A tongue-tied stutterer joins the debate squad to win a girl’s heart in this sly Election-like comedy about high school under- and über-achievers. This fictional debut of the director of documentary favorite Spellbound shines with a similar love for its appealingly geeky, idiosyncratic young heroes.
Algerian lovers Kamel and Zina make plans to flee their war-torn country for Italy, and their quest for new identity papers sends them on a quixotic, perilous search for an immigrant smuggler.
A devoted young woman stands by her incarcerated husband but starts an affair with his prison warden in Jean-Pascal Hattu’s behind-bars bizarre love triangle that explores the lengths people go to maintain at least the illusion of freedom.
A clever and gruesome satire of media and modern technology offering an unsettling mix of absurd humor, melancholy existentialism and explicit gore.
Ten-year-old Samuel crosses the "silly age" from childhood to adolescence in glamorous 1958 Havana just as Cuba itself must contend with the romantic possibilities and harsh realities of revolution.
When a put-upon father wins the lottery, his daydreaming wife and children look forward to a change in fortune . . . but things don’t quite work out as planned in this delightful story of family ties, status anxiety and a rapidly changing metropolis.
Michael Glawogger (Workingman’s Death, SFIFF 2006) returns to narrative filmmaking with this dark, odd but enormously appealing story of Sebastian (an appalling cad), Pia (Sebastian’s new flame) and Kallman (a muttering, shabby drunk), who each find their lives uprooted and strangely intertwined with the others.
Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, Walt Disney’s animation masterpiece—the studio’s first and perhaps finest feature-length film—endures as a lustrous fairy tale in which that famous "mirror, mirror on the wall" still reflects startlingly adult truths and psychologically loaded metaphors amid childlike enchantment and magical musical numbers.
An East African family abandons its village, where the well has run dry, and journeys across the desert in search of water, encountering civil unrest and an inhospitable landscape in Marion Hänsel’s topical drama that testifies to the endurance of human hope under impossible circumstances.
An unemployed film director learns that his father may have left "souvenirs" with Dutch girls while he served in the legendary Jewish Brigade in World War II. This road movie follows the father’s earlier path and uncovers surprising truths and consequences.