SIFF 2017 Films

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2017 | 85m
SIFF Says: From dancing to deviltry, this diverse array of local shorts puts the breadth of our talented filmmaking community on full display.

150 Milligrams

France | 2016 | 140m | Emmanuelle Bercot
Stranger Says: If you have seen Hollywood’s Concussion or Inside Man, then you will have a very good idea of the plot machinery that makes this average French flick tick. However, there are two important differences. One, the state and...

500 Years

USA | 2017 | 108m | Pamela Yates
SIFF Says: Locating the source of Guatemala’s political woes requires a journey of not just a few decades, but of more than five centuries, as the title of Pamela Yates’ latest film suggests. This documentary, chronicling the 2013 trial of former...

7 Minutes

North America Premiere | Italy | 2016 | 92m | Michele Placido
Stranger Says: When an Italian textile plant changes owners, the fate of the workers falls to 11 female employees who must decide what to make of a seemingly innocuous request by their new bosses. (The title is a clue.) Based...

8 Borders, 8 Days

Lebanon | 2017 | 61m | Amanda Bailly
Stranger Says: Some experiences resist narrative. The eight days in which Sham, a single mother, and her two children cross eight borders to make it from Syria to Germany do not come neatly packaged in a way that makes it...

After the Storm

Japan | 2016 | 117m | Hirokazu Kore-eda
Stranger Says: Hirokazu Kore-eda is one of the greatest directors in the world. His 1998 After Life is a masterpiece of 1990s cinema. That’s all you need to know about his new work, After the Storm, which is not too...

Afterimage

Poland | 2016 | 100m | Andrzej Wajda
SIFF Says: Art is freedom. As Stalin rose to power, freedom was under attack; art was under attack. Afterimage, director Andrzej Wajda’s final film, follows the story of Wladyslaw Strzeminski (Boguslaw Linda), the most important Polish painter of the 20th century....

An Afternoon with Sam Elliott

SIFF Says: He of the gruff baritone voice and the luxuriant mustache, Sam Elliott is the quintessential portrait of the American cowboy, a quality he's drawn on since he first appeared onscreen in the 1969 Oscar® winner Butch Cassidy and the...

Albüm

Turkey | 2016 | 105m | Mehmet Can Mertoğlu
SIFF Says: Bahar and Cüneyt are about to become parents. They’re adopting a baby, but, mindful of the social stigma attached to infertility, have decided to pretend it’s biologically their own. To bolster this claim, they set about creating a photo...

ALT Shorts

2017 | 90m
SIFF Says: Split screens, cinema collage, and formal experimentation take you deep into the medium of film itself. Warning: A short in this program contains heavy strobe effects.

American Folk

USA | 2017 | 99m | David Heinz
SIFF Says: Elliott (Joe Purdy) and Joni (Amber Rubarth) are two folk musicians who meet on a flight bound for New York: He’s a guitarist headed east to catch up with a touring band; she’s returning home from a wedding. Impressed...

Angry Inuk

Canada | 2016 | 85m | Alethea Arnaquq-Baril
Stranger Says: “I’m watching a documentary about seal hunting,” I said, and everyone gasped. Afterward, I knew my own ignorance and was ready to put in an order for a seal-skin coat made on Baffin Island. Watch Angry Inuk for...

Animal Crackers

USA | 1930 | 97m | Victor Heerman
Stranger Says: A priceless painting disappears during a lavish party for Captain Spaulding (Groucho Marx). Things get weird. The Marx Brothers’ second movie is admittedly pretty creaky at times, with a romantic subplot that you can practically feel slide off...

Animation4Adults

2017 | 85m
SIFF Says: From the depths of the ocean to the outer reaches of the galaxy, this year's animation packages takes you to the frontiers of imagination. Do not try these at home. Any of these.

Anishoara

Germany | 2016 | 106m | Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu
Stranger Says: It’s hard not to be charmed by Anishoara’s old-world, quiet beauty. It begins with an adorable elderly man speaking directly into the camera, telling a mythological tale of a woman’s longing. The cinematography of the Eastern European countryside...

At the End of the Tunnel

Spain | 2016 | 120m | Rodrigo Grande
Stranger Says: As Americans, we have completely forgotten how to make great crime thrillers. And this is exactly what we find in every scene, moment, and line of the Argentinian film At the End of the Tunnel: a superb crime...

¡Tapas!

2017 | 88m
SIFF Says: Get a taste of this year’s best and boldest batch of Spanish short films.

Backpack Full of Cash

USA | 2016 | 96m | Sarah Mondale
SIFF Says: At the start of the 2013-14 school year, South Philadelphia High School’s student-body poverty rate was in excess of 90 percent. The principal tried to cope with this by having no music teacher, no librarian, and just two counselors...

Bad Black

Uganda | 2016 | 68m | Nabwana I.G.G.
Stranger Says: The genius of Wakaliwood films, which are made in the slums of Kampala, the capital of the English-speaking African country Uganda, is that they cannot be improved. The way they look is exactly how they were made: with almost...

Bad Day for the Cut

Ireland | 2016 | 99m | Chris Baugh
SIFF Says: It’s always the mild-mannered ones you have to watch out for. That’s the lesson learned by a succession of thugs who push middle-aged farmer Donal (Nigel O’Neill) to the brink. Donal lives in the lush Northern Irish countryside, taking...

Bad Influence

Chile | 2016 | 89m | Claudia Huaiquimilla
SIFF Says: Arrested after a violent gas-station robbery, troubled Santiago youth Tano (Andrew Bargsted) is remanded to the custody of his father Javier (Francisco Pérez-Bannen), an auto mechanic living in the small mountain community of Wallmapu. Soon the wayward teen befriends...

Band Aid

USA | 2017 | 94m | Zoe Lister-Jones
Stranger Says: It’s strange the way movies can make you like people who would annoy you in real life. The married couple at the center of this surprisingly affecting and well-modulated feelings comedy are archetypal white millennial trash: a failed...

The Bar

Spain | 2017 | 102m | Álex de la Iglesia
SIFF Says: Gorgeous and successful yet unlucky in love, Elena (Blanca Suárez) pops into a local pub to charge her phone en route to what she hopes will be a promising first date. But when a pair of patrons are promptly...

Beach Rats

USA | 2017 | 98m | Eliza Hittman
Stranger Says: Eliza Hittman captures the dead-end grit and chintz of South Brooklyn while channeling a more mundane borough variation on Beau Travail’s ritualized male deportment and redirected gaze. Notionally a film about boys idling a summer away—getting high, hooking...

Beatriz at Dinner

USA | 2017 | 79m | Miguel Arteta
Stranger Says: Beatriz (a beautifully un-glammed Salma Hayek) is a Mexican massage therapist/healer who unwittingly finds herself at an intimate dinner party with the worst our society has to offer: a group of one percenters. Led by alpha male John...

The Beautiful Kokonor Lake

China | 2017 | 98m | Shen Xing-Hao
SIFF Says: Actress Qin Yi, whose long and honored career has given her the freedom to explore her craft, originally wrote the screenplay for The Beautiful Kokonor Lake after hearing a radio news report 30 years ago. This film is based...

Becoming Who I Was

U.S. Premiere | South Korea | 2016 | 95m | Chang-yong Moon
Stranger Says: This gorgeously shot, touching documentary by director Moon Chang-yong follows the story of Padma Angdu, an adorable young boy who lives in northern India and is believed to be a reincarnated lama from Tibet, aka Rinpoche. As such,...

Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall

USA | 2017 | 105m | Katherine Fairfax Wright
Stranger Says: The dancer, YouTube sensation, and RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Todrick Hall was heading out on tour to meet his fans when he decided to write an all-new stage show called Straight Outta Oz. Because most of his fans...

Better Watch Out

Australia | 2017 | 85m | Chris Peckover
SIFF Says: Look out, yuletide horror films, there's a new kid in town. His name is Luke (Levi Miller, Pan), he's almost 13, mischievous, and actually excited that his parents (Patrick Warburton and Virginia Madsen) have hired a babysitter for the...

The Big Sick

USA | 2017 | 119m | Michael Showalter
Stranger Says: This year’s opening-night selection comes with a few red flags attached (rom-com set in the world of stand-up, etc.), but haters be damned. The true story of Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley, Portlandia) and his real-life wife Emily Gordon’s...

Bill Frisell, A Portrait

Australia | 2017 | 114m | Emma Franz
Stranger Says: The copious praise heaped upon Bill Frisell by a plethora of jazz greats in Emma Franz’s engrossing documentary on the local guitarist/composer may seem excessive, but she proves that it’s all justified. Her subject’s speaking voice mirrors his...

Black Code

Canada | 2016 | 90m | Nicholas de Pencier
Stranger Says: Black Code explores internet technology—mobile, social media, and cloud computing—through the lens of Citizen Lab, an internet research facility run by Professor Ronald Deibert (whose book inspired the film). The documentary takes you through a broad swath of...

The Bloom of Yesterday

North America Premiere | Germany | 2016 | 125m | Chris Kraus
Stranger Says: I really wanted to like this German rom-com, but it’s just too loud and manic for my sensitive senses. And if some thought is given to the film’s plot—which has at its center a middle-aged German Holocaust scholar...

Borders

North America Premiere | Burkina Faso | 2017 | 90m | Apolline Traoré
SIFF Says: Traveling from Dakar, Senegal, to Lagos, Nigeria, to buy goods for her women’s association, Hadjara (spectacularly played by Amélie Mbaye) is an independent woman with a job to do. Upon her journey she also meets Emma, an Ivorian retailer,...

Boundaries

Canada (Québec) | 2016 | 98m | Chloé Robichaud
SIFF Says: Fifty kilometers off the coast of Labrador lies Besco, a tiny island nation about to be pulled kicking and screaming into the global arena. Newly elected Besco president Danielle Richard (Macha Grenon, Barney’s Version) has inherited an economic crisis,...

Boy Trouble

2017 | 92m
SIFF Says: From hidden secrets to embracing your true self, first love, marriage, and the bittersweetness of loss—here is the gay experience with all its troubles and triumphs.

Brainstorm

USA | 1983 | 106m | Douglas Trumbull
Stranger Says: This science-fiction flick is Natalie Wood’s last film. It was mostly shot in 1981, and was released in 1983. It’s also the film that explains why Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices (SQUID) are illegal in the 1995 film Strange...

Brigsby Bear

USA | 2017 | 97m | Dave McCary
SIFF Says: In his debut feature film, director Dave McCary delivers this ode to fandoms everywhere in the form of James and his singular obsession. Living his entire life off the grid with no interest in the outside world, 25-year-old James...

By the Time It Gets Dark

Thailand | 2016 | 105m | Anocha Suwichakornpong
Stranger Says: A neophyte filmmaker interviews an older woman about a legendary Thai student uprising, which then somehow segues into digressions on the nature of performance, a brief how-to about tobacco harvesting, and lots of cool shots of mushrooms. It...

Bye Bye Germany

Germany | 2017 | 101m | Sam Garbarski
SIFF Says: At the end of the Third Reich, most surviving Jews from the Holocaust understandably left Germany as fast as possible. But former Sachsenhausen inmate David Bermann (Moritz Bleibtreu), among about 4,000 other real-life survivors who remained, sees his blasted...

Cabaret

USA | 1972 | 124m | Bob Fosse
Stranger Says: Cabaret was the first movie musical to solve Awkward Silence Syndrome. What is ASS? In a live performance, the cast members look out at the audience, they sing, they dance. A number will build until the singing and...

The Cage Fighter

USA | 2017 | 83m | Jeff Unay
Stranger Says: Directed, produced, and shot by Seattle local Jeff Unay, The Cage Fighter contains real-life echoes of Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler. The documentary follows 40-year-old mixed martial arts fighter Joe Carman as he struggles to stay in the ring...

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

USA | 2017 | 89m | David Soren
SIFF Says: Based on the worldwide sensation and bestselling book series, and boasting an A-list cast of comedy superstars headed by Kevin Hart (The Secret Life of Pets) and Ed Helms (The Lorax), DreamWorks Animation brings audiences this long-awaited global movie...

Chameleon

North America Premiere | Chile | 2016 | 81m | Jorge Riquelme Serrano
Stranger Says: Warning: Chameleon is a disturbing film. If you are triggered by the portrayal of violent sexual assaults, take a hard pass on this one. If you enjoy feeling sick to your stomach about the lengths humans will go...

Chasing Coral

USA | 2017 | 94m | Jeff Orlowski
SIFF Says: Coral reefs are disappearing worldwide. Sadly, this isn’t fiction, but reality. In his latest documentary, Chasing Coral, filmmaker Jeff Orlowski and his crew travel to coral reefs near Bermuda, Australia, and American Samoa to explore the devastating phenomenon. The...

Chavela

USA | 2017 | 90m | Catherine Gund
Stranger Says: Chavela introduces American audiences to the eponymous Chavela Vargas, a Costa Rica–born Mexican ranchera singer who rose to fame (and infamy) in the 1940s. The film documents the artist’s solitude as a semi-closeted lesbian in macho Mexico and...

Chronicles of Hari

India | 2016 | 105m | Ananya Kasaravalli
Stranger Says: Hari is a member of a Yakshagana theater troupe, traveling around to small towns performing traditional stories from dusk to dawn. Hari is popular for his skill at playing female characters. But Hari seems less and less inclined...

City of Ghosts

USA | 2017 | 91m | Matthew Heineman
SIFF Says: Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land, SIFF 2015) returns to SIFF with another vitally relevant film about one of the world’s most dangerous conflicts. City of Ghosts chronicles the efforts of "Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently" (RBSS), a handful of anonymous...

Close Relations

U.S. Premiere | Germany | 2016 | 114m | Vitaly Mansky
Stranger Says: This contemplative, slow-moving documentary focuses on members of an extended family who are located throughout Ukraine and Russia. It broods on the question of what nationality is, what it means to speak Ukrainian, what it means to “be”...

Columbus

USA | 2017 | 104m | Kogonada
Stranger Says: Allow writer and director Kogonada to take you on a bizarrely fascinating, visually stunning, and subtly sensual tour of Columbus, Indiana’s modernist architecture. (Did you know there was a Columbus, Indiana? I didn’t, and I lived for a...

Come, Together

North America Premiere | South Korea | 2016 | 122m | Shin Dong-il
Stranger Says: A South Korean family slowly unravels as they try to keep up in ultra-competitive, ultra-capitalistic Seoul. While the mother resorts to illegally selling credit cards, the daughter considers her prospects without a university degree and the irritable, strict...

Coming of Age

2017 | 90m
SIFF Says: A program full of mystery, chaos, charm, and cinematic wonder that will remind you why short films should be seen on the big screen.

Cook Up a Storm

Hong Kong | 2017 | 97m | Raymond Yip Wai Man
SIFF Says: Most simply view cooking as a necessity. But for some, it’s an art, an act of self-expression, a lifestyle. Chinese director Raymond Yip Wai Man’s latest film tells the story of two men who have dedicated their lives to...

Crazywise

World Premiere | USA | 2017 | 82m | Phil Borges
Stranger Says: This critique of Western medicine hits all the hallmarks: doctors questioning the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, American shamans, the fetishization of native cultures in other hemispheres. Following several people who have experienced trauma and mental...

Crossing Borders

2017 | 88m
SIFF Says: This collection of shorts will take you on an intense journey across borders.

Dara Ju

USA | 2017 | 92m | Anthony Onah
Stranger Says: A fiercely driven Nigerian American Wall Streeter (Aml Ameen) must figure out who he really is when the tectonic plates of his very different personal and professional lives begin grinding together. Writer/director Anthony Onah’s debut manages the difficult...

A Date for Mad Mary

Ireland | 2016 | 82m | Darren Thornton
Stranger Says: The titular character, Mary, played by Seána Kerslake, reminiscent of an Irish, redheaded Scarlett Johansson, is indeed mad. Mad at the world, mad at her family, mad at her best friend, Char, who is getting married. Mary has...

Dawson City: Frozen Time

USA | 2016 | 120m | Bill Morrison
Stranger Says: Artist Bill Morrison performs another aesthetically astonishing excavation of cinema’s past, piecing together a strange history from some 500 nitrate-stock films that were buried in subarctic territory in the Yukon. What can’t be recovered, however, is the First...

Dean

USA | 2016 | 93m | Demetri Martin
SIFF Says: "The first big thing in your life you're never gonna get over" is how a friend of this film's title character describes the unexpected death of Dean's mother. For the rest of the film, Dean tries his best to...

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

USA | 2017 | 105m | David France
SIFF Says: Marsha P. Johnson was a legendary New York drag queen, a veteran of the Stonewall Riots, and, as a co-founder of the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR), a prominent figure in the gay and transgender liberation movements. On July...

Death in Sarajevo

Bosnia and Herzegovina | 2016 | 85m | Danis Tanovic
SIFF Says: Hotel Europe is a luxury hotel in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Today, it is the commemoration center of the centennial of Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination, which led to the First World War. Its close proximity to the historical spot makes the...

Devil’s Freedom

U.S. Premiere | Mexico | 2017 | 74m | Everardo González
Stranger Says: A stunning document of Mexico’s ever-growing kidnapping epidemic, illustrated by having the largely youthful captors and survivors telling their tales directly to the camera. This would be unsettling enough, but when you factor in the decision to have...

Diamond Island

France | 2016 | 101m | Davy Chou
Stranger Says: A rural teenager lands a construction gig on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. By day, Bora (played beautifully by amateur actor Sobon Nuan) does his part building a high-rise hotel for tourists and wealthy Cambodians. By night, he...

Dina

USA | 2017 | 101m | Dan Sickles
SIFF Says: What has been described as an unconventional love story turns out to be not so far from the beaten path in this rom-com documentary from directors Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles. Dina and her boyfriend, Scott, have decided to...

Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey

USA | 2017 | 96m | Dave O'Leske
SIFF Says: Mountaineering boasts many heroic figures: Sir Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay, George Mallory. And then there are the “dirtbags”: the rebellious, fearless climbers who forgo material needs, homes, manners, friendships, lovers―virtually everything―in pursuit of the next summit. Fred Beckey is...

Divine Divas

Brazil | 2016 | 110m | Leandra Leal
Stranger Says: Divinas Divas is the name of a group of Brazilian “transvestites,” as they identify themselves, who’ve been performing cabaret acts since the 1960s. They have had their share of social indignities and artistic triumphs. The filmmaker of this...

DIY Demonology

2017 | 93m
SIFF Says: Sometimes the best way to play with evil is to just jump right on in.

Dolores

USA | 2017 | 95m | Peter Bratt
SIFF Says: Director Peter Bratt follows the life of civil-rights icon Dolores Huerta in this documentary, constructed significantly from archival footage from the 1960s and 1970s. This character study on the “most vocal activist no one has ever heard of” follows...

The Door

North America Premiere | China | 2017 | 104m | Liang Dong
SIFF Says: Picture your life. Through all your trials and tribulations, wins and losses, ups and downs, decisions large and small, one thing is certain: Your life is categorically yours. Now imagine you found a door to a parallel dimension that...

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with live soundtrack by The Invincible Czars

USA | 1920 | 79m | John S. Robertson
SIFF Says: After more than a decade of silent-film scores that beautifully blend rock and orchestral music, cinematic Austin band The Invisible Czars, regarded by many as the Alloy Orchestra of the South, now unleash their spooky sonic reimagining on the...

A Dragon Arrives!

Iran | 2016 | 105m | Mani Haghighi
Stranger Says: A cemetery located in the middle of a desert island and under the shadow cast by a rusted shipwreck, an exiled political prisoner who made the wreck his home (and wrote all over its walls) found within it...

The Dumb Girl of Portici

USA | 1916 | 115m | Lois Weber
Stranger Says: Anna Pavlova was a prima ballerina, a superstar and a dream, and in this restoration of Lois Weber’s 1916 silent ballet film The Dumb Girl of Portici, she’s on-screen. Commanding and emotive, she dances like an unusually graceful...

Ears

Italy | 2016 | 90m | Alessandro Aronadio
Stranger Says: The unnamed protagonist in Italian tragicomedy Ears is having a rather trying and bizarre day. It starts when he wakes up with tinnitus, and continues to get progressively weirder with each social interaction he’s drawn into, whether it...

Emma' (Mother)

U.S. Premiere | Indonesia | 2016 | 77m | Riri Riza
Stranger Says: A pregnant Indonesian housewife must hold her bustling Muslim family together after her husband pulls a world-class dick move. Drawing inspiration from classic melodramas, this 1950s period piece may play its cards close to the vest, but the...

Endless Poetry

France | 2016 | 128m | Alejandro Jodorowsky
Stranger Says: With this autobiographical film, Alejandro Jodorowsky, the surrealist genius behind El Topo and The Holy Mountain, has created the most accurate portrayal of a poet’s life in cinema history. When young Alejandro discovers a book of Federico García...

Entanglement

World Premiere | Canada | 2017 | 85m | Jason James
Stranger Says: Nothing is as it seems in this comedy-drama, starring Thomas Middleditch (of Silicon Valley fame), Diana Bang as his friendly neighbor, and Jess Weixler as his manic pixie dream girl love interest/would-be sister (it’s complicated). There are touches...

Escape Room

World Premiere | USA | 2017 | 81m | Will Wernick
SIFF Says: Christen (Elisabeth Hower, MTV’s I Just Want My Pants Back) has a surprise for her boyfriend Tyler (Evan Williams, Awkward.) and their friends. For his 30th birthday party, she has booked them into the most exclusive game in town:...

Ethel & Ernest

Luxembourg | 2016 | 94m | Roger Mainwood
Stranger Says: An animated delicacy about the small lives of decent, ordinary British white people who live out a quiet working-class existence while the 20th century roils around them, this adaptation of Raymond Briggs’s graphic memoir of his parents’ lives is...

The Fabulous Allan Carr

World Premiere | USA | 2017 | 90m | Jeffrey Schwarz
SIFF Says: Academy Award® camp followers cherish the memory of 1989’s infamously wrong opening number, starring Snow White, Rob Lowe, dancing tables and chairs, and cameos by Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Its mastermind, Allan Carr, and his glittering pink disco...

The Family Picture Show

2017 | 84m
SIFF Says: Bring the whole family to SIFF for a playful set of international animated and live action short films curated for the young and the young at heart.

The Farthest

Ireland | 2017 | 121m | Emer Reynolds
Stranger Says: Now that we’re stuck with an administration that has nothing but disdain for science, a documentary about 1977’s Voyager mission seems more nostalgic—and necessary—than ever. After all, it was in 1972, under soon-to-be-disgraced President Richard Nixon, that the...

Feather

Italy | 2016 | 98m | Roan Johnson
SIFF Says: Basking in a post-graduation glow, Roman teenagers Cate (Blu Yoshimi Di Martino, Arianna, SIFF 2015) and Ferro (Luigi Fedele) feel like adults already. Planning a vacation to Morocco, getting jobs, and moving in together are just a few of...

The Feels

World Premiere | USA | 2017 | 90m | Jenée LaMarque
SIFF Says: This intimate hangout movie chronicles the weekend getaway of a group of friends celebrating lesbian couple Andi (Constance Wu, Fresh Off the Boat) and Lu’s (Angela Trimbur, The Final Girls) impending marriage. The trip is full of dancing, drinks,...

Fermented

World Premiere | USA | 2017 | 67m | Jonathan Cianfrani
Stranger Says: Chef Edward Lee guides viewers through the art and science of fermenting foods for preservation and flavor. Produced by Zero Point Zero—the same folks behind Anthony Bourdain’s television shows—the visuals of aged cheese, kimchi, and sourdough bread will...

Finding KUKAN

USA | 2016 | 75m | Robin Lung
Stranger Says: Living in a world that historically erased contributions and innovations of women and people of color, it’s no surprise that Li Ling-Ai isn’t often mentioned in film history books. In this fascinating documentary, filmmaker Robin Lung tries to...

The Fixer

Romania | 2016 | 98m | Adrian Sitaru
Stranger Says: Radu (Tudor Istodor), the wiry Romanian at the heart of this sly procedural, is always on the move. Rumpled and unshaven, the trainee photojournalist zips from assignment to assignment. When he isn’t working, he’s berating his girlfriend’s son...

Food Evolution

USA | 2016 | 92m | Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Stranger Says: How do we cope with a crisis of public trust in science? This is the question at the heart of Food Evolution, Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s competent new documentary on the debate over the safety of genetically modified organisms...

Footnotes

France | 2016 | 90m | Kostia Testut
SIFF Says: Social realism and musical fantasy seamlessly blend in Paul Calori and Kostia Testut’s debut feature film. Things seem to be looking up when 20-something Julie leaves a thankless job and lands a position at a designer shoe factory famous...

The Force

USA | 2017 | 92m | Pete Nicks
Stranger Says: Dash-cam video shows a police officer approaching a vehicle as a black suspect, who is reportedly wielding a knife, opens the passenger door. The officer yells, “Don’t you move or I’ll shoot you,” before the man climbs out...

Forever Pure

Israel | 2016 | 87m | Maya Zinshtein
Stranger Says: The Beitar Jerusalem Football Club was long known as “the team of the underprivileged,” forming an apparently unbreakable bond with its adoring working-class fans. Once the team broke tradition in 2012 by signing two Muslim players, however, the...

Free and Easy

China | 2016 | 90m | Geng Jun
SIFF Says: Director Geng Jun (Youth) presents a dry tragicomedy set in a nameless Chinese burg and featuring several quirky characters all involved in some sort of con. There’s the traveling soap salesman (Zhang Ziyong) who entices the townspeople to smell...

FutureWave Shorts / Best of NFFTY

90m
SIFF Says: Experience the extraordinary talent and unique voices of the next generation of filmmakers. These international shorts from filmmakers 18 and under point the way to an exceptional cinematic tomorrow.

Gholam

United Kingdom | 2017 | 94m | Mitra Tabrizian
Stranger Says: Gholam is an Iranian living in a gritty part of London. He has two jobs, driving a cab and working in a garage, which offers little time for sleep. There is a group of people trying to recruit...

Ghost Hunting

U.S. Premiere | Palestine | 2016 | 90m | Raed Andoni
Stranger Says: This documentary about Palestinians who survived torturous incarcerations in an Israeli detention center is part talk therapy, part meta art film, and part Stanford Prison Experiment—and, unfortunately, seems to come with even more ethical baggage than the infamous...

A Ghost Story

USA | 2017 | 93m | David Lowery
Stranger Says: As if Ain’t Them Bodies Saints hadn’t already established David Lowery as a must-see filmmaker with aesthetic imagination that reached far beyond his micro-budget roots, his miraculous reboot of Pete’s Dragon last year not only cemented his credentials, but...

The Girl Without Hands

France | 2016 | 76m | Sébastien Laudenbach
SIFF Says: The Brothers Grimm are known worldwide for bringing fairy tales such as “Cinderella” and “The Frog Prince” to life in the pages of their books. But one of their lesser-known stories caught the eye of French director Sébastien Laudenbach....

Give Me Future

USA | 2017 | 85m | Austin Peters
Stranger Says: With relations between the United States and Cuba on the rise, the Caribbean-inspired dancehall band Major Lazer decide to hold a concert for their newly accessible fans in Havana. What they discover when they get there may forever...

Glory

Bulgaria | 2016 | 101m | Petar Valchanov
Stranger Says: A Bulgarian railway worker finds a bunch of loose cash on the tracks and attempts to do the honorable thing by reporting it to the authorities. Sensing an opportunity for positive coverage, the local engines of bureaucracy quickly...

God of War

North America Premiere | China | 2017 | 130m | Gordon Chan
SIFF Says: Action-movie great Gordon Chan (Beast Cops, Fist of Legend) has directed yet another exhilarating epic. In the 16th century, Japanese pirates have swarmed the Chinese coastline and taken over the cities of Cengang and Zhejiang. After months of fighting...

God's Own Country

United Kingdom | 2017 | 100m | Francis Lee
SIFF Says: For sheep farmer Johnny Saxby (Josh O’Connor), virtually every aspect of his life is cold and brutal. Whether he is performing the messy work of animal husbandry on the gray-green hills of northern Yorkshire, numbing his mind at the...