Film Guide 2018


“I DO NOT CARE IF WE GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS BARBARIANS”

2018 World Cinema Narrative | narrative feature | 140 min US Premiere In the latest provocation from Romanian director Radu Jude, local theater director Mariana Marin (Ioana Iacob) prepares to stage a public recreation of the 1941 Odessa Massacre, an often-ignored eth …

Directed by Radu Jude

1985

2018 Narrative Competition | narrative feature | 85 min New York Premiere In the years since his departure, twenty-something Adrian (Cory Michael Smith) has long since left behind the speed and politics of his small Texas hometown. Returning to his family for his first Ch …

Directed by Yen Tan

ABOVE AND BEYOND: NASA’S JOURNEY TO TOMORROW

2018 Air, Land & Sea | documentary feature | 90 min On the eve of its 60th Anniversary, Academy Award®-nominated director Rory Kennedy charts the history of The National Aeronautics and Space Administration with a look at its myriad contributions to …

Directed by Rory Kennedy

AKEDA (THE BINDING)

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 18 min New York Premiere The humanity of a young orphan boy is tested when a film director encourages him to give a violent performance that blends fiction with reality.

Directed by Dan Bronfeld

ALL GOOD “ALLES IST GUT”

2018 Narrative Competition | narrative feature | 93 min US Premiere When an encounter at her school reunion ends in an non-consensual sexual encounter, Janne’s immediate response is to use the same rationale that has driven much of her adult life: “If you don’ …

Directed by Eva Trobisch

ALL INCLUSIVE

2018 Short Films | documentary short | 10 min US Premiere A surreal and satirical observation of a cruise holiday, where every last minute is scheduled with nonstop “fun.”

Directed by Corina Schwingruber Ilić

AND BREATHE NORMALLY

2018 Conflict & Resolution | narrative feature | 95 min New York Premiere The disparate paths of a struggling Icelandic single mother and an asylum-seeking Guinea-Bissauan woman interweave in Ísold Uggadóttir’s (Screenwriters Lab 2015) award-winning first feature. Th …

Directed by Ísold Uggadóttir

AS SHADOWS

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 15 min World Premiere An encounter with two strangers at a late-night diner prompts a stranded cult member to consider her future.

Directed by Alexis Vail

ASK FOR JANE

2018 World Cinema Narrative | narrative feature | 108 min World Premiere Between 1969 and 1973, The Jane Collective operated underground in Chicago, helping over 11,000 women receive safe, illegal abortions throughout the metropolitan area, learning and performing the pr …

Directed by Rachel Carey

BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY

2018 Special Screenings | documentary feature | 87 min As a writer for The Late Show with David Letterman, Steve Young waded through thousands of record bins in search of quirky albums to showcase on the recurring segment “Dave’s Record Collection. …

Directed by Dava Whisenant

BEAUTIFUL BOY

2018 Spotlight | narrative feature | 111 min East Coast Premiere Adapted from father and son David and Nic Sheff’s best-selling memoirs, HIFF alum Felix van Groeningen (THE MISFORTUNATES, HIFF 2009 and THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN, HIFF 2013) chronicles the stru …

Directed by Felix van Groeningen

BEN IS BACK

2018 Spotlight | narrative feature | 103 min US Premiere On Christmas Eve, the Burns family is stunned by the unexpected arrival of their son Ben (Academy Award® nominee Lucas Hedges), returning home for the first time after entering rehab for opioid add …

Directed by Peter Hedges

BILBY

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 8 min East Coast Premiere Out in the dangerous Australian desert, a lonesome Bilby reluctantly takes responsibility of a helpless baby bird.

Directed by Liron Topaz, Pierre Perifel, JP Sans

BIRDS OF PASSAGE “Pájaros de Verano”

2018 World Cinema Narrative | narrative feature | 125 min New York Premiere In the follow-up to his visually stunning foreign language Oscar®-nominated EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT (HIFF 2015), director Ciro Guerra depicts a single Colombian family who find themselves increasing …

Directed by Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra

BLACK LINE “Ligne noire”

2018 Air, Land & Sea | documentary short | 11 min East Coast Premiere Ignoring the warnings broadcasted throughout her community, a woman defiantly drags a fishing net through the murky river.

Directed by Mark Olexa, Francesca Scalisi

BLACK MOTHER

2018 Views From Long Island | documentary feature | 77 min Filmmaker, photographer, and Long Island resident Khalik Allah’s second feature is, much like his debut film FIELD N*****, a mesmerizing documentary portrait. Allah casts his lens on two dissonant …

Directed by Khalik Allah

BORDER “Gräns”

2018 Narrative Competition | narrative feature | 108 min Tina (Eva Melander), a reclusive customs officer whose enlarged face and pronounced overbite make her immediately stand out, has a unique skill: her sense of smell allows her to identify contraband …

Directed by Ali Abbasi

BOY ERASED

2018 Opening, Closing, Centerpiece | narrative feature | 114 min East Coast Premiere As the son of a Baptist pastor growing up middle-class in the Arkansas suburbs, Jared (Academy Award® nominee Lucas Hedges) seems to be the model son of a loving family. Excelling in school and in …

Directed by Joel Edgerton

BURN BRIDGE

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 16 min East Coast Premiere At the risk of revealing his true feelings, a closeted teenager competes for the attention of his best friend.

Directed by Rhys Marc Jones

BURNING

2018 World Cinema Narrative | narrative feature | 148 min Years after leaving his small northern hometown for Seoul, an aspiring writer (Yoo Ah-in) unexpectedly runs into a childhood acquaintance (Jeon Jong-seo). Their chance encounter soon blossoms into a …

Directed by Lee Chang-dong

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?

2018 Opening, Closing, Centerpiece | narrative feature | 107 min East Coast Premiere After spending decades as a successful biographer of female celebrities and public figures, real-life author Lee Israel (Academy Award® nominee Melissa McCarthy) finds herself out of work in the 19 …

Directed by Marielle Heller

CAPERNAUM

2018 Spotlight | narrative feature | 120 min US Premiere Scraping by on the chaotic streets of Beirut, 12-year-old Zain (Zain al Rafeea) is one of many children born into an uncertain future in the city’s slum. Living a deeply troubled home life and bra …

Directed by Nadine Labaki

CAROLINE

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 12 min New York Premiere When plans for a babysitter unexpectedly fall through on a sweltering Texas day, six-year-old Caroline is faced with a big responsibility.

Directed by Celine Held, Logan George

THE CAT RESCUERS

2018 Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights | documentary feature | 87 min World Premiere Throughout the United States, an estimated 40 million cats live abandoned without a home, with over 500,000 stray or feral cats roaming the streets of New York City alone. In an effort to counter th …

Directed by Rob Fruchtman, Steven Lawrence

CHEER UP BABY

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 13 min A nonconsensual encounter with a stranger on the subway leaves a young woman grappling with her sense of autonomy.

Directed by Adinah Dancyger