Seattle International Film Festival

Sunday, Apr 18, 2021

Online
Seattle, WA 98101

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Schedule of Events

East of the Mountains
Local filmmaker SJ Chiro directs Tom Skerritt in this heartrending tale, based on the novel by David Guterson ("Snow Falling on Cedars"), about a terminally ill, retired heart surgeon who journeys back to Eastern Washington to end his life, (d: SJ Chiro c: Tom Skerritt, Mira Sorvino, Annie Gonzalez, Wally Dalton, Jule Johnson, USA 2021, 93 min)

200 Meters
Upon learning his son has had an accident, a desperate Palestinian construction worker at wit's end attempts to smuggle himself past the separation wall between Israel and the West Bank to see him. (d: Ameen Nayfeh c: Ali Suliman, Lana Zreik, Samia Bakri, Tawfeeq Nayfeh, Palestine/Italy/Qatar/Sweden 2020, 96 min)

All Sorts
In a comedy rhor could only have come out of the Pacific Northwest, a lonely data entry clerk discovers a secret door in the office and stumbles upon the world of competitive champion folder filing, (d: J. Rick Castarleda c: Eli Vargas, Luis Deveze, Greena Park, Mike Markoff, USA 2021, 93 min)

All Those Small Things
In this strong character piece from Rebel Kat Productions, James Faulkner ("Game of Thrones") stars as a British game show host who, reeling from the death of a close friend, journeys to the Pacific Northwest in search of meaning, (d: Andrew Hyatt c: James Faulkner, Gloria Laino, Kerry Knuppe, David Robb, USA/UK 2021, 107 min)

Alt Shorts: Female (Re)Visions
Taken together, these experimental films from female filmmakers exhibit technical mastery, narrative tomfoolery, animated intricacy, and emotional honesty. (Shorts Package, 72 min)

Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir
James Redford's final film is an illuminating rendering of author Amy Tan ("The Joy Luck Club") through her own family photo albums and video footage, linking her prolific and groundbreaking work with the generations of women and immigrants before her. (d: James Redford, USA 2021, 101 min)

Ancestors
The spirit remembers what it means to be in relationship to all beings, past, present and future, seen and unseen. (Shorts Package, 70 min)

Animation4Adults
With the tip of their pen or the click of their mouse, these talented filmmakers take us on unexpected journeys from the otherworldly outer reaches to the inner depths of one's mind. (Shorts Package, 104 min)

Athanor - The Alchemical Furnace
A condid account of surrealist filmmaker/animator Jan Svankmajer, now 85 years old and retired, as he reflects on his influential career, artistic philosophies, and 40-year relationship with his late wife and creative partner Eva Svankmajerovd. (d: Adam Ol'ha, Jan Dafihel f: Jan Svankmajer, Czech Republic/Slovakia 2020, 118 min)

Bad Tales
A sweltering Romon summer turns up the heat for the dark doings of a group of dysfunctional families in this slyly humorous, occasionally grotesque, but always gripping noir. (d: Damiano D'lnnocenzo, Fabio D'lnnocenzo c: Elio Germano, Barbara Chichiarelli, Lino Musella, Gabriel Montesi, Italy/Switzerland 2020, 98 min)

Beans
A 12-year-old Mohawk girl's coming-of-age story and political awakening during the Oka Crisis. Deer's fresh voice reminds us of the importance of authentic representation and culturally specific storytelling. Drawing upon her documentary roots, and experience growing up in the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, Deer delivers a timely film grounded in authentic history, (d: Tracey Deer (Mohawk) c: Kiawentiio, Rainbow Dickerson, Violah Beauvais, Canada 2020, 92 min)

The Bears7 Famous Invasion
In this colorful and innovatively designed animated film based on the 1945 Italian children's book by Dino Buzzati, Bear King Leonzio gathers his clan to a uniquely creative war against the land of man to save his son from a human circus. Ages 10+ (d: Lorenzo Mattotti v: Leila Bekhti, Thomas Bidegain, Jean-Claude Carriere, France/Italy 2019, 82 min)

Bebia, a mon seul desir
In this beautifully composed black-and-white drama out of Georgia, an estranged teenager returns to her rural village to perform an ancient burial tradition for her late grandmother, in which she must string a thread through sixteen miles of forest, (d: Juja Dobrachkous c: Anastasia Davidson, Anushka Andronikashvili, Guliko Gurgenidze, Georgia/United Kingdom 2021, 118 min)

The Big Hit
"Lei us not waste our lime in idle discourse!" An out-of-work actor who runs a prison theater program directs a staging of "Waiting for Godot," giving the troupe of convicts a chance to go on the road with Beckett's masterwork. Inspired by a true story, (d: Emmanuel Courcol c: Kad Merad, David Ayala, Lamine Cissokho, Sofian, Khammes Pierre Lottin, France 2020, 105 min)

Captains of Zaatari
A rousing, heartfelt tale about two soccer-obsessed Syrian friends living in Jordan's Zaatari Refugee Camp who, upon learning that a famed Qatari sports academy is visiting the camp, may have finally found their ticket to a bigger, brighter future, (d: Ali EI Arabi, Egypt 2021,75 min)

Caterpillars
An observational film about the modern-day Pygmy villages of the Central African Republic and two young Pygmies who travel to the city to sell makongo (roasted caterpillars, a regional delicacy) to fund a travelling tribal school, (d: Elvis Sabin NgaTbino, Central African Republic/Argentina 2020, 73 min)

Censor
Enid, a film censor involved with the "video nasties" slate of 1980s horror films, journeys into a dark, unsettling fairytale world when she happens upon a cult film that might explain her sister's disappearance years earlier, (d: Prano Bailey-Bond c: Niamh Algar, Nicholas Burns, Vincent Franklin, Sophia La Porta, UK 2021, 84 min)

Charter
A complex and empathetic portrayal of motherhood in conflict with self-preservation, a recent divorcee kidnaps her estranged children and spirits them away to the Canary Islands. From the director of Sami Blood, SIFF 2017 Grand Jury Prize winner, (d: Amanda Kernell (Sami) c: Ane Dahl Torp, Troy Lundkvist, Tintin Poggats Sarri, Sverrir Gudnason, Eva Melander, Sweden 2019, 94 min)

Chuck Connelly: Into the Light
An entertaining and elucidating portrait of the temperamental, neo-expressionist painter Chuck Connelly, the Harvey Pekar of the painting world, from his alcoholic 1980s heyday to his disillusioned, agoraphobic present, (d: Benjamin Schwartz, USA 2020, 74 min)

Conductivity
Pick up thai baton, step up to the podium, and join these three would-be conducting students at various stages in their training at the prestigious Sibelius Academy in Helsinki as they learn the leadership skills necessary to lead an orchestra, (d: Anna-Karin Gronroos, Finland 2020, 75 min)

Criollo
Raised on his grandmother's cooking, celebrated Uruguayan chef Hugo Soca takes us through the heart of his nation's rich culinary traditions—from homemade wine to Pampas barbecue to simmering fish stew and all points in-between—in this mouth-watering, joyous celebration, (d: Pablo Banchero, Uruguay 2019,79 min)

Deadly Cuts
They're going to do more than "take a little off the top" in Rachel Carey's blackly comic feature debut, as a group of working-class Dublin hairdressers become accidental vigilantes to protect themselves from the local gang threatening their neighborhood, (d: Rachel Carey c: Angeline Ball, Ericka Roe, Lauren Larkin, Shauna Higgins, Aidan McArdle, Ireland 2020, 90 min)

The Dog Who Wouldn't Be Quiet
In Argentinian filmmaker Ana Katz's bittersweet and warmly existential feature shot over several years, a gentle man searches for love amid a litany of new jobs while a changing world flirts with the apocalypse, (d: Ana Katz c: Daniel Katz, Valeria Lois, Julieta Zylberberg, Lide Uranga, Raquel Bank, Carlos Portaluppi, Argentina 2021, 73 min)

Downstream to Kinshasa
A stork, honest, and empathetic portrait of disabled survivors of the Democratic Republic of Congo's Six-Day War traveling to the capital city of Kinshasa seeking reparations after 20 years of dehumanizing bureaucratic delays, (d: Dieudo Hamadi, Democratic Republic of Congo/France/Belgium 2020, 90 min)

The Earth is Blue as an Orange
Amidsl the surrounding chaos of the 2014 War in Donbass, a Ukrainian film school-bound youth, her three siblings, and her single mother make a film to cope with living on the frontlinesof a war zone, (d: IrynaTsilyk, Ukraine/Lithuania 2020, 74 min)

East of the Mountains
Local filmmaker SJ Chiro directs Tom Skerritt in this heartrending tale, based on the novel by David Guterson ("Snow Falling on Cedars"), about a terminally ill, retired heart surgeon who journeys back to Eastern Washington to end his life, (d: SJ Chiro c: Tom Skerritt, Mira Sorvino, Annie Gonzalez, Wally Dalton, Jule Johnson, USA 2021, 93 min)

The Family Picture Show
Bring the whole family around your home entertainment center for a playful set of animated and live-action films curated for the young and the young at heart. (Shorts Package, 80 min)

Father
After a fiery protest over missing wages, social services take away the children of a small factory town day laborer. Now, he must set off on foot on a harrowing cross-country journey to Belgrade to file an appeal and restore his family, (d: Goran Bogdan c: Boris Isakovic*, Nada Sargin, Serbia/France/Germany/ Croatia/Slovenia/Bosnia and Herzegovina 2020, 120 min)

Final Exam
With seven days before the titular final exam and summer vacation, a talented substitute teacher must prove himself worthy of rehiring while trying to financially care for his ailing grandma, deal with histroublemaking brother, and defend a falsely accused student, (d: Chen-ti Kuo c: Lan Wei-hua, Wu Hong-xiu, Wong Xin-jue, Yang Shiau-li, Taiwan 2021, 103 min)

Fly So Far
After serving ten yeors behind bars for her miscarriage, considered by her government to be an act of aggravated murder, Teodora Vdsquez becomes a spokesperson for the other 16 Salvadoran women behind bars for the same "crime" in this story of sorority, resilience, and solidarity, (d: Celina Escher, El Salvador/Sweden 2021, 88 min)

Fruits of Labor
Fruits of Labor is a character-driven account that explores universal themes of how a young Chicanx woman in high school navigates family obligations, life as a farmworker, and the desire to pursue her dreams despite the predicaments of our times, (d: Emily Cohen Ibaftez, USA 2021,73 min)

FutureWave Shorts
The next generation of filmmakers are finding their unique voices and creating media with purpose. These shorts from filmmakers 18 and under are glorious evidence that storytelling is already strong for the future. (Shorts Package, 81 min)

A Gay in the Life
For the men in these shorts, everyday life is forever shaped by unexpected circumstances. (Shorts Package, 100 min)

Get the Hell Out
Politics may bring out the worst in us, but nothing compares to the events in this action-packed Grand Guignol comedy about a team of activists, legislators, and civilians going up against a parliament filled with hyperactive zombie mutants infected with "idiot rabies." (d: l-Fan Wang c: Bruce Ho, Megan Lai, Taiwan 2020, 96 min)

Goddess of the Fireflies
After her parents announce they're getting a divorce, 16-year-old Catherine (Kelly Depeault) dives into a life of sex and drugs in 1990s rural Quebec in this tender and gorgeously shot coming-of-age story about angst, desire, rebellion, and addiction, (d: AnaTs Barbeau-Lavalette c: Kelly Depeault, El^onore Loiselle, Caroline Neron, Canada (Quebec) 2020, 105 min)

God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya
Downtrodden and underappreciated, a woman in a small Macedonian town creates nationwide shock waves (with the help of a sensation-seeking TV reporter) when she upsets a local men-only religious tradition, (d: Teona Strugar Mitevska c: Zorica Nusheva, Labina Mitevska, Stefan Vujisic, Suad Begovski, Macedonia/Belgium 2019, 100 min)

The Heist of the Century
A motley gang of six middle-aged men, led by an aging stoner and a master actor, pulls off the most daring bank robbery in Argentina's history, leading to folk hero status—and an unexpected reckoning. Based on the incredible true story, (d: Ariel Winograd c: Guillermo Francella, Diego Peretti, Rafael Ferro, Juan Alari, Argentina/USA 2020, 114 min)

I'M FINE (Thanks for Asking)
A recently widowed mother on the outer edges of Los Angeles works her rollerskot-ing tail off to get her and her eight-year-old daughter off the streets, over one long day of pawn shop negotiations, food app delivery mishaps, and shady landlords, (d: Kelley Kali, Angelique Molina c: Kelley Kali, Wesley Moss, Deon Cole, Brooklynn Marie, Steven Ira Scipio, USA 2021, 90 min)

Inheritance
Hope, pain, strength, reptiles: we inherit many things in this world—and some we choose to leave behind. (Shorts Package, 101 min)

In the Same Breath
Nanfu Wang (One Child Nation) directs this tragic, revealing, and journalistically risky contextualization of the COVID1-19 outbreak, spotlighting the similar Chinese and American government propaganda responses to the once-in-a-century pandemic that brought the world to a standstill, (d: Nanfu Wang, USA 2021,95 min)

Kim Ji-young, Born 1982
A blazingly feminist story based on Cho Nam-joo's controversial bestselling autographical novel that rocked South Korea, thirrysome-thing Ji-young (Jung Yu-mi, Train to Busan) navigates a conservative patriarchal society in search of identity and self-actualization, (d: KIM Do-young c: JUNG Yu-mi, GONGYoo, KIM Mi-kyung, South Korea 2019, 118 min)

Ladies of Steel
In this feel-good comedy, three elderly sisters embark on a soul-reclaiming road trip after 75-year-old Inkeri accidentally kills her husband with a frying pan. (d: Pamela Tola c: Leena Uotila, Heikki Nousiainen, Pirjo Lonka, Seela Sella, Saara Pakkasvirta, Finland 2020, 91 min)

The Legend of Hei
A shopeshifting col spirit ventures into the unknown in search of friends and a new home after his forest habit is destroyed in this epic animated feature that topped the box office in its native China. Ages 9+ (d: MTJJ, China 2019, 101 min)

Leveling Up
Navigating the passage into adulthood is tricky a! any age.

Little Girl
From Cannes Film Festival winner S6bastien Lifshitz (Bomb/, The lives of Thirese) comes a sympathetic and poignant documentary about Sasha, an eight-year-old transgender girl whose family protects her from her rural French town's outdated gender norms, (d: SSbasrien Lifshitz, France 2020, 85 min)

Love and Fury
A bold and honest look at the complexities of Native identity and art, through the lens of Sterlin Harjo, in conversation with Indigenous artists living in the US and abroad. This yearlong portrait of 20 creatives (musicians, poets, sculptors, performance artists, muralisrs, comedians) reminds the viewer of the rich, diverse and sometimes brooding artistic expression of Native peoples, (d: Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/ Muscogee Creek), USA 2020, 93 min)

Love Type D
An oft-dumped woman realizes she carries a genetic marker that makes her a loser in love; to break the curse, she must get back together v/r- all 12 c: _er exes and break up wit-them herself, (d: Sasha Collington c: Maeve Dermody, Rory Stroud, Tovah Feldshuh, Oliver Farnworth, United Kingdom 2019, 95 min)

Ma Belle, My Beauty
Set in the sun-drenched vineyards of southern France, two newlywed musicians adjusting to their new European life ge" a sudden visit from Lane, the former third party in their polyam-orous relationship back in New Orleans, (d: Marion Hill c: Idella Johnson, Hannah Pepper, Lucien Guignard, Sivan Noam Shimon, USA/ France 2021,93 min)

Mogul Mowgli
Oscar1 nominee Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal, "The Night Of") co-authors and stars in this drama about an up-and-coming British rapper who develops an autoimmune degenerative disorder, forcing him to move back in with his traditional-minded Pakistani family, (d: Bassam Tariq c: Riz Ahmed, Alyy Khan, Sudha Bhuchar, Aiysha Hart, Nabhaan Rizwan, United Kingdom 2020, 90 min)

Motherland
Vikrorija brings her American-born son to Lithuania a year after the fall of the USSR, hoping to reclaim her family's estate and reestablish a sense of home in the country she fled 20 years prior, (d: Tomas Vengris c: Matas Metlevski, Sevenja Janusauskaite, Darius Gumauskas, Barbora Bareikyte, Lithuania/ Latvia/Germany/Greece 2019, 96 min)

Mother's Milk
In this collaborative and experimental "film quilt" told in nine parts—individual chapters are made by different filmmaking teams and combined into a visual album—a Black man named Sparrow searches for meaning, self, and home as he leaps through a dying universe, (d: Larry Powell, Adriana DeGirolami, Kameron Neal, Bianco LaVerne Jones, Shinelle Azoroh, Alex Ander, John MacDonald, Lelund Durond Thompson c: many, USA 2021, 63 min)

My Missing Valentine
Winner of Best Picture at the Golden Horse Film Festival, this offbeat, time-shifting Taiwanese romantic comedy follows a post office counter clerk whose life moves at an exceptionally fast pace until the unusual day when she meets her match, (d: Yu-Hsun CHEN c: LIU Kuan-Ting, Patty Lee, Duncan Chou, Joanne Missingham, Taiwan 2020, 119 min)

Nahuel & the Magic Book
A curious young boy, a healer's apprentice, and a talking wolf go on a seafaring adventure to rescue the boy's fisherman father from a wicked sorcerer who is after a book that grants its reader magical powers. Ages 8-*- (d: German Acufta v: Consuelo Pizarro, Jorge Lillo, Marcelo Liapiz, Vanesa Silva, Muriel Benavides, Chile/Brazil 2020, 98 min)

Nudo Mixteco
Set against the backdrop of the annual Festival of San Mateo, writer/director Angeles Cruz weaves a rich tapestry of three Indigenous women navigating love, sex, and desire within the often-crushing strictures of customs and traditions, (d: Angeles Cruz c: No6 Hernandez, Afda L6pez, Eileen Ydfiez, Sonia Couoh, Myriam Bravo, Jorge Doal, Mexico 2021, 91 min)

The Perfect Candidate
Dr. Maryam is an overworked medic at an underserved Saudi clinic. In order to improve safely measures and working conditions, she decides to run for a seat on the municipal council despite the rampant misogyny within her community, (d: Haifaa Al-Mansour c: Mila Alzahrani, Nourah Al Awad, Dhae Al Hilali, Saudi Arabia/Germany 2019, 105 min)

Phantasmagorias
Nine terrifying tales to disturb your sleep and disquiet your dreams. (Shorts Package, 106 min)

The Pink Cloud
When a mysterious ond lethol pink cloud appears over a Brazilian city, two people engaging in a one-night stand are forced to quarantine together over several years in this eerie and prescient science-fiction film that now seems all too real, (d: luli Gerbase c: Renata de L6lis, Eduardo Mendonca, Kaya Rodhgues, Girley Brasil Paes, Helena Becker, Brazil 2021, 103 min)

Potato Dreams of America
From Wes Hurley, the creator of famed local websehes "Capitol Hill," comes an autobiographical coming-of-age dark comedy about a young closeted Russian boy in the disintegrating USSR who moves ic Seattle with his prison docror-turned-mail-order bride single mother, (d: Wes Hurley c: Marya Sea Kaminski, Tyler Bocock, Dan Lauria, Sera Barbieri, Lea Delaria, USA 2021, 95 min)

Preman
A deaf criminal with a traumatic past and his son must fight their way out of their small Indonesian village after witnessing a horrible murder, pitting the gangster against the mob outfit that employed him. (d: Randolph Zaini c: Khiva Iskak, Muzakki Ramdhan, Kiki Narendra, Solvita Decorte, Revaldo, Indonesia 2021,92 min)

Rebel Objects
Haunted by a long-broken relationship with her father, anthropologist Carolina Arias Ortiz returns to her childhood home of Costa Rica to repair their relationship while haunted by the otherworldly mystery of ancient stone spheres in this lyrical and poetic debut feature, (d: Carolina Arias Ortiz, Costa Rica/Colombia 2020, 70 min)

The Return: Life After ISIS
A humonizing depiction of the young Western women who committed themselves to ISIS, only to regret joining an organization that preyed on their devotion, as they deprogram at a refugee camp with no country to call their own. (d: Alba Sotorra Clua, Spain/United Kingdom 2021, 90 min)

Riders of Justice
Mads Mikkelsen (Another Round) reunites with the writer/director of Men & Chicken in this pitch-black screwball comedy of revenge, starring as a heartbroken man whose wife's suspicious death in a train crash leads to outlandish conspiracy theories and gangland bloodshed, (d: Anders Thomas Jensen c: Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Lars Brygmann, Andrea Heick Gadeberg, Nicolas Bro, Denmark 2020, 116 min)

The Salt In Our Waters
A warm and charming tale of an affluent and idealistic sculptor who leaves the city to find inspiration in a beautiful coastal village on the Bangladeshi delta, leading to a culture clash between traditional and modern values, (d: Rezwan ShahriarSumitc: Fazlur Rahman Babu, TitasZia, Tasnova Tammana, Shatabdi Wadud, Bangladesh/France 2020, 106 min)

Sanremo
In this unique ond humane love story set in a retirement home, an elderly man with dementia repeatedly courts a fetching fellow housemate—connected by a shared memory of a song from their youth—while struggling with his own fragmented memories, (d: Miroslov Mandic" c: Sandi Pavlin, Silva Cusin, Boris Cavazza, Mojca Funkl, Lara Komar, Slovenia/Italy 2020, 85 min)

Secret Keepers
Nine episodes thai explore how secrets can energize, embarrass, expose, entrap, and maybe even enlighten us. (Shorts Package, 88 min)

Seeing Red
She sees love, she sees rage, she sees blood. A program dedicated to these shes. (Shorts Package, 113 min)

The Shepherdess and the Seven Songs
A lyrical, feminist character study set in the Himalayans and based on an Indian folk tale, about a fiercely beautiful nomadic shepherdess named Laila who catches the eye of a lustful young herdsman, (d: Pushpendra Singh c: Navjot Randhawa, Sadakkit Bijran, Shahnawaz Bhatt, Ranjit Khajuria, Mohammed Yaseen, India 2020, 98 min)

Silver Linings
Even the darkest clouds can have silver linings. This global collection of short films explores how the worst of times can bring out the best in us. (Shorts Package, 103 min)

Slalom
In Charlene Favier's Timely and unsentimental feature debut that explores when mentorship becomes abuse, up-and-coming actress No6e Abita (Sink or Swim) plays a 15-year-old skiing prodigy in training who falls prey to her manipulative and lecherous coach (Je>6mie Renier, In Bruges), (d: Charlene Favier c: J6re" mie Renier, No6e Abita, Axel Auriant-Blot, MaTra Schmitt, Muriel Combeau, France 2020, 90 min)

Son of Monarchs
In this soulful ond stunningly shot Sundance prizewinner, a New York-based Mexican biologist dedicated to mapping out the monarch butterfly's genetics returns to Mexico for his grandmother's funeral, coming to terms with the repressed trauma of his youth, (d: Alexis Gambis c: Tenoch Huerta Mejfa, Alexia Rasmussen, Ldzaro Gabino Rodriguez, USA/ Mexico 2021, 97 min)

The Song of the Butterflies
Rember Yahuarconi, a member of the Uitoto Nation, struggles in his every existence to find new artistic inspiration. He returns home to the forests, to learn the stories of how his people were nearly extinguished and how his loving grandmother survived to nurture the memories of their ancestors, (d: Nuria Frigolo Torrent, Peru 2020, 65 min)

The Spy
A tense, twisty, sumptuously designed espionage thriller about Sonja Wigert, the famous Norwegian-Swedish actress recruited to spy on o high-ranking, starstruck Norwegian Nazi official, only to have her loyalties tested by the Third Reich, (d: JensJonsson c: Ingrid Bolsa Berdal, Rolf Lassgard, Alexander Scheer, Norway/Belgium/Sweden 2019, 110 min)

Strawberry Mansion
In this sweet and colorful bit of surrealistic speculative fiction set in the near future, a "dream auditor" on assignment becomes obsessed with on aging eccentric and, while investigating the VHS archive of her subconscious, happens upon a chance at love, (d: Albert Birney, Kentucker Audley c: Penny Fuller, Kentucker Audley, Grace Glowicki, Reed Birney, Unas Phillips, Constance Shulman, USA 2021, 90 min)

Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street
Come and play on Sesame Street with this definitive chronicle of the show's origin, full of rare and never-before-seen footage. Meet the gang of artists, writers, and educators as they share stories about creating this groundbreaking show that changed children's educational television forever, (d: Marilyn Agrelo, USA 2021, 107 min)

Summer of 85
In the latest from acclaimed French filmmaker Francois Ozon (8 Femmes, Swimming Pool), a chance encounter between two teen boys at a seaside resort evolves into a carefree summer romance with tragic undertones, (d: Francois Ozon c: F6lix Lefebvre, Benjamin Voisin, Philippine Velge, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Melvil Poupaud, France/Belgium 2020, 101 min)

Summertime
A sprawling portrait of Los Angeles told through the work of spoken word poetry, 25 Angelenos' aspirations ond fears intersect over the course of one long, hot SoCal day in the latest from director Carlos L6pez Estrado (B/indspofting). (d: Carlos L6pez Estrada c: 25 Get Lit Poets, USA 2020, 95 min)

Super Frenchie
This thrilling documentary delves into Matthias Giraud's personal and professional lives, where he juggles his passion for extreme sports with his duties as a devoted husband and father, (d: Chase Ogden, USA/France/ Iceland 2020, 77 min)

Sweat
Three days in the life of a celebrity fitness motivator and social media influencer Sylwia, whose carefully curated persona [600,000 Instagram followers!) belies the anxious, insecure real person within. A high-energy character study about the fission between private and public life, (d: Magnus Von Horn c: Magdalena KoleSnik, Julian Swiezewski, Aleksandra Konieczna, Poland/Sweden 2020, 105 min)

The Teacher
After he announces to his class his approval of same-sex marriage, a rumor circulates that Kevin, a 26-year-old civics teacher, is HIV-positive. Kevin fights for acceptance from his community as he navigates falling in love for the first time, (d: Chen Ming-Iang c: Oscar Chiu, Sam Chang, Winnie Chang, He Zi-hua, Taiwan 2019,92 min)

Tell Her
When his parents divorce and his mother moves to the United States, 11-year-old Sasha of St. Petersburg, Russia is pulled apart emotionally between two parents, both of whom he loves, and two cultures, (d: Alexander Molochnikov c: Svetlana Hodchenkova, Artem Bystrov, Kai Goetz, Wolfgang Czerny, Alexei Serebryakov, Irina Rozanova, Russia 2021, 98 min)

There Is No Evil
Filmed in secret and banned in its home country, Mohammad Rasoulof's Golden Bear-winning film is an anthology of four short stories, each focused on a person affected by the capital punishment system in a country that commits more executions per capita than anywhere else on Earth, (d: Mohammad Rasoulof c: Ehson Mirhosseini, Kaveh Ahangar, Mahtab Servati, Germany/Czech Republic/Iran 2020, 150 min)

This Is My Desire
In this tender ond compassionate drama elegantly captured in 35mm, two modern Nigerians, grappling with their everyday lives and the compromises they make to help their families, dream of leaving the hectic streets of Lagos for a new life abroad, (d: Arie Esiri, Chuko Esiri c: Jude Akuwudike, Temi Ami-WiLiams, Cyr-.rhia Ecne, TcT.iwa Edun, .acob Alexander, Nigeria 2020,116 min)

This Town
In this rouchingly twisted comedy that recalls the mockumentaries of Christopher Guest, a young man accused of murdering his entire family tries to reenter the dating scene, only to run afoul of suspicious townsfolk and a retired cop. (d: David White c: David White, Rima Te Wiata, Robyn Molcolm, Alice May Connolly, New Zealand 2020, 86 min)

Together Together
Ed Helms ("The Office") and Parti Harrison ("Shrill") star in this unconventional, platonic rom-com-dram about the friendship forged between a middle-aged app designer and the twentysomething woman he hires to be a gestational surrogate, (d: Nikole Beckwith c: Ed Helms, Patti Harrison, Tig Notaro, Julio Torres, Anna Konkle, USA 2021, 90 min)

Too Far Away
A mutual love of soccer provides the basis for a blossoming friendship between a bullied German boy, struggling to fit into a new school after his family's relocation, ond a young Syrian refugee in desperate need of family. Ages 8+ (d: Sarah Winkenstette c: Yoran Leicher, Sobhi Awad, Anna Konig, Andreas Nickl, Julia Hirt, Germany 2019, 89 min)

Too Late
Hollywood is a bloodthirsty town, but nobody has it as bad as Violet Fields, a stand-up comedy booker and personal assistant to a famed comic with a monster appetite. Featuring a murderers' row of alt-comedy mainstays, (d: D.W. Thomas c: Alyssa Limperis, Ron Lynch, Will Weldon, Fred Armisen, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Jenny Zigrino, Jack De Sena, USA 2021, 80 min)

Topside
An empathetic and eye-opening portrayal of the houseless people who live in New York City's abandoned subway tunnels, following a cug-addiced t. other and -er five-yea'-old daughterwho are forced aboveground during a harsh winter, (d: Celine Held, Logan George c: Zhaila Former, Celine Held, Jored Abrahamson, Fatlip, USA 2020, 85 min)

Tove
A lush biopic on the Finnish author and illustrator Tove Jannson during the formative decade in which she invented internationally famous creations the Moomins while managing a disapproving family and a bisexual love triangle in the shadow of World War II. (d: Zaida Bergroth c: Alma Poysti, Krista Kosonen, Shanti Roney, Robert Enckell, Kajsa Ernst, Finland 2021, 103 min)

The Translator
A riveting thriller obout on Arabic-English translator for the 2000 Olympics in Australia, forced into exile after a fateful mistranslation, who must return to Syria after his activist brother goes missing during the Arab Spring, (d: Rana Kazkaz, Anas Khalaf c: Ziad Bakri, Yumna Marwan, David Field, Sawsan Arsheed, Miranda Tapsell, Syria/France/ Switzerland/Belgium/Qatar 2020, 105 min)

Truman and Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation
Featuring the voices of Jim Parsons and Zachary Quinto as the eponymous duo, this dual-portrait documentary from director Lisa Immordino Vreeland (Love, Cecil) charts the friendship and professional rivalry between author Truman Capote and playwright Tennessee Williams, (d: Lisa Immordino Vreeland v: Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, USA 2020, 86 min)

Under the Open Sky
Yakusho Koji (The Third Murder) gives a riveting performance as a lifelong Yakuza, released from prison after 13 years, whose journey to find the mother who abandoned him as a child is hindered by his gangster past, (d: Miwa Nishikawa c: Yakusho Koji, Taiga Nakano, Masami Nagasawa, Isao Hashizune, Meiko Keiji, Seiji Ryokkaku, Yukiya Kitamura, Japan 2020, 126 min)

The Unknown Saint
An absurdist, droll, entertaining fable about a criminal who returns to the hill where he stashed his stolen goods, only to find that a well-guarded shrine to a "missing saint" has been built over it. (d: Alaa Eddine Aljem c: Younes Bouab, Salah Bensalah, Bouchaib Essamak, Mohamed Naimane, Anas El Baz, Morocco/France 2019, 100 min)

Valentino
When trans teen Valentino moves from the city to a small, conservative town, the community quickly sets up roadblocks to her happiness, forcing the shy teen to stond her ground in this inspiring and hopeful story of gender expression and solidarity, (d: Cassio Pereira dos Santos c: Thiessa Woinbackk, Guta Stresser, Romulo Brago, Brazil 2020, 95 min)

Veins of the World
Eleven-year-old Amra lives in a traditional nomad community on the Mongolian steppe, which is threatened by the influx of global mining companies. He longs for a modern way of life, but when his father tragically dies, Amra must honor his father's legacy and fight to protect his community, (d: Byambasuren Davaa c: Bat-lreedui Batmunkh, Purevdorj Uranchimeg, Algirchamin Baatarsuren, Enerel Tumen, Yalalt Namsrai, Germany/Mongolia 2020, 97 min)

Waikiki
In this honest portrayal of the gritty side of paradise, Kanaka Maoli filmmaker Christopher Kahunahana, depicts the story of Kea, a part-time Hawaiian teacher, hula dancer, and nightclub hostess, who crashes her beat-up van into o mysterious homeless man in the dead of night. Kea is quickly triggered to face her own past traumas and a new perspective, (d: Christopher Kahunahana (Kanaka Maoli) c: Danielle Zalopany, Peter Shinkoda, Jason Quinn, USA 2020, 77 min)

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
Nine-year-old Anna harnesses all the courage she can when her family flees Nazi Germany to live as refugees in unfamiliar territory. This tender historical family drama emphasizes the importance of upholding strength and love in the face of fear, (d: Caroline Link c: Riva Krymalowski, Carla Juri, Oliver Masucci, Marinus Hohmann, Germany/Switzerland 2020,119 min)

When I'm Done Dying
A young, impoverished rapper's addiction to a street drug threatens his dreams of stardom, his relationship with his family, and the romance of his older, upper-class DJ girlfriend in this drama set in Istanbul's underground hip-hop scene, (d: Nison Dag c: Oktay Cubuk, Hayal Koseoglu, Ushon Cakir, Eren Cigdem, Mufit Kayacan, Turkey/Germany 2021, 97 min)

Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America
Interweaving lecture, personal anecdotes, interviews, and shocking revelations, ACLU deputy legal director Jeffery Robinson draws a stark timeline of anti-Black racism in the United States, from slavery to the modern myth of a post-racial America, (d: Emily Kunstler, Sarah Kunsrler, h Jeffrey Robinson, Gwen Carr, Dr. Tiffany Crutcher, Carolyn Payne, Josephine Boiling McCall, Commissioner Tami Sawyer, USA 2021, 117 min)

Wisdom Tooth
An undocumented maid, her fishmonger half-brother, and a glamorous, mob-affiliated outsider lead this seductive, textured relationship drama/crime thriller set in a poor Chinese fishing village near the Korean border in the dead of winter, (d: Liang MING c: Xingchen Lyu, Wu Xiaoling, Wang Jiajia, Wang Weishen, Ta Hai, Chen Yongzhong, China 2019, 104 min)

Writing With Fire
A powerful and uplifting documentary about the fearless journalists behind Khabar Lahahya, India's only newspaper run by Dalit ("untouchable") women, as they fight for truth and justice in the face of hostile patriarchy and the rise of the right, (d: Rintu Thomas, Sushmit Ghosh, India/Norway/Finland 2021, 93 min)

Wyrm
In an alternative 1990s equal parts Yorgos Lanthimos and Todd Solondz (but gentler), an awkward young teen must complete a school requirement in which students wear electronic collars that detach only upon engaging in their first kiss, (d: Christopher Winterbauer c: Theo Taplitz, Lulu Wilson, Azure Brandi, Tommy Dewey, Rosemarie DeWitt, USA 2019, 97 min)

Youth v Gov
Twenty-one young activists ranging from age 13 to 24 lead a charge against the United States government, holding them legally responsible for exacerbating the world's climate change crisis, in this story of political youth empowerment, (d: Christi Cooper, USA/New Zealand 2020, 110 min)

Futurewave

SIFF FutureWave are films curated with viewers ages 13 through 21 years old in mind

Beans
A 12-year-old Mohawk girl’s coming-of-age story and political awakening during the Oka Crisis. Deer’s fresh voice reminds us of the importance of authentic representation and culturally specific storytelling. Drawing upon her documentary roots, and experi-ence growing up in the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, Deer delivers a timely film grounded in authentic history. (d: Tracey Deer (Mohawk)c: Kiawentiio, Rainbow Dickerson, Violah Beauvais, Canada 2020, 92 min)

FutureWave Shorts
The next generation of filmmakers are finding their unique voices and creating media with purpose. These shorts from filmmakers 18 and under are glorious evidence that storytelling is already strong for the future. (Shorts Package, 81 min)

Goddess of the Fireflies
After her parents announce they're getting a divorce, 16-year-old Catherine (Kelly Depeault) dives into a life of sex and drugs in 1990s rural Quebec in this tender and gorgeously shot coming-of-age story about angst, desire, rebellion, and addiction, (d: AnaTs Barbeau-Lavalette c: Kelly Depeault, Eleonore Loiselle, Caroline Neron, Canada [Quebec) 2020, 105 min)

Summertime
A sprawling portrait of Los Angeles told through the work of spoken word poetry, 25 Angelenos' aspirations and fears intersect over the course of one long, hot SoCal day in the latest from director Carlos L6pez Estrada (8//ndspotfing). (d: Carlos L6pez Estrada c: 25 Get Lit Poets, USA 2020, 95 min)

Valentina
When trans teen Valentino moves from the city to a small, conservative town, the community quickly sets up roadblocks to her happiness, forcing the shy teen to stand her ground in this inspiring and hopeful story of gender expression and solidarity, (d: Cassio Pereira dos Santos c: Thiessa Woinbackk, Guta Stresser, Romulo Braga, Brazil 2020, 95 min)

Wyrm
In an alternative 1990s equal parts Yorgos Lanthimos and Todd Solondz (but gentler), an awkward young teen must complete a school requirement in which students wear electronic collars that detach only upon engaging in their first kiss, (d: Christopher Winterbauer c: Theo Taplitz, Lulu Wilson, Azure Brandi, Tommy Dewey, Rosemarie DeWitt, USA 2019, 97 min)

Youth v Gov
21 young activists ranging from age 13 to 24 lead a charge against the United States government, holding them legally responsible for exacerbating the world's climate change crisis, in this story of political youth empowerment, (d: Christi Cooper, USA/New Zealand 2020, 110 min)

Films4Familes

The Bears' Famous Invasion
In this colorful and innovatively designed animated film based on the 1945 Italian children's book by Dino Buzzati, Bear King Leonzio gathers his clan to a uniquely creative war against the land of man to save his son from a human circus. In French with English subtitles. Ages 10+ (d: Lorenzo Mattotti v: Leila Bekhti, Thomas Bidegain, Jean-Claude Carriere, France/Italy 2019, 82 min)

The Family Picture Show
Bring the whole family around your home entertainment center for a playful set of animated and live-action films curated for the young and the young at heart. Ages 5+ (Shorts Package, 80 min)

The Legend of Hei
A shapeshifting cat spirit ventures into the unknown in search of friends and a new home after his forest habit is destroyed in this epic animated feature that topped the box office in its native China. In English. Ages 9+ (d: MTJJ, China 2019, 101 min)

Nahuel & the Magic Book
A curious young boy, o heoler's apprentice, and a talking wolf go on a seafaring adventure to rescue the boy's fisherman father from a wicked sorcerer who is after a book that grants its reader magical powers. In Spanish with English subtitles. Ages 8+ (d: Germdn Acufia v: Consuelo Pizarro, Jorge Lillo, Marcelo Liapiz, Vanesa Silva, Muriel Benavides, Chile/Brazil 2020, 98 min)

Too Far Away
A mutual love of soccer provides the basis for a blossoming friendship between a bullied German boy, struggling to fit into a new school after his family's relocation, and a young Syrian refugee in desperate need of family. In German with English subtitles. Ages 8+ (d: Sarah Winkenstette c: Yoran Leicher, Sobhi Awad, Anna Konig, Andreas Nickl, Julia Hirt, Germany 2019, 89 min)

5:00-9:30pm: Closing Night Celebration & Film: Rosa's Wedding
In this joyful Catalan dramedy, costume designer Rosa is about to turn 45 and sick of being taken for granted, taken advantage of, and putting out other people’s fires. Taking control of her own life, she announces a surprise engagement to a mysterious suitor, much to the dismay of her family.
(d: Icíar Bollaín c: Candela Peña, Sergi López, Nathalie Poza, Ramón Barea, Paula Usero, Spain/France 2020, 97 min)

Faya Dayi
A visually breathtaking narrative/documentary hybrid about the khat trade, a lucrative Ethiopian crop with a psychoactive effect, told through a hallucinatory patchwork of episodes on those who cultivate it, those who partake, and the local youth who seek something more out of life, (d: Jessica Beshir, Ethiopia/USA/Qatar 2021, 119 min)

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