War

An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy

Sunday, November 11 at 4:00pm

A first-rate film biography of 10-term congressman Norman Mineta, “An American Story” is also a well-wrought indictment of the woeful treatment of persons of Japanese ancestry by our country. In early 1942, along with tens of thousands of other Japanese Americans... Read more

The Captain

Thursday, November 8 at 8:00pm
Sunday, November 11 at 12:15pm

Based on the arresting true story of the “Executioner of Emsland,” “The Captain” follows a German army deserter, Willi Herold (Max Hubacher), after he finds an abandoned Nazi captain’s uniform in the final weeks of World War II. Emboldened by the authority the... Read more

Chasing Portraits

Friday, November 9 at 7:15pm

Moshe Rynecki’s body of work reached close to 800 paintings and sculptures before his life came to a tragic end in the Holocaust. In “Chasing Portraits,” great-granddaughter Elizabeth seeks to rediscover his legacy. The everyday lives of the Polish-Jewish... Read more

Cold War

Sunday, November 4 at 7:00pm
Sunday, November 11 at 1:05pm

“Cold War” — from the director of “Ida,” winner of the Oscar® for Best Foreign-Language Film — is a passionate love story between jazz pianist Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) and singer-dancer Zula (Joanna Kulig), two people of different backgrounds and temperaments who are... Read more

Dede

Friday, November 2 at 2:15pm
Monday, November 5 at 2:05pm

Based on true events that took place at the outset of Georgia’s civil war, “Dede” takes place in the high-mountain community of Svaneti, where the people live far removed from the modern world. A purely patriarchal society that revolves around forced marriages,... Read more

Doc Shorts: International Sampler

Tuesday, November 6 at 5:00pm
A look at lives and events far from home.

Eternal Winter

Wednesday, November 7 at 9:00pm
Friday, November 9 at 9:15pm

Based on a true story, “Eternal Winter” chronicles what occurs during Christmas 1944, when Soviet soldiers invade Hungary and drag every young woman with German origins away from a small village. Transported to a Soviet labor camp, they are forced to work in the... Read more

The Hello Girls: The Story of America's First Female Soldiers

Sunday, November 11 at 1:00pm

In 1918, the U.S. Army Signal Corps sent 223 women to France as telephone operators to help win the Great War. Like Joan of Arc before them, they wanted to save France. By World War I's end, these women, known affectionately as the Hello Girls, had connected more... Read more

Jupiter's Moon

Friday, November 2 at 9:45pm
Monday, November 5 at 9:00pm

In this riveting Palme d’Or-nominated supernatural thriller, the director of the critically acclaimed “White God” employs spectacle that rivals any Hollywood production — heart-pounding car chases, sensational gunfights, beautifully fluid and kinetic camerawork —... Read more

The Last Fiction

Friday, November 2 at 7:00pm

Based on classic Persian literature — “The Shahnameh,” or “The Book of Kings,” by the poet Ferdowsi — the animated “The Last Fiction” follows the twin stories of upstart ruler Zahak, who makes a treacherous rise to the throne in Jamkard (ancient Persia), and of... Read more

Memoir of War

Friday, November 2 at 12:00pm
Sunday, November 4 at 12:00pm

In Emmanuel Finkiel’s haunting adaptation of Marguerite Duras’ semi-autobiographical novel “The War: A Memoir,” the famed author of “The Lover,” “India Song,” and “Hiroshima Mon Amour” recounts an emotionally complex story of love, loss, and perseverance against a... Read more

On Her Shoulders

Saturday, November 10 at 1:00pm

At only 23 years old, Nadia Murad’s life is a dizzying array of important undertakings — from giving testimony before the U.N. Security Council to visiting refugee camps to soul-bearing media interviews, emotionally draining speeches, and an endless succession of... Read more

Point Man

Friday, November 9 at 9:30pm

Set in Vietnam in April 1968 — three months after the tide-turning Tet Offensive and one month after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. — “Point Man” is the story of a U.S. Army fire team fractured by racial tensions, moral crises, and the crushing... Read more

Promise at Dawn

Wednesday, November 7 at 5:00pm
Sunday, November 11 at 2:30pm

“Promise at Dawn” tells the wildly romantic story of Romain Gary, one of France’s most famous novelists and the sole writer to have won the Goncourt Prize for French literature two times (for “The Roots of Heaven” in 1956 and, under the pseudonym Émile Ajar, “The... Read more

The Sower

Friday, November 2 at 4:30pm
Tuesday, November 6 at 4:30pm

Based on Violette Ailhaud’s autobiographical “The Seed Man” — celebrating its centennial in 2019 — “The Sower” centers on Violette (Pauline Burlet), who’s just old enough to get married when her village in the Lower Alps is cruelly deprived of all its men by the... Read more

The Swedish Silence

Sunday, November 4 at 2:45pm

In 1943, a chance meeting on a train leads to a young SS officer, Kurt Gerstein, revealing details of the Nazi extermination campaign to Swedish diplomat Göran von Otter. “The Swedish Silence” explores the manifold questions that resulted from that exchange: Why... Read more

Transit

Thursday, November 8 at 2:15pm
Sunday, November 11 at 3:00pm

In Christian Petzold’s (“Barbara,” “Phoenix”) brilliant and haunting modern-day adaptation of the 1942 novel “Transit Visa,” German refugee Georg (Franz Rogowski, “Happy End”) flees to Marseille, assuming the identity of a recently deceased writer whose papers he... Read more

Yamasong: March of the Hollows

Sunday, November 11 at 1:00pm

An all-puppet fantasy feature, “Yamasong: March of the Hollows” — whose original short version screened at SLIFF in 2010 — is executive-produced by Heather Henson and Toby Froud, the children of Muppets creator Jim Henson and fantasy illustrator Brian Froud, whose... Read more

Zama

Tuesday, November 6 at 9:00pm
Friday, November 9 at 9:30pm

“Zama” — the latest from acclaimed director Lucretia Martel (“The Headless Woman,” “The Holy Girl”) — is based on a novel by Antonio Di Benedetto. Don Diego de Zama, a 17th-century Spanish officer born in South America, eagerly waits for a letter from the king... Read more

Zoo

Saturday, November 10 at 3:30pm

In 1941, marksmen from the Royal Ulster Constabulary, following a directive from the Ministry of Public Security, shot dead 23 animals at Belfast Zoo. During these turbulent times, a woman secretly walked a young elephant from the zoo each evening to the backyard... Read more