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Michael Abraham

Duration: 4 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Michael Abraham

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Oct 05 09:30 pm

"Young people today are too often found in a space of social homelessness, where we are invisible in public discourse, and the value of our lived experience is reduced to teenage weirdness." A poetic statement of what youth need.

Alê Abreu

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

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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

Richie Adams

Duration: 98 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Richie Adams

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Oct 03 07:00 pm
Oct 06 02:30 pm

Garnering audience awards all over the festival circuit, Richie Adams’ true indie is a beautiful, soul-stirring drama that brings together the city of New Orleans and the jazz that made it famous with the story of a haunted neuroscientist trying to help the declining jazz singer (The Help’s Aunjanue Ellis, remarkable here) he discovers singing in the streets.

Disabilities, Health (Mental & Physical), Music & Dance

Karim Aïnouz

Duration: 165 mins
Country of Origin: Norway,Austria,Denmark,Germany, 2014
Series:
3D Special Presentations
Director: Karim Aïnouz

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Oct 04 11:00 am

Six stunning buildings, six auteurs and glorious 3D come together in this hymn to the art of architecture. The Berliner Philharmonie concert hall (Wim Wenders), California’s Salk Institute (Robert Redford), the National Library in St. Petersburg (Michael Glawogger), Denmark’s Halden prison (Michael Madsen), the Oslo Opera House (Margreth Olin) and the Pompidou in Paris (Karim Ainouz) are brought to life like never before. (Important Note: Only the Sep. 30 screening at International Village #9 will be in projected in 3D. The Oct. 4 screening at The Centre for the Performing Arts will be projected in standard 2D.)

3D, Fine Arts or Theatre, Cathedrals of Culture

Imtiaz Ali

Duration: 135 mins
Country of Origin: India, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Imtiaz Ali

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Oct 04 04:15 pm
Oct 06 09:30 pm

Imtiaz Ali’s drama is anchored by A.R. Rahman’s forceful score and Alia Bhatt’s amazing turn as a kidnapped heiress. "Abduction paradoxically results in liberation for both the sheltered daughter of a rich industrialist and her hardened-criminal kidnapper in… this Bollywood road movie, which intertwines dark social issues and blithe romance [and succeeds] thanks in part to relative newcomer Alia Bhatt’s endearingly cockeyed performance."—Variety

Adventures Outdoors, Music & Dance, Action, Thrills & Suspense

Merzak Allouache

(Es-Stouh)
Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: France,Algeria, 2013
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Merzak Allouache

Five neighbourhoods, five different rooftops, five tragic stories. With these tales, veteran director Merzak Allouache takes the pulse of Algiers, a city rife with crime, teeming with intrigue and reeling from the clash of cultures. Allouache’s view is at once panoramic and intimate: he reaches across the city and pulls us close to its people. “Confident, composed and full of contemporary relevance.”—Filmmaker

Islamic World

Buffy Almendares

Duration: 4 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
International Shorts
Director: Buffy Almendares

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Oct 05 09:30 pm

A Mexican girl talks about the lengths her mother goes to to give her children a future.

Alejandro Fernández Almendras

(Matar a un hombre)
Duration: 81 mins
Country of Origin: Chile,France, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Alejandro Fernández Almendras

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Oct 03 09:15 pm
Oct 04 11:00 am

Beautifully wrought and meticulously controlled, Alejandro Fernández Almendras’ taut drama follows a bullied man as he wrestles with the moral implications of revenge… "A terrifically tense first half culminates in a truly brilliant scene… [and it] all ends with a dramatic pop as sharp as the first of only two gunshots in this menacing, morally agnostic film."—Guardian. Winner, World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic, Sundance 2014.

Audience Award Winners, Crime

Lisandro Alonso

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

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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

Hossein Amini

Duration: 96 mins
Country of Origin: UK,USA,France, 2013
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Hossein Amini

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Oct 04 09:30 pm
Oct 07 02:30 pm

Bizarre circumstances makes reluctant bedfellows out of American con artist Chester (Viggo Mortensen) and Athens hustler Rydal (Oscar Isaac) in Hossein Amini’s absorbing 60s-set adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel. As they evade the authorities, Chester’s wife (Kirsten Dunst) finds herself torn between these seductive charlatans. “An elegantly pleasurable period thriller, a film of tidy precision and class.”—Telegraph

Crime, Literary (inc. Adaptations), Mystery, Style & Fashion, Action, Thrills & Suspense

Ana Lily Amirpour

Duration: 99 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Iran, 2014
Series:
Altered States
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour

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Oct 09 11:30 pm
Oct 10 04:00 pm

Looking for love (and hemoglobin) in the desolate streets of Iranian ghost town Bad City, a lonesome, alluring vampire (Sheila Vand) must also navigate the comically offbeat, unequivocally cool reality envisioned by director Ana Lily Amirpour. Channelling vintage Jarmusch and cranking the post-punk soundtrack to spellbinding effect, “Amirpour has crafted a beguiling, cryptic and often surprisingly funny look at personal desire.”—Indiewire

Experimental & Avant garde, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-fi & Horror, Women Directors

Gregg Araki

Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Gregg Araki

Shailene Woodley (The Fault in Our Stars) plays the insecure suburban daughter of a seriously disturbed mother (Eva Green, unforgettable) who disappears without a trace in Gregg Araki’s skewed and provocative 80s-set drama. "Araki… seizes on White Bird as a chance to explore familiar issues of body image, sexual awakening and extreme family dysfunction with his trademark mix of uneasy seduce-and-repel tactics."—Variety

Literary (inc. Adaptations), Queer Interest, Action, Thrills & Suspense

Alexandre Arcady

(24 jours)
Duration: 111 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Series:
Spotlight on France
Director: Alexandre Arcady

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Oct 02 04:00 pm
Oct 06 09:15 pm

A terrific cast featuring Zabou Breitman, Pascal Elbe, Jacques Gamblin and Sylvie Testud anchors Alexandre Arcady’s true-life thriller. "[The film] offers up a white-knuckle dramatization of the nearly month-long kidnapping and torture of 23-year-old Ilan Halimi, whose traumatic ordeal… prompted a massive police manhunt and, eventually, a national outcry against anti-Semitism in France… Captivating…"—Hollywood Reporter

Audience Award Winners, Crime, Drama, Jewish Interest, Action, Thrills & Suspense

Denys Arcand

(La règne de la beauté)
Duration: 102 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images
Director: Denys Arcand

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Oct 02 03:45 pm
Oct 05 09:15 pm

The latest from Denys Arcand (The Decline of the American Empire, The Barbarian Invasions) is the story of Luke (Éric Bruneau), a brilliant young architect who’s beginning to earn acclaim while leading a peaceful, seemingly perfect life with his wife Stephanie (Mélanie Thierry) in Québec’s Charlevoix region. Invited to sit on a architecture jury in Toronto, he meets a mysterious woman who will change his life…

Fine Arts or Theatre, Drama, Romance, Sex & Eroticism

Alberto Arvelo

(Libertador)
Duration: 119 mins
Country of Origin: Spain,Venezuela, 2013
Series:
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Alberto Arvelo

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Oct 05 09:15 pm

The extraordinary life of South American hero Simón Bolívar (the mesmerizing Édgar Ramírez, Carlos) is given appropriately epic treatment in Alberto Arvelo’s sumptuously mounted period piece. Beginning in the early 1800s and spanning 30 years in the great revolutionary’s struggles to free South Americans from the yoke of Spanish occupation, Arvelo’s impressive achievement is a rousing and entertaining corrective to Bolívar’s relative anonymity in North America.

Biography, History

Olivier Assayas

(Sils Maria)
Duration: 123 mins
Country of Origin: France,Germany,Switzerland, 2014
Series:
Special Presentations
Director: Olivier Assayas

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Oct 02 09:15 pm
Oct 03 03:30 pm

Juliette Binoche is riveting as an actor asked to revisit the play that made her a star 20 years before—but this time she is to essay the role of the older woman, not the ingenue… "Though deceptively casual on its surface… [Olivier Assayas’ film is] a multi-layered, femme-driven meta-fiction that pushes all involved—including next-gen starlets Kristen Stewart and Chloë Grace Moretz—to new heights."—Variety

Fine Arts or Theatre

Mariana Aydar

Duration: 79 mins
Country of Origin: Brazil, 2014
Series:
Arts and Letters
Director: Mariana Aydar

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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