Breath

May 8, 2018 in

Australia | 2017 | 115 minutes | Simon Baker Two Australian teens in the 1970s discover the liberating world of surfing and find a mentor in an enigmatic big wave rider (“The Mentalist” star Simon Baker, making his directorial debut) who pushes them to take increasingly dangerous risks, from the novel by Tim Winton. Ages 17+ Director Biography: Born in Launceston, Tasmania, […]

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The Last Suit

May 8, 2018 in

Argentina | 2017 | 92 minutes | Pablo Solarz A heartfelt and charming journey begins when Abraham, a spry octogenarian tailor and Holocaust survivor played by prolific Argentine actor Miguel Ángel Solá, leaves his Buenos Aires home on a one way trip across Europe in search of the man who once saved his life. Director Biography: Pablo Solarz graduated from the School […]

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Pig

May 8, 2018 in

Iran | 2018 | 107 minutes | Mani Haghighi When a serial killer begins decapitating Tehran’s greatest film directors, a narcissistic auteur is jealous that he has yet to be targeted, at least until he becomes the prime suspect, in this farcical dark comedy from Mani Haghighi, director of SIFF 2017 audience favorite A Dragon Arrives. Director Biography: Born in 1969 in Tehran, […]

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Making the Grade

May 8, 2018 in

Ireland | 2017 | 96 minutes | Ken Wardrop Every year, over 30,000 students prepare for rigorous and daunting piano exams in Ireland. Welcoming audiences into living rooms, music studios, and churches, this edifying documentary explores the bond between teachers and pupils as well as the intense musical dedication required to make the grade. Director Biography: Ken Wardrop is an Irish director […]

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Love Education

May 8, 2018 in

China | 2017 | 122 minutes | Sylvia Chang Taiwanese actress and director Sylvia Chang (Murmur of the Hearts) explores a multi-generational story of love and womanhood in a profound and bittersweet journey that begins when a woman makes a plan to relocate her father’s grave, revealing the romances and betrayals of the past and present. Director Biography: Sylvia Chang remains a […]

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Naples in Veils

May 8, 2018 in

Italy | 2017 | 112 minutes | Ferzan Ozpetek The entrancing art, music, and architecture of the city of Naples form a sumptuous backdrop for this mystery-shrouded thriller of magic and superstition following a coroner who, after a whirlwind romance with a younger man, next sees him on her autopsy table. Director Biography: Though born in Istanbul, Ferzan Ozpetek travelled to Italy […]

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Return to Mount Kennedy

May 7, 2018 in

USA | 2018 | 80 minutes | Eric Becker 50 years after their fathers Jim Whitaker and Robert F. Kennedy summited an untouched Yukon mountain in honor of the late JFK, Bob Whitaker and Christopher Kennedy decided to retrace their steps and climb the unforgiving peak, gracing family history and pushing their resolve to its limits. Director Biography: Seattle-based Eric Becker is […]

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Belle and Sebastian, Friends for Life

May 7, 2018 in

France | 2018 | 97 minutes | Clovis Cornillac In the final chapter of the beloved family adventure about a boy and his dog, Sebastian is starting adolescence and Belle is now a devoted mother of three adorable pups, but a new challenge awaits after a stranger appears in their Swiss village and claims that he is Belle’s rightful owner. Director […]

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Champions

May 7, 2018 in

Spain | 2018 | 120 minutes | Javier Fesser A disgraced basketball coach is given the chance to coach Los Amigos, a team of players who are intellectually disabled, and soon realizes they just might have what it takes to make it to the national championships in this hilarious and heartfelt box office smash out of Spain. Director Biography: Raised in […]

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Love and Shukla

May 7, 2018 in

India | 2017 | 111 minutes | Siddhartha Jatla As a devout Brahmin, Mumbai rickshaw driver Shukla has never so much as lusted after a woman. As he is wedded to an extremely shy young bride, the two struggle to discover love, connection, and intimacy in the stifling confines of his family’s one room chawl. Director Biography: Siddhartha Jatla is a writer, […]

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