42nd Toronto International Film Festival®
September 7-17, 2017

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Isiah Medina, Denis Côté
The debut feature by digital cinema incendiary Isiah Medina is preceded by Canadian auteur Denis Côté’s first short film in nearly a decade. A … 
CastAnne Valencia, Myles Taylor, Erik Berg, Eliz…
LanguageEnglish, French   CountryCanada
WL$14A

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Brian D. Johnson
By turns elegiac and celebratory, this documentary tribute to the late, great Canadian poet Al Purdy features readings, reminiscences and perfor… 
CastMargaret Atwood, Joseph Boyden, Leonard Cohe…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
DOC$PG

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Deepa Mehta
A ruthless Sikh mobster leads his soldiers into a turf war for control of the Vancouver drugs- and arms-trafficking rackets, in this based-on-fa… 
CastRandeep Hooda, Ali Momen, Sarah Allen, Waris…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
GALA$$14A

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Robert Budreau
Ethan Hawke stars as Chet Baker in this remarkably creative reimagining of the legendary jazz trumpeter's struggle to overcome his drug addictio… 
CastEthan Hawke, Carmen Ejogo, Callum Keith Renn…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
SP$$14A

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Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson and…
Guided by the spirit of Maddin’s “Cuadecec Manifesto” (which calls for makings-of en masse), Bring Me the Head of Tim Horton is a strange and st… 
CastUnknown
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
WLFreePG

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Davy Force, Nick DenBoer
Things get seriously clucked up when a young boy accompanies his dad to his new job at Charbay’s Chicken World and Restaurant Resort, the world’… 
CastTim Beresford, Cad Gold Jr, Kenny Hotz, Nick…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
MM$18A

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Stephen Dunn
An East Coast teenager and aspiring special-effects makeup artist (Connor Jessup, Blackbird) struggles with both his sexuality and his fear of h… 
CastConnor Jessup, Aaron Abrams, Joanne Kelly, A…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
DISC$14A

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André Turpin
The new film from celebrated director and cinematographer André Turpin is an intoxicating cinematic puzzle that intertwines the lives of three s… 
CastSophie Nélisse, Mylène Mackay, Lise Roy, Ann…
LanguageFrench   CountryCanada
VAN$14A

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Anne Émond
The second film from award-winning writer-director Anne Émond (Nuit #1) is a decade-spanning family epic that chronicles the fortunes of a Québé… 
CastMaxim Gaudette, Karelle Tremblay, Valerie Ca…
LanguageFrench   CountryCanada
CWC$14A

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Wim Wenders
A tragic car accident links the lives of a struggling writer (James Franco), his long-suffering girlfriend (Rachel McAdams), a grieving mother (… 
CastJames Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rachel M…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
MAST$14A

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Oz Perkins
Two young students at a prestigious prep school for girls are assailed by an evil, invisible power when they are stranded at the school over win… 
CastEmma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka, Lucy Boynton, …
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
VAN$14A

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Adam Garnet Jones
One of the first films by a First Nations director to deal with two-spirited people, the thoughtful and moving debut feature by Adam Garnet Jone… 
CastJennifer Podemski, Andrew Martin, Harley Leg…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
DISC$14A

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Galen Johnson
Initially designed to promote Evan Johnson and Guy Maddin’s The Forbidden Room, A Living Poster employs the same digital techniques used to crea… 
CastUnknown
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
WLFreePG

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Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson
Winnipeg's wizard of the weird, Guy Maddin (My Winnipeg, The Saddest Music in the World) and co-director Evan Johnson plunge us into celluloid d… 
CastJohn Ashberry, Mathieu Amalric, Udo Kier, Ch…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
WL$14A

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Jon Cassar
Tormented by a dark secret, an aging gunfighter abandons a life of killing and returns home, only to discover his mother has died. He’s forced t… 
CastKiefer Sutherland, Donald Sutherland, Demi M…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
GALA$$14A

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Corin Sworn, Tony Romano
The first major collaboration between Canadian artist Tony Romano and English-born, Toronto-raised Corin Sworn, La Giubba follows the intersecti… 
CastUnknown
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
WLFreePG

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Michelle Shephard, Patrick R…
Omar Khadr, the Canadian citizen who was captured by American forces in Afghanistan in 2002 and spent a decade imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, tel… 
CastOmar Khadr
LanguageEnglish, Arabic   CountryCanada
DOC$14A

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Bruce McDonald
Seven years after his much-loved zombie thriller Pontypool, Canadian maverick Bruce McDonald returns to the horror genre with this deliciously c… 
CastChloe Rose, Robert Patrick, Rossif Sutherlan…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
VAN$18A

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Kazik Radwanski
Toronto director Kazik Radwanski follows his internationall acclaimed, award-winning debut Tower with this empathetic yet clear-eyed character s… 
CastErwin Van Cotthem, Kate Ashley, Seth Kirsh, …
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
CWC$14A

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Alan Zweig
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Allan Zweig (When Jews Were Funny) profiles one-time Canadian national hero Steve Fonyo, who raised millions of … 
CastSteve Fonyo
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
PLAT$14A

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Paul Gross
Paul Gross (Passchendaele) directs and co-stars in this taut war drama about Canadian troops in Afghanistan weathering Taliban attacks while str… 
CastPaul Gross, Rossif Sutherland
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
GALA$$14A

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Patricia Rozema
Two teenage sisters (Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood) struggle to survive in a remote country house after a massive, continent-wide power outage… 
CastEllen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella,…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
SP$$14A

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Mark Lewis
Acclaimed Canadian contemporary artist Mark Lewis echoes the classic city symphony films of the silent era with this breathtaking cinematic tour… 
CastUnknown
LanguageUnknown   CountryCanada
WL$G

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Jason Reitman
"In 1987, Princess Bride won Toronto Film Festival. On Sep 12th, we're going to pay tribute to that perfect script." @JasonReitman The Princess… 
CastUnknown
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
SE$$18

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Shemi Zarhin
In the wake of their mother's death, three Jewish Israeli siblings discover that their biological father was a Muslim and set out on a journey a… 
CastRotem Zissman-Cohen, Roy Assaf, Assaf Ben-Sh…
LanguageFrench | Hebrew   CountryCanada
CWS$14A

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Julian Roffman
A young archaeologist believes he is cursed by a mask that causes him to have weird nightmares and possibly to murder. Before committing suicide… 
CastPaul Stevens, Claudette Nevins, Bill Walker
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
CTQFreePG

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Nicolás Pereda, Lois Patiño
Acclaimed Mexican-Canadian auteur Nicolás Pereda (Greatest Hits) returns to the Festival with this lovely, wraithlike fantasy Minotaur, that obs… 
CastGabino Rodríguez, Luisa Pardo, Francisco Bar…
LanguageSpanish, Portuguese,…   CountryCanada
WL$14A

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Philippe Falardeau
In this satirical look at the vagaries of Canadian politics from Oscar-nominated director Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar), an independent M… 
CastPatrick Huard, Suzanne Clément, Irdens Exant…
LanguageFrench   CountryCanada
CWC$PG

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Mina Shum
In her first feature-length documentary, director Mina Shum (Double Happiness) takes a penetrating look at the Sir George Williams University ri… 
CastRobert Hubsher, Rosie Douglas, Anne Cools, R…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
DOC$PG

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Mark Sawers
This hysterical mockumentary from Vancouver director Mark Sawers envisions a world where virgin births have taken men out of the procreation equ… 
CastKristine Cofsky, Patrick Gilmore, Rekha Shar…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
VAN$14A

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Danae Elon
Returning to her hometown of Jerusalem with her young family after several years abroad, documentarian Danae Elon offers an intimate, ground’s-e… 
CastLuai Musa Hatib, Philip Touitou, Amos Touito…
LanguageEnglish, Hebrew, Ara…   CountryCanada
DOC$PG

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Kire Paputts
The touching debut feature by writer-director Kire Paputts adopts the form of a classic picaresque as it follows a young man with Downs Syndrome… 
CastDylan Harman, Krystal Nausbaum, Nicholas Cam…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
DISC$14A

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Atom Egoyan
An elderly Holocaust survivor (Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer) sets out to exact vengeance on the former concentration camp guard who … 
CastChristopher Plummer, Martin Landau, Dean Nor…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
GALA$$14A

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Jamie M. Dagg
Accused of murder after intervening in the sexual assault of a young woman, an American volunteer doctor in Laos is forced to go on the run. In… 
CastRossif Sutherland
LanguageEnglish, French   CountryCanada
DISC$14A

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Daniel Augusto, Caroline Mon…
"Home" has many meanings in this globe-spanning selection of short films. THE SIGNALMAN/O SINALEIRO, Directed by Daniel Augusto, Brazil | 15 mi… 
CastFernando Teixeira, Steven McCarthy, Alyx Mel…
LanguagePortuguese, English…   CountryCanada
SC$14A

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Marc Katz, Cécile Paysant, C…
The protagonists in these films long for connection, but their efforts to achieve it are complicated by mixed messages, communication breakdowns… 
CastLibby Woodbridge, David Ross, Sean Cullen, A…
LanguageEnglish, French   CountryCanada
SC$14A

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Marie-Ève Juste, Grayson Moo…
Change is the only constant in this programme's compelling stories of changing circumstances, transformative realizations and many other moments… 
CastFlorence Blain Mbaye, Marie-Emmanuelle Boile…
LanguageFrench, English, Gre…   CountryCanada
SC$PG

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Kent Monkman, Chelsea McMull…
These otherworldly shorts take you to places you’ve never been as you descend to the watery Arctic depths, travel between dimensions, and go run… 
CastKent Monkman, Quinton Neufeldt, Gillian Edwa…
LanguageEnglish, Swedish   CountryCanada
SC$14A

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Hiwot Admasu Getaneh, Kevin …
While some of the unforgettable outsiders in this programme of seven riveting shorts crave acceptance, others find the courage to defy society’s… 
CastSelam Fikadu, Berite Eshetu, Surafel Tsegaye…
LanguageAmharic, Anishinaabe…   CountryCanada
SC$14A

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Halima Elkhatabi, Patrice La…
These startling and daring short films demonstrate the value of thinking way, way outside the box. NINA, Directed by Halima Elkhatabi, Canada |… 
CastElizabeth Tremblay Gagnon, Téo Vachon Sincen…
LanguageFrench, Spanish, Hun…   CountryCanada
SC$14A

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Mark Slutsky, Sherren Lee, J…
The protagonists in this programme are forced to contend with transitions large and small, some reflecting on the lives they leave behind while … 
CastMia Kirshner, Aaron Abrams, Anna Hopkins, Jo…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
SC$14A

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Zamo Mkhwanazi, Bahar Nooriz…
The characters in these arresting and evocative shorts face many challenges — some easier than others. THE CALL, Directed by Zamo Mkhwanazi, So… 
CastFana Mokoena, MoMo Matsunyane, Ronnie Nyakal…
LanguageZulu, English, Farsi…   CountryCanada
SC$14A

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Olivia Boudreau, Elad Goldma…
Outside forces and long-building pressures create dramatic circumstances in these six short films that depict hard realities, fantastical vision… 
CastJasmine Lemée, Marilyn Castonguay, Yoav Rott…
LanguageFrench, Hebrew, Arab…   CountryCanada
SC$14A

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David Bryant, Trevor Mack, M…
From a rookie cop in the Australian Outback to a troubled family in Chile, this programme features a cast of characters who find themselves (com… 
CastElias Louie, Trinity Stump, Quelemia Sparrow…
LanguageEnglish, Tsilhqot’in…   CountryCanada
SC$14A

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Nora El Hourch, Howie Shia, …
A collection of moving and refreshingly candid shorts about identity. A FEW SECONDS, Directed by Nora El Hourch, France | 16 minutes BAM, Dire… 
CastMarie Tirmont, Charlotte Bartocci, Camille L…
LanguageFrench, Spanish, Eng…   CountryCanada
SC$18A

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Andrew Cividino
The first feature from Canadian writer-director Andrew Cividino is set in an isolated Ontario cottage community during a bleak midsummer, where … 
CastJackson Martin, Nick Serino, Reece Moffett
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
DISC$14A

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Andrew Currie
A dysfunctional family's reunion at a lake house in Northern Ontario descends into chaos in this ensemble comedy-drama from Canadian director An… 
CastJason Ritter, Emmanuelle Chriqui, James Brol…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
CWC$14A

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Annie MacDonell, Maïder Fort…
One-hour live in-cinema reading with sound and film projection at TIFF Bell Lightbox performed by Canadian artist Annie MacDonnell and French ar… 
CastAnnie MacDonell, Maïder Fortuné
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
WLFreePG

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Avi Lewis
Directed by journalist and filmmaker Avi Lewis (The Take) and produced in conjunction with Naomi Klein's best-selling book of the same name, thi… 
CastNaomi Klein
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
DOC$PG

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Guy Édoin
An actress shooting a movie hopes to reconcile with her son. A paramedic haunted by his past tries to stay the course, while a caring nurse keep… 
CastMonica Bellucci, Patrick Hivon, Pascale Buss…
LanguageFrench   CountryCanada
SP$14A

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Igor Drljaca
Once a celebrated actor in pre-war Yugoslavia, a Sarajevo-born immigrant struggles to find work in his new life in Toronto, in the second feat… 
CastJasmin Geljo, Masa Lizdek, Filip Geljo, Ma-…
LanguageEnglish, Bosnian, Cr…   CountryCanada
CWC$14A

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Paul Sharits, Kerstin Schro…
Like a fire in the brain that lights up perceptive powers, this programme is a seductively surreal visual exploration of the relationship betwee… 
CastVarious
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
WL$18A

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Björn Kämmerer, David K. Ros…
This programme explores ways of recording and reshaping space with light, of measuring and mapping our bodily presence and impact vis-à-vis regi… 
CastVarious
LanguageFrench, English   CountryCanada
WL$G

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Philippe Garrel, Friedl vom …
Is now a time for outrage? This programme of political statements and personal inquiries breathes new life into the politics of the image. Actu… 
CastVarious
LanguageFrench, English, Spa…   CountryCanada
WL$14A

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Geneviève Dulude-De Celles
This feature-length documentary by filmmaker Geneviève Dulude-De Celles offers a candid portrait of the smart, passionate and reflective student… 
CastUnknown
LanguageFrench   CountryCanada
DOC$PG

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Robert Eggers
The astonishing feature debut by director Robert Eggers evokes Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining in its tale of a family of settlers in 17th-century… 
CastAnya Taylor Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, …
LanguageEnglish   CountryCanada
SP$14A

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Pedro Morelli
Animated and live-action worlds intersect as a filmmaker, a comic-book artist and a novelist tell each others' stories, in this Canadian-Brazili… 
CastGael García Bernal, Mariana Ximenes, Alison …
LanguageEnglish, Portuguese…   CountryCanada
VAN$14A

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Pablo Larraín
Four men live in a secluded house in a seaside town. Sent to purge sins of the past, they live under a strict regime and the watchful eye of a c… 
CastRoberto Farías
LanguageSpanish   CountryChile
SP$14A

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Patricio Guzmán
The great Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán (The Battle of Chile, Nostalgia for the Light) chronicles the history of the indigenous peoples of C… 
CastGabriela Paterito, Cristina Calderon, Martin…
LanguageSpanish   CountryChile
MAST$14A

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David Bryant, Trevor Mack, M…
From a rookie cop in the Australian Outback to a troubled family in Chile, this programme features a cast of characters who find themselves (com… 
CastElias Louie, Trinity Stump, Quelemia Sparrow…
LanguageEnglish, Tsilhqot’in…   CountryChile
SC$14A

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Zhang-ke Jia
The new film from master filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke (A Touch of Sin) jumps from the recent past to the speculative near-future as it examines how Ch… 
CastTao Zhao, Yi Zhang, Jin Dong Liang, Zijian D…
LanguageMandarin   CountryChina
SP$PG

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Guan Hu
A former Beijing crime boss swings back into action when his son is kidnapped by thugs. With his son captured, Mr. Six and his old pals stand u… 
CastFeng Xiaogang, Hanyu Zhang, Li Yifeng, Kris …
LanguageMandarin   CountryChina
SP$14A

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Johnnie To
Hong Kong master Johnnie To (Drug War, Mad Detective) directs superstars Chow Yun-Fat and Sylvia Chang in this spectacular movie musical about h… 
CastSylvia Chang, Yun Fat Chow, Eason Chan, Wei …
LanguageCantonese, Mandarin…   CountryChina
SP$PG

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Zhang Yang
Director Zhang Yang blurs documentary and fiction in this account of a band of pilgrims who make a 2,000-kilometre journey on foot to Lhasa, the… 
CastUnknown
LanguageMandarin   CountryChina
CWC$14A

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He Ping
Veteran director He Ping’s (Warriors of Heaven and Earth) first film to be set in the present day spotlights the massive internal migration that… 
CastJiajia Wang, Yi Zhang, Zhiwen Wang
LanguageMandarin   CountryChina
PLAT$PG

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Mabel Cheung
Based on the miraculous true story of Jackie Chan’s parents, this film is about the unbreakable bond of love between an opiumpeddling widow and … 
CastTang Wei, Sean Lau
LanguageMandarin   CountryChina
SP$14A

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Du Haibin
This intimate documentary chronicles five years in the life of a young Chinese student, whose fervent idealism and dedication to Mao’s legacy st… 
CastUnknown
LanguageMandarin   CountryChina
DOC$PG

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Ciro Guerra
A tale of the first encounter, approach, betrayal and life-transcending friendship between an Amazonian shaman, last survivor of his people, and… 
CastJan Bijvoet, Brionne Davis, Nilbio Torres, A…
LanguageSpanish, Amazonian   CountryColombia
CWC$14A

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Luis Ospina
Filmmaker Luis Ospina recounts the history of El Grupo de Cali, the prolific bohemian artistic collective that revolutionized Colombian film and… 
CastLuis Ospina, Andrés Caicedo, Carlos Mayolo, …
LanguageSpanish   CountryColombia
DOC$14A

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Salvador del Solar
An aged Peruvian taxi driver, formerly an aide to a feared military officer in the bloodiest days of government repression during the Shining Pa… 
CastDamián Alcázar, Magaly Solier, Federico Lupp…
LanguageSpanish   CountryColombia
CWC$14A

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David Verbeek
A US soldier tries to deal with his guilt after a drone strike gone wrong, in this topical drama from Dutch director David Verbeek. A contempor… 
CastGrégoire Colin, Lizzie Brocheré, Slimane Daz…
LanguageEnglish   CountryCroatia
PLAT$18A

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Marie-Ève Juste, Grayson Moo…
Change is the only constant in this programme's compelling stories of changing circumstances, transformative realizations and many other moments… 
CastFlorence Blain Mbaye, Marie-Emmanuelle Boile…
LanguageFrench, English, Gre…   CountryCyprus
SC$PG

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Ivan Ostrochovský
This subtle fusion of documentary and fiction follows a young Roma boxer as he embarks on a tragicomic return to the ring in order to pay for … 
CastPeter Baláz, Zvonko Lakcevic, Ján Franek, St…
LanguageSlovak   CountryCzech Republic
CWC$14A

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Olivia Boudreau, Elad Goldma…
Outside forces and long-building pressures create dramatic circumstances in these six short films that depict hard realities, fantastical vision… 
CastJasmine Lemée, Marilyn Castonguay, Yoav Rott…
LanguageFrench, Hebrew, Arab…   CountryCzech Republic
SC$14A