International Spotlight

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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

1945

Sunday, November 5 at 5:00pm
Tuesday, November 7 at 4:30pm

In this haunting film — based on the acclaimed short story "Homecoming" by Gábor T. Szántó — deep undercurrents run beneath the placid surface in a quaint village that's ultimately forced to face up to its ill-gotten gains from World War II. On a sweltering August... 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

Absurd Accident

Saturday, November 4 at 7:15pm
Monday, November 6 at 4:40pm

Bouncing with nail-biting suspense and ingenious humor, “Absurd Accident” — young Chinese filmmaker Li Yuhe's feature debut — portrays a puzzling crime in a rural town, where greed, lust, and wit battle it out over one long and eventful night. When a sexually... Read more

AlphaGo

Saturday, November 4 at 6:00pm

With more board configurations than there are atoms in the universe, the ancient Chinese game of Go has long been considered a grand challenge for artificial intelligence. On March 9, 2016, the worlds of Go and AI collided in South Korea for an extraordinary best-... Read more

Apricot Groves

Monday, November 6 at 9:45pm
Tuesday, November 7 at 7:15pm

Aram, an Iranian-Armenian trans youth who’s lived in the U.S. since childhood, returns to Armenia for the first time to propose to an Armenian girlfriend he met in America. On the whirlwind one-day trip, Aram encounters an array of cultural, religious, and... Read more

Art of the Game: Ukiyo-E Heroes

Thursday, November 9 at 7:30pm

“Art of the Game” takes a highly enjoyable, fascinating look at an unlikely melding of two seemingly incompatible forms: the ancient Japanese woodcut art called ukiyo-e and illustrations inspired by modern video games. Jed Henry, a skilled American illustrator,... Read more

Ask the Sexpert

Saturday, November 11 at 5:30pm

“Ask the Sexpert” tells the story of Dr. Mahinder Watsa, a highly popular 93-year-old sex-advice columnist for a daily newspaper in India. Despite sex being a taboo topic in the country, Watsa’s brand of non-moralistic advice and humor emboldens many to write in... 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

Back to Burgundy

Saturday, November 4 at 2:00pm
Monday, November 6 at 12:00pm

Jean (Pio Marmaï) left his family and his native Burgundy 10 years ago to tour the world, but when he learns of his father’s imminent death, the wanderer returns to his childhood home. With his siblings Juliette (Ana Girardot) and Jérémie (François Civil), Jean... Read more

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children

Tuesday, November 7 at 7:05pm

A gripping animated feature for teen and adult viewers, “Birdboy: The Forgotten Children” explores a landscape of ecological disaster. But even in this darkest of places, light and beauty continue to exist. Stranded on an island in a post-apocalyptic world,... Read more

Breadcrumbs

Thursday, November 9 at 4:15pm
Saturday, November 11 at 4:00pm

When photographer Liliana (frequent Almodovar star Cecilia Roth) returns to Uruguay — the stage for her tragic past — her conscience is painfully torn between the political and the personal. Will she move past her haunted history and live peacefully as a mother... Read more

Brimstone & Glory

Saturday, November 11 at 12:00pm

The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico, is a site of festivity unlike any other in the world. In celebration of San Juan de Dios, patron saint of firework-makers, conflagrant revelry engulfs the town for 10 days. Artisans show off their technical... 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

Call Me by Your Name

Friday, November 10 at 8:00pm

It’s the summer of 1983 in the north of Italy, and Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a precocious 17-year-old American-Italian boy, spends his days in his family’s 17th-century villa transcribing and playing classical music, reading, and flirting with his friend... Read more

Cargo

Friday, November 3 at 12:00pm
Saturday, November 4 at 9:15pm

Exiled American Kevin (Warren Brown), a boat owner in Nassau, is desperate to pay his gambling debts and support his family. Wife Berneice (Persia White) has essentially given up on him: She’s tired of his promises and excuses. Pressure is mounting: Kevin has... Read more

The Cinema Travellers

Friday, November 3 at 7:30pm

This Cannes prize-winner takes viewers on a journey with the traveling cinemas of India, which bring the wonder of the movies to faraway villages annually. Seven decades on, as their lorries and cinema projectors crumble and film reels become scarce, these mobile... Read more

Clash

Monday, November 6 at 2:25pm
Wednesday, November 8 at 9:00pm

Set entirely within the confines of a police van, “Clash” — which premiered at Cannes as part of the Un Certain Regard section — dramatizes the ongoing political unrest in Egypt two years after the Arab Spring. It’s 2013 and mass protests have led to the ouster of... Read more

Cries from Syria

Saturday, November 11 at 7:30pm

“Cries from Syria” is a cinematic monument and tribute to the Syrian people, whose bravery is an inspiration for all humanity. Five years ago, the Syrian people — inspired by events in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt — rose up against the dictatorial rule of President... Read more

Dabka

Monday, November 6 at 8:15pm

In 2008, when rookie journalist Jay Bahadur (former St. Louisan Evan Peters of the “X-Men” franchise and “American Horror Story”) has an inspiring chance encounter with his reporting idol (Al Pacino), he uproots his life and moves to Somalia to look for the story... Read more

Dalida

Saturday, November 4 at 9:30pm
Sunday, November 5 at 2:30pm

This powerful biopic is based on the true and fascinating story of acclaimed music icon Dalida (Sveva Alviti). Following the singer from her birth in Cairo through her traumatic childhood to her worldwide success with 170 million albums sold, “Dalida” provides an... Read more

Darkest Hour

Sunday, November 12 at 6:00pm

During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of... Read more

Dim the Fluorescents

Tuesday, November 7 at 9:30pm
Sunday, November 12 at 8:00pm

Struggling actor Audrey (Claire Armstrong) and aspiring playwright Lillian (Naomi Skwarna) pour all of their creative energy into the only paying work they can find: corporate role-playing demonstrations. When they book the biggest gig of their careers at a hotel... Read more

The Divine Order

Friday, November 3 at 8:00pm
Saturday, November 4 at 2:30pm

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Film at the Tribeca Film Festival, “The Divine Order” is set in 1971 Switzerland, where women are still denied the right to vote, despite the worldwide social upheavals of the previous decade. When unassuming and... Read more

Django

Saturday, November 11 at 8:30pm

In this fictionalized biopic, Django Reinhardt (Reda Ketab), the acclaimed jazz guitarist and composer, flees from German-occupied Paris in 1943, but before leaving, he flirts with collaboration. Although a Roma — who were being rounded up with the Jews,... Read more

Doc Shorts: China Today

Monday, November 6 at 5:00pm
A look at education and social issues in modern China.

Doc Shorts: Facing Adversity

Thursday, November 9 at 5:00pm
Examinations of how subjects navigate difficult issues.

Doc Shorts: Family Drama

Friday, November 3 at 5:00pm
All families have issues, but some have more than others.

Doc Shorts: Kept Out

Wednesday, November 8 at 5:00pm
A look at immigration from the perspective of those who cannot enter the U.S.

Doc Shorts: Music & Art

Tuesday, November 7 at 5:00pm
Profiles of artists, musicians, and the communities they serve.

Doc Shorts: The Unexpected

Friday, November 10 at 5:00pm
Unusual dispatches from around the globe.

Faces Places

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

Eighty-nine-year old Agnès Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed 33-year-old French photographer and muralist JR teamed up to co-direct this enchanting documentary/road movie. Kindred spirits, Varda and JR share a lifelong passion... Read more

Fanny's Journey

Wednesday, November 8 at 4:15pm
Sunday, November 12 at 12:30pm

Based on the memoirs of Fanny Ben-Ami, “Fanny’s Journey” is an incredible tale of bravery, strength, and survival — the story of a daring young girl who will stop at nothing and fear no one. In 1943, 13-year-old Fanny (Léonie Souchaud) and her younger sisters were... Read more

The Field

Sunday, November 12 at 4:00pm

Near the West Bank’s Gush Etzion Junction — between Jerusalem and Hevron — Ali Abu Awwad dedicates his family’s field as a Palestinian Center for Non-Violence. Despite a life filled with pain and conflict — his four years in an Israeli prison, his drive-by... Read more

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

Sunday, November 5 at 5:15pm

Based on Peter Turner’s memoir, Paul McGuigan’s “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” follows the playful but passionate relationship between Turner (Jamie Bell) and the eccentric Academy Award®-winning actress Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening) in 1978 Liverpool. When... 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

Have a Nice Day

Monday, November 6 at 9:10pm
Saturday, November 11 at 2:00pm

A hard rain is about to fall on a small town in Southern China. In a desperate attempt to find money to save his fiancée’s failed plastic surgery, Xiao Zhang, a mere driver, steals a bag containing a million yuan from his gangster boss. News of the robbery spreads... Read more

Heal the Living

Thursday, November 9 at 6:40pm
Friday, November 10 at 9:30pm

Based on Maylis de Kerangal’s 2014 international bestselling novel “Réparer les vivants,” “Heal the Living” examines the philosophical and emotional questions that are raised when approaching the realities of organ donation. The film follows three seemingly... Read more

The Hippopotamus

Sunday, November 5 at 1:00pm
Sunday, November 12 at 9:15pm

In “The Hippopotamus” — based on a comic novel by actor/writer/comedian Stephen Fry — disgraced poet Ted Wallace (Roger Allam) is summoned to the country manor of his friends Lord and Lady Logan (Matthew Modine and Fiona Shaw) to investigate a series of... Read more

Hotel Salvation

Wednesday, November 8 at 4:30pm
Friday, November 10 at 12:00pm

An ominous dream convinces 77-year-old Dayanand Kumar that his end could be near. Informing son Rajiv of the news, Daya makes it clear that he wants to breathe his last in the holy city of Varanasi, ending the cycle of rebirth by attaining salvation. Being the... Read more

In Between

Monday, November 6 at 7:05pm
Wednesday, November 8 at 2:05pm

Lalia (Mouna Hawa), Salma (Sana Jammelieh), and Nur (Shaden Kanboura) share an apartment in the vibrant heart of Tel Aviv. Lalia, a criminal lawyer with a wicked wit, loves to burn off her workday stress in the underground club scene. Salma, slightly more subdued... Read more

Intent to Destroy

Sunday, November 12 at 7:00pm

Pulling back the curtain on mass-murder censorship in Hollywood due to U.S. government pressure to appease a strategic ally, “Intent to Destroy” embeds with a feature-film production as a springboard to explore the violent history of the Armenian genocide and the... Read more

The Islands and the Whales

Tuesday, November 7 at 6:00pm

In their remote home in the North Atlantic, the Faroe Islanders have always eaten what nature could provide, proud to put local food on the table. The land yields little, so they have always relied on harvesting their seas. Hunting whales and seabirds kept them... Read more

Jasper Jones

Tuesday, November 7 at 8:15pm

Based on the best-selling novel and featuring a stellar cast that includes Toni Collette and Hugo Weaving, “Jasper Jones” is the story of Charlie Bucktin, a bookish boy of 14 living in a small town in Western Australia. In the dead of night during the scorching... Read more

Krotoa

Tuesday, November 7 at 4:25pm
Thursday, November 9 at 12:05pm

Krotoa, a feisty and bright 11-year-old girl, is removed from her close-knit Khoi tribe to serve Jan van Riebeeck, her uncle's trading partner. Brought into the first fort established by the Dutch East India Company in 1652, she grows into a visionary young woman... Read more

Let Yourself Go

Saturday, November 11 at 6:30pm
Sunday, November 12 at 5:20pm

In this Italian variant on the screwball comedy, an uptight psychologist gets more than just a physical workout when he signs up for personal-training sessions with an attractive young instructor. Toni Sevillo (“The Great Beauty”) is outstanding as Elia, a... Read more

Lost in Paris

Wednesday, November 8 at 7:00pm
Thursday, November 9 at 2:30pm

Filmed in Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon's signature whimsical style — last seen at SLIFF in “The Fairy” — “Lost in Paris” stars the filmmakers as a small-town Canadian librarian and a strangely seductive, oddly egotistical vagabond. When her orderly life is... Read more

Mawlana (The Preacher)

Friday, November 3 at 5:15pm
Sunday, November 12 at 12:15pm

A charismatic young sheikh moves from leading prayers in a governmental mosque to becoming a TV celebrity. Deviating from the usual religious rhetoric in a society heavily influenced by fundamentalism, Sheikh Hatem (Amr Saad) issues fatwas that are accepted by... Read more

Miss Kiet's Children

Friday, November 10 at 7:30pm

Both touching and hilarious, “Miss Kiet's Children” chronicles small changes of immense consequence. Using observation alone, without interviews or voice-over, the film assumes the perspective of four refugee children of different nationalities and closely follows... Read more

Mune: Guardian of the Moon

Saturday, November 11 at 11:00am

As legend has it, the first Guardian of the Sun threw a harpoon into the cosmos and roped the sun to bring light and warmth to all of humanity. Then the Guardian of the Moon lured the moon to the Land of Darkness to provide a balance to the sun and supply the... Read more

Narrative Shorts: Animation 1

Friday, November 3 at 9:30pm
An animated program that encompasses space, cats, and divorce.

Narrative Shorts: Animation 2

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

Narrative Shorts: Comedy

Saturday, November 4 at 9:30pm
A program with a touch of love, a spot of the macabre, and a bit of criminality.

Narrative Shorts: Experimental

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

Narrative Shorts: Feminist Agenda

Sunday, November 5 at 9:30pm
These women prove that strength is displayed in a variety of ways.

Narrative Shorts: Girl's Life

Wednesday, November 8 at 7:30pm
They may be young, but they are worldly.

Narrative Shorts: Horror & Sci-Fi

Friday, November 10 at 10:00pm
A mash-up of genre films that explore the future or provoke scares.

Narrative Shorts: I Do

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

Narrative Shorts: Mixed Emotions

Tuesday, November 7 at 7:30pm
Dramatic shorts that take you around the world and through the wringer.

Narrative Shorts: Music

Saturday, November 4 at 3:45pm
Music is an essential component of these shorts.

Narrative Shorts: Stars in Shorts

Saturday, November 11 at 2:00pm
Little films with big stars, including Ann Dowd, Glenn Howerton, Melissa Leo, and Emily Mortimer.

Never Again: Forging a Convention for Crimes Against Humanity

Saturday, November 11 at 12:30pm

Following World War II, at the Nuremberg trials, members of the Nazi regime were convicted of crimes against humanity as a response to the widespread and systematic atrocities they committed against civilian populations during the war, especially the attempted... Read more

The New Fire

Monday, November 6 at 6:00pm

As the effects of climate change become more and more apparent, a new generation of nuclear engineers is on the rise, hoping to help solve the greatest environmental challenge humanity has ever faced. Despite the huge growth in renewable energy and energy... Read more

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

Pop Aye

Thursday, November 9 at 9:00pm
Friday, November 10 at 7:05pm

In “Pop Aye,” a successful Bangkok architect in the midst of a midlife crisis is reunited with an elephant he knew growing up. The two embark on a road trip to the man's childhood home in the idyllic Thai countryside. Along the way, they meet a colorful cast of... 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 Smuggler and Her Charges

Sunday, November 5 at 12:05pm

In 1942, the life of a Jewish orphan — the father of director Michaël Prazan — was saved by a smuggler. More than 70 years later, his son embarks on an investigation to shed light on the gray areas of the past and to explore more fully his family’s tragic destiny... Read more

SoulMate

Tuesday, November 7 at 9:00pm
Sunday, November 12 at 8:00pm

Adapted by acclaimed Hong Kong filmmaker Peter Chan (“Comrades: Almost a Love Story,” “Dragon”) from an online series written by famed Chinese novelist Anni Baobei, “SoulMate” tells the decades-spanning story of two high-school best friends. Thirty-year-old... Read more

Sour Apples

Thursday, November 9 at 9:15pm
Friday, November 10 at 12:30pm

In “Sour Apples,” Mayor Aziz Özay (director Yilmaz Erdogan) and wife Ayda (Devrim Yakut) have a trio of beautiful daughters: Muazzez (Farah Zeynep Abdullah), Türkan (Songül Öden), and Safiye (Sükran Oval). In a 1990s-set framing sequence in the town of Antalya, 40... Read more

Summer 1993

Monday, November 6 at 12:05pm
Friday, November 10 at 2:25pm

Carla Simón’s autobiographical jewel — named Best First Feature at the 2017 Berlinale — is an evocative and affecting depiction of childhood that marks the arrival of a major new voice in world cinema. In the summer of 1993, following the death of her parents, 6-... Read more

Tanna

Saturday, November 4 at 12:05pm
Friday, November 10 at 4:40pm

The extraordinary “Tanna” — a nominee for last year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® — is a Romeo-and-Juliet tale set in one of the world's last tribal societies. Based on a true story, the film follows the star-crossed romance of Wawa and Dain. When an... Read more

The Teacher

Friday, November 3 at 12:10pm
Tuesday, November 7 at 2:05pm

In a middle-school classroom in Bratislava in 1983, new teacher Maria Drazdechova (Zuzana Maurery) asks her students to stand up, introduce themselves, and tell her what their parents do for a living. It slowly becomes clear that the grades the pupils earn will be... Read more

The Testament

Monday, November 6 at 7:00pm
Thursday, November 9 at 2:15pm

In this mystery about a man who is willing to risk everything to discover the truth, Holocaust researcher Yoel is in the midst of a widely covered legal battle with powerful forces in Austria over a brutal massacre of Jews that took place toward the end of World... Read more

This Cold Life

Wednesday, November 8 at 6:00pm

“This Cold Life” takes an intimate look at the colorful characters who choose to live in the isolation of the world's northernmost town, Longyearbyen, which is situated high above Norway, 300 miles from the North Pole. Living with three months of total darkness... Read more

Under the Same Sun

Saturday, November 4 at 4:30pm
Sunday, November 5 at 12:00pm

“Under the Same Sun” — directed by Mitra Sen (“The Peace Tree”) — tells the story of a confused and injured young man, Karim Jamal (Aadar Malik), who accidentally stumbles into a village of Hindu and Muslim orphaned children while on a journey to reunite with his... Read more

Union Leader

Friday, November 3 at 2:35pm
Monday, November 6 at 9:30pm

Jay Gohil (Rahul Bhat) works for Apollo Chemicals, a plant that is causing cancer and creating other serious health issues for its workers. Jay turns a blind eye to these issues over fear of losing his job, but when his good friend and colleague Digant is found... Read more

Vazante

Tuesday, November 7 at 2:00pm
Saturday, November 11 at 12:15pm

In 1821, in the remote Diamantina Mountains of Brazil, slave trader Antonio (Adriano Carvalho) returns to the decaying but imposing farmhouse he inherited to discover his wife has died in childbirth. Confined to this desolate property in the company of his... Read more

Voices Beyond the Wall: Twelve Love Poems from the Murder Capital of the World

Sunday, November 12 at 1:00pm

Rescued from the streets of San Pedro Sula, Honduras — murder capital of the world — orphaned girls find their voices in poetry as they heal traumas of their past and prepare to transition into an uncertain future. Founded 25 years ago in San Pedro Sula, a Central... Read more

What If It Works?

Wednesday, November 8 at 7:15pm
Sunday, November 12 at 8:45pm

Adrian (Luke Ford), an irrepressibly chirpy tech nerd, suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. Grace (Anna Samson), a beautiful street artist, suffers from dissociative identity disorder (aka multiple personalities). As new neighbors in an edgy, graffitied... Read more

When I Was 6, I Killed a Dragon

Sunday, November 5 at 8:30pm

One April morning in 2012, the director Bruno Romy ("The Fairy") and the artist Annabelle Cocollos are told that Mika, their 6-year-old daughter, has leukemia. Eight months later, when Mika is finally able to return to school, the family decides to make a... Read more

The Woman Who Left

Thursday, November 9 at 7:30pm

Winner of the Golden Lion at the 2016 Venice Film Festival, Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz’s epic story of revenge deferred functions as a tale of class warfare. After 30 years in prison, Horacia (Charo Santos-Concio) discovers that her friend and fellow inmate... Read more

A Woman's Life

Friday, November 3 at 9:00pm
Sunday, November 5 at 2:15pm

Adapted from the novel “Une vie” by Guy de Maupassant, “A Woman’s Life” is a tale of tormented love embedded in the restrictive social and moral codes of marriage and family in 19th-century Normandy. On finishing her schooling in a convent, young aristocrat Jeanne... Read more

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