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Alex of Venice

USA | 2014 | 86 minutes | Chris Messina

Chris Messina (”The Newsroom,” “The Mindy Project”) directs this quietly touching film about Alex, a woman who must reclaim and revive her life when her husband suddenly leaves her. Alex must navigate through all the chaos to find her true self.

Another

USA | 2014 | 80 minutes | Jason Bognacki

A phantasmagoric chiller that follows Jordyn, a young woman who explores the dark recesses of her soul when she learns she may be the devil’s kin, in this stylistic mix of giallo and Hammer horror.

Five Star

USA | 2014 | 83 minutes | Keith Miller

In this riveting drama which incorporates details from the actors’ lives, Primo has been an East New York Blood since childhood. John, the son of a fallen gang member, comes to Primo out of curiosity about gang life. As a mentorship blooms, a secret threatens both men’s futures.

Kinderwald

USA | 2013 | 87 minutes | Lise Raven

This visually stunning drama illustrates the journey of a man who must bring his dead brother’s wife and sons across rural 19th century Pennsylvania. The two boys mysteriously go missing, and the resulting search for them brings out the best and worst in the pioneering community.

Layover

USA | 2014 | 83 minutes | Joshua Caldwell

A missed connection or a new opportunity? Young Parisian Simone lands in Los Angeles on her way to Singapore and finds her flight cancelled. Soon, a mysterious motorcyclist convinces Simone to ride along through the glittering nightlife scene of LA. Sometimes the places you don’t plan visiting are the best.

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.

Medeas

USA | 2013 | 98 minutes | Andrea Pallaoro

A simmering evocation of marital discord and environmental harshness unfolds in this lush, widescreen psychodrama. Maria Full of Grace's Catalina Sandino Moreno is a restless, hearing-impaired wife of a dairy farmer in this sultry tale of adultery that’s rendered in exquisite visual strokes.

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.

Sam & Amira

USA | 2014 | 90 minutes | Sean Mullin

Two outsiders struggle to get along in New York City—former soldier Sam to assimilate back into civilian life and Iraq-born Amira to attain citizenship. When Amira faces deportation, she finds an advocate in him in this story of forbidden love.

The Sleepwalker

USA | 2014 | 92 minutes | Mona Fastvold

When two estranged sisters reunite with their significant others in a remote family estate, one reverts to her childhood habit of sleepwalking. This intriguing psychodrama examines the high stakes of distinguishing personal fiction from reality.

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