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USA 2015 16 min.

An inmate endures long-term isolation within a prison's solitary confinement unit.

After the Storm
Japan 2016 117 min.

Ryota—once a prize-winning novelist, now a compulsive gambler—is about to be cut out of his son’s life by his ex-wife. But when a typhoon traps his family together for a night, this gently bittersweet drama shows that he just may have a chance at redemption.

Switzerland 2016 91 min.

In this Charlie Kaufman-esque drama, Swiss detective Aloys Adorns isolates himself, obsessively watching videos he makes of the people he tails. When his camera is stolen and a stranger named Vera blackmails him over the footage, the two enter into a game in which imagination and reality blur.

USA 2016 21 min.

A Korean Marilyn Monroe wanders the City of Angels and confronts her past.

Iran 2016 87 min.

Fragmented flashbacks and static long takes are used to powerful effect in acclaimed Iranian director Pourya Azarbayjani’s cathartic drama, based on a true story, of a former soldier in the Iran-Iraq War; haunted by his past, he attempts to recover the body of a friend lost in battle.

Big City
Australia 2015 9 min.

A lonely Indian taxi driver is befriended by an enigmatic passenger who tries to coax him out of his shell.

Poland 2016 114 min.

In this drama of the psyche that’s based on real-life events, a Polish official seeks the Church’s understanding regarding her acts of torture during Stalin’s war on religion. While waiting for an audience with the cardinal, she has encounters that force her to confront her own desire to be healed.

Cloudy All Day
USA 2016 10 min.

Two struggling performers have a life-changing experience after they accept help from a stranger.

Romania 2016 104 min.

A naive city dweller must confront his crime-lord grandfather’s former gang of enforcers when he inherits a remote stretch of land in this tale of societal corruption set against the barren wilds of Romania, which oozes tension in the tradition of No Country for Old Men.

DFF 39 Red Carpet Matinee: The Edge of Seventeen
USA 102 min.

Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson).

USA 2016 7 min.

An old man is given the gift of ultimate knowledge—but has no way to communicate it.

Fade Away
United Kingdom 2016 10 min.

Imagine spending 50 years of your life with someone—only to one day find that they no longer know who you are.

Germany 2016 101 min.

When Fabian moves to Portugal to patch things up with ex-girlfriend Doro, his jealousy—coupled with crippling anxiety and a fixation on the aftermath of Lisbon’s 1755 earthquake—reaches dangerous proportions in this tense drama.

The Fear of Disappearing
USA 2015 3 min.

Director Joshua Seigel tries to find a way to keep himself from disappearing.

USA 2015 21 min.

A former astronaut's adjustment to civilian life is upended by the death of a young test pilot.

Food and Shelter
Spain 2015 90 min.

This sobering, coolly depicted glimpse of life on the edge earned Juan Miguel del Castillo a nomination for Best New Director at Spain’s prestigious Goya Awards; the prize for Best Actress went to Natalia de Molina for her pitch-perfect portrayal of a single mother trapped in poverty.

Granny's Dancing on the Table
Sweden 2015 89 min.

Hanna Sköld combines animation and live action to tell the deeply disturbing, fairy tale–like story of young Eini, who lives with her controlling father in the woods—where her only means of escape is concocting a fantasy world in which she tries to make sense of her family’s dark history.

Green Horse Rustlers
Czech Republic 2016 105 min.

Pavel and Ka a are obsessed with illegally mining the semiprecious stone green moldovite in South Bohemia. With all the action of a vintage-era Western (police run-ins, mine collapses, brawls), this Czech drama gives viewers a glimpse into a singular subculture.

Her Friend Adam
Canada 2015 17 min.

A boyfriend's jealous impulses spiral out of control in 16 minutes of romantic doom.

United Kingdom 2016 12 min.

An enchanting tale about a lonely young man named Hugo, who was born with uniquely long fingers.

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.

Romania 2016 89 min.

Romanian director Adrian Sitaru unearths such taboo subjects as abortion and incest in this tragicomedy. Retired doctor Victor Anghelescu lives happily with his four grown children—until a polite dinner conversation takes a dark turn toward chaos, leading us to question our own moral boundaries.

Incident Light
Argentina 2015 95 min.

With two daughters to care for, Luisa struggles to pull her life back together following the death of her husband and brother. Enter Ernesto, a wealthy suitor with unclear intentions but plenty of charm, in this beautifully shot black-and-white portrait of 1960s Argentina.

DFF 39 Closing Night: Jackie
USA 2016 95 min.

This searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history—as seen through the eyes of iconic First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman)—is already garnering buzz as an Oscar contender. Acclaimed Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín.

Katie Says Goodbye
USA 2016 88 min.

This equally heartfelt and harrowing character study features a riveting central performance by Olivia Cooke (Me and Earle and the Dying Girl) as a truck-stop waitress whose plans to escape to the big city are derailed by small-town treachery.

Kiki, Love to Love
Spain 2016 102 min.

Telling the stories of five couples as they explore their sexual desires and hangups, this erotic comedy has the air of early Almodóvar. Director Paco León has created a runaway Spanish hit by examining what it means to be “normal” in society’s eyes.

Lily Lane
Hungary 2016 91 min.

Featuring creepy, often stunning camerawork and startling sound effects, this unsettling Hungarian drama meanders—much like a fairy tale—through a darkling world, as unstable, childlike Rebeka takes her young son Dani on journeys around Budapest telling stories.

My First Highway
Belgium 2016 82 min.

A seaside family vacation provides a deceptively placid setting for this startling drama out of Belgium, in which director Kevin Meul explores the emotional turbulence of youth and the veil that separates thrill from disaster through the consequences of a teenage boy’s fumbling attempts at romance.

New World
Poland 2015 90 min.

Three short dramas examine the struggles of immigrants in Warsaw: Zhanna raises her daughter alone when her husband is imprisoned; Afghani nightclub worker Azzam suffers PTSD; Vera immigrates from Ukraine for a sex change only to learn she is now responsible for raising her child.

The Olive Tree
Spain 2016 100 min.

The complicated relationships among three generations of a family take center stage in this subtle, affecting drama from Spain. Alma believes that the decision her father and uncle made to sell an heirloom olive tree destroyed her grandfather’s spirit—so she sets out to bring the tree home.

One Week and a Day X
Israel 2016 98 min.

Over the course of a day, Eyal ditches work, steals cannabis from a hospice and otherwise seeks solace while his wife Vicky struggles to return to normal in this poignant comedy about a grieving couple emerging from the Jewish period of mourning for their deceased son.

Please Hold
USA 2016 15 min.

As he waits for his HIV test results, a young gay Asian American befriends a condom company's customer-service representative.

Rat Nest
USA 2016 10 min.

After leaving her lonely childhood behind, Charlie moves into her own apartment with her pet rat and stumbles upon a cast of quirky characters who become the unlikely members of her own rat’s nest.

The Shepherd
Spain 2016 105 min.

In this timely story of one man’s struggle to preserve his traditions in a rapidly changing world, Anslemo’s quiet life on the Spanish plains is turned upside down when he’s confronted by developers who will go to any lengths to take over his land.

Iceland 2015 99 min.

In this quiet coming-of-age tale by Rúnar Rúnarsson, a teenaged boy returns to a bleak, rain-flecked hamlet in remote northwest Iceland, where life revolves around the local fish factory and cheap booze—and where no one understands him except his grandmother and the shy, beautiful, unavailable Lára.

USA 2016 15 min.

Fleeing the responsibilities of her crumbling relationship, a young Brooklyn woman retreats to her late grandmother's neglected house upstate—only to discover some unexpected guests have moved in.

Lebanon 2016 21 min.

Under the imminent threat of Lebanon's garbage crisis, Hala, a wild child inside of a woman, is the only one to refuse evacuation, clinging to whatever remains of home.

Greece 2016 104 min.

Kostis, a middle-aged doctor, takes a job on a resort island, where he meets the young, flirty Anna, part of a group of young hedonists. The more she includes him in their fun, the more his grip on selfhood begins to loosen in this Greek portrait of a midlife crisis.

To Build a Fire
France 2016 13 min.

In this adaptation from Jack London's short story, a trapper and his dog try to survive in the hostile, frozen Yukon territory.

United States of Love
Poland 2016 104 min.

It’s 1990, and Poland is ripe for change. Against that sociopolitical backdrop, this low-key drama places four women yearning for escape and fulfillment. Beauty queen Marzena’s husband works abroad. Renata, a teacher, nears retirement. Agata is a young but unhappy wife.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
USA 1966 131 min.

Nominated for 13 Academy Awards after its release in 1966, Edward Albee's astounding journey into the hell of a stormy marriage blazes with powerhouse performances by Elizabeth Taylor and Sandy Dennis (both of whom won Oscars) as well as Richard Burton and George Segal (both of whom were nominees).

A Woman, A Part
USA 2016 98 min.

Facing a midlife crisis, TV star Anna Baskin (Mad Men’s Maggie Siff) escapes Los Angeles and returns to Brooklyn in hopes of ditching her on-air persona and finding herself. A reunion with old theater partners who never made it big opens doors—and wounds—in this poignant modern drama.

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