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SHOWING 200 FILMS FROM THE FESTIVAL YEAR 2011

ANGELS CREST

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 93 minutes
  • Directed By: Gaby Dellal and Gaby Dellal
  • Country: U.K., Canada
In the working-class Rocky Mountain town of Angels Crest, young father Ethan (Thomas Dekker) is doing his best to raise his three-year-old son Nate. He has no choice—Nate's mother (Lynn Collins) is an alcoholic. But one snowy day Ethan's momentary lapse in judgment results in tragedy, catapulting the town's tight-knit community into strange new directions as they try to decide where the blame lies. With Jeremy Piven, Elizabeth McGovern, Mira Sorvino, and Kate Walsh. |Read More
Drama, Female Director(s)

ARTIFICIAL PARADISES

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 83 minutes
  • Directed By: Yulene Olaizola and Yulene Olaizola
  • Country: Mexico
This beautifully rendered atmospheric story captures a young woman addicted to heroin trying to get clean at a rundown resort on the Mexican Gulf Coast. There she meets a local character and the two begin a unique rapport. First-time narrative filmmaker Yulene Olaizola subverts the conventional addict story and imbues her main characters with a complexity and honesty that inspires this delicate and resonant journey of two old souls. |Read More
Drama, Female Director(s)

ASSAULT

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 95 minutes
  • Directed By: Julien Leclercq and Julien Leclercq
  • Country: France
Christmas Eve, 1994. In war-torn Algiers, four men uniformed as border guards hijack Air France Flight 8969, foreboding doom for all 220 passengers. But on their arrival in Marseilles, the elite French SWAT force waits to avert tragedy…. Based on the harrowing true story of one of the most successful anti-terrorist operations in history, and incorporating actual news footage, this action-packed thriller from Julien Leclercq (Chrysalis) is packed with heart-pounding intensity. |Read More
Thriller

AUDIENCE AWARD SECOND PLACE

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 75 minutes
  • Country: (none)
Semper Fi: Always Faithful won this award: Master Sergeant Jerry Ensminger's loyalty was always to the Marine Corps. But after his nine-year-old daughter died of a rare type of leukemia, Jerry's relentless search for answers leads to a shocking discovery exposing one of the largest water contamination sites in U.S. history. Living by the Marine creed, this drill instructor-turned-activist puts his own pain aside and takes on the top brass in an impassioned struggle for justice on behalf of his fellow soldiers and family. |Read More

AUDIENCE AWARD THIRD PLACE

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 83 minutes
  • Country: (none)
Carol Channing: Larger Than Life won this award: The story of legendary performer Carol Channing's life is as colorful as the lipstick on her big, bright smile. Director Dori Berinstein captures the magic and vivacity of the 90-year-old icon and throws it at the screen like roses at the stage during curtain call. You'll have a grin on your face and a tear in your eye, evidence that the original Dolly Levi is still glowin', still crowin', and still goin' strong. |Read More

BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 70 minutes
  • Directed By: Marie Losier and Marie Losier
  • Country: USA, France
Filmmaker and TFF alum Marie Losier, who has created engaging short films on avant-garde artists like George Kuchar and Guy Maddin, makes her feature documentary debut with a mesmerizing and deeply romantic love story between pioneering musician and performance artist Genesis P-Orridge and soul mate Lady Jaye. Breaking new ground in its depiction of gender identity, Ballad chronicles the physical and spiritual merging of two beings into one. |Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary, Music

BANG BANG CLUB

  • Release Year: 2010
  • Runtime: 106 minutes
  • Directed By: Steven Silver
  • Country: Canada, South Africa
The Bang Bang Club is the true story of four young combat photographers bonded by friendship and their sense of purpose to tell the truth. They risk their lives and use their cameras to tell the world of the violence associated with the first free elections in post-Apartheid South Africa. Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman and Taylor Kitsch star in a film that explores the thrills, danger, and moral questions associated with exposing the truth. |Read More

BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 98 minutes
  • Directed By: Michael Rapaport and Michael Rapaport
  • Country: USA
The most groundbreaking act to emerge from the New York hip-hop scene of the early '90s, A Tribe Called Quest electrified a generation with its brand of jazz-infused beats and intelligent rhymes before dramatically disbanding in '98. In his directorial debut, Michael Rapaport draws from eight months of total access to uncover the history and inner workings of the Tribe. Featuring De La Soul, Kanye West, Common, Mos Def, Ludacris, Beastie Boys, and more. |Read More
Documentary, Music

BEAUTIFUL MIND

  • Release Year: 2001
  • Runtime: 135 minutes
  • Country: USA
Ten years ago, A Beautiful Mind made Nobel Prize-winning mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr. a household name. This stunning portrait of a brilliant but troubled man won four Academy Awards® and gave audiences an insider's look into the unique world of mathematics. On its 10th anniversary, we salute A Beautiful Mind for its powerful filmmaking, fine performances, and intriguing subject.

After the Movie: Join us for a conversation moderated by NPR's Ira Flatow featuring special guests from science and screen including A Beautiful Mind's Academy Award®-winning filmmakers—director Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer, and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman—as well as well as its math consultant, Dave Bayer, author Sylvia Nasar, whose book inspired the film, and theoretical physicist and mathematician Brian Greene. Panelists will discuss the film's exploration of scientific and mathematical concepts and the challenges and rewards of portraying them on screen. Sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. |Read More
Drama

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY- NARRATIVE AWARD

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 83 minutes
  • Country: (none)
Artificial Paradises won this award: This beautifully rendered atmospheric story captures a young woman addicted to heroin trying to get clean at a rundown resort on the Mexican Gulf Coast. There she meets a local character and the two begin a unique rapport. First-time narrative filmmaker Yulene Olaizola subverts the conventional addict story and imbues her main characters with a complexity and honesty that inspires this delicate and resonant journey of two old souls. |Read More

BEST EDITING- DOCUMENTARY AWARD

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 75 minutes
  • Country: (none)
Semper Fi: Always Faithful won this award: Master Sergeant Jerry Ensminger's loyalty was always to the Marine Corps. But after his nine-year-old daughter died of a rare type of leukemia, Jerry's relentless search for answers leads to a shocking discovery exposing one of the largest water contamination sites in U.S. history. Living by the Marine creed, this drill instructor-turned-activist puts his own pain aside and takes on the top brass in an impassioned struggle for justice on behalf of his fellow soldiers and family. |Read More

BEST NEW DOCUMENTARY DIRECTOR AWARD

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 74 minutes
  • Country: (none)
Like Water won this award: In the most brutal and often most misunderstood sport in the world, becoming a champion takes more than just blood, sweat, and tears. Like Water follows middleweight Ultimate Fighter Anderson Silva as he prepares to crown his four-year unbeaten streak as king of the sport with a record 12th straight win in the UFC. With intimate access to Silva and his intense training, the surprising and inspiring man behind one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time emerges. |Read More

BEST NEW NARRATIVE DIRECTOR AWARD

  • Release Year: 2010
  • Runtime: 127 minutes
  • Country: (none)
The Journals of Musan: Park Jungbum's stunning and much-lauded debut is the story of a North Korean defector forging a life in capitalist South Korea. As both director and actor, Park (assistant director of Lee Chang-dong's stirring Poetry) fully realizes a disarmingly beautiful vision of loneliness, disconnect, and ethical ambiguity in this story of a lost soul's struggle to connect. |Read More

BEST SCREENPLAY- NARRATIVE AWARD

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 75 minutes
  • Country: (none)
Turn me on goddammit won this award: Alma is a small-town teenager with an active imagination and an even more active libido. After a titillating but awkward encounter with school heartthrob Artur turns her into a social outcast, Alma is desperate to move out of town and on with her life. Turn me on, goddammit is an offbeat coming-of-age comedy with a deadpan sense of humor, enlivened by its rich sense of fantasy and frank but sweet approach to teen sexuality. |Read More

BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW

  • Release Year: 2010
  • Runtime: 110 minutes
  • Directed By: Panos Cosmatos and Panos Cosmatos
  • Country: Italy, Canada
Panos Cosmatos brings his bold, Kubrickian vision to the screen in stunning detail in this sci-fi fable of a young woman imprisoned in an experimental laboratory facility and the mysterious scientist who is her captor. At once creatively futuristic and hypnotically retro, Beyond the Black Rainbow will absorb viewers in its unique dystopian futurescape. |Read More
Science Fiction

BLACK BUTTERFLIES

Poetry, politics, madness, and desire collide in the true story of the woman hailed as South Africa's Sylvia Plath. In 1960s Cape Town, as Apartheid steals the expressive rights of blacks and whites alike, young Ingrid Jonker (Carice van Houten, Black Book) finds her freedom scrawling verse while frittering through a series of stormy affairs. Amid escalating quarrels with her lovers and her government-censor father (Rutger Hauer), the poet witnesses an unconscionable event that will alter her life's course. |Read More
Drama, Female Director(s)

BLACKTHORN

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 98 minutes
  • Directed By: Mateo Gil and Mateo Gil
  • Country: USA, France, Spain
Legend has it notorious American outlaw Butch Cassidy was killed in Bolivia in 1908. Mateo Gil's classic Western, however, finds Cassidy (Sam Shepard) 20 years later living on in hiding under the identity of James Blackthorn—and yearning for one last sight of home. Joining forces with a Spanish mine robber named Eduardo, Blackthorn sets out on one final adventure across the sublime landscape of the Bolivian frontier. |Read More
Drama