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Special Presentations

A selection of some of the most anticipated films of the year. Don’t browse too long, these sell out fast!

Film Selections

A Hero

in-person • iran, france • Dir. Asghar Farhadi

Rahim is in prison because of a debt he was unable to repay. During a two-day leave, he tries to convince his creditor to withdraw his complaint against the payment of part of the sum. But things don't go as planned...

Belfast

in-person • uk • Dir. Kenneth Branagh

Written and directed by Academy Award-nominee Kenneth Branagh, Belfast is a poignant story of love, laughter and loss in one boy’s childhood, amid the music and social tumult of the late 1960s.

Burning

in-person • australia • Dir. Eva Orner

From the lens of Academy® and Emmy-award winning Australian filmmaker Eva Orner, Burning takes an unflinching look at the unprecedented and catastrophic Australian bushfires of 2019-2020, known as ‘Black Summer.’ Fueled by climate change, the nation’s hottest and driest summer ever recorded resulted in bushfires that burned over 59 million acres, killed an estimated three billion animals, and affected millions of Australians.

Flee

in-person • denmark, france, sweden, norway • Dir. Jonas Poher Rasmussen

Flee tells the story of Amin Nawabi as he grapples with a painful secret he has kept hidden for 20 years, one that threatens to derail the life he has built for himself and his soon to be husband. Recounted mostly through animation to director Jonas Poher Rasmussen, he tells for the first time the story of his extraordinary journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan.

Memoria

in-person • Coloumbia, thailand, uk, Mexico... • Dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul

From the extraordinary mind of Palme d’Or-winning director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, comes a bewildering drama about Jessica (Tilda Swinton), who, after hearing a loud ‘bang’ at daybreak, begins experiencing a mysterious sensory syndrome while traversing the jungles of Colombia.

Parallel Mothers

in-person • spain • Dir. Pedro Almodóvar

Two women coincide in a hospital room where they are going to give birth. Both are single and became pregnant by accident. Janis (Penélope Cruz), middle-aged, is exultant. Ana (Milena Smit), an adolescent, is scared, repentant and traumatized. The few words they exchange in these hours will create a very close link between the two, which by chance develops and complicates, and changes their lives in a decisive way.

Petite Maman

in-person • france • Dir. Céline Sciamma

Nelly has just lost her beloved grandmother and is helping her parents clean out her mother’s childhood home. One day her mother abruptly leaves. That’s when Nelly meets a girl her own age in the woods building a treehouse. Her name is Marion.

Red Rocket

in-person • usa • Dir. Sean Baker

The audacious new film from writer-director Sean Baker (The Florida Project, Tangerine), starring Simon Rex in a magnetic, live-wire performance, Red Rocket is a darkly funny, raw, and humane portrait of a uniquely American hustler and a hometown that barely tolerates him.

The Humans

In-person • usa • Dir. Stephen Karam

Erik Blake has gathered three generations of his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the group’s deepest fears are laid bare. The piercingly funny and haunting debut film from writer-director Stephen Karam, adapted from his Tony Award-winning play, explores the hidden dread of a family and the love that binds them together.

The Worst Person In The World

in-person • denmark, france, norway, sweden • Dir. Joachim Trier

Julie is turning thirty and her life is an existential mess. Several of her talents have gone to waste and her older boyfriend, Aksel – a successful graphic novelist – is pushing for them to settle down. Before long, she has broken up with Aksel and thrown herself into yet another new relationship, hoping for a new perspective on her life. But she will come to realize that some life choices are already behind her.

A Chiara

In-Person • Italy, france • Dir. Jonas Carpignano

The Guerrasio family and friends gather to celebrate Claudio and Carmela’s oldest daughter’s 18th birthday. It is a happy occasion, and the close-knit family are on top form. However, everything changes the next day when the father disappears. Chiara, unconvinced by the cover story, starts to investigate.

Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America

In-Person • USA • Dir. Emily Kunstler, Sarah Kunstler

Interweaving lecture, personal anecdotes, interviews, and shocking revelations, criminal defense and civil rights lawyer Jeffery Robinson draws a stark timeline of anti-Black racism in the United States, from slavery to the modern myth of a post-racial America.

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