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32 Pills: My Sister's Suicide
USA 2017 89 min.

She's beautiful, artistic, beloved—and she can't stand to be alive. Documentary filmmaker Hope Litoff seeks to piece together the life and death of her sister Ruth; in the process, she gives a devastating account of the toll her investigation takes on her own mental health.

Bernard and Huey
USA 2017 91 min.

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).

A Chick Flick
USA 2016 15 min.

A young woman is forced to reconnect with her hippie mother in order to euthanize their beloved pet chicken.

Iceland 2016 19 min.

A single father wants to fulfill his young daughter's wish to throw a slumber party for her friends, but it turns out to be more of a challenge than he thought.

DFF 40 Opening Night Presentation: Lady Bird
USA 2017 93 min.

Acclaimed actress Greta Gerwig makes her directorial debut with this dramatic comedy, which explores both the humor and the pathos of the turbulent relationship between mothers and daughters while pondering the unmatched beauty of a place called home.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
France 2007 112 min.

After a stroke rendered him mute and almost totally paralyzed in 1995, magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby composed his memoirs—which he dictated by blinking his left eye. Mathieu Amalric stars in Julian Schnabel’s acclaimed, heart-rending and inspiring adaptation of Bauby's autobiography.

Italy 2017 103 min.

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.

Futures Past
USA 2016 89 min.

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.

A Gentle Night
China 2017 15 min.

In a nameless Chinese city, a mother whose daughter is missing refuses to go gently into that good night.

Golden Exits
USA 2017 94 min.

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.

Humor Me
USA 2017 89 min.

This heartfelt comedy about rolling with the punches stars Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords; What We Do in the Shadows) as a struggling playwright forced to move into a New Jersey retirement community with his joke-telling dad, played by the inimitable Elliot Gould.

I'm in Here
USA 2017 12 min.

When a man finds a family of strangers in his house who claim to have bought the place, he agrees to let them stay until they can get to the bottom of the mix-up. They never leave.

In Syria
Belgium 2017 85 min.

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.

Los Olvidados
Mexico 1950 85 min.

This 1950 classic from famed Spanish Surrealist Luis Buñuel—screening as part of a three-film retrospective of great Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa—tells the story of a gang of slum kids who become delinquents as a defense against poverty and the cruelty of life on the city streets.

Estonia 2017 13 min.

Overeducated and unemployed, a 33-year-old fox, Manivald, spends his days learning piano while his overbearing mother makes his coffee and does his laundry. When the washing machine breaks down, Toomas, a sexy and adventurous wolf repairman, arrives to fix it—and them.

United Kingdom 2017 14 min.

Daniel, an ultra-orthodox Jew in northeast England, discovers that to become the person you always wanted to be, you might have to become someone else first.

Mrs. Drake
USA 2017 15 min.

Laura is a single mother struggling to maintain her own equilibrium while raising her frequently difficult son Jack. When Jack comes home from school one day with a story of his teacher, Mrs. Drake, locking him in a closet, Laura is thrown into a spiral of confusion and guilt.

USA 2017 13 min.

A family's plan to stage an intervention unravels.

Never Steady, Never Still
Canada 2017 111 min.

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.

New Neighbors
USA 2017 10 min.

How far will a mother go to protect her children?

Paris, Texas
Germany 1984 145 min.

Penned by Sam Shepard and directed by Wim Wenders, this breathtaking, heartbreaking 1984 classic (which first appeared at DFF7) stars Harry Dean Stanton as Travis, a drifter who has lost everything he loves; lacking the wherewithal to reclaim it, he nonetheless seeks the road to redemption.

Pitcher of Colored Light
USA 2007 24 min.

“I have filmed my mother’s house and her garden. The shadows play an essential part in the mixture of loneliness and peace that exists here … The sense of place is never separate from the moment.”—Robert Beavers

USA 2017 104 min.

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.

Israel 2017 90 min.

In Israel’s pick for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2018 Oscars, troubled teen Asher is torn between loyalty to his favorite teacher and to his father, who expects his son to take over the family business. When tragedy strikes, Asher must take the ultimate test of maturity to resolve his dilemma.

Scenes from Under Childhood, Section One
USA 1967 24 min.

A 50th-anniversary screening of the first in Stan Brakhage’s four-part landmark of personal cinema. Made with his wife and kids, Brakhage described the film as a visualization of the inner world of fetal beginnings, the infant, the baby, the youngster—a shattering of the ‘myths of childhood.’”

Searching for Wives
Singapore 2016 12 min.

Male migrant workers in Singapore send photos back home to South India in hopes of finding suitable and willing marriage partners.

The Shuttle
USA 2017 16 min.

When an infertile nail-salon owner suspects her husband of sleeping with one of her employees, she decides to confront them in her own way.

The Strange Ones
USA 2017 81 min.

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.

Summer 1993
Spain 2017 93 min.

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.

Philippines 2016 13 min.

After refusing a ritual intended to usher him into manhood, Rene-boy tries various methods to erase the mark of cowardice.

Ten Days in the Valley
USA 2017 43 min.

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.

Tête à Tête
United Kingdom 2017 8 min.

A young woman uses technology as an easy respite from a tense family gathering. But as her gaze shifts from the screen, she discovers a deeper kind of connection.

United Kingdom 2016 5 min.

Some things can only be understood with maturity. New light is shed on childhood cultural misunderstandings when a Chinese mother and her British-born daughter speak as adults for the first time.

Victor & Isolina
USA 2017 5 min.

Living apart, 80-somethings Victor and Isolina answer questions about their complex and arduous lifelong relationship, posed from behind the lens of their documentary-filmmaking grandson.

A Wedding
Belgium 2016 98 min.

An unwanted pregnancy and the imminent prospect of an arranged marriage are just two of the challenges that confront Zahira, a young Muslim woman trapped between family tradition and modern life. At once a subtle, sensitive coming-of-age story and a penetrating social drama based on actual events.

While I Was Gone
USA 2017 15 min.

Suspicious that his brother is stealing from him, Lucas goes on a crosstown search to confront the problem.

Wild Horses
United Kingdom 2017 26 min.

Joan’s efforts at teenage rebellion are frustrated by both her illness and her mother—until increasingly vivid dreams and an overzealous tutor inspire her to realize her independence.

Wild Roses
Poland 2017 90 min.

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.

Winter Brothers
Denmark 2017 97 min.

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.

Romania 2016 20 min.

Lacking proper identification, a 50-year-old man risks being separated by the authorities from his underage daughter, who has just had a baby.

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