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Nonfiction Features

Representative of the best new face of eco-tourism, Jessica Oreck’s (Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo) exquisite documentary examines the skilled humble lives and rugged routines of one enterprising Finnish family, celebrating the uncommon relationship they’ve forged with nature. "A work of ethereal beauty… utterly engrossing…"—Variety

Adventures Outdoors, Animals, Environment, Food, Farm & Garden, Women Directors
International Shorts

A folk song takes us on a Romany caravan’s journey.

International Shorts

Benji, forced to hang with his older brother and his girlfriend, gets caught up in their Flatliners game; their unconscious dreams reveal much about their relationships with one another.

Drama, Under 18 May Attend, Women Directors
Cinema of Our Time

Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara are perfect as a Texas hooligan couple, deeply in love, who face a crossroads when he is jailed… "The excitement of a bold new voice… Lowery’s gorgeously shot third feature suggests a lost artifact freshly unearthed from the 1970s, or the origin story behind a long-lost folk ballad about criminal lovers whom prison couldn’t keep apart."—Variety Winner, Cinematography Award, Sundance 2013.

Nonfiction Features

An African-American gospel choir goes to Palestine to sing in a Palestinian play about Martin Luther King Jr. It isn’t just the glorious strains of gospel music that wash over the West Bank in Connie Field’s (Freedom on My Mind) scintillating new film. An impassioned cultural exchange ensues, new friendships are forged, eyes are opened and attitudes are altered.

Fine Arts & Theatre, History, Islamic World, Jewish Interest, Music & Dance, Women Directors
Ali
Cinema of Our Time

Chain-smoking and peddling booze, teenaged Ali isn’t one to drop her guard. Nevertheless, Paco R. Baños’ debut exposes her vulnerabilities and thoughtfully explores her insecurities. A coming-of-age tale hinging on hard-won lessons, Ali "locks the viewer in by virtue of its earthy performances and generosity of spirit."—Hollywood Reporter

Drama, Under 18 May Attend
(Por las plumas)
Cinema of Our Time

Buying a gamecock with grand schemes of reaping the financial spoils, introverted Chalo instead discovers a new best friend. Chalo’s lack of bloodlust is mirrored by writer-director Neto Villalobos, who keeps the cockfighting off-screen and focuses his attention squarely on the deadpan comedy that arises from a relationship that’s neither fish nor fowl.

Comedy
Cinema of Our Time

Robert Redford gives a tour de force performance and J.C. Chandor (Margin Call) is equally virtuosic with his camera in this gripping Indian Ocean survival drama. "Wistfully but resolutely alone, initially bemused by his predicament," Redford quietly and craftily fights to survive after his 39-foot sailboat is damaged very far from land.

Adventures Outdoors, Drama, Sport, Action, Thrills & Suspense
Canadian Images

The paths of four troubled souls intersect inside an unassuming department store in Gia Milani’s romantic tragicomedy. Commanding fantastic performances from her stellar cast—Karine Vanasse, Emily Hampshire, Kevin Zegers and Cory Monteith in his final film role—Milani shows that there are right and wrong ways to love, and that learning the difference is a worthy struggle. Canadian Images Opening Film.

Comedy, Drama, Under 18 May Attend, Romance, Women Directors
Arts and Letters

The rules were: one day, one wheel, one shot (no editing). Valérie Massadian’s (Nana) hypnotic short was made for Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum.

Environment, Aboriginal First Nations
International Shorts

One man’s life becomes the lesson of the day when he takes a frenetic ride through his own twisted version of the American experience.

Comedy, Family Relations
International Shorts

A documentary about the use of terracotta in American architecture (especially from 1890 to 1940) as both functional cladding and beautiful, elaborate decorative elements. A chronicle of a time when buildings were meant to be more than just functional, this is a look at everyday art history—the kind rarely appreciated and deserving of preservation.

Fine Arts & Theatre, History
(Yamamori Clip Koujou no Atari)
Dragons & Tigers

The spirit of Eraserhead lives on in Ikeda Akira’s droll, deadpan story of a paperclip maker and his romantic longing for a butterfly woman. Featuring weird juice drinks, unknown languages and a human cocoon! Dragons & Tigers Award nominee.

Comedy, Religion, Spirituality & Myth, Romance
(L' autre maison)
Canadian Images

The first fiction feature by Mathieu Roy (Surviving Progress) stars Marcel Sabourin as the increasingly erratic and forgetful father of a jet-setting reporter (Roy Dupuis) and an ambitious pilot in training (Émile Proulx-Cloutier). The two brothers must overcome their differences when they accompany their father to the enigmatic "other home" that he seeks. Winner, Most Popular Canadian Feature, Montreal 2013.

Audience Award Winners, Disabilities, Drama, Family Relations, Health (Mental & Physical)
Altered States

Something sinister just went viral, coursing through social networks and sparking an apocalyptic outbreak. As five university students try to make sense of the chaos, Cody Calahan’s thriller offers an "intelligent and nicely claustrophobic spin on the killer virus/zombie film… Impressively designed and staged… [it] keeps on developing its structure and concept…"—Screen

Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror, Action, Thrills & Suspense
Canadian Images

A bid to alleviate his crippling anxiety lands Oswald in a clinic where his fate rests in the hands of a blind nurse, talking fly and flamboyant malpractitioner.

Comedy, Fantasy
Arts and Letters

Bill Callahan (aka Smog), a truly great artist likened to Scott Walker playing with Calexico, took his latest album Apocalypse on the road, with director Hanly Banks in tow. Her impressionistic film will bring a huge smile to the face of anyone who appreciates superb music and sound. "A clutch of terrific performances captured by a rapt but also visually skilled fan.”—MusicFilmWeb

Music & Dance
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
Canadian Images

In his latest masterful documentary, John Walker traces the origins of Nunavut. The furthest thing from a stodgy history lesson, this is an epic drama featuring radicals, visionaries and Western civilization’s largest land claim. It’s also an incredibly personal film, as it charts Walker’s return to the High Arctic he first explored as a wide-eyed teenager. Winner, Best Atlantic Feature, Atlantic 2013.

Environment, Aboriginal First Nations, History, Human Rights, Power Politics
International Shorts

A comedic horror from the NWT.

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