Film Guide 2018


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: DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM COMPETITION

2018 Short Film Programs | 102 min Featuring an array of powerful subjects, the Short Documentary Competition honors new and distinctive voices in documentary filmmaking. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize and qualify for cons …


Shorts Program: LET’S GO CRAZY

2018 Short Film Programs | 86 min The madcap characters in this collection of comedic shorts are just trying to have a good time, thank you very much.


Shorts Program: NARRATIVE SHORT FILM COMPETITION

2018 Short Film Programs | 99 min Featuring exceptional technique and storytelling, the Short Narrative Competition honors the fresh perspectives of up-and-coming filmmakers. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize and qualify for …


Shorts Program: NEVER GOING BACK AGAIN

2018 Short Film Programs | 97 min These tales of rebellion – big and small – prove that sometimes, rules are meant to be broken.


Shorts Program: NEW YORK WOMEN IN FILM AND TELEVISION: WOMEN CALLING THE SHOTS

2018 Short Film Programs | 100 min We are very pleased to continue our partnership with New York Women in Film and Television for our sixteenth annual showcase of outstanding achievements by female filmmakers.


Shorts Program: PLEASE DON’T TELL

2018 Short Film Programs | 85 min Can you keep a secret? Spanning multiple generations, these thoughtful stories from around the world reveal the things we keep hidden from ourselves and from each other.


Shorts Program: UNIVERSITY SHORT FILMS SHOWCASE

2018 Short Film Programs | 71 min Selected from hundreds of submissions by a jury of industry professionals, these prize-winning short films showcase the extraordinary talent and achievements of five exceptional student filmmakers. …


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

SKIP DAY

2018 Shorts Program | documentary short | 17 min An intimate glimpse into a timeless teenage tradition.

Directed by Ivete Lucas, Patrick Bresnan

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

STYX

2018 World Cinema Narrative | narrative feature | 94 min US Premiere Rike (Susanne Wolff), a 40-year-old woman working contentedly as a successful doctor in the city, finally fulfills a lifelong dream when she uses an annual holiday to set sail on a solo voyage from …

Directed by Wolfgang Fischer

THEY’LL LOVE ME WHEN I’M DEAD

2018 World Cinema Documentary | documentary feature | 98 min THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND was to be Orson Welles’s grand comeback, until years of financial, legal, and creative issues halted the completion of the CITIZEN KANE director’s final work. Now near …

Directed by Morgan Neville

THIN ICE “Glad IJs”

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 10 min International Premiere The lost-and-found booth attendant of a local ice skating rink grows increasingly nervous upon noticing a man with a suspicious backpack.

Directed by Joosje Duk

THIRD KIND

2018 Shorts Program | narrative short | 32 min New York Premiere Three archaeologists from the future return to a long-abandoned Earth to investigate a mysterious sound.

Directed by Yorgos Zois

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING

2018 World Cinema Documentary | documentary feature | 97 min US Premiere One year after the Harvey Weinstein allegations ignited the #MeToo movement, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING offers a comprehensive look at the film industry’s role in reinforcing gender dynamics over the …

Directed by Tom Donahue

TIME FOR ILHAN

2018 World Cinema Documentary | documentary feature | 89 min On November 8, 2016, Ilhan Omar—a young, hijab-wearing mother-of-three—made history as the first Somali Muslim woman to be elected to legislative office in the United States. With incredible acc …

Directed by Norah Shapiro

TO DUST

2018 Spotlight | narrative feature | 90 min Shmuel (Geza Rohrig, last seen at HIFF with 2015’s SON OF SAUL), a Hasidic cantor living in upstate New York, is unable to cope with the untimely death of his wife. Struggling to find religiou …

Directed by Shawn Snyder

TO PLANT A FLAG

2018 Short Films | narrative short | 15 min US Premiere In preparation for the 1969 lunar landing, two hapless astronauts-in-training must navigate a territory that is somehow even less hospitable than the moon: Iceland.

Directed by Bobbie Peers

TOO LATE TO DIE YOUNG “Tarde Para Morir Joven”

2018 Narrative Competition | narrative feature | 110 min Taking place in the days between Christmas and New Year’s Day in the 1990 summer that would bring democracy to Chile, a group of families have recently moved to start a new life for themselves in …

Directed by Dominga Sotomayor

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