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H4

H4

USA
Director: Paul Quinn

Touted as the first Shakespeare adaptation to deal with contemporary African American issues, H4 re-imagines Henry IV Part I and Part II in the context of modern-day Los Angeles, performed by a top-notch cast of black actors led by Harry Lennix (Man of Steel). As Henry’s unreliable son Hal comes of age, events compel him to increase power and responsibility as he becomes the face of a new nation and prepares to succeed his father.

114 min

Links: Trailer

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Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 8:30pm , EFHEN1 – $14/$11 Producers Albena Dodeva and Danny Green, Executive Producers Harry Lennix and Giovanni Zelko, and Actors Amad Jackson and Geno Monteiro scheduled to attend
  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 2:00pm , EFHEN2 – $14/$11 Producers Albena Dodeva and Danny Green, Executive Producers Harry Lennix and Giovanni Zelko, and Actors Amad Jackson and Geno Monteiro scheduled to attend
Harmony Lessons

Harmony Lessons

France / Germany / Kazakhstan
Director: Emir Baigazin

Writer-director Emir Baigazin announces himself as a major new voice with this startling, ecstatically received debut feature. 13-year-old Aslan lives with his grandmother in rural Kazakhstan, where young thugs run the local schoolyard like an extortion racket, systematically bullying children for their money. After a humiliating incident during a medical examination, Aslan becomes a social outcast, growing increasingly isolated until he decides to take grim revenge on his tormentors. Warning: contains scenes of animal violence.

Kazakh / Russian with English Subtitles, 115 min

Links: Website

Show Times:

  • Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 8:15pm , EFHARM1 – $14/$11
  • Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 5:45pm , EFHARM2 – $14/$11
  • Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 3:15pm , EFHARM3 – $5
The Harvest

The Harvest

USA
Director: John McNaughton

John McNaughton (Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer) returns with this eerie tale of a couple - Samantha Morton (Minority Report) and Michael Shannon (Man Of Steel) in a pair of fierce, brilliant performances - that keeps their sick young son Andy isolated from the outside world. When young Maryann moves next door, her attempts to befriend Andy are met with vehement resistance from his overprotective parents, fueling her suspicions. But she could never imagine the shocking truth.

103 min

Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 8:30pm , EFHARV1 – $20/$16 Director John McNaughton, Actors Michael Shannon and Meadow Williams, Screenwriter Stephen Lancellotti and Producers Steven A. Jones and Gerry Kessler Scheduled to Attend
Heli

Heli

Mexico
Director: Amat Escalante

Factory worker Heli lives a modest life with his father and his sister Estela in rural Mexico. In a misguided attempt to finance his elopement with the 12-year-old Estela, police cadet Beto steals two large packages of cocaine, setting off a string of increasingly bloody, painful, and even fatal consequences. Awarded the prize for Best Director at Cannes, Heli takes an unflinching look at the cycle of drugs and violence in contemporary Mexico, depicting immense brutality with shocking frankness. Warning: this film contains extreme violence.

Spanish with English Subtitles, 95 min

Links: Website Trailer

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Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 9:30pm , EFHEL1 – $14/$11
  • Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 8:30pm , EFHEL2 – $14/$11
Hide Your Smiling Faces

Hide Your Smiling Faces

USA
Director: Daniel Patrick Carbone

The death of a 9-year-old boy sends ripples through a bucolic town, jarring his friend Tommy and Tommy’s older brother Eric out of their routines and forcing them to stare their own mortality straight in the face. Battling chronic unhappiness and implacable restlessness, the boys look to escape their drab reality by retreating further into their natural surroundings - a lush, densely-wooded expanse that seems to represent both a sought-after freedom and an inexorable mortal peril in this patient and beautifully melancholic film.

80 min

Links: Website

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Show Times:

  • Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 6:15pm , EFHID1 – $14/$11 Director Daniel Patrick Carbone Scheduled to Attend
  • Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 6:30pm , EFHID2 – $14/$11 Director Daniel Patrick Carbone Scheduled to Attend
  • Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 1:30pm , EFHID3 – $5
Honor Diaries

Honor Diaries

Canada / UK / USA
Director: Micah Smith

Spurred on by the Arab Spring, nine courageous women’s rights advocates gather to discuss gender inequality and a long history of oppression. Provided a platform by filmmaker and human rights lawyer Paula Kweskin, these women speak from personal experience about the hardships women endure in Muslim-majority societies. This inspiring documentary gives voice to these women as they recount their efforts to effect change in their own communities and in the larger world.

60 min

Links: Website Trailer

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Show Times:

  • Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 3:00pm , EFHON1 – $14/$11 Producer Paula Kweskin and Documentary Subject Raheel Raza Scheduled to Attend
  • Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 5:30pm , EFHON2 – $14/$11 Producer Paula Kweskin Scheduled to Attend
How I Live Now

How I Live Now

UK
Director: Kevin MacDonald

American teenager Daisy (Hanna’s Saoirse Ronan) is sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside. Initially withdrawn and alienated, she slowly warms to her charming surroundings, falling madly in love with a boy. But an escalating political conflict is about to turn into a third world war. When the UK falls into a violent, chaotic military state Daisy must fight bitterly for survival, trying to escape and reunite with the boy she loves in this gripping dystopian romance.

101 min

Show Times:

  • Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 7:00pm , EFHOW1 – $20/$16
How to Abandon Ship

How to Abandon Ship

USA
Director: Robin McKay

The failure of a relationship is told from two sides.

Part of Shorts 1: City & State - Local Heroes

English, 11 min

Links: Trailer

Show Times:

  • Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 6:00pm , EFSCS1 – $14/$11
  • Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 1:00pm , EFSCS2 – $5
  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 11:30am , EFSCS3 – $14/$11
How To Describe A Cloud

How To Describe A Cloud

The Netherlands
Director: David Verbeek

Liling, a hip young DJ, returns to her rural village to care for her ailing mother. On the advice of the doctor, she tries to slow her blind mother’s memory loss by describing the world around her. As Liling herself struggles to stay connected to the physical world, she begins to become subsumed in her mother’s world of mysticism and imagination. Beautifully dreamlike, this sincere and poignant film follows Liling as she grows closer to her fading mother.

Chinese Mandarin with English Subtitles, 80 min

Links: Website Trailer

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Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 2:00pm , EFCLOUD1 – $14/$11
  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 4:00pm , EFCLOUD2 – $14/$11 Director David Verbeek Scheduled to Attend
  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 7:30pm , EFCLOUD3 – $14/$11 Director David Verbeek Scheduled to Attend
Hunger

Hunger

Turkey
Director: Guclu Aydogdu

A family of four plays a deadly game.

Part of Shorts 3: Midnight Mayhem

3 min

Links: Website Trailer

Show Times:

  • Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 11:00pm , EFSMM1 – $10