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Natural Sciences

Argentina | 2014 | 71 minutes | Matías Lucchesi

Twelve-year-old Lila doesn’t know her father’s name, but that doesn’t stop her from escaping her boarding school to look for him. Her kind teacher, Jimena, assists in this revelatory road movie.

The Nightingale

China | 2013 | 108 minutes | Philippe Muyl

Festival screenings have passed. Playing at SIFF Cinema June 15.
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In this ravishingly beautiful movie, Philippe Muyl takes us on a Chinese road trip through spectacular mountain villages to discover a bucolic existence. A grandfather travels towards his memories, while his granddaughter finds simple wonders she never knew existed.

Red Knot

USA | 2014 | 82 minutes | Scott Cohen

SIFF 2014 Best New American Cinema: Grand Jury Prize

Festival screenings have passed. Playing at SIFF Cinema June 12.
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A beautifully shot meditation on love and loss, New York couple Peter and Chloe fall into marital crisis while on a research vessel en route to Antarctica.

The Signal

USA | 2014 | 97 minutes | William Eubank

Gorgeous visuals and mind-bending sci-fi anchor an enigmatic mood as a group of college students head into the desert in search of a powerful, mysterious computer hacker.

Tracks

United Kingdom | 2013 | 110 minutes | John Curran

2,000 miles: the distance from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean. “When people ask me why I’m doing it, my usual answer is, ‘Why not?’” Mia Wasikowska portrays Robyn Davidson and her astonishing true voyage across the Outback by foot.

The Trip to Italy

United Kingdom | 2014 | 107 minutes | Michael Winterbottom

The sequel to 2010’s largely improvised The Trip finds buddies Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon on a driving tour through the Italian countryside, musing on life while indulging in scenic and gastronomic delights.

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.

Wild at Heart

USA | 1990 | 125 minutes | David Lynch

David Lynch directs this hallucinatory crime thriller about runaway convicts and forbidden love, blending elements of The Wizard of Oz and Elvis Presley fetishism with an eclectic, intense soundtrack. Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern star as Sailor and Lula, two lovers who know in their hearts that “this whole world’s wild at heart and weird on top.” Laura Dern Tribute Screening.

Willow Creek

USA | 2013 | 80 minutes | Bobcat Goldthwait

Bobcat Goldthwait mixes comedy and horror for Sasquatch-hunters Jim and his girlfriend Kelly, who venture into the woods against the advice of the area’s equally creepy locals.

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