Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

CIFF East

The Cleveland International Film Festival will once again have residencies in area arts districts. For CIFF West, we will return to the Gordon Square Arts District in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood during the first weekend of CIFF44. Then for CIFF East, we will head to our original home at the Cedar Lee Theatre in Cleveland Heights during the second weekend of CIFF.

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Cedar Lee Theatre 1

2163 Lee Rd

Cleveland Hts OH, 44118

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Cedar Lee Theatre 2

2163 Lee Rd

Cleveland Heights OH, 44118

Films:  

Martha: A Picture Story

Friday, April 03, 2020 6:45 PM - 8:09 PM

Martha: A Picture Story

In the 1970s, New York City declared a war on graffiti, labeling it filthy vandalism indicative of a growing crime problem. While tagged subway cars were scrubbed and walls painted over, Martha Cooper, a burgeoning street photographer, was preserving the often temporary artform. With nothing more than her camera, Marty walked the New York streets in search of compelling subjects. Rather than focusing on dilapidation, she was drawn to vibrant creative communities, from graffiti artists to breakdancers, making spaces their own. Initially an outsider, Marty was not only accepted, but eventually reached icon status within the street art community through...

Showing at Cedar Lee Theatre 1

Beast Beast

Friday, April 03, 2020 9:00 PM - 10:25 PM

Beast Beast

In a small southern town, the lives of three young people intertwine as they come to terms with their developing identities. Krista is a theater kid with an infectious grin, eager to pour her heart out on stage. When she meets new kid, Nito—skateboarding extraordinaire with a penchant for petty theft—the two hit it off right away, growing increasingly close as they goof off and collaborate on creative projects. Meanwhile, Krista’s gun-obsessed neighbor, Adam, dives deeper into his Prime Shooter video blog, shutting himself off from the outside world. As the three teens search for themselves (sometimes in all the...

Showing at Cedar Lee Theatre 2

Forman vs. Forman

Saturday, April 04, 2020 1:30 PM - 2:48 PM

Forman vs. Forman

The mercurial spirit and robust creative life of the late filmmaker, Milos? Forman, takes center stage in this expansive documentary tribute. Culled from decades worth of behind-the-scenes archival footage, youthful interviews, and personal home video, the film traces Forman’s difficult early childhood in Czechoslovakia, reckoning with the loss of his parents in concentration camps and hiding himself from Nazis, to his teenage discovery of the craft of filmmaking. Known for his iconic Oscar®-winning work (including “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Amadeus”) each major touchstone in his lauded and varied career, which was often plagued with creative strife and...

Showing at Cedar Lee Theatre 2

Influence

Saturday, April 04, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:46 PM

Influence

Covering the worldwide impact of geopolitical spin-doctors—namely Britain’s Tim Bell—INFLUENCE is an alarmingly pertinent documentary about the current “post-truth” era. Bell’s rise and fall as a global influencer is traced from his start as an ad man, to serving as a prominent advisor to Margaret Thatcher, through the eventual collapse of his controversial multinational reputation management company, Bell Pottinger (BP), in 2017. Although a self-proclaimed conservative, Bell will play for any side with enough power and a nice paycheck. With his associates, Bell has glossed over the public impressions of countless violent dictators, corrupt corporations, and desperate politicians by weaponizing...

Showing at Cedar Lee Theatre 2

Searching for Mr. Rugoff

Saturday, April 04, 2020 6:30 PM - 8:04 PM

Searching for Mr. Rugoff

SEARCHING FOR MR. RUGOFF uncovers the heretofore untold legacy of one of the titans of arthouse cinema, the legendary Mr. Don Rugoff. Through his innovative New York-based company, Cinema 5, Rugoff was a vanguard when it came to the distribution and exhibition of arthouse and foreign film titles during the 60s and 70s. Having been instrumental in introducing American audiences to iconoclastic auteurs such as Lina Wertmüller, Costa-Gavras, and Robert Downey, Rugoff was a major cinema influencer whose unorthodox promotional techniques and luxury screening venues made him a tastemaker of the likes that had previously never before been seen. He...

Showing at Cedar Lee Theatre 1

The Humorist

Saturday, April 04, 2020 6:45 PM - 8:26 PM

The Humorist

Boris Arkadiev is a stand-up sensation in the Soviet Union. Everywhere he goes, adoring fans flock to the comedian asking him to do his signature (government approved) acts. A favorite of the KGB, Boris is carted from venue to venue, with no say over where or when he will perform. From cosmonaut emergencies to KGB birthday parties to elite bath houses, Boris must play the humorist everywhere he goes, whether he likes it or not. Physically and mentally exhausted from the prison of his success and fed up with Soviet censorship, Boris slowly begins to unravel, taking increasingly big risks...

Showing at Cedar Lee Theatre 2

Crescendo

Saturday, April 04, 2020 9:05 PM - 10:51 PM

Crescendo

Peace talks between Israel and Palestine are set to take place in just seven weeks, and maestro Eduard Sporck has agreed to conduct a concert at that time as a symbolic gesture of goodwill. Eager for the chance to work with the renowned conductor, up-and-coming Israeli and Palestinian performers show up in droves to audition. Among the select few who make the cut are violinist, Layla, and clarinetist, Omar, of the West Bank, along with violinist, Ron, and French horn player, Shira, of Israel. For three weeks leading up to the concert, the orchestra will rehearse in the picturesque Alps...

Showing at Cedar Lee Theatre 1

Love Type D

Saturday, April 04, 2020 9:20 PM - 10:56 PM

Love Type D

Frankie has been dumped 11 times in a row. When Thomas, the love of her life, sends his kid brother, Wilbur, to break up with Frankie on his behalf, that makes 12. Seeking an explanation for her cursed love life, she is informed by Wilbur of a new genetic discovery: LOVE TYPE D, or the “loser in love” gene. Upon further research, Frankie learns that everyone is either lucky in love (a “dumper”) or genetically predisposed to romantic misfortune (a “dumpee”). After testing positive for the type D gene—and with only hobbies and celibacy as suggested therapy—Frankie rounds up her...

Showing at Cedar Lee Theatre 2

Marona's Fantastic Tale

Sunday, April 05, 2020 11:15 AM - 12:47 PM

Marona's Fantastic Tale (L'extraordinaire voyage de Marona)

For a dog, Marona has lived a very full life. She’s been known by multiple names under numerous owners, each of whom she’s loved unconditionally. She’s lived the life of a stray, a street performer, a guard dog, and a loyal family companion. Marona’s story begins at the end, when after an accident, she takes a moment to tell her story; a story filled with beauty, adventure, hardship, and love. The viewers are transported from the end to the beginning when, after being abandoned in Paris as a puppy, Marona is scooped up by an acrobat who shows her the...

Showing at Cedar Lee Theatre 1

My Polish Honeymoon

Sunday, April 05, 2020 11:30 AM - 12:58 PM

My Polish Honeymoon (Lune de miel)

Adam and Anna are young newlyweds who decide to take a sojourn away from their charming Parisian lifestyle to connect with their ancestral roots in Poland. Incidentally, being new parents, this adventure is also their long-delayed honeymoon and an opportunity for them to grow closer to one another as they tap into their respective Polish heritage. This classic fish-out-of-water tale naturally finds its well-meaning protagonist couple at hilarious and feuding odds with one another when it becomes apparent they have quite different goals for this trip. Part European travelogue, part classic French romantic comedy, this under-the-radar delight is full of...

Showing at Cedar Lee Theatre 2

The Crossing

Sunday, April 05, 2020 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

The Crossing (Flukten Over Grensen)

Gerda is a ten-year-old Norwegian girl with a very big imagination. With her apron-cape and a wooden sword, Gerda spends her days acting out the adventures of Porthos and “The Three Musketeers,” annoying her brother Otto in the process. But when her parents are arrested by German soldiers for hiding Jewish children, Gerda embarks on her own heroic adventure—not as Porthos, but as herself. With her parents gone, it is up to Gerda to help young Sarah and Daniel hide from the Nazis and escape into unoccupied Sweden. Otto, who has been misled into sympathizing with the Nazis, begrudgingly joins...

Showing at Cedar Lee Theatre 1

Assholes: A Theory

Sunday, April 05, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:21 PM

Assholes: A Theory

Assholes. We all know they are rude to waitstaff, they cut you off on the highway, and they think the sun shines out their you-know-what. But as much as we all dislike assholes, they seem to be increasingly prevalent in today’s society. In fact, some of the most wealthy and successful people in our culture have been known to demonstrate some sort of asshole behavior. Considering everything from social media to current politics, it seems that assholes have taken over the world. ASSHOLES: A THEORY explores this trend in rising assholery, consulting psychologists, professors, and assholes themselves to get to...

Showing at Cedar Lee Theatre 2

Corpus Christi

Sunday, April 05, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:56 PM

Corpus Christi (Boże Ciało)

While serving time for second-degree murder in a juvenile detention center, Daniel finds God. Unfortunately, his newfound dream of becoming a priest is thwarted by his criminal record. When he’s released on parole, instead of entering the priesthood, Daniel finds work with other parolees at a sawmill in a small town. Though his new job is on the other side of the country, he quickly realizes that no matter where he goes, people will always see him as a convict. Instead of sticking with his true identity, Daniel passes himself off as a priest and takes the place of the...

Showing at Cedar Lee Theatre 2

Breaking Bread

Sunday, April 05, 2020 4:15 PM - 5:40 PM

Breaking Bread

The city of Haifa has long served as a model of coexistence in Israel, where diverse populations of Arabs and Jews have lived, worked, and eaten together for generations. A prime example of Haifa’s cultural harmony is seen in its A-Sham Food Festival. Founded by Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, the first Muslim Arab to win Israel’s MasterChef, the festival pairs Arab and Jewish chefs to collaborate on delectable dishes. As the chefs work side-by-side to transform and preserve traditional recipes, they draw tens of thousands of food lovers into the city. A delightful and inspiring documentary, BREAKING BREAD follows the chefs...

Showing at Cedar Lee Theatre 1

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