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SHOWING 294 FILMS FROM THE FESTIVAL YEAR 2017
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Award Screening: Best International Narrative Feature: Son of Sofia

Set during the 2004 Summer Olympic Games, 11-year-old Misha is travelling from Russia to live with his mother in Athens in the home of an elderly Greek man she works for. When he learns this man is actually his new father, Misha runs away but doesn’t have the stomach for life on the streets. Returning to his new home, he clings to the stories he grew up with, melding them with reality to create a dark urban fairytale. |Read More
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Award Screening: Best New Narrative Director: Keep the Change

In a support group, David—a smooth talker struggling to hide his disability—meets a woman with similar learning challenges, and they quickly forge an intimate bond. Starring a cast of nonprofessional actors on the autism spectrum, Keep the Change details an underrepresented community with authenticity, optimism and humor. |Read More
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Award Screening: Best Screenplay, International Narrative Competition: Ice Mother

Hana lives alone in a big villa with only weekly visits from her two belligerent sons and their families to look forward to. While on a stroll with her grandson one day, she rescues Brona, an elderly ice swimmer with a hen for a best friend, from drowning. This encounter invigorates Hana, introducing her to a new hobby and unexpected romance. |Read More
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Award Screening: Best Screenplay, US Narrative Competition: Abundant Acreage Available

Still reeling over the recent death of their father, siblings Jesse (Terry Kinney) and Tracy (Amy Ryan) are attempting to settle into their new lives in his absence. Their simple existence is unexpectedly disrupted by the sudden arrival of three mysterious brothers, camping on their land and possessing a surprising connection to their family farm. |Read More
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Award Screening: Founders' Award for Best US Narrative Feature: Keep the Change

In a support group, David—a smooth talker struggling to hide his disability—meets a woman with similar learning challenges, and they quickly forge an intimate bond. Starring a cast of nonprofessional actors on the autism spectrum, Keep the Change details an underrepresented community with authenticity, optimism and humor. |Read More
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Award Screening: Nora Ephron Prize: The Divine Order

Political leaders in Switzerland cited ‘Divine Order’ as the reason why women still did not have the right to vote as late as 1970. Director Petra Volpe explores this surprising history through the story of Nora, a quiet housewife from a quaint village searching for the fierce suffragette leader inside her. |Read More
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BARAKA

  • Release Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 22 minutes
  • Directed By: Néstor Ruiz Medina
  • Country: Spain
In the months before the war in Iraq, two close brothers are forced to separate, soon meeting again when the war is in full swing, but neither is the same. |Read More
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BEBYLON BATTLE ROYALE

  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 3 minutes
  • Directed By: Ikrima Elhassan and Cory Strassburger
  • Country: USA
From the minds at Kite + Lightning, this comedic arena battle experience blends a satirical narrative with revolutionary head-to-head VR gaming. Set in a futuristic status-conscious society, players compete as crude, narcissistic, immortal babies seeking fame and fortune. Wielding weaponized status symbols such as gold-plated selfie sticks and big-fisted battle buggies, you can be the “beby” of your most shameless rock star fantasy. |Read More
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BECOMING HOMELESS A HUMAN EXPERIENCE

  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 8 minutes
  • Directed By: Jeremy Bailenson, Tobin Asher, and Elise Ogle
  • Country: USA
Everyone's story is unique, but the human experience is collective. In this interactive first-person VR experience, you face the adversity of living without a home. From Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Becoming Homeless aims to change the way we think and act about our global homelessness epidemic. |Read More

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