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Burning Bush

Czech Republic | 2013 | 230 minutes | Agnieszka Holland

Festival screenings have passed. Playing at SIFF Cinema in July. Click here for more.

An epic drama examining the emotional, political, and societal fallout from Prague student Jan Palach’s 1969 self-immolation protesting the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia. A riveting thriller plot with complex characters and sumptuously re-created period detail.

Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus

United Kingdom | 2013 | 76 minutes | Madeleine Sackler

Facing tyranny, KGB raids, and even exile, the members of the Belarus Free Theatre perform their internationally acclaimed, uncensored live dramas as an act of defiance against Europe’s last surviving Communist dictatorship.

Desert Runners

USA | 2013 | 95 minutes | Jennifer Steinman

From Chile to China, Egypt to Antarctica, four non-professional runners challenge themselves to complete the 4 Deserts Grand Slam, a combination of the world’s most punishing, extreme ultramarathons.

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.

Fifi Howls from Happiness

Iran | 2013 | 96 minutes | Mitra Farahani

In the time of the Shah, Iranian artist Bahman Mohasses’ salacious sculpture and paintings were often censored. Director Mitra Farahani finds him in Rome, irascible as ever, tackling his “final commission” with verve and wit.

Final Recipe

South Korea | 2013 | 98 minutes | Gina Kim

Hoping to save his grandfather’s fledgling restaurant, teenage Mark uses his university savings to secretly enter Shanghai’s blockbuster cooking competition, led by Master Chef Julia Lee (international superstar Michelle Yeoh).

The Foxy Merkins

USA | 2013 | 81 minutes | Madeleine Olnek

Jo is straight but picks up women with more efficiency than asthmatic, shy lesbian hustler Margaret in this low-budget buddy comedy where high-end ladies fashion stores stand in for the street corner.

Gabrielle

Canada (Québec) | 2013 | 102 minutes | Louise Archambault

Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, who has Williams Syndrome, plays a young woman with the disease. Her extraordinary performance tracks her romance with a choir mate, a situation that distresses her beau’s overly protective mother.

Grand Central

France | 2013 | 94 minutes | Rebecca Zlotowski

Incendiary French star Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color) plays an engaged woman who embarks on a risky affair with Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) in the nuclear power plant where they both work.

Helicopter Mom

USA | 2014 | 100 minutes | Salomé Breziner

June 4 | Gay-La Film and Party | Party at Q Nightclub follows the screening.

Maggie Cooper (Nia Vardalos, My Big Fat Greek Wedding) is a loving but overbearing mom, who hovers over her teenaged son, Lloyd. She thinks Lloyd may be gay, so she supports him by setting up dates with boys, and submitting an application for a gay student college scholarship. But Lloyd is not so sure, and his mom’s meddling is making things worse. Actors Jason Dolley and Kate Flannery in attendance.

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