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(Manqana, romelic kvelafers gaaqrobs)
Nonfiction Features

During a series of open auditions, Tinatin Gurchiani turns her camera on young Georgians, discovering both aspiring stars and disenfranchised strugglers eager to share their stories. Self-deprecating humour and heartrending accounts of war and domestic strife conspire in highly cinematic vignettes. Winner, World Cinema Directing Award: Documentary, Sundance 2013.

Filmmaking, Women Directors
Cinema of Our Time

Varziela, Vila do Conde, the biggest Chinatown in Portugal. João Rui Guerra da Mata and João Pedro Rodrigues enact a mysterious mahjong-like game between East and West, a man and a missing woman…

Crime, Mystery, Queer Interest, Action, Thrills & Suspense
Spotlight on France

A wonderful film about listening, and about the value of great public institutions. Nicolas Philibert (To Be and To Have) turns his probing, sensitive camera on the inner workings of public broadcaster Radio France to enchanting, enlightening and frequently surprising effect. "A terrific documentary… humorous as well as continually insightful."—Variety

Fine Arts & Theatre, Music & Dance
International Shorts

Metamorphosis, destruction and a slice of comedy.

Nonfiction Features

Produced by Leviathan’s Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel from Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Laboratory, Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez’s debut documentary takes us high above the jungle in Nepal, where pilgrims go on an ancient journey, travelling by cable car to reach the Manakamana temple. Winner, Golden Leopard (Filmmakers of the Present), Locarno 2013.

Experimental & Avant Garde, Religion, Spirituality & Myth, Women Directors
(Dast-Neveshtehaa Nemisoosand)
Cinema of Our Time

Like Jafar Panahi (see Closed Curtain), Mohammad Rasoulof is under a 20-year filmmaking ban, and, like Panahi, he has made a clandestinely shot film, this one an angry political thriller focusing on two assassins working for Iran’s security apparatus. "A brave, challenging picture that makes the viewer complicit in the action…"—Variety

Crime, Drama, Human Rights, Islamic World, Mystery, Revolution & Empowerment, Action, Thrills & Suspense
Cinema of Our Time

Humane and hugely enjoyable! An isolated widower is shaken from his persnickety routine when a gentle, not-quite-right stranger wanders into his neighbourhood. As he strives to better his new charge’s lot in life, things take a turn for the absurd in Diederik Ebbinge’s dryly humorous comedy. Winner, Audience Award, Rotterdam 2013.

Audience Award Winners, Comedy, Family Relations
(Max Beckmann)
Arts and Letters

"To create is to be saved," claimed German painter Max Beckmann, heralded alongside Picasso and Braque as a seminal modernist master. Michael Trabitzsch’s fascinating look at Beckmann’s persecuted and peripatetic existence uses examples of his work, interviews, re-enactments, photos and archival footage to illuminate a singular life.

Fine Arts & Theatre, Biography, History
Canadian Images

A groundbreaking new test will pinpoint the exact date that we’ll die. But is this information that anyone should be privy to?

Drama, Health (Mental & Physical), Science & Technology, Sci-fi & Horror
Dragons & Tigers

Kim Hakhyun’s anime on divided identities.

(Die Vermessung der Welt)
Special Presentations

Daniel Kehlmann’s irreverent, globetrotting "fictitious double-biography" of early 19th-century mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss and his contemporary, explorer Alexander von Humboldt, is brought to the big screen in glorious 3D by Detlev Buck. Epic in scope and occasionally very funny, this is the Age of Discovery as you’ve never seen it before. Special 3D Presentation.

3D, Adventures Outdoors, History, Literary (inc. Adaptations), Science & Technology
Canadian Images

A standard issue interrogation scene takes a dramatic turn when the players are asked to not only establish motive but also find their motivation.

Arts and Letters

Spanning the totality of Michael Haneke’s career and featuring interviews with him, as well as footage of Haneke working on the films Amour (Oscar winner for best foreign language film), Code Unknown and The White Ribbon, Yves Montmayeur’s documentary portrait is "a must-see for anyone who admires this director."—Guardian

Fine Arts & Theatre, Filmmaking
Spotlight on France

Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt) stars in Arnaud des Pallières’ atmospheric adaptation of Heinrich von Kleist’s classic novella about principles, law and revenge. In 16th-century Cévennes, a horse-dealer is wronged by a local lord. His search for justice will ravage the countryside.

Drama, History, Literary (inc. Adaptations), War & Espionage, Western
Canadian Images

At a loss over how to get with the guy of her dreams, an introverted teen turns to her hard-drinking, ludomaniac grandma for bad advice.

Comedy, Family Relations, Sex & Eroticism, Women Directors
Dragons & Tigers

A disturbing anime from Iwasaki Hirotoshi.

Cinema of Our Time

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
(L' image manquante)
Nonfiction Features

In this piercing masterpiece, Rithy Panh grapples with the horrors Cambodia faced under the Khmer Rouge. "A series of painstakingly crafted dioramas… at once extremely fragile and necessarily distanced… A dam constructed to control the flow of an ocean of sorrow."—Film Comment. Winner, Best Film, Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2013.

Fine Arts & Theatre, History, Human Rights, War & Espionage
International Shorts

A black comedy exploring some of life’s common fears: of the unknown, of failure, of rejection and, finally, of death. Narrated by George Takei.

Animation, Under 18 May Attend
Nonfiction Features

This lucid and highly engaging account of how we got into financial crisis takes a broad historical view. Jim Bruce’s film also brilliantly organizes a vast range of material and interviews with many of the key players. Current and former Fed officials join a wide range of top economists and historians to speak frankly about their roles and warn of dangers ahead.

Economics & Globalization