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107 Mothers

Award-winning Slovak documaker Peter Kerekes (Cooking History) dips a toe in the fiction world with the rigorously researched 107 Mothers, set inside a women’s prison in Odessa, Ukraine. Made over five years and 86 shooting days, it reveals a cloistered world populated only by women: inmates, nurses and wardens, wives and widows, daughters, sisters, pregnant women and women with children.

Sun, May 8 2:15 PM
Mon, May 16 2:00 PM
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Anonymous Club

Shot on 16mm by friend and collaborator Danny Cohen, Anonymous Club is an innovative documentary/visual diary of Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett. Shot over three years, the film captures this iconic performer as she tours, records, and privately wonders whether or not to keep performing. 

Fri, May 6 9:35 PM
Thu, May 12 9:30 PM
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Apples

When a pandemic causes worldwide amnesia, Aris arrives at the “Disturbed Memory Department”. He is Number 14842, and is told to wait for his family. But if this virus has made him completely forget them, won’t they have completely forgotten him?

Fri, May 6 2:20 PM
Thu, May 12 9:15 PM
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As Far As I Can Walk

A re-imagining of a traditional medieval epic in which contemporary African migrants take the place of Serbian national heroes. Urgent and timeless at the same time, the adaptation raises questions about identity, tradition, race and love. Winner, Crystal Globe, Karlovy Vary, along with Best Actor, Europa Cinemas Label and Ecumenical Prize.

Fri, May 6 4:40 PM
Thu, May 12 1:50 PM
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Back Then

The “back then” of this delightfully performed, laugh-out- loud funny, family dramedy is the mid-1980s in the People’s Republic of Poland. Based on the writer- director’s own life and quirky family, this is a true audience pleaser.

Wed, May 11 2:00 PM
Tue, May 17 1:45 PM
Thu, May 19 9:00 PM
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Beautiful Minds

When a lonely funeral director, Louis, and an introverted grocery delivery man with cerebral palsy, Igor, find themselves in a hearse on a long-distance trip, both men discover the true meaning of friendship. Based on writer-director-star Alexandre Jollien’s own life experiences, Beautiful Minds will charm and move viewers. 

Fri, May 6 7:00 PM
Mon, May 16 7:20 PM
Wed, May 18 1:40 PM
Fri, May 20 4:30 PM
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Benediction

Legendary 20th Century English war poet Siegfried Sassoon’s life-long quest for personal salvation through his experiences with family, war, his writing, and destructive relationships goes unresolved, never realizing it can only come from within.

Tue, May 10 7:00 PM
Sun, May 15 5:00 PM
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Broken Keys

An endangered musician in a Syrian town controlled by ISIS must sell his beloved piano in order to escape the country. The 20-something pianist Karim shelters in a bombed-out building with his cousin and many neighbors, together they hide from the war outside while making covert plans for escape. 

Sat, May 7 11:30 AM
Tue, May 10 7:00 PM
Wed, May 18 4:20 PM
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Commitment Hasan

Making his living from gardening and farming the Anatolian land he inherited from his father, Hasan tries to deflect the power pole set to be installed in one of his fields. But his impending pilgrimage to Mecca sparks some soul searching into his past. Winner, Best Film, Critics’ Prize, São Paulo.

Mon, May 9 4:00 PM
Fri, May 13 1:40 PM
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Costa Brava, Lebanon

The Badri family lives a difficult but satisfying life in Lebanon’s lush hills, off the grid, raising food and a healthy family. Having abandoned Beirut and its toxic mix of pollution and politics, they seem now to have found a home. Until the building of a landfill exposes long-simmering tensions.

Sat, May 7 4:45 PM
Sat, May 14 7:10 PM
Thu, May 19 7:10 PM
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The Crossing

When a small village riven by hate is looted by night, a family flees. But the two older children become separated from their parents in this powerful animated work about the rewards of perseverance and unbreakable family bonds. Winner, Best Film, Audience Award, Bucheon, Montreal.

Sun, May 8 11:45 AM
Wed, May 11 4:15 PM
Mon, May 23 4:45 PM
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Drunken Birds

Willy works for a Mexican drug cartel and falls in love with Marlena, the boss’ wife. Big mistake. When Marlena flees to Montreal, Willy follows her to Canada in the hopes of reconnecting. He works as a migrant worker on a family farm whose secrets begin to entangle with his own. Ivan Grbovic’s stunning feature was Canada’s official entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards.

Sun, May 8 4:45 PM
Thu, May 12 7:20 PM
Tue, May 17 4:30 PM
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Elektra, My Love

At once a love letter to Beirut’s long-destroyed Piccadilly Theater–once the largest cinema screen in the country–and an experimental staging of Sophocles’ Elektra, Elektra, My Love is a largely unscripted and heartbreaking look at people struggling to endure chaos and trauma through art. 

Thu, May 12 7:15 PM
Fri, May 13 1:45 PM
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Everything Went Fine

François Ozon’s powerful drama was adapted from the autobiographical novel of the late Emmanuèle Bernheim, his longtime collaborator. It centers on Emmanuèle (perceptively played by Sophie Marceau) who races to her elderly father’s bedside after a debilitating stroke. Early in her father’s recovery, Emmanuèle is confronted with a shocking yet sober request: to help him end his life.

Sun, May 15 5:15 PM
Thu, May 19 7:15 PM
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Goodbye Happiness

When their beloved father dies, four estranged brothers return to the family’s summer home in the Magdalen Islands in Quebec to settle the estate and relive the glory days one last time. Revisiting memories and places of their youth, the brothers attempt to come to terms with each others’ vast differences.

Sat, May 7 4:40 PM
Wed, May 11 6:50 PM
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Greener Pastures

The latest humanist comedy from the producer of Maktub, Forgiveness and Douze Points follows a widower stuck in a nursing home who becomes a cannabis entrepreneur in an inspired attempt to buy back his family home.

Sun, May 8 4:35 PM
Tue, May 17 7:00 PM
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Happening

Winner of the Golden Lion at the 2021 Venice Film Festival, director Audrey Diwan’s powerful sophomore feature charts the harrowing journey of a gifted young literature student’s struggle to get an abortion in the 1960s, a time when the procedure was still illegal in France.

Sat, May 7 4:10 PM
Tue, May 10 4:40 PM
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Hard Shell, Soft Shell

“The oyster also has heartaches.” So opens this charming love story, where Az, a French oyster farmer, concocts an elaborate proposal for his girlfriend Jess that goes anything but right. Rejected, he begins to reconsider his and Jess’ ideas of love and happiness.  

Sat, May 7 7:00 PM
Mon, May 9 7:20 PM
Fri, May 13 7:20 PM
Mon, May 23 4:30 PM
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Hinterland

1920, Vienna. This boldly expressionist drama set in the aftermath of The Great War finds a former police inspector called upon to solve the sadistic murders of his fellow comrades-in-arms. From the director of Oscar-winner The Counterfeiters. Winner, Audience Award, Locarno.

Fri, May 6 9:45 PM
Fri, May 13 4:30 PM
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Hit the Road

Panah Panahi, son and collaborator of embattled Iranian master Jafar Panahi, makes a striking feature debut with this charming, sharp-witted, and deeply moving comic drama. Hit the Road takes the tradition of the Iranian road-trip movie and adds unexpected twists and turns. Winner, London Film Festival.

Thu, May 12 7:10 PM
Sun, May 15 7:00 PM
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The Judgement

A TV investigative journalist in the Netherlands challenges the judicial system, media and public opinion as he attempts to uncover the truth about a controversial high- profile murder case. Based on a true story. Best Director, Actor, Supporting Actor and Actress and Screenplay, Seattle Film Festival.

Thu, May 12 4:20 PM
Sat, May 14 1:30 PM
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Juniper

Sam, all of 17-years-old, has been kicked out of boarding school. A spiraling student, he’s suffering from a crushing depression brought on by the death of his mother. When his father brings him home, there’s a surprise – his long-absent, icy and reluctantly dependent grandmother Ruth (a spirited Charlotte Rampling) has moved in.

Sat, May 7 2:00 PM
Sat, May 14 3:00 PM
Wed, May 25 7:00 PM
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Klondike

A family from the village of Hrabove in the Donetsk Oblast of Ukraine finds itself near the center of the Malaysia Airways Flight 17 crash catastrophe. Klondike offers a meaningful, empathetic ode to resilience as it viscerally delineates the couple’s dawning uncertainty about life in a warzone.

Sat, May 7 2:30 PM
Sun, May 8 4:40 PM
Tue, May 10 4:45 PM
Wed, May 25 4:30 PM
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Leave No Traces

A story about a real-life national scandal triggered by a tyrannical system, versions of which still operate in so many places around the world. In May 1983, in Warsaw, Poland, militia brutality sparks a chain of systematic corruption that destroys numerous lives.

Mon, May 16 4:00 PM
Wed, May 18 3:45 PM
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Let It Be Morning

Selected for the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, this wry satire offers a microcosm through which to examine the social and political status of Palestinian citizens of Israel and the surrounding Arab community. From Eran Kolirin, the director of The Band’s Visit.

Sun, May 8 7:15 PM
Mon, May 16 7:10 PM
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Lost Illusions

Lucien is a poet, hoping to achieve fame and fortune in 19th century France. Easier said than done. When he meets the rake Lousteau, a reporter, and joins a newspaper, he finds himself mired in corruption and power. Winner of 7 César Awards–the French version of the Oscars–including Best Film, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Set Design, and Best Costume Design.

Sat, May 14 6:50 PM
Wed, May 18 6:45 PM
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Magnetic Beats

1981 and electronic music is all the rage. Jeróme is a DJ and Philippe, his shy brother, engineers their radio show. When the latter gets called up to military service in West Berlin, he worries that he’s missing out on big opportunities in Vincent Maël Cardona’s brilliant period music film.

Tue, May 10 2:10 PM
Sat, May 14 9:50 PM
Mon, May 16 7:00 PM
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Maria Chapdelaine

Maria is the daughter of Samuel and Laura Chapdelaines, rural homesteaders in 1900s northern Quebec. When three suitors come forward to win her hand, Maria’s decision on whom to marry will have profound consequences for her hardscrabble family. Director Sébastien Pilote’s adaptation of Louis Hémon’s beloved Canadian novel finds new life in this stunning film.

Fri, May 13 1:30 PM
Tue, May 17 1:30 PM
Thu, May 19 4:00 PM
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Millie Lies Low

Millie misses her flight to New York when a moment of panic hits. Broke and ashamed, she opts to lie low in her Wellington hometown, using her wits and Instagram to convince her frenemies that she is living the dream in the Big Apple.

Fri, May 6 7:20 PM
Thu, May 12 9:40 PM
Sat, May 14 9:40 PM
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Murina

Tensions rise between restless teenager Julija and her father Ante when an old family friend arrives at their Croatian island home. Their tranquil yet isolated existence leaves Julija wanting more from this influential visitor, who provides a taste of liberation. Winner of the prestigious Golden Camera at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival for best first feature.

Sat, May 14 11:20 AM
Tue, May 17 4:45 PM
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My Old School

This wild ride of a documentary features 16-year-old Brandon Lee, who enrolled at Bearsden Academy, outside of Glasgow. He’s the son of an opera singer who died young, a brilliant pre-med student, star of the high school musical, defender of bullies. So what if it might be all made up? “[A] romp of a period piece.” –Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

Fri, May 6 4:50 PM
Thu, May 12 4:30 PM
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Neighbours

In a Syrian border village in the early 1980s, Sero, a six-year-old Kurdish boy, finds his world turned upside down when a cruel new school teacher arrives. Confronted with the dark realities of nationalism and antisemitism, Sero is forced to grow up quickly.

Mon, May 9 7:00 PM
Thu, May 12 1:40 PM
Sun, May 15 11:15 AM
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Persian Lessons

An original and captivating story of a survivor. Gilles is arrested by SS soldiers alongside other Jews and sent to a camp in Germany. He narrowly avoids sudden execution by swearing to the guards that he is not Jewish, but Persian. This lie temporarily saves him when he is assigned to teach Farsi to the head of the camp. –Alissa Simon

Sun, May 8 11:30 AM
Mon, May 16 4:15 PM
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Sirens

Based in Beirut, Slave to Sirens is the Middle East’s first all-female thrash metal band. Co-founded by guitarists Lilas and Sherry, their creative partnership forms the group’s heart-and-soul — but now threatens to tear it apart. Set against the backdrop of political unrest, Sirens riffs eloquently on universal themes of love, friendship and following your true passion.

Fri, May 13 9:45 PM
Wed, May 18 7:00 PM
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Small Body

In 1900 Italy, young Agata has a stillborn child who, according to her religion, cannot be baptized having not taken its first breath. Horrified at the thought of her infant being interred unbaptized and without a name, and thus condemned to limbo, she embarks on a journey to save its soul.

Sat, May 14 7:00 PM
Tue, May 17 4:30 PM
Tue, May 24 7:30 PM
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The Story Of Film: A New Generation

Ten years after making his legendary cinematic essay on the history of motion pictures, The Story of Film: An Odyssey, director Mark Cousins turns his camera and characteristic poeticism on the last decade of filmmaking, arguably the most turbulent since the dawn of the medium. 

Mon, May 16 7:00 PM
Thu, May 19 12:45 PM
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Sweet Disaster

Frida is a 40-year-old painting therapist who finds herself pregnant. When Felix, her boyfriend, (who hasn’t been her partner for very long), hears this, he’s gone and back with his ex. What is Frida to do but launch a full-scale, sometimes outlandish plan to keep him in her life?

Sun, May 8 7:00 PM
Tue, May 10 4:30 PM
Thu, May 12 1:45 PM
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The Tale of King Crab

In 19th Century Italy, Luciano is an outcast. His opposition to the prince, a forbidden love, and too much liquor have exiled him from his homeland. When an opportunity arrives to find a mythical treasure which could make him rich, Luciano can only wonder if this will be his salvation… or his ruin.

Fri, May 6 4:30 PM
Fri, May 13 4:45 PM
Sun, May 15 7:50 PM
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Tantura

What Israelis call the 1948 War of Independence, Palestinians refer to as the Nakba, or the Catastrophe. In Alon Schwarz’s explosive documentary, we follow Teddy Katz, who wrote an acclaimed graduate thesis about a possible massacre by Israeli Defense Forces in Tantura only to see his research thwarted. Did a massacre take place? Was there a government cover-up?

Wed, May 11 4:40 PM
Mon, May 16 4:40 PM
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Three Minutes - A Lengthening

Rare home movie footage shot in Poland in 1938 becomes a priceless historical artifact, documenting people and places obliterated by the Holocaust in this haunting and provocative documentary essay. –Alissa Simon

Tue, May 17 7:20 PM
Thu, May 19 1:45 PM
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Trenches

Before Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, there was the war in Donbas. French journalist Loup Bureau captures life on the front lines of the armed conflict in Donbas, Ukraine, which started in 2014… and still rages on. Bureau spent months with Ukrainian soldiers in the muddy trenches as they fought both Russian soldiers and the tedium of war.

Thu, May 12 2:00 PM
Wed, May 18 9:15 PM
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Wildhood

Link is a Two Spirit teenager raised by an abusive father. When he discovers that his mother, whom he’s been told is dead, may be alive, he runs away with his half brother in search of her and his Mi’kmaw heritage. As the pair hit the road, they meet Pasmay, another Two Spirit, who offers his help and acceptance.

Wed, May 11 1:50 PM
Thu, May 12 7:05 PM
Fri, May 20 2:00 PM
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Zátopek

The perils and perks of being an elite athlete in “socialist” Czechoslovakia provide the backdrop to this engaging biopic of Emil Zátopek (1922 – 2000), perhaps his country’s greatest Olympian. It also traces one of the greatest love stories in sports.

Sat, May 14 1:45 PM
Wed, May 18 1:15 PM
Sat, May 21 4:15 PM
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