Film Programs

Krzysztof Kieslowski Award for Best Feature Film

Juried competition for best international narrative feature.

The Happiness of the World
Poland 2016 98 min.

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.

In the Fade
Germany 2017 106 min.

After her husband and child are killed in a bomb attack, Katja's mourning process is made all the harder by the trial of the two neo-Nazi suspects: though she teeters on the edge of sanity, she wants justice. Diane Kruger won Best Actress at Cannes this year for her role in this raw, gripping drama.

Quality Time
Netherlands 2017 85 min.

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.

Japan 2017 101 min.

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.

Norway 2017 116 min.

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.

Under the Tree
Iceland 2017 89 min.

In this pitch-black comedy of manners, Atli's wife throws him out and forbids him to see his daughter, while his parents engage in a slow-burning dispute with the neighbors. As the two stories of sleek, bleak suburbia merge, the notoriously dark worldview of Icelandic cinema comes into focus.

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