Film Programs

Special Presentations

From Oscar-worthy film titles to favorites on the film festival circuit, the Special Presentations section offers an array of poignant storytelling combined with nuanced performances and dynamic subjects.

Mifune: The Last Samurai
USA 2015 80 min.


Things to Come
France 2016 102 min.

ENDS THURSDAY 12/29/2017.

Best of DFF39: California Typewriter
USA 2016 103 min.

MUST END Thursday, September 28th!

The Eagle Huntress
United Kingdom 2016 87 min.

Set against the breathtaking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, this awe-inspiring documentary follows 13-year-old Aisholopan as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to hunt eagles, a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries.

I, Daniel Blake
United Kingdom 2016 100 min.

Graced with humor and heart, legendary English director Ken Loach’s gripping social-realist tale about a widowed woodworker fighting the system to preserve his dignity—and that of a struggling single mother he meets along the way—won the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

Lost in Paris
France 2016 83 min.

ENDS THURSDAY 7/27/2017 at Sie FilmCenter.

The Play
USA 2015 75 min.

On November 20, 1982, during a Cal Berkeley–Stanford game, the greatest play in the history of American football—dubbed “The Play”—went down in front of 80,000 stunned fans. Even today, the details of that hilarious and epic moment are hotly debated; this is the story behind it.

The Red Turtle
Japan 2016 80 min.

ENDS THURSDAY 3/30/2017. Oscar Nominee: Best Animated Feature.

Toni Erdmann
Germany 2016 162 min.

Ines, an uptight German working for an international consulting firm in Bucharest, is paid an unexpected visit by her estranged father, who uses pranks in an attempt to get closer to her—with hilariously uncomfortable results. The two must finally reconcile their differences in this dramatic comedy,

Trespass Against Us
United Kingdom 2016 99 min.


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