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AFI FEST 2015 Lands 127 Films from 45 Nations, ‘Son of Saul’ to ‘No Home Movie’

AFI FEST 2015 Lands 127 Films from 45 Nations, 'Son of Saul' to 'No Home Movie'

Adding World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight, Shorts, and Cinema’s Legacy sections to its previously announced slates today, AFI FEST 2015 now totals 127 films from 42 countries, including acclaimed Cannes Holocaust drama and Hungarian Oscar submission Son of Saul” and the late Chantal Akerman‘s final film, “No Home Movie.”

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Along with Michael Moore’s new doc “Where to Invade Next,” Chilean miner drama “The 33,” Will Smith vehicle “Concussion,” and opening and closing night selections from Angelina Jolie Pitt and Adam McKay, the fest will feature strong offerings in its New Auteurs and American Independents sections. Other highlights from today’s announcement? Kent Jones’ “Hitchcock/Truffaut,” which expands the famed 1962 conversation between the two iconic directors to filmmakers including David Fincher and Martin Scorsese; 2015 Palme d’Or winner “Dheepan,” from Jacques Audiard; Don Hertzfeldt’s remarkable short “World of Tomorrow“; and many more. Read the full list of today’s added titles below.

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World Cinema Selections

AFERIM! – This Romanian Western is an odyssey
through the landscape of feudal Eastern Europe, following a father and
son on a mission to find a gypsy. DIR Radu Jude. SCR Radu Jude, Florin
Lazarescu. CAST Teodor Corban, Mihai Comanoiu, Cuzin Toma, Alexandru
Dabija, Alexandru Bindea, Luminița Gheorghiu, Victor Rebengiuc, Alberto
Dinache, Mihaela Sîrbu. Romania/Bulgaria/Czech Republic

BLOOD OF MY BLOOD (SANGUE DEL MIO SANGUE) – In this
dual narrative, lust plays out in a 17th-century convent and a
modern-day count lives a bizarre life within those same walls. DIR Marco
Bellocchio. SCR Marco Bellocchio. CAST Roberto Herlitzka, Pier Giorgio
Bellocchio, Lidiya Liberman, Fausto Russo Alesi, Alba Rohrwacher,
Federica Fracassi, Alberto Cracco, Bruno Cariello, Toni Bertorelli,
Filippo Timi, Elena Bellocchio, Ivan Franek, Patrizia Bettini,
Sebastiano Filocamo, Alberto Bellocchio. Italy/France/Switzerland. U.S.
Premiere

CHEVALIER – In this wonderfully absurdist farce, six
men at sea play a strange game that measures every aspect of who they
are. DIR Athina Rachel Tsangari. SCR Athina Rachel Tsangari, Efthimis
Filippou. CAST Yorgos Kentros, Panos Koronis, Vangelis Mourikis, Makis
Papadimitriou, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, Sakis Rouvas, Yiannis Drakopoulos,
Nikos Orfanos, Kostas Philippoglou. Greece

CHRONIC – Tim Roth stars as an end-of-life caregiver
who struggles with the intense relationships he develops with his
patients. DIR Michel Franco. SCR Michel Franco. CAST Tim Roth, Robin
Bartlett, Michael Cristofer, Sarah Sutherland, Nailea Norvind, Rachel
Pickup, David Dastmalchian, Bitsie Tulloch. Mexico/France

THE CLAN (EL CLAN) – Argentina’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar®
follows the vicious crime saga of the notorious Puccio family. DIR
Pablo Trapero. SCR Pablo Trapero. CAST Guillermo Francella, Peter
Lanzani, Lili Popovich, Gastón Cocchiarale, Giselle Motta, Franco
Masini, Antonia Bengoechea, Stefania Koessl. Argentina/Spain

THE CLUB (EL CLUB) – At a bucolic seaside home for
aging priests, the arrival of a new member unearths long-buried secrets
about the Catholic Church. DIR Pablo Larraín. SCR Guillermo Calderón,
Daniel Villalobos, Pablo Larraín. CAST Alfredo Castro, Roberto Farías,
Antonia Zegers, Jaime Vadell, Alejandro Goic. Chile

DHEEPAN – In this 2015 Cannes Palme d’Or winner, a
refugee concocts a fake family to gain passage to France — but his
violent past still haunts him. DIR Jacques Audiard. SCR Noé Debré,
Thomas Bidegain, Jacques Audiard. CAST Jesuthasan Antonythasan,
Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby, Vincent Rottiers, Marc
Zinga. France

EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT (EL ABRAZO DE LA SERPIENTE)
This hypnotic epic follows the journey of a shaman and a German
explorer in the Colombian Amazon. DIR Ciro Guerra. SCR Ciro Guerra,
Jacques Toulemonde Vidal. CAST Jan Bijvoet, Brionne Davis, Nilbio
Torres, Antonio Bolívar, Yauenkü Miguee. Colombia/Venezuela/Argentina

FREE IN DEED – When a young mother brings her
special-needs son to a local storefront church for healing, a
Pentecostal minister is forced to confront his own demons. DIR Jake
Mahaffy. SCR Jake Mahaffy. CAST David Harewood, Edwina Findley, RaJay
Chandler, Preston Shannon, Prophetess Libra, Helen Bowman, Zoe Lewis,
Kathy Smith. USA/New Zealand. North American Premiere

IN THE SHADOW OF WOMEN (L’OMBRE DES FEMMES) – Master
French filmmaker Philippe Garrel returns with this gentle, profound
tale of a Parisian couple dealing with mutual infidelity. DIR Philippe
Garrel. SCR Jean-Claude Carrière, Caroline Deruas, Arlette Langmann,
Philippe Garrel. CAST Clotilde Courau, Stanislas Merhar, Lena Paugam,
Vimala Pons, Antoinette Moya, Jean Pommier, Thérèse Quentin, Mounir
Margoum, Louis Garrel. France/Switzerland

THE LADY IN THE VAN – Maggie Smith stars as a
cantankerous yet eloquent homeless woman who sets up residence on the
curb outside the home of a single writer. DIR Nicholas Hytner. SCR Alan
Bennett. CAST Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Frances De La Tour, Roger
Allam. UK

LANDFILL HARMONIC – In a landfill community in
Paraguay, inhabitants turn trash into unique instruments for a
world-touring orchestra of young musicians. DIR Brad Allgood, Graham
Townsley. USA

A MONSTER WITH A THOUSAND HEADS – A Mexican woman
with a cancer-stricken husband embarks on a series of increasingly
violent confrontations with uncaring insurance stakeholders and
bureaucrats. DIR Rodrigo Plá. SCR Laura Santullo. CAST Jana Raluy,
Sebastián Aguirre Boëda, Hugo Albores, Nora Huerta, Daniel Giménez
Cacho, Emilio Echeverria, Ilya Cazés, Noé Hernández, Verónica Falcón.
Mexico. North American Premiere

MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART – Jia Zhang-ke’s tender,
melancholic epic follows a capitalist Chinese family over a
quarter-century of intense change. DIR Jia Zhang-ke. SCR Jia Zhang-ke.
CAST Zhao Tao, Zhang Yi, Liang Jin Dong, Dong Zijian, Sylvia Chang, Han
Sanming. China/France/Japan

EL MOVIMIENTO – In this stark black-and-white vision
of anarchy, groups of armed men belonging to “The Movement” cause havoc
on a war-scarred landscape. DIR Benjamín Naishtat. SCR Benjamin
Naishtat. CAST Pablo Cedrón, Marcelo Pompei, Francisco Lumerman, Céline
Latil, Alberto Suarez, Agustin Rittano. Argentina. U.S. Premiere

MY GOLDEN DAYS – Upon a man’s arrival home after
years away abroad, he reflects on his youth, spent with little parental
guidance, and ultimately a turbulent love affair. DIR Arnaud Desplechin.
SCR Arnaud Desplechin, Julie Peyr. CAST Quentin Dolmaire, Lou
Roy-Lecollinet, Mathieu Amalric, Dinara Drukarova. France

NAHID – A poor Iranian mother enters a “temporary
marriage” with a well-off hotelier — with devastating results. DIR Ida
Panahandeh. SCR Ida Panahandeh, Arsalan Amiri. CAST Sareh Bayat, Pejman
Bazeghi, Navid Mohammad Zadeh, Milad Hossein Pour, Pouria Rahimi, Nasrin
Babaei. Iran

NEON BULL (BOI NEON) – A young cowboy working the
Brazilian rodeo circuit dreams of becoming a famous fashion designer.
DIR Gabriel Mascaro. SCR Gabriel Mascaro. CAST Juliano Cazarré, Aline
Santana, Carlos Pessoa, Maeve Jinkings. Brazil/Uruguay/Netherlands

NO HOME MOVIE – The late Chantal Akerman’s sweet,
melancholic ode to her mother, an Auschwitz survivor, is about home and
the wild places beyond it. DIR Chantal Akerman. SCR Chantal Akerman.
Belgium

OUR LITTLE SISTER (UMIMACHI DIARY) – At a family
patriarch’s funeral, three sisters make the impulsive decision to invite
their much younger half-sister to live with them in the city. DIR
Hirokazu Kore-eda. SCR Hirokazu Kore-eda. CAST Haruka Ayase, Masami
Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose. Japan

PARADISE – In this powerful film, shot
guerrilla-style on the streets of Tehran, a violent act throws the life
of a 25-year-old woman into turmoil. DIR Sina Ataeian Dena. SCR Sina
Ataeian Dena. CAST Dorna Dibaj, Fateme Naghavi, Fariba Kamran, Nahid
Moslemi, Roya Afshar. Iran/Germany

RAMS (HRUTAR) – Two estranged brothers in rural
Iceland must come together when a fatal outbreak strikes their sheep
herds. DIR Grímur Hákonarson. SCR Grímur Hákonarson. CAST Sigurður
Sigurjónsson, Theodór Júlíusson, Charlotte Bøving. Iceland

RIGHT NOW, WRONG THEN (JIGEUMEUN MATGO GEUTTAENEUN TEULLIDA)
– In Hong Sang-soo’s latest, a director spends 24 hours with an
attractive artist. This story then repeats itself midway through the
film, but with important variations. DIR Hong Sang-soo. SCR Hong
Sang-soo. CAST Jung Jae-young, Kim Min-hee. South Korea

SON OF SAUL (SAUL FIA) – This sparse yet resonant
film, set in Auschwitz near the end of World War II, follows an internee
on a mission to give a young boy a proper burial. DIR László Nemes. SCR
László Nemes, Clara Royer. CAST Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnar, Urs Rechn,
Todd Charmont, Sándor Zsotér, Marcin Czarnik, Jerzy Walczak, Uwe Lauer,
Christian Harting, Kamil Dobrowlski, Amitai Kedar, István Pion, Juli
Jakab, Levente Orbán. Hungary

SWEET BEAN (AN) – In this heartwarming yet subtle
tale, an aging Japanese woman brings surprise success to a small bakery
with her special homemade recipe. DIR Naomi Kawase. SCR Naomi Kawase.
CAST Nagase Masatoshi, Kiki Kirin, Uchida Kyara. Japan

TALE OF TALES (IL RACCONTO DEI RACCONTI) – From the
director of GOMORRAH, this collection of three ancient fairy tales
features a star-studded cast set against the backdrop of Italy’s
greatest wonders. DIR Matteo Garrone. SCR Edoardo Albinati, Ugo Chiti,
Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso. CAST Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby
Jones, Shirley Henderson, Hayley Carmichael, Bebe Cave, Stacy Martin,
Christian Lees, Jonah Lees, Guillaume Delaunay, Alba Rohrwacher, Massimo
Ceccherini, John C. Reilly. Italy

THE TREASURE (COMOARA) – A financially struggling
family man enters into a crackpot plan to find buried treasure in this
masterfully deadpan comedy. DIR Corneliu Porumboiu. SCR Corneliu
Porumboiu. CAST Cuzin Toma, Adrian Purcarescu, Corneliu Cozmei, Cristina
Toma, Nicodim Toma. France/Romania

A WAR – When a routine mission in Afghanistan turns
ugly, a company commander must make an impossible decision to save his
men. DIR Tobias Lindholm. SCR Tobias Lindholm. CAST Pilou Asbæk, Tuva
Novotny, Dar Salim, Søren Malling, Charlotte Munck, Dulfi Al-Jabouri.
Denmark. U.S. Premiere

THE WHITE KNIGHTS (LES CHEVALIERS BLANCS) – This
drama from Joachim Lafosse centers on the 2007 Zoé’s Ark scandal, when a
French NGO illegally trafficked orphans out of war-torn Africa. DIR
Joachim Lafosse. SCR Joachim Lafosse, Bulle Decarpentries, Thomas Van
Zuylen. CAST Vincent Lindon, Valérie Donzelli, Reda Kateb, Louise
Bourgoin, Rougalta Bintou Saleh. France/Belgium

Midnight Selections

BASKIN – A squad of Turkish policemen become
entrapped in the basement of a cult of Devil-worshipping amputees. DIR
Can Evrenol. SCR Can Evrenol, Cem Ozuduru, Ogulcan Eren Akay, Ercin
Sadikoglu. CAST Gorkem Kasal, Ergun Kuyucu, Muharrem Bayrak, Mehmet
Fatih Dokgoz, Sabahattin Yakut, Mehmet Cerrahoglu. Turkey

DER NACHTMAHR – A teenage girl who experiences
severe nightmares makes a meaningful connection with a strange creature
that has been haunting her. DIR AKIZ. SCR AKIZ. CAST Carolyn Genzkow,
Kim Gordon, Julika Jenkins, Arnd Klawitter, Wilson Gonzalez
Ochsenknecht, Alexander Scheer, Sina Tkotsch. Germany

SOUTHBOUND – In this refreshing take on the horror
anthology, a series of characters encounter sinister forces on an
isolated desert road. DIR Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner, Patrick
Horvath, Radio Silence. SCR Roxanne Benjamin, Susan Burke, Matt
Bettinelli-Olpin, David Bruckner, Dallas Hallam, Patrick Horvath. CAST
Chad Villella, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Kristina Pesic, Fabianne Therese,
Nathalie Love, Hannah Marks, Dana Gould, Susan Burke, Davey Johnson,
Anessa Ramsey, Mather Zickel, Fabianne Therese Karla Droege, Zoe Cooper,
Roxanne Benjamin, Justin Welborn, David Yow, Tipper Newton, Matt
Peters, Maria Olsen, Tyler Tuione, Kate Beahan, Gerald Downey, Hassie
Harrison, Larry Fessenden. USA

Breakthrough Selections

THE LIAR – In this tightly wound thriller,
beautiful, immaculately dressed Ah-young attempts to fool everyone into
believing that she has it all. She doesn’t. DIR Kim Dong-myung. SCR Kim
Dong-myung. CAST Kim Kkobbi, Chun Sin-hwan, Lee Sun-hee, Le Da-hae, Jang
Seo-ee, Shin Yeon-suk, Kwon Nam-hee, Han Jin-hee. Korea

MA – Director Celia Rowlson-Hall uses her background
as a choreographer to create MA, a modern-day retelling of Mother
Mary’s pilgrimage. DIR Celia Rowlson-Hall. SCR Celia Rowlson-Hall. CAST
Celia Rowlson-Hall, Andrew Pastides, Amy Seimetz, Matt Lauria, Peter
Vack. USA. U.S. Premiere

THE MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF PÉROLA (A MISTERIOSA MORTE DE PÉROLA)
– A young student, living alone in an old apartment, begins to lose
herself in loneliness until reality merges with dreams. DIR Guto
Parente. SCR Guto Parente. CAST Ticiana Augusto Lima, Guto Parente.
Brazil/France. North American Premiere

NECKTIE YOUTH – Set in Johannesburg, South Africa,
this bristling debut looks at a group of millennials, all peripherally
related to a wealthy white teen who commits suicide. DIR Sibs Shongwe-La
Mer. SCR Sibs Shongwe-La Mer. CAST Bonko Khoza, Sibs Shongwe-La Mer,
Colleen Balchin, Kamogelo Moloi, Emma Tollman, Jonathan Young, Kelly
Bates, Ricci-Lee Kalish, Giovanna Winetzki. Netherlands/South Africa

THOSE WHO FEEL THE FIRE BURNING – This poetic
experimental documentary captures with raw force the modern migrant
experience in Europe, as seen through the eyes of a deceased shipwreck
victim. DIR Morgan Knibbe. SCR Morgan Knibbe. Netherlands


Cinema’s Legacy Selections

FLYING DOWN TO RIO (1933) – Dolores Del Río, the
glamorous face of AFI FEST 2015, stars in this pre-Code musical with
Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and fabulous song-and-dance routines. DIR
Thornton Freeland. SCR Cyril Hume, H.W. Hanemann, Erwin Gelsey. CAST
Dolores Del Rio, Gene Raymond, Raul Roulien, Ginger Rogers, Fred
Astaire, Blanche Frederici, Franklin Pangborn, Eric Blore. USA

THE FORBIDDEN ROOM – Winnipeg filmmakers Guy Maddin
and Evan Johnson search the human subconscious in this cinematic
head-trip. DIR Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson. SCR Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson,
Robert Kotyk. CAST Roy Dupuis, Clara Furey, Louis Negin, Mathieu
Amalric, Geraldine Chaplin, Amira Casar, Charlotte Rampling, Karine
Vanasse, Jacques Nolot, Udo Kier. Canada

HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT – For one week in 1962, French
New Wave auteur François Truffaut interviewed the master of suspense,
Alfred Hitchcock. DIR Kent Jones. SCR Kent Jones, Serge Toubiana. CAST
Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Arnaud Desplechin, Wes Anderson, James
Gray, Richard Linklater, Olivier Assayas, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Peter
Bogdanovich, Paul Schrader. France/USA

SAFETY LAST! (1923) – In Harold Lloyd’s brilliant
and most famous film, the great silent comedian plays a small-town
bumpkin in the big city who plans a breathless publicity stunt to
attract attention for the department store where he works. DIR Fred C.
Newmeyer, Sam Taylor. SCR Hal Roach, Sam Taylor, Tim Whelan. CAST Harold
Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Bill Strother, Noah Young, Wescott Clarke. USA

SEMBENE! – In this intimate documentary, the work of
Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembène is spotlighted, showing why he
came to be known as the Father of African Cinema. DIR Samba Gadjigo,
Jason Silverman. Senegal/USA

SHORTS SELECTIONS

BAD AT DANCING – A perpetual third wheel and awkward
outsider inserts herself into her roommate’s relationship. DIR Joanna
Arnow. SCR Joanna Arnow. CAST Eleanore Pienta, Keith Poulson, Joanna
Arnow. USA

BLOOD BELOW THE SKIN – Three teenage girls from
different social circles form unexpected bonds when they discover the
secrets that lie below the skin. DIR Jennifer Reeder. SCR Jennifer
Reeder. CAST Jennifer Estlin, Kelsey Ashby-Middleton, Morgan Reesh, Tj
Jagodowsky, Marissa Castillo. USA

BOYS (POJKARNA) – At a home for wayward boys, Markus
prepares for a very important appointment. DIR Isabella Carbonell. SCR
Isabella Carbonell, Babak Najafi. CAST Sebastian Hiort af Ornäs, Marcus
Lindgren, Rainer Gerdes. Sweden

BUS NUT – The 1955 Montgomery bus boycott is
articulated as an educational video on school bus safety. DIR Akosua
Adoma Owusu. CAST MaameYaa Boafo. USA

COLOR NEUTRAL – A color explosion sparkles, bubbles
and fractures in this handcrafted 16mm short from film artist Jennifer
Reeves. DIR Jennifer Reeves. USA

DRAGSTRIP – A moment or two before the race. DIR Daniel Claridge, Pacho Velez. USA

E.T.E.R.N.I.T – A Tunisian immigrant working in
asbestos removal must make a radical choice in the name of his family.
DIR Giovanni Aloi. SCR Nicolo Galbiati. CAST Ali Salhi, Serena Grandi,
Alessandro Castiglloni, Mohamed Omar Abd Rabou, Youssef Tarek, Stefano
Piumi, Alessandro Palumbo, Andrea Pompa, Roberta Madeo. France

EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY (ALLES WIRD GUT) – A
divorced father picks up his eight-year-old daughter. It seems like
every second weekend, but something isn’t right. DIR Patrick Vollrath.
SCR Patrick Vollrath. CAST Simon Schwarz, Julia Pointner.
Germany/Austria

THE EXQUISITE CORPUS – Based on various erotic films
and advertising rushes, myriad fragments are melted into a single
sensuous, humorous, gruesome and ecstatic dream. DIR Peter Tscherkassky.
Austria

FRANKENSTEIN’S BRIDE (LA NOVIA DE FRANKENSTEIN) – At
her summer job, Ivana learns it’s easy to create a circle of lies,
fiction and love when you’re bored. DIR Francisco Lezama, Agostina
Gálvez. SCR Francisco Lezama, Agostina Gálvez. CAST Miel Bargman, Renzo
Cozza, Claudia Cantero, Mariel Fernández, Jair Jesús Toledo. Argentina

FUCKKKYOUUU – A lonely girl finds love and rejection
with her past self in this alluring collaboration with Flying Lotus.
DIR Eddie Alcazar. SCR Eddie Alcazar. CAST Jesse Sullivan, Charles
Baker. USA

GRAND FINALE – The end of a Fourth of July evening in Detroit. DIR Kevin Jerome Everson. USA

GROUP B – A rally car driver mounts a comeback after
a long and troubled absence. DIR Nick Rowland. SCR Joe Murtagh. CAST
Richard Madden, Michael Smiley, Dominic Wolf, Andrei Alen, Matthew Jure,
Stephen Bent, Alexander Cambell. UK

HALF WET – A man with large pores tries to escape the realization that he’s slowly evaporating. DIR Sophie Koko Gate. UK

I REMEMBER NOTHING – An epileptic seizure told in
five phases. DIR Zia Anger. SCR Zia Anger. CAST Audrey Turner, Eve
Alpert, India Menuez, Adinah Dancyger, Lola Kirke. USA

LANCASTER, CA – A portrait of love in the California desert. DIR Mike Ott. SCR Cory Zacharia. CAST Cory Zacharia, John Brotherton. USA

THE LITTLE DEPUTY – Trevor tries to have his photo
taken with his father. DIR Trevor Anderson. SCR Trevor Anderson. CAST
Trevor Anderson, Luke Oswald, Rob Chaulk, Trevor Schmidt, Lynn Anderson.
Canada

MAMAN(S) – Eight-year-old Aida and her family are
thrown into chaos when her father returns from Senegal with a new wife.
DIR Maïmouna Doucouré. SCR Maïmouna Doucouré. CAST Sokhna Diallo,
Maimouna Gueye, Azize Diabate, Mareme N’dlaye, Eriq Ebouaney, Maissa
Toumoutou, Aida Diallo, Khemissa Zarouel. France

MANOMAN – Beware what lies within. DIR Simon Cartwright. SCR Simon Cartwright. CAST Gordon Pearson. UK

MARYLAND PUBLIC TELEVISION INTERVIEWS THE REAGANS – The President nails an interview. Featuring: The First Lady and surprise guest. DIR Pacho Velez. USA

MYNARSKI DEATH PLUMMET (MYNARSKI CHUTE MORTELLE) – A
handmade historical micro-epic and psychedelic photochemical war
picture about self-sacrifice, immortality and jellyfish. DIR Matthew
Rankin. SCR Matthew Rankin. CAST Alek Rzeszowski, Robert Vilar, Annie
St-Pierre, Louis Negin. Canada

OBJECT – A hypnotic underwater search from the point
of view of the rescue team, the diver and the people waiting on shore.
DIR Paulina Skibińska. SCR Paulina Skibińska. Poland

OF THE UNKNOWN – In Hong Kong, millionaires and the working poor live side by side. DIR Eva Weber. UK/Hong Kong

PALM ROT – An old Florida fumigator comes face to face with a mysterious threat. DIR Ryan Gillis. SCR Ryan Gillis. CAST Greg Tonner. USA

PATTERN FOR SURVIVAL – A key ingredient in any survival situation is the mental attitude of the individuals involved. DIR Kelly Sears. USA

THE PETER CASSIDY PROJECT – In 1972, a reporter and
his team attempt to discover the truth behind an infamous director and
the controversial advertisements he directed in the late ’60s. DIR Noah
Lee. SCR Noah Lee. CAST Peter Falls, Lewis Pullman, Eden Brolin. USA

PINK GRAPEFRUIT – A young married couple, two single
friends and a long weekend in Palm Springs. DIR Michael Mohan. SCR
Chris Levitus, Michael Mohan. CAST Wendy McColm, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett,
Nora Kirkpatrick, Matt Peters. USA

POSTINDUSTRIAL – Eleven floors of thoughts held tight by iron brackets. DIR Boris Pramatarov. Bulgaria

PYROMANCE – A lonely pyrotechnician finds an unlikely spark on the eve of the 4th of July
fireworks show. DIR John de Menil. SCR John de Menil. CAST Paul
McCarthy Boyington, Anna Khaja, Brantley Black, Karen Strassman. USA

RATE ME – A portrait of a teen escort comes to life via online user reviews. DIR Fyzal Boulifa. SCR Fyzal Boulifa. CAST Zehra Zorba. UK

THE RETURN OF ERKIN – A man just released from a
long-term prison discovers that his former life has vanished, never to
return. DIR Maria Guskova. SCR Maria Guskova. CAST Kahramonjon
Mamasaliyev. Russia

REVIEW – A young woman recounts a story to a group
of friends who listen with rapt attention, but the tale sounds very
familiar. DIR Dustin Guy Defa. USA

RONALD REAGAN LIGHTS THE LIGHTS – The President conducts a delicate task. DIR Pacho Velez. USA

RONALD REAGAN PARDONS A TURKEY – The President makes a tough call. DIR Pacho Velez. USA

SEA CHILD – A young girl on the verge of womanhood is consumed by nightmares. DIR Minha Kim. SCR Islay Bell-Webb. CAST Rachel Park. UK

SERENITY – Everyone remembers their first time. Everyone has regrets. DIR Jack Dunphy. SCR Jack Dunphy. CAST Jack Dunphy. USA

SHARE – The victim of an unspeakable act gone viral
returns to high school. DIR Pippa Bianco. SCR Pippa Bianco. CAST Taissa
Farmiga, Keir Gilchrist, Madisen Beaty, Andre Royo. USA

THE SUN LIKE A BIG DARK ANIMAL (EL SOL COMO UN GRAN ANIMAL OSCURO)
– Even computers need love. DIR Ronnie Rivera, Christina Felisgrau. SCR
Bernardo Britto, Ronnie Rivera. CAST Agustina Woodgate. USA

SWIMMING IN YOUR SKIN AGAIN – A film about
motherhood, banality, Miami, the water, the divine feminine and how to
sing in church in a way that calls forth your own adulthood. DIR Terence
Nance. SCR Terence Nance. CAST Norvis, Jr., Hadassah Amani, Genoa
O’Brien, Vickie Lynn Washington-Nance. USA

TAKE WHAT YOU CAN CARRY – When a young woman living
abroad receives a letter from home, it’s what she needs to fuse her
transient self with the person she’s always known herself to be. DIR
Matthew Porterfield. SCR Matthew Porterfield. CAST Hannah Gross,
Jean-Christophe Folly, Angela Schanelec, Gob Squad. USA

TEETH – That which is neglected, is lost. DIR Tom
Brown, Daniel Gray. SCR Tom Brown, Daniel Gray. CAST Richard E. Grant.
UK/Hungary/USA

THE FACE OF UKRAINE: CASTING OKSANA BAIUL – Adorned
in pink sequins, little girls from war-torn Ukraine audition to play the
role of Olympic champion figure skater Oksana Baiul. DIR Kitty Green.
SCR Kitty Green. Ukraine/Australia

TRACKS – An amateur skateboarder is left to care for
his girlfriend’s young daughter on the day of a championship
tournament. DIR Logan Sandler. SCR Logan Sandler, Carly Stone. CAST
Keith Stanfield, Lana Schwartz, Dominique Razon. USA

TUESDAY (SALI)
– An ordinary school day for a teenage girl in Istanbul. DIR Ziya
Demirel. SCR Ziya Demirel, Buket Coşkuner. CAST Melis Balaban.
Turkey/France

TWELVE TALES TOLD – The dream factory folds in on itself. DIR Lurf Johann. Austria

TWO FILMS ABOUT LONELINESS – A split screen
separates two distinct worlds that are closer than they appear. DIR
William Bishop-Stephens, Christopher Eales. SCR William Bishop-Stephens,
Christopher Eales. CAST Tim Key, Detlef Bierstedt. UK

UNDER THE SUN (RI GUANG ZHI XIA) – An attempted act
of kindness sets two families on an irrevocable collision course from
which there is no return. DIR Qiu Yang. SCR Qiu Yang. CAST Zhu Ping, Sun
Zhongwei, Bai Lihong, Gong Weiming. Australia/China

VICTOR XX – In a small seaside town, a young person
makes a personal discovery when they experiment with their gender. DIR
Ian Garrido. SCR Ian Garrido. CAST Alba Martínez, Shei Benzidour,
Yolanda Cruz. Spain

VOLTA (BOATA) – Nina is told she is just going for a
walk. DIR Stella Kyriakopoulos. SCR Stella Kyriakopoulos. CAST Marissa
Triandafyllidou, Katerina Douka, Giorgos Valais. Greece

WAVES ’98 – Omar is lured into the depths of
segregated Beirut. Isolated from reality, he struggles to keep his sense
of home. DIR Ely Dagher. SCR Ely Dagher. CAST Elie Bassila.
Lebanon/Qatar

WORLD OF TOMORROW
– A little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of the distant future
in the latest opus from Don Hertzfeldt. DIR Don Hertzfeldt. SCR Don
Hertzfeldt. CAST Julia Pott, Winona Mae. USA

YELLOW FIEBER – Athens was covered in a strange
yellow dust. No one expected what was about to happen. DIR Konstantina
Kotzamani. SCR Konstantina Kotzamani. CAST Mamadou Diallo, Eytuchia
Stefanidou. Greece

YOLO – Filmed in the remains of Soweto’s historic
Sans Souci Cinema (1948-1998), YOLO is a makeshift structuralist mash-up
created in collaboration with the Eat My Dust youth collective. DIR Ben
Russell. USA/South Africa

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