Film Guide 2018


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

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

THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM

2018 World Cinema Documentary | documentary feature | 91 min East Coast Premiere In 2011, documentary filmmaker John Chester and his wife, professional chef Molly Chester, made a life-altering decision: the couple left their jobs to move to a patch of land north of Los Angeles a …

Directed by John Chester

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

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

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

COLD WAR “Zimna Wojna”

2018 World Cinema Narrative | narrative feature | 90 min In the midst of tremendous political upheaval, two folk musicians meet in post-war Poland, where one attempts to escape a troubled past while the other increasingly questions the pair’s role in th …

Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski

Documentary Competition Award Winners (2018)

2018 Documentary Competition | documentary feature | tbd min Discover thrilling new talent in our prestigious Competition section. Each year, the HIFF Awards honor emerging filmmakers from all over the world, representing cinema’s next wave of groundbreakin …


ELIZABETH SEES

2018 Shorts Program | documentary short | 8 min New York Premiere Though she may have lost her sight long ago, Elizabeth has lost none of her desire to experience the beauty of the world around her.

Directed by Val Magarian

HAPPY AS LAZZARO “Lazzaro Felice”

2018 World Cinema Narrative | narrative feature | 125 min Within an impoverished Italian countryside estate, a group of sharecroppers spend their days harvesting tobacco for their overbearing Marchesa, while the wide-eyed, innocent local Lazzaro (first-tim …

Directed by Alice Rohrwacher

THE HIDDEN

2018 Special Screenings | panels and events | tbd min An immersive storytelling and virtual reality (VR) experience from Annie Lukowski and BJ Schwartz—the creators at Vanishing Point Media, and with the support of the ACLU and Samsung, THE HIDDEN i …

Directed by Annie Lukowski, BJ Schwartz

IAN

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 10 min East Coast Premiere A young boy with cerebral palsy learns the value of perseverance and friendship.

Directed by Abel Goldfarb

LETO

2018 World Cinema Narrative | narrative feature | 126 min US Premiere As the political repression of the USSR enters its final decade, Mike Naumenko (Roman Bilyk), frontman of the early 1980s Leningrad band Zoopark, welcomes a new singer that will soon break out far p …

Directed by Kirill Serebrennikov

Narrative Competition Award Winners (2018)

2018 Narrative Competition | narrative feature | tbd min Discover thrilling new talent in our prestigious Competition section. Each year, the HIFF Awards honor emerging filmmakers from all over the world, representing cinema’s next wave of groundbreakin …


NEVER LOOK AWAY “Werk ohne Autor”

2018 World Cinema Narrative | narrative feature | 188 min US Premiere Inspired by real events and spanning three eras of German history, NEVER LOOK AWAY tells the story of a young art student, Kurt (Tom Schilling) who falls in love with fellow student Ellie (Paula Bee …

Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

OF FATHERS AND SONS

2018 Conflict & Resolution | documentary feature | 99 min New York Premiere Posing as a pro-jihadist photojournalist making a documentary on the Islamic Caliphate, Syrian filmmaker Talal Derki returns to his homeland, where he gains the trust of a radical Islamist family le …

Directed by Talal Derki

ONE SMALL STEP

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 8 min New York Premiere With the unwavering support of her humble father, an ambitious young girl dreams of becoming an astronaut.

Directed by Bobby Pontillas, Andrew Chesworth

A PRIVATE WAR

2018 Spotlight | narrative feature | 106 min East Coast Premiere In an industry defined by those willing to place themselves in the midst of tremendous danger, photojournalist Marie Colvin (Academy-Award® nominee Rosamund Pike) distinguished herself as one of th …

Directed by Matthew Heineman

SHIRKERS

2018 World Cinema Documentary | documentary feature | 96 min Spending her days seeking refuge in zines, bootlegs, and American independent cinema, teenager Sandi Tan found herself among the first generation of Singapore’s burgeoning counterculture movement …

Directed by Sandi Tan

SHOPLIFTERS “Manbiki Kazoku”

2018 World Cinema Narrative | narrative feature | 121 min The winner of the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, prolific Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda (LIKE FATHER LIKE SON, HIFF 2013) returns to the festival with a nuanced, heartbreaki …

Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda

Shorts Program: ZOOM! SHORTS FOR ALL AGES

2018 Short Film Programs | 62 min The colorful characters in this family-friendly program encourage us all to shoot for the stars!


THE SILENCE OF OTHERS

2018 Conflict & Resolution | documentary feature | 96 min At the risk of being forgotten by an apathetic system, the survivors of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship set out on a quest for justice in Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar’s Berlinale Peace Prize …

Directed by Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar

STARLIGHT

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 5 min A weary old man who lights the stars of the sky each night finds an unlikely source of inspiration back down on the ground.

Directed by Tyler Thompson

STILL PLAYS WITH TRAINS

2018 Views From Long Island | documentary short | 17 min World Premiere In the basement of his East Hampton home, John Scully reconstructs his idyllic 1950s childhood in the form of one of the world’s largest model train sets.

Directed by Ross Kauffman

THE TRUTH ABOUT KILLER ROBOTS

2018 World Cinema Documentary | documentary feature | 83 min New York Premiere As defined by science fiction giant Isaac Asimov, the first law of robotics states, “A robot may not injure a human being, or through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.” So what happ …

Directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin

TWO BALLOONS

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 9 min Seeking a life of love and exploration, two adventurous lemurs take to the skies.

Directed by Mark C. Smith

TWO MEDUSAS

2018 Shorts Program | documentary short | 11 min New York Premiere A funny and relatable coming-of-age story set around the drama that happens when two girls wear the same Halloween costume to the school contest.

Directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy

UNDISCOVERED

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 3 min Like all of us, Sasquatch just wants a good photo of himself—is that too much to ask?

Directed by Sara Litzenberger