When the members of a Berlin women's football team (we call it "soccer") learn to their surprise that they have counterparts in Iran, but that those women have never been allowed to play an actual game, they set out for Tehran to make the impossible happen. Co-hosted with Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival. | Read MoreESPN and Sports
A brilliant portrait of three women from former Yugoslavia-one Croat, one Serb and one Bosnian-searching for "home" in the cold, alienating light of contemporary Zurich, and coming to terms with the war that lives in each of them. In Swiss-German, German, Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian.
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This sometimes shockingly graphic German film delves into the dark and complex world of Theo, a convicted rapist released from prison and readjusting to civilian life. The path he follows is rarely straight, and when he makes an attempt at a romantic relationship, The Free Will expands into a compelling, multi-layered exploration of uncharted psychological territory. | Read MoreDrama
Matti and Mikko play for Finland's worst amateur rugby team. Overworked and domesticated, the two men long for a space to revel in their masculinity and bond with other men. Following the two friends and their teammates on a quest to end the season with just a single win, award-winning writer/director Mika Ronkainen (Screaming Men) crafts a genuine and disarmingly funny love story about modern male friendship. | Read MoreSports and Documentary
Miserable middle-aged musician Robert suddenly finds himself homeless and in need of quick cash. He accepts an offer from a young, enterprising Serbian immigrant named Branko: Travel to Belgrade, marry Branko's girlfriend, and bring her back to New York. But while on the trip, Robert meets Branko's mother, discovers that happiness comes when least expected, and begins to question whether money or love would be the true cure to his ills. | Read MoreDrama and Comedy
In this fun-filled CGI animation, Professor Tiberton's island school of wacky creatures includes a talking penguin, lizard, shoebill and his adopted son. One day, an egg buried in an iceberg floats ashore and hatches something amazing-Impy, a baby dinosaur! But when a king wants to take Impy as a trophy, the group must protect their new friend. In English. Ages 4+
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This kinetic and fast-paced documentary will put you right on the Eisbach in the heart of Munich, where river-surfing was invented 35 years ago. Stunningly shot with cameras literally on the surfboards, you can sense the exhilaration as they take to the water. With cameos by surfing legends like Nick Carroll and Kelly Slater, Keep Surfing will make you want to hit the waves! | Read MoreESPN, Sports, Documentary
Six-foot-six Ukrainian brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko emigrated to Germany to begin careers in heavyweight boxing in 1996, and the sport was never the same. After a 15-year reign over the ring, they made history in 2008, becoming the first brothers in the sport to hold world titles at the same time. Through an engaging mix of candid interviews and absorbing fight footage, Klitschko offers a captivating glimpse into the makings of these champion boxing brothers. | Read MoreESPN, Sports, Documentary
In this beautifully animated film, Laura's family moves from the country to the city. Laura is sad and lonely until one night a shooting star lands outside her window. With the help of this magical star, Laura finds happiness and friends in her new home. A tale about embracing life's changes, this colorful adventure is a perfect "first film" experience. Preceded by First Flight (8 min.). (Ages 4+) | Read MoreAnimation
A Soviet family searching for a modest paradise is swept into the immense Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986, recalled through small episodes as Leonid's Story.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Long Story Short program. | Read MoreDocumentary
Packed with five decades of rare archival footage and captivating melodies, Mama Africa tells the incredible story of Miriam Makeba. First introduced to American audiences by Harry Belafonte, Makeba's songs exposed the injustice of Apartheid in South Africa to the world—resulting in a 30-year exile from her home country. Throughout her life, Makeba inspired millions through her powerful songs of joy, love, and revolution. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
A masterwork of silent cinema directed by Paul Czinner and starring the acclaimed German language theater actress Elisabeth Bergner. Else, a lively young girl, finds her existence suddenly crushed by the bankruptcy of her father (Albert Bassermann, another German theater icon). The print is a new archival restoration from the Cineteca di Bologna. Featuring live piano accompaniment. | Read More
A young Gestapo officer and a Catholic priest engage in a battle of wills in this thoughtfully written and superbly acted drama of ideas based on the 1945 memoirs of of Father Jean Bernard, a Luxembourg priest, who was one of almost 3,000 clergymen set to hard labor in Dachau. A Kino International release. | Read More