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

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Film Forums

FilmForums are moderated and interactive panel discussions that feature filmmakers, community leaders, and scholars who are knowledgeable about the topic at hand.

Film forums begin after the film ends, and are 45 minutes long.

What is Stand by?

Only a portion of available seats are sold in advance in order to save room for passholders. Once these advanced tickets have sold, a film is considered on Stand By. However, even for crowded films, we can often accommodate additional patrons just before showtime.

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Akron, OH 44326


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Oberlin, OH 44074


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Cleveland, OH 44110


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Cleveland, OH 44115


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Chagrin Falls, OH 44023

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Cleveland, OH 44106


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Cleveland State University, MU 107
2001 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115

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1615 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115

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11610 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

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1515 West 3rd Street
Cleveland, OH 44113

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1100 E 9th St
Cleveland, OH 44114


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Cleveland Museum of Natural History
1 Wade Oval Drive
Cleveland, OH 44106


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6702 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44102


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11150 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106


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Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
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The Nightlight
Cleveland Museum of Art - Gartner Auditorium
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Opening Night

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

CIFF43 Opening Night will take place at Playhouse Square on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 and will include the film at 7:00 PM at the Connor Palace, followed by the reception at 9:00 PM at the KeyBank State Theatre.

The Drummer and the Keeper

Directed by Nick Kelly
Running Time: 92 Minutes



THE DRUMMER AND THE KEEPER begins with a pantless man dragging a couch onto a beach. He douses it with gasoline and casually sets it on fire. His name is Gabriel, and he is a drummer for an up-and-coming rock band. His bandmates have had enough of his out-of-control antics, though. He’s constantly drunk, and the couch incident is just one of many. When Gabriel agrees to get help, it’s revealed he’s bipolar. His therapist prescribes medicine and enrolls him in treatment, which includes joining a soccer team with other mental health patients. He reluctantly shows up to practice, where the coach pushes him to befriend Christopher, a teenager with Asperger’s Syndrome. Soon Gabriel can’t seem to get rid of Christopher. But as time goes by, Gabriel will discover Christopher is not just the only friend he really has, but also exactly the kind he needs. This funny, moving film examines an anomalous union that seems doomed from the start. However, their unlikely but beautiful friendship will give them both the pieces they’ve been missing. —E.F.

The Drummer and the Keeper

Closing Night

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Everyone in attendance at any of the films showing in the last round is invited to join us for the Closing Night dessert reception and awards presentation program around The Fountain at Tower City Center.

The Closing Night Reception will include a brief program announcing the winners of the American Independents Competition, George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Film Competition, Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Film Competition, Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition, Local Heroes Competition, the ReelWomenDirect Award, and the Roxanne T. Mueller Audience Choice Award.

Borg vs. McEnroe


Directed by Janus Metz
Running Time: 107 Minutes


In terms of temperament, they were opposites: one a paragon of cool containment, the other a volcano of visceral emotion. But they had something in common: they were the best. Featuring immersive performances from Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf, and Stellan Skarsgärd, BORG VS. MCENROE is sports drama as psychological thriller. Helmed by Danish director Janus Metz, the film recreates the legendary 1980 Wimbledon Championship match between tennis savants Björn Borg and John McEnroe, as well as the media frenzy surrounding it and the private angst experienced by the players and their coterie. By 1980, Sweden’s Borg (Gudnason) has already won Wimbledon four times. He is 24 years old, adored, wealthy, and engaged to be married. Yet despite his serene public persona, Borg has been tormented by anxiety all his life. His opponent, New Yorker John McEnroe (LaBeouf), is a wizard on the court, a whirlwind of fury and precision. The public loves to loathe McEnroe, who on the court can explode at any moment into tantrums of expletive-laden insults directed at umpires and spectators alike. But McEnroealso suffers mental anguish. Both men will bring their immense talents —and inner demons—with them when they finally face off in one of the most suspenseful events in tennis history. Darting between evocative flashbacks and an electrifying present tense, BORG VS. MCENROE thrills us with feats of athletic mastery—and activates our empathy with insights into what it takes to win. (In Engish, Swedish, and French with subtitles) —Toronto International Film Festival