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Walesa. Man of Hope

Poland | 2013 | 120 minutes | Andrzej Wajda

Master filmmaker Andrzej Wajda chronicles the extraordinary Solidarity movement led by shipyard electrician Lech Walesa, a quiet revolution that would topple the Communist dictatorship in Poland and bring down the Iron Curtain.

The Way He Looks

Brazil | 2014 | 95 minutes | Daniel Ribeiro

This savvy debut feature from Brazil highlights the emotional intelligence of teenagers, evoking a gay take on John Hughes’ teen classics. Blind from birth, teenaged Leonardo is ready for independence—and love. When new kid Gabriel arrives in class, he soon replaces Leonardo’s loyal female bestie.

We Are the Best!

Sweden | 2013 | 102 minutes | Lukas Moodysson

In 1982 Stockholm, three 13-year-old misfits deal with their suffocating surroundings, as well as the onslaught of adolescence, by forming a riotous, all-girl punk trio. Based on the graphic novel “Never Goodnight” by Coco Moodysson.

West

Germany | 2013 | 98 minutes | Christian Schwochow

From the director of Cracks in the Shell (SIFF 2012) comes another spellbinding, harrowing tale of identity and empowerment. In 1975, Nelly and her son escape to West Germany for a new start, and question all they knew about the man in their lives.

Wetlands

Germany | 2013 | 109 minutes | David F. Wnendt

Unapologetically vulgar and played out with sparkling energy, Wetlands follows fearless teenager Helen’s coming of age escapades. Based on Charlotte Roche’s worldwide bestseller, styled as a Ya “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

What Is Cinema?

USA | 2013 | 83 minutes | Chuck Workman

If cinema is a language, then Chuck Workman has tapped its most inspired poets in this rhapsodic deliberation on the purity, grace and potential of the moving image. Interviews with filmmakers from Kurosawa to Lynch pursue the question.

What Now? Remind Me

Portugal | 2013 | 164 minutes | Joaquim Pinto

Joaquim Pinto, HIV positive since the ’90s, presents a video diary of exquisite insight and tenderness, of love of life and cinema, made during a year of inactivity when he underwent experimental treatment. The stories from Pinto’s archival collections are spliced with the daily goings-on of Pinto’s husband and pets in this funny, intimate family portrait.

White Shadow

Germany | 2013 | 115 minutes | Noaz Deshe

In Tanzania, young albino Alias is on the run after witnessing his father's murder. He finds city life as fraught with danger as the bush, in this intense and stunning feature debut centering on crime perpetrated because of superstition.

Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger

USA | 2014 | 130 minutes | Joe Berlinger

Oscar®-nominated documentarian Joe Berlinger (the Paradise Lost trilogy) investigates the corrupt relationship between the FBI and James “Whitey” Bulger, the infamous Boston crime lord who led authorities on a 16-year wild goose chase.

The Whole Wide World

USA | 1996 | 111 minutes | Dan Ireland

June 7 | 40th Anniversary Special Presentation

In 1930s Texas, schoolteacher and aspiring author Novalyne meets Robert E. Howard, a pulp fiction writer later famed for books including “Conan the Barbarian.” The true story of a turbulent courtship and cultural moment resonates in Dan Ireland’s classic romance. With film director and SIFF co-founder Dan Ireland in attendance!

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