Program Archives

2014 Starz Denver Film Festival

  • '71

    '71

    A British soldier finds himself lost behind enemy lines one night after a riot in Belfast during the Northern Ireland conflict in 1971. Rising star Jack O’Connell (300: Rise of an Empire) bravely must find his way to safety while trying to distinguish friend from foe

  • 1001 Grams

    1001 Grams

    Norwegian scientist Marie Ernst goes to Paris for a conference on the weight of the kilo, an international standard of measurement, but it’s her life that ends up on the scale. This poetic film, written and directed by acclaimed Norwegian filmmaker Bent Hamer, is pure cinematic delight

  • 21 Years: Richard Linklater

    21 Years: Richard Linklater

    With animation, interviews, and film clips, this documentary about writer/director Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused, School of Rock, Boyhood) is a treat for fans and those unfamiliar with his work. Keanu Reeves, Matthew McConaughey, Billy Bob Thornton, and Julie Delpy tell all

  • 3 Still Standing

    3 Still Standing

    Larry Brown, Will Durst, and Johnny Steele were among the brightest stars of San Francisco’s ’80s comedy scene. While many of their peers, including Robin Williams, found fame and fortune, they still struggle to make a living. This funny documentary tackles the serious business of laughs

  • 5 to 7

    5 to 7

    Set in Manhattan, city of chance encounters, Victor Levin’s debut feature is a refreshingly modern look at the affair that develops after aspiring young writer Brian (Anton Yelchin in a strong performance) inadvertently meets Arielle (Berenice Marlohe), the sophisticated wife of a French diplomat

  • Adversity Colorado Shorts

    Adversity Colorado Shorts

    Colorado’s filmmaking scene continues to grow as a diverse and collaborative effort, each year increasing the number of films produced here and seen in theaters across the country, as well as receiving national and international festival berths

  • Alleluia

    Alleluia

    Fabrice Du Welz’s remake of The Honeymoon Killers for the Internet era debuted at Cannes. When Gloria meets Michel, she falls for his charms, only to discover he’s swindled her heart and wallet. She agrees to help him seduce other women, but her obsession soon reaches murderous heights

  • Animation Station Competition

    Animation Station Competition

    Using traditional animation techniques, participants will help create a short film. Budding animators are invited to show up with a creative mind-set and a willingness to explore

  • Animation Station Screening

    Animation Station Screening

    A screening of the short animated films created during the 2014 animation station workshops. Using traditional animation techniques, participants created a short film in a one day workshop for budding young animators (ages 6-17).

  • Animation Station Workshop Ages 6-11

    Animation Station Workshop Ages 6-11

    Using traditional animation techniques, participants will help create a short film. Budding animators are invited to show up with a creative mind-set and a willingness to explore

  • Animation Station Workshop Ages 12-up

    Animation Station Workshop Ages 12-up

    Using traditional animation techniques, participants will help create a short film. Budding animators are invited to show up with a creative mind-set and a willingness to explore

  • August Winds

    August Winds

    Gabriel Mascaro’s poetic film moves across the screen like the trade winds, slowly at first, then gathering velocity. A young woman moves to a Brazilian seaside village to care for her grandmother, and seeks distractions from her plantation job. She soon finds herself face to face with death

  • Austrian Avant-Garde

    Austrian Avant-Garde

    Every year, Austrian film artists produce some of the most provocative, visually stunning avant-garde films in the world. We are pleased to once again present a package of eight new works from Austria’s leading filmmakers

  • Beltracchi - The Art of Forgery

    Beltracchi - The Art of Forgery

    Wolfgang Beltracchi got away with forging art masterpieces for over forty years. He may be egotistical and nihilistic, but his genius is undeniable. He managed to fool gallery owners, historians, and investors with the stroke of a brush. This documentary follows his last days as a free man

  • Black Orpheus

    Black Orpheus

    An award-winning 1959 Brazilian film retelling the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice set in a favela of Rio de Janeiro during Carnaval. Orfeu meets Eurydice, a newcomer to town fleeing a man trying to kill her. When the two fall in love, Orfeu’s fiancée, Mira, is mad with jealousy

  • Blind

    Blind

    Ingrid may be blind, and has refused to leave her apartment for quite some time, but her mind has never stopped painting pictures of the world around her. In director Eskil Vogt’s strong debut, what results is a story of paranoia, insecurity, and wry humor

  • BLUE GOLD: American Jeans

    BLUE GOLD: American Jeans

    From their origins as miners’ work pants, to countercultural statement, to expensive designer jeans, BLUE GOLD traces the history of blue jeans. Eric Schrader, a vintage-jeans trader, explains how a symbol of Americana became fetishized, and how its global reach demands social responsibility

  • Brotherhood of Tears

    Brotherhood of Tears

    A drunken, down-on-his-luck ex-cop with a gambling problem needs to support his teen daughter. He gets a cushy job sitting in an empty office all day doing nothing—and receiving wads of cash. One day he’s asked to deliver briefcases around the world, with the warning never to look inside

  • Capturing Grace

    Capturing Grace

    Brooklyn’s Mark Morris Dance Center is home to an internationally acclaimed modern dance company—and to a unique group addressing the physical limitations of Parkinson’s disease. Director Dave Iverson, himself diagnosed with Parkinson’s, discovers the profound connection this community has created

  • Casa Grande, or The Ballad of Poor Jean

    Casa Grande, or The Ballad of Poor Jean

    Jean is a rich kid in Rio de Janeiro. He wants a girlfriend and the freedom of riding public transportation. As his father’s lies about losing the family’s money become more apparent, Jean moves closer to his dreams and further from his father’s hopes for him

  • Castanha

    Castanha

    Davi Pretto’s film about Joao Carlos Castanha, an aging gay actor and drag performer in Porto Alegre, Brazil, blurs the line between fiction and nonfiction. Castanha lives with his mother, who frets over her drug-addicted grandson, while Castanha seems to come to life only onstage

  • Charlie's Country

    Charlie's Country

    An aging Aboriginal man, frustrated by the white government’s stranglehold over his community’s traditional way of life, escapes to the bush only to find he’s not up to living in the wild. With his health failing, Charlie is evacuated to the city, where ultimately he must find his way home

  • Clouds of Sils Maria

    Clouds of Sils Maria

    Maria, traveling to receive an award on behalf of the director who made her famous, learns he’s died. She agrees to star in a revival of the play that launched her career. When a young actress gets the seductress role, Maria is cast as the doomed older woman and life imitates art

  • Cows Wearing Glasses

    Cows Wearing Glasses

    Marso is an eccentric, introverted painter and art professor who, approaching his sunset years, learns he has a disease that could render him blind at any moment. As he begins to put his emotional affairs in order, including his strained relationship with his daughter, he must face the inevitable

  • A Dangerous Game

    A Dangerous Game

    Picking up where his You’ve Been Trumped (Best Documentary, SDFF 34) left off, British filmmaker Anthony Baxter trains his critical eye on the development of luxury golf courses worldwide to reveal what happens when power, money, and the little people collide

  • The Dinner

    The Dinner

    Paul holds the title for being the crazy one in the family, but as the story plays out, it’s revealed he might just be the sanest as they try to cover up a secret that will change their lives forever. Adapted from the novel by Herman Koch

  • Do the Right Thing

    Do the Right Thing

    Spike Lee’s original title for Do the Right Thing was Heat Wave, because he’d noticed the murder rate in New York City rising with the temperature. In the director’s 1989 breakthrough, a Brooklyn block’s racial tensions boil over on the hottest day of the year

  • Domestic Life

    Domestic Life

    Life in a Paris suburb can be challenging, especially for women. Domestic Life follows four women over a 24-hour period. The psychological drama mainly focuses on the once-independent Juliette, who's now juggling kids, husband, and career

  • David Thomson presents The Drop

    David Thomson presents The Drop

    Noted film critic David Thomson presents Academy Award-nominated director Michaël R. Roskam’s new film, The Drop. Penned by the writer of Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone, this gritty drama stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and James Gandolfini in his final performance

  • The Dune

    The Dune

    After his girlfriend leaves him, middle-aged Israeli bike repairman Hanoch travels to France in search of his estranged father. Ruben, a gay sixty-something detective, is asked to take on the case before retirement. Apathetic and depressed, he’s reluctant, but odd coincidences lead him to accept

  • El Critico

    El Critico

    Victor Tellez, a jaded film critic, eschews romantic comedies. He imagines his life as a French film noir as he goes about his days with a dour attitude. But when he meets the free-spirited Sofia, he realizes in horror that he’s become a character in his own romantic comedy

  • Elephant Song

    Elephant Song

    After Dr. Lawrence, a shrink at a mental hospital, goes missing, a psychological game of cat and mouse ensues between another doctor and a patient. Michael, with a knack for riddles and a fascination with elephants, may know Dr. Lawrence’s whereabouts, but can Dr. Green figure out Michael’s game?

  • An Evening with Lawrence Jordan

    An Evening with Lawrence Jordan

    Lawrence Jordan is coming home. This year’s Stan Brakhage Vision Award recipient, the acclaimed maverick spirit in the world of avant-garde cinema, is a Denver native who was an honors student at Denver’s South High School, and a friend and classmate of the late Stan Brakhage

  • The Exercise of Chaos

    The Exercise of Chaos

    On a remote manioc farm in northern Brazil, an authoritarian father lives with his three beautiful daughters. Each suffers a quiet despair for the mother who has mysteriously disappeared. This stylized film owes much to the works of French auteur Robert Bresson, to whom it is dedicated

  • Farewell to the Moon

    Farewell to the Moon

    It’s summer 1972 and twelve-year-old Duch has two obsessions: NASA moon missions and his neighbor Mary. When artist Loes arrives, Duch’s dad falls for her swinging lifestyle and moves in. Duch’s mom is left holding her fragile family together, and Duch realizes nothing will ever be the same

  • Father Unknown

    Father Unknown

    A man disconnected from others. A family secret. An estranged son. A father-son journey. The mystery of a lifetime. The other side of the world. And a chance to change everything

  • First Look 1: Outside the Lines

    First Look 1: Outside the Lines

    The First Look Student Film Section is an exclusive selection of short films reserved for outstanding student filmmakers from around the world. It started in 2000 as a standalone event and was dubbed by The Denver Post “arguably the best niche festival in Denver”

  • First Look 2: Running on Empty

    First Look 2: Running on Empty

    The First Look Student Film Section is an exclusive selection of short films reserved for outstanding student filmmakers from around the world. It started in 2000 as a standalone event and was dubbed by The Denver Post “arguably the best niche festival in Denver”

  • First Look 3: Sage Advice

    First Look 3: Sage Advice

    The First Look Student Film Section is an exclusive selection of short films reserved for outstanding student filmmakers from around the world. It started in 2000 as a standalone event and was dubbed by The Denver Post “arguably the best niche festival in Denver”

  • First Look 4: Last Stand

    First Look 4: Last Stand

    The First Look Student Film Section is an exclusive selection of short films reserved for outstanding student filmmakers from around the world. It started in 2000 as a standalone event and was dubbed by The Denver Post “arguably the best niche festival in Denver"

  • First Look 5: Face to Face

    First Look 5: Face to Face

    The First Look Student Film Section is an exclusive selection of short films reserved for outstanding student filmmakers from around the world. Started in 2000 as a standalone event and dubbed by The Denver Post as “arguably the best niche festival in Denver,”

  • First Look 6: Fitting In

    First Look 6: Fitting In

    The First Look Student Film Section is an exclusive selection of short films reserved for outstanding student filmmakers from around the world. It started in 2000 as a standalone event and was dubbed by The Denver Post “arguably the best niche festival in Denver”

  • Foxcatcher

    Foxcatcher

    Oscar-nominated director Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball) teams with a strong ensemble including Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, and Vanessa Redgrave for the chilling fact-based account of the events that led to the 1996 murder of Olympic wrestling champion Dave Schultz

  • Free Fall

    Free Fall

    A bitter woman steps off the roof of her bleak apartment house and remarkably survives the fall; she reenters the building to find the elevator inevitably broken. Ascending the stairs, she observes bizarre scenes unfolding within her neighbors’ apartments in a series of darkly comic vignettes

  • Futuro Beach

    Futuro Beach

    Vacationing in Brazil, Konrad is saved from drowning by lifeguard Donato, and the two begin a romance. Donato embraces his sexuality and goes to Germany with Konrad, leaving family behind. This sparse film explores themes of self-discovery, reinvention, and identity amid stunning and poetic visuals

  • Heaven Adores You

    Heaven Adores You

    This documentary juxtaposes Elliott Smith’s music with scenes from the three cities he was most associated with. Covering his pop-punk days in Portland, his fame in New York, and his downward spiral in Los Angeles, the film explores the personality of a man who loved life more than many know

  • An Honest Liar

    An Honest Liar

    Magician James “The Amazing” Randi has spent his life exposing so-called psychics via his own fictional characters. Through interviews with Randi, fellow magicians, and former partners, this doc explores the differences between deceiving to conceal the truth and deceiving to reveal the truth

  • Hotline

    Hotline

    For sex, suicide counseling, psychic readings, or someone to pray with, millions worldwide call hotlines every year. This compelling doc looks at the strangers at the other end of the line, who provide human interaction in a world full of ways to communicate yet lacking in meaningful connections

  • Human Capital

    Human Capital

    Paolo Virzi’s thriller depicts two families accidentally intertwined among northern Italy’s uber-rich in a crumbling economy. In chapters highlighting the turmoil bubbling under a seemingly perfect façade, the film examines vanity and unhappiness in a culture that bases human value on money

  • I Am a Girl

    I Am a Girl

    Six teenage girls from disparate and often tragic backgrounds share their thoughts, hopes, and dreams with writer/director Rebecca Berry. This inspiring film draws parallels among the obstacles girls face as they come of age in Afghanistan, Australia, Cambodia, Cameroon, and Papua New Guinea

  • I Am a Knife with Legs

    I Am a Knife with Legs

    International pop star Bené and manager Beefy are hiding from an assassin—or, as Bené pronounces it, S-S-N—in a crummy L.A. apartment. Writer/director/star Bennett Jones mixes crude drawings, psychedelic animation, and random outbreaks of song in this often-surreal comedy bound for cult status

  • I Believe in Unicorns

    I Believe in Unicorns

    Writer/director Leah Meyerhoff spins a dreamlike tale of teenage vulnerability and the angst of first love in her debut feature. Her impressionable protagonist creates a fairy-tale world to cope with her dreary home life. She falls hard for her “prince,” but he turns out to be not so charming

  • If God Comes Let Him Bring a Gun

    If God Comes Let Him Bring a Gun

    When military police cracked down on Sao Paulo’s organized crime in 2012, the violence affected thousands. In Luis Dantas’s solo feature debut, a young man on prison leave returns home to deliver explosives, and his brother, his best friend, and a woman he loves are caught in the crossfire

  • Imber's Left Hand

    Imber's Left Hand

    Shortly after artist John Imber is diagnosed with ALS, a degenerative nerve disease, he loses function in his dominant painting hand. But with an unwavering positivity and passion for art, he finds new painting methods that shift his style from figurative to abstract

  • The Imitation Game

    The Imitation Game

    A likely Oscar contender, Benedict Cumberbatch (TV's Sherlock) stars in this tense biopic of Alan Turing, pioneer of modern computing and the man who cracked the Germans’ Enigma code during WWII. A determined savant, Turing was not only good at cracking secrets, but also at keeping them

  • The Immortalists

    The Immortalists

    A bearded, beer-drinking Englishman and a straitlaced ultramarathon runner in Nevada are crusaders in the war on aging in David Alvarado’s documentary. The men both have drastic yet seemingly easy theories on how humans can stay forever young, but the world may not be ready for them

  • In Order of Disappearance

    In Order of Disappearance

    After a father loses his son at the hand of a drug kingpin, he will stop at nothing to get his vengeance in this brilliant tale of revenge, a la Fargo meets Taken. Despite being a community hero as a snowplow driver in the frigid mountains of Norway, our hero delivers payback

  • The Incident

    The Incident

    A pair of brothers and a detective can’t find their way out of a stairwell. A family of four is trapped on a road leading to nowhere. The parallel stories are caught in an infinite loop, while examining the fragile realities of life and death

  • Jonathas' Forest

    Jonathas' Forest

    In his feature debut, director Sergio Andrade depicts life in the Amazon through the eyes of two brothers caught between modernization and their parents’ indigenous lifestyle. The younger, Jonathas, yearns to break free. On a forest camping trip, he finds first love and life-threatening danger

  • Joy of Man's Desiring

    Joy of Man's Desiring

    After exploring man’s relationship with animals in Bestiare (SDFF 35), director Denis Côté examines the ties between man and machine. Using sporadic lyrical dialogue and repetitive shots of industrial machinery, this experimental documentary focuses on people working as manufacturers

  • Keep on Keepin' On

    Keep on Keepin' On

    This riveting documentary chronicles the seventy-year career of jazz trumpeter Clark Terry, who inspired legions, including Miles Davis and Quincy Jones. At its heart lies the student-teacher relationship between Terry, who is slowly losing his sight, and young blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin

  • Killers

    Killers

    Nomuro, living in Tokyo, is young and attractive—and kills the women he dates, posting his crimes online. Meanwhile, in Bali, disillusioned journalist Bayu begins to kill vigilante-style. When the killings go viral on the Web, their rivalry threatens to unravel the worlds surrounding them

  • Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

    Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

    At 29, Kumiko works a soul-killing job as an office lady in Tokyo. To escape both her mother’s and her boss’s chastising about being unmarried, she obsesses over the movie Fargo. Believing she can find the buried money, she sets off to Minnesota in search of her treasure

  • La Tirisia

    La Tirisia

    In rural Mexico, two women discover they are pregnant by the same man. Cheba, alone and pregnant by Silvestre as her husband is away looking for work, must choose between her family and her newborn by another man. Meanwhile, Angeles is also pregnant by Silvestre, who happens to be her stepfather

  • Lake Los Angeles

    Lake Los Angeles

    Set in the Southern California desert, Mike Ott’s haunting film adds magical realism to the cruel reality of illegal immigration. Ott pairs Francisco, a displaced Cuban desperate for work, with Cecilia, a ten-year-old Mexican delivered to his door. Theirs is a journey of survival and friendship

  • The Last Cyclist

    The Last Cyclist

    In this two-part drama, an infertile Jewish couple adopt an Aryan baby, Klara, in the pre-World War II era. As Hitler’s regime takes power in Germany, the family is sent to Auschwitz, where Klara learns that she was not born a Jew and therefore should not be in a concentration camp

  • The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest

    The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest

    Director Gabriel London takes us inside the mind of a mentally ill prisoner sentenced to life after a petty crime committed as a teenager. Through journal entries, interviews, and gripping animation, we witness DeFriest’s daring escapes and the brutality he’s endured behind bars for three decades

  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    Bill Murray plays oceanic explorer Steve Zissou in this tale of lost and found love, fear of the unknown, and revenge. The captain drags his crew on a suicide mission to find the Jaguar Shark in hopes of gaining respect from his peers, ex-wife and newfound son

  • Light Fly, Fly High

    Light Fly, Fly High

    An athletic young Indian woman with dreams of becoming a professional boxer is running out of time and resources. Born an “untouchable,” she must circumvent poverty, arranged marriage, and a corrupt coach to achieve her goal. Writer/directors Beathe Hofseth and Susann Østigaard document her passion

  • Like Sunday, Like Rain

    Like Sunday, Like Rain

    Leighton Meester (TV’s Gossip Girl) plays Eleanor, who’s homeless and jobless after breaking up with her rocker boyfriend (Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong). She forms an unlikely friendship with a 12-year-old musical prodigy who lives in a castle. It proves to be a harmonious alliance

  • Limited Partnership

    Limited Partnership

    Back by popular demand, Cinema Q’s award-winning doc chronicles Richard Adams and Tony Sullivan’s 40-year marriage-rights battle. Includes Q&A panel with filmmaker Thomas Miller, former Boulder County Clerk Clela Rorex, current Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall, and the History Colorado Museum

  • Little Accidents

    Little Accidents

    The lone survivor of a coal mining accident, Amos is caught between a rock and a hard place: speak truth or stay quiet and keep the town’s economy alive. One accident leads to another, entangling three families in tragedy and ultimately in the liberating power of truth

  • The Look of Silence

    The Look of Silence

    In Joshua Oppenheimer’s sequel to his 2012 documentary The Act of Killing, about Indonesia’s massacres in the 1960s, we follow Adi, whose brother was assassinated, as he probes former death-squad leaders about their roles. He seeks closure, but the perpetrators deny the events even occurred

  • Man from Reno

    Man from Reno

    This bilingual pseudo-noir from writer/director Dave Boyle keeps viewers guessing who done it and why. A popular Japanese mystery author and a father-daughter sheriff team come together after something very valuable goes missing following what begins as a blossoming relationship

  • The Man of the Crowd

    The Man of the Crowd

    This contemporary version of Poe’s short story about modern man’s urban alienation examines isolation in different forms. Disconnected Juvenal roams crowded streets. Outgoing Margo alienates herself in web chat rooms. When Margo asks Juvenal to witness her wedding, they form an unlikely friendship

  • The Man Who Saved the World

    The Man Who Saved the World

    Few people have heard of Stanislav Petrov, the Soviet military officer who prevented World War III. In The Man Who Saved the World, director Peter Anthony both documents and fictionalizes the story of how, in September 1983, Petrov went against protocol to head off a nuclear holocaust

  • The Mend

    The Mend

    John Magary’s dramedy debut premiered at SXSW. Two brothers living in New York City are in a cycle of dysfunctional arguing, then reuniting, that they can’t seem to address. The pair fall into a pattern of debauchery after a series of events ruin both their romantic relationships

  • The Midnight Swim

    The Midnight Swim

    When their mother goes missing, three sisters reunite at their lakeside home to settle her affairs. Middle sister June, a filmmaker, documents the homecoming. When the sibs summon a legendary ghost from the lake, their relationship falls apart and the film takes on a psychological edge

  • Mile High Magic

    Mile High Magic

    Magic: The Gathering is an addictive fantasy card game with tournaments, tours, and championships that’s created a unique subculture since its inception two decades ago. This documentary, directed by local Karen Cruz, profiles eight key players in the Denver Magic scene

  • The Mortal Coils and Sanction

    The Mortal Coils and Sanction

    Web series from UC Denver’s Film and Television Program: In The Mortal Coils, Tara has a tough gig, providing brief comfort for sudden-death victims before cutting their mortal coil. In Sanction, two sisters struggle for peace after their mother's death

  • Mr. Kaplan

    Mr. Kaplan

    Jacob Kaplan has lived an ordinary life, but upon turning seventy he decides he has accomplished nothing. Fed up with his community’s despondency for their Jewish heritage, he takes it upon himself to hunt down someone he believes to be a Nazi. A comedic and inspiring story from Uruguay

  • Music Video Mixtape

    Music Video Mixtape

    The Mixtape returns, louder than ever. Featuring a selection of the best new music videos from around the world, this compilation features funny, provocative, and mesmerizing work within a wide range of music genres. In a post-MTV era, music videos are seldom seen outside of a computer screen

  • My Blind Heart

    My Blind Heart

    Thin and deformed, Kurt suffers from a rare connective-tissue disorder that affects movement and function. This very dark experimental feature explores the inner workings of Kurt—whose mother’s death has left him in search of a new home—and his contrasting attitudes, from taunting to comforting

  • Next to Her

    Next to Her

    Chelli is responsible for her mentally disabled sister, Gabby. When a social worker realizes Chelli is working and leaving her unsupervised, Gabby is enrolled in a day-care program. The sisters’ separation creates a distance in their relationship, perpetuated by a new man in Chelli’s life

  • Norway

    Norway

    Zano is a vampire who lives to dance. In 1984, he visits Athens for the first time to see his friend Jimmy, the gravedigger. When Jimmy doesn’t show, Zano descends to the center of the earth with Peter, a Norwegian drug dealer, and Alice, a hooker with a dark agenda

  • Of Horses and Men

    Of Horses and Men

    Writer/director Benedikt Erlingssen debuts this award winner that’s Iceland’s submission to the Oscars for Best Foreign Film. In an isolated valley in rural Iceland, horsemanship is still at the center of daily life. With wry humor, the film delves into the unchanging spirit of both horse and human

  • The Overnighters

    The Overnighters

    When aspiring oil-field workers flock to tiny Williston, North Dakota, in search of a fresh start, they bring their checkered pasts along. Jesse Moss’s documentary shows pastor Jay Reinke’s struggle to persuade the community to let him house the men, converting his parish into a sort of shelter

  • The Patent Wars

    The Patent Wars

    Human cells, vacuum cleaners, submarine sandwiches, and yoga positions are all subject to a patent system some say has gone berserk. Hannah Leonie Prinzler’s documentary shows just how far intellectual-property laws reach. She traveled the world to research how patents protect and stifle invention

  • A Place Called Home

    A Place Called Home

    A Greek woman who moved to England to become a doctor returns to confront her elderly father in this beautifully directed drama about a family with secrets and making amends before it’s too late

  • Poverty, Inc.

    Poverty, Inc.

    What if Bono, TOMS Shoes, Save the Children, and NGOs are all wrong about aid to developing nations? For this riveting documentary, Michael Matheson Miller interviewed over 150 people in 20 countries on global humanitarianism’s impact. His film makes us rethink a system in place since World War II

  • Red Army

    Red Army

    This incisive documentary about the dominating ice hockey program of the Soviet Union from 1954 until its collapse provides insight into a historical chapter that continues to inform Russia’s leadership. Archival footage and contemporary interviews reveal the personal cost its stars paid for success

  • Refugiado

    Refugiado

    Director Diego Lerman shares the suspenseful story of a mother-son duo escaping the clutches of abuse to seek a new life. When seven-year-old Matias returns home to find his mother unconscious, she decides this will be the last time her husband assaults her, and takes Matias on the run

  • Riverrun

    Riverrun

    Paulo Sacramento’s incendiary fiction feature debut shows the edginess of life in modern Sao Paulo. Renata is torn between her art-critic boyfriend, in his world of ideas, and bad boy Carlo, a car thief with a tender heart. Pressure builds, from their complex relationships and from life in the city

  • The Self Lover

    The Self Lover

    A divorced owner of a dog hotel and grooming salon, Libuse would rather spend her time with the dogs than looking for a man. Her best friends attempt to set her up with six online dating matches. She quickly falls in love with Ota but is left helpless and confused by his abuse and manipulation

  • Seymour: An Introduction

    Seymour: An Introduction

    Ethan Hawke’s documentary paints a warm and inspirational portrait of Seymour Bernstein, the esteemed classical pianist, composer, author, and teacher. Describing his experiences through observations, recollections, and stories, Bernstein offers a glimpse into his intricate views on life and art

  • Shorts 1: Close Encounters of the Animated Kind

    Shorts 1: Close Encounters of the Animated Kind

    A collection of accomplished animated shorts offering an astonishing range of stories—from adventure and action to comedy and fantasy—using an even more astonishing range of animation techniques

  • Shorts 2: What's Goin' On

    Shorts 2: What's Goin' On

    An impressive collection of films: narratives so authentic that we immediately recognize their realities, and documentaries examining real but offbeat subjects

  • Shorts 3: A Day in the Life

    Shorts 3: A Day in the Life

    This international collection of films illustrates how one day can, indeed, be the most important day in a life

  • Shorts 4: That's the Way of the World

    Shorts 4: That's the Way of the World

    Eleven films from five continents, all recognizing the frailty of our shared humanity

  • Shorts 5: Love and Mercy

    Shorts 5: Love and Mercy

    Composer Brian Wilson said it best: “Love and mercy, that's what we need tonight.”

  • Silenced

    Silenced

    What if the government you fear turns out to be your own? In Oscar nominee James Spione’s documentary, three whistleblowers relate chilling accounts of their persecution for speaking out against the U.S. government’s post-9/11 use of torture, illegal surveillance, and other unconstitutional acts

  • SlingShot

    SlingShot

    Inventor Dean Kamen—known for creating the Segway—has spent 15 years combating the world’s clean-water crisis. After he teamed up with Coca-Cola to increase global reach, his vapor compression distiller might rid the world of the half of all human illness caused by waterborne pathogens

  • Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade

    Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade

    Years before the Billy Bob Thornton-directed feature film, George Hickenlooper directed Thornton and Molly Ringwald in the short that introduced audiences to the iconic character of Karl Childers and his grisly life story

  • Stations of the Cross

    Stations of the Cross

    Fourteen chapters bear the names of the stations of the cross in this tale of a girl’s struggle with faith and her family’s religious fanaticism. Caught between teen desires and doing the right thing, Maria questions her teacher and causes a scandal by attending choir practice with a classmate

  • Superegos

    Superegos

    A sleazy bookseller and thief on the run breaks into a supposedly empty house, only to find it’s home to an elderly, world-famous psychiatrist fraught with Nazi guilt. The thief starts taking on characteristics of the psychiatrist, and with time they form a unique bond

  • Supernova

    Supernova

    Fifteen-year-old Meis is bored to death. Living in a middle-of-nowhere country home with her paranoid mom, lethargic dad, and demented grandma, she spends her summer willing something interesting to happen—even if it’s a car crashing into the house, which sits at a ninety-degree turn in the road

  • This Time Next Year

    This Time Next Year

    Many residents of Long Beach Island, New Jersey, were displaced after Hurricane Sandy in 2012, but they never gave up hope. By relying on one another, the community found the resilience to get back to normal, overcoming insurance-company and government red tape

  • Thou Wast Mild and Lovely

    Thou Wast Mild and Lovely

    Inspired by Steinbeck’s East of Eden, this nightmarish yet beautifully intimate thriller involves quiet farmhand Akin, vindictive farmer Jeremiah, and seductive farmer’s daughter Sarah. Catching him in a lie, Jeremiah seeks bloody revenge while Akin’s wife and son visit the farm

  • ThuleTuvalu

    ThuleTuvalu

    As arctic ice melts and sea levels rise, the fate of two communities at opposite ends of the planet hangs in the balance. Director Matthias von Gunten deftly documents the shared plight of the natives of northern Greenland and those of a small island in the Pacific threatened by climate change

  • To Kill a Man

    To Kill a Man

    Mild-mannered Jorge is attacked by neighborhood thugs and his son is shot trying to defend him. The shooter gets eighteen months in prison, but the harassment escalates. Jorge’s wife leaves her indifferent husband, but when the gang goes after his daughter, he takes matters into his own hands

  • Tomorrow We Disappear

    Tomorrow We Disappear

    “All we want is for you to remember us, to keep our art alive,” pleads one of the residents of Kathputli Colony, a New Delhi artists’ colony on the verge of extinction. Tomorrow We Disappear may just do that with its moving story of how these artists struggle to preserve their ancient traditi

  • Touch the Wall

    Touch the Wall

    Swimming phenom and Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin was destined for greatness early on, but it wasn’t until the arrival of veteran Kara Lynn Joyce that her sky-high expectations began to take shape. As training partners, competitors, and friends, Missy and Kara redefine what it means to win

  • Traitors

    Traitors

    Malika is desperate to earn money so her all-girl Moroccan punk band, Traitors, can record a demo. Moonlighting in her dad’s garage, she meets Samir, who persuades her to smuggle hash in exchange for the cash. She agrees and acts as driver, befriending fellow runner Amal on the way

  • The Tribe

    The Tribe

    Ukrainian director Miroslav Slaboshpitsky’s debut took the Critics' Week prize at Cannes. In a film told entirely in sign language and without subtitles, we follow Sergey as he arrives at a bleak boarding school for the deaf, only to be sucked into the brutal gangs running the place

  • Trying to Kill Giants

    Trying to Kill Giants

    Denver festival friend Gary Keys takes a serious look at racism in twentieth-century America. Three African-American heroes—Jack Johnson, Paul Robeson, and Muhammad Ali—broke racial barriers only to find themselves in David-versus-Goliath struggles with the U.S. government

  • Tu dors Nicole

    Tu dors Nicole

    Shot in vibrant black and white, this French-Canadian film shows the mundane reality of a young woman who hopes for a fulfilling life but lacks motivation. Punctuated by moments of expressionism, it’s realistic yet dreamlike, with strong acting and direction

  • Two Days, One Night

    Two Days, One Night

    Returning to her factory job after a medical leave, Sandra learns management has decided to reallocate her duties to others and award them bonuses. She takes the situation into her own hands, spending a weekend pleading with her coworkers to sacrifice their bonuses so she can remain employed

  • Uncertain Terms

    Uncertain Terms

    Disillusioned Robbie retreats from his crumbling marriage to his aunt’s home for pregnant teens. Nina, in a tumultuous relationship with moody baby-daddy Chase, captivates Robbie, and the two find themselves in a messy love triangle. Nathan Silver (Soft in the Head, SDFF 36) directs

  • Viktoria

    Viktoria

    Maya Vitkova’s debut opens in 1979 Bulgaria. Boryana finds herself pregnant with unwanted Viktoria. When she is born with no umbilical cord, the child is hailed as a miracle and given party perks. But when communism falls, her world is turned upside down and she forms ties with her family

  • Viva La Liberta

    Viva La Liberta

    When the unpopular and aloof leader of Italy’s Leftist party (Tony Servillo) disappears from sight, his handlers spring his identical twin from the psychiatric ward to replace him. The results energize the electorate and bring about wanted political change in Roberto Ando’s clever satire

  • Walking Under Water

    Walking Under Water

    A visual masterpiece about the declining existence of the Badjao people, near the island of Borneo. Alexan makes his living as a compression diver, spending more time underwater than on land. He tries to pass the tradition on to his nephew, who’s being pulled in the direction of the modern world

  • Warsaw '44

    Warsaw '44

    In its North American debut, director Jan Komasa’s Warsaw ’44 depicts the doomed uprising of Polish Home Army forces against the Nazis. Though it lasted only 63 days, the battle showed the fervor with which the youth of the resistance met their oppressors

  • Watchers of the Sky

    Watchers of the Sky

    This Sundance award-winning doc chronicles the life of Raphael Lemkin, who coined the term genocide and dedicated his life to convincing the world community to see mass murders as the horrific crimes they are. Inspired by Samantha Power’s book, it shows us four people following Lemkin’s lead

  • Welkome Home

    Welkome Home

    Set in New York City, acclaimed Russian director Angelina Nikonova’s dark comedy tells the story of six immigrants attempting to build new lives in the land of freedom, yet finding that their old worlds won’t be left behind

  • When under fire - Shoot Back!

    When under fire - Shoot Back!

    The “Bang Bang Club” was four fearless photographers during apartheid in South Africa. They stood in the face of danger every day, snapping some of the most iconic pictures of the twentieth century. Their work helped transform a nation but, as this documentary shows, it also shattered their lives

  • White Shadow

    White Shadow

    Growing up in the central African bush, Alias fears for his life. An albino boy, he is taunted and hunted by witch doctors for his rare skin. After the brutal murder of his father, also an albino, he is sent to live in the city, in hopes of a better life

  • Wild

    Wild

    Wild, adapted from the best-selling autobiography by Cheryl Strayed, follows Reese Witherspoon as she straps on an enormous backpack and journeys along the impossible 1,100-mile Pacific Crest Trail. Encountering rattlesnakes as well as her own past, she presses on, searching for redemption.

  • Wild Canaries

    Wild Canaries

    In this comic murder mystery, engaged couple Barri and Noah, loosely modeled after Nick and Nora of The Thin Man series, try to uncover who killed their Brooklyn neighbor. As the inept detectives unearth clues, they expose not only the killer, but cracks in their unconventional relationship

  • WildLike

    WildLike

    After running away from an abusive home in Alaska, fourteen-year-old Mackenzie (Ella Purnell) joins another lone traveler (Bruce Greenwood) in an unlikely alliance, helping to guide each other better than any map could. Director Frank Hall Green offers a story of salvation in his feature debut

  • William Matthews: Drawn to Paint

    William Matthews: Drawn to Paint

    William Matthews: masterful watercolorist, globe-traveler, collector of friends, generous participant in life, and occasional screw-up. This doc follows the Denver artist as he prepares for a museum show, revisits some favorite subjects, and reflects on Western art and our fascination with the West

  • Worst Case Scenario

    Worst Case Scenario

    While Georg directs his comedic masterpiece about the UEFA soccer championship in Poland, anything that can go wrong does. When his ex-girlfriend/costume designer finds herself pregnant, his artistic vision is challenged. Eventually they realize the worst-case scenario is better than nothing

  • Wrenched

    Wrenched

    Activist/author Edward Abbey’s legacy lives on in his best-selling books and now in director ML Lincoln’s lively documentary. Lincoln pays tribute to Abbey and the environmental movement he inspired, reenacting his “monkeywrenching,” and interviewing notable eco-warriors and present-day activists

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Today's Showtimes

Animation Station Screening
10:30 AM
Blind
11:15 AM
Two Days, One Night
11:15 AM
4:45 PM
Wrenched
11:15 AM
Mile High Magic
11:30 AM
25 Years Post Cassavetes
11:30 AM
This Time Next Year
11:45 AM
Worst Case Scenario
11:45 AM
Trying to Kill Giants
1:45 PM
Clouds of Sils Maria
1:45 PM
Shorts 5: Love and Mercy
2:00 PM
If God Comes Let Him Bring a Gun
2:00 PM
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
2:00 PM
Beltracchi - The Art of Forgery
2:00 PM
The Last Cyclist
2:15 PM
Supernova
4:15 PM
First Look 6: Fitting In
4:15 PM
The Patent Wars
4:30 PM
Seymour: An Introduction
4:45 PM
Superegos
4:45 PM
Light Fly, Fly High
6:30 PM
Warsaw '44
6:45 PM
To Kill a Man
6:45 PM
In Order of Disappearance
7:00 PM
Elephant Song
7:00 PM
21 Years: Richard Linklater
7:15 PM
White Shadow
7:15 PM

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