Film Guide 2020

Section
World Cinema

From international masters to global breakthroughs, this extraordinary section encompasses features and documentaries ranging from award-winning festival favorites to one-of-a-kind discoveries. Curated for our audience from around the world, these films encapsulate our world in consistently surprising and eclectic ways.

THE CLIMB

2020 World Cinema | narrative feature | 97 min Best friends Mike (writer-director Michael Angelo Covino) and Kyle (co-writer Kyle Marvin) share a close bond—that is, until a startling confession made on a scenic, mountain bike ride through the …

Directed by Michael Angelo Covino

CODED BIAS

2020 World Cinema | documentary feature | 90 min Modern society sits at the intersection of two crucial questions: What does it mean when artificial intelligence increasingly governs our liberties? And what are the consequences for the people AI i …

Directed by Shalini Kantayya

CRAZY, NOT INSANE

2020 World Cinema | documentary feature | 117 min US Premiere Why do we kill? Why do some of us kill, and others resist the temptation? What makes a serial killer? Dr. Dorothy Otnow Lewis, a psychiatrist who’s examined numerous serial killers, including …

Directed by Alex Gibney

FAREWELL AMOR

2020 World Cinema | narrative feature | 101 min Ekwa Msangi’s captivating debut feature is a poignant, tripartite, intergenerational study of the immigrant experience. After 17 years, an Angolan immigrant in New York City welcomes his wife and …

Directed by Ekwa Msangi

FIREBALL: VISITORS FROM DARKER WORLDS

2020 World Cinema | documentary feature | 97 min US Premiere In his latest attempt to better understand the mysteries of the natural world, the venerable Werner Herzog turns his attention to meteors, comets, and asteroids. Reuniting with co-director Clive Opp …

Directed by Werner Herzog, Clive Oppenheimer

GUNDA

2020 World Cinema | documentary feature | 93 min In a remarkable feat of vérité filmmaking, documentarian Victor Kossakovsky gently immerses us in the life of a Norwegian farm through intimate, unspooling encounters with two clever cows, a scene …

Directed by Victor Kossakovsky

HERSELF

2020 World Cinema | narrative feature | 97 min East Coast Premiere In the wake of a physically abusive relationship and a looming housing crisis, Irish single mother Sandra (Clare Dunne) struggles to provide her two young daughters a safe and happy home. Attempting …

Directed by Phyllida Lloyd

ROSE PLAYS JULIE

2020 World Cinema | narrative feature | 100 min US Premiere Yearning to know more about her mysterious past, Irish veterinary student Rose (Ann Skelly) travels to London in the hopes of establishing contact with her biological mother Ellen (Orla Brady), a su …

Directed by Joe Lawlor, Christine Molloy

THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS

2020 World Cinema | documentary feature | 84 min Simultaneously intimate and visually opulent in its storytelling, THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS exquisitely portrays a simpler but endangered way of living in harmony with nature. The White Alba Truffle, the …

Directed by Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw

TRUMAN & TENNESSEE: AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION

2020 World Cinema | documentary feature | 81 min East Coast Premiere Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s (LOVE, CECIL, HIFF 2017) latest documentary is an intimate, candid portrait of two luminaries of American literature—Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams. Jim Parsons ( …

Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland

UNDINE

2020 World Cinema | narrative feature | 90 min Legend holds that if the water nymph Undine falls in love with a human and he becomes unfaithful, she must kill him and return to the water. Acclaimed auteur Christan Petzold (PHOENIX, TRANSIT) buil …

Directed by Christian Petzold

US KIDS

2020 World Cinema | documentary feature | 98 min New York Premiere When a gunman entered the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day 2018, gruesome images of the deadliest high school shooting in US history quickly emerged. In the massacre’s aft …

Directed by Kim A. Snyder