Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas

CIFF East

The Cleveland International Film Festival is thrilled to announce that this year there will be more to the Festival than ever before. In addition to its 500+ screenings at our longtime downtown home base, Tower City Cinemas, CIFF is making exciting changes to the scope of its footprint with the creation of two new Festival hubs—CIFF East and CIFF West.

Located in University Circle, CIFF East features 21 screenings from Thursday, April 4, 2019 - Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

For more details on planning your day, please click here.

SPONSORED BY:

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Cleveland Museum of Art - Gartner Auditorium

11150 East Boulevard

Cleveland OH, 44106

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Cleveland Museum of Art - Lecture Hall

11150 East Boulevard

Cleveland OH, 44106

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Cleveland Museum of Natural History

1 Wade Oval Drive

Cleveland OH, 44106

Films:  

Soyalism

Thursday, April 04, 2019 6:15 PM - 7:20 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...

Showing at Cleveland Museum of Natural History

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...

Showing at Cleveland Museum of Art - Gartner Auditorium

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...

Showing at Cleveland Museum of Art - Lecture Hall

Witness Theater

Friday, April 05, 2019 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Witness Theater

As the last generation of Holocaust survivors dwindles, it is now more important than ever to capture their stories and to prevent their memories from dying with them. The Witness Theater program in New York City has done just that. Over the course of a school year, eight Holocaust survivors and 16 high school seniors collaborated in telling these invaluable stories. The survivors entrusted their life experiences to the students, and together they created a theatrical production for the community, depicting the survivors’ lives and the suffering they endured at the hands of the Nazis. For many of these survivors,...

Showing at Cleveland Museum of Art - Gartner Auditorium

The Third Wife

Friday, April 05, 2019 3:45 PM - 5:19 PM

The Third Wife

Fourteen-year-old May has just become the third wife of a wealthy landowner, bringing much favor to her family. It is 19th century Vietnam and bearing children, preferably boys, remains the sole purpose of a woman of the era. Under the caring guidance of her two fellow mistresses, or sisters, May’s childhood is fast-tracked when she becomes pregnant. As she anxiously awaits the birth of her child with both joy and trepidation, May takes note of the world around her. Love and loss. Forbidden affairs. Entangled family boundaries. Suppressed desires in a culture where honor, above all else, defines your worth....

Showing at Cleveland Museum of Art - Lecture Hall

When Lambs Become Lions

Friday, April 05, 2019 4:00 PM - 5:19 PM

When Lambs Become Lions

WHEN LAMBS BECOME LIONS is an extremely up close and personal look into the contentious ivory trade. It follows a small-time Kenyan ivory dealer known simply as X, whose missions to procure elephant tusks have become increasingly difficult as police ramp up protective measures for wildlife. The mood of the people has changed too. Marches and parades in favor of stricter laws against poaching are more and more common. X’s partner, Lukas, is the one who actually does the dirty deed, as X is uncomfortable with killing animals, despite the obvious irony in his choice of work. But for these...

Showing at Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People

Friday, April 05, 2019 5:45 PM - 7:10 PM

Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People

At the height of the Gilded Age, a period of time plagued by corruption and unethical business practices, Joseph Pulitzer was a champion of the working people and immigrants. Being an immigrant from humble roots himself, he used the success of his newspaper, The World, to give voice to the voiceless and to empower the disenfranchised. With his passion for democratic ideals, Pulitzer fought for the free press and essentially created the news as we know it today. The entire concept of reading the newspaper as a morning ritual was invented by Joseph Pulitzer. Though his list of accomplishments seems...

Showing at Cleveland Museum of Art - Gartner Auditorium

Right to Harm

Friday, April 05, 2019 6:15 PM - 7:37 PM

Right to Harm

Directed by the team that brought us “Sustainable,” an essential rumination on the future of agriculture, Matt Wechsler and Annie Speicher follow in that film’s footsteps with RIGHT TO HARM. This time around, they are pointing the camera at factory farming and the toll it’s had on our country’s most vulnerable citizens. They take on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (a.k.a. CAFOs), which are notorious for producing large amounts of untreated waste. Neighbors of these facilities have been subjected to a myriad of health issues, stemming from the harmful conditions there. This documentary chronicles the plight of five communities dealing with...

Showing at Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles

Friday, April 05, 2019 6:30 PM - 7:47 PM

Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas)

After screening his latest film, “L’Age D’Or,” surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel is roundly condemned for blasphemy. The church, his friends, and even his own mother ostracize him, and he cannot get funding to do further work. After reading an ethnography about the impoverished Las Hurdes region in Spain, Buñuel enlists the help of friends to fund and film a documentary about the region, ostensibly to stop the suffering there and reclaim his artistic reputation. But Buñuel has odd ideas about reality, and his supposedly humanitarian documentary is becoming something darker and personal. Told beautifully in animation, with film from the...

Showing at Cleveland Museum of Art - Lecture Hall

Leonard Soloway's Broadway

Friday, April 05, 2019 8:30 PM - 9:54 PM

Leonard Soloway's Broadway

What will you do at age 90? Leonard Soloway is bringing a show to Broadway. Admit it. You just thought, “Who is that?” We are glad you asked. So is he. Leonard Soloway is an authentic Broadway legend whose career includes over 100 shows, 62 Tony nominations, 40 Tony Awards, and 21 Drama Desk Awards. And he has worked with some of the greatest stars of the stage along the way. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Soloway started his career at the Cleveland Play House. After moving to New York, he landed a few acting bits before finding his niche as...

Showing at Cleveland Museum of Art - Gartner Auditorium

The Real Thing

Friday, April 05, 2019 8:35 PM - 9:42 PM

The Real Thing (Archi-faux)

As it turns out, the London Bridge isn’t specific to London, an Eiffel Tower exists outside of Paris, pyramids can be found far from Egypt, and there is more than one Taj Mahal. In fact, replicas of famous landmarks around the world are more common than you might think. Traveling to China, India, and West Africa to capture these replicas, and to explore the motivations behind them, THE REAL THING brings forth questions of authenticity and originality. While some see these re-creations as a sign of harmonious integration of Eastern and Western cultures, others find them to be odd and...

Showing at Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Rafiki

Friday, April 05, 2019 8:45 PM - 10:08 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...

Showing at Cleveland Museum of Art - Lecture Hall

Walking On Water

Saturday, April 06, 2019 12:25 PM - 2:05 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....

Showing at Cleveland Museum of Art - Gartner Auditorium

Very Senior - Attitude is Everything

Saturday, April 06, 2019 12:40 PM - 1:55 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...

Showing at Cleveland Museum of Art - Lecture Hall

Ploey: You Never Fly Alone

Saturday, April 06, 2019 12:50 PM - 2:13 PM

Ploey: You Never Fly Alone (Lói: Þú flýgur aldrei einn)

After the plovers arrive home safely from their southerly journey, a warm, spring day welcomes baby Ploey, the newest addition to the flock. What begins as an exciting day of flying school with his new crush, Ploeveria, Ploey’s first flight ends with a tragic rescue—one that leaves him feeling like he must never fly again. When fall arrives and Ploey is nowhere to be found, the flock begins their migration for warmer weather, leaving Ploey behind. Forced to endure the coming months alone, Ploey sets out on foot to reach the infamous Paradise Valley, a safe haven tucked high in...

Showing at Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Styx

Saturday, April 06, 2019 2:35 PM - 4:09 PM

Styx

Rieke, an experienced emergency doctor, embarks on a solo sailing journey from Gibraltar to Ascencion Island, settled halfway between the distant coasts of Brazil and Africa. During quiet seas Rieke pores over detailed maps and guide books of the island’s fabricated jungle designed by Charles Darwin, emerging from the unforgiving waters of the Atlantic Ocean. After Mother Nature delivers a relentless storm, Rieke awakens in an exhausted stupor to find a large ship bobbing in the distance. The boat is unreachable by radio communication, but a closer look shows the stranded passengers on board are in real danger. Alone at...

Showing at Cleveland Museum of Art - Lecture Hall

Olympia

Saturday, April 06, 2019 2:45 PM - 4:28 PM

Olympia

If you are unfamiliar with (and do not love) Olympia Dukakis and her work, we presume your spacecraft has just landed. Her indelible performances in such films as “Moonstruck” and “Steel Magnolias” have become landmarks on the cultural map. Not every star, as we know, is a work of art off-stage or off-screen as well. Many don’t wish to be known outside their craft. Some are shy. Welcome to OLYMPIA. This wonderful bear-hug of a documentary is an all-access pass to one of the most disarmingly honest and genuine performers alive. Open and generous, Olympia Dukakis shares her life and...

Showing at Cleveland Museum of Art - Gartner Auditorium

The Providers

Saturday, April 06, 2019 3:00 PM - 4:25 PM

The Providers

The El Centro medical system covers 22,000 square miles of northern New Mexico, a largely rural and critically underserved area. While providing care regardless of condition or ability to pay, the system itself is at risk. Employees leave continuously, opting for more profitable jobs, and funding for helping the sickest and most vulnerable is dwindling. Meet Matt, Chris, and Leslie. These doctors are devoted to this population, knowing how many lives illness, addiction, and neglect will claim without access to care. THE PROVIDERS focuses on the relationships with the doctors’ patients and their fight to keep the system together. THE...

Showing at Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Float

Saturday, April 06, 2019 5:30 PM - 6:51 PM

Float

WORLD PREMIERE


Winning a championship is everything in popular professional sports, as it often brings athletes fortune and fame. However, the sport at the heart of FLOAT isn’t exactly pro, nor is it well-known. This intriguing documentary, with its stunning cinematography, chronicles the small but dedicated scene of competitive model aviation. While the modern world is obsessed with attention and speed, these devoted, unknown challengers like to take things slow. Patience is their true talent, coupled with unwavering passion. After all, they don’t make a dime competing, but instead deplete their savings to buy supplies. Call it obsession, but there’s...

Showing at Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Chasing Einstein

Saturday, April 06, 2019 7:45 PM - 9:06 PM

Chasing Einstein

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE


Decades after Albert Einstein’s death, scientists and astronomers around the world are still pursuing the theoretical fragments unleashed by his explosive theory of general relativity and gravitation. The ideas of gravitational waves and dark matter have enthralled scientists, becoming the life’s work of many. Each, in his or her own manner, has set out to either prove, refute, or expand upon Einstein’s groundbreaking ideas. CHASING EINSTEIN introduces us to some of these remarkable men and women. This energetic and entertaining documentary whirls us around the globe to meet Particle Hunters, Dark Matterists (and deniers), Gravitational Wave Astronomers,...

Showing at Cleveland Museum of Natural History

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