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3 Mile Limit

New Zealand | 2014 | 105 minutes | Craig Newland

It's 1965 and the world is going bonkers over rock ’n’ roll. Unfortunately for Richard Davis, the New Zealand government, which controls the airwaves, want nothing to do with it, so he and his mates decide to do it themselves. Based on the unbelievable and inspiring true story of pirate radio Radio Hauraki.

Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas

France | 2013 | 122 minutes | Arnaud des Pallières

Mads Mikkelson gives a commanding performance as the titular hero, a simple merchant in 16th century France, who swears revenge against the nobleman responsible for his wife’s brutal murder.

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.

The Butterfly’s Dream

Turkey | 2013 | 123 minutes | Yilmaz Erdogan

In 1940s Turkey, on the coast of the Black Sea, two friends, and aspiring poets, fall in love with the same young woman and struggle to survive as the country is buffeted by the winds of WWII.

Charlie Chaplin shorts

USA | 74 minutes |

Join "The Little Tramp" in his mis-adventures in this collection of short films, with live accompaniment by Donald Sosin. Fun for all ages!

The Circle

Switzerland | 2014 | 102 minutes | Stefan Haupt

In the 1950s, Zurich group Der Kreis (“The Circle”) blossomed into an internationally renowned gay liberation community. Schoolteacher Ernst Ostertag and drag performer Röbi Rapp fight for their love, made taboo by society, with inspiring courage, in this hybrid documentary/narrative.

The Disciple

Finland | 2013 | 93 minutes | Ulrika Bengts

On an isolated island in the Baltic Sea, a 13-year-old orphan boy assigned to become a lighthouse keeper’s assistant runs afoul of the emotionally abusive man behind the lantern.

Half of a Yellow Sun

Nigeria | 2013 | 106 minutes | Biyi Bandele

Based on the eponymous novel, Half of a Yellow Sun follows the lives of two Nigerian sisters in the 1960s who return home after receiving education in England. The tumultuous Nigerian Civil War is the backdrop to this author-approved drama adaptation.

Ida

Poland | 2013 | 80 minutes | Pawel Pawlikowski

Festival screenings have passed. Playing at SIFF Cinema starting June 13. Click here for more.

Acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love) returns to his homeland for this intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation.

Jimi: All Is By My Side - Opening Night Gala

United Kingdom | 2013 | 118 minutes | John Ridley

May 15 | Opening Night at McCaw Hall

It's Jimi Hendrix before he was Jimi Hendrix. Outkast's André Benjamin gives a magnetic, nuanced performance in this biopic about a rock legend on the verge of making it big. Director John Ridley and actress Hayley Atwell scheduled to attend.

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