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Georgia, Germany

(Manqana, romelic kvelafers gaaqrobs)
Nonfiction Features

During a series of open auditions, Tinatin Gurchiani turns her camera on young Georgians, discovering both aspiring stars and disenfranchised strugglers eager to share their stories. Self-deprecating humour and heartrending accounts of war and domestic strife conspire in highly cinematic vignettes. Winner, World Cinema Directing Award: Documentary, Sundance 2013.

Filmmaking, Women Directors
(Manqana, romelic kvelafers gaaqrobs)
Nonfiction Features

During a series of open auditions, Tinatin Gurchiani turns her camera on young Georgians, discovering both aspiring stars and disenfranchised strugglers eager to share their stories. Self-deprecating humour and heartrending accounts of war and domestic strife conspire in highly cinematic vignettes. Winner, World Cinema Directing Award: Documentary, Sundance 2013.

Filmmaking, Women Directors

France, Georgia, Germany

(Grzeli nateli dgeebi)
Cinema of Our Time

"Nana Ekvtimishvili [with Simon Gross] marks her filmmaking debut in an impressive coming-of-age feature about female friendship, fatal feuds and family friction in post-Soviet Georgia… With superb performances and high technical polish… In Bloom has the texture of authentic experience."—Hollywood Reporter

Drama, Women Directors
(Grzeli nateli dgeebi)
Cinema of Our Time

"Nana Ekvtimishvili [with Simon Gross] marks her filmmaking debut in an impressive coming-of-age feature about female friendship, fatal feuds and family friction in post-Soviet Georgia… With superb performances and high technical polish… In Bloom has the texture of authentic experience."—Hollywood Reporter

Drama, Women Directors

Bosnia, Sweden, Germany

Arts and Letters

On a barnstorming tour of the former Yugoslavia, graphic novelists Max Andersson (who directs, with Helena Ahonen) and Lars Sjunneson bring a macabre "mummy" of Marshal Tito along for the ride. Astonishing stop-motion animation sequences render their journey all the more surreal while a Balkan new wave soundtrack affirms this doc’s punk rock spirit.

Animation, Fine Arts & Theatre, War & Espionage

Italy, France, Germay, Germany, Portugal

Cinema of Our Time

In the first of these brilliant films from Portugal, Miguel Gomes’ (Tabu) found-footage collage examines human fallibility in its many forms. + The King’s Body (30 min.) Taking into account the first Portuguese king’s myth-like status, João Pedro Rodrigues’ ruminates on just what the body of Dom Afonso Henriques might have looked like…+ Mahjong (33 min.): João Rui Guerra da Mata and João Pedro Rodrigues enact a mysterious mahjong-like game between East and West, a man and a missing woman…

Experimental & Avant Garde, Biography, Economics & Globalization, History, Power Politics

France, Germany

(Vous n'avez encore rien vu)
Spotlight on France

The great Alain Resnais brings together a fantastic cast—Piccoli, Azéma, Arditi, Amalric and others—for a roundelay of theatre and passion in a country house. "Digital technology meets lyrical drama… in this puckishly daring, intricately original work."—New Yorker. Dedicated to the memory of film critic, professor and VIFF friend Mark Harris.

Fine Arts & Theatre, Filmmaking

Israel, Germany

Cinema of Our Time

“An amateur kidnapping plotted by two teenage brothers goes wrong in Tom Shoval’s quirky first feature… A fetching addition to the Israeli panorama, an offbeat but not completely downbeat dramedy and coming-of-age tale that incidentally portrays the suburban class struggle and decline of the country’s middle class.”—Hollywood Reporter

Crime, Drama, Family Relations, Jewish Interest

UK, France, Germany, Afghanistan

(Syngué sabour)
Cinema of Our Time

Holding vigil at her husband’s side, a devoted Muslim (famous Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani) discovers unexpected empowerment. As she expresses her frustrations and desires, new possibilities present themselves in her war-torn city. Atiq Rahimi’s adaptation of his novel proves a "poetic and politically charged allegory."—Screen. Winner, Best Actress, Abu Dhabi 2012.

Islamic World, Literary (inc. Adaptations), War & Espionage

UK, Germany

Arts and Letters

Artist and architect Susumu Shingu has had a lifelong “dialogue with the wind and with water.” Now he wants to create wind-powered communities. Thomas Riedelsheimer (Rivers and Tides) documents this combination of passionate environmental story and moving exploration of creativity with characteristic eloquence and lustrous imagery.

Fine Arts & Theatre, Environment, Science & Technology

Germany, Saudi Arabia

Cinema of Our Time

The first feature film made entirely within Saudi Arabia, female director Haifaa Al Mansour’s drama follows 10-year-old Wadjda as she asserts her independence and negotiates the realities of growing up a woman in that nation. "One of 2013’s best films so far… a massively endearing tale…"—Guardian. Winner, Best Film, Dubai 2012; Audience Award, Los Angeles 2013.

Audience Award Winners, Drama, Islamic World, Under 18 May Attend, Women Directors

Chile, Italy, Spain, Germany

(Il futuro)
Cinema of Our Time

Roberto Bolaño’s writing is finally adapted for the silver screen in the form of fellow Chilean Alicia Scherson’s surreal, moody, Rome-set drama. Following the death of their parents, two school-age siblings fend for themselves in the family home. A nuanced Rutger Hauer is superb as an ex-Mr. Universe who changes their lives.

Drama, Immigration, Literary (inc. Adaptations), Mystery, Women Directors

Mexico, Germany, Uruguay, Netherlands

(Tanta agua)
Cinema of Our Time

This quietly humorous coming-of-age story focuses on 14-year-old Lucía (Malú Chouza, perfect) as she suffers through a rain-drenched vacation in Uruguay’s northwest with her always-underfoot divorced dad (Néstor Guzzin, hilarious and touching) and her little brother. Winner, Best First Film, Guadalajara 2013.

Family Relations, Under 18 May Attend, Women Directors

France, Germany, Kazakhstan

(Uroki garmonii)
Cinema of Our Time

With its culture of intimidation, the playground has always resembled a prison yard. Lyrical and jarring, Emir Baigazin’s commanding debut centres on a teenager trapped in a cycle of mind games and bullying. "Poetic, formally disciplined and psychologically gripping…"—Hollywood Reporter. Winner, Best New Director, Seattle 2013; Outstanding Artistic Contribution, Berlin 2013.

Drama, Human Rights

France, Austria, Germany

(Paradies: Hoffnung)
Cinema of Our Time

As befits its title, the conclusion of Ulrich Seidl’s Paradise trilogy is far more upbeat than the others. His story of chubby 13-year-old Melanie (Melanie Lenz), sent to weight-loss camp, still makes acerbic fun of the bourgeois, but his treatment of Melanie and her campmates is positively tender and affectionate.

Comedy, Drama, Sex & Eroticism

Germany

(Das merkwürdige Kätzchen)
Cinema of Our Time

This droll, remarkably controlled comedy chronicling one day in the life of a multigenerational family prepping a celebratory dinner in their cramped Berlin apartment buzzes with life. A sunny delight, it has catapulted young director Ramon Zürcher to the forefront of German cinema. Winner, New Talent Grand Prize, Copenhagen 2013.

Experimental & Avant Garde, Comedy, Family Relations
(Die Vermessung der Welt)
Special Presentations

Daniel Kehlmann’s irreverent, globetrotting "fictitious double-biography" of early 19th-century mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss and his contemporary, explorer Alexander von Humboldt, is brought to the big screen in glorious 3D by Detlev Buck. Epic in scope and occasionally very funny, this is the Age of Discovery as you’ve never seen it before. Special 3D Presentation.

3D, Adventures Outdoors, History, Literary (inc. Adaptations), Science & Technology

France, Turkey, Germany

Cinema of Our Time

Araf means purgatory and that’s where the longings of the spirit and body will take young Zehra. With stunningly directed scenes using seductive music and striking winter vistas, Yeşim Ustaoğlu’s potently soulful drama "creates resonant images that blend countryside, village and landscape into rich visual emotions…"—Hollywood Reporter. Winner, Best Film, Abu Dhabi 2012.

Drama, Romance

Austria, Germany

(Max Beckmann)
Arts and Letters

"To create is to be saved," claimed German painter Max Beckmann, heralded alongside Picasso and Braque as a seminal modernist master. Michael Trabitzsch’s fascinating look at Beckmann’s persecuted and peripatetic existence uses examples of his work, interviews, re-enactments, photos and archival footage to illuminate a singular life.

Fine Arts & Theatre, Biography, History

Italy, Germany

Arts and Letters

As polyphonic as a great orchestra at its peak, Angelo Bozzolini’s behind-the-scenes chronicle of Rome’s famous Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia is a stirring, fascinating and insightful portrait. Enhanced by archival material of famous conductors and soloists who’ve played with the orchestra, it is a grand trip, indeed.

Biography, Music & Dance

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