SIFF 2015 Films

1001 Grams

Norway | 88 minm | Bent Hamer
This movies’ story (a Norwegian scientist going threw a breakup visits Paris for a conference on the weight of a kilo and begins a cold friendship with another man) did nothing for me. But its art direction, wardrobe, cinematography, editing ...

2045 Carnival Folklore

World Premiere | Japan | Naoki Kato
SIFF Says: Inspired by the anarchic spirit of Japanese noise rock, 2045 Carnival Folklore is a fever dream of a science fiction story set after a worldwide nuclear disaster. The country once known as Japan has collapsed. Out of its ...

3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets

USA | Marc Silver
SIFF Says: On the evening of November 23, 2012, Jordan Davis and his three friends, all African-American teenagers, pulled up to the Gate Gas Station in Jacksonville, FL to purchase gum and cigarettes. In the parking spot next to them ...

54: The Director’s Cut

USA | Mark Christopher
SIFF Says: 54 was primed to turn the art house film world into a disco inferno when it was scheduled for release on August 28, 1998. A chronicle of the booze-soaked, drug-fueled bacchanalia of New York City’s infamous Studio 54, ...

7 Chinese Brothers

USA | Bob Byington
SIFF Says: Bob Byington teams up with Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore, Listen Up Philip) for this observational, quirky comedy. Schwartzman stars as Larry who, along with his trusty sidekick pug Arrow (Schwartzman's real-life pet), goes through life as a misanthropic outcast ...

808

United Kingdom | Alexander Dunn
SIFF Says: Where were you the first time that you heard the Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer? You may not recognize the machine’s name, but you know its sound. Though only 12,000 808s were manufactured between 1980 and 1983, the 808 ...

Accused

Belgium | Netherlands | Sweden | Paula van der Oest
SIFF Says: This tense thriller is based on the true story of one of the biggest miscarriages of justice in Dutch history, the case of intensive care nurse Lucia de Berk, aka “The Angel of Death.” When de Berk, a ...

Alleluia

Belgium | France | Fabrice Du Welz
SIFF Says: Loosely based on the gruesome case of the Lonely Hearts Killers, who murdered as many as 20 women in the 1940s, Alleluia is not for the faint-hearted. Gloria (Lola Dueñas, Volver), a single mother and morgue attendant, reluctantly ...

All Things Must Pass

USA | Colin Hanks
SIFF Says: Tower Records was the biggest success story in record store history. Over forty years, founder Russ Solomon transformed it from a few modest shelves inside a Sacramento drugstore into a global chain that spanned 14 countries. In 1999, ...

Alyam, Alyam

Morocco | Ahmed El Maanouni
SIFF Says: Following his father’s death, young Abdelwahad is expected to take his place as head of the family. This role is especially crucial as he has a mother and seven brothers to provide for. But faced with the cycle ...

Angkor's Children

Cambodia | France | USA | Lauren Shaw
SIFF Says: In a country ravaged by the Khmer Rouge regime, which killed over two million people during its four-year reign in the 1970s, Cambodia’s wounds are still fresh. But what of the generation that was born after the genocide? ...

The Apu Trilogy: Song of the Little Road

India | Satyajit Ray
SIFF Says: The release of Satyajit Ray’s debut SONG OF THE LITTLE ROAD, also known as PATHER PANCHALI, in 1955 introduced to the world an eloquent and important new cinematic voice. A depiction of rural Bengali life told in the ...

The Apu Trilogy: The Unvanquished

India | Satyajit Ray
SIFF Says: Satyajit Ray had not planned to make a sequel to PATHER PANCHALI, but after the film’s international success he decided to continue Apu’s narrative. THE UNVANQUISHED, also known as APARAJITO, picks up where the first film left off, ...

The Apu Trilogy: The World of Apu

India | Satyajit Ray
SIFF Says: By the time THE WORLD OF APU, also known as Apur Sansar, was released, Satyajit Ray had directed not only the first two Apu films but also the masterpiece THE MUSIC ROOM, and was well on his way ...

The Astrologer

USA | Craig Denney
SIFF Says: "In 1975, astrologer to the stars Craig Denney embarked on his passion project to write, direct, and star in an ambitious biopic about his life. The resulting film faded into obscurity but was recently rediscovered in the collection ...

Atlantic.

U.S. Premiere | Belgium | Germany | Morocco | Netherlands | Jan-Willem van Ewijk
SIFF Says: “Who are you? You, who live beyond the horizon. Why do you have such power over me? Sometimes I feel you in the wind. Your spirit.” So narrates Fettah, a Moroccan fisherman who has set out on a ...

The Automatic Hate

USA | Justin Lerner
SIFF Says: Nature and nurture battle for supremacy in this riveting mystery from GIRLFRIEND director Justin Lerner. Davis Green (Joseph Cross, RUNNING WITH SCISSORS), a Boston chef, grew up thinking he knew everything about his father, Ronald (Richard Schiff, “The ...

Banana

Italy | Andrea Jublin
SIFF Says: What is the nature of happiness? Young Banana (Marco Todisco), so nicknamed because of his fruit-shaped foot, believes that getting the girl of his dreams will make him happy. He also bases his whole philosophy on Brazilian soccer, ...

Beach Town

World Premiere | USA | Erik Hammen
SIFF Says: In this rock ’n’ roll beach movie of the mind (shot entirely within the Seattle city limits), love and music intertwine over one lazy summer in a ramshackle coastal town. Noelle (Sarah Winsor) has just moved to the ...

Beats of the Antonov

South Africa | Sudan | Hajooj Kuka
SIFF Says: Crafted from extended time in refugee camps in the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains areas of South Sudan, BEATS OF THE ANTONOV, features the extraordinary music that is made in the region by any means necessary. North Sudan’s ...

Before We Go

U.S. Premiere | USA | Chris Evans
SIFF Says: Chris Evans (CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER) stars in and makes his directorial debut with this two-hander about strangers who, after meeting cute at Grand Central Station, spend one long Manhattan night assessing their tumultuous present and an ...

Behavior

Cuba | Ernesto Daranas
SIFF Says: A big sensation in Cuban cinema, Behavior represents an exciting new chapter in its candor and courage in exposing flaws in the government education system. Directed with swagger and sensitivity by former documentarian Ernesto Daranas, it charts the ...

Being Evel

USA | Daniel Junge
SIFF Says: "Evel Knievel is the most famous daredevil in history, the top sports star of the ’70s, and an inspiration to a generation of children. But the same outsized ego that made him the ultimate showman also led to ...

Best of Enemies

USA | Morgan Neville
SIFF Says: During the summer of 1968, ABC’s struggling news division, dead last in the ratings, made an audacious programming decision that would change the course of network news coverage and public discourse in America: hiring William F. Buckley Jr. ...

Beti and Amare

Ethiopia | Germany | Andy Siege
SIFF Says: "That it even exists is a small miracle in itself, but the fact that Andy Siege’s Ethiopian fairytale/allegory—reputedly made for less than $7,000—is rife with visual invention and oddly affecting narrative tropes is further cause for celebration. It’s ...

Beyond Zero: 1914-1918

USA | Bill Morrison
SIFF Says: Sourcing original 35mm nitrate footage shot during the first World War, filmmaker Bill Morrison pieces together a unique visual exploration from footage that has never been viewed by modern audiences, and will never be seen again outside of ...

Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories

North America Premiere | France | Germany | Vietnam | Phan Dang Di
SIFF Says: Set against the neon lights and sweltering slums of Saigon, Phan Dang Di’s follow-up to SIFF 2011 favorite BI, Don’t Be Afraid! deftly captures the confusion and ennui of Vietnamese youth at the turn of the millennium. Vu ...

The Birth of Saké

USA | Erik Shirai
SIFF Says: With as close an attention to detail as the saké-making process itself, this documentary on the creation of Japan’s oldest liquor is an absorbing behind the scenes look at an ancient tradition. The Yoshida Brewery is a small, ...

Black Girl

France | Senegal | Ousmane Sembène
SIFF Says: Diouana is a young black woman who has accepted a job as a governess to a wealthy family in the French Riviera. Excited for her new job in glamorous France, her dreams of the cosmopolitan life are quickly ...

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

USA | Stanley Nelson
SIFF Says: Opening with the famous parable of blind men describing an elephant, THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION acknowledges up-front there is no neat and tidy way to summarize the legacy of arguably the most visible and controversial ...

A Blast

North America Premiere | Germany | Greece | Netherlands | Syllas Tzoumerkas
SIFF Says: A road through the forest, a fire, arguments about the rights of man, bad economic news blasting from the radio, worry, heat, family hysteria, bankruptcy, always rushing, always waiting—this is the kind of tension that drives the rapid ...

Blind

Netherlands | Norway | Eskil Vogt
SIFF Says: This inventive debut feature from director Eskil Vogt (co-writer of Reprise, SIFF 2007) suggests that one does not need eyes to be a keen observer of human behavior. Blind centers on Ingrid, a 30-something former schoolteacher who has ...

Blue Blood

Brazil | Lirio Ferreira
SIFF Says: A circus travels by ship to a dreamlike island paradise in Brazil, in this film’s gorgeously shot, black and white prologue. One of the main attractions is the handsome and seductive Zolah the Bullet Man (Daniel de Oliveira), ...

The Blue Hour

North America Premiere | Thailand | Anucha Boonyawatana
SIFF Says: “Have you heard about people being hidden by spirits? They will hide people they want to take. You will never find someone they hide until that person dies.” This is not your ordinary coming-of-age, puppy dog romance; this ...

The Boda Boda Thieves

North America Premiere | Germany | Kenya | South Africa | Uganda | Donald Mugisha
SIFF Says: Traffic in Kampala, Uganda is always gridlocked, and the fastest means of travel are motorbike taxis called ‘boda bodas’ that can efficiently weave in and out of traffic. City life has been challenging for Goodman, who has been ...

Bodyslam: Revenge of the Banana

USA | Ryan Harvie
SIFF Says: Ronald McFondle. Kiwanis Adonis. Eddie Van Glam. While you may have never heard these names before, the fans of Seattle Semi-Pro Wrestling’s shows definitely have. For six years, the stars of SSP honored and parodied professional wrestling with ...

Bonifacio

North America Premiere | Philippines | Enzo Williams
SIFF Says: Packed with action and romance, Bonifacio is a stirringly dramatic telling of the story of Andrés Bonifacio, a leader in the movement to liberate the Philippines from Spanish colonial rule in the late 1800s. This controversial figure is ...

The Boss, Anatomy of a Crime

Argentina | Venezuela | Sebastián Schindel
SIFF Says: This incredibly disturbing story, based on real events, follows the exploitation of newly hired butcher Hermógenes, and his trial after he murdered his boss in broad daylight. Having been filled with self-deprecation and feelings of uselessness ever since ...

Boulevard

USA | Dito Montiel
SIFF Says: Nolan Mack (Robin Williams) is, on the surface, happily married and professionally satisfied, living the American dream and content with his life. But what other don’t know, including his warm wife (Kathy Baker), is that Nolan is going ...

Breathe Umphefumlo

North America Premiere | Germany | South Africa | United Kingdom | Mark Dornford-May
SIFF Says: Puccini’s “La Boheme” is given the South African treatment by the team behind 2005’s international hit U-Carmen Ekhayelitsha. Transposed from 19th century Paris to a contemporary South African township and shifted from Christmastime to mid-June, Lungelo (Puccini’s Rodolfo) ...

A Brilliant Young Mind

United Kingdom | Morgan Matthews
SIFF Says: Hugo discovery Asa Butterfield is superb as the young protagonist—a teen math whiz whose behavior falls along the autism spectrum—in Morgan Matthews’ perceptive, intelligent, and entertaining debut feature. Drawing from his lauded documentary on teen math prodigies, Beautiful ...

Cartel Land

Mexico | USA | Matthew Heineman
SIFF Says: In this ground zero documentary, filmmaker Matthew Heineman examines two vigilante groups involved in the Mexican drug cartel. Dr. Jose Mireles is the head organizer of a citizens’ paramilitary group against the violent cartels that have basically run ...

Cartoonists: Foot Soldiers of Democracy

France | Stéphanie Valloatto
SIFF Says: Traveling five continents, Cartoonists: Foot Soldiers Of Democracy profiles a dozen men and women whose job, obligation, and clear source of joy is to distill the chaos of world politics into a few vivid pen strokes and a ...

Caught

USA | Max Ophüls
SIFF Says: Young ingénue Leonora Eames comes to Los Angeles in search of a fairy tale life. She finds it, or so she thinks, in multi-millionaire Smith Ohlrig (Robert Ryan), whom she marries after a whirlwind courtship. But despite their ...

The Cave of Silken Web

Hong Kong | Ho Meng Hua
SIFF Says: Few names are more synonymous with martial arts cinema than the Shaw Brothers Studio. Throughout the 1960s and 70s their films helped to popularize Wuxia swordplay and Kung Fu action in American grindhouses and on Saturday afternoon television, ...

Cave of the Spider Women

China | Dan Duyu
SIFF Says: A Buddhist monk, Xuanzang, is sent on a mission from Buddha to travel west and bring back special texts. On his journey, he is accompanied by several characters, Pigsy, Sandy, Monkey, and the Dragon Prince, who are ordered ...

Challat of Tunis

Canada | France | Qatar | Tunisia | United Arab Emirates | Kaouther Ben Hania
SIFF Says: "Sexist attitudes in Arab culture get an ironic feminist send up in Kaouther Ben Hania's genre-bending mockumentary. Based on real events, the film investigates a 2003 spate of knife attacks, in which a masked assailant rode through the ...

Charlie’s Country

Australia | Rolf de Heer
SIFF Says: Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil made his screen debut in Nic Roeg’s Walkabout at the age of 16. Since then, he has limned indelible characters in numerous films. Now 60, the actor has teamed with director Rolf de Heer ...

Chatty Catties

World Premiere | USA | Pablo Valencia
SIFF Says: Cat owners often feel like they can communicate with their pets, but imagine if you were able to have full conversations with your feline roommates about life, love, career, and household chores. Would you be able to see ...

Cherry Tobacco

North America Premiere | Estonia | Andres Maimik
SIFF Says: 17-year-old Laura (Maris Nõlvak) can’t wait for summer to be over. Her judgmental peers have empty inner lives, boys her age bore her to tears, and her mother won’t stop haranguing her about her eating habits. When her ...

The Chinese Mayor

China | Hao Zhou
SIFF Says: Geng Yanbo is the mayor of Datong, the once-flourishing capital of Imperial China, whose failing coal mining industry has left it with few economic prospects and only one claim to fame: being the most polluted city in China. ...

Chuck Norris vs. Communism

Germany | Romania | United Kingdom | Ilinca Calugareanu
SIFF Says: Communist Romania in the 1980s was a time of cultural isolation and ideological censorship, but bubbling under the surface was a movement of disparate crowds who would gather for clandestine meetings to experience the most forbidden of fruits—bootleg ...

Circle

World Premiere | USA | Aaron Hann
SIFF Says: Meet the 50 strangers entrapped in a mystifying game that operates like a death clock. They wake up to find themselves stuck in a circular formation inside of a dark room, illuminated with a bright red circle. In ...

City of Gold

USA | Laura Gabbert
SIFF Says: When Jonathan Gold worked as a proofreader for the LOS ANGELES TIMES, he made it a personal goal to eat at every restaurant on Pico Boulevard, a 15.5 mile stretch from downtown L.A. to Santa Monica. This, he ...

Ciudad Delirio

Colombia | Spain | Chus Gutiérrez
SIFF Says: Javier, a Spanish doctor attending a conference in Cali, Colombia, meets a beautiful dancer named Angie and they have a whirlwind romance. Back in Madrid, Javier can’t forget her and soon he returns to Colombia, but Angie is ...

The Coffin in the Mountain

North America Premiere | China | Yukun Xin
SIFF Says: A charred corpse found atop the mountain of a remote Chinese village ties together three interlocking, time-hopping stories about the moral ambiguity and mortal fears inherent in humanity. In the first, young Zongyao (Xiaotian Wang) has returned to ...

Color of the Pomegranates

Armenia | Sergey Parajanov
SIFF Says: When presenting this film at the Toronto Film Festival, Martin Scorsese called THE COLOR OF POMEGRANATES “unlike anything in cinema history,” and he’s right. Four years after the completion of the film, director Sergei Parajanov was arrested and ...

The Connection

Belgium | France | Cédric Jimenez
SIFF Says: Shot on 35mm film and starring Academy Award®-winner Jean Dujardin (THE ARTIST), THE CONNECTION acts as an unofficial expansion to 1971’s THE FRENCH CONNECTION. However, while William Friedkin’s police thriller successfully told a thinly fictionalized account of New ...

Cooking Up a Tribute

North America Premiere | Spain | Luis González
SIFF Says: El Celler de Can Roca, voted best restaurant in the world by “Restaurant” magazine, is a Spanish establishment located in Catalonia whose commitment to connecting food with culture is astonishing. COOKING UP A TRIBUTE is a documentary that ...

Cop Car

USA | Jon Watts
SIFF Says: Two mischievous 10-year-old boys are playing in the Colorado wilderness when they stumble upon an abandoned police cruiser. With no owner in sight, they hop in for an impromptu joyride. But it turns out the owner of the ...

Corn Island

Czech Republic | France | Georgia | Germany | Hungary | Kazakhstan | George Ovashvili
SIFF Says: The Inguri River forms a natural border separating Georgia from AbkhaziaEllison Center UW, Eurochannel, two nations whose tensions have not abated since the war of 1992-93. Every spring, the river brings fertile soil from the Caucasus down to ...

Corrections Class

North America Premiere | Germany | Russia | Ivan I. Tverdovsky
SIFF Says: "CORRECTON CLASS opens as Lena’s mom pushes her to her new school in her wheelchair. Lena is an attractive and bright teenager who has been homeschooled her entire life. Now for the first time, she is going to ...

Cub

Belgium | Jonas Govaerts
SIFF Says: In this Belgian rural horror film, a Cub Scout troop makes its way into the woods for a team-building camping excursion. Ignoring the mildly terrifying warnings from local townsfolk on their way in, the only one who feels ...

The Cut

Canada | France | Germany | Italy | Poland | Russia | Turkey | Fatih Akin
SIFF Says: German-Turkish filmmaker Fatih Akin with co-writer Mardik Martin (RAGING BULL, MEAN STREETS) turns his attention toward the 1915 Armenian genocide in his new, continent-crossing epic. Armenian Christian and blacksmith Nazareth is captured from his home and torn away ...

Décor

Egypt | Ahmad Abdalla
SIFF Says: Young Egyptian filmmaker Ahmad Abdalla (RAGS AND TATTERS, SIFF 2014) has gone from strength to strength in the past few years, each film crafted more compelling than the one before. The gorgeous black-and-white psychological drama Décor is his ...

The Dark Horse

New Zealand | James Napier Robertson
SIFF Says: Winner of six New Zealand Film Awards including Best Picture, Director, and Actor, James Napier Robertson’s superbly realized biopic traces the damaged but ultimately rewarding life of legendary speed chess champion Genesis Potini, a.k.a. “the Dark Horse.” Cliff ...

The Dark Mirror

USA | Robert Siodmak
SIFF Says: "A newly restored psychological thriller from director Robert Siodmak, one of film noir's master practitioners, THE DARK MIRROR opens with a murder, as many a film noir does. Two eyewitnesses place Terry Collins, a pretty, young woman who ...

Dearest

China | Hong Kong | Peter Ho-Sun Chan
SIFF Says: Parents Tian Wenjun and Lu Xiaojuan tear through the city in search for their kidnapped son, who has gone missing after visiting the playground with his friends. Pengpeng is three years old and he has become a victim ...

Diner

USA | Barry Levinson
SIFF Says: """You ever get the feeling there's something going on that we don't know about?"" Set at the end of 1959, DINER mixes bittersweet comedy and realistic repartee as it follows a circle of male friends who reunite for ...

Do I Sound Gay?

USA | David Thorpe
SIFF Says: After a bad breakup with his boyfriend, journalist David Thorpe began down the destructive path of picking out all of his flaws, and sounding “too gay” was one of them. Bringing to the forefront a conversation rarely had ...

Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll

Cambodia | USA | John Pirozzi
As Cambodia modernized, the nation’s culture-hungry youth of the 1960s/’70s created a new and wonderful music scene. French, South American, Afro-Cubanist, and Western influences resonated heavily—musicians mixed various foreign rock ’n’ roll styles with traditional Khmer music. The individual stories ...

Dope

USA | 2015 | 115 minm | Rick Famuyiwa
SIFF Says: Like a 21st century urban update of Ferris Bueller, this remarkably fresh comedy follows a trio of friends, fronted by college-bound '90s hip-hop head Malcolm, who stumble into a duffle bag full of designer party drugs, leading ...

Dreams Rewired

North America Premiere | Austria | Martin Reinhart
SIFF Says: Tracing anxieties about technology back to the 1880s, DREAMS REWIRED makes the past seem present with archival films and commentary about the utopian hopes and moral fears of a hyper-connected world. In her narration, Tilda Swinton says, “Every ...

Dukhtar

Norway | Pakistan | USA | Afia Nathaniel
SIFF Says: In the isolated mountains of northern Pakistan, 10-year-old Zainab (Saleha Aref) has been promised to Tor Gul (Abdullah Jaan), a cruel, aging tribal leader six times her age, in order to broker peace between two warring camps. On ...

Eisenstein in Guanajuato

North America Premiere | Belgium | Finland | Mexico | Netherlands | Peter Greenaway
SIFF Says: In 1931, the great Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein drove from California to Mexico in order to make a film privately funded by the likes of Upton Sinclair and Vladimir Lenin. What occurred over the next week and a ...

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild Untold Story of Cannon Films

Australia | Israel | United Kingdom | USA | Mark Hartley
SIFF Says: In the 1980s, one small indie film studio made a big name for themselves with a juggernaut of cheesy, low-budget genre films with titles like AMERICAN NINJA, BLOODSPORT, BREAKIN’, KING SOLOMON’S MINES, MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, and a ...

The Elephant Song

Canada (Québec) | Charles Binamé
SIFF Says: Psychiatrist Dr. Lawrence has suddenly gone missing, and the only one who might have information is a manipulative and severely disturbed patient, Michael (Xavier Dolan, HEARTBEATS, I KILLED MY MOTHER). But he won’t reveal the truth without having ...

End of the Tour

USA | James Ponsoldt
SIFF Says: Days after the 1996 publication of David Foster Wallace’s other-worldly novel “Infinite Jest,” young novelist-turned-journalist David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) embarks on a five-day interview with the enigmatic author for “Rolling Stone” magazine. In awe and humbled by the ...

Excuse My French

Egypt | Amr Salama
SIFF Says: In this family comedy and Egyptian box office smash, twelve-year-old Hany, a precocious kid from a privileged Coptic Christian family seems to have it made: He’s got his Mac, his Nintendo, and doting parents who send him to ...

Experimenter

USA | Michael Almereyda
SIFF Says: In the early 1960s, social psychology was about to change forever thanks to Stanley Milgram. In order to shake up the field and venture into uncharted territory on authority and control, Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard) conducted “obedience experiments” in ...

The Farewell Party

Germany | Israel | Sharon Maymon
SIFF Says: Leave it to Israeli director Sharon Maymon (2009’s A MATTER OF SIZE) and his cohort Tal Granit to find so much humor in a story about disease, euthanasia, and other end-of-life concerns. A narrative brimming with humanity and ...

Fassbinder - To Love Without Demands

North America Premiere | Denmark | Christian Braad Thomsen
SIFF Says: Rainer Werner Fassbinder—enfant terrible, obsessive workaholic, and one of the major auteurs of the 20th century—is the subject of a comprehensive biographical portrait crafted from well-chosen excerpts of the director’s work and remarkable, previously unseen interview footage. Danish ...

A Few Cubic Meters of Love

Afghanistan | Iran | Jamshid Mahmoudi
SIFF Says: Afghanistan’s foreign-language Oscar® entry is truly a “Romeo and Juliet” for the globalized world. Set in a shantytown outside Tehran where a factory owner employs Afghan refugees not legally permitted to work in Iran, A Few Cubic Meters ...

Fiddlesticks

Germany | Veit Helmer
SIFF Says: The colorful village of Bollersdorf lies directly between northern and southern Germany, earning it the nickname “the belly button of the world,” and by all accounts is considered 100% average. Due to the town’s overwhelming normalness, a consumer ...

The Fire

North America Premiere | Argentina | Juan Schnitman
SIFF Says: An intimate drama that deftly hints at a broader canvas, THE FIRE maps the fault lines of a nation by exploring the fractures between a woman and a man. On the day that Lucia (Pilar Gamboa) and Marcelo ...

Flowers

Spain | Jon Garaño
SIFF Says: Ane lives a quiet life, trapped in a seemingly loveless relationship, until she suddenly starts to receive weekly, anonymous bouquets of flowers. Meanwhile Tere wants nothing more than a grandchild, but her only son Beñat and his second ...

Footloose

USA | Herbert Ross
SIFF Says: In Footloose, a great hero named Kevin Bacon teaches an entire city full of people with sticks up their butts that dancing is the greatest thing there is. At least that's how Star Lord describes the story in ...

The Forecaster

Germany | Marcus Vetter
SIFF Says: In 1981, financial advisor Martin Armstrong founded Princeton Economics International. Using his mysterious Economic Confidence Model (based on a cryptic formula incorporating business cycles and the number Pi), the company became a financial juggernaut, predicting financial market crises ...

For Grace

USA | Mark Helenowski
SIFF Says: We often order a delicious item off the menu, but who’s the human behind the food? Documentarians Kevin Pang and Mark Helenowski tell the real-life story of Curtis Duffy, an ambitious yet difficult chef mounting a new restaurant ...

Fourth Man Out

World Premiere | USA | Andrew Nackman
After a wild night out on his 24th birthday, unassuming car mechanic Adam decides to come out to his best friend Chris and their two garage-band buddies, Ortu and Nick (Chord Overstreet, Glee). Boys’ nights out become comically awkward as ...

Frame by Frame

Afghanistan | Mo Scarpelli
SIFF Says: While the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, taking a photograph was a crime. After the regime’s ouster from Kabul in 2001, a fledgling free press began to emerge, and a photography revolution was born. In FRAME BY FRAME, directors Alexandria ...