She hits the January sales at a prestigious department store (with the most sinister sales staff ever) and buys a beautiful red dress. In the lining is sewn the motto, “You who will wear me will know me.” Very soon the fabric of reality will be ripped open and the forces of evil will enter. IN FABRIC is a retro love song to the wonderful drive-in horror double-features of decades past. Using nostalgically over-the-top cinematic flourishes, nerve-tweaking electronic music, and old-school shock, this tale of a haunted dress and the horrors...

Quiet Storm: The Ron Artest Story

Friday, March 29, 2019 1:50 PM - 3:47 PM

Quiet Storm: The Ron Artest Story

On November 19, 2004, the NBA’s Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons played at the Palace in Detroit. With 45 seconds left, Pacer Ron Artest, already notorious for his volcanic temper, sparked an altercation that soon erupted into the stands and became the most shameful and violent incident in NBA history. QUIET STORM is the story of Ron Artest (aka Metta World Peace). Where most documentaries focus on a familiar arc of struggle and triumph, this film dares to go deeper. Beginning with Artest’s childhood in New York’s infamous Queensbridge projects, the film charts his development as a man and a...

Let Me Fall

Friday, March 29, 2019 2:15 PM - 4:31 PM

Let Me Fall (Lof mér að falla)

A disturbing cold open marks the beginning of a long, arduous road for teenagers Magnea and Stella. Fifteen-year-old Magnea, an otherwise good student with a supportive, stable homelife, dabbles in temptation and finds herself enamored of older, mischievous Stella. Overshadowed by Stella’s persuasive influence of crime, partying, and a growing drug addiction, their friendship and budding romance fall victim to how they’ll get their next fix. Fast forward a few decades and the once-inseparable pair, though permanently linked, have followed very different paths. The out-of-sequence arrangement of LET ME FALL exposes snapshots of each woman’s life from adolescence through adulthood....

Los Reyes

Friday, March 29, 2019 2:20 PM - 3:38 PM

Los Reyes

Every day, groups of teenagers meet to hang out, to gripe, and to skate at Los Reyes, the oldest skatepark in Santiago de Chile. Day in and day out, their skateboarding sessions are interrupted by Football and Chola, two stray dogs who send their balls into the skate pools and bark until one of their human friends retrieve them. As the canine keepers of Los Reyes, Football and Chola spend their days forcing the skaters into games of fetch, lounging in the shade, and barking at vehicles and passersby. A purely observational documentary, LOS REYES uses intimate shots of the...

The Cat Rescuers

Friday, March 29, 2019 2:25 PM - 3:52 PM

The Cat Rescuers

New York City streets are home to at least half a million feral or abandoned cats. Thankfully, the city also has an abundance of generous people who want to give these furry creatures better (and safer) lives. Although THE CAT RESCUERS features plenty of adorable kitties, the documentary’s real stars are the kind-hearted souls who make personal sacrifices to save these animals. Fierce and protective Sassee dedicates much of her free time to looking after vulnerable cats. Mild-mannered Stu (dubbed “Superman to the cats” by one neighbor) rises before dawn to feed Brooklyn strays before heading to his day job....

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

Friday, March 29, 2019 2:30 PM - 3:57 PM

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

For nearly 12,000 years, civilization as we know it has formed within the Holocene Epoch. This geological time scale can be read within the stones of the Earth. For the last ten years, a group of scientists has been investigating these epochs, and their evidence suggests we have left the Holocene and entered into a new age, the Anthropocene Epoch. This age is marked by unprecedented human activity…activity that has changed the Earth and its systems more than all natural processes combined. In her third and final installment in a documentary trilogy exploring humans’ relationship with the Earth, Jennifer Baichwal...

The Witch Hunters

Friday, March 29, 2019 2:35 PM - 4:01 PM

The Witch Hunters (Zlogonje)

In his wildest dreams, ten-year-old Jovan embodies Shade, a powerful being with superhuman abilities, destined to save the world from evil. But outside his sketchbook and elaborate dioramas that sprawl across his bedroom, limitations and insecurities about his partial cerebral palsy leave Jovan feeling less than heroic. His gutsy new friend, Milica, gives him an unexpected sense of confidence when he agrees to accompany her on her quest to defeat her father’s girlfriend, an apparent witch whose spell is tearing Milica’s family apart. As the two hatch their master plan, a deep friendship develops—one that knows no bounds of loyalty...

Knife+Heart

Friday, March 29, 2019 11:25 PM - 1:10 AM

Knife+Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur)

If Anne’s life were a film, it would be a sad one. Her film company, which produces gay porn, is devastated after several of its young actors are brutally murdered. She has broken up with her lover, Lois, who also edits the company’s films, and her drinking is escalating. Her disturbing response to these crises is to begin producing porn films that mirror the realities of the killings. Increasingly bizarre occurrences begin swirling about Anne, as does a mysterious black bird that precedes the murders and the appearance of the masked killer. Maybe Anne’s life is a film. The...

Nightmare Cinema

Friday, March 29, 2019 11:35 PM - 1:33 AM

Nightmare Cinema

What is your worst nightmare? Being stalked by a deranged killer at a cabin in the woods? An alien spider invasion? A school full of demonically possessed girls? Plastic surgery hideously and malevolently gone wrong? All of these monstrous and bloody dreams are featured at the NIGHTMARE CINEMA. Under the evil management of The Projectionist (a creepy Mickey Rourke), this gory grindhouse lures patrons in by featuring their names on the marquee alongside the film’s title. Once inside, their deepest fears (or is it their inescapable futures?) are projected while they helplessly watch. The film’s five featured segments are wonderfully...

In Fabric

Saturday, March 30, 2019 11:25 PM - 1:23 AM

In Fabric

Sheila has resumed dating and needs a new outfit. She hits the January sales at a prestigious department store (with the most sinister sales staff ever) and buys a beautiful red dress. In the lining is sewn the motto, “You who will wear me will know me.” Very soon the fabric of reality will be ripped open and the forces of evil will enter. IN FABRIC is a retro love song to the wonderful drive-in horror double-features of decades past. Using nostalgically over-the-top cinematic flourishes, nerve-tweaking electronic music, and old-school shock, this tale of a haunted dress and the horrors...

The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion

Saturday, March 30, 2019 11:30 PM - 1:35 AM

The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion (Ma-nyeo)

When a sinister research agency decides to eliminate its creation—a group of genetically engineered children with unusual skills—a telekinetic eight-year-old girl manages to escape. Found nearly dead, miles away by an older couple on their farm, the young girl, Ja-Yoon, is soon adopted into a new life where she’s able to hide from those who continue to search for her. Flash forward to Ja-Yoon as a young woman, with no memory of her past, as she enters a television talent contest in order to win money for her parents’ farm. But with her winnings comes an end to her anonymity,...

Wheels

Monday, April 01, 2019 9:20 AM - 10:40 AM

Wheels

WHEELS tells the story of Max, an ambitious teenager who dreams of being a big-time DJ. For now, he’s stuck spinning at parties for local thugs. Staying focused on his own goals isn’t easy when life’s circumstances get in the way. His grandma is sick, so he dropped out of school to work full-time at the grocery store to support his family. When Monty, a popular DJ in the scene, praises Max’s abilities, he starts saving cash for a pair of his own turntables. Monty’s encouragement gives him hope that it’s not just some pipe dream—he’s got a real chance...

Angels Are Made of Light

Monday, April 01, 2019 11:20 AM - 1:17 PM

Angels Are Made of Light

The children of Kabul, Afghanistan have never known peace. Raised amidst the chaos and violence of continuous conflict, their curious minds try to make sense of their circumstances and the fate of their homeland. Attempting to provide some sense of normalcy, the teachers at the Daqiqi Balkhi School emphasize the importance of education and using knowledge to rebuild in the ruins of war. With the students and teachers as its focal point, ANGELS ARE MADE OF LIGHT captures the fears, dreams, and struggles of the Afghan people, interweaving the complex history of the country with found footage and stories from...

The Unthinkable

Monday, April 01, 2019 11:25 AM - 1:34 PM

The Unthinkable (Den blomstertid nu kommer)

When catastrophe strikes, life collapses quickly. As a child, Alex experiences his family’s collapse on Christmas Day when his father begins to collapse into paranoia and conspiracy theories. Years later, his country starts collapsing after a terrorist bombing, which kills his mother. Home for the funeral, Alex is about to confront personal demons when a series of terrifying attacks occur, and the government unravels as it becomes clear that Sweden is under military and chemical attack from an unknown enemy. Now Alex and his estranged father, along with their town, are fighting to survive. But against whom? THE UNTHINKABLE examines...

New Homeland

Monday, April 01, 2019 11:30 AM - 1:03 PM

New Homeland

The immigration debate in America has become a political game. Thankfully, there’s Canada, our friendly neighbors to the North, who welcomed 27,000 refugees (just 6,000 fewer than America) in 2017 alone, despite having a tenth of the U.S. population. Many of the refugees came from Syria and Iraq, and their journeys to safety were physically and mentally taxing. To tell the story of their experience, Academy Award®-winning director Barbara Kopple uses a unique and creative setting: summer camp. Located on a small island in the Canadian wilderness, Camp Pathfinder has given boys from Canada and the U.S. a place to...

King Bibi

Monday, April 01, 2019 11:35 AM - 1:02 PM

King Bibi

Because his father’s right-wing views were condemned by the Israeli government, Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu was raised and educated in the United States. When his brother, Yoni, was killed in the Israeli raid on Entebbe in 1976, Bibi made studying and defeating terrorism his life’s mission. His knowledge and camera-ready personality won him favor in American political circles and the media, elements he quickly learned to influence. At the age of 35, he was appointed Israel’s ambassador to the U.N., before finally becoming the Prime Minister of Israel and a powerful world leader. KING BIBI is an unsparing and unsettling documentary...

As I Fall

Monday, April 01, 2019 11:40 AM - 1:11 PM

As I Fall (Når jeg faller)

With only a few weeks left of his probation period, Joachim’s struggle with heroin addiction seems to be behind him. On the surface, he appears to be back on track with a steady job and productive therapy sessions—when he’s not secretly using again. When Maria, the mother of his eight-year-old son, Lukas, goes to prison for drug possession, she calls on Joachim to step up and be the father he chose not to be. Forced to take in the son he’s never met, Joachim finds new motivation to finally get clean. After enduring days on end of painful withdrawals, Joachim...

Well Groomed

Monday, April 01, 2019 11:50 AM - 1:18 PM

Well Groomed

If you have never seen a creative dog grooming competition, take everything you think you know about dog shows and turn it on its head. Picture dog fur dyed with every color under the sun and then transformed into mermaids, dinosaurs, Disney characters, and Johnny Depp’s face. It’s really something you have to see to believe. To creative groomers, dogs are not just companions, but works of art… expensive and all-consuming works of art. The time and money spent on these projects make creative grooming not just a hobby, but a lifestyle. WELL GROOMED is a documentary that follows four...

The Tower

Monday, April 01, 2019 12:00 PM - 1:20 PM

The Tower

Although bright, curious, 11-year-old Wardi enjoys life in the refugee camp—a place that has been home to three generations of her family before her—she knows little of her relatives’ past. On May 15, 1948, Wardi’s great-grandfather, Sidi, was among the two-thirds of Palestinians displaced from their homes as a result of al Nakba, or The Catastrophe, after the state of Israel was created. More than 70 years later, these families are still living as refugees all across the globe. After spending time with Wardi and her family in their camp in Lebanon, director Mats Grorud was inspired to share their...

Slut in a Good Way

Monday, April 01, 2019 1:40 PM - 3:12 PM

Slut in a Good Way (Charlotte a du fun)

Charlotte is devastated when her boyfriend, Sam, breaks the news that he’s gay—and then breaks up with her. To ease her wounded heart, the spirited 17-year-old and her two friends, outspoken radical, Mégane, and reserved bookworm, Aube, get jobs at a toy store, where they’re surrounded by an abundance of cute, slightly older boys. Emboldened by the environment and her new-found single status, Charlotte hooks up with many of her co-workers. Unfortunately, what she perceives as sexual freedom is viewed far more negatively by everyone else. It’s at this point that SLUT IN A GOOD WAY morphs from a lighthearted...

Cancer Rebellion

Monday, April 01, 2019 1:45 PM - 3:26 PM

Cancer Rebellion

At age 15, Hernan Barangan was diagnosed with Leukemia. Unknown to him at the time, he was one of roughly 70,000 teenagers diagnosed that (and every) year. Just when life was beginning to unfold, he had to battle to keep it. Years later, cancer free and confined to a wheelchair, Hernan began to collect stories about cancer and the young men and women who fought it in their unique ways. With his camera and crew, he set off on The Road Rebellion, an amazing odyssey to all 50 states to meet teens and young adults who have fought, or are...

Laila at the Bridge

Monday, April 01, 2019 1:50 PM - 3:26 PM

Laila at the Bridge

Afghanistan has the highest rate of opioid addiction in the world. In Kabul there is an infamous bridge where the multitudes of addicts go to get their fix. Beneath the bridge, people gather in squalor with their needles and pipes. Above the bridge, passersby gather to watch the unfortunate souls below. Almost no one who stands atop the bridge ventures underneath… but Laila Haidari makes this journey every day. Known in Kabul as the “mother of addicts,” Laila has dedicated her life to helping the people under this bridge—gathering whomever will come with her and taking them to her recovery...

The Song of the Tree

Monday, April 01, 2019 1:55 PM - 3:28 PM

The Song of the Tree (Darak Yry)

A mother sings before a sacred tree, praying for fortune for her sons. The youngest, Esen, desires to prove himself and marry Begimai, daughter of the village’s Lord. The Lord’s chief guard, a scoundrel named Oguz, plots to disgrace Esen so he can marry Begimai himself. The plot succeeds but the lovers flee. They are captured and Esen is beaten and exiled. When the sacred tree is ordered to be cut down for firewood, darkness descends upon their village. While Esen falls under the rough guidance of a wandering hunter with much to teach, his village fills with fear, betrayal,...

Close Enemies

Monday, April 01, 2019 2:00 PM - 3:51 PM

Close Enemies (Frères Ennemis)

Although Driss and Manu grew up in the same tight-knit Moroccan/Algerian community in Paris, their lives have taken completely opposite paths. While Driss has made a name for himself as a narcotics officer, Manu, along with the rest of their childhood crew, has thrived in a life of street crime. Not surprisingly, Driss’s choice of career has isolated him from the rest of the group, who have written him off as a traitor and a rat. But after two of their own are gunned down in a deal gone wrong, Driss and Manu must put their pasts behind them and...

Man Made

Monday, April 01, 2019 2:05 PM - 3:44 PM

Man Made

Welcome to the Trans FitCon Bodybuilding Competition, the only all-transgender bodybuilding contest in the world. This extraordinary documentary follows four brave and wonderful individuals as they prepare to compete at the event in Atlanta. They are from all across the nation (including Cleveland) and all walks of life. From homeless to married, from rich to poor, all are united in a single goal. Each is battling to craft a life and a body that walk in harmony. MAN MADE goes deep into the lives of these trans warriors, showing how spouses, partners, and parents deal with the issues of...

While I Breathe, I Hope

Monday, April 01, 2019 2:10 PM - 3:22 PM

While I Breathe, I Hope

On February 8, 1968, during a peaceful Civil Rights demonstration on South Carolina’s State College campus, three black students were killed and 28 were wounded by South Carolina Highway Patrol officers. Activist Cleveland Sellers was one of the survivors of this tragedy and the only person to be convicted and jailed in the aftermath of what came to be known as the Orangeburg Massacre. Fifty years later, Cleveland’s son, Bakari Sellers, continues the fight for equality. As a child of the Civil Rights Movement, Sellers stands for the same ideals his father did, and he uses his family’s history as...

Helmet Heads

Monday, April 01, 2019 2:15 PM - 3:39 PM

Helmet Heads (Cascos Indomables)

The sophomore film of Chilean director, Neto Villalobos, HELMET HEADS is a coming-of-age dramedy about an immature bike messenger nicknamed Mancha (the moniker refers to a sizable, blotchy birthmark on his face, for which he’s playfully teased). Mancha lives a carefree life, spending much of his free time drinking beer and hanging out on the streets of San Jose´ with his fellow messenger pals, who seem to goof off more than they work. His ambitious girlfriend, Clara, finds his lifestyle childish and is considering a move to Horse Island. She wants Mancha to come along, but bikes are prohibited there,...

Carmen & Lola

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 9:20 AM - 11:05 AM

Carmen & Lola (Carmen y Lola)

Everything should be falling into place for Carmen, whose gypsy parents run an antique booth at a local market. The gorgeous teenager is engaged to handsome Rafa and dreams of being a hairdresser. Yet her world is upended after she meets moody fellow gypsy, Lola, a 16-year-old aspiring teacher and clandestine graffiti artist who is secretly a lesbian. The two girls form a friendship that blooms into a tender romance, which complicates Carmen’s wedding plans and goes against their strict, religious Roma culture. When the pair’s relationship comes to light, the tension between old-fashioned gender and romantic stereotypes, and Lola...

Dear Son

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 11:30 AM - 1:14 PM

Dear Son (Weldi)

For high school standards, Riadh and his 19-year-old son, Sami, are close. While the father and son enjoy running errands and going for walks in the park, most of Sami’s spare time these days is spent studying for his upcoming baccalaureate exam. His middle-class parents dream their son will go off to college and find a fulfilling career, and Sami has given them no reason to believe he doesn’t want the same. But just a few days before the exam, Riadh and his wife find their son’s bedroom empty, and Sami is nowhere to be found. He has taken his...

Midnight Traveler

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 11:35 AM - 1:02 PM

Midnight Traveler

In March 2015 the Taliban put out a call for filmmaker Hassan Fazili’s death. Seeking protection, Hassan, his wife, and his two young daughters escaped to Tajikistan. But after 14 months of denied asylum applications, the family was deported back to Afghanistan. Fleeing for their lives again, the Fazilis embarked on a 3,500 mile journey from Afghanistan to Europe… and they filmed the whole thing. Trekking through the woods, sleeping on the streets, border crossings, refugee camps, death threats, chaos, tears, laughter, frustration, hope—Hassan and his family captured it all on their mobile phones. The level of quality in the...

The Realm

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 11:40 AM - 1:43 PM

The Realm (El Reino)

Regional vice secretary Manuel Lo´pez-Vidal is a political up-and-comer in Spain who seems destined for great things. But when a member of his party’s inner circle becomes an informant and exposes long-standing corruption and fraud, Lo´pez-Vidal’s life comes crashing down. Loyal allies protect their own self-interests and turn their backs on the once-respected leader as he absorbs the brunt of the criminal accusations and loses everything he cherishes, including his wife, Ine´s, and teenage daughter, Nati. As his trial looms and the walls start closing in, Lo´pez-Vidal becomes increasingly desperate to bring the rest of his colleagues down. Yet his...

Diamantino

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 11:45 AM - 1:18 PM

Diamantino

On the day of the World Cup Finals, Portuguese soccer star, Diamantino, loses both his beloved father and the big game for his team. Diamantino, who is a man of child-like compassion and whim, abandons his sport and decides to atone by adopting a refugee. This opportunity is seized by the Secret Police, who have been covertly investigating possible money laundering. A female agent poses as a refugee boy and is adopted into the household. But Diamantino’s malevolent sisters, Sonia and Natasha, have other plans, wishing to sell their famous brother for genetic experiments. From its opening moments, the film...

An Affair

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

An Affair (En affære)

When a mysterious bouquet of fresh roses shows up on Anita’s doorstep, her evening runs become a bit more guarded. She’s just started a new job as a substitute teacher where she struggles to fit in with her colleagues. Instead, she catches the attention of her student, Markus, whose blatant gestures are inappropriate, yet privately welcomed. Insecure, middle-aged, and lost in a stagnant marriage, Anita knows Markus’s advances should be ignored, but she craves the attention and can’t resist the forbidden temptation. Although her husband is frequently gone on business, his suspicions arise when Anita grows distant and more preoccupied...

China Love

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 12:05 PM - 1:31 PM

China Love

Before young Chinese couples get married, they take elaborate pre-wedding photographs comprising multiple outfit changes and whimsical settings. Such aspirational pictures are meant to reflect fulfilling the dream of pairing up and finding love—something still vitally important to Chinese parents—while symbolizing the rich life couples hope they have once they’re hitched. Yet in the revealing documentary CHINA LOVE, the economic prosperity exuded from these photos also illuminates the deep and sometimes painful generational divides that still exist in China, a country where such lavish displays were once banned. First-time director Olivia Martin-McGuire, an Australia-born photographer living in Shanghai, brings an...

Ghost Fleet

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 12:10 PM - 1:40 PM

Ghost Fleet

Decades of illegal fishing practices have depleted the Gulf of Thailand’s seafood stock, forcing companies to cast their nets off more distant shores. To keep a $6.5 billion seafood industry afloat with no line of employees willing to work on these boats for years at a time, Thai fishing companies kidnap and coerce men into slavery to man their ships. Beaten, starved, drugged, and tortured on these ships out at sea that rarely see land, some men manage to escape by jumping overboard and swimming to small, remote islands dotting the ocean. Although dangerous, the risk outweighs the boat’s inevitable...

Fig Tree

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 12:15 PM - 1:48 PM

Fig Tree

It’s 1989 in Addis Ababa and the Ethiopian Civil War is ongoing, with no end in sight. All men between the ages of 15 and 30 must enlist in the Ethiopian army or face extreme punishment. Day and night, young men and children are hunted in the streets and forced to join the military under tyrant Haile Selassie’s orders. The shocking images of children with weapons of war have become commonplace, and chaotic violence is everywhere. Some Ethiopian Jews have already fled to Israel, and those left behind are making secret plans to immigrate there. Mina, whose mother has already...

3 Faces

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM

3 Faces

When beloved Iranian actress Behnaz Jafari receives a video from a young girl in a remote village, her life is shattered. It depicts the apparent suicide of the girl—an aspiring actress forbidden by her family to attend the conservatory in Tehran. Jafari begs her friend, filmmaker Jafar Panahi, to travel with her to the girl’s village to discover if the video is real. Instantly the peculiar tyrannies of any small village confront them, with unique codes of honor and prejudices. 3 FACES brilliantly charts dangerous literal and figurative roads leading to the hearts and souls of the travelers. The film...

Soyalism

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 2:05 PM - 3:10 PM

Soyalism

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE



What was once a thriving, profitable industry for small, independent hog farmers across the country, has now fallen victim to a corporate takeover. In the 1990s, 90% of hog farms disappeared in the U.S., succumbing to buyouts from American-made Smithfield Foods, whose industrialized factory systems replaced the family farmer. When Smithfield was acquired by WH Group of China, the ripple effects were felt worldwide. SOYALISM starts locally in North Carolina, where acres of lagoons full of hog waste threaten the community's coastal water sources. South of the border, soybean plantations in Brazil replace family farms-and swaths...

Panic Attack

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 2:15 PM - 3:55 PM

Panic Attack (Atak paniki)

After a shocking opening sequence, a strange and compelling series of tales is introduced. They are all of men, women, and children heading towards odd moments of crisis. We have Ela and Andrzej, on a flight when their talkative neighbor dies in the next seat. And then there is Milosz, a young man living with an animal-hoarding mother. His online gaming feud frighteningly spills into real life while he works at a huge wedding (the event itself about to collapse with a missing groom and an hysterical new bride). PANIC ATTACK is a masterful and original cinematic stew, tossing characters...

The Interpreter

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 2:20 PM - 4:13 PM

The Interpreter (Tlmocnik)

When 80-year-old Ali tracks down the SS officer who killed his Jewish parents during the war, he plans to take revenge. But when he knocks on the Nazi’s door, his 70-year-old son, Georg, who knows little of his father’s past, answers. From their first encounter, Ali and Georg couldn’t be more different. Besides their obviously dissimilar histories, Ali is timid and stiff, having spent most of his life in a monotonous and predictable fashion, while Georg is relaxed and outgoing, and seems to fully enjoy life. After getting off to a rough start, the two foils decide to travel together...

The Day I Lost My Shadow

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 2:25 PM - 3:55 PM

The Day I Lost My Shadow (Yom Adaatou Zouli)

In ancient folklore, losing one’s shadow is a metaphor for losing oneself. In the powerful and brilliantly acted THE DAY I LOST MY SHADOW, director Soudade Kaadan uniquely spins this concept where it’s the horrors of war that will steal your shadow. In this gripping thriller, it’s 2012 and the grisly Syrian uprising is in full swing. Sana is a hard-working pharmacist and loving mother to young Khalil, whose father is currently stranded in Saudi Arabia. Her life in Damascus has become a constant struggle. She works long hours, and Khalil is often left home alone. Her job stability is...

Light in the Water

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Light in the Water

Great waves can start with a little splash. Thirty-six years after its founding in 1982, ripples from West Hollywood Aquatics are still being felt across the social pond. Started by and for gay swimmers banned from their teams and forbidden to compete, the gay-only swim club took root alongside the first Gay Games held the same year. West Hollywood Aquatics registered as the first openly gay masters swim and water polo club. They formed a team and began training and sending athletes to the Games and swim meets, winning medals and setting world records along the way. Narrated by original...

This Changes Everything

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 2:35 PM - 4:12 PM

This Changes Everything

Of the top 100 grossing films of 2017, 90% were directed by men. Of those films, male characters received twice as much screen time as female characters. These statistics are probably not surprising to any woman who has worked in the film industry; but for the rest of us, those are shocking numbers. So how did we get here? If women make up 50% of the human population, then why are we so underrepresented? Why aren’t our stories being told? Providing the answers to these questions and many more, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING is an enlightening, highly informative, and deeply moving...

Inside Lehman Brothers

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 2:40 PM - 3:58 PM

Inside Lehman Brothers

It’s been over a decade since the Wall Street collapse of 2008, and we still don’t have all the information. Did insiders anticipate its arrival and, if so, why didn’t they do more to stop it? Jennifer Deschamps explores these questions and more in her eye-opening documentary, INSIDE LEHMAN BROTHERS. The film profiles several former Lehman employees who discuss the corruption and lies that went on within the company. At the crux of the matter: sub-prime mortgages were sold to people who clearly couldn’t afford them and, in some cases, records were intentionally fudged. These employees noticed the errors and...

Laila at the Bridge

Wednesday, April 03, 2019 9:20 AM - 10:56 AM

Laila at the Bridge

Afghanistan has the highest rate of opioid addiction in the world. In Kabul there is an infamous bridge where the multitudes of addicts go to get their fix. Beneath the bridge, people gather in squalor with their needles and pipes. Above the bridge, passersby gather to watch the unfortunate souls below. Almost no one who stands atop the bridge ventures underneath… but Laila Haidari makes this journey every day. Known in Kabul as the “mother of addicts,” Laila has dedicated her life to helping the people under this bridge—gathering whomever will come with her and taking them to her recovery...

The Little Comrade

Wednesday, April 03, 2019 11:30 AM - 1:08 PM

The Little Comrade (Seltsimees laps)

The luminous focal point of THE LITTLE COMRADE, a curious and innocent six-year-old girl named Leelo, is unwittingly caught in a political maelstrom. Living in Soviet Estonia during the height of Joseph Stalin’s reign, she suffers through the arrest of her schoolteacher mother, who’s falsely accused of being a traitor. Her dedicated father, Feliks, is also a teacher, as well as a decorated athlete forced to hide both his medals and disdain for the Communist regime. Yet his biggest priorities are mitigating Leelo’s anguish over her mom’s absence—and protecting her from the Soviets’ growing influence over their daily lives. But...

Rafiki

Wednesday, April 03, 2019 11:40 AM - 1:03 PM

Rafiki

Kena doesn’t quite fit the mold of a typical Kenyan woman. She wears baseball caps, plays soccer, and is generally seen as “one of the the guys” by her friends. With no interest in becoming a housewife, Kena struggles to find belonging—until the day she crosses pathes with Ziki. With colorful dreadlocks, magenta lipstick, and dreams of traveling the world, Ziki stands out from the rest. Despite their fathers’ political rivalry, Ziki and Kena become close, breaking traditional gender roles and sharing their most authentic selves. As a forbidden romance blossoms between the two women, Kena and Ziki must hide...

Daughter of Mine

Wednesday, April 03, 2019 11:45 AM - 1:25 PM

Daughter of Mine

During a carefree summer in Sardinia, reserved pre-teen Vittoria befriends an unlikely woman: volatile and dramatic Angelica, whose life is unmoored by personal debt and bad decisions. However, when the young girl learns a carefully guarded family secret—Angelica is actually her biological mother—the resulting turmoil threatens to shatter existing familial bonds. Vittoria is angry at her buttoned-up adoptive mom, Tina, who is distraught at both the revelation and the possibility of losing her daughter. Angelica, meanwhile, tries her best to be nurturing, but can’t shake her self-destructive tendencies—even when her frustration boils over and places Vittoria in great danger. With...

Cancer Rebellion

Wednesday, April 03, 2019 11:50 AM - 1:31 PM

Cancer Rebellion

At age 15, Hernan Barangan was diagnosed with Leukemia. Unknown to him at the time, he was one of roughly 70,000 teenagers diagnosed that (and every) year. Just when life was beginning to unfold, he had to battle to keep it. Years later, cancer free and confined to a wheelchair, Hernan began to collect stories about cancer and the young men and women who fought it in their unique ways. With his camera and crew, he set off on The Road Rebellion, an amazing odyssey to all 50 states to meet teens and young adults who have fought, or are...

The Dive

Wednesday, April 03, 2019 11:55 AM - 1:26 PM

The Dive (Hatzilla)

After a year of estrangement, Yoav, the prodigal son, returns to his family’s kibbutz for his father’s funeral. There he reconnects with his brothers, Itai and Avishai. With the 2006 Lebanon War raging, Yoav’s youngest brother, Avishai, prepares for the battlefield. Avishai is undertrained and unprepared for war, but all Israeli men must do their time. Yoav and Itai have both previously served, with very different military experiences. The hyper-masculine Itai tries a tough love approach to prepare Avishai for war, while Yoav, who still suffers greatly from PTSD, tries to convince his youngest brother not to go. While attempting...

Senior Escort Service

Wednesday, April 03, 2019 12:05 PM - 1:05 PM

Senior Escort Service

Shaina’s dad died six months ago, and she can’t stop talking about it. Two years prior to his death, Shaina’s dad asked her to create a web series called Senior Escort Service—one of platonic companionship and nothing more. Cutaways of his idea come to fruition throughout SENIOR ESCORT SERVICE, as a forty-something woman happily drives an elderly man around the city. The bulk of the film, however, focuses on Shaina’s endearing, comedic grieving process as she plans a pilgrimage to her dad’s grave site to sing him his favorite song. Along the way, she seeks comfort in dinner parties of...

The Unthinkable

Wednesday, April 03, 2019 1:35 PM - 3:44 PM

The Unthinkable (Den blomstertid nu kommer)

When catastrophe strikes, life collapses quickly. As a child, Alex experiences his family’s collapse on Christmas Day when his father begins to collapse into paranoia and conspiracy theories. Years later, his country starts collapsing after a terrorist bombing, which kills his mother. Home for the funeral, Alex is about to confront personal demons when a series of terrifying attacks occur, and the government unravels as it becomes clear that Sweden is under military and chemical attack from an unknown enemy. Now Alex and his estranged father, along with their town, are fighting to survive. But against whom? THE UNTHINKABLE examines...

Dukla 61

Wednesday, April 03, 2019 1:40 PM - 4:10 PM

Dukla 61

The real-life 1961 Dukla mine disaster in Czechoslovakia, which killed 108 miners, casts a long shadow over the deeply moving drama DUKLA 61. Handsome Petr is away at college, but he ends up returning home with his quietly ambitious girlfriend, Jana, after she becomes pregnant. Against his parents’ wishes, Petr insists on getting a job at the mine alongside his father, Milan, a principled hard worker recently traumatized by the underground death of his best friend, Pavel. From here, the film amasses agonizing tension as the plot flashes between scenes of safety breakdowns at the mine—for which Milan becomes a...

What Doesn't Kill Us

Wednesday, April 03, 2019 1:50 PM - 3:59 PM

What Doesn't Kill Us (Was uns nicht umbringt)

Filtering in and out of Dr. Lang’s office is a lifetime of heartache and distress, all in a day’s work. With carefully crafted storylines of individuals attending therapy, WHAT DOESN’T KILL US portrays a trusted therapist and the stories of his roster of patients, their struggles gradually unfolding upon his office sofa. Dr. Lang spends his days empathizing with his patients as they deal with grief, the imminent death of loved ones, relationship issues, and struggles with self-worth. Many lean on him to make sense of their lives, including his ex-wife, an unexpected new love interest, and a seasoned undertaker...

One Cut of the Dead

Wednesday, April 03, 2019 1:55 PM - 3:31 PM

One Cut of the Dead (Camera o tomeru na!)

Director Higurashi—“fast, cheap, and average”—is shooting a zombie movie with an amateur crew at an abandoned building, where legend says human experiments were once conducted. When the crew is suddenly (though not so shockingly) attacked by real zombies, the director insists they keep filming. After a 37-minute blood-filled continuous take, this “film-within-a-film” takes an unexpected turn, ultimately becoming a hilarious satire on low-budget genre filmmaking. ONE CUT OF THE DEAD is simply the most original horror comedy out there. This hysterically clever and playful flick holds a couple of (very) wild cards, playing them at just the right moment. And...

Yomeddine

Wednesday, April 03, 2019 2:00 PM - 3:37 PM

Yomeddine

Sensitive Beshay, who’s recovered from a childhood bout with leprosy but remains disfigured, decides to make a bold move after his wife dies. Grief-stricken and feeling isolated, he leaves the Egyptian leper colony where he’s lived for decades in search of his biological family. The trip is arduous: not only do his scarred face and hands draw mockery and discrimination, but he encounters robbers, extreme poverty, and near-starvation along the way. Beshay’s saving grace is his traveling companion, a spirited orphan boy named Obama, whose indefatigable spirit and resiliency buoy the pair despite their obstacles. The two travelers form an...

City of Joel

Wednesday, April 03, 2019 2:10 PM - 3:33 PM

City of Joel

Fifty miles north of New York City, in the town of Monroe, lies Kiryas Joel—a 1.1 square-mile community, home to nearly 25,000 Ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jews. The village was first established as a safe haven for Holocaust survivors who immigrated to the U.S. after the war. Since then, Kiryas Joel has thrived and expanded. A growing population and the high demand for housing have led to an annexation proposal of 507 additional acres of land. But for the rest of the Monroe community, many of whom moved to the town to get closer to nature, the encroaching Kiryas Joel is bad...

Soyalism

Wednesday, April 03, 2019 2:25 PM - 3:30 PM

Soyalism

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE



What was once a thriving, profitable industry for small, independent hog farmers across the country, has now fallen victim to a corporate takeover. In the 1990s, 90% of hog farms disappeared in the U.S., succumbing to buyouts from American-made Smithfield Foods, whose industrialized factory systems replaced the family farmer. When Smithfield was acquired by WH Group of China, the ripple effects were felt worldwide. SOYALISM starts locally in North Carolina, where acres of lagoons full of hog waste threaten the community's coastal water sources. South of the border, soybean plantations in Brazil replace family farms-and swaths...

Roll Red Roll

Wednesday, April 03, 2019 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM

Roll Red Roll

In August 2012 true crime blogger, Alexandria Goddard, read a brief headline about two high school football players charged with sexual assault in Steubenville, Ohio. A former local, Goddard knew the city revered its high school football team, and her intuition suspected this story was bigger than the local news was reporting. After some in-depth social media sleuthing, Goddard untangled—and published—an elaborate web of time-stamped conversations, photos, and videos relating to the rape of a 16-year-old girl, flinging the story into the international spotlight. Immaculately polished and profoundly unsettling, ROLL RED ROLL documents the details of the incident as it...

Dukla 61

Thursday, April 04, 2019 9:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Dukla 61

The real-life 1961 Dukla mine disaster in Czechoslovakia, which killed 108 miners, casts a long shadow over the deeply moving drama DUKLA 61. Handsome Petr is away at college, but he ends up returning home with his quietly ambitious girlfriend, Jana, after she becomes pregnant. Against his parents’ wishes, Petr insists on getting a job at the mine alongside his father, Milan, a principled hard worker recently traumatized by the underground death of his best friend, Pavel. From here, the film amasses agonizing tension as the plot flashes between scenes of safety breakdowns at the mine—for which Milan becomes a...

Phoenix

Thursday, April 04, 2019 9:20 AM - 10:46 AM

Phoenix

Although Jill will turn only 14 in just a few days, she is the one holding her family together. Her mother, Astrid, spends her time sleeping off a drunken stupor or passionately creating works of art at the kitchen table or in her basement studio. When the prospect of a promising new job at an art museum falls in her lap, all Astrid needs to do is show up and the position is hers. A new beginning would bring much needed stability to the family, relieving Jill from shouldering all the responsibility of maintaining the household and looking out for...

School's Out

Thursday, April 04, 2019 11:30 AM - 1:13 PM

School's Out (L'heure de la sortie)

At St. Joseph Academy, after a professor has jumped from the window during class, Pierre is enlisted to substitute teach and help the students cope. The class contains a group of intellectually advanced students who, from the start, seem odd to Pierre. They are reviled by other students and seem coldly removed from everything. When their behavior becomes more disturbing, Pierre follows them and finds a cache of videos the children have made—horrifying images of tragedies, animal slaughter, and mankind’s violent cruelty. These children view the world as doomed. They are using their intellects to isolate and shield themselves from...

The Day I Lost My Shadow

Thursday, April 04, 2019 11:35 AM - 1:05 PM

The Day I Lost My Shadow (Yom Adaatou Zouli)

In ancient folklore, losing one’s shadow is a metaphor for losing oneself. In the powerful and brilliantly acted THE DAY I LOST MY SHADOW, director Soudade Kaadan uniquely spins this concept where it’s the horrors of war that will steal your shadow. In this gripping thriller, it’s 2012 and the grisly Syrian uprising is in full swing. Sana is a hard-working pharmacist and loving mother to young Khalil, whose father is currently stranded in Saudi Arabia. Her life in Damascus has become a constant struggle. She works long hours, and Khalil is often left home alone. Her job stability is...

Screwdriver

Thursday, April 04, 2019 11:40 AM - 1:28 PM

Screwdriver (Mafak)

US PREMIERE



SCREWDRIVER is named for its opening scene, in which two Palestinian boys—Ziad and Ramzi—oddly form a bond after harming each other with tools. Fast forward ten years and the two are close friends, wowing the community with their basketball skills. One night after a game, Ramzi is shot and killed for no reason, a not-so-uncommon occurrence given the hostile environment in Palestine. Ziad and his friends are filled with anger and engage in an act of revenge that leads to a police chase. Authorities only manage to catch Ziad, and he refuses to snitch on his buddies....

General Magic

Thursday, April 04, 2019 11:50 AM - 1:23 PM

General Magic

Once upon a time, a group of wizards had a vision that would change the world. This vision was GENERAL MAGIC, one of the most important and influential companies almost nobody has ever heard of. A spin-off of Apple, their vision was to create a mobile computer that had “the tactile satisfaction of a seashell and the enchantment of a crystal.” This little start-up in Silicon Valley became a madcap joyride of creation that wound up producing the ideas and beginnings of the smartphones the world relies on today. Part of this wild adventure was the self-documentation of the process—wonderful...

Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz

Thursday, April 04, 2019 12:00 PM - 1:22 PM

Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz

Established to bring Nazi war criminals to justice for their crimes against humanity, the Nuremberg Trials were a series of international trials held between 1945 and 1949. Ben Ferencz, who will celebrate his 100th birthday in July of this year, is the last surviving Nuremberg Trial prosecutor. At the young age of 27, Ferencz fearlessly fought for justice and the rule of law in his role as chief prosecutor. The atrocities he witnessed firsthand while liberating concentration camps as a U.S. Soldier lit a fire within Ferencz that would burn for a lifetime. PROSECUTING EVIL: THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD OF BEN...

50 Years of Fabulous

Thursday, April 04, 2019 12:10 PM - 1:32 PM

50 Years of Fabulous

Kings and Queens, Emperors and Empresses throwing elegant balls with dazzling gowns and tiaras. The Grand Courts of Europe? No. The Imperial Court of San Francisco, the oldest LGBTQ charity in the world. Found by Jose Sarria in the 1960s, when the gay community was actively persecuted, the Imperial Court began fundraising and organizing gay business owners. They adopted the court system, electing Empresses and Emperors to turn being different into being noble. The extravagant drag and glamor became both a symbol and a celebration of blossoming political power. The gay movement began here. 50 YEARS OF FABULOUS is a...

Werewolf

Thursday, April 04, 2019 12:15 PM - 1:43 PM

Werewolf (Wilkołak)

When the Russians liberate a concentration camp in 1945, the sole survivors are a group of children. Taken to an abandoned building deep in the forest, the children are left with few adults and even fewer provisions. The shelter soon becomes a different sort of prison. German guard dogs from the abandoned camps, mad with hunger, encircle the woods around them. The guardians are killed by the pack and the children are again alone, fighting for their lives. WEREWOLF is beautifully crafted to sustain a grim fairytale atmosphere of isolation and dread. It is a horror story in the purest...

Carmen & Lola

Thursday, April 04, 2019 1:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Carmen & Lola (Carmen y Lola)

Everything should be falling into place for Carmen, whose gypsy parents run an antique booth at a local market. The gorgeous teenager is engaged to handsome Rafa and dreams of being a hairdresser. Yet her world is upended after she meets moody fellow gypsy, Lola, a 16-year-old aspiring teacher and clandestine graffiti artist who is secretly a lesbian. The two girls form a friendship that blooms into a tender romance, which complicates Carmen’s wedding plans and goes against their strict, religious Roma culture. When the pair’s relationship comes to light, the tension between old-fashioned gender and romantic stereotypes, and Lola...

The Tobacconist

Thursday, April 04, 2019 1:50 PM - 3:38 PM

The Tobacconist (Der Trafikant)

When 17-year-old Franz is sent to Vienna to apprentice for a tobacconist, he has a lot to learn… not just about tobacco, but also about life in the big city and the transition from childhood to manhood. Franz is in luck after he meets Sigmund Freud (Bruno Ganz), a regular customer in the tobacco shop. And who better to help a boy on his life’s journey? As Franz and Freud form a friendship, Freud gives the young man advice about women, heartbreak, psychology, and the vivid dreams that haunt Franz at night. But on the brink of the Nazis’ arrival...

Ray & Liz

Thursday, April 04, 2019 1:55 PM - 3:42 PM

Ray & Liz

In 1996 acclaimed British photographer Richard Billingham published a photobook spotlighting his parents, Ray and Liz, whose crippling depression and addictions made for a bleak childhood. Now Billingham has adapted their story to a narrative film, told in three parts. In part one, we see Ray and Liz in the present. They’re separated and Ray’s alcoholism has become unmanageable. The other parts are flashbacks to cataclysmic moments in their past. Poor parenting skills are on display when Liz goes shopping, leaving Richard’s little brother alone with his unstable uncle. The scene ends with the toddler holding a knife, while his...

Meeting Gorbachev

Thursday, April 04, 2019 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Meeting Gorbachev

Acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog teams up once again with co-director Andre´ Singer for MEETING GORBACHEV, which serves as a Cold War history lesson and a warm, touching tribute to Mikhail Gorbachev, the former and final leader of the Soviet Union. The film is constructed from three intimate interviews between Herzog and a humble Gorbachev, as well as archival footage and reflections from well-respected politicians and talking heads who ponder his legacy. Gorbachev—now 87—makes for a fascinating and charismatic interview subject. And in today’s bitter political landscape, it’s refreshing to get insight from someone who devoted his time in politics to...

Dogman

Thursday, April 04, 2019 2:05 PM - 3:47 PM

Dogman

Marcello is a quiet and sweet-natured man who owns a small dog grooming business. To make extra money, he sells cocaine on the side. Despite his involvement with local crime, Marcello is well-known and respected in the community. To make a good life for his daughter, he always tries to do the right thing, but often finds himself pressured into dangerous and illegal situations by his friends. The worst of these friends is Simone, an ex-boxer who terrorizes the town with his quick temper and violent outbursts. Simone continuously comes to Marcello, asking for more cocaine and refusing to pay...

Volcano

Thursday, April 04, 2019 2:15 PM - 4:01 PM

Volcano (Vulkan)

With a car full of disgruntled colleagues, Lucas travels through southern Ukraine on a mission for the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) and finds himself stranded on the rural backroads of Beryslaw. Thanks to some friendly strangers, he hitchhikes his way to find help, suspecting the police in these parts may be on the wrong side of the law. The way of life for his new companions, Vova (a middle-aged man with his sights set on a new metal detector), and his free-spirited daughter, Marushka, seems mundane yet carefree. With military tanks cruising the desolate land, days...

Stress

Thursday, April 04, 2019 2:20 PM - 3:43 PM

Stress

U.S. PREMIERE


Four post-9/11 veterans are home in Pittsburgh attempting to settle into a new normal with active duty behind them. STRESS takes us to the working-class neighborhoods of the Steel City to document the lives of these brave men and women who saw a lifetime’s worth of combat fighting for our country in Afghanistan. With their backs to the camera or shown discreetly going about their day, each vet shares their commentary of what motivated them to join the service, the grueling experiences of war, and their longing to find a new purpose and identity as civilians. War has...

Walking On Water

Thursday, April 04, 2019 2:25 PM - 4:05 PM

Walking On Water

In the 1970s, environmental artist, Christo, and his wife, Jeanne-Claude (both born on the same day in the same year), conceived a project called Floating Piers. For various reasons, the project never went forward. After Jeanne-Claude’s death in 2009, Christo decided to make their project a reality. He would craft a massive floating segmented bridge, covered in golden fabric, across Lake Iseo in Italy. For 16 days, people would connect profoundly with nature and have the experience of WALKING ON WATER. This documentary does far more than detail the intense mechanics and political maneuvering of bringing Christo’s vision into being....

Toman

Friday, April 05, 2019 9:10 AM - 11:34 AM

Toman

The year is 1945 and World War II has just ended. Hundreds of thousands of Eastern European Jews who have survived the Holocaust are now refugees, flooding the borders of neighboring countries and often being turned away. At the same time, Zdeneˇk Toman, the son of a Hungarian Jewish family, is making a name for himself in national politics in Czechoslovakia. After working his way up as a bureaucrat for the Communist Party (through questionable means), he becomes head of the Czechoslovak Foreign Intelligence. With his power and influence, Toman would go on to create safe passage for more than...

Pause

Friday, April 05, 2019 9:20 AM - 10:56 AM

Pause

Elpida, who is going through menopause, has spent decades trapped in a loveless marriage to Costas, a man who shows more affection to his pet bird than to his wife. Each day Elpida and Costas share silent meals at the same table, and each evening they watch separate televisions in the same room. Despite always doing everything he asks of her, Elpida’s needs and desires have never been of concern to Costas. As he becomes even more financially and emotionally controlling, Elpida becomes increasingly resentful. Fantasies of taking revenge begin to occupy Elpida’s mind. After Costas sells Elpida’s car against...

Simple Wedding

Friday, April 05, 2019 11:30 AM - 12:58 PM

Simple Wedding

Nousha has a knack for sabotaging her romantic relationships. Her traditional Iranian parents insist she find a husband as soon as possible, perpetually setting her up with successful Iranian men who are anything but Nousha’s type. But when Nousha stumbles on an atypical match—the free-spirited, bisexual artist, Alex—she can only keep their fun-loving romance a secret for so long. With the pressure to get married and fulfill her parents’ dream of throwing an elaborate wedding celebration for their only daughter, Nousha begins questioning the whole institution of marriage and fears the differences between their opposing families may be too much...

Afterlife

Friday, April 05, 2019 11:35 AM - 1:08 PM

Afterlife (Hiernamaals)

WORLD PREMIERE


What if we could live our life again? After her mother has an accident and dies, young Sam is left to care for her father and two young brothers. Barely 16, she, too, suffers a fatal accident and finds herself under the care of Martin, a scruffy angel (called a “civil servant”) who presents her with a choice: go to the hereafter and join her mother or reincarnate elsewhere. Sam chooses the hereafter, but her mother is not pleased. Sam is too young. She should live. Plus, there is a forbidden “option”—Sam can live her entire life again....

Very Senior - Attitude is Everything

Friday, April 05, 2019 11:40 AM - 12:55 PM

Very Senior - Attitude is Everything (Gestorben wird Morgen)

Regardless of who or what you are, we all have one thing in common: we age. How we age is where the differences lie. Welcome to Sun City, Arizona, the first retirement community of its kind in the world for people 55 or older. There are golf courses, extra wide streets, and amenities all geared to an aging but active population. VERY SENIOR–ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING introduces us to some of the residents. Unflinchingly staring mortality in the face, this group of men and women are mostly too busy living to be bothered much about dying. There are elaborate Broadway-style shows...

Do No Harm

Friday, April 05, 2019 11:45 AM - 1:10 PM

Do No Harm

WORLD PREMIERE


In America the profession with the highest rate of suicides is doctors. Seemingly, against all reason, those who swore oaths to save lives are taking their own at a rate double that of the general public. There are startling reasons for this, involving a culture of abuse where expectations for students and practitioners are crippling, while support and help are nearly nonexistent. Our healthcare system seems reluctant to acknowledge the crisis, even attempting cover-ups. Sleep-deprivation, drug abuse, and profound depression endanger caregivers’ lives and the lives of those they care for. DO NO HARM is a battle cry...

Home Games

Friday, April 05, 2019 11:50 AM - 1:16 PM

Home Games (Domashni Igri)

Alina Shilova, the focal point of the intimate and emotional documentary, HOME GAMES, has had a tough life. The 20-year-old Kiev, Ukraine native once lived on the streets after her alcoholic mother landed in jail, and, even today, stability remains elusive. However, Alina’s saving grace has always been soccer. A hard-working and tenacious athlete, she is good enough to potentially nab a spot on the Ukrainian national team. But when her mom unexpectedly passes away, Alina puts her training on hold to shoulder the burden of caring for her two young half-siblings. As her dream of playing on this elite...

Around the Sun

Friday, April 05, 2019 11:55 AM - 1:14 PM

Around the Sun

WORLD PREMIERE


When a location scout tours an old French chateau for a possible film production, he spends the afternoon engaged in a dynamic conversation about philosophy and science with the property’s representative. She is a beautiful young woman who is passionate about the chateau’s history; most notably about the story of a famous book that was set on the property, written by Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle. Known as the “Father of Popular Science,” Fontenelle was a philosopher, scientist, and writer who made complex scientific ideas easier to understand for the common man. His book, Conversations on the Plurality...

One Day

Friday, April 05, 2019 12:05 PM - 1:44 PM

One Day (Egy Nap)

Exhausting. Relentless. Unforgiving. In other words: motherhood. In a brutally honest snapshot of a day in the life of a mother, ONE DAY follows Anna in her seemingly mundane, yet wholly essential, series of daily to-dos to keep her family afloat. Struggling to keep her head above water as she juggles three kids, a career, unending household chores, and a distant husband, Anna’s aching reality is a rallying cry for busy moms everywhere. Tedious tasks of preparing meals, perpetually shoving snow boots on tiny, unhelpful feet, school pick-ups and drop-offs, and keeping track of every last detail of her family’s...

One Last Deal

Friday, April 05, 2019 1:00 PM - 2:35 PM

One Last Deal (Tuntematon mestari)

Olavi, a seasoned fine arts dealer, has dedicated his life to his work, often at the expense of his family. With past-due bills, slow sales, and rising competition, Olavi is determined to make one final sale before officially closing his beloved shop. When he stumbles on a painting of an unknown man found at a local art auction with no signature of the artwork’s artist, Olavi bravely invests all he has, along with a few high-risk loans, to purchase the piece for his collection. With the help of his grandson, Otto, the two begin hours of tedious research and discover...

The Image Book

Friday, April 05, 2019 1:30 PM - 2:54 PM

The Image Book (Le livre d'image)

Our hands are capable of great works of art and beneficent inventions. They also are capable of crafting tools to commit atrocities and to destroy. And these same hands create the means of documenting these acts. This paradox lies at the heart of Jean-Luc Godard’s avant-garde cinematic poem/essay/polemic. With no featured actors and only Godard’s voice providing comment, THE IMAGE BOOK is a complex and unsettling assembly of film clips from classic world cinema, horrific news footage of war violence, and still images. Many are visually and aurally altered, forcing us to re-examine the familiar and consider it in the...

The Magic Life of V

Friday, April 05, 2019 1:50 PM - 3:17 PM

The Magic Life of V

Haunted by the traumatic memories of her childhood, Veera escapes into the world of live action role-playing, or LARPing. At organized LARPing events, participants play fictional characters and immerse themselves into alternative worlds, such as Harry Potter Wizarding Schools and futuristic battle scenes with aliens and spacecrafts. When she’s LARPing, Veera becomes her alter-ego “V,” a persona she often feels more comfortable as. V is talkative, friendly, well-liked, and always happy…characteristics Veera is absent of in real life. When she’s at home as Veera, she spends most of her time caring for her mentally disabled brother, who often finds himself...

Loopers: The Caddie's Long Walk

Friday, April 05, 2019 1:55 PM - 3:15 PM

Loopers: The Caddie's Long Walk

The sport of golf began in Scotland in the 15th century and arrived in the U.S. in the late 1800s. Its popularity grew, and in the 1960s charismatic professional golfers such as Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer expanded its audience. Today, Tiger Woods and other players are full-blown celebrities. But what about the mysterious people carrying their bags around the golf course? In LOOPERS: THE CADDIE’S LONG WALK, director Jason Baffa shifts the spotlight to these individuals. At one time, the prevailing expectation for caddies was this: show up, keep up, and shut up. However, this inspiring documentary paints a...

Zoo

Friday, April 05, 2019 2:05 PM - 3:38 PM

Zoo

The zombie apocalypse couldn’t have come at a worse time for John and Karen. Just as Karen is about to ask John for a divorce, all hell breaks loose. Not only are there flesh-eating zombies wandering the streets, but the unhappy couple is now stuck at home indefinitely while they wait to be rescued... and Karen forgot to go grocery shopping. But having all this time together gives the couple an opportunity to finally talk things out. And as the challenges before them become greater, this duo will prove to be a pretty good team. While the outside world continues...

Starfish

Friday, April 05, 2019 2:10 PM - 3:49 PM

Starfish

Grief takes all forms, and for Aubrey Parker the debilitating process has only just begun. Her best friend, Grace, has just passed, and the pain feels insurmountable. After confining herself to Grace’s apartment, trapped in a haze of heartache, Aubrey begins communicating with a mysterious voice on the other end of a CB radio left on Grace’s nightstand. The radio’s powerful signal, she learns, is the only way to deter the horrific creature outside, who is relentlessly bashing itself against the apartment window. Aubrey fears this persistent beast and falls in and out of terrifying dreams, unable to separate her...

Sealed Lips

Friday, April 05, 2019 2:15 PM - 3:59 PM

Sealed Lips (Und der Zukinft zugewandt)

After spending years in a grueling labor camp in the Soviet Union, Antonia Berger and her daughter, Lydia, are finally home. It’s 1952 in East Germany, and the Communist Party has provided a warm welcome complete with medical care for Lydia, housing, and a stable job for Antonia as the new director at the community theater. These perks, of course, come at a price: they must promise to never speak of their time served in the labor camp as innocent German citizens for the sake of the Party’s future and reputation. A self-proclaimed Communist, Antonia feels betrayed by her own...

Hesburgh

Friday, April 05, 2019 2:30 PM - 4:10 PM

Hesburgh

In 1970 Notre Dame President Father Theodore Hesburgh said, “We don’t prove anything by burning something down. We prove something by building it up.” It’s a 50-year-old quote of profound wisdom that is still needed now, perhaps more than ever. Beyond his transformative role at the college and as a devout Catholic priest, Hesburgh was also an extremely powerful bi-partisan force in American politics. He advised several presidents and foreign leaders and, as a member of the Civil Rights Commission, was an architect of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He had friends on all sides of the religious and...

Freaks

Friday, April 05, 2019 11:30 PM - 1:14 AM

Freaks

Seven-year-old Chloe has never been outside. Her father (Emile Hirsch) forbids it, telling her bad people want to kill them and they must stay hidden. One day Chloe defies dad, going outside for ice cream from a Mr. Snow-Cone truck. Mr. Snow-Cone (Bruce Dern) knows things about Chloe and shows her a world that may be just as insane as dad says. Billboards warn of “abnormals” and the news tells of children destroying Dallas. Does the strange Mr. Snow-Cone have the answers or is he a new danger? FREAKS is the cinematic equivalent of having a hand-mixer plunged into your...

School's Out

Friday, April 05, 2019 11:35 PM - 1:18 AM

School's Out (L'heure de la sortie)

At St. Joseph Academy, after a professor has jumped from the window during class, Pierre is enlisted to substitute teach and help the students cope. The class contains a group of intellectually advanced students who, from the start, seem odd to Pierre. They are reviled by other students and seem coldly removed from everything. When their behavior becomes more disturbing, Pierre follows them and finds a cache of videos the children have made—horrifying images of tragedies, animal slaughter, and mankind’s violent cruelty. These children view the world as doomed. They are using their intellects to isolate and shield themselves from...

Zoo

Saturday, April 06, 2019 11:25 PM - 12:58 AM

Zoo

The zombie apocalypse couldn’t have come at a worse time for John and Karen. Just as Karen is about to ask John for a divorce, all hell breaks loose. Not only are there flesh-eating zombies wandering the streets, but the unhappy couple is now stuck at home indefinitely while they wait to be rescued... and Karen forgot to go grocery shopping. But having all this time together gives the couple an opportunity to finally talk things out. And as the challenges before them become greater, this duo will prove to be a pretty good team. While the outside world continues...

One Cut of the Dead

Saturday, April 06, 2019 11:30 PM - 1:06 AM

One Cut of the Dead (Camera o tomeru na!)

Director Higurashi—“fast, cheap, and average”—is shooting a zombie movie with an amateur crew at an abandoned building, where legend says human experiments were once conducted. When the crew is suddenly (though not so shockingly) attacked by real zombies, the director insists they keep filming. After a 37-minute blood-filled continuous take, this “film-within-a-film” takes an unexpected turn, ultimately becoming a hilarious satire on low-budget genre filmmaking. ONE CUT OF THE DEAD is simply the most original horror comedy out there. This hysterically clever and playful flick holds a couple of (very) wild cards, playing them at just the right moment. And...

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