Film Guide 2019


2019 Documentary Competition Award Winner

2019 Documentary Competition | feature documentary Jury selection for Best Documentary Feature OVERSEAS, directed by Sung-a Yoon Director Sung-a Yoon receives a $3,000 cash prize as well as a film production package of in-kind goods and services, wi …


2019 Narrative Competition Award Winner

2019 Narrative Competition | feature narrative Jury Selection for Best Narrative Feature A WHITE, WHITE DAY, directed by Hlynur Pálmason Director Hlynur Pálmason receives a $3,000 cash prize as well as a film production package of in-kind good …


3 Days 2 Nights

2019 Views From Long Island | feature documentary | 83 min New York Premiere In 1974, Mark and Andy Godfrey went on a family ski vacation to Aspen, CO. Tragically, the plane they were traveling on crashed, taking the lives of their parents, brother and sister. Mark and Andy, …

Directed by John Breen

THE AERONAUTS

2019 Spotlight | feature narrative | 101 min East Coast Premiere In 1862, daredevil balloon pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) teams up with pioneering meteorologist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) to advance human knowledge of the weather and fly higher than any …

Directed by Tom Harper

ALAN PAKULA: GOING FOR TRUTH

2019 World Cinema Documentary | feature documentary | 98 min World Premiere The director of such landmark titles as ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN and SOPHIE’S CHOICE, and producer of seminal films like TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, lauded filmmaker Alan J Pakula was unflinching in h …

Directed by Matthew Miele

ALCHEMY

2019 Shorts Program | documentary short | 10 min A community comes together for friendship, poetry, and some handcrafted sourdough baked in the old-world tradition.

Directed by Remington Long

ALL CATS ARE GREY IN THE DARK “Nachts sind alle Katzen grau”

2019 Shorts Program | documentary short | 19 min US Premiere • Special Jury Prize for Originality A tender and compassionate character study of one man’s pursuit for his own, unconventional version of a family. • Winner, Best International Short Film at …

Directed by Lasse Linder

ALL IN GOOD TIME

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 15 min With the help of a magical bottle, two children living 100 years apart strike up a time-traveling correspondence.

Directed by Bonnie Dempsey

ANI

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 12 min US Premiere After her mother walks out on the family, a young girl reconnects with her distant father.

Directed by Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu

ANNA

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 15 min Anna, a middle-aged single mother living in a small industrial town in war-torn Eastern Ukraine, is lured out of the house by a curious radio advertisement.

Directed by Dekel Berenson

THE ARTIST’S WIFE

2019 Spotlight | feature narrative | 95 min World Premiere • WINNER: Suffolk County Next Exposure Grant Once a promising painter herself, Claire (Lena Olin) gave up on her own career to stand by the side of her famed abstract artist husband Richard (Bruce …

Directed by Tom Dolby

ATLANTICS “Atlantique”

2019 Narrative Competition | feature narrative | 105 min • Special Jury Mention for Acting Performance for Mama Sane Along the shores of Dakar, Senegal, Ada (Mama Sané), soon to be forced into an arranged marriage with a wealthy man, falls in love with …

Directed by Mati Diop

BELLINGCAT: TRUTH IN A POST-TRUTH WORLD

2019 Conflict & Resolution | feature documentary | 88 min Director Hans Pool tracks the story of several civilians who came together as Bellingcat, a collective of “citizen investigative journalists” dedicated to combating the spreading of misinformati …

Directed by Hans Pool

THE BEST OF DORIEN B.

2019 Narrative Competition | feature narrative | 106 min New York Premiere • WINNER: Breakthrough Achievement in Filmmaking Award for director Anke Blondé • Special Jury Mention for Acting Performance for Kim Snauwaert To almost everyone around her, the life of 37-y …

Directed by Anke Blondé

BETTY FEEDS THE ANIMALS

2019 Shorts Program | documentary short | 9 min New York Premiere Betty really loves animals.

Directed by James P. Gannon

BIKRAM: YOGI, GURU, PREDATOR

2019 World Cinema Documentary | feature documentary | 86 min US Premiere As the founder of his namesake system of hot yoga, Bikram Choudhury is responsible for leading one of the most popular movements of its kind in the last century. As the figurehead of the technique, …

Directed by Eva Orner

BIRCH

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 15 min East Coast Premiere Newly faced with the challenges of raising two young children on his own, a father strives to bring some stability back to his home when the family dog goes missing.

Directed by Paisley Valentine Walsh

BLOW OUT

2019 Special Screenings | feature narrative | 108 min Presented in conjunction with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Brian De Palma, HIFF is proud to present a special screening of the director’s 1981 suspense masterpiece. During a late-n …

Directed by Brian De Palma

BORN TO BE

2019 World Cinema Documentary | feature documentary | 92 min Having established himself as a world-renowned plastic surgeon, Dr. Jess Ting moves into a new role as the lead gender-affirming surgeon at the Mount Sinai Center—where, for the first time ever, a …

Directed by Tania Cypriano

THE BOXERS OF BRULE

2019 Shorts Program | documentary short | 38 min A girls’ boxing team in the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation offers an outlet to a community facing a youth suicide epidemic.

Directed by Jessie Adler

BROTHERHOOD

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 25 min A hardened shepherd is deeply shaken and suspicious when his estranged son returns home to rural Tunisia with a mysterious young wife by his side.

Directed by Meryam Joobeur

BY THE GRACE OF GOD “Grâce à Dieu”

2019 World Cinema Narrative | feature narrative | 137 min East Coast Premiere Living with his wife and children in Lyon, Alexandre (Melvil Poupaud) has long kept the abuse he suffered at the hands of his childhood Catholic priest secret. Discovering that his abuser is still e …

Directed by François Ozon

THE CAPOTE TAPES

2019 World Cinema Documentary | feature documentary | 98 min US Premiere With unprecedented access to the unique interview tapes of George Plimpton’s 1997 best-selling biography Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances and Detractors Recall His T …

Directed by Ebs Burnough

CATHERINE OPIE B. 1961

2019 Shorts Program | documentary short | 14 min East Coast Premiere Acclaimed photographer Catherine Opie shares the emotional and political motivations behind her provocative and influential work.

Directed by Sini Anderson

THE CAVE

2019 Conflict & Resolution | feature documentary | 95 min New York Premiere Coming off his Academy Award-nominated documentary LAST MEN IN ALEPPO, director Feras Fayyad returns to his native Syria, a country still ravaged by an unrelenting war that has spared nothing in its …

Directed by Feras Fayyad