A record budget, an all-star cast, a script based on a best-seller: Most 28-year-old novices aren't handed this kind of project, especially in Egypt, where the novel's subjects-government corruption, Islamic fundamentalism, homosexuality-are taboo onscreen. But the gamble pays off in this sprawling, compelling, and watchable epic set in a downtown Cairo building that's a symbol of modern Egypt. |Read MoreDrama
Yanqui Walker and the Optical Revolution is an experimental documentary about American expansionist William Walker, who became dictator of Nicaragua in 1856.
Screening with The Travelogues. |Read MoreDocumentary
Shot in Brooklyn, North Carolina and New Orleans, A Year is the middle-aged diary film that uses sublime and inviting 35mm images to examine the changes and disappearances of one man's life. |Read MoreDocumentary
It's the summer of 1970, and twelve-year-old Mauro's biggest concern is whether Brazil wins the World Cup-until his politicized parents are forced to flee the country, and he is thrust into the alien world of Sao Paolo's Jewish community. This sensitive drama shows an innocent caught up in a ferociously repressive dictatorship he knows nothing about. |Read More
During the 1987 NFL strike, teams scrambled to assemble temporary replacements to fill in for their boycotting players. The Washington Redskins were notable for their "scabs," a collection of cast-offs who nonetheless rode a surprising wave of momentum against all odds. Year of the Scab revisits this ultimate underdog story and the men whose ordinary lives were interrupted. Those so-called “scabs” helped break the strike and bring their team to victory, only to struggle for their place in the sports history books. |Read MoreDocumentary
Celebrated Chinese couturier Guo Pei is perhaps best known for designing the brilliant gold gown Rihanna wore to the Met Ball in 2015. But Guo’s quest to be recognized by the gatekeepers of Paris haute couture goes beyond the red carpet and taps into global power dynamics and the perpetual tension between art and commerce. |Read MoreNew York, Drama, Female Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s)
The latest from Sally Potter (Orlando) casts the versatile Joan Allen as a scientist who embarks on an affair with a Lebanese waiter (Simon Abkarian), who turns out to be a one-time surgeon now living in exile. Their passionate affair takes them around the globe and on a journey through culture, politics, gender, and more. A Sony Pictures Classics release. Presented by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Yesterday, everyone knew The Beatles. Today, only Jack remembers their songs. He’s about to become a very big deal. From Academy Award®-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) and Richard Curtis, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually and Notting Hill, comes a rock-n-roll comedy about music, dreams, friendship, and the long and winding road that leads to the love of your life. |Read More
Exposing subject matter notoriously shrouded in secrecy, this uplifting and sobering doc chronicles a group of North Korean concentration camp escapees and their contributions to a powerful musical based on their experiences. Blending interviews and scenes from the controversial stage show, director Andrzej Fidyk explores the atrocities they faced as prisoners—and the challenges they face while trying to express them through art. |Read MoreDocumentary
Join us for this FREE world premiere screening of a film that captures the live theatrical musical whose backstory is explored in Andrzej Fidyk's TFF '09 documentary Yodok Stories. The performance—shot in Seoul, South Korea in 2006—creatively tells the shocking true story of a group of escapees from one of North Korea's most notorious concentration camps. |Read More
A small-time con man's search for the perfect scam is disrupted by unexpected family challenges. This heartwarming drama features memorable performances by Chazz Palminteri and Christine Lahti. |Read MoreDrama, Crime
In her debut doc, the always sparkling Rosie Perez takes viewers down the route of New York City's Puerto Rican Day Parade and through an exploration of her heritage. Weaving snippets of family moments and the often bumpy history of the island, Perez and co director Liz Garbus build a pastiche of unbridled optimism and pride. |Read MoreDocumentary
Returning to the role that won him TFF's Best Actor award in Eytan Fox's Yossi & Jagger in 2003, Ohad Knoller is extraordinary as Yossi, a closeted gay man living a solitary existence in Tel Aviv. A chance encounter with a group of soldiers ignites Yossi's desire to live an open, fulfilling life. Directed with uncommon honesty and compassion by Fox, this is a deeply moving film about the power of second chances. |Read MoreDrama
Released in 1995, Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls was met by critics and audiences with near universal derision. You Don’t Nomi traces the film’s redemptive journey from notorious flop to cult classic, and maybe even masterpiece. |Read MoreDocumentary, LGBTQIA