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Best of the Fest

Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Runner Up: The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner

Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature: The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Runner Up: Inside Hana's Suitcase

FIPRESCI Award for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year: Involuntary
FIPRESCI Award for Best Actor: Tedo Bekhauri, The Other Bank
FIPRESCI Award for Best Actress: Anne Dorval, I Killed My Mother
Bridging the Borders Award: Letters to Father Jacob

New Voices/New Visions Award: A Brand New Life
Honorable Mention: Devil's Town

John Schlesinger Award for Outstanding First Feature:
Haim Tabakman, Eyes Wide Open
Special Mentions: Caroline Bottaro, Queen to Play
Warwick Thornton, Samson & Delilah

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About Elly   

About Elly
Iran, 2009, 119 min.
In his fourth feature, talented writer/director Asghar Farhadi casts a revealing light on the elaborate culture of deceit that's part and parcel of modern Iranian society with a gripping drama about upper-middle-class Tehranis on a catastrophic seaside holiday.... more



A Brand New Life   

A Brand New Life
South Korea, 2009, 92 min.
It's 1975. Jinhee is nine years old, and the life she knows is about to be shattered. Inexplicably abandoned by her father in a Catholic orphanage outside Seoul, Jinhee begins an extraordinary emotional journey marked by rage and hope, death and rebirth.... more



Bride Flight   

Bride Flight
Netherlands, 2008, 130 min.
Fifty years after they met on a flight to New Zealand, where they were headed to join their already-settled fiancés, three women meet at the funeral of a fellow passenger and discover just how intertwined their lives have been over the past half century.... more



Devil's Town   

Devil's Town
Serbia, 2009, 82 min.
A stylish black comedy about life in contemporary Belgrade that satirizes the moral malaise clouding Serbia, Devil's Town features a host of top actors as city dwellers whose lives intersect on a hot summer day while the country's tennis stars compete in an important tournament.... more



Dumbstruck   

Dumbstruck
USA, 2010, 85 min.
At the annual Vent Haven Convention in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky, ventriloquism capital of the world, director Mark Goffman discovers five extraordinary characters straight out of a Christopher Guest mockumentary. But in this delightful, it's-all-true documentary, the characters are real.... more



Eyes Wide Open   

Eyes Wide Open
Israel, 2009, 90 min.
A taboo-breaking drama about a married butcher who falls in love with a seductive younger man in Jerusalem's insular ultra-orthodox community. It's shocking to see the extremes community leaders take to insure conformity in their compact, rigidly ordered world.... more



For a Moment, Freedom   

For a Moment, Freedom
Austria, 2009, 110 min.
Combining realism, warmth, suspense, humor and tragedy, For A Moment, Freedom, centers on a group of weary Middle Eastern refugees who have made their way to Turkey to apply for European visas.... more



The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo   

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Sweden, 2009, 152 min.
From the best-selling novel, this gripping thriller brings to mind both The Silence of the Lambs and Se7en in its tale of an investigative journalist trying to crack a 40-year-old murder that may have been the work of a still-at-large serial killer.... more



The Great Contemporary Art Bubble   

The Great Contemporary Art Bubble
United Kingdom, 2009, 96 min.
The beginning of the 21st century saw an unprecedented boom in the contemporary art market -- then an unprecedented collapse. Documentarian/art critic Ben Lewis bounces around the globe, interviewing the art world's biggest stars and uncovering an extraordinary world.... more



Hipsters   

Hipsters
Russia, 2009, 125 min.
Moscow, 1955. Incurring the wrath of all the grim-faced Soviets in Russia isn't enough to stop a group of splashy young swingers from showing their true colors. Hipsters is a tender love story wrapped in an infectiously fun musical.... more



I Killed My Mother   

I Killed My Mother
Canada, 2009, 100 min.
Written when he was just 17-years-old and directed when he was 21, Xavier Dolan's hilarious, corrosive and ultimately touching debut drama -- about a gay teen's embattled relationship with his manipulative mother -- captured a trio of prizes at Cannes last year.... more



I Love You Phillip Morris   

I Love You Phillip Morris
USA, 2009, 100 min.
Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor are madly in love in this deliriously daring and hilariously entertaining story of a con man (Carrey) continually breaking out of jail to be with his man (McGregor). Unlike anything else you will see this year. From the writers of the deliciously subversive Bad Santa... more



Inside Hana's Suitcase   

Inside Hana's Suitcase
Canada, 2009, 90 min.
The delivery of a battered suitcase to the Tokyo Holocaust Museum launches a quest to learn the fate of the owner, Hana Brady. The voices of children from Japan, Canada and the Czech Republic telling Hana's story are woven around the dramatic search, creating a film of astonishing power and hope.... more



Involuntary   

Involuntary
Sweden, 2008, 98 min.
A quirky comedy about the nature of group dynamics. Two teenage girls take risqué pictures and get drunk; a group of young men experiment with sex; a righteous teacher tries to set things right; and a bus driver holds a group of passengers prisoner.... more



Letters to Father Jacob   

Letters to Father Jacob
Finland, 2009, 74 min.
In the latest from the talent behind the PSIFF 2006 Audience Award Winner, a simple but transcendent story about faith and human frailty achieves a state of grace. A tough ex-con temporarily serving as an amanuensis for a blind pastor in rural Finland.... more



Max Manus   

Max Manus
Norway, 2009, 118 min.
This rousing widescreen historical epic celebrates the deeds of one of Norway's most daring WWII-era resistance fighters: Max Manus, a man with no formal education, who led a life of derring-do that seems tailor-made for the movies.... more



Mediterranean Food   

Mediterranean Food
Spain, 2009, 102 min.
Mediterranean Food is a delightful romantic comedy prepared with the finest ingredients: a pure heart, a sexy cast and a lot of delectable haute cuisine. This cordial love triangle falls between an impulsive woman, her undemanding husband and her seductive mentor.... more



The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers   

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
USA, 2009, 94 min.
On October 1, 1969, Daniel Ellsberg began smuggling a top-secret report about the history of the Vietnam War out of a safe in his office and, ultimately, into the pages of The New York Times. This gripping documentary explores the profound political and legal consequences that followed.... more



Only When I Dance   

Only When I Dance
Brazil, 2009, 78 min.
Two teenage ballet dancers from the favelas of Rio are determined to dance their way to a better life, but to do so they must overcome prejudice, doubt and better-trained performers. This inspiring documentary follows their path to beat the odds and attain their dream of making it.... more



The Other Bank   

The Other Bank
Georgia, 2009, 90 min.
A 12-year-old Georgian refugee travels back to war-torn Abkhazia to find his father and a second chance at life. His odyssey takes him across physical and emotional borders, where nationalism and revenge are the way of life.... more



The Over the Hill Band   

The Over the Hill Band
Belgium, 2009, 93 min.
In the tradition of sassy social comedies such as last year's Moscow, Belgium and playing like a combination of Calendar Girls and Young at Heart, this charming comic drama is a coming-of-old-age story about a classy woman who rediscovers life and love when it's almost too late.... more



Prince of Tears   

Prince of Tears
Hong Kong, 2009, 123 min.
Yonfan's sumptuously made drama looks back to 1950s Taiwan, when anti-communist feeling was at an all-time high, to tell the fairy-tale-like story of two young sisters whose parents are arrested as communist spies. Stunning cinematography, luscious set design and a plot with more than a few twists.... more



Queen to Play   

Queen to Play
France, 2009, 101 min.
Sandrine Bonnaire and Kevin Kline (in his first French-speaking role) shine in this sophisticated feel-good comedy set in idyllic Corsica. Middle-aged chambermaid Hélène's newfound obsession with the game of chess leads her to seek the tutelage of a reclusive American expat.... more



Samson & Delilah   

Samson & Delilah
Australia, 2009, 101 min.
One of the year's most cinematically satisfying films, this unconventional love story of two aboriginal teens from a dusty settlement in the Central Australian Desert is full of fascinating ethnographic detail, gentle humor and breathtaking cinematography.... more



Sergio   

Sergio
USA, 2009, 94 min.
In late 2003, a bomb blows up the UN headquarters in Iraq, trapping the head of the UN's mission -- an extraordinary diplomat named Sergio Vieira de Mello -- and dozens of others inside. This expertly paced, Oscar-shortlisted documentary tells what happened on that fateful day.... more



Soundtrack for a Revolution   

Soundtrack for a Revolution
USA, 2009, 82 min.
Relive the American civil rights movement through the soul-stirring folk songs that fortified protestors struggling for equality. This powerful documentary pairs modern renditions with footage from the bitter days of segregation and emotional interviews with the people who fought through it.... more



The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet's Struggle for Freedom   

The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet's Struggle for Freedom
India, 2009, 79 min.
With unusual intimate access, filmmakers Sonam and Sarin find a unique perspective on the Dalai Lama's trials and tribulations and follow him over an eventful year, including the 2008 protests in Tibet, the long march in India, the Beijing Olympics and the breakdown of talks with China.... more



The Swimsuit Issue   

The Swimsuit Issue
Sweden, 2009, 100 min.
In the wake of a wild bachelor party, Fredrik discovers his passion for synchronized swimming. Convincing his floorball teammates to join him as Sweden's only all-male team, they set their sights on the world championships in this oddball, comedic tale of courage, triumph and gender role reversal.... more



Today's Special   

Today's Special
USA, 2009, 99 min.
In this super-feel-good foodie comedy, young Manhattan chef Samir rediscovers his heritage and his passion for life through the enchanting art of cooking Indian food.... more



The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls   

The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls
New Zealand, 2009, 84 min.
On paper, says comedy writer Paul Horan, yodeling lesbian twins don't really work. But for the last 30 years New Zealanders Jools and Lynda Topp have brought their kooky Kiwi sense of humor, political potency and snazzy country music stylings to dazzled audiences.... more



White Wedding   

White Wedding
South Africa, 2009, 93 min.
Elvis and Ayanda are getting married. Elvis just needs to get from Johannesburg to Cape Town for the big event. Take a sweet South African road trip through the hills and valleys of love, friendship and post-apartheid culture clashes.... more



Winter in Wartime   

Winter in Wartime
Netherlands, 2008, 103 min.
The perfect blend of classical cinema and arthouse sensibilities, this exciting WWII coming-of-age story portrays a 14-year-old Dutch lad's brutal loss of innocence when circumstances force him to become a one-man Resistance movement.... more



The World is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner   

The World is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner
Bulgaria, 2009, 105 min.
This sweet intergenerational drama about an amnesiac helped toward recovery by his charismatic grandfather encompasses over 30 years of social and identity crises, with backgammon as a metaphor for life.... more





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