Film Guide 2019


LOCKDOWN

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 12 min New York Premiere Struggling with feelings for her best friend, 14-year-old Marie stages an almost perfect plan.

Directed by Celine Held, Logan George

LOWLAND KIDS

2019 Shorts Program | documentary short | 22 min New York Premiere As climate change erases the Louisiana coast at an alarming rate, the last two teenagers on Isle de Jean Charles fight to stay on the island that’s been their family home for generations.

Directed by Sandra Winther

MAIDEN

2019 Special Screenings | feature documentary | 97 min In 1989, 24-year-old Tracy Edwards made history when she enlisted her all-female sailing crew into the Whitbread Round the World Race, and blew away the sport’s male-only reputation in the process …

Directed by Alex Holmes

MANILA IS FULL OF MEN NAMED BOY

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 21 min New York Premiere A man travels from the U.S. to the Philippines to celebrate his estranged father’s birthday. In an attempt to impress the patriarch, he purchases a child to pass off as his own son.

Directed by Andrew Stephen Lee

MARRIAGE STORY

2019 Spotlight | feature narrative | 136 min Unable to reconcile their increasingly separate lives on opposite sides of the country, New York theater director Charlie (Adam Driver) and his L.A.-based wife Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) decide to …

Directed by Noah Baumbach

MICKEY AND THE BEAR

2019 World Cinema Narrative | feature narrative | 89 min Wise beyond her years, teenager Mickey (HIFF 2019 Breakthrough Artist Camila Morrone) is trying her best to be a center of stability for her alcoholic, opioid-addicted veteran father Hank (James Bad …

Directed by Annabelle Attanasio

MIDNIGHT FAMILY

2019 World Cinema Documentary | feature documentary | 81 min Mexico City has fewer than 45 government-run ambulances to serve a population of 9 million people. The void is filled by an ecosystem of private ambulances and EMTs. Documentarian Luke Lorentzen fol …

Directed by Luke Lorentzen

MUSEUM TOWN

2019 World Cinema Documentary | feature documentary | 76 min Once a flourishing textile mill town, the closing of the factories in North Adams, Massachusetts in the 1980s cast the community into becoming one of many post-industrial ghost towns scattered throu …

Directed by Jennifer Trainer

NICE TALKING TO YOU

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 19 min East Coast Premiere Two strangers form a silent bond in the world’s loudest city.

Directed by Saim Sadiq

THE NIGHTCRAWLERS

2019 Shorts Program | documentary short | 40 min • Special Jury Prize for Courageous Filmmaking At great personal risk, a small group of determined “nightcrawler” photojournalists endeavor to expose the truth behind Filipino President Rodri …

Directed by Alexander A. Mora

NIMIC

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 12 min A professional cellist (Matt Dillon) has an encounter with a stranger on the subway, which has unexpected and far-reaching ramifications on his life.

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE

2019 World Cinema Documentary | feature documentary | 110 min • WINNER: HIFF27 Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature Shortly after receiving the news of a fatal diagnosis in early 2015, world-renowned British neurologist, historian, physician, and auth …

Directed by Ric Burns

ON BROADWAY

2019 World Cinema Documentary | feature documentary | 82 min World Premiere An all-star cast tells the inside story of Broadway theatre, and how it came back from the brink thanks to innovative work, a new attention to inclusion, and a sometimes uneasy balance between art a …

Directed by Oren Jacoby

OVERSEAS

2019 Documentary Competition | feature documentary | 90 min New York Premiere • WINNER: Best Documentary Feature Director Sung-a Yoon receives a $3,000 cash prize as well as a film production package of in-kind goods and services, with a total value of over $25,000. In one …

Directed by Sung-a Yoon

PAHOKEE

2019 Documentary Competition | feature documentary | 112 min New York Premiere In their striking feature film debut, HIFF alums Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan immerse themselves in the rural town of Pahokee—a small, close-knit community nestled within the Florida Everglades …

Directed by Ivete Lucas, Patrick Bresnan

PARASITE “Gisaengchung”

2019 World Cinema Narrative | feature narrative | 131 min For a hopelessly unemployed family of four scraping by in their subterranean Seoul apartment, the offer of a tutoring job for the wealthy Park family provides an unusual opportunity to improve their …

Directed by Bong Joon-ho

PERFECT MOMENT “Het Moment”

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 20 min International Premiere The archetype of the modern man, Dirk has it all: a successful career, a loving marriage, and a happy life. He wants his death to be perfect, too.

Directed by Matthew Noydens

PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE

2019 World Cinema Narrative | feature narrative | 121 min As the 18th century draws to a close, Marianne (Noémie Merlant), a young painter, is sent to an isolated island off the coast of Brittany to paint the wedding portrait of Héloise (Adèle Haenel), …

Directed by Céline Sciamma

POZOLE

2019 Short Films | narrative short | 10 min Things go terribly (and hilariously) wrong when Maia sets out to reconnect with her Mexican-American roots on her Nana’s 100th birthday.

Directed by Jessica Mendez Siqueiros

RED PENGUINS

2019 Documentary Competition | feature documentary | 80 min US Premiere Complete with gangsters, strippers, and live bears serving beer on a hockey rink, RED PENGUINS tells the wild forgotten true story of capitalism and opportunism run amok in Moscow. Shortly after the …

Directed by Gabe Polsky

THE REPORT

2019 Spotlight | feature narrative | 120 min Assigned with leading the Senate’s investigation into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, U.S. Select Committee on Intelligence staffer Daniel Jones (Adam Driver) spent over half a de …

Directed by Scott Z. Burns

ROCKS

2019 World Cinema Narrative | feature narrative | 93 min US Premiere Living with her single mother and little brother in working class London, teenager Rocks (Bukka Bakray) spends most of her time roaming through the city with her supportive and energetic group of be …

Directed by Sarah Gavron

ROMANTIC COMEDY

2019 World Cinema Documentary | feature documentary | 78 min East Coast Premiere As a teenager, Elizabeth Sankey’s understanding of love, relationships, and romance was defined by her obsession with romantic comedies. Now a filmmaker herself, she returns to the films she loved …

Directed by Elizabeth Sankey

Saturday Winick Talk: BREAKTHROUGH ARTISTS

2019 Winick Talks | panels and events | 60 min Join this year’s Breakthrough Artists for a lively discussion about what it takes to make it as a young actor and director in today’s film industry. The artists will share stories about their wo …


SCANDALOUS

2019 Spotlight | feature documentary | 96 min World Premiere For over 60 years, The National Enquirer has been at the center of the American public’s fascination with the rich and famous, as its salacious headlines and coverage of events—ranging from Elvi …

Directed by Mark Landsman