Festival Spotlight: Festival Favorites

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You won't want to miss these just-confirmed SIFF 2019 titles! 

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American Factory

American Factory

USA | Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert | 2019

In this Sundance award-winning documentary, high-tech China clashes with working-class America when a Chinese billionaire repurposes a defunct GM plant in Dayton, Ohio, and hires 2,000 blue-collar workers, only for the two sides to struggle finding common ground.

The Apollo

The Apollo

USA | Roger Ross Williams | 2019

Archival footage onstage and backstage enriches this portrait of the iconic Harlem theater, since 1934 the epicenter of African-American achievement in performance.

Banana Spilt

Banana Split

USA | Benjamin Kasulke | 2018

It would be so easy to have one carefree summer before going off to college, but April's plans for her final months hit a snag when she becomes best friends with her ex-boyfriend's new squeeze.

Brittany Runs A Marathon

Brittany Runs A Marathon

USA | Paul Downs Colaizzo | 2019

A game ensemble cast shines in this Sundance-winning romantic comedy, starring Jillian Bell as a New York slacker who reluctantly takes up running, hoping to put her life back on track one block at a time.

Ghost Fleet

Ghost Fleet

USA | Shannon Service, Jeffrey Waldron | 2018

An engrossing and impactful documentary about Thai human-rights activist Patima Tungpuchayakul as she and her team attempt to rescue the enslaved fishermen forced to work the southeast Asian seas.

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Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

USA/United Kingdom | Stanley Nelson | 2019

Never-seen footage, never-heard music tracks, and narration based on the text of his autobiography join interviews with family members and musical colleagues to form this portrait of the hard-living jazzman (1926-91).

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Monos

Monos

Colombia/Argentina/Netherlands/Germany/ Sweden/Uruguay | Alejandro Landes | 2019

In the mountain jungles of Colombia, eight teenagers, in thrall to a mysterious guerrilla organization, eventually and brutally turn on each other as their last connections to the outside world are broken.

One Last Deal

One Last Deal

Finland | Klaus Härö | 2018

An elderly art dealer wants to both save his business and repair his relationship with his daughter and grandson, and a lost Russian masterpiece could help him do both-if he can prove the picture's provenance.

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The Realm

The Realm

Spain/France | Rodrigo Sorogoyen | 2018

When a corrupt politician is made a scapegoat by his fellow colleagues, he must race against time to avoid prison by playing the system, leading to a desperate realization about the corruption he helped maintain, in this pulse-pounding new thriller.

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Running with Beto

Running with Beto

USA | David Modigliani | 2019

Go behind the scenes of Texas' 2018 senatorial campaign as newly minted Democratic star Beto O'Rourke rises from obscurity to nearly unseat the hyper-conservative Ted Cruz and turn a red stronghold purple.

Swinging Safari

Swinging Safari

Australia/USA | Stephan Elliott | 2018

You think the '70s were sybaritic and self-indulgent in America? Apparently this was a nunnery compared to Australia, or so suggests Stephan Elliott's colorfully crass look back at the loose parenting of the Decade of Decadence.

The Third Wife

The Third Wife

Vietnam | Ash Mayfair | 2018

May, a 14-year-old girl in 19th-century Vietnam enters a dysfunctional polygamous marriage to an older wealthy landlord who demands a male heir in this beautiful, sensuously shot tale that interrogates the patriarchal practices of both May's time and our own.

We Are the Radical Monarchs

We Are the Radical Monarchs

USA | Linda Goldstein Knowlton | 2019

Follow the founding and growth of the Radical Monarchs, an Oakland-based alternative to the Girl Scouts for young women of color (ages 8-13) at the front lines of social justice and allyship.


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3 Faces

3 Faces

Iran | Jafar Panahi | 2018

Internationally renowned filmmaker Jafar Panahi (The White Balloon) co-stars in this dryly humorous mockumentary as he and a famous TV star go on a road trip to save the life of an aspiring actress desperate to escape her provincial life.

Anthropocene

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

Canada | Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky | 2018

The filmmakers of Manufactured Landscapes (SIFF 2006) construct a beautiful and timely meditation on humanity's massive, destructive reengineering of the planet and the ways in which we've permanently altered its climate. Narrated by Oscar® winner Alicia Vikander.

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Cold Case Hammarskjöld

Cold Case Hammarskjöld

Denmark | Mads Brügger | 2019

A shocking and exhilarating investigation into the mysterious death of Dag Hammarskjöld, the Secretary-General of the United Nations who died in a plane crash in 1961, one that points to a global conspiracy more nefarious than anybody could have imagined.

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The Death of Dick Long

The Death of Dick Long

USA | Daniel Scheinert | 2019

In this ridiculous comedy from the co-director of Swiss Army Man, two numbskulls in small-town Alabama set themselves up for failure when their friend ends up dead after a night of hard partying, sending them scrambling to cover up his disappearance.

The Fall of the American Empire

The Fall of the American Empire

Canada (Québec) | Denys Arcand | 2018

In the third part of Denys Arcand's informal trilogy, following Decline of the American Empire and The Barbarian Invasions, this biting satire on capitalism follows an idealistic delivery truck driver who stumbles upon two bags of cash after a botched armed robbery.

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Halston

Halston

USA | Frédéric Tcheng | 2019

Relive the roller-coaster career of the designer whose innovative clothes not only gave women new freedom, but who fabulously heightened both the role of fashion in American culture and of American fashion on the world stage.

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Honeyland

Honeyland

Macedonia | Ljubomir Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska | 2019

A painstakingly unobtrusive camera records one Macedonian woman's simple life: gathering wild honey, selling it in Skopje, caring for her bedridden mother, and eventually clashing with an interloping farm family who threaten her ecologically precarious occupation.

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House of Hummingbird

House of Hummingbird

South Korea | Kim Bo-ra | 2018

Think Eighth Grade in South Korea: Reticent 14-year-old Eun-hee struggles with social pressure, her nascent sexuality, and her indifferent family during the summer of 1994 (equally tumultuous for her country), until a sympathetic teacher helps her navigate it all.

House of Hummingbird

In Fabric

In Fabric

United Kingdom | Peter Strickland | 2019

Put on this cursed red dress and you may be literally dressed to kill in this fetishistically stylized hommage to giallo that satirizes consumerism as hypnotically as it seduces your senses.

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Maiden

Maiden

United Kingdom | Alex Holmes | 2018

Back in 1989, this doc shows us, sexism proved no less a challenge than the elements for Tracy Edwards and her pathbreaking yachters, the first all-female crew to attempt the nine-month Whitbread Around the World regatta.

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Meeting Gorbachev

Meeting Gorbachev

United Kingdom | Werner Herzog, André Singer | 2018

To add perspective to his documentary on the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Werner Herzog found the best possible commentator: the man who oversaw it. His conversations with Mikhail Gorbachev, now 88, prove genial, insightful, and utterly absorbing.

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Non-Fiction

Non-Fiction

France | Olivier Assayas | 2018

The struggles of a staid publisher and a rumpled novelist to adapt to the new digital media world, and the impermanence thereof, is complicated (because this is a French comedy) by adultery.

The Nightingale

The Nightingale

Australia | Jennifer Kent | 2018

In director Jennifer Kent's brutal western, her follow-up to arthouse horror hit The Babadook, a vengeful Irish convict-woman and an Aboriginal tracker stalk a group of British soldiers through the Tasmanian wilderness.

Wild Rose

Wild Rose

United Kingdom | Tom Harper | 2018

Ex-con Rose-Lynn (Jessie Buckley) yearns to break free of her humdrum Glasgow life and become a Nashville country music star in this inspiring and toe-tapping dramedy co-starring Oscar® nominees Sophie Okonedo and Julie Walters.

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