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Life Feels Good

Poland | 2013 | 107 minutes | Maciej Pieprzyca

2014 Golden Space Needle Award: Best Actor (Dawid Ogrodnik)

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Heartbreaking and humorous, Life Feels Good has thrilled international audiences with virtuosic acting from Dawid Ogrodnik as Mateusz, a romantic, good-natured man with cerebral palsy who yearns to be understood by his family and friends. Based on a true story, this award-winning film is a testament to the endurance of the human spirit.

Lilting

United Kingdom | 2014 | 86 minutes | Hong Khaou

This delicate chamber piece addresses the universal language of grief with elegance, humor, and tenderness. Sixty-something Junn is visited by an interpreter who can help bridge the language gaps between herself and two men: a new suitor at the nursing home and the handsome “best friend” of her deceased son.

Little Accidents

USA | 2014 | 105 minutes | Sara Colangelo

Expanded from the SIFF 2010 award-winning short, the citizens of a West Virginian town sift through the emotional wreckage and deeply buried secrets in the aftermath of a terrible coal mining disaster. Featuring Elizabeth Banks, Chloë Sevigny, Josh Lucas, Boyd Holbrook, and Jacob Lofland.

The Little House

Japan | 2014 | 136 minutes | Yoji Yamada

A country girl named Taki comes to Tokyo in the 1930s to find domestic work, observing the bourgeois goings-on and indiscretions of her employers. Adapted from the novel by Kyoko Nakajima.

Living is Easy With Eyes Closed

Spain | 2013 | 108 minutes | David Trueba

It’s 1966 and Antonio is using Beatles’ songs to teach English. When he learns that John Lennon is filming in Almería he rushes to meet his idol, with two young misfits along for the ride, in this captivatingly lyrical road movie. Best Film, Best Director, 2014 Goya Awards.

Lucky Them

USA | 2013 | 96 minutes | Megan Griffiths

May 22 | Renton Opening Night | Reception at Renton Pavillion follows the screening

Seattle-based director Megan Griffiths’ latest boasts charismatic performances from Toni Collette, as a world-weary rock journalist, and the scene-stealing Thomas Haden Church as a first-time documentarian, who team up to find a legendary Seattle musician who notoriously vanished.

The Lusty Men

USA | 1952 | 113 minutes | Nicholas Ray

Robert Mitchum headlines this rough, rabble-rousing rodeo drama about a red-headed woman who comes between two red-blooded men in Nicholas Ray’s (Rebel Without a Cause ) final RKO film. Print courtesy of the Film Foundation Collection at the Academy Film Archive.

Macondo

Austria | 2014 | 98 minutes | Sudabeh Mortezai

A sensitive and deeply humanist tone carries this portrait of a young boy in a refugee settlement in Vienna torn between childhood, adulthood, and the reality of his surroundings.

Manuscripts Don’t Burn

Iran | 2013 | 127 minutes | Mohammad Rasoulof

In this gripping political thriller, Mohammad Rasoulof defies a 20-year ban on filmmaking to tell the true story of two government assassins tasked with eliminating 21 dissident writers and journalists.

Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy

Thailand | 2013 | 127 minutes | Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit

410 consecutive Twitter updates punctuate the adventures of high school senior Mary and her best friend Suri in this unique alliance of social media and cinema.

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