Films A to Z


7 Lives, 7 Lakes

In this touching and life-affirming road documentary, Dabiz Riaño, a Spanish researcher diagnosed with ALS, sets out in an outfitted van with his two lively caretakers to fulfill his dream of swimming in the scenic lakes of Eastern Europe.

In competition for the Ibero-American Award.
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Alien on Stage

Against all odds, an amateur theater troupe of British bus drivers puts on an adaptation of the sci-fi horror film Alien. After a disappointing turnout in their home town in Dorset, they are invited to mount the show in London where it becomes a cult hit.
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Any Day Now

This endearing coming-of-age dramedy centers on an Iranian tween whose family is seeking asylum in Finland and expects news “any day now.” Even though it deals with hard realities, it is a film abuzz with summery energy and the happiness of childhood memories.

In competition for the Bridging the Borders Award and Young Cineastes Award.

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Anaïs in Love

Thirty, broke and boundless with romantic energy, Anaïs hurtles through life and lovers with abandon. After she has a brief affair with a much older book publisher and then falls for his live-in partner Emilie, a brilliant and luminescent novelist, things get especially messy.
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The Automat

Mel Brooks, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Elliott Gould and Carl Reiner are among the diners singing the praises of the Horn & Hardart Automats, the art deco cafeterias whose rich 100-year history is celebrated in this nostalgic and historically illuminating documentary.

In competition for the Best Documentary Award.

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Back Then

The “back then” of this delightfully performed, laugh-out-loud-funny family dramedy is the mid-1980s in the People’s Republic of Poland. Based on the writer-director’s own life and quirky family, this is a true audience pleaser.
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Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

A school teacher’s life flips upside down after her homemade sex tape leaks onto the internet and causes pandemonium among her students’ parents in rascally auteur Radu Jude’s latest biting social comedy of errors.

In competition for the FIPRESCI Prize.
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Ballad of a White Cow

Mina is slowly adjusting to her new life as a widow and single mother when she learns that her husband was executed for a crime he did not commit. So begins her quest for justice in a system in which the odds are inherently stacked against her.
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Benediction

Master director Terence Davies’ heartbreaking chronicle of the life of the great anti-war poet Siegfried Sassoon – brilliantly played by both Jack Lowden and Peter Capaldi – is an intimate, deeply personal epic about a conflicted gay man at war with society and himself.
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Bernstein's Wall

Drawing on a treasure trove of archival materials, this eye-opening documentary provides a nuanced look at the monumental achievements, complicated personal life and committed activism of one of the 20th century’s most celebrated cultural figures: superstar conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein.
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The Best Families

A big family birthday bash hosted by two gossipy aristocratic sisters erupts into farcical mayhem and open class warfare when ancient betrayals, amorous entanglements and long-buried secrets rise to the surface. Writer-director Javier Fuentes-León's boisterous and barbed social comedy is a party not to be missed.

In competition for the Ibero-American Award.
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Blind Ambition

In this inspiring documentary, four Zimbabwean refugees find purpose training as sommeliers in South Africa. When the opportunity arises to compete at the World Blind Wine Tasting Championships in France, their next challenging journey begins.
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Born in Chicago

This joyous musical celebration of the Chicago blues hones in on the moment in the early 1960s when blues-besotted white teenagers Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield and Barry Goldberg learned at the feet of their idols Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, B.B. King and Buddy Guy, and helped ignite a blues explosion that changed the face of popular music.
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Boulevard! A Hollywood Story

In this astonishing and long-buried story, Dickson Hughes and Richard Stapley, two young songwriters (and closeted lovers), were hired by screen icon Gloria Swanson to write a musical version of Sunset Boulevard. When Gloria fell for the handsome Stapley, life began to imitate art, with disastrous and far-reaching repercussions.
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The Box

While retrieving his father’s remains, teenager Hatzín latches onto a violent labor recruiter whom he believes to be his real father, and becomes his right-hand man in this absorbing thriller.

In competition for the Ibero-American Award.
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Brighton 4th

From the director of Blind Dates (PSIFF 2014), this charming and bittersweet prize-winning drama about a father’s unyielding devotion to his son unfolds mostly in the former Soviet émigré enclave of Brighton Beach, New York where the film’s cockamamie antics take place.

In competition for the FIPRESCI Prize.
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Brother’s Keeper

To save his mysteriously sick classmate, a young Kurdish boy is forced to navigate the chilly hallways of his Turkish boarding school and the oppressive, inept bureaucratic administration that runs them.
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Casablanca Beats

Anas is the new hip-hop teacher at an arts center in one of the poorest suburbs of Casablanca. By showing his students how to channel their frustrations through rap, he will build their self-confidence and empower them to overcome their adversities.

In competition for the FIPRESCI Prize.
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The Caviar Connection

A band of fearless investigative journalists, including imprisoned and targeted Khadija Ismayilova, exposes the intricacies of corruption and power in the highest government offices of nations such as Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan in this eye-opening documentary that unravels like a nail-biting thriller.

In competition for the Best Documentary Award.

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Clara Sola

In this mystical feature debut, a sheltered 40-year-old woman attempts to unshackle herself from the social and religious customs that have held her back while living with her strict mother in a remote Costa Rican village.

In competition for the FIPRESCI Prize and the Ibero-American Award.
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Film Festival 2022