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Student Shorts 1

11:15am/89min

Acts & Intermissions

1:45pm/77min

Student Shorts 2

4:30pm/94min

November

7:00pm/115min

Golden Exits

9:30pm/94min

Kids Flix 1

11:00am/62min

Story of a Girl

1:15pm/90min

People You May Know

4:00pm/92min

Radiance

9:30pm/101min

Tragedy Girls

9:15pm/90min

Housewife

11:30pm/82min

I Was a Dreamer

11:15am/97min

Fortunata

1:45pm/103min

Intent to Destroy

4:15pm/117min

The Strange Ones

7:00pm/81min

Strad Style

9:15pm/104min

Bernard and Huey

11:00am/91min

Parents

1:30pm/86min

The New Fire

3:45pm/84min

New Chefs on the Block

6:15pm/96min

When God Sleeps

9:00pm/88min

Shorts 5

11:00am/93min

Thelma

3:45pm/116min

Shorts 1

6:45pm/89min

Sollers Point

9:15pm/101min

Bad Lucky Goat

11:15am/76min

Dragonfly Eyes

1:15pm/81min

Godspeed

3:30pm/111min

Heartstone

6:15pm/129min

The Experimental City

9:00pm/95min

The Last Animals

11:30am/96min

Home Truth

1:45pm/72min

Quest

9:00pm/104min

I'm a Killer

11:15am/117min

Futures Past

2:00pm/89min

California Dreams

4:30pm/83min

Mr. Roosevelt

6:45pm/90min

The Road Movie

9:15pm/84min

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UA Pavilions 11:00 AM

A juried competition of unique animated shorts created by talented artists from around the world. These are not your typical Saturday morning cartoons....

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UA Pavilions 11:00 AM

An old screenplay by legendary cartoonist and author Jules Feiffer has been resurrected for this astute comedy about two old friends who reconnect only to attempt to seduce the women in one another's lives. Starring Jim Rash (Community) and David Koechner (Anchorman)....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 11:00 AM

A diverse community must put aside its differences to enjoy a tasty meal in Stone Soup(France/Belgium). A hungry creature devises a way to get his fill in Tiger (Germany). And a young reptile enjoys a bite in Crocodile (Germany)....

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UA Pavilions 11:15 AM

Based on real-life events in 1970s Poland, this absorbing psychological drama follows Janusz, a politically vulnerable detective who fears he has arrested the wrong man for the deadly crimes of the "Vampire of Zaglebie.” As the career pressures build, will he have the courage to do the right thing?...

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 11:15 AM

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

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UA Pavilions 11:15 AM

After eight years in prison, Mirko returns home to Rome, where he's tempted to resume his criminal past—but a community organizer has other plans for him. This captivating character study examining one man's search for redemption was based on the real-life experiences of lead actor Mirko Frezza....

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UA Pavilions 11:15 AM

When they accidentally run over a goat and wreck their parents' truck, bickering siblings Corn and Rita spend the next 24 hours attempting to barter and bluff their way out of trouble. An unhurried, charmingly offbeat comedy of errors set against a ramshackle but music-filled Caribbean backdrop....

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UA Pavilions 11:30 AM

This haunting documentary from war photographer–turned–director Kate Brooks follows the conservationists, scientists and activists on the front lines of the battle against poachers and traffickers to save elephants and rhinos from the edge of extinction....

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Festival Annex 12:00 PM

Film festivals have weathered sea changes in the world of cinema over the decades. The Denver Film Festival's 40th anniversary provides an excellent opportunity for a panel, led by moderator Robert Denerstein, about their future in the face of radical technological and cultural challenges....

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Sie FilmCenter 1:00 PM

Every season is a dizzying, smart, dangerous, unexpected (for us, not the people involved) and fun adventure that explores a different genre. Season one was about time travel with body-swapping, and this season involves an injection of fantasy....

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UA Pavilions 1:15 PM

Constructed entirely of found footage from closed-circuit surveillance cameras, Chinese visual artist Xu Bing’s ambitious and spellbinding feature drama serves as a commentary on identity in the digital age while following an ill-fated romance through a faceless and frightening urban environment....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 1:15 PM

Golden Globe– and Emmy Award-winning actress Kyra Sedgwick makes her directorial debut with this timely, sensitive adaptation of a young-adult novel about a teenager whose carefree life is upended when a sex video goes viral. Sedgwick’s husband Kevin Bacon and daughter Sosie Bacon co-star....

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UA Pavilions 1:30 PM

This Danish dramatic comedy with elements of magical realism addresses the challenges of an empty nest. When their son leaves home, Kjeld and Vibeke try to renew their passion by moving into the flat they shared as students 30 years earlier—only to find themselves literally traveling back in time....

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UA Pavilions 1:30 PM

At 94 years old, Fred Beckey is the original “Dirtbag"—a mountaineer who abandons societal norms and material comforts in pursuit of a nomadic lifestyle. Here's the heretofore untold story of an American icon whose name evokes mystery, adulation and vitriol in climbing circles to this day....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 1:45 PM

This experimental documentary uses the life of radical activist Emma Goldman to explore the resurgence of protest in the 21st century. Weaving archive and contemporary footage with reenactments, it exposes the continual conflicts between labor and property, revolutionary purity and personal freedom....

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UA Pavilions 1:45 PM

In 1999, Jessica Gonzales's three young daughters were killed after being abducted by their father. Determined to make sure their deaths were not in vain, the Colorado mother sought justice and became an advocate for domestic-violence victims in the process. This is her story....

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UA Pavilions 1:45 PM

Harried single mom Fortunata wants to rid herself of an abusive husband, a stressful life in Rome and demons from her past. Her big dream is to open her own beauty salon—but she's not quite as lucky as her name implies. Jasmine Trinca earned kudos at Cannes as the heroine of this Italian melodrama....

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UA Pavilions 2:00 PM

Jordan Melamed set out to chronicle the demise of open outcry—the tradition among commodity traders of verbal orders—in the digital age. But strained relations with his father Leo, a finance-industry legend, led to a fascinating parallel documentary about reconciliation, in business and in life....

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Festival Annex 2:15 PM

This panel aims to answer one of the most-asked questions by aspiring filmmakers: "How do I get my movie financed?" We will consider how to raise the funds you need to make an independent film, how to structure your deals and how to best use the money once you secure it....

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UA Pavilions 3:30 PM

In this hybrid buddy comedy–gangster flick from Taiwan, Na Dow is hired by mob boss Ah Bao as a drug mule. On one fateful trip by taxi with Old Xu—a cabbie who won't stop talking about the meaning of life—the job takes a turn for the worse, and the mismatched duo must rely on each other to survive....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 3:45 PM

In this forceful tribute to community self-defense, Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa vividly narrates his remarkable escapades as a vigilante in the crime-ridden New York City of the '70s and '80s, touching on everything from the crack epidemic to his own attempted assassination....

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UA Pavilions 3:45 PM

The good news: there's a new solution to global warming. The bad news: it's equally catastrophic. Or is it? In this provocative documentary, David Schumacher shows how young engineers are fighting climate change with the weapon of nuclear power—while fighting fears of the weapon itself....

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UA Pavilions 3:45 PM

When shy, pious Thelma goes to college, she begins having violent seizures that lead to a friendship with beautiful classmate Anja—while revealing supernatural abilities. Soon both the terrifying scope of her powers and tragic secrets from her past emerge in this paranormal thriller from Norway....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 4:00 PM

The profound question at the heart of this dramatic comedy: if it’s not captured on social media, does it even happen? When PR maven Tasha makes an Internet celebrity of loner Jed, he realizes he will have to decide where his true identity lies—in ho-hum real life or online....

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UA Pavilions 4:15 PM

Kyra Sedgwick stars in ABC’s new thriller as Jane Sadler, the overworked producer of a controversial TV show and a single mother in the middle of a contentious separation. Her world is turned upside down when her daughter goes missing in the middle of the night....

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UA Pavilions 4:15 PM

The Armenian genocide took place more than a century ago, but the Turkish government still denies it. Oscar-nominated documentarian Joe Berlinger movingly sheds light on the atrocity, interviewing historians and filmmakers who have been censored for examining this tragic chapter of history....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 4:30 PM

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

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UA Pavilions 4:30 PM

DFF regular Mike Ott's latest genre-bender follows five real people in rural California striving—more or less—to realize their dreams of Hollywood stardom. As with many of his films (e.g. DFF39's co-directed Actor Martinez), the vérité result is hypnotic, funny and agonizing by turns....

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Festival Annex 4:45 PM

When it comes to onscreen weaponry, what is real and what is fantasy? Join US Special Forces veteran Terry Schappert and armorer Larry Zanoff—hosts of the all-new Outdoor Channel series Hollywood Weapons—as they analyze some of the most explosive action in TV and movie history....

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UA Pavilions 6:15 PM

Two chefs in Washington, DC—Aaron Silverman (Rose's Luxury) and Frank Linn (Frankly...Pizza!)—struggle to open their first restaurants. Against all odds, one wins fame and glory. The other is forced to redefine success. An intimate documentary about one of the world's riskiest businesses....

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UA Pavilions 6:15 PM

Thor and Kristjan negotiate the turmoil of adolescence in this emotional coming-of-age drama set in rural Iceland, where the boys' friendship is sorely tested when one discovers the other's true feelings about him. The young cast delivers compelling performances amid landscapes of harsh majesty....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 6:15 PM

Shot on location in Colorado, this radical Western re-imagining of Thoreau’s eponymous classic interlaces three narratives that take place over 24 hours to consider the trappings of modern life and the unlikely heroes who dream of escape....

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UA Pavilions 6:30 PM

After the traumatizing death of her mother, a young goatherd begins to discover—and be consumed by—an ancient presence in the dark woods that surround her hut in the Austrian Alps. This eerie German period drama unfolds against stunning landscapes in the places where reality and nightmare collide....

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UA Pavilions 6:45 PM

These dynamic shorts explore our internal struggles and define our greatest strengths....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 6:45 PM

Shot on location in Colorado, this radical Western re-imagining of Thoreau’s eponymous classic interlaces three narratives that take place over 24 hours to consider the trappings of modern life and the unlikely heroes who dream of escape....

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UA Pavilions 6:45 PM

Noël Wells (Saturday Night Live, Master of None) wrote, directed and stars in this charming comedy about an aspiring comic who can't quite make it in Hollywood. Receiving news of a death in the family, Emily rushes back to Texas to find her ex-boyfriend—and everything else—has changed....

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UA Pavilions 7:00 PM

A young man and a boy travel by car through a wooded landscape. Who are they? Where are they going? Are they on the run? The boy seems haunted by memories of violence, and the mood is one of foreboding—but the more we learn, the less we understand in this artful coming-of-age mystery....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 7:00 PM

In this wildly original fantasy set in 19th-century Estonia, peasant girl Liina longs for village boy Hans. But Hans is infatuated by a visiting German baroness. So winning his love won't be easy—especially in these dark, harsh surroundings, where werewolves, witches and the devil himself roam....

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UA Pavilions 9:00 PM

This quiet yet hard-hitting documentary captures 10 years in the life of a working-class African-American family in North Philadelphia as they struggle, suffer, survive and, above all, support one another....

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UA Pavilions 9:00 PM

Iranian rapper Shahin Najafi was forced to flee his home after hardline clerics issued a fatwa against him for his provocative music. This gripping documentary follows him as he risks everything to return to the stage—while falling for a woman whose family is part of the regime that wants him dead....

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UA Pavilions 9:00 PM

A visionary who predicted climate change, Dr. Athelston Spilhaus dreamed of building a domed metropolis free of waste and pollution in the 1970s. What happened to his revolutionary plan? With a wealth of archival materials, Chad Freidrichs documents one man’s extraordinary quest to save the planet....

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UA Pavilions 9:15 PM

Meet Danny Houck—a down-on-his-luck, Stradivarius-obsessed recluse in rural Ohio who has somehow convinced a famous concert violinist that he can make a copy of one of the world's rarest, most valuable violins. A hilariously poignant and suspenseful documentary about the true meaning of chutzpah....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 9:15 PM

In this off-the-wall parody of the slasher genre, two social media–crazed teenage girls who host an online show about real-life tragedies embark on a quest to cement their legacy as modern horror legends—by fitting bloody mayhem into their busy high-school schedules....

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UA Pavilions 9:15 PM

Uncategorizable, unbelievable and unforgettable, this documentary compilation of dash-cam video footage captures a rainbow of spectacles just beyond the windshields of Russian motorists—including a comet crashing down to earth, an epic forest fire and no shortage of road-rage incidents....

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UA Pavilions 9:15 PM

This gritty drama follows small-time drug dealer Keith from the confines of house arrest back onto the tense streets of Baltimore. Although he wants to make a new start, the allure of criminal life in his depressed neighborhood may be impossible to withstand....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 9:30 PM

With a sharp ensemble cast including Emily Browning, Mary-Louise Parker, Jason Schwartzman, Chloë Sevigny and the Beastie Boys’ Adam Horovitz, writer-director Alex Ross Perry (The Color Wheel, SDFF34) plumbs the depths of modern domestic despair in all its dark comedy....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 9:30 PM

In this heartfelt drama from Japan, Misako is a passionate translator of films for the visually impaired. At a screening, she meets Nakamori, an older photographer who is slowly losing his eyesight—but who can teach her to see what’s right in front of her, provided she’s open to the possibilities....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 11:30 PM

Years after witnessing her mother kill her father and sister, Holly tries to live a normal life despite horrific nightmares. But when she meets a charismatic New Age guru, she finds her dreams blurring with her reality in Can Evrenol’s mind-bending, over-the-top homage to Italian pulp horror....

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