Film Guide 2018


GREEN BOOK

2018 Spotlight | narrative feature | 130 min East Coast Premiere It’s 1962 America, and impeccably stylish jazz musician Don Shirley (Academy Award® winner Mahershala Ali) needs to hire a bodyguard to get him safely from venue to venue on his upcoming Southern …

Directed by Peter Farrelly

GRIT

2018 Air, Land & Sea | documentary feature | 80 min US Premiere In 2006, international drilling company Lapindo carelessly unleashed an unstoppable toxic mudflow into East Java—burying dozens of nearby villages and displacing tens of thousands of Indonesians i …

Directed by Cynthia Wade, Sasha Friedlander

GUAXUMA

2018 Shorts Program | documentary short | 14 min US Premiere A beloved friendship is gorgeously memorialized in sand from the Brazilian beaches of the filmmaker’s childhood.

Directed by Nara Normande

THE GUILTY “Den Skyldige”

2018 World Cinema Narrative | narrative feature | 85 min Following a suspension, police officer Asger Holm (a hypnotic Jakob Cedergren), is re-assigned as an emergency dispatcher. During one seemingly typical night he receives a unusually distressing call …

Directed by Gustav Möller

HAIR WOLF

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 12 min A black hair salon in gentrifying Brooklyn finds itself haunted by a strange new monster: white women intent on sucking the lifeblood from black culture.

Directed by Mariama Diallo

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 HAPPY PRINCE

2018 Spotlight | narrative feature | 105 min In the final three years of his life (1897-1900), Oscar Wilde finds himself adrift. Coming off the heels of his trial for indecency and subsequent imprisonment, Wilde lives out his last days in exil …

Directed by Rupert Everett

THE HATE U GIVE

2018 Spotlight | narrative feature | 129 min As a way to escape the limited options of the streets she grew up on, sixteen-year-old black teenager Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg) is torn between two lives: one at school amidst her predominantl …

Directed by George Tillman Jr.

HENRI DAUMAN: LOOKING UP

2018 World Cinema Documentary | documentary feature | 86 min World Premiere As one of the preeminent photographers of the 20th century, self-taught Henri Dauman took the international photojournalism scene by storm with his cinematic images that redefined the methods of cap …

Directed by Peter Kenneth Jones

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

HOW TO MAKE A BOMB IN THE KITCHEN OF YOUR MOM

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 10 min World Premiere Three sisters grapple with the alluring yet toxic world of pageantry and patriotism.

Directed by Shakti Bhagchandani

HOW TO SWIM “Eich Lishot”

2018 Short Films | narrative short | 15 min New York Premiere In the last few days of her pregnancy, a terrified mother-to-be kidnaps a maternal stranger for an afternoon of hijinks.

Directed by Noa Gusakov

I AM BISHA: THE REBEL PUPPETEERS OF SUDAN “انا بشة : عرائس ثورة السودان”

2018 Shorts Program | documentary short | 15 min New York Premiere The story of one puppeteer’s quest to pull the strings of Sudan’s ruthless dictator.

Directed by Roopa Gogineni

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

JUCK (THRUST)

2018 Shorts Program | documentary short | 17 min New York Premiere A daring mix of documentary and performance, JUCK (the Swedish word for “hump”) chronicles the trailblazing all-female dance group whose viral 2013 hit provocatively questioned the ways we defin …

Directed by Olivia Kastebring, Julia Gumpert, Ulrika Bandeira

THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

2018 Opening, Closing, Centerpiece | narrative feature | 97 min East Coast Premiere Writer/director Sara Colangelo (LITTLE ACCIDENTS, HIFF 2014 and Screenwriters Lab 2013) returns to HIFF with her prize-winning sophomore feature. Based on Nadav Lapid’s 2014 Israeli drama, THE KIN …

Directed by Sara Colangelo

THE LAST RACE

2018 Documentary Competition | documentary feature | 74 min East Coast Premiere Long Island is the birthplace of American stock car racing, but today, only one racetrack remains: Riverhead Raceway. Established in 1949 on an initially rural part of Long Island, the land has seen …

Directed by Michael Dweck

LESSONS FROM A SCHOOL SHOOTING: NOTES FROM DUNBLANE

2018 Shorts Program | documentary short | 22 min In the wake of the tragic 2012 massacre, a grieving clergyman in Sandy Hook, CT receives a letter of comfort from a fellow priest in Dunblane, Scotland, whose community suffered a similar fate nearl …

Directed by Kim A. Snyder

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

LIFEBOAT

2018 Shorts Program | documentary short | 35 min East Coast Premiere With government agencies entangled in political gridlock and the certainty that civilians must intervene, volunteers from the German nonprofit Sea-Watch bravely set out to rescue refugees from their …

Directed by Skye Fitzgerald

THE LITTLE GODDESS “Choto Debi”

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 15 min World Premiere Twelve-year-old Durga faces a life-changing decision when presented with the opportunity to leave her rural Indian village.

Directed by Gauri Adelkar

MAGIC ALPS

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 14 min New York Premiere An Italian immigration officer finds himself in a difficult position when an Afghan refugee seeks asylum for both himself and his goat.

Directed by Andrea Brusa, Marco Scotuzzi

MAKING THE GRADE

2018 World Cinema Documentary | documentary feature | 83 min East Coast Premiere Across Ireland every year, 30,000 students prepare for the piano exams that will determine whether they proceed in their studies towards the coveted Grade Eight—considered the pinnacle of musical …

Directed by Ken Wardrop

MARIA BY CALLAS

2018 World Cinema Documentary | documentary feature | 113 min Upon her untimely death in 1977, the name Maria Callas was inseparable from the art form that she helped to define in the 20th century. One of the most celebrated opera singers of the modern era, Ca …

Directed by Tom Volf

MILK AND COOKIES

2018 Short Films | narrative short | 8 min Grace is five. She wants milk and cookies. Every day. Real bad.

Directed by Andrew Ramsay, Patrick Mulvey