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In the wake of the November 2015 terrorist attacks, the legendary Paris Opera has several shows to mount and numerous difficulties to face. Featuring multiple storylines, including labor disputes, live bulls, and charming Russians, this expertly c...
France/Switzerland | 110
Kitty Green’s provocative film creates a new approach to the JonBenet Ramsey murder case, still a source of endless fascination even after 20 years. By auditioning actors from Ramsey’s Colorado hometown for a film about the crime, this stylized d...
USA/Australia | 81
Each year, SFFILM invites a visionary thinker to discuss the intersecting worlds of contemporary cinema and visual arts, culture and society, and images and ideas. At this year’s Festival, Dr. Edwin Catmull of Pixar Animation Studios will speak to...
The afternoon Creativity Summit program kicks off with a discussion between Colum Slevin, Head of Experiences at Oculus, and Jess Engel, Director of Original Content at Within. Virtual reality content has evolved rapidly over the past year, giving...
The closing session of the Creativity Summit is a conversation between John Knoll, Chief Creative Officer and Academy Award-winning Senior Visual Effects Supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic, and Diana Williams, Creative Producer of the Lucasfil...
Hong’s latest seriocomedy about booze and breaking up details the life of a painter named Young-soo who hears that his girlfriend Minjung has been seen with another man. Anger and jealousy lead him to a frantic search for her, but when multiple ve...
South Korea | 86
It’s such a given that it is almost elemental: motion pictures and musical accompaniment complete each other. This comprehensive and relentlessly fascinating documentary traces the history of film scores, from the flame-thrower guitars of Mad Max:...
USA | 93
When a sheltered teen named Sebastian meets an aspiring punk rocker and falls for the boy’s older sister, the stage is set for a cheerful and energetic comedy that tackles matters of friendship, young love, and musical dreams with equal aplomb. El...
USA | 85
Tender and funny, Miwa Nishikawa’s new film, adapting her popular novel, tackles grief through a comedic lens. When the wife of a popular writer dies unexpectedly, he bonds with another man who lost his beloved spouse in the same accident. By spen...
Japan | 124
Burning Man has nothing on Tultepec’s charging toritos and exploding castillos. Mexico’s weeklong National Pyrotechnic Festival is sheer unbridled madness. Scars that tourists take away from fireworks-exploding bulls and towering infernos are earn...
USA | 67
From acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, Life Itself), Abacus: Small Enough to Jail tells the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York.
USA | 88
Lake Volta in Ghana is the largest man-made lake in the world; it is also notorious as a locale for forced child labor.
USA/Ghana | 80
Jamario, Jaquon, Jailen, and Teague are teammates on the J.O. Johnson High School wrestling team in Huntsville, Alabama.
USA | 96
American photographer James Balog has been tracking human-caused changes to our planet for over 35 years.
USA | 80
For lovers of food documentaries like Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011) and the Chef’s Table series, Ulam: Main Dish will come as a welcome and fresh addition.
Collaborating with novelist Paul Auster, director Wayne Wang weaves a multi-character story, revolving around a Brooklyn cigar store where seemingly unrelated incidents, chance meetings, and a paper bag containing $5,000 end up affecting the lives...
Tre, Maison, and Dasan are three boys who all share something in common – one of their parents is in jail.
USA | 94
The post-Impressionist painter’s first trip to French Polynesia in 1891 is the focus of this lush, semi-fictionalized biographical exploration of art and inspiration.
France | 102
New York City in the 1970s was fractured, dynamic, and the perfect time and place for prolific graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat to begin his famous SAMO tags around the city.
USA | 78
Director Jeremiah Zagar uses the dreamy language and impressionistic narrative of Justin Torres's novel of the same name to tell the coming-of-age story of three young Puerto Rican boys growing up in a loving family shadowed by domestic violence.
USA | 90
With sensitivity and a dreamy visual style, When I’m a Moth fictionalizes a moment in Hillary Rodham Clinton’s life when different paths could have been taken, while others seem destined. In the summer of 1969, Hillary (a brilliant Addison T...
USA | Fiction Feature | 91
In this vivid science-fiction drama, a Mars-bound spacecraft is rendered unable to steer after colliding with space debris. Knowing that they have been set adrift for the rest of their lives, the passengers and crew must contend with dangerou...
Sweden | Fiction Feature | 106
Williamstown, Kentucky, is home to the Ark Encounter – a “life-size” creationist museum of Noah’s Ark, fitted with all of the creatures that traveled in its hull, including dinosaurs. With incredible access to the park leading up to its openi...
USA | Documentary | 99
The volcanic rock that covers most of Iceland is not just beautiful and protected in the Nature Conservation register, it is also purportedly the home to elves, trolls, and other hidden people. When a new road is set to be built through a lav...
USA | Documentary | 86
In tiny Colewell, Pennsylvania, the residents gather at the post office for mail and gossip, while the days pass quiet and serene. That is until news comes that the office is to close, and beloved clerk Nora (a marvelous Karen Allen) is left ...
USA | Fiction Feature | 79
The Ochoa family runs a hair-raisingly frenetic private ambulance service in Mexico City. Luke Lorentzen captures the madness of curbside negotiations – the service they provide is an add-on to Mexico’s under-resourced public health system – ...
USA | Documentary | 81
Peter Lucian (Peter Sarsgaard) holds the keys to Manhattan – at least to how it sounds. He is a house tuner, hiring himself out to people who are uneasy in their apartments, but his real life’s project is mapping the city according to the not...
USA | Fiction Feature | 87
The power of nature is captured with cutting-edge technology and cinematic virtuosity in this paean to water. Victor Kossakovsky (¡Vivan Las Antipodas!, Festival 2012), takes us from Russia’s semi-frozen Lake Baikal to glacier calving in Gree...
Documentary | 90
The classic story of Peter Pan is wildly reimagined in this ragtag epic from Benh Zeitlin, director of Beasts of the Southern Wild.
USA | Fiction Feature | 111
USA | Fiction | 80
Brazil | Fiction | 98
USA | Fiction | 103
Albania | Fiction | 97
This captivating documentary tells the remarkable story of South African dancer Siphe November, who was discovered as a young boy in the township of Zolani and rose to become one of a handful of Africans to lead a Western ballet company.
Canada | Documentary | 84
In this personal and rousing documentary, Joan Chen charts the inspiring life and career of “Jenny” Lang Ping, a fearless and independent Olympic athlete who propels China to international prominence in volleyball. On the court, her mo...
Imagine a nondescript house in the middle of a wasted landscape where a man named Will (Winston Duke from Us and Black Panther) holds a series of “job interviews” where the job is existence itself. Posed a series of existential questio...
USA | Fiction | 124
France | Fiction | 119
USA | Documentary | 83
USA | Documentary | 89
UK | Fiction | 99
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio reimagines the classic tale of the fabled wooden boy who, looking ...