SIFF 2017 Films

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 | 100m | 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Godspeed

Taiwan | 2016 | 112m | Chung Mung-Hong
Stranger Says: A washed-up taxi driver picks up a pudgy young drug runner who is headed towards the southern tip of Taiwan. Along the way, the pair develops a buddy-movie kinship, nearly dying several times and at one point getting...

Goldstone

Australia | 2016 | 110m | Ivan Sen
Stranger Says: A bedraggled outback cop (Aaron Pedersen) is sent to investigate a missing-person case in a small mining town, and, in the best noir tradition, quickly stumbles into a whole nest of vipers. Writer/director Ivan Sen’s stand-alone sequel to...

The Grifters

USA | 1990 | 110m | Stephen Frears
Stranger Says: For reasons that are deep and complicated, the last decade of the 20th century saw the revival of a class of crime films categorized as noirs. And one of the best noirs of this period is The Grifters,...

Handsome Devil

Ireland | 2016 | 95m | John Butler
Stranger Says: A self-conscious teenage rebel (Fionn O’Shea) finds his views on male bonding shifting after his latest boarding school forces him to room with a handsome rugby star (Nicholas Galitzine). Director John Butler’s film keeps the life lessons mostly...

Heal the Living

France | 2016 | 104m | Katell Quillévéré
Stranger Says: Three boys drive along an open road. The road turns into ocean waves. One particularly huge wave crashes over them—and us. Darkness. We wake up from it, but Simon doesn’t. He’s brain-dead. What follows this surreal opening is...

Heartstone

Iceland | 2016 | 129m | Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
Stranger Says: The gray, rainy atmosphere of Iceland is a fitting backdrop to this story of adolescent angst. Thor and Christian are best friends living in a rural village doing the usual stuff: killing things, breaking things. But there is...

Hedi

Colombia | 2016 | 89m | Mohamed Ben Attia
Stranger Says: Hedi is a car salesman, but people aren’t buying because of political instability. He is getting married, so he has to give up his bachelor pad in Tunis and move back into his bossy mother’s house. He is...

Hello Destroyer

Canada | 2016 | 110m | Kevan Funk
Stranger Says: The feature debut of director Kevan Funk, Hello Destroyer is set in Prince George, Canada, but could be in any blue-collar town of the United States. Football could sub in for the sport the film centers on, hockey....

The Hero

USA | 2017 | 93m | Brett Haley
Stranger Says: Lee (Sam Elliott) has cancer, he smokes a lot of weed, he is divorced from his wife and has been neglectful of his adult daughter, and his successful acting career is in the past. This is an intense,...

In the Radiant City

USA | 2016 | 95m | Rachel Lambert
Stranger Says: Years after making a decision that tore his family apart, a haunted man (Michael Abbott Jr.) ventures back to his tiny Kentucky hometown. Director Rachel Lambert’s debut has some definite similarities with the work of Jeff Nichols (who...

Inversion

Iran | 2016 | 84m | Behnam Behzadi
Stranger Says: When pollution forces an elderly matriarch to move out of the city of Tehran, her squabbling family must decide who will leave their life behind and accompany her. After drawing the short straw, the youngest, unmarried daughter (Sahar...

Ivan Tsarevitch and the Changing Princess: Four Enchanting Tales

France | 2017 | 57m | Michel Ocelot
Stranger Says: Kirikou and the Sorceress animator Michel Ocelot produced this lush and vibrant children’s feature in his signature silhouette style. It’s anchored by a cleverly meta premise: a projectionist and his two apprentices try to avoid expected plot devices...

Kakehashi: A Portrait of Chef Nobuo Fukuda

World Premiere | Japan | 2017 | 46m | Andrew Gooi
Stranger Says: Think of it as Jiro dreams of something entirely new: a story of a Japanese chef completely devoted to his craft of cuisine, but instead of the familiar sushi, this documentary follows chef Nobuo Fukuda as he works...

Kati Kati

Kenya | 2016 | 75m | Mbithi Masya
Stranger Says: An amnesiac woman (Nyokabi Gethaiga) wakes up in a sparsely populated desert village, and the off-kilter elements just start stacking up from there. There’s the way that people keep disappearing, for one thing. No points will be given...

The Landing

USA | 2016 | 86m | Mark Dodson
Stranger Says: In an era when reality is defined by the pleasing lies of documentary filmmaking, the ability to seize that language to make fiction is a great artistic asset. The makers of this brilliantly speculative reconstruction of the fateful...

Landline

USA | 2017 | 97m | Gillian Robespierre
Stranger Says: Gillian Robespierre, writer-director of Obvious Child, reunites with Jenny Slate for this serio-comic take on secrets and lies in Giuliani-era Manhattan. Frustrated adman Alan (John Turturro) is keeping something from hypercritical wife Pat (Edie Falco), engaged daughter Dana (Slate)...

Lane 1974

USA | 2017 | 80m | SJ Chiro
Stranger Says: This excellent debut feature from Seattle-based filmmaker SJ Chiro tells the story of 13-year-old Lane and her siblings, who are being raised by their counterculture mother in 1970s Northern California. The mother, Hallelujah (The L Word’s Katherine Moennig),...

A Life in Waves

USA | 2016 | 75m | Brett Whitcomb
Stranger Says: Suzanne Ciani is a unique figure in electronic music: She straddled the worlds of highbrow experimentation and high-pressure advertising (Coke, Atari) with astounding aesthetic and commercial success when few women broke through in either field. Brett Whitcomb and...

Maurice

United Kingdom | 1987 | 140m | James Ivory
Stranger Says: Surely the most overlooked Merchant Ivory E.M. Forster adaptation, this tale of male love swooning at the tightly buttoned collar of starchy Edwardian repression is no less consummate a work of cinematic beauty than Howard’s End or A...

Moka

France | 2016 | 89m | Frédéric Mermoud
Stranger Says: After escaping from a sanatorium, a bereaved Swiss woman (Emmanuelle Devos) resumes her search for those responsible for an unsolved family tragedy. (The title refers to a particular shade of car paint.) When the trail leads her to...

My Journey Through French Cinema

France | 2016 | 190m | Bertrand Tavernier
Stranger Says: For fans of Martin Scorsese’s essays on the cinematic histories of both America and Italy comes this like-minded clipfest by longtime SIFF fave Bertrand Tavernier (best known for Round Midnight, Coup de Torchon, and L.627). Footage from an...

Nowhere to Hide

Norway | 2016 | 85m | Zaradasht Ahmed
Stranger Says: There are some places in Iraq where you just don’t want to be. That’s at least how American soldiers understood it when they dubbed a region south of Baghdad the “Triangle of Death.” The sectarian violence, primarily targeted...

The Oath

Iceland | 2016 | 110m | Baltasar Kormakur
Stranger Says: After a sojourn in Hollywood, actor-director Baltasar Kormákur returns to Reykjavík for this minor-key thriller. Finnur, a surgeon, has a beautiful wife and two beautiful daughters. After Anna (Hera Hilmar), the oldest child, takes up with sneering drug...

The Paris Opera

France | 2016 | 110m | Jean-Stéphane Bron
Stranger Says: What you must not do with this superb documentary about the workings and the ups and downs of one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world, Paris Opera, is compare it with Frederick Wiseman’s work. Wiseman’s...

Pavlensky - Man and Might

North America Premiere | Germany | 2016 | 99m | Irene Langemann
Stranger Says: Peer into the mind and motives of Petr Pavlensky, a Russian dissident artist best known for nailing his scrotum to the pavement in the middle of Red Square (yes, they do show it, but only for a wince-inducing...

Pow Wow

USA | 2016 | 75m | Robinson Devor
Stranger Says: Fourteen brief chapters about the life and times of select residents of the Coachella Valley, ranging from history-minded lifers to recently retired transplants. (Also, Shecky Greene!) The latest from Robinson Devor (Police Beat, Zoo) is gratifyingly, absorbingly odd,...

Pyromaniac

Norway | 2016 | 96m | Erik Skjoldbjaerg
Stranger Says: A small Norwegian town is plagued by a series of mysterious fires. In possibly related news, the fire chief’s teenage son (Trond Hjort Nilssen) sure seems to know exactly where to go whenever the sirens start ringing. Director...

Quit Staring at My Plate

U.S. Premiere | Croatia | 2016 | 105m | Hana Jušić
Stranger Says: Marijana is a serious person; her life has been buttoned-up under her very strict, controlling father. She lives in a small apartment with her family, gives her paychecks to her family, and hangs out with her family. When...

The Reagan Show

USA | 2017 | 75m | Pacho Velez
Stranger Says: There is no narrator in this documentary, no talking heads, no experts, no direct analysis. The entire thing consists of archival footage from network news and the machinery that manufactured the images of America’s 40th president. Ronald Reagan...

Revolting Rhymes

United Kingdom | 2016 | 58m | Jakob Schuh
Stranger Says: The thing about fairy tales is that they were never meant for children. They were filthy, violent stories adults traded back and forth after the third beer at the bar. Revolting Rhymes returns the fairy tale to its...

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World

Canada | 2017 | 103m | Catherine Bainbridge
Stranger Says: Catherine Bainbridge’s important documentary traces the impact that Native American musicians have made on blues, rock, jazz, hiphop, and heavy metal. Using Link Wray’s menacing 1958 instrumental “Rumble” as its anchor (akin to Do the Right Thing’s use...

The Smuggler and Her Charges

North America Premiere | France | 2016 | 81m | Michaël Prazan
Stranger Says: A story of one of the 50,000 “hidden children” who survived the Holocaust turns more complicated than you expect in its second act. Told by the son of its subject, the documentary is part personal narrative and part...

Soul on a String

China | 2016 | 142m | Yang Zhang
Stranger Says: After being struck by lightning, a Tibetan outlaw finds himself on a sacred quest to deliver a magic stone. The holiness of his mission doesn’t seem to matter much to the vengeful killers already on his trail, however....

Step

USA | 2017 | 82m | Amanda Lipitz
Stranger Says: Recall Hoop Dreams, the 1994 documentary about two black American teenagers who dream of becoming pro-ballers and making millions. Step is not like that. Though having the same urban and class setting as Hoop Dreams (this time Baltimore...

Susanne Bartsch: On Top

U.S. Premiere | USA | 2017 | 84m | Anthony Caronna
Stranger Says: This documentary traces the influence that cultural icon Susanne Bartsch had on youth, nightlife, and New York City. Personalities of the party scene, including Amanda LePore and RuPaul, speak to Bartsch’s influence. As do Bartsch’s husband, gym owner...

Taste of Cherry

Iran | 1997 | 95m | Abbas Kiarostami
Stranger Says: The well-to-do, middle-aged Tehranian man has the saddest face ever, as he drives a Land Rover around the dusty city, looking for someone to bury him after he kills himself. This is the whole story. He offers a...

This Is Our Land

France | 2016 | 114m | Lucas Belvaux
Stranger Says: This Is Our Land is about a sweet, simple French nurse named Pauline. With a little nudging, she becomes convinced to run for mayor under the wing of a political leader that in both looks and politics imitates...

The Turkish Way

Spain | 2016 | 120m | Luis Gonzalez
Stranger Says: El Celler de Can Roca is rarely mentioned without being followed by “one of the best restaurants in the world,” and this film follows the three brothers who helm it as they explore Turkey in search of culinary...

Two Irenes

North America Premiere | Brazil | 2017 | 89m | Fabio Meira
Stranger Says: Thirteen-year-old Irene finds out her father has a secret second family living in another neighborhood, with another daughter her same age named Irene! Without revealing her identity, she befriends the other girl. She starts hanging out with the...

Vampire Cleanup Department

U.S. Premiere | Hong Kong | 2017 | 94m | Pak Wing Yan
Stranger Says: Super campy, Vampire Cleanup Department proudly wears its B-movie status on its sleeve. Kung fu fighting with brooms, gory vampires, and cheesy special effects abound in this vampire romance. The story centers on the coming of age of...

Wallflower

World Premiere | USA | 2017 | 84m | Jagger Gravning
Stranger Says: I saw an early and pretty rough draft of this feature film by the local filmmaker Jagger Gravning. It is not not controversial, as it is based on the 2006 Capitol Hill Massacre and is shot from the perspective...

Wùlu

France | 2016 | 95m | Daouda Coulibaly
Stranger Says: In 2007 Mali, an honest prantiké (bus driver), Ladji, is disheartened by his lack of prospects in the driving business and breaks into drug trafficking. In this new criminal world in which Al-Qaeda drug lords reign, life is...

What Lies Upstream

USA | 2017 | 89m | Cullen Hoback
Stranger Says: An exploration of the increasingly toxic levels of ick in the drinking waters of West Virginia, as well as the scary repercussions for the rest of the country. If that description and the horror-ish title didn’t already worry...

White Sun

Nepal | 2016 | 89m | Deepak Rauniyar
Stranger Says: When the headman of a rural Nepalese village dies, his two sons must work out their issues. One is a Maoist guerrilla who has been absent for 10 years; the other is a government army man who returned...

The Winter

Argentina | 2016 | 98m | Emiliano Torres
Stranger Says: The barely-goings-on at a huge, remote sheep ranch in Patagonia, very far from anywhere and anybody. The seasonal workers herd and shear sheep, and there is an uneasy relationship between the old overseer and a new ranch hand—with...

Yourself and Yours

South Korea | 2016 | 86m | Hong Sang-soo
Stranger Says: Hong Sang-soo’s 18th feature—all of them absurdist but humanely perceptive variations on the intractable nature of romance between men and women—sees him dolefully refining his abiding conceit, as ever played out over long, fumbling conversations fueled by soju...