The Seattle International Film Festival 2019 runs from May 16–June 9. See details on all the films here, and find out about parties here.

SIFF 2019 Films

#Female Pleasure

Switzerland | 2018 | 97m | Barbara Miller
Stranger Says: Women in the US and other Western nations owe a lot to feminist movements. Not only are we no longer considered the property of a man, we can actually vote, run for office, own real estate, not ...


Australia | 2019 | 92m | Damon Gameau
An innovative hybrid documentary set in the future, in which award-winning director Damon Gameau, for his young daughter’s benefit, enthusiastically imagines the year 2040 that could be if we embrace existing solutions to improve our planet and bring them into ...

3 Faces

Iran | 2018 | 100m | Jafar Panahi
Stranger Says: Dissident director Jafar Panahi has been persecuted and jailed in Iran, and banned from making films or traveling abroad. Since then, he has produced several unauthorized films, sometimes having to smuggle them out of the country. In ...

An Affair

Norway | 2018 | 90m | Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken
In this steamy Norwegian thriller, a hunky young man stalks a bored married woman, then he moves on and she becomes the obsessed one. Did we mention she’s his gym teacher?


Netherlands | 2019 | 93m | Willem Bosch
Stranger Says: What happens after we die? And, if given the chance to live our lives again, would we make the same choices? Dutch film Afterlife explores these questions with a touch of magic and humor. When 16-year-old Sam ...


Australia | 2019 | 102m | Josephine Mackerras
When Alice discovers that her husband has drained their bank account and skipped town, she becomes a sex worker to make ends meet, only to find the work empowering. 2019 SXSW Grand Jury Prize Winner.

All About Me

Germany | 2019 | 100m | Caroline Link
In this sweet origin story of one of Germany’s most beloved comedians, a pudgy nine-year-old boy in 1972 Germany with a troubled family life finds solace in his two kind-hearted grandmothers and his own desire to make people laugh.

All My Loving

Germany | 2019 | 118m | Edward Berger
The lives of, and choices made by, three 40ish siblings (a playboy pilot, a neurotic wife, and a harried student) are explored in this trifold drama.

An Almost Ordinary Summer

Italy | 2019 | 100m | Simone Godano
In this positive, feel-good LGBTQ comedy from Italy, two families don’t realize they’re being brought together for a wedding, and especially not one for their respective, aging patriarchs.

American Factory

USA | 2019 | 114m | Steven Bognar
Stranger Says: This feature-length documentary is the first work to emerge from Netflix’s partnership with the Obamas. The former president and his wife have a company, Higher Ground Productions, that finds and/or produces content for the California-based media distributor. ...

The Announcement

Turkey | 2018 | 95m | Mahmut Fazil Coşkun
A deadpan black comedy based on a true failed 1963 military coup, as four retired colonels attempt, over one long night, to take over Turkey’s national radio station.

Another Day of Life

Poland | 2018 | 85m | Raúl de la Fuente
Stranger Says: All the macho foreign-correspondent bullshit swirling around the documentary’s central figure, the renowned Polish writer and reporter Ryszard Kapuscinski, makes the first 15 minutes of this otherwise incredible film difficult to watch. But once all that nonsense ...

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

Canada | 2018 | 87m | Jennifer Baichwal
The filmmakers of MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES (SIFF 2006) construct a beautiful and timely meditation on humanity’s massive, destructive reengineering of the planet and the ways in which we’ve permanently altered its climate. Narrated by Oscar®-winner Alicia Vikander.

The Apollo

USA | 2019 | 101m | Roger Ross Williams
Stranger Says: For 85 years, Harlem’s Apollo Theater has essentially been a mecca for black American culture. So it makes perfect sense for a filmmaker of the stature of Roger Ross Williams (God Loves Uganda) to shoot a documentary ...

The Art of Self-Defense

USA | 2019 | 104m | Riley Stearns
Jesse Eisenberg stars as a wimp who joins a karate studio run by a charismatic and mysterious sensei, only to realize that something deeply sinister is happening within the dojo’s walls, in this blackly comic satire on toxic masculinity.


USA | 2019 | 75m | Josh Murphy
Narratives of ecologists and conservationists are pitted against the human tendency to engineer and control in this probing documentary on the lucrative salmon-hatchery industry.

As the Earth Turns

USA | 1938/2018 | 46m | Richard Lyford
Available for the first time in over 80 years, this 1938 Seattle-shot silent film tells of an apocalyptic future war that could devastate the planet. This presentation is accompanied by a new score from local composer Ed Hartman.


Finland | 2019 | 106m | Miia Tervo
A poor, hard-partying nail technician reluctantly agrees to play matchmaker for an Iranian refugee so he and his young daughter can stay in Finland in this cross-cultural romantic drama.

The Awakening of the Ants

Costa Rica | 2019 | 94m | Antonella Sudasassi Furniss
In Antonella Sudasassi Furniss's surrealist drama, a young homemaker's frustration and thwarted sexuality begin to break out in strange ways. On the surface, Isa's life seems lovely: adorable daughters, a pleasant husband. But her surrealist imaginings suggest a suppressed revolt ...


Kazakhstan | 2018 | 100m | Sergey Dvortsevoy
Winner for Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival, Sergey Dvortsevoy’s second dramatic feature follows an undocumented Kyrgyz immigrant in Russia struggling to make ends meet and yearning to find the child she abandoned.

Baby (Bao Bei Er)

U.S. Premiere | China | 2018 | 96m | Liu Jie
Yang Mi stars as an impoverished young woman who goes to extreme lengths to save a baby born with a health defect from being discarded by her family in this empathetic, fast-paced social melodrama that takes on China’s birth-restriction policies.

Banana Split

USA | 2018 | 88m | Benjamin Kasulke
Stranger Says: Those familiar with Benjamin Kasulke’s work as a cinematographer will be surprised by his directorial debut. It is nothing like those films he shot for Lynn Shelton and other noted indie directors (check out 2017’s Cold November). ...

Barbara Rubin & the Exploding NY Underground

USA | 2018 | 78m | Chuck Smith
A portrait of rebellious artist and avant-garde filmmaker Barbara Rubin (CHRISTMAS ON EARTH), who influenced the likes of Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan, and Allen Ginsburg and broached the traditionally male domain of Orthodox Judaism, before her mysterious death at age ...

Before the Vows

Ghana | 2018 | 88m | Nicole Amarteifio
In this rom-com, two enamored young Ghanaians seem perfect for each other, but their parents' strained marriages and feelings for old flames engender doubts about the very institution itself.

Between the Lines

USA | 1977 | 101m | Joan Micklin Silver
Jeff Goldblum, John Heard, and Lindsay Crouse lead this easygoing, exuberant dramedy from 1977, presented in a new 2k restoration, about a Boston-based underground newspaper as it battles a takeover by commercial forces.

The Bigamist

USA | 1953 | 80m | Ida Lupino
Ida Lupino directs herself, along with Joan Fontaine and Edmond O’Brien, in this newly restored, incendiary potboiler about a man desperately trying to maintain his double life.

Blinded by the Light

United Kingdom | 2019 | 114m | Gurinder Chadha
In this crowd-pleasing comedy from Gurinder Chadha (BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM), a Pakistani teen living in Thatcher’s Britain has his world blown open when he discovers the music of Bruce Springsteen.


Canada | 2018 | 84m | Don Millar
Stranger Says: You've probably seen Colombian artist Fernando Botero's work. His style is easily recognizable. The forms are rotund, nearly bursting with flesh and dimension. The artist draws from and riffs on styles and theories from the Renaissance era ...

Brittany Runs a Marathon

USA | 2019 | 103m | Paul Downs Colaizzo
A game ensemble cast shines in this Sundance-winning romantic comedy, starring Jillian Bell as a New York slacker who reluctantly takes up running, hoping to put her life back on track one block at a time.

Burning Cane

USA | 2019 | 78m | Phillip Youmans
Stranger Says: Too many critics have associated this startling work by a 19-year-old NYU film student, Phillip Youmans, with the films of Terrence Malick. But we can do better than that. If we really think about these brutally beautiful ...

Carmen & Lola

Spain | 2018 | 105m | Arantxa Echevarría
Stranger Says: Arantxa Echevarría’s assured debut revolves around two Roma teens in Madrid. The brassy Carmen, a high-school dropout, can’t wait to get married and become a hairdresser. The solitary Lola, a graffiti artist and closeted lesbian, longs to ...


France | 2018 | 74m | Olivier Meyrou
Stranger Says: We weren’t supposed to see this doc on Yves Saint-Laurent. Filmed in 1998, the recording—suppressed for decades and almost sued into oblivion by Saint-Laurent’s partner, who finally gave his blessing to screen the film shortly before his ...

Chef’s Diaries: Scotland

United Kingdom | 2019 | 75m | Laura n
World-famous Spanish chefs the Roca brothers (stars of previous SIFF hits COOKING UP A TRIBUTE and THE TURKISH WAY) expand their culinary horizons with this delicious travelogue about Scottish cuisine.

Cities of Last Things

Taiwan | 2018 | 107m | Ho Wi Ding
Three actors portray one tortured Taiwanese police detective in this sci-fi-tinged noir, told in reverse-chronological order, about the significant events that led him down a path of retribution.


USA | 2019 | 113m | Chinonye Chukwu
Alfre Woodard gives a career-best performance as a prison warden who oversees death row in this harrowing character study and critique of capital punishment. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

Cold Case Hammarskjöld

Denmark | 2019 | 128m | Mads Brügger
Stranger Says: In 1961, UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld died in a plane crash on his way to Congo to oversee ceasefire negotiations between UN forces and the Katanga rebels. For years, many have suspected foul play over the official's ...

Cold Sweat

Iran | 2018 | 85m | Soheil Beiraghi
A tense drama loosely based on a real-life incident: No matter how good a soccer player you are, if you’re an Iranian woman, you can’t travel to the tournament finals without your husband’s OK.

A Colony

Canada (Québec) | 2018 | 102m | Geneviève Dulude-De Celles
High-school social pressure is hard enough to navigate for 12-year-old Mylia, but the backdrop of tension between white and First Nations students in this small Québec town makes it harder.


France | 2018 | 111m | Antoine Raimbault
Based on a real-life case, this French courtroom thriller brings together a man accused of killing his wife and a woman obsessed with proving his innocence.

Crystal Swan

Belarus | 2018 | 93m | Darya Zhuk
Stranger Says: This comedy, set in 1996 Belarus, follows a young DJ who has big dreams of moving to Chicago to pursue her house-music career. But a typo on her US visa application forces her to move to a ...

David Crosby: Remember My Name

USA | 2019 | 95m | A.J. Eaton
Producer Cameron Crowe and director A.J. Eaton craft an aggressively honest portrait of musician David Crosby, now 77, framed around a multi-day interview with the controversial legend about his illustrious past and the transformative nature of music.

The Days to Come

Spain | 2019 | 95m | Carlos Marqués-Marcet
Writer/director Carlos Marqués-Marcet (10.000 KM, ANCHOR AND HOPE) completes his loose trilogy about the complications of cohabitation with this drama about a couple grappling with an unexpected pregnancy that will change the dynamics of their relationship.

The Dead Don't Die

2019 | 113m | Jim Jarmusch
The cast list alone says The Dead Don’t Die could be a winner: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Selena Gomez, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, RZA, Tilda Swinton, Tom Waits, Danny Glover, and Rosie Perez, among others. Also, it’s a Jim Jarmusch ...

The Dead Don't Die

USA | 2019 | 103m | Jim Jarmusch
The cast list alone says The Dead Don’t Die could be a winner: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Selena Gomez, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, RZA, Tilda Swinton, Tom Waits, Danny Glover, and Rosie Perez, among others. Also, it’s a Jim Jarmusch ...


USA | 2018 | 90m | Tony West
In this horror comedy, Chris Geere (“You’re the Worst”) leads a cocky team of reality TV paranormal investigators who take on a Mexico City haunted house for a chance to boost their ratings, only to encounter ghosts they can’t bust.

The Death of Dick Long

USA | 2019 | 110m | Daniel Scheinert
In this ridiculous comedy from the co-director of SWISS ARMY MAN, two idiots in small-town Alabama set themselves up for failure when their friend ends up dead after a night of hard partying, sending them scrambling to cover up his ...


Hong Kong | 2018 | 100m | Jevons Au

The Dive

Israel | 2018 | 91m | Yona Rozenkier
A father’s demand that his three fractious sons come together one year after his death to complete his last wishes is the backdrop for Yona Rozenkier’s treatise on toxic masculinity, old resentments, and a society constantly in conflict. This debut ...

DJ NicFit Presents Fantastic Planet

France | 1973 | 72m | René Laloux
I was really stoned watching the animated French film, Fantastic Planet, for good reason—it’s trippy as fuck and can only be truly appreciated after a bong hit or two. In the distant future, humans are stolen from Earth and taken ...

A Dog Called Money

U.S. Premiere | Ireland | 2019 | 90m | Seamus Murphy
For her ninth studio album, alternative-music icon PJ Harvey visited Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Washington, D.C., to talk with locals and let their stories inspire her song lyrics, while filmmaker Seamus Murphy captured the moments in this ambitious documentary.


USA | 2019 | 83m | Andrew Ahn
Stranger Says: In Driveways, a mother and son travel to her dead sister’s suburban house to clean it out. Turns out said sister was a hoarder, and there is a lot of work to be done. While Kathy (Hong ...

Eastern Memories

Finland | 2018 | 86m | Niklas Kullström
Stranger Says: You’d think there would be more egregious displays of Orientalism in a documentary that fuses the journal entries of a late-19th-century Finnish diplomat (G.J. Ramstedt) with visually stunning, modern-day footage of Mongolia and Japan, but these documentarians ...

El Ángel

Argentina | 2018 | 126m | Luis Ortega
Stranger Says: Serial-killer mania isn’t just happening in the United States. Carlos Robledo Puch, Argentina’s famous baby-faced serial killer, is getting his own strangely sexy biopic, rivaling the slew of films coming out about Washington State’s most famous Republican, ...

Emma Peeters

Belgium | 2018 | 87m | Nicole Palo
Stranger Says: A woman struggling to make it as an actor in working-class Paris is starting to wonder if she will ever get a break. She takes acting classes where she is overlooked for the young hotties, lives in ...


Mexico | 1946 | 99m | Emilio Fernández
Two of Mexico’s biggest stars, María Félix and Pedro Armendáriz, clash (she’s high-born, he’s a revolutionary) in this epic 1946 romance, seen here in a restoration overseen by Martin Scorsese.

Engineering with Nature - An Ode to Water, Wood, and Stone

World Premiere | USA | 2019 | 70m | Shelly Solomon
Among the successes of Seattle’s Thornton Creek Project, a neighborhood flood-control initiative, is the return of Chinook salmon to breed there, and this doc could offer a template for other communities’ climate-change efforts.

Enormous: The Gorge Story

USA | 2019 | 64m | Nic Davis
Dave Matthews and Hozier are among the talking heads in this doc about the history—both musical and geological—of Washington's best-known outdoor concert venue.

EXT. Night

Egypt | 2018 | 98m | Ahmad Abdalla
Both the vibrant texture and the extreme social stratification of Cairo come to the fore in this satire/drama about a filmmaker, a cabbie, and a prostitute who get thrown together for one night’s wild ride.

The Extraordinary Journey of Celeste Garcia

Cuba | 2018 | 92m | Arturo Infante
An underappreciated middle-aged woman, played by Volver's Maria Isabel Diaz, is chosen as one of the lucky few to be taken to an alien world to start life anew. This funny comedy is the debut of Cuban director Arturo Infante. ...

A Faithful Man

France | 2018 | 75m | Louis Garrel
What’s a guy to do when the woman who left him for his best friend returns to his arms a widow, also bringing her comely, lovestruck younger sister into their already complicated relationship?

The Fall of the American Empire

Canada (Québec) | 2018 | 129m | Denys Arcand
In the third part of Denys Arcand’s informal trilogy, following DECLINE OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE and THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS, this biting satire on capitalism follows an idealistic delivery-truck driver who stumbles upon two bags of cash after a botched armed ...

A Family Tour

Hong Kong | 2018 | 109m | Ying Liang
Stranger Says: While attending a film festival in Taiwan, an exiled-from-China filmmaker (Gong Zhe) takes the opportunity to secretly reunite with her mainlander mother via the chaos of a sightseeing bus tour. The Chinese government does not approve. Writer/director ...

The Farewell

USA | 2019 | 98m | Lulu Wang
Stranger Says: If you had a fatal disease, would you want to know? This question lies at the heart of a 2016 This American Life segment called “What You Don’t Know” by Lulu Wang. Her 80-year-old grandmother, known as ...


France | 1994 | 111m | Gérard Corbiau
The first musical performers to attract manic adulation—the first rock stars, really—were castrati, who paid a very high price for their operatic wealth and fame. The greatest of them all is the subject of this opulent and fanciful biopic.

Fig Tree

Ethiopia | 2018 | 90m | Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian
In the midst of the Ethiopian Civil War, a 16-year-old Jewish girl attempts to save her Christian boyfriend from being drafted into the army just as her family is set to escape to Israel.

Fight Fam

World Premiere | USA | 2019 | 49m | Ruben Rodriguez Perez
Stranger Says: There isn’t anything particularly groundbreaking or moving about this short, locally produced documentary from Ruben Rodriguez Perez, created in part with funds from a 4Culture award grant. It’s about Amy and Dex Montenegro, the matriarch and patriarch ...


Canada | 2018 | 93m | Jasmin Mozaffari
In Jasmin Mozaffari’s striking debut, two rebellious young Canadians attempt to escape their repressive small town in this scathing critique of how class barriers and patriarchal values can trap young women.

Fly Rocket Fly

Germany | 2018 | 90m | Oliver Schwehm
In 1975, decades before SpaceX, an impulsive German aerospace engineer founded the world's first private space travel company, OTRAG, and built an astonishing rocket testing compound in the jungles of Zaire that triggered an international political firestorm.

The Footballest

Spain | 2018 | 98m | Miguel Ángel Lamata
Mixing manic comedy with Harriet the Spy detective skills, a hapless young soccer team has to not only win a game but solve a mystery to avoid their team’s disbanding.

For My Father’s Kingdom

New Zealand | 2019 | 88m | Vea Mafile’o
Though director Vea Mafile’o’s father now lives in New Zealand, he still tithes every cent possible to his church on his home island of Tonga. She created this documentary portrait to try to understand his motivations and her roots.

For Sama

United Kingdom | 2019 | 94m | Waad al-Kateab
With an unflinching camera, Waad al-Kateab documented the brutal bombing destruction of Aleppo, Syria, as she and her doctor husband, braving the chaos of Aleppo's last standing hospital, lived it.

Frances Ferguson

USA | 2019 | 77m | Bob Byington
Nick Offerman's narration adds savor to this bone-dry comedy about a Nebraska substitute teacher (Katey Wheless) whose crushing discontent drives her to an ill-advised transgression.


USA | 2018 | 89m | Gab Taraboulsy
After a disastrous first attempt that pushed him near financial ruin, chef Evan Funke mounts a comeback by opening Felix, an artisan handmade pasta restaurant in the notoriously volatile Los Angeles culinary scene.

Gatao 2: Rise of the King

Taiwan | 2018 | 127m | Yen Cheng-Kuo
A dynamic, operatic, and extremely bloody gangster saga out of Taiwan—get ready for street brawls!—tracking the rocky rise of a small-town gang leader and the opposing forces who will stop at nothing to end his reign.

Ghost Fleet

USA | 2018 | 90m | Shannon Service
Stranger Says: Faced with a labor shortage and driven to distant waters by overfishing, Thai fishing fleets have been kidnapping and enslaving young men, some of whom never return home. Those who survive accidents, beatings, and torture in “company ...

Ghost Town Anthology

U.S. Premiere | Canada (Québec) | 2019 | 97m | Denis Côté
Stranger Says: A rural Quebecois town, riven by tragedy, is haunted by silent figures in this mysterious not-quite-horror film. Shot on 16mm, the movie explores the aftermath of a young man’s possible suicide. While the mayor insists that the ...

Go Back to China

China | 2019 | 96m | Emily Ting
Stranger Says: Inspired by her own biography, Emily Ting pitches her second feature between a Netflix girls-night-out comedy and a CW teen drama, which probably sounds terrible. It isn’t, though it’s definitely geared toward younger viewers. Sasha, a Chinese ...

The Good Girls

Mexico | 2018 | 93m | Alejandra Márquez Abella
Living a life of plushness and privilege in one of Mexico City’s most exclusive enclaves, Sofia struggles to hold onto her status as the peso collapses, setting her adrift in a new reality in this sly satire from Alejandra Márquez ...

Good Kisser

World Premiere | USA | 2019 | 76m | Wendy Jo Carlton
Stranger Says: Threesomes can be tricky. If someone isn’t up-front about their feelings—or is withholding information—things can get weird. This dynamic is the subject of local director and screenwriter Wendy Jo Carlton’s Good Kisser, which debuts at this year’s ...

Greener Grass

USA | 2019 | 101m | Jocelyn DeBoer
Included in SIFF's appropriately titled "WTF" series, Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe's Greener Grass follows two suburban housewives living in a WASPy paradise where manners are taken to ridiculous extremes (and a serial killer may be stalking the citizenry). (Peter ...

The Ground Beneath My Feet

Austria | 2019 | 108m | Marie Kreutzer
In this Austrian psychodrama, a workaholic business consultant, her life already complicated by caring for her paranoid-schizophrenic half-sister (and her affair with her boss), begins to feel her own mental state destabilizing.


USA | 2019 | 94m | Minhal Baig
In this semi-autobiographical coming-of-age drama, a Muslim-American teenager (Geraldine Viswanathan, BLOCKERS) navigates her burgeoning sexual desires in relation to her faith and her Pakistani family.


USA | 2019 | 105m | Frédéric Tcheng
Stranger Says: When we think of Studio 54, we think of Roy Halston Frowick. Known simply as Halston, he was the fashion designer and hat maker who brought the world ultra-suede minimalism. Think of Liza Minnelli with her sleek, ...


U.S. Premiere | Iran | 2018 | 92m | Ramtin Lavafi
In this claustrophobically intimate Iranian thriller, a mysterious car accident leads two couples to confront each other, exposing secrets as the tension ratchets up.

Here Comes Hell

United Kingdom | 2018 | 75m | Jack McHenry
Stranger Says: What do you get when a black-and-white parody of 1930s “old dark house” movies slams headlong into a cheapo gorefest demonic possession plotline? A damn mess, but a decent time for those who love homages. A gathering ...

The Hitch-Hiker

USA | 1953 | 71m | Ida Lupino
In this nerve-jangling thriller, the only American noir directed by a woman, two buddies on a fishing trip are hijacked by a nomadic killer who plans to murder them after they deliver him to safety.


2019 | 85m | Ljubomir Stefanov
Stranger Says: Hatidze is living in a way that has all but disappeared. She subsists in the Macedonian mountains in much the same world as her ancestors hundreds of years ago: hut made of stones, no electricity, no running ...

House of Hummingbird

South Korea | 2018 | 138m | Bora Kim
Stranger Says: Fourteen-year-old Eunhee has little comfort in life, whether at middle school (actual teacher quote: “We die every day”), with her tense family, or among fickle friends and crushes. She finds unexpected solace when she gets a new ...

House of My Fathers

Sri Lanka | 2018 | 95m | Suba Sivakumaran
Stranger Says: When an infertility plague sweeps the land, a man and a woman from two feuding Sri Lankan villages must venture into a haunted forest to seek a resolution. Tagging along for the trip is a “Strange Doctor” ...

Human Nature

USA | 2019 | 107m | Adam Bolt
Stranger Says: CRISPR, a recently discovered molecular cleaver that revolutionized genetic editing, could end genetic diseases as we know them—but it could also usher in a new era of eugenics and designer babies. Human Nature doesn’t shy away from ...

I Am Cuba

Cuba | 1964 | 141m | Mikhail Kalatozov
Stranger Says: Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov, and financed by the Soviet Union, I Am Cuba is an epic that contains neither hard individuals nor personal experiences, but only subjects of a world-historical movement, a mass advancement, a triumphant (and ...

I Do Not Care If We Go Down In History As Barbarians

Romania | 2018 | 140m | Radu Jude
Stranger Says: Odessa, October 1941: Invaders from Germany and their Romanian allies crush the Red Army’s defenses and murder the Jewish population of the city. According to the director of this dead-serious black comedy, Romania only officially acknowledged its ...

In Fabric

United Kingdom | 2018 | 119m | Peter Strickland
Stranger Says: We’ve seen inanimate objects that become carriers of evil—from cars to houses to dolls to a VHS tape. But what about a dress? Peter Strickland’s homage to giallo (Italian horror films) is a dark satire about consumerism ...

In the Aisles

Germany | 2018 | 125m | Thomas Stuber
Hope can be found anywhere, even in the aisles of a supermarket warehouse, as a new night stockman falls in love with a sweets-selling married coworker in this working class fairy tale.

The Innocent

Switzerland | 2018 | 114m | Simon Jaquemet
In this enigmatic and unnerving stunner about the limits of spirituality and organized religion, a neurologist and evangelical Christian finds her convictions threatened when an ex-lover and convicted felon comes back into her life.

International Falls

USA | 2019 | 93m | Amber McGinnis
Stranger Says: International Falls has a similar feel to Fargo—the setting is a small, frozen Minnesota town whose residents are made up of friendly kooks—and its humor is dark, though the morbid plot device doesn’t happen until the film ...

Invest in Failure (Notes on Film 06-C, Monologue 03)

Austria | 2018 | 63m | Norbert Pfaffenbichler
Following up on his similarly impressionist portraits of Lon Chaney and Boris Karloff, Norbert Pfaffenbichler pieced together clips from 160 James Mason films to examine the eternally urbane star's career.

The Invisible Witness

Italy | 2018 | 97m | Stefano Mordini
Stranger Says: This is a standard thriller, true, but it’s done well. A rich Italian businessman is having an affair he wants to end. He wants to return to being a regular family man. But his gorgeous lover wants ...


France | 2018 | 102m | Louis-Julien Petit
Professional actresses play the social workers but actual women suffering from homelessness play, more or less, themselves in this feel-good French comedy hit about a shelter threatened with closure.

Jean-Paul Gaultier: Freak and Chic

U.S. Premiere | France | 2019 | 100m | Yann L’Hénoret
Stranger Says: If you love The Fifth Element, there’s probably a soft spot in your heart for Jean-Paul Gaultier. The designer and provocateur, known as the “enfant terrible” of fashion, creates singular garments that blur the lines between sci-fi, ...