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Abuse of Weakness

France | 2013 | 104 minutes | Catherine Breillat

Based on actual events that befell filmmaker Catherine Breillat (the provocateur behind Romance and Fat Girl), Isabelle Huppert stars as a director, partially paralyzed from a serious stroke, who falls for an arrogant, conniving, money-hungry con man.

The Bit Player

Philippines | 2013 | 111 minutes | Jeffrey Jeturian

Loida is an aging actress whose specialty is playing bit parts in Filipino soap operas. We follow a day in her life, and are shown the questionable, exploitative, and uncomfortably hilarious ways of the soap opera production.

The Congress

Israel | 2013 | 122 minutes | Ari Folman

Ari Folman follows up the Oscar®-nominated Waltz With Bashir with a surreal, vivacious, live action-animation hybrid about an aging actress (Robin Wright playing a version of herself) who sells her image to a movie studio-turned-cinematic dream world.

Elsa & Fred

USA | 2014 | 104 minutes | Michael Radford

Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer star in this remake of the SIFF Golden Space Needle award-winning Spanish film as late-in-life lovers who see the world anew through each other.

I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story

USA | 2014 | 90 minutes | Dave LaMattina, Chad Walker

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Through deeply personal interviews and never-before-seen home videos, this is a beautiful, accomplished, and moving portrait of Caroll Spinney, who has performed as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on “Sesame Street” for over 40 years.

Intruders

South Korea | 2013 | 99 minutes | Noh Young-seok

Slowly building menace until tensions reach the boiling point, Noh Young-seok’s follow up to Daytime Drinking (SIFF 2009) follows a writer to a cabin in the snowy woods, where he erroneously thinks he’ll find quiet time to finish his screenplay.

Leading Lady

South Africa | 2014 | 96 minutes | Henk Pretorius

From the director of Fanie Fourie's Lobola, winner of the SIFF 2013 Golden Space Needle Award for Best Film, comes this laugh-out-loud comedy about a  struggling actress who enlists a South African sheep farmer to help her prepare for a make-or-break film role.

A Masque of Madness

Austria | 2013 | 80 minutes | Norbert Pfaffenbichler

Frankenstein’s monster interacts with other Boris Karloff creations in this kaleidoscopic tribute to the screen legend’s magnificent voice and 50 years in the business.

Muse of Fire

United Kingdom | 2013 | 83 minutes | Giles Terera, Dan Poole

Tea with Dame Judi Dench. Chatting with Ewan McGregor and Alan Rickman. Polling people on the street. Two actors travel the globe to discover who loves, hates, and doesn’t understand Shakespeare in this warmhearted, shenanigan-packed adventure.

Our Sunhi

South Korea | 2013 | 88 minutes | Hong Sang-soo

Sunhi is a smart, artistic-minded girl. At least that’s what the three men who fall for her think. This clever, upbeat film follows the effect charming film student Sunhi has on all the flustered, smitten men she comes into contact with, as she tries to get a recommendation letter out of her former professor.

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