A record budget, an all-star cast, a script based on a best-seller: Most 28-year-old novices aren't handed this kind of project, especially in Egypt, where the novel's subjects-government corruption, Islamic fundamentalism, homosexuality-are taboo onscreen. But the gamble pays off in this sprawling, compelling, and watchable epic set in a downtown Cairo building that's a symbol of modern Egypt. | Read MoreDrama
Yanqui Walker and the Optical Revolution is an experimental documentary about American expansionist William Walker, who became dictator of Nicaragua in 1856.
Screening with The Travelogues. | Read MoreDocumentary
Shot in Brooklyn, North Carolina and New Orleans, A Year is the middle-aged diary film that uses sublime and inviting 35mm images to examine the changes and disappearances of one man's life. | Read MoreDocumentary
It's the summer of 1970, and twelve-year-old Mauro's biggest concern is whether Brazil wins the World Cup-until his politicized parents are forced to flee the country, and he is thrust into the alien world of Sao Paolo's Jewish community. This sensitive drama shows an innocent caught up in a ferociously repressive dictatorship he knows nothing about. | Read More
The latest from Sally Potter (Orlando) casts the versatile Joan Allen as a scientist who embarks on an affair with a Lebanese waiter (Simon Abkarian), who turns out to be a one-time surgeon now living in exile. Their passionate affair takes them around the globe and on a journey through culture, politics, gender, and more. A Sony Pictures Classics release. Presented by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
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Exposing subject matter notoriously shrouded in secrecy, this uplifting and sobering doc chronicles a group of North Korean concentration camp escapees and their contributions to a powerful musical based on their experiences. Blending interviews and scenes from the controversial stage show, director Andrzej Fidyk explores the atrocities they faced as prisoners—and the challenges they face while trying to express them through art. | Read MoreDocumentary
Join us for this FREE world premiere screening of a film that captures the live theatrical musical whose backstory is explored in Andrzej Fidyk's TFF '09 documentary Yodok Stories. The performance—shot in Seoul, South Korea in 2006—creatively tells the shocking true story of a group of escapees from one of North Korea's most notorious concentration camps. | Read More
A small-time con man's search for the perfect scam is disrupted by unexpected family challenges. This heartwarming drama features memorable performances by Chazz Palminteri and Christine Lahti. | Read MoreDrama and Crime
Returning to the role that won him TFF's Best Actor award in Eytan Fox's Yossi & Jagger in 2003, Ohad Knoller is extraordinary as Yossi, a closeted gay man living a solitary existence in Tel Aviv. A chance encounter with a group of soldiers ignites Yossi's desire to live an open, fulfilling life. Directed with uncommon honesty and compassion by Fox, this is a deeply moving film about the power of second chances. | Read MoreDrama
In this smart, darkly funny drama by John Dahl (The Last Seduction) about addiction and recovery, Ben Kingsley delivers a bravura performance as Frank, an alcoholic contract killer forced to go through a twelve-step program and become a funeral home assistant. Also starring Tea Leoni and Luke Wilson. An IFC Films Release.
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Beginning in 1963, art educator Rodger Larson mentored an array of New York City teenagers, many of them from disadvantaged backgrounds, about 16mm filmmaking. Cameras in hand, they created films of astonishing originality comprising of documentaries, animation, and fiction films preserved by the Donnell Media Center at the New York Public Library. | Read More