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Narrative Features Competition

A Screaming Man

Directed by: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun,
Chad/France/Belgium
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92 minutes, Rating: MT

A father and son who both serve as pool attendants at a luxury hotel in the country of Chad must negotiate the challenges of a living amid the turmoil of civil unrest. As the web of war inches ever closer to them and the hotel is taken over by new Chinese owners, each must make difficult decisions to ensure the future of the family.

Bal (Honey)

Directed by: Semih Kaplanoglu,
Turkey/Germany
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103 minutes, Rating: MT

Uncertainty enters into the lives of a Turkish family when the year’s honey harvest, their main source of income, is inexplicably lacking.  Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, Bal’s rich cinematography provides a stunning portrait of young Yusuf as he struggles to grasp the dramatic changes hovering ever nearer with each fading season.     

Crab Trap

Directed by: Oscar Ruiz Navia,
Colombia/France
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95 minutes, Rating: MT

Set in the Afro-Colombian community of La Barra on Colombia’s verdant and moody Pacific coast, Crab Trap details the story of a young man trying to flee his past and the clash between a remote village and modernity, represented by two intruding foreigners.

Curling

Directed by: Denis Côté, Canada, 92 minutes, Rating: MT

The growing rift between a brooding single father and his sheltered, tween-aged daughter manifests itself in a waking dreamscape laden with surreal encounters and surprising imagery. Their relative isolation invokes enigmatic (if not out-and-out seasonal affective) visions of crime scenes and tigers held captive on the snow-coated wastelands of rural Quebec, among other fascinating mysteries.

Home For Christmas

Directed by: Bent Hamer,
Norway/Sweden/Germany
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90 minutes, Rating: MT

In a small Norwegian town on Christmas Eve, several people struggle to make it home through the snow beneath the colorful Northern Lights. An eclectic mix of townsfolk cross paths in several interwoven stories of humor and tragedy, tenderness and desperation, forgiveness and hope, birth and death.

UPDATE: All advance tickets for both screenings of this film have been sold.  Tickets for the film are currently only available via standing in the "rush" line, which will form one hour before the screening begins.

Morgen

Directed by: Marian Crisan,
Romania/France/Hungary
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100 minutes, Rating: MT

In a small, quiet town along the Romanian-Hungarian border, a family’s colloquial routine is thrown way off kilter by the sudden arrival of a wayward Turkish man who speaks not a word of the local language.  Their light-hearted culture-clash provides entrée into the muddied world of border patrol in the EU, where emigrants from the Middle East often take desperate risks to move deeper into Western Europe. 

On Tour

Directed by: Mathieu Amalric, France, 111 minutes, Rating: MT

Unapologetically bawdy, bodacious, and full of frenetic energy, On Tour travels alongside a raucous troupe of American burlesque performers and their hot-tempered manager as take their act on the road in France for the first time. Director and star Mathieu Amalric took Best Director honors at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival for his effort on the film.  Amalric also stars in Arnaud Desplechin's masterpiece A Christmas Tale, featured in our Spotlight Section on Contemporary French Masters this year.

The Future

Directed by: Miranda July,
USA/Germany
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91 minutes, Rating: MT

Her second feature-length effort, the wonderfully inventive Miranda July (Me and You and Everyone We Know) traces the existentially-fraught month in a couple’s life before they pick up a stray cat they’re adopting, an event which will alter the very fabric of their existence in countless unknowable ways.

The Robber

Directed by: Benjamin Heisenberg,
Germany/Austria
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90 minutes, Rating: MT

An exhilarating and visceral thrill ride sure to get your heart rate pumping, The Robber tells the true story of Johann Rettenberger, an Austrian marathon athlete with an irrepressible compulsion for robbing banks in his spare time.

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Directed by: Apichatpong Weerasethakul,
Thailand/UK/France/Germany/Spain/Netherlands
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114 minutes, Rating: MT

This visually transcendent and formalistically daring latest thinkpiece from visionary Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul is loosely structured around the surreal visions of bed-ridden Uncle Boonmee as death slowly overtakes him.  Boonmee’s atavistic dream-texts take on an almost spiritual stillness and approach a state of pure, image-driven cinema that is breathtakingly original.

Note: The 4/17 screening showtime is actually 2:45, not 2:30 as it appears in the schedule grid

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