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Benny Jaberg

International Shorts
Director: Benny Jaberg

This cinematic anti-postcard takes us on a journey into the depths of intoxication: vodka as transcendence… Bitten by the green snake, people enter a twilight zone. In the frozen Russian winter, life becomes indistinguishable from a devastating void, where inspiration and destruction manifest equally.

Experimental & Avant Garde, Health (Mental & Physical)

Adam Jacobs

International Shorts
Director: Adam Jacobs

We all know Barbie… or do we?

Luc Jacquet

(Il était une forêt)
Nonfiction Features
Director: Luc Jacquet

Luc Jacquet (March of the Penguins) and pioneering botanist and ecologist Francis Hallé fly us to the very top of the Amazon rainforest canopy and chronicle seven centuries in the life of this "green lung" of the world. A glorious celebration of trees and a call to arms for the protection of this wondrous tropical ecosystem.

Animation, Environment, Food, Farm & Garden, Under 18 May Attend, Science & Technology

Jason James

Canadian Images
Director: Jason James

A real estate developer in Vancouver, Adam (Paulo Costanzo) seemingly has it made. But when he wakes up with "that burning feeling," his life comes unravelled. While courting Ms. Right (Ingrid Haas), he has to reach out to the women he’s wronged. Jason James directs this hilarious account of a man making amends—even as he goes down in flames.

Comedy, Health (Mental & Physical), Romance

Agnès Jaoui

(Au bout du conte)
Spotlight on France
Director: Agnès Jaoui

All of the fairytale archetypes—be they wolves or fairy godmothers—are present in Agnès Jaoui’s (The Taste of Others) delightful comedy. However, as a beguiling ensemble of lovelorn Parisians navigate their romantic entanglements, the playful narrative skirts conventional happily-ever-afters and steers itself into far more realistic and rewarding territory.

Comedy, Drama, Family Relations, Romance, Women Directors

Jia Zhangke

(Tian zhuding)
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Jia Zhangke

Master director Jia Zhangke’s most popular film yet, this Cannes prize-winning drama shows China’s gangsters, massage parlours, vicious bosses and desperate workers drawn into a whirlwind of violence, passion and vengeance. This brilliantly achieved film is a vital state-of-China bulletin, torn straight from today’s bloody headlines. Winner, Best Screenplay, Cannes 2013.

Crime, Drama, Environment, Family Relations, History, Human Rights, Romance

Matt Johnson

Canadian Images
Director: Matt Johnson

In Matt Johnson’s conceptually daring debut, a high school movie geek’s power fantasies about exacting revenge on his tormentors spill over into reality and spiral out of control. "The most empathetic and human portrait of bullying, and its deadly consequences, ever put on film.”—Huffington Post. Winner, Best Narrative Feature, Slamdance 2013.

Comedy, Crime, Drama, Filmmaking, Action, Thrills & Suspense
International Shorts
Director: Matt Johnson

In an attempt to win her back, a cowboy meets his estranged wife at an abandoned railway line on the Texas-Oklahoma border. One problem… neither will cross state lines!

Comedy, Romance

Jung Youngheon

(Lebanon Gamjeong)
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Jung Youngheon

A young man grieving over a family death finds himself nursing an injured woman—who has a vicious gangster on her trail. The poetic title refers to unspoken feelings, which run rife in a violent tale of hatred and revenge. It won the Best Director prize at the Moscow Festival for Jung Youngheon, who also scripted.

Drama, Action, Thrills & Suspense

Trevor Juras

Canadian Images
Director: Trevor Juras

The perils of online dating become readily apparent when a disastrous first encounter segues from awkwardness to anarchy.

Comedy, Action, Thrills & Suspense

Justin Karten

International Shorts
Director: Justin Karten

A blind teenaged skateboarder doesn’t let his challenges hold him back from achieving his dreams.

Disabilities, Under 18 May Attend

Kato Ikuo

(Kutsushita)
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Kato Ikuo

Kato Ikuo’s anime on boyhood misdemeanours.

Animation

David Katznelson

Nonfiction Features
Director: David Katznelson

A truly memorable documentary about the cycles of life in the remote northwest coastal Greenland village of Niaqornat. The remaining 59 citizens, most of them Inuit, are on thin ice, their traditions jeopardized by climate change and the influence of the outside world. Sarah Gavron directed this "beautiful, austere movie."—Observer

Adventures Outdoors, Environment, Aboriginal First Nations

Abdellatif Kechiche

(La vie d'Adèle--Chapitres 1 & 2)
Spotlight on France
Director: Abdellatif Kechiche

A tour de force of unbridled intimacy and graphic sexuality, Abdellatif Kechiche’s acclaimed drama features superb performances from Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos as young women finding their love for each other. "A shattering masterpiece about sexual awakening, heartbreak and self-discovery…"—Atlantic. Winner, Palme d’Or (for film and lead actors), Cannes 2013.

Literary (inc. Adaptations), Queer Interest, Romance, Sex & Eroticism

Yana Kehrlein

International Shorts
Director: Yana Kehrlein

A small-time criminal kidnaps his estranged daughter and takes off on a road trip with ideas of starting a new life in Canada. Staring Dominic Fumusa (Kevin in Nurse Jackie).

Crime, Drama

Aharon Keshales

Altered States
Director: Aharon Keshales

A disgraced cop and grieving father look to exact vengeance on a suspected pedophile murderer in this grisly tale. With its heady mix of brutality, merciless black comedy and potent subtext, Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado’s thriller leaves you reeling and forces you to question where your sympathies lie. Winner, Best Film, Best Screenplay, Fantasia 2013.

Comedy, Crime, Family Relations, Jewish Interest, Mystery, Action, Thrills & Suspense

Boris Khlebnikov

(Dolgaya schastlivaya zhizn)
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Boris Khlebnikov

Offered a lucrative payoff if he abandons his land, Sasha instead stages a "mini-revolution" at the behest of his farmhands. Exacting, efficient and clearly indebted to High Noon, Boris Khlebnikov’s standoff drama is "an elemental tale of rural conflict… [and] a fatalistic social drama in the grand Russian tradition."—Hollywood Reporter

Drama, Human Rights, Revolution & Empowerment, Western

Kim Dongho

Dragons & Tigers
Director: Kim Dongho

Kim Dongho’s short has the inside dope on filmfest juries.

Kim Hakhyun

Dragons & Tigers
Director: Kim Hakhyun

Kim Hakhyun’s anime on divided identities.

Kim Soojin

(Seon)
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Kim Soojin

Kim Soojin explores urban paranoia.

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