Film Guide 2018


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

CITY OF JOEL

2018 Documentary Competition | documentary feature | 83 min World Premiere 50 miles north of New York City lies the town of Monroe, where one of the fastest-growing Hasidic communities in the country thrives deep within the Hudson Valley. As the 25,000+ population within t …

Directed by Jesse Sweet

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

A Conversation With Damien Chazelle

2018 A Conversation With | panels and events | 60 min Academy Award® winner Damien Chazelle most recently wrote and directed the musical LA LA LAND, which earned 14 Oscar® nominations, winning six awards, including Best Director for Chazelle, who is …


A Conversation With Emilio Estevez

2018 A Conversation With | panels and events | 60 min Emilio Estevez is not only as an accomplished actor, but also a talented writer, director and producer. In 2006, he wrote, directed and co-starred in the Golden Globe® and SAG ensemble nominee BOBB …


A Conversation With Maggie Gyllenhaal

2018 A Conversation With | panels and events | 60 min Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award- and Emmy-nominated actor and producer Maggie Gyllenhaal has starred in many films over her career, including SECRETARY, MONA LISA SMILE, SHERRYBABY (Golden Gl …


CROSS MY HEART

2018 Short Films | narrative short | 14 min While visiting her family in Jamaica, an American teenager becomes her cousin’s confidant—forever changing the way she sees the people she loves.

Directed by Sontenish Myers

DEAD PIGS “海上浮城”

2018 World Cinema Narrative | narrative feature | 130 min Against the backdrop of urban development, gentrification, and thousands of discarded pigs mysteriously floating down the Yangtze River, a brassy salon owner, lonely busboy, trust-fund princess, exp …

Directed by Cathy Yan

DEATH METAL GRANDMA

2018 Shorts Program | documentary short | 13 min Inge Ginsberg, a 97-year-old Holocaust survivor and celebrated songwriter for Doris Day and Dean Martin, comes out of retirement to pursue a career in heavy-metal music.

Directed by Leah Galant

DIVIDE AND CONQUER: THE STORY OF ROGER AILES

2018 Documentary Competition | documentary feature | 104 min At the time of his death in May 2017, a mere four months after the inauguration of Donald Trump, Former Fox News head Roger Ailes left behind undoubtedly one of the largest legacies of any individua …

Directed by Alexis Bloom

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 …


DON’T CALL ME BEAUTIFUL

2018 Shorts Program | documentary short | 10 min International Premiere An Aboriginal woman reflects on the traumatic events of her childhood—embarking on a healing journey of self-discovery in the process.

Directed by Jill Robinson

DOUBLE EXPOSED

2018 Short Films | documentary short | 4 min New York Premiere After inheriting several Super8 movies from her late grandfather, a filmmaker ruminates on one specific double-exposed film in the collection.

Directed by Julie Buck

THE DRIVER IS RED

2018 Shorts Program | documentary short | 15 min In 1960s Buenos Aires, an Israeli secret agent hunts down a notorious Nazi war criminal on the run.

Directed by Randall Christopher

DULCE

2018 Shorts Program | documentary short | 10 min New York Premiere In a remote, coastal Colombian village where livelihoods depend on the sea, a mother teaches her reluctant daughter how to swim.

Directed by Guille Isa, Angello Faccini

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

EVERYBODY KNOWS “Todos Lo Saben”

2018 Spotlight | narrative feature | 133 min East Coast Premiere Transplanting his trademark psychological drama from his native Iran to the foothills of Spain, two-time Academy Award®-winning director Asghar Farhadi (THE PAST [HIFF 2014], THE SALESMAN [HIFF 201 …

Directed by Asghar Farhadi

FAUVE

2018 Short Films | narrative short | 16 min A friendly game of one-upmanship between two boys quickly escalates into a dangerous struggle for survival.

Directed by Jérémy Comte

THE FAVOURITE

2018 Opening, Closing, Centerpiece | narrative feature | 121 min As England wages war with the French in the early 18th century, a frail and increasingly unstable Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) sits on the throne while Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz)—her advisor, confida …

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

FEATHERS

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 19 min A new student at a school for troubled boys struggles to overcome the hazing from his peers while reconciling the haunting memories of his past.

Directed by A.V. Rockwell

FENCE “Gardhi”

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 15 min East Coast Premiere A Kosovan family gathering unravels into chaos with the unwelcome arrival of a young Roma boy and his dog.

Directed by Lendita Zeqiraj

THE FIELD “Le Champ de Maïs”

2018 Short Films | narrative short | 19 min East Coast Premiere As her community struggles to survive on the harvest of the village’s last remaining cornfield, a poor agricultural laborer quietly pursues another life for herself.

Directed by Sandhya Suri

FIRST MAN

2018 Opening, Closing, Centerpiece | narrative feature | 133 min East Coast Premiere Academy Award®-winning director Damien Chazelle reteams with his LA LA LAND leading man Ryan Gosling for a riveting look at the eight years that defined the life of Neil Armstrong, from his entran …

Directed by Damien Chazelle

FOR THE BIRDS

2018 Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights | documentary feature | 92 min East Coast Premiere One day on her property in upstate New York, Kathy Murphy finds a duckling in her yard and decides to take it in. A decade later, her (and her husband’s) home is overrun with over 200 fostered bir …

Directed by Richard Miron

GHOST FLEET

2018 Documentary Competition | documentary feature | 90 min East Coast Premiere Amidst the unsustainable expansion of Thailand’s fishing market, the global fishing industry has engaged in the illegal practice of holding workers against their will for years at sea, with little …

Directed by Shannon Service, Jeffrey Waldron