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THIS IS THE 2020 PROGRAM

Opening Night Film

Staff Only

Both a sensitive, perfectly acted coming-of-age tale and a razor-sharp critique of the exploitative ‘all-inclusive’ tourism industry, Neus Ballús’ drama follows 17-year-old Marta (newcomer Elena Andrada, a gifted natural) as she ...
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Closing Night Film

Servants

Gorgeously shot in high-contrast black and white, Ivan Ostrochovský’s chilling sophomore feature takes us back to 1980 in Cold War Czechoslovakia, when the state was insidiously evil and all seeing. Jur...
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Buoyancy

Winner of the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival, Rodd Rathjen’s powerful and hard-hitting drama has 14-year-old Cambodian lad Chakra (very impressive first-timer Sarm Heng) at...
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Castle of Dreams

Reza Mirkarimi, director of three of Iran’s nominees for the Best International Feature Film Academy Award, returns with this artful, wonderfully acted road-movie drama that evokes memories of neo-realism—but ...
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The Fever

Winner of the FIPRESCI (International Critics) Prize and the Best Actor award at the Locarno International Film Festival last year, visual-artist-turned-filmmaker Maya Da-Rin’s debut fiction feature is both a qu...
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The Fourth Wall

Where to start with this mind-blowing sci-fi/ghost story combo…? We’ve all heard of a ‘sliding doors moment’—where a seemingly inconsequential act drastically affects the future (see the films Run ...
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Noah Land

Winner of the Best Actor (for Ali Atay) and Best Screenplay in the International Narrative Competition at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, Cenk Ertürk’s drama focuses on the strained rel...
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On the Quiet

Davíd (Erik Major) is the teenaged first violinist at the György Ligety Music School, where he is in awe of his teacher, Frigyes (Gábor Máté), both for t...
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The Pencil

Winner of the Audience Award and the Best Film and Best Actress prizes at the Honfleur Festival of Russian Cinema, writer-director Natalya Nazarova’s biting critique of contemporary Russian society fo...
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Sister

A deserving winner of a Special Mention in the San Sebastián International Film Festival’s prestigious ‘New Directors’ competition last year, writer/director/editor Svetla Tsotsorkova’s drama is unsentime...
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This Is My Desire

Twin brothers Arie and Chuko Esiri have done something quietly remarkable here: through the stories of Mofe (Jude Akuwudike), an electrician and handyman, and Rosa (Temi Ami-Williams), a hairdresser and ...
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Uncle

Honest, heartfelt, moving, and funny, Frelle Petersen’s exploration of one young woman on the cusp of a life change captured the Grand Prix at the 2019 Tokyo International Film Festival. Wi...
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The Woman Who Ran

Winner of the Best Director Silver Bear at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, Korean master Hong Sangsoo’s delightfully droll new comedic-drama features his usual lead actress, Kim Minh...
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Side program

Martin Koolhoven - Think Big!

With Brimstone, Martin Koolhoven succeeded in making a Western of Hollywood proportions. Boasting a budget of almost €15 million and featuring such stars as Guy Pearce, Kit Harrington, Dakota Fanning, and ou...
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Martin Koolhoven's Choice

Martin shares his passion for film with a general audience. He walks us through the films that were important to him and why these films were (and are!) so important ...
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