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Cluster Studios

Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Festival Annex

Sie FilmCenter DFF

Sie FilmCenter DFF

Sie FilmCenter DFF

UA Pavilions

UA Pavilions

UA Pavilions

UA Pavilions

UA Pavilions

UA Pavilions

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Kids Flix 2

11:00am/77min

Student Shorts 4

1:30pm/90min

Quality Time

4:30pm/85min

Student Shorts 3

10:45am/90min

Novitiate

1:15pm/123min

Liyana

4:00pm/77min

The Leisure Seeker

6:30pm/112min

Hondros

11:30am/93min

Bucking Long Odds

2:00pm/60min

Keepers of the Magic

4:15pm/91min

Django

6:45pm/117min

And Then I Go

11:15am/99min

Winter Brothers

1:30pm/97min

JonBenet's Tricycle

4:00pm/88min

Song of Granite

9:00pm/104min

Summer 1993

11:30am/93min

AlphaGo

1:45pm/90min

Loving Pia

4:15pm/99min

Holy Air

6:45pm/81min

Venus

8:45pm/80min

Shorts 4

4:15pm/91min

Jasper Jones

6:45pm/105min

Let the Sun Shine In

9:15pm/94min

Joyeux Noël

11:00am/116min

Quartette

1:45pm/93min

A Skin So Soft

6:30pm/93min

Cold Hell

8:45pm/92min

In Syria

11:30am/85min

Be Prepared

2:00pm/85min

Thirst Street

4:15pm/83min

True Conviction

6:30pm/84min

Easy

8:45pm/91min

A Memory in Khaki

11:15am/104min

Until the Birds Return

4:30pm/113min

Wild Roses

7:15pm/90min

The Net

9:30pm/114min

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 10:45 AM

An exclusive selection of shorts by outstanding student filmmakers from around the world....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 11:00 AM

A teenage monster confronts a bully in Welcome to My Life (USA), a Japanese-Australian boy finds adventure in his lunchbox in Riceballs (Australia) and a competitive swimmer must prove that big talent can come in small packages in Little Mouse (Hungary)....

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UA Pavilions 11:00 AM

As World War I rages across the European countryside, four individuals stuck on the front lines find themselves faced with the unthinkable in director Christian Carion's account of the real-life wartime event that would offer hope for peace in mankind's darkest hour....

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UA Pavilions 11:15 AM

In this taut, sensitive portrayal of teenage alienation, bullied eighth-grader Edwin is pressured by his only friend into a plot for revenge. Hope rises when an empathetic teacher recognizes his drawing skills—but as the stresses he faces continue to mount, catastrophe seems inevitable....

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UA Pavilions 11:15 AM

Syrian filmmaker Alfoz Tanjour weaves his personal narrative together with those of other Syrians to create this emotional documentary about the years of silence and terror under an oppressive state that led to the implosion of their homeland—and the start of their revolution....

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UA Pavilions 11:30 AM

The reality of everyday experience for a civilian in the war zone of modern-day Damascus is explored in visceral detail in this riveting slice-of-life drama, which won of the Panorama Audience Award at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 11:30 AM

War photographer Chris Hondros spent a decade documenting conflict around the globe—until he was killed while on assignment in 2011. Directed by his friend and colleague Greg Campbell, this eloquent documentary pays tribute to the late photojournalist's courage and compassion....

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UA Pavilions 11:30 AM

Writer-director Carla Simón makes her feature debut with this quietly affecting family drama, set in sun-drenched rural Spain, about a young orphan girl sent to live with her aunt and uncle and struggling to overcome her loneliness and disorientation....

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Festival Annex 11:30 AM

The Denver Film Festival isn't the only important cinematic franchise turning 40 this year. In a nod to movie history, we present Shakespearean Star Wars, a live performance of the original film as only the bard himself could have imagined it....

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UA Pavilions 1:15 PM

A mother with advanced Parkinson's disease fights for control of her life, while her son struggles with his sexual identity amid the violence of Alberta's oil-field work camps. This tender yet heartbreaking drama follows a family's fight for survival in the face of illness, guilt and grief....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 1:15 PM

Melissa Leo leads a strong cast of rising stars in this Vatican II–era drama about a young rural girl's first true love—who just so happens to be God. Granted a scholarship to Catholic school, Cathleen is quickly drawn to the romanticism—eroticism, even—of a life devoted to worship and servitude....

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UA Pavilions 1:30 PM

In Danish filmmaker Hlynur Pálmason's compelling, tragicomic lack-of-love story, two emotionally fraught brothers in a desolate mining town are drawn into a violent feud as workplace ostracism and romantic rivalry leads one to the brink of revenge....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 1:30 PM

An exclusive selection of shorts by outstanding student filmmakers from around the world....

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UA Pavilions 1:45 PM

Four 30-something Czech musicians rehearse for their next performance amid misunderstandings and sexual tensions that test the fate of their string quartet and their friendships. Miroslav Krobot's quirky dramatic comedy explores the fears and anxieties that underlie the pursuit of happiness....

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UA Pavilions 1:45 PM

The ancient Chinese game called Go is said to have more board configurations than there are atoms in the universe—making it an epic battleground for human versus artificial intelligence. This fascinating documentary invites you to a challenge match between a famed Go master and a computer program....

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UA Pavilions 1:45 PM

This period drama is set in 1939 in a village on the German-Polish border, where the residents of a tenement endure the specter of war. When a journalist on assignment embeds himself in their building, their secrets begin to surface, intertwined with a mysterious Jewish beauty named Róza....

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UA Pavilions 2:00 PM

Scouts and hooligans conspire and clash at summer camp in this psychological thriller, in which Polish director Robert Glinski combines the aesthetics of home video and smartphone technology to probe the secret lives of young men as they learn how to contend with authority figures and enemies alike....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 2:00 PM

Filmmakers Aaron and Amanda Kopp join Robert Denerstein to discuss how their magical, moving African fable-within-a-documentary Liyana originated and what challenges they faced in producing it. This is a rare opportunity to trace the evolution of a film from beginning to completion....

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Ellie Caulkins Opera House 2:30 PM

In this dark comedic drama from acclaimed Irish-British writer-director Martin McDonagh, Frances McDormand stars as the mother of a murder victim. With the case unsolved, she commissions three billboards that send a message to the revered local police chief (Woody Harrelson). And so a furious battle...

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UA Pavilions 4:00 PM

In this brave documentary, filmmaker Travis Wilkerson returns to his Alabama home to turn the camera on his own family's darkest secrets. Decades ago, his great-grandfather killed an African-American man but was never charged, due not least to a culture of racism that persists today....

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UA Pavilions 4:00 PM

Denverite Andrew Novick, an obsessive collector, reveals some of his strangest acquisitions—including JonBenet Ramsey's tricycle—in this quirky documentary, which investigates the human urge to possess what we value and the impact that pop culture and the media have on our experience of tragedy....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 4:00 PM

The lives and extraordinary imaginations of five orphans at a storytelling workshop in Swaziland are captured in this enchanting, moving and highly acclaimed documentary from Colorado filmmakers Aaron and Amanda Kopp....

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Festival Annex 4:00 PM

Studio executives have publicly blamed review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes for this summer's poor ticket sales. Our panel will consider the Rotten Tomatoes phenomenon—exploring how it may be impacting film criticism itself while examining other factors that can put a damper on box-office revenues....

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UA Pavilions 4:15 PM

With unadorned candor, this elegiac work of docufiction focuses on an elderly woman, Guittou, who cares for her 60-year-old mentally disabled daughter. When she dies, what will happen to Pia? Pia has an idea: for the first time in her life, she will find herself a man....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 4:15 PM

This delightful documentary celebrates the art of cinematography. Exploring our fascination with moving images and providing insight into the making of some of film's most iconic moments, it honors the great masters of the craft as unsung heroes whose vision and talent appear right before our eyes....

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UA Pavilions 4:15 PM

While on layover in Paris, a lonely American flight attendant has a rendezvous with a seedy nightclub bartender and becomes tangled in a web of confusion, masochism & unrequited amour fou in this homage to the erotic dramas of 1970s Europe from returning fest guest Nathan Silver....

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UA Pavilions 4:15 PM

These stories from around the world reveal the extraordinary in the mundane....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 4:30 PM

Dutch director Daan Bakker's sly, strange tragicomedy about a quintet of 30-something misfits is told in five parts—all employing their own inventive visual and narrative styles to convey a sense of the dislocation, dysfunction and absurdity roiling the lives of Koen, Stefaan, Kjell, Karel and Jef....

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UA Pavilions 4:30 PM

Algeria’s past and present collide in the lives of a beleaguered property developer, an ambitious neurologist plagued by wartime secrets and a young woman torn between destiny and desire in this character-driven drama, which offers a compelling glimpse into the soul of a contemporary Arab society....

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Festival Annex 6:00 PM

SUPERNOVA is the most extensive forum in the world that celebrates creative advances in digital animation in an outdoor, major urban-core setting, presented by the Denver Theatre District and Denver Digerati....

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UA Pavilions 6:30 PM

Art imitates life in this haunting tale of an actress reeling in the wake of a breakup with a married filmmaker: it's based on director Hong Sang-soo's own affair with star Kim Minhee, which caused a media frenzy in their native South Korea (and won her a Best Actress nod at this year's Berlinale)....

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UA Pavilions 6:30 PM

Jamie Meltzer's now-inspiring, now-devastating documentary follows three wrongfully convicted exonerees as they form a detective agency that investigates the cases of fellow prisoners—all while grappling with their own experiences of injustice and trying to rebuild their personal lives....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 6:30 PM

From acclaimed Italian filmmaker Paolo Virzì, this new take on an old genre—the road movie—stars Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland as a runaway couple on an unforgettable journey to recapture their passion for life and their love for each other in the faithful old RV they call the Leisure Seeker....

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UA Pavilions 6:30 PM

Exploring the tensions between strength and vulnerability, Canadian director Denis Côté (Bestiaire, DFF35; Vic + Flo Saw a Bear, DFF36) returns to Denver with this day-in-the-life portrait of six male bodybuilders consumed by their passion: overcoming the limits of the human body....

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UA Pavilions 6:45 PM

In this Israeli comedy, Adam is a failure as an entrepreneur. But for his family's sake, he gives it one more go—and the “holy air” he sells to Nazareth's tourists takes off. With everyone from mobsters to politicos on the take, however, he must now decide whether success is just a lot of hot air....

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UA Pavilions 6:45 PM

Small-town Australia: kids on bicycles, homework, cricket…and a girl gone missing. As the locals embark on a search for the missing child in this hybrid love story–murder mystery, one boy struggles to uncover the truth, protect his friends, follow his heart and take his first steps into adulthood....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 6:45 PM

For decades, electronic-music pioneer Edgar Froese pushed the boundaries of sound with his band Tangerine Dream, experimenting with recordings of everything from heartbeats to deep space. This behind-the-scenes documentary includes found footage shot by Froese, who died in 2015....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 6:45 PM

This dramatic biopic explores a remarkable year in the life of jazz virtuoso Django Reinhardt—when he defied Nazi orders and fled to the Swiss border, joining other refugees from the Holocaust. Even as his music exhilarates, his plight raises questions about artists’ moral obligation to society....

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UA Pavilions 7:15 PM

While her husband is working abroad, Ewa secretly gives birth to a baby she then puts up for adoption in this unsparing drama about a woman trapped by circumstances and her own web of deceit, by which director Anna Jadowska explores the expectations placed on women in Polish society today....

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Ellie Caulkins Opera House 8:00 PM

Director Craig Gillespie traces the rise and ignominious fall of competitive ice skater–turned–tabloid villain Tonya Harding (a terrific Margot Robbie) in this outrageous, tragicomic biopic built around one of the most ridiculous scandals in the history of American sports. Allison Janney co-stars....

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UA Pavilions 8:45 PM

In this heart-pounding pulp thriller from Oscar-winning Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky, Ozge is a Turkish-Austrian taxi driver and kickboxer who comes home after a long shift to find her neighbor murdered. When the killer sees her, he sets out to eliminate her too—but he may have met his match....

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UA Pavilions 8:45 PM

An open casting call for an erotic film based on real-life sexual experiences takes a curious turn when 100 women show up and begin to take command of the auditioning process in this Danish documentary, by turns amusing, frank and contemplative....

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UA Pavilions 8:45 PM

An obese, depressed recluse who lives with his mother faces a Sisyphean task when he’s cajoled by his brother, the golden child of the family, to transport a coffin from Italy to Ukraine. Along the way, he finds he has a connection with the corpse—and a reason to live—in this Italian black comedy....

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UA Pavilions 9:00 PM

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Irish folk music with this graceful biopic, which examines the life of legendary 20th-century singer Joe Heaney even as it paints a thoughtful portrait of The Emerald Isle itself, celebrating its culture and its artists....

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UA Pavilions 9:15 PM

From renowned French director Claire Denis comes this unconventional, moody and wistful romantic comedy starring Juliette Binoche as a recently divorced, 50-something Parisian artist looking for love in all the wrong places....

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UA Pavilions 9:30 PM

Kim Ki-duk's dramatic morality tale lays bare the corruption and paranoia on both sides of the Korean border. When a poor North Korean fisherman drifts into southern waters, he is accused of spying. After a harsh interrogation, he returns home—only to find he must prove his innocence all over again....

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Cluster Studios 10:00 PM

Celebrate the Last Reel Party of the 40th Denver Film Festival at Cluster Studios. Specialty whiskey station provided by Bulleit Frontier Whiskey. Beer tasting stations provided by Epic Brewing, Jagged Mountain Brewery, and Ratio Beerworks with food pairings sponsored by Relish Catering. Complimenta...

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