David Lopez Retamero
Sam lives a relaxed life in the forest with his hot dog van and his bear buddy in Sam’s Hot Dogs.
Eighteen-year-old En, dreading his obligatory enlistment into Singapore’s army, moves in with his grandparents. During his stay, he becomes interested in the truth about his dead father’s past as a political activist. But the sudden death of his grandfather, coupled with his grandmother’s worsening Alzheimer’s, forces En to come to terms with the facts of his own life. Time’s erosion of memory and experience lies at the center of this gorgeously shot elegy to the past.
English, Mandarin, Hokkien with subtitles, 95 min.
A nuanced, bittersweet take on the coming-of-age film, Sasha follows a gifted young man who returns from vacation to find that his piano teacher and secret crush, Mr. Weber, is moving abroad. He tries to hide his heartbreak from others
German, Serbian, Croatian with subtitles, 101 min.
Eight-year-old Hawa meets her African refugee mother for the first time in six years in Say Grace before Drowning.
Oblivious to the civil war raging around him, Adam, a pool attendant at a private club, takes fierce pride in his job and his son. The implications of the war land at his doorstep when the club changes hands and he loses his position, replaced by his son. Seething with humiliation and envy and under pressure from military factions, Adam finds himself contemplating a shocking act of betrayal in this Cannes Jury Prize winner.
Arabic, French with subtitles, 91 min.
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