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Nonfiction Features

"Rachel Boynton’s compelling documentary follows what happens when Texas oil exploration firm Kosmos Energy makes an enormous discovery called the Jubilee Field off the coast of Ghana… no film offers a more incisive look at how the enormous wealth oil creates subverts the morality of individuals, corporations, even entire countries."—LA Times

Economics & Globalization, Environment, Human Rights, Power Politics, Women Directors
Canadian Images

Anxiety over Vancouver real estate reaches operatic heights in this mischievous musical riff on an infamous local news story.

Animation, Comedy, Music & Dance, Women Directors
International Shorts

A window to the life of Vancouver graffiti artists.

(Mang tan)
Dragons & Tigers

Hong Kong superstars Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng team up with Johnnie To for this wild, sparklingly madcap genre-bender: a romantic/detective/horror/thriller/comedy. He’s a blind amateur investigator; she’s a feisty young cop. To at his most dazzlingly playful, with beguiling performances by HK’s best.

Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Action, Thrills & Suspense
International Shorts

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
(Marioneta Ciega)
International Shorts

In this twisted tale, a depressed and often manic puppeteer leaves home to do another day of penance, trying to absolve the tortured memories of a drunken night—when the monster that dwells within him was unleashed.

Drama, Family Relations
(La vie d'Adèle--Chapitres 1 & 2)
Spotlight on France

A tour de force of unbridled intimacy and graphic sexuality, Abdellatif Kechiche’s acclaimed drama features superb performances from Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos as young women finding their love for each other. "A shattering masterpiece about sexual awakening, heartbreak and self-discovery…"—Atlantic. Winner, Palme d’Or (for film and lead actors), Cannes 2013.

Literary (inc. Adaptations), Queer Interest, Romance, Sex & Eroticism
(Goryeolchwa Gajok)
Dragons & Tigers

Korea has all but cornered the market in comedy-dramas about the family, and Song Haesung’s film is one of the best. A middle-class failure (the wonderful Park Haeil) has to learn to live with his criminal brother and his sexually incontinent sister—not to mention his unflappable mom.

Comedy, Drama, Family Relations
Altered States

As a vagrant trickster plays funny games with an affluent family, Alex van Warmerdam’s outrageous provocation casts a sinister, enthralling spell. Oblivious to the abstract class warfare being waged against them, the homeowners likewise can’t envision the nightmare that’s about to enter their waking lives. "Sly, insidious and intermittently hilarious…"—Variety

Experimental & Avant Garde, Comedy, Drama, Family Relations, Sci-fi & Horror, Sex & Eroticism, Action, Thrills & Suspense
International Shorts

Trapped in their car for days after an unexpected snowstorm strands them on a remote mountain road, a young couple confronts a life-or-death choice: should we stay or should we go?

International Shorts

A blind teenaged skateboarder doesn’t let his challenges hold him back from achieving his dreams.

Disabilities, Under 18 May Attend
(Brecha en el silencio)
Cinema of Our Time

Born deaf and mute, and exploited by her parents, 19-year-old Ana resolves to save her siblings from suffering similar indignities. Former social workers Andrés and Luis Rodríguez ensure that the hard-won victories in their visually spectacular debut ring true and resonate deeply. Winner, Best First Film, Best Actress, Cairo 2013.

Drama, Family Relations, Health (Mental & Physical), Human Rights
International Shorts

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

International Shorts

A small-time criminal kidnaps his estranged daughter and takes off on a road trip with ideas of starting a new life in Canada. Staring Dominic Fumusa (Kevin in Nurse Jackie).

Crime, Drama
Arts and Letters

Artist and architect Susumu Shingu has had a lifelong “dialogue with the wind and with water.” Now he wants to create wind-powered communities. Thomas Riedelsheimer (Rivers and Tides) documents this combination of passionate environmental story and moving exploration of creativity with characteristic eloquence and lustrous imagery.

Fine Arts & Theatre, Environment, Science & Technology
Cinema of Our Time

A bluegrass musician and his wife learn their young daughter has cancer in Felix van Groeningen’s masterful evocation of the power of music to convey both joy and sadness. "An immaculately observed, desperately moving story of love, loss, and bluegrass music…"—Indiewire. Winner, Audience Award (Panorama), Berlin 2013; Best Actress, Tribeca 2013.

Audience Award Winners, Drama, Family Relations, Health (Mental & Physical), Music & Dance, Romance
(Yeonso, Seokbang, Bokbal, Daejeokhal Iga Eoptneun)
Dragons & Tigers

Kim Soohyun’s portrait of a phenomenal woman: she works as a voice artist (games, ads) but when she’s asked to consider a Brecht role, a flood of reflections on gender and madness is unleashed. Dragons & Tigers Award nominee.

Fine Arts & Theatre, Drama
(Horící ker)
Special Presentations

Here’s your only chance to see Agnieszka Holland’s epic three-part docudrama—made for HBO Europe—examining the emotional, political and societal fallout from Czech student Jan Palach’s 1969 self-immolation in Prague’s Wenceslas Square. A riveting thriller plot, complex characters and sumptuously re-created period detail make for "a master class in modern historical drama."—Indiewire.Special Event Price: $20.

Biography, Drama, History, Human Rights, Revolution & Empowerment
International Shorts

To a struggling young artist selling drawings in a subway station, the prospect of a paying job seems inviting—but the dark reality threatens to kill her imagination. Featuring the voices of Rachel Griffiths and Nicholas Hope.

Animation, Under 18 May Attend, Women Directors
Spotlight on France

The great Juliette Binoche gives a stirring performance as the sculptress and lover of Rodin who was unjustly confined to a benevolent asylum in Provence for 30 years. A gorgeously filmed and deeply disturbing portrait from iconoclastic master Bruno Dumont (L’humanité).

Biography, Disabilities, History, Literary (inc. Adaptations), Religion, Spirituality & Myth