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(ER Yerushalayim)
Nonfiction Features

A revealing day in the ER ward of Hadassah Medical Center, located in the ethnically charged buffer zone of Mount Scopus, as seen through the eyes of two female doctors, one a Jewish immigrant from Chile, and the other a Palestinian Israeli from the north of Israel.

Health (Mental & Physical), Jewish Interest, Women Directors
Dragons & Tigers

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

(Sao Karaoke)
Dragons & Tigers

Visra Vichit Vadakan’s debut is a sisterly, fictionalized portrait of Sa Sittijun, who sells her body in a karaoke lounge in Bangkok and has trouble with a "serious" boyfriend. Sensitive and intimate.

Drama, Sex & Eroticism
(Kids Return Saikai no Toki)
Dragons & Tigers

Remember high-school drop-outs Masaru (the yakuza) and Shinji (the boxer) in Kitano Takeshi’s 1996 film? Here’s what happened next, as imagined by Kitano and directed by his former assistant Shimizu Hiroshi. The key issue—how to succeed?—is played out vividly by an excellent young cast.

Drama
Nonfiction Features

If you were a young soldier in Afghanistan and thought the line between the "fog of war" and "killing for sport" was being crossed, would you blow the whistle? Adam Winfield did, and then found himself a target of one of the largest war crimes investigations in US history. Dan Krauss directed this riveting, must-see exposé of what armed foreign intervention can lead to. Winner, Best Documentary, Tribeca 2013.

Crime, Human Rights, War & Espionage
(O corpo de Afonso)
Cinema of Our Time

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…

Experimental & Avant Garde, History, Queer Interest
Nonfiction Features

A visually stunning celebration of the artistry and idiosyncrasy of Megan Boyd, the reclusive Scot whose intricate, hand-tied fishing flies made her a legend to anglers and artisans alike. An amalgam of breathtaking painted animation and reverential musings regarding the allure of fly fishing, Eric Steel’s enchanting documentary is "an elegant and fascinating delight…"—Screen

Animation, Fine Arts & Theatre, Biography, Environment, Science & Technology, Sport
(Une Estonienne à Paris)
Cinema of Our Time

Jeanne Moreau gives another in a lifetime’s worth of great performances as Frida, an Estonian woman long settled in Paris who must accept a fellow Estonian caregiver (Laine Mägi) into her upscale home. Ilmar Raag’s moving observational tale is "a story of gradual transformation, slight, graceful and incidental."—Sydney Morning Herald

Immigration
Canadian Images

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

Comedy, Action, Thrills & Suspense
Nonfiction Features

Unfortunately for Antarctica’s Ross Sea, there’s "white gold" swimming in its depths. Lured by schools of incredibly valuable toothfish, fishermen have set course for these pristine waters. Peter Young’s urgent, absorbing documentary makes an impassioned plea for retreat before a virtually untouched ecosystem is ruined.

Economics & Globalization, Food, Farm & Garden, Under 18 May Attend, Science & Technology
Canadian Images

Having just chickened out of a suicide attempt, malcontent Holloman turns his attention to the seemingly boundless happiness of Lawrence, a man of few morals and no brains. Matthew Kowalchuk’s film—adapted from Morris Panych’s play—works on many levels: as wacky sketch comedy, as absurdist fable and, most pungently, as a satire on the modern rat race.

Comedy
Canadian Images

Backstage drama meets reality TV in this juicy mockumentary about a teen dance troupe. Think Canadian Idol or Step Up, but with a little more bite. Here we get to see the downside of things that movies usually glorify: beauty, ambition, competition, dedication. There are plenty of laughs, and some superb dance numbers to boot.

Comedy, Music & Dance
(Lebanon Gamjeong)
Dragons & Tigers

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
International Shorts

We all know Barbie… or do we?

Nonfiction Features

Reassembling archival news footage and interviews concerning one of Philadelphia’s darkest hours, Jason Osder sheds new light on the 1985 standoff between police and a radical black liberation group that culminated in an inferno that claimed 11 lives. This found-footage documentary "has the force and intrigue of a courtroom thriller… it ripples with urgency and moral complexity."—Screen

Crime, History, Human Rights
International Shorts

Movie Going 101: Etiquette.

Canadian Images

A man, a maid and a monster… Love triangles are seldom this bizarre.

Comedy, Romance, Sci-fi & Horror
International Shorts

Walter is an 89-year-old curmudgeon, and proud of it.

International Shorts

Our hero is terribly honest—and autistic. A troublesome combo…

(Soshite Chichi ni Naru)
Dragons & Tigers

Koreeda Hirokazu’s prizewinner asks: what if two male babies were accidentally switched at birth and, six years later, the parents decided to restore the boys to their "rightful" homes? The conundrum is a clever pretext for a study of differences in class, temperament and the ability to love. Winner, Jury Prize, Cannes 2013.

Drama, Family Relations

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