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B for Boy

Nigeria | 2013 | 118 minutes | Chika Anadu

In Chika Anadu's award-winning debut film, Amaka, a 40-year-old Nigerian woman, is expected to produce a male heir. But when the baby dies in utero, she desperately searches for a solution that would keep her husband from taking a second wife.

Bad Hair

Venezuela | 2013 | 93 minutes | Mariana Rondón

In this finely acted, deceptively small-scaled film, nine-year-old Junior and his frustrated single mother clash over Junior’s desire to straighten his kinky hair. The tower blocks of Caracas, Venezuela are the backdrop for a subtly powerful domestic drama.

Begin Again

USA | 2013 | 101 minutes | John Carney

From the director of international sensation Once comes a soul-stirring comedy about singer-songwriter Greta (Keira Knightley), who after being dumped by her up-and-coming rock star boyfriend (Maroon 5’s Adam Levine) catches the attention of a down-on-his-luck record producer (Mark Ruffalo).

Belle & Sebastien

France | 2013 | 99 minutes | Nicolas Vanier

2014 Youth Jury Award Prize for Best Films4Families Feature: Grand Jury Prize

Festival screenings have passed. Playing at SIFF Cinema June 14.
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An inspiring story of a boy and his dog who guide Jewish refugees to safety across the alps, Belle et Sébastien is a charming homage to the beloved live-action nature films of Disney, but with a pulse-pounding World War II subplot that will thrill audiences of all ages.

The Better Angels

USA | 2014 | 94 minutes | A.J. Edwards

Stunningly shot and set in 1817 Indiana, this Terrence Malick-produced hyperrealistic reflection plumbs the difficult early years of Abraham Lincoln, whose later struggle against slavery made him a legend.

BFE

USA | 2014 | 98 minutes | Shawn Telford

In a small town where everyone has been dealt a bum hand, four people seek an escape from reality. A stunning debut from local filmmaker Shawn Telford, delivering diverse, well-written characters with one distinct commonality: they all need to get out of BFE.

Black Coal, Thin Ice

China | 2014 | 106 minutes | Diao Yinan

This innovative, stylish, and compelling noir set among ordinary people in the northern Chinese provinces begins as disgraced detective-turned-security guard Zhang privately reopens the cold case that ended his career. Winner of the Best Picture, 2014 Berlinale.

Blind Dates

Georgia | 2013 | 95 minutes | Levan Koguashvili

A 40-year-old teacher still living with his parents finally meets the right woman in this lovely, compassionate comedy from Georgia. Unfortunately, not only is she the mother of one of his students, she has a husband about to be released on probation.

The Boy and the World

Brazil | 2013 | 80 minutes | Alê Abreu

This wordless, sensuous, uniquely original animated film follows Cuca, a young Brazilian boy who ventures from his simple countryside home into a neon-infused, carnivalesque metropolis in search of his father.

Boyhood

USA | 2014 | 164 minutes | Richard Linklater

2014 Golden Space Needle Award: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress (Patricia Arquette)

Festival screenings have passed. Playing at SIFF Cinema June 15.
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Richard Linklater (Slacker, Before Sunrise trilogy) makes a triumphant return to his independent roots with this dazzling micro-epic, shot over the course of 12 years, that tracks the evolution of a single American family through the eyes of young Mason.

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