Sam is a non-verbal young woman living in a group home and buoyed by a mystical understanding of the world around her—until her beloved caregiver Lydia suddenly goes missing. Stubbornly driven by her unique perspective and unyielding sense of self, Sam tries to solve the mystery of Lydia’s departure, while finding her way through the complexity of human connections.
Set in the early 1970s, Gilles (newcomer Clément Metayer) is a high school student in Paris, swept up in the political fever of the time. Yet his real dream is to paint and make films, something that his friends and even his girlfriend (Goodbye, First Love’s Lola Créton) cannot understand. For them, politics is everything: the social struggle all-consuming. But Gilles gradually becomes more comfortable with his life choices and learns to feel at ease in this new society. [Synopsis Courtesy of Palace Films.]
The cross section between New York’s mean streets and its gentrified alcoves makes for potent social satire in Elizabeth Wood’s tough and exhilarating debut. Equipped with platinum blonde hair and a winning smile, college girl Leah (Morgan Saylor) seeks out pleasure in any form. She has two weeks before fall semester, and in between getting high with her roommate and snorting lines with her boss, she finds time to hit it off with a handsome, young Puerto Rican drug dealer named Blue. Within days, the two are selling dime bags to her affluent white colleagues, collecting fast cash, and living the high life. But their euphoria comes to a grinding halt once Blue is arrested and Leah’s left with a hefty amount of his coke. Does she sell it to save him or use it herself? [Synopsis courtesy of Sundance Film Festival]
Needing a sudden escape from the city, Robbie leaves Brooklyn to stay in the Hudson Valley with his aunt who runs a home for pregnant teens. As the only man in the house, Robbie captures the attention of many of the girls, and when he strikes up a friendship with Nina, who is dealing with her own relationship troubles, tensions run high in the house. In trying to stop Nina from making the biggest mistake of her life, Robbie finds himself caught in a love triangle between Nina and her baby daddy, Chase. [Synopsis courtesy of LA Film Festival]