Germany

1917: The Real October

Thursday, November 9 at 6:45pm

In 1917 St. Petersburg, the frontline of the global war moves closer every day, and the Russian people are hungry, worried, and angry. When the tsar is overthrown in February, the revolutionary poets, thinkers, and avant-gardists are euphoric — freedom at last! —... Read more

8 Borders, 8 Days

Saturday, November 11 at 2:15pm

“8 Borders, 8 Days” chronicles one woman’s personal revolution in the context of one of the greatest human-rights crises of our time. Sham, a Syrian single mother, serves as moving proof of the consequences of closing America’s doors to families fleeing war. With... Read more

Axolotl Overkill

Friday, November 3 at 4:30pm
Thursday, November 9 at 12:00pm

The directorial debut of Helene Hegemann, who adapts her 2010 bestselling novel, “Axolotl Roadkill” tells the story of Mifti, a 16-year-old who has just lost her mother, and the people who share the shocking and rebellious world she inhabits. As Mifti searches for... Read more

Bye Bye Germany

Wednesday, November 8 at 9:15pm
Friday, November 10 at 5:40pm

In 1946 Frankfurt, David Bermann (Moritz Bleibtreu of “Run Lola Run” and “Munich”) and his Jewish friends have escaped the Nazi regime and are now dreaming of leaving for America. But how will they get the money in these tough postwar times? The smooth-talking... Read more

Free Speech Fear Free

Sunday, November 5 at 6:00pm

Begun when precocious filmmaker Ramsay Tarquin was 15 — he’s still only 20 — “Fear Speech Fear Free” includes some footage of his youthful attempts to explore the topic of free speech and its essential importance in democracy. But those early, haphazard man-on-the... Read more

Narrative Shorts: Animation 2

Saturday, November 11 at 9:30pm
Animated explorations of war, mental trauma, and feuding bears.

Narrative Shorts: Experimental

Monday, November 6 at 7:30pm
The perfect compilation to delight the eye and dazzle the brain.

Narrative Shorts: I Do

Sunday, November 12 at 4:00pm
This program has marriage as a key feature — or a major stumbling block.

The Nile Hilton Incident

Friday, November 10 at 3:10pm
Saturday, November 11 at 9:00pm

A political thriller based on a true story, “The Nile Hilton Incident” follows Noredin (Fares Fares), a police officer in Cairo’s corrupt criminal-justice system, as he probes the murder of a famous club singer at the Nile Hilton Hotel just weeks before the 2011... Read more

Slack Bay

Saturday, November 11 at 2:45pm
Sunday, November 12 at 5:15pm

The bourgeois and extremely eccentric Van Peteghem family — played by such actors as Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini, and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi — have settled in for another summer at their cliff-top villa overlooking the picturesque Slack Bay. Their leisurely... Read more

SLIFF/Kids Family Shorts 1

Saturday, November 4 at 12:00pm
A family-friendly program for kids ages 4-8.

The Wound

Friday, November 3 at 2:30pm
Sunday, November 5 at 9:15pm

Brimming with sex and violence, “The Wound” is an exploration of tradition and sexuality set amid South Africa’s Xhosa culture. Every year, the tribe’s young men are brought to the mountains of the Eastern Cape to participate in an ancient coming-of-age ritual.... Read more