Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } See Beyond

CIFF West

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.

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

SPONSORED BY:

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Capitol Theatre

1390 W 65th St

Cleveland OH, 44102

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Near West Theatre

6702 Detroit Avenue

Cleveland OH, 44102

Films:  

Sell By

Friday, March 27, 2020 6:15 PM - 7:49 PM

Sell By

This romantic comedy for the Instagram-era zigzags among the various romantic dalliances of a group of friends living and hustling in New York City. The film focuses on gay couple Adam and Marklin. One is a frustrated painter working for a celebrity artist (a riotous cameo by Patricia Clarkson), while the other is a wildly successful fashion influencer. Their income disparity is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to their tricky relationship woes. There’s also Cammy, who’s dating a man who is secretly homeless, Haley, who may very well be dating her own student, and Elizabeth, who’s...

Showing at Near West Theatre

A Bump Along the Way

Friday, March 27, 2020 6:30 PM - 8:05 PM

A Bump Along the Way

Pamela and her daughter, Allegra, couldn’t be more different. A 44-year-old single mother, carefree Pamela spends most of her time partying with friends, while Allegra, a straitlaced precocious 15-year-old, spends most of her time doing art and talking about veganism. Embarrassed by Pamela’s reputation, and trying to get in with the cool crowd at school, Allegra tries to distance herself from her mother. But avoiding her becomes nearly impossible after Pamela finds out she is pregnant from a drunken one-night-stand with a local man nearly half her age. As the news of Pamela’s pregnancy spreads like wildfire in their small...

Showing at Capitol Theatre

Other Music

Friday, March 27, 2020 9:15 PM - 10:40 PM

Other Music

For more than 20 years, the independent record store, Other Music, was a staple in Manhattan’s East Village. While it was best known for selling records and CDs, Other Music was so much more than just a record store; it was a groundbreaking cultural hub where people gathered to discover new artists, hear live music, and even form bands and record labels. Famously, Other Music’s dedicated and passionate staff could find you the perfect record for your specific music taste. Despite its influence and popularity, in 2016 Other Music succumbed to the wave of new technology and was forced to...

Showing at Capitol Theatre

Picture Character

Saturday, March 28, 2020 1:15 PM - 2:36 PM

Picture Character

Here’s a fun fact: Did you know that “emoji” is a Japanese word that means “picture character?” This definition might give you a hint as to what the film is about. That’s right… emojis. Over the past two decades, emojis have slowly integrated themselves into our everyday communication and have even become a form of modern language on their own. While emojis are widely used to express mood or tone in conversation (or whatever food we might be craving), most of us probably haven’t given much thought to their origin or why there are pictures for some words and not...

Showing at Capitol Theatre

Setting the Bar: A Craft Chocolate Origin Story

Saturday, March 28, 2020 3:30 PM - 4:55 PM

Setting the Bar: A Craft Chocolate Origin Story

Like craft beer, craft condiments, and other craft foods, the craft chocolate movement is on the rise… and for good reason. The modern consumer doesn’t just want quality products, they want to know where their products are coming from and what impact these products have on the environment and the greater good. Luckily, smart consumers can rest easy when it comes to sustainably sourced artisanal chocolate. Unlike other plantation crops such as palm and soy, cacao plants actually contribute to the health of the rainforest and help local communities thrive. A savory treat that helps people and the planet? It’s...

Showing at Near West Theatre

Drunk Bus

Saturday, March 28, 2020 3:45 PM - 5:25 PM

Drunk Bus

Michael’s having a hard time moving on after his high-school-turned-college girlfriend dumped him and headed to New York. Despite graduating, he remains on campus as the late night shuttle driver. Carting wasted students from their dorms to parties and back again—praying he won’t have to clean up after anyone—Michael refers to his shift as the “drunk bus.” While his photojournalism degree collects dust, the days run together in a monotonous and lonely loop—until he meets Pineapple, that is. Pineapple, a hulking punk and proud Samoan with face tattoos, is assigned as bus security when Michael is bullied by belligerent frat...

Showing at Capitol Theatre

David Foster: Off the Record

Saturday, March 28, 2020 6:15 PM - 7:52 PM

David Foster: Off the Record

David Foster is a man of many hats. As a musician, songwriter, arranger, and producer, he has had more success in the music industry than most. His 47 Grammy nominations and 16 wins position him as one of the greatest music producers that has ever lived. This documentary profiles his 30-year career and captures Foster as he prepares for his next great venture—Broadway. The setting presents a new set of challenges as Foster finds the collaborative process starkly different from the independent process of producing. Still, he won’t leave New York City until one of his productions is on a...

Showing at Capitol Theatre

Our Time Machine

Saturday, March 28, 2020 6:30 PM - 7:51 PM

Our Time Machine

Shanghai-based artist Maleonn contemplates the past through his whimsical photo tableaus and performance art. His father, Ma Ke, is a now-retired prolific Peking Opera director losing his memory to Alzheimer’s. Holding on to the dream of collaborating with his father, Maleonn creates the hybrid stage performance, Papa’s Time Machine, a tale of father and son on a quest to retrieve the past before it disappears forever. The show grows more elaborate and costly as life-sized puppets, an airplane, and digital projections are added, pushing production time from six months to multiple years. As time goes by, so does Ma Ke’s...

Showing at Near West Theatre

I Will Make You Mine

Saturday, March 28, 2020 9:00 PM - 10:21 PM

I Will Make You Mine

Letting go is hard when you’re young. Letting go when you’re older is… still hard. A stand-alone sequel to past CIFF favorites “Surrogate Valentine” (CIFF 35) and “Daylight Savings” (CIFF 36), I WILL MAKE YOU MINE reintroduces audiences to protagonist Goh Nakamura (as himself) and his past loves, Rachel (played by director Lynn Chen), Yea-Ming, and Erika. Reaching towards the future with one foot firmly planted in the past, each woman wrestles with her personal history with Goh in the context of their current midlife crises. Rachel craves affection, Yea-Ming is stuck in a creative rut, and Erika needs a...

Showing at Near West Theatre

Fandango at the Wall

Sunday, March 29, 2020 11:45 AM - 1:18 PM

Fandango at the Wall

FANDANGO AT THE WALL follows Arturo O’Farrill, Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra founder and director, and Kabir Sehgal, best-selling author, as they prepare to record a live album at the U.S.-Mexico border wall. The project is inspired by the annual Fandango Fronterizo Festival, which unites people on both sides of the Tijuana-San Diego border. This Fandango, a gathering of Son Jarocho music and dance, is a 300-year-old folk music tradition. Before recording, festival organizer, Jorge Francisco Castillo, takes O’Farrill and Sehgal on a tour of Veracruz, Mexico, where this music combination of indigenous, Spanish, and African traditions originated. As they travel the...

Showing at Capitol Theatre

Bring it Home

Sunday, March 29, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:22 PM

Bring it Home

In November 2018, General Motors announced plant closures in Ohio, Michigan, and Maryland. The proposed restructuring to become more competitive would result in thousands of layoffs. While GM ran a PR campaign to justify its decisions, GM employees and their families were left with lots of questions. Would their plants be closed? Should they request transfers? What would happen to their pensions and benefits? Putting a face to the sensationalized media, this documentary introduces us to employees of the Lordstown, Ohio plant, including Tiffany King, who is a 23-year employee hoping to earn her pension. If she takes a transfer,...

Showing at Near West Theatre

August

Sunday, March 29, 2020 2:15 PM - 3:40 PM

August (Agosto)

After graduating from secondary school, Carlos and his friends prepare for a relaxing and carefree summer by the sea. But the collapse of the Soviet Union does not make for a relaxing and carefree summer when you’re growing up in Cuba. Set in the summer of 1994 in the midst of Cuba’s “Special Period,” AUGUST is a coming-of-age film that captures the country’s economic crisis through the perspective of a teenage boy. While Carlos manages the regular obstacles of adolescence, such as discovering sexuality, falling in love, and experiencing loss for the first time, life as he knows it is...

Showing at Capitol Theatre

2040

Sunday, March 29, 2020 4:45 PM - 6:17 PM

2040

What might the world look like in 2040? According to most research, with our current CO2 output, not great. But here’s a different question: What if we fully embraced and implemented all of the best environmental solutions already available to us? Then what might the world look like in 20 years? In an effort to answer the second question, film director Damon Gameau sets out on an international journey to find the world’s best technology for a more sustainable future with his young daughter in mind. On his many stops around the globe (including one in Oberlin, Ohio!), Gameau meets...

Showing at Capitol Theatre

Insert Coin

Sunday, March 29, 2020 7:15 PM - 8:56 PM

Insert Coin

“FINISH HIM!” Mortal Kombat and NBA Jam are just some of the arcade games that made Midway synonymous with the 90s. Their combination of live-action graphics, explicit violence, and a hearty dose of humor helped change the gaming landscape for good. INSERT COIN documents the company’s coin-op success from their small team working in the back of a Chicago pinball factory to making one of the most successful games of all time. Interviews with the Midway team—ranging from executives to programmers—take us through the development of their tentpole titles while archival footage gives viewers a chance to watch the actors...

Showing at Near West Theatre

Temblores

Sunday, March 29, 2020 7:30 PM - 9:17 PM

Temblores (Tremors)

Pablo has it all: a beautiful wife, two adorable children, a successful career, and good standing in his evangelical church. But when this high-profile family man announces that he’s leaving his wife for another man, his entire world begins to collapse. Instead of enjoying his freedom, Pablo finds himself ostracized from his conservative community and labeled a pedophile. Barred from seeing their father, his children are left trying to make sense of the “terrible disease” they’ve been told Pablo suffers from. Will they catch it? Will it kill him? Will they ever see him again? The desperate pleas of his...

Showing at Capitol Theatre

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