Film Guide 2019


TREE #3

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 20 min After he’s been cast as a tree (again!) in his annual middle school play, Itai decides to make the most of his seemingly small role.

Directed by Omer Ben-Shachar

THE TWO POPES

2019 Opening, Closing, Centerpiece | feature narrative | 125 min East Coast Premiere • Sunday Centerpiece • WINNER: HIFF27 Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature From Fernando Meirelles, the Academy Award-nominated director of CITY OF GOD, and three-time Academy Award-nominat …

Directed by Fernando Meirelles

THE UNITED STATES OF PARANOIA OR: HOW I STAYED ON THE LINE TO REPAIR MY AIR CONDITIONER

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 15 min New York Premiere A stressed-out father is on the brink of a literal meltdown as he tries to get his air conditioner fixed during a heatwave.

Directed by Rashan Castro

VARDA BY AGNÈS

2019 World Cinema Documentary | feature documentary | 120 min For her final film, the late Agnès Varda leaves us with a playful, profound, and personal summation of the extraordinary career that earned her the title of godmother of the French New Wave. With h …

Directed by Agnès Varda

THE VAST OF NIGHT

2019 Narrative Competition | feature narrative | 90 min East Coast Premiere • WINNER: Special Cinematography Award for Miguel Ioann Litten Menz • Special Jury Mention for Acting Performance for Sierra McCormick With a summer night descending over 1950s New Mexico, the …

Directed by Andrew Patterson

WATERPROOF

2019 Shorts Program | documentary short | 40 min World Premiere The incredible story of one community’s crusade to create a safe swimming environment in East Hampton, New York. Led by the incomparable Big John and Johnny Jr., these lifeguards give the best of …

Directed by Ross Kauffman

WATSON

2019 Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights | feature documentary | 99 min • Winner, 2019 Zelda Penzel “Giving Voice to the Voiceless Award” As a lifelong defender of underwater ecosystems and the wildlife within, Paul Watson has established himself over 40 …

Directed by Lesley Chilcott

WAVES

2019 Opening, Closing, Centerpiece | feature narrative | 135 min East Coast Premiere • Closing Night • WINNER: HIFF27 Zicherman Family Foundation Screenwriting Award Set against the vibrant landscape of South Florida, and featuring an astonishing ensemble of award-winning actors …

Directed by Trey Edward Shults

WESTERN STARS

2019 Spotlight | feature documentary | 83 min US Premiere Coming fresh off of the publishing of his memoir Born to Run and unprecedented success of his one-man show Springsteen on Broadway, Bruce Springsteen released his latest album Western Stars to wides …

Directed by Thom Zimny, Bruce Springsteen

A WHITE, WHITE DAY “Hvítur, Hvítur Dagur”

2019 Narrative Competition | feature narrative | 109 min US Premiere • WINNER: Best Narrative Feature Director Hlynur Pálmason receives a $3,000 cash prize as well as a film production package of in-kind goods and services, with a total value of $100,000. Retired …

Directed by Hlynur Pálmason

THE WRONG ROCK

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 13 min A lonely mushroom embarks on an epic adventure to find his place in life.

Directed by Michael Cawood

WWII

2019 Shorts Program | documentary short | 3 min World Premiere Daisy Pitches, Montauk Public School fifth-grader and HIFF Jr. Documentary Filmmaking student, reveals the significance of woman’s role in World War II.

Directed by Daisy Pitches

YOUTH “Banat Akher Zaman”

2019 Shorts Program | narrative short | 11 min East Coast Premiere Over the course of one eventful night out in Cairo, a teenage girl takes a step toward adulthood.

Directed by Farida Zahran

YVES & VARIATION

2019 Shorts Program | documentary short | 16 min Every day, Yves—a father, art curator, and concierge—practices his violin behind the front desk of an NYC office building.

Directed by Lydia Cornett