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Jesse Acevedo

(Viva Cuba libre)
Arts and Letters
Director: Jesse Acevedo

Refused airplay, the nevertheless very popular Cuban protest rappers Los Aldeanos soldier on, playing secret shows island wide. Jesse Acevedo’s vital documentary offers incredible insight into Cuba now and is a testament to the power of both guerrilla filmmaking and underground music. Winner, Audience Award, Miami 2013.

Audience Award Winners, Human Rights, Music & Dance, Under 18 May Attend, Revolution & Empowerment

Gabriel Adelman

Canadian Images
Director: Gabriel Adelman

Enduring episodes of spontaneous teleportation, an understandably disoriented man struggles to find his way back home.

Drama, Family Relations, Sci-fi & Horror

Dario Aguirre

Nonfiction Features
Director: Dario Aguirre

Long a German resident, filmmaker Dario Aguirre gets called home to Ecuador to help save his father’s grill from bankruptcy. As the vegetarian son and meat-loving father circle each other warily amidst talk of spreadsheets and the advantages of wholesale, a humorous and deeply touching family odyssey emerges.

Economics & Globalization, Family Relations, Food, Farm & Garden, Immigration

Helena Ahonen

Arts and Letters
Director: Helena Ahonen

On a barnstorming tour of the former Yugoslavia, graphic novelists Max Andersson (who directs, with Helena Ahonen) and Lars Sjunneson bring a macabre "mummy" of Marshal Tito along for the ride. Astonishing stop-motion animation sequences render their journey all the more surreal while a Balkan new wave soundtrack affirms this doc’s punk rock spirit.

Animation, Fine Arts & Theatre, War & Espionage

Dheeraj Akolkar

(Liv og Ingmar)
Arts and Letters
Director: Dheeraj Akolkar

One of the great cinematic pairings—Bergman and Ullman—comes vividly to life in Dheeraj Akolkar’s vibrant documentary, aided immeasurably by the radiant Liv Ullmann’s on-screen narration. Beautifully rendered excerpts from their films and candid reminiscences complete a lovely picture.

Biography, Filmmaking

Haifaa Al Mansour

Cinema of Our Time
Director: Haifaa Al Mansour

The first feature film made entirely within Saudi Arabia, female director Haifaa Al Mansour’s drama follows 10-year-old Wadjda as she asserts her independence and negotiates the realities of growing up a woman in that nation. "One of 2013’s best films so far… a massively endearing tale…"—Guardian. Winner, Best Film, Dubai 2012; Audience Award, Los Angeles 2013.

Audience Award Winners, Drama, Islamic World, Under 18 May Attend, Women Directors

Gary "Gaz" Alazraki

(Nosotros los Nobles)
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Gary "Gaz" Alazraki

Mexico’s all-time box office champ, Gary "Gaz" Alazraki’s hilarious satire takes as it subject the spoiled children of Mexico’s rich and then mercilessly lampoons their outrageous sense of entitlement. When Father (supposedly) loses all his money, twenty-something siblings Barbie, Javi and Cha must do the unthinkable—get jobs.

Comedy

Luke Anderson

International Shorts
Director: Luke Anderson

How to get your video-addict friends to go camping.

Max Andersson

Arts and Letters
Director: Max Andersson

On a barnstorming tour of the former Yugoslavia, graphic novelists Max Andersson (who directs, with Helena Ahonen) and Lars Sjunneson bring a macabre "mummy" of Marshal Tito along for the ride. Astonishing stop-motion animation sequences render their journey all the more surreal while a Balkan new wave soundtrack affirms this doc’s punk rock spirit.

Animation, Fine Arts & Theatre, War & Espionage

Louise Archambault

Canadian Images
Director: Louise Archambault

Director Louise Archambault avoids the obvious traps in this thoughtful telling of the love between Gabrielle, a young woman affected by a neurodevelopmental disorder, and a boy she meets through her choir. With the stirring participation of famous Quebec singer Robert Charlebois, this is a crowd-pleaser with integrity. Winner, Audience Award, Locarno 2013.

Audience Award Winners, Disabilities, Drama, Family Relations, Health (Mental & Physical), Music & Dance, Under 18 May Attend, Romance, Women Directors

Mathieu Arsenault

Canadian Images
Director: Mathieu Arsenault

After incurring the wrath of his neglected five-year-old son, a manchild finds himself at a crossroads. Will he prove he’s father material, or will he cut and run?

Drama, Family Relations

Thomas Arslan

Cinema of Our Time
Director: Thomas Arslan

Making glorious use of both its BC locations and luminous lead Nina Hoss (Barbara), Thomas Arslan’s revisionist Western follows a band of German immigrants traversing the wilds on the Klondike Gold Rush trail of the 1890s. Betrayal, romance, the unforgiving wilderness and Arslan’s cool style make this a unique filmic odyssey.

Adventures Outdoors, Aboriginal First Nations, History, Immigration, Women Directors

Tara Atashgah

Cinema of Our Time
Director: Tara Atashgah

A young woman is brought to the main square of a small town in modern day Iran to be hanged for adultery. Horrified, the townspeople look away. She begs for help and, at the last minute, her appeal seem to be answered by young man. Inspired by a true story.

Drama, Islamic World, Women Directors

Alexandros Avranas

Cinema of Our Time
Director: Alexandros Avranas

A grinning 11-year-old girl plummets to her death, taking a dark secret along with her. As social services investigate her family, they learn far too late that there are some stones best left unturned. Methodically burrowing into the festering wound at the heart of this household, Alexandros Avranas’ drama will chill you to the bone. Winner, Best Director, Best Actor, Venice 2013.

Crime, Drama, Family Relations, Mystery, Sex & Eroticism

Marshall Axani

Canadian Images
Director: Marshall Axani

A bid to alleviate his crippling anxiety lands Oswald in a clinic where his fate rests in the hands of a blind nurse, talking fly and flamboyant malpractitioner.

Comedy, Fantasy