Film Guide 2019


SCENES FROM A DRY CITY

2019 Shorts Program | documentary short | 13 min What happens when a major metropolitan area runs out of water?

Directed by Simon Wood, Francois Verster

SHEEP, WOLF, AND A CUP OF TEA… “Moutons, loup and tasse de thé…”

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 12 min North American Premiere Late at night, some family members privately indulge in a variety of strange sleeping rituals.

Directed by Marion Lacourt

SHORTS PROGRAM: 2019 DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM COMPETITION

2019 Short Film Programs | 114 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: 2019 NARRATIVE SHORT FILM COMPETITION

2019 Short Film Programs | 86 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: 2019 UNIVERSITY SHORT FILMS SHOWCASE

2019 Short Film Programs | 97 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: AIR, LAND & SEA SHORTS

2019 Air, Land & Sea | 53 min A global exploration of the real-time consequences climate change has on our communities—from Cape Town to California.


SHORTS PROGRAM: EXPLORE! SHORTS FOR ALL AGES

2019 Short Film Programs | 56 min The colorful characters in this family-friendly program remind us to keep on keepin’ on!


SHORTS PROGRAM: JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH

2019 Short Film Programs | 76 min The madcap characters in this collection of comedic shorts are just trying to have a good time, thank you very much.


SHORTS PROGRAM: KITH & KIN

2019 Short Film Programs | 80 min Spanning multiple generations, these thoughtful stories from around the world explore our universal desire to reach out and connect with one another.


SHORTS PROGRAM: NYWIFT WOMEN CALLING THE SHOTS

2019 Short Film Programs | 80 min We are very pleased to continue our partnership with New York Women in Film & Television for our seventeenth annual showcase of outstanding achievements by female filmmakers.


SHORTS PROGRAM: SIMPLE TWIST OF FATE

2019 Short Film Programs | 96 min In this cautionary collection of tales, one small decision can forever change the course of a life.


SHORTS PROGRAM: VIEWS FROM LONG ISLAND SHOWCASE

2019 Views From Long Island | 46 min Supported by the Suffolk County Film Commission, this shorts program offers an array of films from local talent—ranging from fifth-graders to Academy Award® winners!


SO LONG MY SON “Di Jiu Tian Chang”

2019 World Cinema Narrative | feature narrative | 185 min US Premiere SO LONG MY SON traces the lives of two families over three decades of social, political and human upheaval in China. Following the loss of a child in a tragic accident, their paths separate. Destini …

Directed by Wang Xiaoshuai

THE SONG OF NAMES

2019 Spotlight | feature narrative | 108 min US Premiere On the night of what is to be the first public performance of a young Polish musical prodigy, his best friend finds that the musician is missing and announces to the audience that the performance mu …

Directed by François Girard

SORRY WE MISSED YOU

2019 World Cinema Narrative | feature narrative | 102 min New York Premiere Struggling against heavy debts and limited opportunities, Ricky (Kris Hitchen) sees a chance to remove his family from the economic hardships in which they’ve found themselves. With his limited sa …

Directed by Ken Loach

SOUSAPHONE

2019 Short Films | narrative short | 13 min New York Premiere Much to his chagrin, a retiree’s tuba inexplicably goes mute in the days leading up to a long-awaited performance.

Directed by Flo Linus Baumann

SUBJECT TO REVIEW

2019 Shorts Program | documentary short | 36 min A hypnotic investigation of the rise of the “Hawk-Eye” instant replay system in professional tennis—examining how the technology exposes deeper questions of spectacle, justice, and imp …

Directed by Theo Anthony

Sunday Winick Talk: MEET THE COMPETITION FILMMAKERS

2019 Winick Talks | panels and events | 60 min The Competition section of the Festival recognizes the work of emerging directors from around the world in narrative feature, documentary feature, and short film. Join some of the highly innovative …


SYNONYMS

2019 World Cinema Narrative | feature narrative | 123 min Yoav (Tom Mercier) arrives in Paris in search of a new beginning. An Israeli ex-soldier, Yoav now vocally denounces his connection to his home country, refusing to speak his native tongue and believ …

Directed by Nadav Lapid

TALKING ABOUT TREES “الحديث عن الأشجار”

2019 Documentary Competition | feature documentary | 94 min US Premiere • WINNER: Special Jury Prize for Indomitable Spirit of Storytelling Reunited after years in exile, Ibrahim, Soliman, Manar, and Altayeb, the members of the “Sudanese Film Club,” come together …

Directed by Suhaib Gasmelbari

TELL ME WHO I AM

2019 World Cinema Documentary | feature documentary | 85 min East Coast Premiere Alex Lewis was just 18 when a severe motorcycle accident left him in a coma. He wakes up to an unfamiliar world, unable to remember his parents, his home, or even his own name. The only comforting p …

Directed by Ed Perkins

THREE SUMMERS “Três Verões”

2019 World Cinema Narrative | feature narrative | 94 min US Premiere Every December, between Christmas and New Year’s, Edgar and Marta host a lavish family celebration at their luxurious summer house by the beach. In 2015 all seems well, despite some tense phone ca …

Directed by Sandra Kogut

TO THE MOON

2019 Immersive Storytelling | immersive storytelling | 15 min A virtual reality experience by award-winning artist Laurie Anderson and co-creator Hsin-Chien Huang. TO THE MOON uses images and tropes from Greek mythology, literature, science, science-fiction …


THE TRAITOR “Il traditore”

2019 World Cinema Narrative | feature narrative | 150 min Based on the true story of the so-called “boss of the two worlds” Tommaso Buscetta (Pierfrancesco Favino), Italian director Marco Bellocchio’s biopic depicts the watershed trial that would mar …

Directed by Marco Bellocchio

TRAVELING WHILE BLACK

2019 Short Films | immersive storytelling | 18 min Academy Award® winner Roger Ross Williams and Ayesha Nadarajah’s finely observed and crafted visit to Ben’s Chili Bowl, a famed DC restaurant, transforms a central community locale into a symbo …

Directed by Roger Ross Williams, Ayesha Nadarajah