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Albania

Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Albania, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

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Oct 01 06:00 pm
Oct 06 12:30 pm

A middle-aged Albanian man documents himself on the day he has decided to blow himself up.

Drama

Argentina

(La princesa de Francia)
Duration: 70 mins
Country of Origin: Argentina, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

Droll and seductive, Matías Piñeiro’s romantic drama revolves around young theatre director Victor (Julián Larquier Tellarini), working on a radio adaptation of Love’s Labour’s Lost in Buenos Aires, who gets caught up in the lives of the five actresses he’s directing… "The film underlines the fluidity of romantic attachments… bringing to mind the complexity of the amorous allegiances in the Bard’s work."—Hollywood Reporter

Fine Arts or Theatre
(Mercedes Sosa: La voz de Latinoamérica)
Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: Argentina, 2013
Series:
Arts and Letters

Argentina’s Mercedes Sosa (1935-2009) was one of the most talented and politically engaged singers of the 20th century. Known as "the voice of the voiceless ones," she was a mainstay of the nueva canción folk movement, dazzled audiences worldwide and won numerous Grammy awards. Rodgrigo H. Vila’s loving portrait melds archival concert footage and contemporary interviews to breathtaking effect. Winner, Audience Award, Panama 2013.

Aboriginal / First Nations, Music & Dance

Australia

Duration: 84 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2014
Series:
Altered States

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Oct 04 04:30 pm
Oct 09 09:15 pm

After botching a romantic weekend, a luckless inventor travels back in time to try again. Instead, he initiates an inescapable circuit of events and spawns a legion of romantic rivals: other misguided versions of himself. Hugh Sullivan’s absurd, antic debut is "an exemplary time travel comedy… [It] uses the constant pileup of future and past events to enhance its humor and intelligence at once."—Indiewire

Comedy, Romance, Sci-fi & Horror
Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2013
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Oct 04 04:15 pm
Oct 07 11:00 am
Oct 10 06:30 pm

The magnificent David Gulpilil quietly dominates Rolf de Heer’s heartfelt portrait of contemporary Aboriginal life. Gulpilil drew on his own troubles while co-writing the story of down-on-his-luck Charlie, squeezed on all sides in his Arnhemland community. "The third film collaboration between Rolf de Heer and David Gulpilil is a majestic work."—Sydney Morning Herald. Winner, Best Actor, Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Aboriginal / First Nations, Human Rights
Duration: 109 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2013
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Oct 04 09:00 pm
Oct 07 01:30 pm

So much can happen in a year. For instance, your mom can transition from female to male. Such is the case in Sophie Hyde’s provocative, authentic and refreshingly modern coming-of-age tale. Handled with care and restraint, “(this) accessible narrative experiment boasts breakout talent in front of and behind the camera.”—Variety. Winner, Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic, Sundance 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Drama, Family Relations, Filmmaking, Aboriginal / First Nations, Human Rights, Queer Interest, Women Directors, Youth Under 18 May Attend
Duration: 16 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2013
Series:
International Shorts

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Oct 07 06:45 pm

A school music-room turf-war threatens to disrupt Ethan’s entire negative world view.

Romance, Youth Under 18 May Attend
Duration: 11 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

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Oct 01 06:00 pm
Oct 06 12:30 pm

A man has a fateful chance encounter with his wife—five years after she walked out…

Drama
Duration: 16 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2013
Series:
International Shorts

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Oct 04 06:30 pm
Oct 08 12:00 pm

In a dystopian future, a resistance fighter clutches on to his past by writing one last love letter.

Sci-fi & Horror

Austria, Germany

(Die geliebten Schwestern)
Duration: 171 mins
Country of Origin: Austria,Germany, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Oct 04 08:30 pm
Oct 09 12:00 pm

Guided by Dominik Graf’s skilled directorial hand and anchored by remarkable performances, the tale of writer Friedrich Schiller’s notorious love triangle with the Lengefeld sisters is woven into a sophisticated, sprawling costume drama full of fervour and resonance. “A work of unimposing power, Beloved Sisters renders its minimal story on the grand scale of a three-hour epic with quaint elegance.”—Film Comment

Drama, History, Literary (inc. Adaptations)

Austria

(Das große Museum)
Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: Austria, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters

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Oct 01 05:45 pm
Oct 10 11:00 am

Secreting us inside the storied Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Johannes Holzhausen’s unobtrusive documentary not only offers glimpses of works by Raphael, Rembrandt, Vermeer and Bruegel but also shares fascinating insights into the people and processes that ensure their preservation and continued cultural relevance. Thanks to Holzhausen, masterpieces are suddenly seen in a whole new light. “As all-enveloping and elegant as the establishment itself.”—Variety

Fine Arts or Theatre, Cathedrals of Culture, History

Belgium, Germany, Netherlands

Duration: 102 mins
Country of Origin: Belgium,Germany,Netherlands, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Oct 04 04:00 pm
Oct 09 09:00 pm

Based on the life of French musician Raymond Borremans, who moved to West Africa in the 20s and tried to compile an encyclopedia of The Ivory Coast (he got to "N" before dying in 1988), this poetic semi-documentary is beautiful and revelatory. Nigerian novelist/poet Ben Okri co-wrote the script, director Peter Krüger authored the striking visual style and the great Michael Lonsdale embodies Borremans’ spirit.

History, Music & Dance, Science & Technology

Belgium, Netherlands

Duration: 8 mins
Country of Origin: Belgium,Netherlands, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

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Oct 04 06:30 pm
Oct 08 12:00 pm

A poet wanders around Brussels in this stunning collage of animation, graphics and text.

Animation, Experimental & Avant garde
Duration: 99 mins
Country of Origin: Belgium,Netherlands, 2014
Series:
3D Special Presentations

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Oct 04 07:00 pm
Oct 05 01:30 pm

A daring formal experiment lies at the heart of this exploration of loss. Eugenie Jansen films her story—a young, half-Aboriginal girl copes with being transplanted from Australia to Belgium after her mother’s death—in 50 fps 3D and uses 360-degree pans to evoke time’s inexorable movement. The result is a boundary-pushing drama that is as affecting as it is bold in execution.

3D, Experimental & Avant garde, Aboriginal / First Nations, History, Immigration, War & Espionage, Women Directors

Belgium, Romania

Duration: 82 mins
Country of Origin: Belgium,Romania, 2014
Series:
High School Outreach

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Oct 02 09:15 pm

Thrust into the role of stand-in mother at the age of 15, Georgina dwells sardine-like with a handful of energetic rugrats—her five younger siblings—in a social housing condo at the outskirts of Bacau, Romania. Teodora Ana Mihai’s astute documentary gracefully paints a portrait of love and resilience. Winner, Best International Feature, Hot Docs 2014; Best Documentary, Karlovy Vary 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Women Directors, Youth Under 18 May Attend

Brazil

(O Menino e o Mundo)
Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: Brazil, 2013
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Oct 02 07:00 pm

Alê Abreu’s animated odyssey follows a young boy as he journeys from the country into a towering metropolis in search of his father. Awaiting him is a world where music gives birth to birds, cities float in the sky and good and evil clash in a riot of colour. “A simple, universal parable… An enchanting visual treat…”—Variety

Animation, Economics & Globalization, Fantasy, The Great Divide
(Ventos de Agosto)
Duration: 77 mins
Country of Origin: Brazil, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Oct 03 04:00 pm

Lyrical, sensual and poetic, yet grounded in a bracing naturalism that speaks to Brazilian documentarian Gabriel Mascaro’s roots, August Winds tells the tale of a young couple who discover a skull while diving for octopus. It’s a prismatic evocation of seaside life in the rural tropics. "…a beautiful meditation on life and death… a striking accomplishment…"—Indiewire

Disabilities, Sex & Eroticism
Duration: 79 mins
Country of Origin: Brazil, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters

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Oct 01 04:30 pm
Oct 09 07:15 pm

Legendary accordionist, composer and singer José Domingos de Morais—better known as Dominguinhos—died last year, but not before participating in Joaquim Castro, Eduardo Nazarian and Mariana Aydar’s celebration of his life and music. With his wide smile and prodigious talent, Dominguinhos and his unique mix of bossa nova, jazz and pop, all anchored by his baião rhythms, will leave you delighted.

Biography, Music & Dance

Brazil, France

Duration: 79 mins
Country of Origin: Brazil,France, 2013
Series:
3D Special Presentations

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Oct 04 04:00 pm
Oct 05 07:30 pm

A circus-trained capuchin must quickly adapt to life in the wild when it suddenly finds itself lost in the Amazon rainforest. This unwitting, endlessly expressive little guide leads us through Thierry Ragobert’s awe-inspiring, family-friendly docudrama, acquainting us with this lush wonderland’s exotic denizens and other breathtaking splendours. "A thrilling tale… the cinematography is exceptionally vivid throughout…”—Hollywood Reporter

3D, Adventures Outdoors, Animation, Environment, Family Relations, Youth Under 18 May Attend

Brazil, France, Mexico, Denmark, Germany, Argentina

Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: Brazil,France,Mexico,Denmark,Germany,Argentina, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time

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Oct 04 01:30 pm
Oct 09 06:30 pm

Lisandro Alonso returns with a gorgeous, 19th century-set existential exploration. Viggo Mortensen is a Danish engineer who heads into the Patagonian wilderness in search of his missing daughter. "This hallucinatory head-trip Western remains unmistakably Alonso’s film… a metaphysical road movie in which origin and destination are markedly less important than the journey itself."—Variety. Winner, FIPRESCI Prize, Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2014.

Experimental & Avant garde, History, Mystery

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