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Fall International Film Festival

Thursday October 3rd to Sunday October 6th


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Capernaum Lebanon | IIn Arabic with English Subtitles

The film stars Syrian refugee child actor Zain Al Rafeea as Zain El Hajj, a 12-year-old living in the slums of Beirut. The film is told in flashback format, focusing on Zain’s life, including his encounter with an Ethiopian immigrant Rahil and her infant son Yonas, and leading up to his attempt to sue his parents for child neglect.

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Non-Fiction France | In French with English Subtitles

Juliette Binoche reunites with acclaimed director Olivier Assayas for this wry, slyly seductive tale of sex, lies, and literature. Set in the Parisian publishing world, Non-Fiction traces the romantic and emotional fallout that results when a controversial writer begins blurring the line between fact and fiction, using his real-life love affairs -- including a passionate fling with an actress who happens to be married to his editor -- as fodder for his explosive new novel.

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Perfect Strangers Mexico | In Spanish with English Subtitles

When a group of best friends get together during a lunar eclipse to share an intimate dinner in the tasteful house of Eva and Antonio, they suspect it’s just another typical night until the hostess proposes a game. All guests must lay their cell phones on the table and read aloud all incoming messages and answer all incoming phone calls in front of the entire group. What begins as a provocative party game quickly becomes a wild ride full of twists and “textual tension” in this electrifying over the top comedy about the secrets we all carry in our pockets.

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The Farewell USA/China | In English and Mandarin with English Subtitles

The film follows a Chinese family who, when they discover their beloved Grandmother has only a short while left to live, decide to keep her in the dark and schedule an impromptu wedding to gather before she passes. Billi, feeling like a fish out of water in her home country, struggles with the family’s decision to hide the truth from her Grandmother.

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The Shoplifters Japan | In Japanese with English Subtitles

On the margins of Tokyo, a dysfunctional band of outsiders is united by fierce loyalty and a penchant for petty theft. When the young son is arrested, secrets are exposed that upend their tenuous, below-the-radar existence.

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Transit Germany | In German with English Subtitles

As German troops approach Paris, a young German refugee named Georg flees to the French port town of Marseille. In his possession are documents that belonged to an author named Weidel, who committed suicide. Assuming Weidel’s identity, Georg has his manuscript, letters and visa assurance from the Mexican embassy. In Marseilles, Georg meets and falls in love with a young woman named Marie, who’s desperate to find her missing husband – the very man he’s impersonating – in order to get help in getting out of France.

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Thu Oct 3rd
5:30 pm The Farewell
7:30 pm The Shoplifters

Fri Oct 4th
11:00 am Non-Fiction
5:30 pm Transit
7:30 pm Capernaum

Sat Oct 5th
12:30 pm The Farewell
2:30 pm The Shoplifters
5:30 pm Perfect Strangers
7:30 pm Non-Fiction

Sun Oct 6th
12:30 pm Transit
2:30 pm Capernaum
5:30 pm Non-Fiction
7:30 pm Perfect Strangers

Spring International Film Festival

Thursday March 5th to Sunday March 8th


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One Child Nation USA/China | In English and Mandarin with English Subtitles

China’s One Child Policy, the extreme population control measure that made it illegal for couples to have more than one child, may have ended in 2015, but the process of dealing with the trauma of its brutal enforcement is only just beginning. This sweeping documentary explores the ripple effect of this devastating social experiment, uncovering one shocking human rights violation after another -- from abandoned newborns, to forced sterilizations and abortions, and government abductions.

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Pain and Glory Spain | In Spanish with English Subtitles

From Director Pedro Almodovar, Pain and Glory tells of a series of reencounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, a film director in his physical decline. From his childhood in the 60s, when he emigrated with his parents to a village in Valencia, the first desire, his first adult love in the Madrid of the 80s, the pain of the breakup of that love, writing as the only therapy to forget the unforgettable, the early discovery of cinema, and the infinite void that creates the incapacity to keep on making films. In recovering his past he finds the urgent need to recount it, and in that he also finds his salvation.

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Parasite South Korea | In Korean with English Subtitles

Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. These two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims' newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks.

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Styx Germany | In English & German with English Subtitles

A busy doctor plans to spend her annual vacation fulfilling her long-held dream of sailing from Gibraltar to the small island of Ascension in the Atlantic. But everything changes when she sees a damaged, overloaded boat full of refugees nearby. Knowing that at least a hundred people could drown, she begins to organize to help them but slowly begins to fear that it will be impossible to do so.

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The Third Wife Vietnam | In Vietnamese with English Subtitles

In 19th century rural Vietnam, 14-year-old May becomes the third wife of wealthy landowner Hung. Soon she learns that she can only gain status by asserting herself as a woman who can give birth to a male child. May’s hope to change her status turns into a real and tantalizing possibility when she gets pregnant. Faced with forbidden love and its devastating consequences, May finally comes to an understanding of the brutal truth: the options available to her are few and far between.

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Woman At War Iceland | In Icelandic, Spanish & English with English Subtitles

A choir conductor and eco-activist, plans to disrupt the operations of an aluminum plant in the Icelandic highlands, purposely damaging electricity pylons and wires to cut their power supply. One day, a long-forgotten application to adopt an orphan child from Ukraine is approved. At the same time, the government ramps up police and propaganda efforts in order to catch and discredit her. She must reconcile her dangerous and illegal activism with the upcoming adoption.

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Film Schedule

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Thu Mar 5th
5:30 pm Styx
7:30 pm Pain and Glory

Fri Mar 6th
11:00 am One Child Nation
5:30 pm The Third Wife
7:30 pm Parasite

Sat Mar 7th
12:30 pm Woman At War
2:30 pm Parasite
5:30 pm One Child Nation
7:30 pm Pain and Glory

Sun Mar 8th
12:30 pm Styx
2:30 pm Woman At War
5:30 pm The Third Wife
7:30 pm One Child Nation


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