In this portrait of a character and a society, Malek and his mother struggle with an insidious inertia 15 years after the Lebanese civil war in which thousands disappeared, including Malek's father. The title and situation recall the poignant optimism of Lou Reed's classic song, and the film's own award-winning original music is unforgettable. In Arabic. | Read MoreDrama
In this heartfelt family comedy, a devout Catholic (Kathleen Turner) in the running for the coveted Catholic Woman of the Year award must prove that her family actually conforms to the image of "the perfect family" as envisioned by the church, an image she's put forth with considerable effort her whole life. Also starring Emily Deschanel, Jason Ritter, Richard Chamberlain, and Michael McGrady. | Read MoreDrama, Female Director(s), Comedy
Ballet shoes are worn by delicate girls, but they're crafted by burly men whose hands tell another story in The Perfect Fit.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Long Story Short program. | Read MoreDocumentary
This series of short films from three emerging Rwandan filmmakers examines
the theme of reconciliation from the perspective of young people who lived through one of the world's worst atrocities. All three directors are members of the Almond Tree Films Collective in Rwanda, which was founded by American filmmaker and TFF Alum Lee Isaac Chung following
production of his feature Munyurangabo in Kigali. | Read More
Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen are two of many who attest to Seeger's importance in this compelling documentary that is more than a simple biography. Using new interviews, archival footage and home movies, Brown presents a social history through the life of one of this country's most compelling forces for change and, arguably, the most significant folk artist of our time.
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Inspired by the passing of his 7-year-old brother when he was 9, filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt explores the multiple-stages of the grieving process. This poetic documentary delves into the human coping mechanisms of denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance that one undergoes whether they are recovering from death or divorce. Featuring interviews with experts from cemetery owners to authors on books on life after death. | Read More
A mix of interviews and archival documentary footage, The Photo of Luzmila explores the process of recollecting memory using photography. The camera serves as both catalyst and artistic tool of symbolic reparation for those in the center of Peru's two decades of violence. With the help of a photograph of their mother, the filmmakers therapeutically recall and reconcile their pasts.
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Piccadilly Jim (Sam Rockwell) is a denizen of the P.G. Wodehouse universe and an inveterate playboy who ends up pretending to be someone else pretending to be him, while his butler pretends to be his father and his father pretends to be a butler. Stylish '30s fun. Also features Tom Wilkinson, Brenda Blethyn, Frances O'Connor, Allison Janney, and Austin Pendleton. | Read More
An ordinary suburban mom carefully plans a life-changing trip to Paris, but when her plans go terribly awry, she finds herself alone on the banks of the Seine wondering why the city of dreams cannot magically fill her life with meaning in Picture Paris.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Escape Clause program. | Read More
After Saddam's fall, hundreds of thousands of Iranians rushed to cross the suddenly unguarded border with Iraq to visit the holiest shrines of Shi'ism in Karbala and Najaf. Many traveled without valid papers and others did not hesitate to beg or even lie to get to these sacred sites. Playing with Infidels (Kofar). Baham Kiarostami visits the forgotten people of Iran, the Godars or Rom (gypsies) of Indian descent whose original religion was Animism and who were forced to convert to Islam after the revolution. They have four occupations: dancing, acting, hunting, and music.
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Liam and Michael are professional safecrackers who meet on a simple job to relieve an office safe of its contents, but there's a catch—a light-activated alarm system impels the men to embark on aPitch Black Heist.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Status Update program. | Read MoreThriller