Mexico / Netherlands / Uruguay
Ana Guevara Pose and Leticia Jorge
Since his divorce, Alberto has not spent much time with his children, Lucia and Federico. A trip to the hot springs seems like an ideal getaway, but an unrelenting storm traps the three of them inside their tiny rented cabin. Alberto’s sunny optimism begins to drain as floodwaters and close quarters bring out the worst in everyone. By turns achingly funny and poignant, this all-too-familiar drama is an affectionately drawn portrait of the classically fraught family vacation.
Spanish with English Subtitles, 90
Human behavior in an era of information overload is explored.Part of Shorts 2: Animation - Cel Division
Italy / France
After a series of devastating events, the beautiful young Augusta leaves Italy for Brazil to work as a missionary among the indigenous peoples of the Amazon. When her dissatisfaction with the Church reaches a breaking point, she settles with a family in a port favela hoping to lead a more authentic life, far removed from her painful past. Filled with astonishing imagery, this gorgeous, meditative film follows Augusta’s spiritual quest in search of meaning and solace.
Italian and Portuguese with English Subtitles, 109
A Thousand Times Good Night follows driven war photographer Rebecca (Juliette Binoche in one of her most powerful performances), known for her willingness to tackle risky subjects. While photographing suicide bombers, she is badly hurt in an explosion. When she returns home to Norway, her husband (Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and daughter are tired of her risking her life on dangerous assignments. They give her an ultimatum, making her choose between her work and her family.
English, Norwegian with English subtitles, 111
A graduate of Columbia College Chicago, George Tillman, Jr. shot his first feature, Scenes For The Soul (1994), in Chicago. He then wrote and directed the critical and audience favorite Soul Food (1997), followed by Men Of Honor (2000), Notorious (2009), and Faster (2010). His credits as a producer include Barbershop (2002) and Beauty Shop (2005).Alongside a screening of his new film, The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete, the Festival will honor Tillman with a Career Achievement Award, with Q&A to follow.After-Party will take place at the W Hotel on Lake Shore (Ticket to the Film + After-Party = $50)
Austin Peck & Anneliese Vandenberg
On the streets of Kenya's cities, Tough Bond-brand glue is the drug of choice for kids living on their own, numbing themselves to hunger while surviving off scraps. This incredibly moving documentary provides an intimate look at four of these kids - who call themselves “Survivors” - following them over the course of three years and taking the viewer deep into their lives. Filmmakers Peck and Vandenberg employ their impressive technical virtuosity in capturing the world of these embattled but resilient children.
English, Swahili, Turkana with English Subtitles, 84
Moving to Tehran for her studies and desperate for a place to live, quiet, studious Nazanin rents a room from vivacious shop girl Sahar. Although the two are unlikely companions, Sahar coerces Nazanin into joining her circle of friends. When Sahar ends up in trouble, Nazanin is drawn into the complex web of debt and deceit surrounding her roommate. With pitch-perfect performances by the two female leads, Trapped draws an intelligent portrait of the subtleties of inter-personal power dynamics.
Farsi with English Subtitles, 92
Newly released from a psychiatric hospital after a bout of severe depression brought on by the death of his pet fox, truck driver Mahmood Kiyani Falavarjani returns to his family, work, and favorite hobby - filmmaking. Having previously won awards for his short films starring his beloved, lamented fox, he sets out to film his most ambitious project yet: a love story between two donkeys. Arash Lahooti's sympathetic documentary captures Mahmood's fascinating life as family man, eccentric animal lover, and artist.
Farsi with English Subtitles, 78