Films

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An image from the film: 20,000 Days on Earth

20,000 Days on Earth

Directed by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard

Closing Night. A playful deconstruction of stardom and identity, this unclassifiable portrait of polymath musician Nick Cave combines footage of Cave and the Bad Seeds recording their latest album with telling and teasing scenes that fall somewhere between fact and fiction. Directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard in person for both screenings.

An image from the film: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour

Opening Night. In this super-stylish black-and-white Persian take on the vampire genre that doubles as a compact metaphor for the current state of Iran, an alluring female vampire stalks potential victims in the sparsely populated underworld of “Bad City.” Director Ana Lily Amirpour and producer Sina Sayyah in person for both screenings.

An image from the film: A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness

A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness

Directed by Ben Rivers & Ben Russell

Musician Robert A.A. Lowe stars as a man who embarks on a quest for utopia in experimental film and art masters Ben Rivers and Ben Russell’s bewitching collaboration. Director Ben Rivers in person for both screenings. Director Ben Russell will be in person on March 22.

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Buzzard

Directed by Joel Potrykus

Through a series of small, increasingly unhinged mutinies a slacker office temp sticks it to corporate America on behalf of the great unsung 99%. Screening with Person to Person (Dustin Guy Defa, 18m). Directors Joel Potrykus and Dustin Guy Defa and actor Joshua Burge in person for both screenings.

An image from the film: Dear White People

Dear White People

Directed by Justin Simien

Culture wars erupt at Winchester University when an all-black residence hall is dismantled in this playful satire that challenges our ideas of identity in our supposed post-racial world. Director Justin Simien in person for both screenings.

An image from the film: Fish & Cat

Fish & Cat

Directed by Shahram Mokri

North American premiere. A menacing pair descend on a campsite where a group of college kids have gathered for a kite-flying festival. But something bigger is going on in this bold experiment in perpetual motion that plays out as one continuous shot.

An image from the film: History of Fear

History of Fear

Directed by Benjamín Naishtat

North American premiere. Set in an economically destabilized Argentina, Benjamín Naishtat’s unsettling feature debut weaves stories of characters from multiple social strata into an interlocking narrative of paranoia and fear. Benjamín Naishtat in person for both screenings.

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Mouton

Directed by Gilles Deroo & Marianne Pistone

U.S. Premiere. Seventeen-year-old Aurelien (aka Sheep) is granted independence from his troubled family and creates a good life for himself in a seaside town—until a freak accident changes things irrevocably. Directors Gilles Deroo & Marianne Pistone and actor Michael Mormentyn in person for both screenings.

An image from the film: ND/NF 2014 Shorts Program 1

ND/NF 2014 Shorts Program 1

Directed by Various

A program comprising five short films: At the Door (Miriam Bliese, 5m), You Can’t Do Everything at Once, But You Can Leave Everything at Once (Marie-Elsa Sgualdo, 15m), Face in the Crowd (Alex Prager, 12m), Afronauts (Frances Bodomo, 14m), and The Island (Dominga Sotomayor and Katarzyna Klimkiewicz, 30m). Filmmakers Miriam Bliese, Alex Prager, Frances Bodomo, and Dominga Sotomayor in person.

An image from the film: ND/NF 2014 Shorts Program 2

ND/NF 2014 Shorts Program 2

Directed by Various

A program comprising six short films: Landscape (Matias Umpierrez, 13m), The Wild (Helena Wittmann, 12m), Greenland Unrealised (Dania Reymond, 9m), Pieces (Xacio Baño, 7m), Three, Two (Sarah-Violet Bliss, 2m), and The Reaper (Gabriel Serra, 29m). Filmmakers Helena Wittmann, Matías Umpierrez, and Sarah-Violet Bliss in person for both screenings.

An image from the film: Obvious Child

Obvious Child

Directed by Gillian Robespierre

Centerpiece Selection. Jenny Slate gives a hilarious, star-making performance as a woman, reeling from being both dumped and fired, who seeks solace in family, friends, stand-up comedy, and ultimately a hookup that results in perhaps her greatest predicament yet. Director Gillian Robespierre and actor Jenny Slate in person for both screenings. Actor Gabe Liedman in person on March 29.

An image from the film: Of Horses and Men

Of Horses and Men

Directed by Benedikt Erlingsson

Horse and man share main billing in this perceptive, wildly original story of the relationship between man and beast, deeply embedded in the Icelandic countryside. Director Benedikt Erlingsson in person for both screenings.

An image from the film: Quod Erat Demonstrandum

Quod Erat Demonstrandum

Directed by Andrei Gruzsniczki

North American Premiere. In mid-1980s Romania, the Securitate investigate a gifted mathematician when it comes to their attention that he has secretly arranged for an academic paper on his new theorem to be published in an American journal. Director Andrei Gruzsniczki in person for both screenings.

An image from the film: Return to Homs

Return to Homs

Directed by Talal Derki

An unsparing documentary account of the besieged Syrian city of Homs follows two close friends whose lives are completely altered when their beloved city is bombed into a ghost town. Director Talal Derki in person for both screenings.

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Salvation Army

Directed by Abdellah Taïa

U.S. Premiere. For his directorial debut, Abdellah Taïa adapts his own deeply personal novel that chronicles the sexual awakening of young gay man in Morocco. Director Abdellah Taïa in person for both screenings.

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Salvo

Directed by Fabio Grassadonia & Antonio Piazza

The titular gangster in this mafioso thriller invades a Palermo home, only to discover his prey’s blind sister in the basement, setting off a nail-biting, magnificently orchestrated game of cat-and-mouse. Directors Fabio Grassadonia & Antonio Piazza in person for both screenings.

An image from the film: She’s Lost Control

She’s Lost Control

Directed by Anja Marquardt

When sex-surrogate Ronah meets Johnny, her already fraying control dissolves the thin line between professional and personal intimacy. Director Anja Marquardt in person for both screenings.

An image from the film: Stop the Pounding Heart

Stop the Pounding Heart

Directed by Roberto Minervini

U.S. Premiere. A documentary-style portrait of sheltered teenage girl, one of 12 children from a devout Christian goat-farming family in rural Texas. Director Roberto Minervini in person for both screenings.

An image from the film: Story of My Death

Story of My Death

Directed by Albert Serra

U.S. Premiere. Against a backdrop of candlelit conversation and earthy carnality, Catalan maverick Albert Serra stages the 18th-century passage from rationalism to romanticism as a tussle between two figures of legend, Casanova and Dracula. Director Albert Serra in person for both screenings.

An image from the film: The Babadook

The Babadook

Directed by Jennifer Kent

When a sinister children’s book called Mister Babadook mysteriously appears, a young widow begins to wonder if there’s is a presence in the house more disturbed than her odd seven-year-old son. Jennifer Kent in person for both screenings.

An image from the film: The Double

The Double

Directed by Richard Ayoade

Jesse Eisenberg stars as both Simon James, a humdrum worker drone and his gregarious doppelgänger, James Simon, in this cerebral and darkly funny Dostoevsky adaptation. Director Richard Ayoade in person on March 24.

An image from the film: The Japanese Dog

The Japanese Dog

Directed by Tudor Cristian Jurgiu

Legendary Romanian stage and screen actor Victor Rebengiuc brings a stoic, fragile dignity to his role as an elderly man who reunites with his estranged son after losing his wife and home in a devastating flood. Director Tudor Cristian Jurgiu in person for both screenings.

An image from the film: The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears

The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears

Directed by Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani

Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s follow-up to Amer further amplifies their super-fetishistic remix of Italian giallo and horror tropes for a delirious baroque tale of a missing wife and the husband who obsessively searches for her. Director Bruno Forzani in person for both screenings.

An image from the film: The Strange Little Cat

The Strange Little Cat

Directed by Ramon Zürcher

A comedic, exquisitely layered examination of the everyday focusing on an extended family-dinner gathering during which sons and daughters, aunts and uncles, cats and cousins weave in and around each other in the tight domestic space of a middle-class Berlin flat. Director Ramon Zürcher and producer/co-writer Silvan Zürcher in person for both screenings.

An image from the film: The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga

The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga

Directed by Jessica Oreck

Deep in the forest, wedged in cracks in the bark and under the moss covered rocks, hide memories and myths. These subconscious tales, drawn from the natural world, inform the societies we build.  Jessica Oreck’s fantastical work combines animation, traditional storytelling and contemporary non-fiction filmmaking to recount the Slavic fable of the Witch Baba Yaga. Director Jessica Oreck in person for both screenings.

An image from the film: To Kill a Man

To Kill a Man

Directed by Alejandro Fernández Almendras

Perpetual humiliation inflicted on his family by local thugs pushes a father over the edge in Alejandro Almendras’s unnerving psychological thriller, which reveals a decidedly raw side of revenge. Director Alejandro Fernández Almendras in person for both screenings.

An image from the film: Trap Street

Trap Street

Directed by Vivian Qu

Notions of surveillance and observation are turned inside out in this noirish tale of digital-mapping-company employee smitten by a beautiful female stranger who leads him down a mysterious path. Director Vivian Qu in person for both screenings.

An image from the film: We Come as Friends

We Come as Friends

Directed by Hubert Sauper

Hubert Sauper’s masterful exploration of modern colonialism, with war-ravaged Sudan as a focus, is the second film of a planned trilogy that began with the Oscar-nominated Darwin’s Nightmare. Director Hubert Sauper in person for both screenings.

An image from the film: Youth

Youth

Directed by Tom Shoval

North American Premiere. Two Israeli brothers bite off more than they can chew with an ill-advised kidnapping scheme inspired equally by desperation and a lifelong diet of violent mainstream American cinema. Screening with Shlomo X (Ruth Patir, 9m). Directors Tom Shoval and Ruth Patir in person for both screenings.