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The Skin

Italy | 1981 | 131 minutes | Liliana Cavani

Based on the novel by Curzio Malaparte, with a script by Catherine Breillat, The Skin (1981) flaunts an all-star cast including Marcello Mastroianni and Burt Lancaster, and is set during the American occupation of Italy in 1944.

Song of the Fishermen

China | 1934 | 57 minutes | Cai Chusheng

The struggles of a poor family living near Shanghai are illustrated in this silent film by director Cai Chusheng. Newly restored by China Film Archive and screened with a live musical accompaniment, it is an iconic film pairing bleak social commentary with strikingly beautiful and detailed shots.

The Stunt Man

USA | 1980 | 131 minutes | Richard Rush

June 1 | 40th Anniversary Special Presentation

Peter O’Toole plays an erratic director who agrees to hire a runaway convict as a stunt man for his World War I epic. As the fugitive takes over the identity of the film’s previous stunt man, it becomes clear that no one’s intentions are what they seem. This bizarre, clever film was nominated for three Oscars.

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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