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

Free Screening!

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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Akron-Summit County Public Library
60 S. High St
Akron, OH 44326

330.643.9000

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Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
15711 Waterloo Rd
Cleveland, OH 44110

216.383.1124

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Hanna Theatre
2067 East 14th St
Cleveland, OH 44115

216.241.6000

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Cinemark Valley View
6001 Canal Rd
Valley View, OH 44125

216.447.8820

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Chagrin Cinemas
8200 East Washington Street
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023

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The Nightlight
30 North High Street
Akron, OH 44308

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

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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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CIFF Chat Room
Second Floor, Skylight Councourse
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1100 E 9th St
Cleveland, OH 44114

216.781-7625

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Shaker Square Cinemas
13116 Shaker Square
Cleveland, OH 44120

216.921.9342

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Plaza Cinemas
140 Cherry Street
Kent, OH 44240

330.968.6335

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Akron Art Museum
1 S High St
Akron, OH 44308

330.376.9185

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Apollo Theatre
19 East College St
Oberlin, OH 44074

440.774.3920

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Cleveland Museum of Art - Gartner Auditorium
11150 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106

216.421.7350

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Cleveland Museum of Art - Lecture Hall
11150 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106

216.421.7350

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

216.231.4600

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Keybank State Theatre
1519 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115

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Cedar Lee Theatre 2
2163 Lee Rd
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

216.321.5411

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Cedar Lee Theatre 1
2163 Lee Rd
Cleveland Hts, OH 44118

216.321.5411

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Capitol Theatre
1390 W 65th St
Cleveland, OH 44102

216.651.7295

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Near West Theatre
6702 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44102

216.961.6391

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Opening Night

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

CIFF44 Opening Night film and reception will take place on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at Playhouse Square in the stunning KeyBank State Theatre. The film will begin at 7:00 PM, followed by the reception at 9:00 PM.

Military Wives

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed by Peter Cattaneo
Running Time: 113 Minutes

While their husbands are deployed in Afghanistan, the military wives on the base search desperately for ways to distract themselves. Every time a phone rings or a doorbell buzzes, their anxious minds assume the worst. After their knitting club crumbles when the women realize that none of them actually knit, they take a stab at forming a choir. Between a lack of organization, conflicting leadership styles, and tone-deaf choir members, the group gets off to a rough start. But through hard work and perseverance, the choir soon evolves into more than just a coping mechanism. Once the women find their voices and hidden talents, they are able to create something truly beautiful and unique. Through laughter, tears, and music, the military wives hold each other up during hardship and loss. Based on the true story of what came to be the global phenomenon of military wives choirs, MILITARY WIVES is a feel-good film about hope, strength, and coming together. — G.S.

Military Wives

Closing Night

Sunday, April 05, 2020

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.

Dream Horse

 

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed by Euros Lyn
Running Time: 102 Minutes

Working two dead-end jobs and barely getting by, Jan Vokes (Toni Colette) is desperate for a way out. Between bartending and cleaning at a grocery store, Jan spends her days dreaming of a fresh start. Waiting just around the corner, this fresh start is about to take an unconventional form. After overhearing a man in a local pub (Damien Lewis) brag about his glory days as a racehorse syndicate, Jan gets the idea to breed a racehorse of her own. Despite having no experience in the world of racing horses, Jan recruits a group of local investors to share in her new dream. Naming the horse “Dream Alliance” after their grassroots organization, the group quickly gets to work making their dreams a reality. Together, they raise the money to care for, train, and send Dream Alliance to races, eventually making their way to the national championship. Battling injuries, roadblocks, and naysayers, Jan, Dream Alliance, and the rest of their rag-tag team will prove everyone wrong on their way to victory. Based on an incredible true story of an underdog racehorse in Wales, and the small town behind him, DREAM HORSE is a feel good film about triumph against all odds. — G.S.