The 44th annual Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is the largest film festival in the US, with 400 films (spread over 25 days) watched by around 150,000 people. It will run from May 17–June 10, 2018. Find a list of parties and special events here.

SIFF 2018 Films

The African Storm

Benin | 2017 | 89m | Sylvestre Amoussou
Stranger Says: The African country in this very entertaining film is, like Black Panther’s Wakanda, fictional. Also like Wakanda, it’s run by an enlightened leader, played by the director Sylvestre Amoussou. But whereas the leader of Wakanda is in ...

After the War

France | 2017 | 92m | Annarita Zambrano
Stranger Says: When the political assassination of a professor puts Italian law enforcement on high alert, a former terrorist (Giuseppe Battiston) grabs his family and holes up somewhere off the map in France. It works—for a while. This is ...

Angels Wear White

China | 2017 | 107m | Vivian Qu
Stranger Says: Remarkable youth performances anchor Vivian Qu’s rigorous procedural about the adults who exploit children—and the systemic misogyny that protects them. Mia, who is undocumented, is working at a seaside motel when a prominent citizen checks in with ...

Ava

Iran | 2017 | 103m | Sadaf Foroughi
Stranger Says: It’s not easy being a teenage girl in Iran. Girls are kept on a tight leash, and Ava fights against the constraints imposed on her by her school, her parents, and her society. The schoolgirls are watched ...

Austria | 2017 | 99m | Johann Lurf
Johann Lurf has made a film that can be watched only while one is stoned. It’s a 99-minute journey through 110 years of starry skies in cinema. We see shot after shot after shot of stars and more stars. The ...

Beast

United Kingdom | 2017 | 107m | Michael Pearce
Stranger Says: A perfect thriller has to have the right balance of suspense, threat of danger, lust and sex, and melodrama. Beast wonderfully has all of these things and a great cast. At the center of the plot is ...

Being There

USA | 1979 | 130m | Hal Ashby
One of the most brilliant, turbulent, and frustrating actors of the 20th century, Peter Sellers, pretty much gave his goodbye to the world and fame with this 1979 film. It’s directed by the great Hal Ashby (Harold and Maude). It’s ...

Belle de Jour

France | 1967 | 100m | Luis Buñuel
Stranger Says: If you have seen Luis Buñuel’s 1967 film about a beautiful but bored bourgeois housewife, Séverine Serizy (Catherine Deneuve), who suddenly and secretly becomes a prostitute and has all of her predictable fantasies fulfilled by rough and ...

Blindspotting

USA | 2018 | 95m | Carlos López Estrada
Stranger Says: It took winning a Tony Award for his dual roles as the Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in the musical phenomenon Hamilton for Daveed Diggs to get his long-gestating dream project to the big screen. It ...

The Bookshop

United Kingdom | 2017 | 110m | Isabel Coixet
SIFF Says: Who thought opening a bookstore would be so difficult catering to small-town conservative British folks who aren’t too enthusiastic about reading? Set in 1959, Isabel Coixet’s THE BOOKSHOP centers on Florence Green (Emily Mortimer), a 16 years war ...

The Bottomless Bag

Russia | 2017 | 104m | Rustam Khamdamov
Stranger Says: Rashomon, in which multiple people describe the same violent crime, has become the archetypal simile for people trying to describe the problems of subjective perception in establishing truth. This Russian film adapts the same short story that ...

Breath

Australia | 2017 | 115m | Simon Baker
Stranger Says: An uncommonly strong coming-of-age story about two young best friends in early 1970s Australia who, under the tutelage of an older adept, become immersed in the itinerant, vaguely mystical, entirely hardcore culture of surfing (before it was ...

The Captain

U.S. Premiere | Germany | 2017 | 118m | Robert Schwentke
Stranger Says: Breathtaking black-and-white cinematography enlivens and ennobles this unbelievably brutal, disturbingly brilliant psychological study of the corrupting influence of power. Two weeks before the end of WWII, a lowly, starving German soldier, probably a deserter, scavenges a meager ...

The Changeling

Canada | 1980 | 107m | Peter Medak
Stranger Says: An underrated haunted-house film set in Seattle (though filmed mostly in Vancouver, even then). George C. Scott plays a famous composer (sure, why not?) whose wife and daughter are killed in a horrible accident. He immerses himself ...

The Charmer

Denmark | 2017 | 100m | Milad Alami
Stranger Says: This film, which is perfect until its final 15 minutes, is about a youngish Iranian man in Copenhagen who is trying to fuck his way to Danish citizenship. He is good-looking. His eyes are large and intelligent. ...

The Children Act

United Kingdom | 2017 | 105m | Richard Eyre
Stranger Says: This is the second film in the festival based on a novel by Booker Prize–winning author Ian McEwan (the other is On Chesil Beach). This time, the screenplay is adapted by McEwan himself and directed by Richard ...

Constructing Albert

Spain | 2017 | 82m | Laura Collado
Stranger Says: After the famous sibling-run Spanish restaurant elBulli closed its doors in 2011, younger brother Albert Adrià went on a gastronomic tear, with a plan to open five very different restaurants around Barcelona at warp speed. The frenzied ...

Crime + Punishment

USA | 2018 | 110m | Stephen Maing
Stranger Says: Are you aware of the number of people in prison for crimes they did not commit, or else crimes that are so minor that white people would not even be arrested for them? Would you be shocked ...

The Crime of Monsieur Lange

France | 1936 | 83m | Jean Renoir
Stranger Says: The 1930s were good to French director Jean Renoir. In that decade, which was between the world-historical stock-market crash and the war that would break Europe’s back, Renoir directed two classics of cinema: The Rules of the ...

Cuban Food Stories

Cuba | 2018 | 83m | Asori Soto
Stranger Says: Food is inextricably linked to culture, to tradition, and to memory. Unfortunately for filmmaker and Cuba native Asori Soto, he was robbed of those memories as a child, when the economic crisis forced bereft cooks to scrimp ...

Dead Pigs

China | 2018 | 130m | Cathy Yan
Stranger Says: A river full of mysteriously expired pork serves as the fulcrum for a series of loosely connected stories about getting by in modern China. Also, there’s a musical number or two. Chinese American director Cathy Yan’s debut ...

Disobedience

United Kingdom | 2017 | 114m | Sebastián Lelio
Stranger Says: I didn’t expect Rachel Weisz would ever produce and star in a film with hot lesbian sex set in an Orthodox Jewish community. Ever. (Maybe I was misled by the fact that she is married to Daniel ...

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot

USA | 2018 | 113m | Gus Van Sant
Stranger Says: The latest from Gus Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho, Drugstore Cowboy, Milk, etc.), follows Portland artist John Callahan (played by Joaquin Phoenix) from his hard-partying days, through a drunken accident that leaves him mostly paralyzed, to his ...

Edward II

United Kingdom | 1991 | 87m | Derek Jarman
Stranger Says: The late Derek Jarman came fully, ragingly into his own with this adaptation of Christopher Marlowe’s play about a king (Steven Waddington) who scandalizes his wife (Tilda Swinton, naturally), appalls the court, and sets palace intrigue in ...

Eighth Grade

USA | 2018 | 93m | Bo Burnham
Stranger Says: The best way to understand and experience eighth grade for today’s 13-year-olds, along with all of its joys and terrors, is to watch this charming film. Eighth Grade made me remember those days when wanting to be ...

Ellen

North America Premiere | South Africa | 2017 | 123m | Daryne Joshua
Stranger Says: In the bright lexicon of narrative, there’s no grimmer framework than that of a woman forced by circumstance to murder her own meth-addicted son. And that’s just the dusk on the fringes of the darkness this true ...

The Empty Hands

North America Premiere | Hong Kong | 2017 | 87m | Chapman To
Stranger Says: This martial-arts drama is told with heart and humor. It is about an entitled slacker who has a strained relationship with her karate coach dad. She blames him for her mom leaving, and she also has lingering ...

The Eternal Road

Finland | 2017 | 103m | AJ Annila
Stranger Says: A Finnish man finds himself leading a dangerous double life on a Soviet collective farm in the 1930s. Director AJ Annila has a brawny, aggressive style (his earlier horror film Sauna maintained an impressively dreadful momentum), which ...

Falling

North America Premiere | Ukraine | 2017 | 105m | Marina Stepanska
Stranger Says: While drying out in the Ukrainian countryside, an erstwhile musician has a chance encounter with a illusion-free woman. A very promising debut for director Marina Stepanska, where the emotional surges and deeply felt performances handily overcome the ...

First Reformed

USA | 2017 | 113m | Paul Schrader
Stranger Says: Don’t make the mistake I made at the Telluride Film Festival when I skipped this unexpected magnum opus from the writer of Taxi Driver and Raging Bull. Paul Schrader’s latest film is a return to form. Infused ...

Girls Always Happy

North America Premiere | China | 2018 | 117m | Yang Mingming
Stranger Says: An adrift screenwriter (director/writer/editor/star Yang Mingming) and her mother share an exceedingly cramped house in Beijing. The sounds of their bickering can be heard from space. This sneakily insightful drama features a terrifically lived-in chemistry between the ...

Good Manners

Brazil | 2017 | 135m | Marco Dutra
Stranger Says: A black woman, Clara, becomes a domestic servant to an upper-class pregnant white woman. Their formal relationship turns deeply weird when Clara discovers her boss’s grotesque nocturnal habits. At first satirizing the exploitation of the working class, ...

Green Days by the River

Trinidad and Tobago | 2017 | 102m | Michael Mooleedhar
Stranger Says: In 1950s Trinidad, Shell is a charismatic 15-year-old who has moved to a new rural community. It is a beautiful place, all shades of green with lovely meandering rivers. He faces the usual teenage dilemmas: which girl ...

Hagazussa - A Heathen’s Curse

Germany | 2017 | 102m | Lukas Feigelfeld
Stranger Says: Slow, cruel, and ghoulishly beautiful, Hagazussa chronicles the deterioration of an outcast woman in 15th-century Austria. Shunned single mother Albrun, haunted by her own mother’s death from plague, lives in a mountain hut and farms goats. One ...

Half Widow

India | 2017 | 91m | Danish Renzu
Stranger Says: Being widowed is hard enough. But imagine if your husband disappeared and not knowing if he is alive or dead, or whether he will ever return. In the Muslim community of Kashmir, Neela and Khalid have a ...

Happy Birthday

Greece | 2017 | 88m | Christos Georgiou
Stranger Says: After encountering each other on opposite sides of a violent protest, a policeman and his rebellious daughter reach the Final Straw. When the rest of the family confines the two to their country house, they must decide ...

I Miss You When I See You

North America Premiere | Hong Kong | 2018 | 93m | Simon Chung
Stranger Says: In a story that is constantly mutating, director Simon Chung mines the territory between gay and straight, love and obsession. After 10 years apart, one friend travels to Australia to catch up with the other. If Jamie ...

Jinn

USA | 2018 | 92m | Nijla Mu’min
Stranger Says: When her mother, a well-known TV meteorologist, publicly converts to Islam, 17-year-old Summer’s life is thrown into chaos in ways both superficial and profound. This film’s budgetary restrictions soon become invisible thanks to especially strong performances by ...

Last Child

North America Premiere | South Korea | 2017 | 124m | Dong-seok Shin
Stranger Says: Fine acting and twisty plotting distinguish this slow-burn thriller. After one teenager dies saving another, the mourning parents are left to pick up the pieces. The father wants to establish a scholarship and the mother wants to ...

The Last Suit

Argentina | 2017 | 92m | Pablo Solarz
Stranger Says: An extremely handsome and well-dressed Holocaust survivor from Argentina embarks on what feels like a final adventure to Poland to fulfill a promise he made during the Shoah. Though he’s charming and sympathetic, our hero is also ...

Leave No Trace

USA | 2017 | 108m | Debra Granik
Stranger Says: Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone) has never made I film haven’t loved and has the distinction of being the only American filmmaker to have her work presented at this year’s Directors Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival ...

Let The Sunshine In

France | 2017 | 94m | Claire Denis
Stranger Says: Claire Denis has crafted an undeniably French pseudo-romantic comedy on middle-age love and desire from the female perspective. Be forewarned, a Claire Denis romantic comedy will not resemble anything close to Sleepless in Seattle. And this is ...

Little Tito and the Aliens

North America Premiere | Italy | 2017 | 92m | Paola Randi
Stranger Says: When 7-year-old Tito arrives on his uncle’s dusty doorstep with his older sister, Anita, the two quickly begin two galactic undertakings: learning to love a man they do not know and figuring out his secret, which has ...

Love, Gilda

USA | 2018 | 88m | Lisa D’Apolito
Stranger Says: Another example of SIFF showing a very well-made documentary that nonetheless has the feel of a DVD or Blu-ray bonus feature. The story of Gilda Radner’s comedic brilliance, seemingly universal appeal, and unfairly early death is always ...

Luk'Luk'I

U.S. Premiere | Canada | 2017 | 90m | Wayne Wapeemukwa
Stranger Says: This hauntingly beautiful and oddly compelling documentary follows unlikely figures living on the fringes, including a roller-skating street performer with delusions that she is world-famous and a dad so addicted to drugs that he has virtually no ...

Luna

France | 2017 | 85m | Elsa Diringer
Stranger Says: Is Luna a shitty person, or is she just covered in the shit spatter from her toxic group of friends? The answer seems clear in the first 20 minutes of the film, when she steals a puppy, ...

A Man of Integrity

Iran | 2017 | 117m | Mohammad Rasoulof
Stranger Says: Mohammad Rasoulof, a politically engaged director who has clashed with and is under indictment by Iranian authorities, shot this film clandestinely in rural Iran. It won the best film of the Un Certain Regard section of the ...

Marilyn

North America Premiere | Argentina | 2016 | 80m | Martín Rodriguez Redondo
Stranger Says: Marcos is the 18-year-old son of an Argentinian cattle rancher, and he likes to dress as his female alter ego, Marilyn. His family, and especially his mother, hate Marilyn, and this hatred is fodder for many sad ...

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

Indonesia | 2017 | 93m | Mouly Surya
Stranger Says: After seven bandits invade her home, a widow hits the road with justice on her mind and five and three-quarters bodies in her wake. This astonishing neo-western begins with a sequence that will bring jaded grindhouse patrons ...

Michelin Stars: Tales from the Kitchen

Denmark | 2017 | 82m | Rasmus Dinesen
Stranger Says: The Michelin Guides were created in 1900 by a pair of cunning tire-salesmen brothers, who wanted to entice motorists and would-be motorists to take more trips by providing trusted recommendations for hotels and restaurants. Today, they’re a ...

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

USA | 2018 | 90m | Desiree Akhavan
Stranger Says: Even though this movie deservedly won the top prize at Sundance, I wasn’t initially sure we needed another story about a teenage lesbian forced to go to pray-away-the-gay conversion camp. However, a hell of a lot has ...

Moomins and the Winter Wonderland

Finland | 2017 | 83m | Ira Carpelan
Stranger Says: The signature sleepy charm of Tove Jansson’s art comes to life in a sea of felt, color, and extra helpings of whimsy. Moomins and the Winter Wonderland finds the delightfully rotund Moomin family tackling a myriad of ...

The Most Dangerous Year

World Premiere | USA | 2018 | 90m | Vlada Knowlton
Stranger Says: Apparently, 2016 was the most dangerous year for trans people. After the US Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges in the summer of 2015, the antigay agenda had lost, but their energy didn’t just disappear. Instead, ...

My Name is Myeisha

USA | 2017 | 85m | Gus Krieger
Stranger Says: The real-life story this film (adapted from a play) is based on might be two decades old, but it’s relevant enough to feel ripped from modern headlines: A young black woman goes out with friends, they get ...

Naila and the Uprising

Palestine | 2017 | 76m | Julia Bacha
Stranger Says: By focusing on Naila Ayesh, documentarian Julia Bacha captures the Palestinian struggle from a distinctly feminist perspective. Naila grew up in the West Bank under Israeli occupation (lyrical animation stands in for incidents for which Bacha lacked ...

Naples in Veils

Italy | 2017 | 112m | Ferzan Ozpetek
Stranger Says: To the fortysomething Seattle housewives holding a glass of wine right now while reading this: This film is for you, and, yes, grab your Hitachi. When Adriana meets Andrea at an occult Neapolitan ceremony at her aunt’s ...

Nervous Translation

Philippines | 2018 | 90m | Shireen Seno
Stranger Says: An 8-year-old girl in Manila keeps herself occupied at home while her busy family becomes increasingly fragmented. This empathic tone poem enters the headspace of its central character within the first few frames and never zooms back ...

Nico, 1988

Italy | 2017 | 93m | Susanna Nicchiarelli
Susanna Nicchiarelli dramatizes the twilight of Nico (played by Danish actor Trine Dyrholm), the cavernous-voiced former singer of the Velvet Underground and later independent artist, as she reluctantly heads out on a last tour, struggles with drug use and mental ...

No Bed of Roses

U.S. Premiere | Bangladesh | 2017 | 86m | Mostofa Sawar Farooki
Stranger Says: Set in contemporary Bangladesh, this is the story of a man, and a marriage, and a family. Irrfan Khan is wonderful (as always!) as Javed, a well-known film director whose unhappiness and restlessness and weakness tear his ...

Nona

Guatemala | 2017 | 90m | Michael Polish
Stranger Says: When a poor girl from Honduras meets Hecho—a charming, handsome stranger who offers to rescue her from the everyday violence of her homeland and take her to be with her mother in the United States—she thinks her ...

Number One

France | 2017 | 110m | Tonie Marshall
Emmanuelle Devos plays Emmanuelle Blachey, a powerful woman in the corporate world who is recruited by a French matriarch to run for CEO of a state-owned energy company. Blachey, and the posse of women supporting her, are at the top ...

On Borrowed Time

United Arab Emirates | 2018 | 97m | Yasir Al Yasiri
Stranger Says: It’s hard not to root for the elderly gentlemen of Yasir Al-Yasiri’s anti-ageist dramedy. In a culture that venerates family ties, the Four Musketeers are cut off from everyone except each other and the staffers, like lovelorn ...

On Chesil Beach

United Kingdom | 2017 | 110m | Dominic Cooke
Stranger Says: I have two words on why you should see this film: Saoirse Ronan. She is radiant; she is a chameleon-like actor. Maybe you forgot she was in Atonement, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Loving Vincent. She was ...

The Oslo Diaries

Israel | 2018 | 94m | Mor Loushy
Stranger Says: It’s reasonable to ask why we need a documentary that chronicles a quarter-century-old peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians that has yet to achieve its aims. The answer is simple: In pretty much all realms, we need ...

People's Republic of Desire

China | 2018 | 95m | Hao Wu
Stranger Says: Westerners, and especially Americans, should know about YY, the Chinese social network that’s something like YouTube and Instagram Live, but on cocaine. Hao Wu’s documentary is a rare dive into the network, which sports more than 300 ...

The Poet and the Boy

South Korea | 2017 | 110m | Kim Yang-hee
Stranger Says: It’s a tale as old as time: He is a sensitive poet with a low sperm count, and she is a horny debtor who wants a child. Plans to start a family break down when he falls ...

Prospect

USA | 2018 | 100m | Zeek Earl
Stranger Says: Is this the first major work of Northwest science fiction? Indeed, it imagines a moon that is like the evergreen forests that surround Seattle. The whole planet is green—gothic green. And the light on this strange moon ...

Puzzle

USA | 2018 | 103m | Marc Turtletaub
Stranger Says: I occasionally try to finish puzzles on the ferry to Orcas Island, but I never knew there was a world of competitive puzzling. Marc Turtletaub (producer of Little Miss Sunshine, Safety Not Guaranteed, and Loving) wonderfully directs ...

Queerama

United Kingdom | 2017 | 70m | Daisy Asquith
Stranger Says: “Contrary to popular opinion, most homosexuals don’t look any different from anyone else.” Thus begins this hour-long montage of queer news, cinema, and culture over the past 100 years. Beginning with 1919’s Different from the Others and ...

Racer and the Jailbird

Belgium | 2018 | 130m | Michaël Roskam
Stranger Says: She races cars. He pulls heists. You can’t get much more high concept than that. Flemish director Michaël Roskam (Bullhead) has never exactly been a model of restraint, but here he goes for broke, with a propulsive ...

Retablo

North America Premiere | Peru | 2018 | 101m | Alvaro Delgado-Aparicio L.
Stranger Says: Living in rural Peru, 14-year-old Segundo helps his father in his workshop making beautiful retablos, painted box altars with dioramas inside. His kind, encouraging father wants to train him as his apprentice so he will become an ...

The Return

U.S. Premiere | Denmark | 2018 | 85m | Malene Choi
Stranger Says: A pair of Danish-Korean adoptees returns to Seoul in an attempt to find their birth parents. The process hasn’t exactly improved while they’ve been away. Malene Choi Jensen’s empathetic directorial debut successfully resides on the tricky line ...

Rush Hour

Mexico | 2017 | 79m | Luciana Kaplan
Stranger Says: A documentary about everyone’s least favorite thing: commuting to work. The film follows three individuals in Istanbul, Los Angeles, and Mexico City as they make their mind-numbing way to their respective daily grinds. Each person says they’re ...

Rust

Brazil | 2018 | 100m | Aly Muritiba
Stranger Says: It is known that teenagers do stupid things, but this Brazilian film reminds us that thoughtless actions can be irreversible and may even haunt kids, and their families, forever. A leaked sex tape, social-media bullying, and an ...

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

Japan | 2017 | 100m | Stephen Nomura Schible
Stranger Says: Sober and somber like its subject, Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda portrays the keyboardist for Yellow Magic Orchestra (Japan’s Kraftwerk) and renowned film composer’s solitary, workaholic life following his throat-cancer diagnosis and the Fukushima earthquake/tsunami. The latter disaster catalyzed ...

Sadie

USA | 2018 | 96m | Megan Griffiths
Stranger Says: The latest from local filmmaker Megan Griffiths (Lucky Them, Eden) has a perfect Northwest feel. Sadie is 13 and lives with her mother in a dilapidated trailer park. Sadie worships her absent father, while being impossible with ...

Sansho the Bailiff

Japan | 1954 | 126m | Kenji Mizoguchi
Stranger Says: In Kenji Mizoguchi’s 1954 masterpiece Sansho the Bailiff (set in the medieval days of warlords and human chattel), a railroaded governor’s wife and children are waylaid on their journey to join him in exile and are promptly ...

Sashinka

U.S. Premiere | Canada (Québec) | 2017 | 78m | Kristina Wagenbauer
Stranger Says: Here you are, just trying to be a cute singer-songwriter and, you know, work on your music and hang out with your artistic bearded boyfriend, when Hurricane Mom shows up with her drinking problems and gambling troubles ...

See You Up There

France | 2017 | 117m | Albert Dupontel
Albert Dupontel, a prolific and brilliant actor, helms and stars in his seventh film about three army lads sent on a suicide mission after World War I's armistice by their sadistic lieutenant. All three survive, but one of them, talented ...

Silas

Canada | 2017 | 80m | Hawa Essuman
Stranger Says: When Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became president of Liberia in 2006, and thereby the first woman president of Africa, the future looked very promising for the little West African country. Many really thought that she would break with ...

A Skin So Soft

Canada (Québec) | 2017 | 94m | Denis Côté
Stranger Says: Not much happens in this documentary essay by Quebecois filmmaker Denis Côte. The dialogue is sparse—there’s more heavy breathing than words—and the action is small, especially considering the characters’ physical size. The film portrays six bodybuilders in ...

Suleiman Mountain

Russia | 2017 | 102m | Elizaveta Stishova
Stranger Says: The patriarch in this road-trip drama is a moodily charming con man with a gambling problem that drives him and his dysfunctional family through the Kyrgyzstan countryside as much as the Soviet-era truck they all call home. ...

Sweet Country

Australia | 2018 | 113m | Warwick Thornton
Stranger Says: This movie does not fuck around. It gets right to it: the brutal colonization of Australia. Set in the 1920s in the outback of the Northern Territory, the film is about a black man, his black wife, ...

Team Hurricane

Denmark | 2017 | 96m | Annika Berg
Stranger Says: Eight teenage girls use a youth center as the launchpad for what could very well be eventual world domination. Director Annika Berg’s shot-out-of-a-cannon debut impressively delineates between the different characters without ever slowing down, while also curating ...

This Is Home

USA | 2018 | 91m | Alexandra Shiva
Stranger Says: As American missiles fell near Damascus in mid-April, you may have seen a number begin to circulate in your social-media feeds: 11. That’s the total number of Syrian refugees the United States has accepted so far in ...

This One's For The Ladies

USA | 2016 | 82m | Gene Graham
Stranger Says: The New Jersey Nasty Boyz, a group of black “dom” dancers founded by twins Tyga and Raw Dawg, make a lot of women horny at the Dojo, a karate studio by day and a male strip club ...

Three Identical Strangers

USA | 2018 | 98m | Tim Wardle
Stranger Says: What starts off looking like a standard issue Netflix doc about a zany family—replete with insulting reenactments and that creeping sense that you’ve just signed on for two hours with people who only think their story is ...

Three Peaks

Germany | 2017 | 94m | Jan Zabeil
Stranger Says: I confess I have a movie crush on Bérénice Bejo. Maybe it’s because she has come to SIFF four times, maybe it is because she is married to Michel Hazanavicius, maybe it’s because she was nominated for ...

Tigers Are Not Afraid

Mexico | 2017 | 83m | Issa López
Stranger Says: In drug-war-torn Mexico, Estrella is in a battle against circumstance and time. As she runs from the gang and cartel leader who murdered her mother, the dilemma already appears to have fully surfaced, but darker forces soon ...

Unarmed Verses

U.S. Premiere | Canada | 2017 | 86m | Charles Officer
Stranger Says: A documentary about poetry, about growing up in the projects of Toronto, about a special girl, Francine Valentine, and the way in which she sees the world. Francine’s life is not easy. She’s had to grow up ...

Virus Tropical

Colombia | 2017 | 96m | Santiago Caicedo
Stranger Says: Richly detailed black-and-white animation brings Paola Gaviria’s graphic memoir to entertaining, if somewhat solipsistic, life. In 1976, Paola’s self-proclaimed psychic mother, who had her tubes tied, is shocked to find that she’s pregnant. “Must be a tropical ...

Wajib

Palestine | 2017 | 96m | Annemarie Jacir
Stranger Says: A father and son drive around hand-delivering wedding invitations all over Nazareth. Each location they visit is a little vignette into Christian Palestinian life. As they drive, they talk about their lives, probe their father-son issues, hint ...

Waru

New Zealand | 2017 | 88m | Briar Grace-Smith
Stranger Says: On first look, it might seem like this film is too depressing to watch. Its eight vignettes (all directed by Maori women) revolve around the death of a young child named Waru. Each character is either directly ...

The Widowed Witch

North America Premiere | China | 2018 | 118m | Cai Chengjie
Stranger Says: This story of a woman besieged with misfortune includes a vein of magical realism. Er Hao has lost three husbands, leading people to believe she is cursed. She struggles to find a new place for herself. But ...