From the director of Fireworks Wednesday (winner of the Festival's 2006 Gold Hugo), this complex mystery launches with the lighthearted weekend reunion of a group of old college pals. Sepideh has brought along her new friend Elly, hoping she'll hit it off with Ahmad, newly divorced from his German wife and in search of an Iranian bride. But when Elly disappears from their seaside bungalow, compounding lies and deception quickly lead to catastrophe.
Persian with subtitles, 119 minutes
Two students in an acting class are assigned the task of replicating the orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally. Unbeknownst to them, the class's instructor is about to get intimately involved. Acting for the Camera will be presented as part of the short film program, Shorts 3: Rediscovery: Information & Show Times
Paul, still wracked with grief five years after his wife's death, has a goal: to swim the entire length of the Hudson River in a month. His friends Jeff and Liz come along on the adventure, but they are dismayed when Paul reveals the true purpose behind his trip. By turns wry and sorrowful, this unconventional indie-drama-meets-road-trip stars Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare In Love), Justin Kirk (Angels In America), Elizabeth Reaser, Michelle Trachtenberg, and Mary Tyler Moore.
The internationally acclaimed director of Nobody Knows, After Life, and Still Walking returns with a romantic fantasy that explores the complexities of love, loneliness, and loss through the story of a life-size inflatable doll. Air doll "Nozomi" is middle-aged loner Hideo's only companion in life, but when she suddenly comes to life and begins exploring the world on her own, her journey begs the question
Japanese with subtitles, 125 minutes
Endeavoring to answer the question of How do we dream? Ali Shan quietly documents a group of tourists as they ascend a mountain to welcome in a new day. Ali Shan will be presented as part of the short film program, Shorts 3: Rediscovery: Information & Show Times
Denmark / France / Germany / Poland / Sweden
Lars von Trier
Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg star in this dark, highly erotic psychological horror story from the controversial writer/director of Dogville, Dancer in the Dark, and Breaking the Waves. A grieving couple retreats to an isolated cabin in the woods to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course, and things go from bad to worse.... Gainsbourg was named best actress at the Cannes Film Festival for her astounding performance.
Hong Kong / USA
A thrilling tale of a true hero, Astro Boy is full of action, adventure, humor, and heart brought to life on the big screen in breathtaking CGI animation. Set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is about a young robot with incredible powers. Embarking on a journey in search of acceptance, he learns the joys and emotions of being human, and gains the strength to embrace his destiny. When his friends and family are in danger, Astro Boy returns to Metro City in a valiant effort to save everything he cares about and to understand what it takes to be a hero. Freddie Highmore, Kristen Bell, Nathan Lane, Eugene Levy, Matt Lucas, Bill Nighy, Donald Sutherland, Charlize Theron, and Nicolas Cage lead an all-star voice cast.
Ethiopia / Germany / USA
Davey Frankel and Rasselas Lakew
In 1960, the barefoot Ethiopian marathon runner Abebe Bikila stunned the world by becoming the first African to win the Olympic gold medal. Then he won gold again four years later in Tokyo. But his story had just begun with Olympic medals. A few years later in Ethiopia, fate presents this champion with his greatest challenge. Seamlessly blending autobiography, biopic, drama, and documentary, The Athlete is a beautiful and moving investigation of a man who is ceaseless in his journey for greatness.
English, Amharic with subtitles, 93 minutes
Carin Bräck, Cecilia Actis and Mia Hulterstam
In this inventive Claymation piece, we follow the relationship of a boy and his mother starting at the point of conception and ending when the boy himself becomes a father. Attached to You will be presented as part of the short film program, Shorts 2: Animation Nations: Information & Show Times
Chema García Ibarra
Almost everybody is going to die very soon. Fortunately for some, the impending attack of the robots has been forecasted. The Attack of the Robots from Nebula-5 will be presented as part of the short film program, Shorts 4: Escape and Rebellion: Information & Show Times
Spanish with English Subtitles, 6 minutes