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Joseph Israel Laban

Dragons & Tigers
Director: Joseph Israel Laban

Based on the alarmingly true story of a nine-year-old girl who was impregnated by her father and had the baby, Joseph Israel Laban’s film gets to the core of a peculiarly Filipino tangle of Catholicism, superstition and untamed desires. Soberly made but still shocking, and brutally realistic in its conclusions.

Crime, Drama, Family Relations, Human Rights

Yan Ladoudeur

Canadian Images
Director: Yan Ladoudeur

As a tattoo is being etched into his skin, a man loses himself in the fading memories of his youth.

Drama, Family Relations

Simon Laganiere

(Suivre la Piste du Renard)
Canadian Images
Director: Simon Laganiere

Inspired by Terry Fox, two well-intentioned but poorly prepared cousins embark on an alternately hilarious and heartbreaking marathon of haplessness.

Comedy, Family Relations, Sport

Ian Lagarde

(clat du jour)
Canadian Images
Director: Ian Lagarde

As a pack of kids pilot their bikes through suburban streets, idleness erupts into anarchy and they taste teenage rebellion for the first time.

Experimental & Avant Garde, Drama

Félix Lajeunesse

Canadian Images
Director: Félix Lajeunesse

A brief (and extremely odd) encounter between a lonesome farmer (Jesse Zubot) and a Chinese tourist who’s lost her way.

Experimental & Avant Garde, Comedy, Fantasy, Music & Dance, Sci-fi & Horror

Chris Landreth

Canadian Images
Director: Chris Landreth

A man’s desperate attempt to remember someone’s name sparks a frantic, fantastical game show in the recesses of his brain.

Animation, Experimental & Avant Garde, Comedy, Fantasy

Olivia Lang

International Shorts
Director: Olivia Lang

An undeterred young man pursues the girl of his dreams.

Lisa Langseth

Cinema of Our Time
Director: Lisa Langseth

In a crisis, should you look back at the past or forward to a better future? Lisa Langseth’s (Pure) haunting drama poses this question when a young woman in mental disarray (Alicia Vikander, A Royal Affair) turns her back on therapy and moves from hotel to hotel with a group of like-minded sufferers, searching for peace of mind…

Drama, Health (Mental & Physical), Women Directors

Patrick Lapierre

Canadian Images
Director: Patrick Lapierre

In the blink of an eye, an unassuming stretch of Russian countryside becomes a historical site. And only a girl and her grandmother are there to witness it.

Animation, Family Relations, History

Yunis "Sly" Lattuf

International Shorts
Director: Yunis "Sly" Lattuf

Walter is an 89-year-old curmudgeon, and proud of it.

Flora Lau

(Guo jie)
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Flora Lau

This gorgeously shot (by Chris Doyle, regular DOP of Wong Kar-wai) and elegantly restrained drama is a remarkably assured debut by Flora Lau. Hong Kong movie queen Carina Lau gives a tour de force performance as a matron whose husband suddenly disappears. Her driver (Chen Kun) has secrets of his own: will they overcome their own solitudes?

Economics & Globalization, Women Directors

Chris Lavis

Canadian Images
Director: Chris Lavis

An immersive sensory experience that takes us on a trip from the mythic Forest of Storms to an orbiting international space station.

3D, Animation, Fine Arts & Theatre

Walter Lawry

International Shorts
Director: Walter Lawry

In the Auckland drug scene, a young woman finds her life complicated when she starts scoring drugs from her lover for a young street dealer she’s attracted to…

Drama, Under 18 May Attend

Jason Paul Laxamana

Dragons & Tigers
Director: Jason Paul Laxamana

Cat-and-mouse games get a turtle-and-monkey makeover in Jason Laxamana’s tale of 21st-century grifters. Bam Bonifacio is a dream hunk on a dating site, adept at persuading his admirers to part with cash. Behind "Bam" is Greg, less impressive and much more fallible… Dragons & Tigers Award nominee.

Drama, Queer Interest, Science & Technology

Kadija Leclere

(Le sac de farine)
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Kadija Leclere

Just as bright young Sarah is learning to negotiate life in a Belgian Catholic orphanage she is wisked away to a remote Moroccan village. Director Kadija Leclere draws from her own abduction experiences to craft a remarkably immersive film. "Piercingly bittersweet… Beautifully low-key… [A] valiant first feature…"—Hollywood Reporter

Immigration, Islamic World, Religion, Spirituality & Myth, Women Directors

Guillermo Lecuona

(nahiin ´núú)
International Shorts
Director: Guillermo Lecuona

A Triqui Indian teen, who was abandoned by her mother, begins to experience momentary spiritual visions that help awaken her sense of self and her appreciation of her grandmother—as well as Mexican native culture in general.

Family Relations, History

Lee Harkjoon

Dragons & Tigers
Director: Lee Harkjoon

K-pop as you’ve never seen it! Lee Harkjoon gets incredibly intimate access to the grooming and launch of girl band 9 Muses (the endless rehearsals, the rivalries) and nails the whole system. Dragons & Tigers Award nominee.

Music & Dance

Lee Hyunseok

(Sonyeon gwa Yang)
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Lee Hyunseok

The director of Western Movie (VIFF 11) returns with a film set in and around a tin outhouse. It features two teenaged boys, a lamb, a nervous man, a bossy woman and a policeman. Plus an embarrassing love letter.

Lee Kwangkuk

(Malloneun Himdeuleo)
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Lee Kwangkuk

Another brilliant storytelling riddle from Lee Kwangkuk, director of Romance Joe.

Sebastián Lelio

Cinema of Our Time
Director: Sebastián Lelio

Paulina García is fantastic as the eponymous lead, a woman in her mid-50s, newly divorced, who refuses to give up on love and sex in Sebastián Lelio’s intimate drama. "Funny, melancholy and ultimately uplifting, Lelio’s enormously satisfying [film] never puts a foot wrong."—Hollywood Reporter. Winner, Best Actress, Berlin 2013.

Comedy, Drama, Romance