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

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This screening is part of The Taste of the Festival.
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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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15711 Waterloo Rd
Cleveland, OH 44110

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Cleveland, OH 44115

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The Nightlight
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Cleveland State University, MU 107
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Connor Palace
1615 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115

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Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque
11610 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

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Ritz-Carlton Cleveland
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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2163 Lee Rd
Cleveland Hts, OH 44118

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13116 Shaker Square
Cleveland, OH 44120

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140 Cherry Street
Kent, OH 44240

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1 S High St
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19 East College St
Oberlin, OH 44074

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11150 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106

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

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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

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Opening Night

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

CIFF43 Opening Night will take place at Playhouse Square on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 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 Etruscan Smile

USA, UNITED KINGDOM, SWITZERLAND
Directed by Mihal Brezis, Oded Binnun
Running Time: 107 Minutes

Rory MacNeil (Brian Cox) is an old-fashioned Scottish man who likes what he likes: whiskey, cigarettes, and swimming naked in the ocean. But when Rory falls ill, he must leave his isolated home on Hebridean Island and head for San Francisco in search of medical treatment. While in San Francisco, Rory reconnects with his estranged son, Ian, whom he hasn’t seen in over 15 years. Their relationship is full of resentment and unresolved baggage, as both have conflicting ideas about what it means to “be a man.” On top of their complicated history, Rory finds Ian’s fast-paced city life baffling, and struggles to fit in to this new world. Despite their differences, Rory and Ian have a lot to learn from one another, and their arguments slowly give way to acceptance and understanding. A charming blend of comedy and emotion, THE ETRUSCAN SMILE is a heartfelt film about love, forgiveness, and living life to the fullest. (In English and Gaelic with subtitles) —G.S.

The Etruscan Smile

Closing Night

Sunday, April 07, 2019

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.

The Public

 

USA
Directed by Emilio Estevez
Running Time: 119 Minutes

With record-setting lows in the forecast, Cincinnati is bracing for a severe cold spell. The city’s homeless population regularly seeks refuge from the elements at the downtown public library, patiently awaiting the doors to open each morning after spending long nights in a shelter or risking their lives out on the street. Stuart Goodson (Emilio Estevez) and his fellow librarians empathize with their patrons, but they walk a fine line to honor the rights of the homeless individuals while respecting other patrons’ rights to a safe, comfortable library visit. With overflow shelters at capacity on the coldest night of the year, nearly 100 homeless men, several of whom experience mental illness, hold a peaceful protest in the library, insisting on staying the night to keep warm. The police threaten the use of force to evacuate the patrons, while the media has its own intentions of reporting a version of the story for the sake of ratings instead of the truth. Caught on the frontlines, Stuart, who must choose to succumb to pressures to stand down or immerse himself in the movement. Timely, socially relevant, and altogether captivating, THE PUBLIC offers brutally honest portrayals of homelessness, addiction, and mental illness along with our willingness – or the resistance – to help our neighbors in need. – A.B.