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2017 FILM GUIDE

SHOWING 10 RESULTS | FILMS IN THE SECTION 'INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE COMPETITION'
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THE DIVINE ORDER

  • Section: International Narrative Competition
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 96 minutes
  • Directed By: Petra Volpe
  • Country: Switzerland
Political leaders in Switzerland cited ‘Divine Order’ as the reason why women still did not have the right to vote as late as 1970. Director Petra Volpe explores this surprising history through the story of Nora, a quiet housewife from a quaint village searching for the fierce suffragette leader inside her. | Read More
Drama, Female Director(s), Comedy, Female Screenwriter(s)
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HOLY AIR

  • Section: International Narrative Competition
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 81 minutes
  • Directed By: Shady Srour
  • Country: Israel
Desperate to care for his pregnant wife and ailing father, Adam (writer/director Shady Srour) embarks on his latest, riskiest business venture: selling bottled holy air. A sharp comedy set in modern-day Nazareth, Holy Air examines the complicated emotions that go into living as a modern, progressive, Christian family on the world’s most spiritual ground. | Read More
Drama, Comedy
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ICE MOTHER

  • Section: International Narrative Competition
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 106 minutes
  • Directed By: Bohdan Sláma
  • Country: France, Slovakia
Hana lives alone in a big villa with only weekly visits from her two belligerent sons and their families to look forward to. While on a stroll with her grandson one day, she rescues Brona, an elderly ice swimmer with a hen for a best friend, from drowning. This encounter invigorates Hana, introducing her to a new hobby and unexpected romance. | Read More
Drama
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KING OF PEKING

  • Section: International Narrative Competition
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 88 minutes
  • Directed By: Sam Voutas
  • Country: USA, Australia, China
Big Wong and his son Little Wong are traveling film projectionists, screening Hollywood movies for local villagers. Faced with losing custody of his son, Big Wong starts making and selling illegal bootleg DVDs out of the old movie theater where he works, despite Little Wong’s objections. More than a father-son story, King of Peking is a love letter to cinema. | Read More
Drama, Comedy
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NEWTON

  • Section: International Narrative Competition
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 104 minutes
  • Directed By: Amit V Masurkar
  • Country: India
India, the world’s largest democracy, is preparing for an election—and with more than 800 million voters, this is a logistical puzzle of epic proportions. With disarming charm, this film probes the nature of democracy as Newton, a young, idealistic office worker, becomes the torch bearer for political fairness when he volunteers to head up a polling station in the deepest jungle for 76 remote voters. | Read More
Drama, Comedy
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NOBODY'S WATCHING

  • Section: International Narrative Competition
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 102 minutes
  • Directed By: Julia Solomonoff
  • Country: USA, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia
Nico is a promising actor in Argentina, but in New York, nobody takes notice. After giving up a successful career in his home country for a chance to make it in the big apple, Nico finds himself bartending, babysitting and doing odd jobs to keep afloat. In a moving depiction of the vibrant city, director Julia Solomonoff’s touching feature questions how we adjust when we lose our audience. | Read More
Drama, Female Director(s), New York, NY Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s), LGBT, Latino Director(s), TFF Alumni
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NOVEMBER

  • Section: International Narrative Competition
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 115 minutes
  • Directed By: Rainer Sarnet
  • Country: Netherlands, Poland, Estonia
Dive into the cold, snowy landscape of 19th-century Estonia, where werewolves and spirits roam free, and Jesus co-exists with kratts, the farmers’ mythological helpers made of tools and bones. Farmer girl Liina’s doomed romance with local boy Hans is at the center of director Rainer Sarnet’s pagan, black and white world, where the characters search for meaning in their surroundings and ponder the existence of the soul. | Read More
Drama
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SAMBá

  • Section: International Narrative Competition
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Directed By: Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzman
  • Country: Dominican Republic
Cisco has his back against the ropes. After spending 15 years in an American jail, he’s returned to the Dominican Republic yet is unable to get a job, a problem compounded by his mother’s ailing health and his younger brother’s delinquent habits. To make money, he’s resorted to illegal street fighting. But Cisco finds a possible salvation in Nichi, an Italian ex-boxer who sees dollar signs in Cisco’s gritty fighting skills. | Read More
Drama, Female Director(s), Sports, Female Screenwriter(s), Latino Director(s)
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SON OF SOFIA

  • Section: International Narrative Competition
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 111 minutes
  • Directed By: Elina Psykou
  • Country: France, Greece, Bulgaria
Set during the 2004 Summer Olympic Games, 11-year-old Misha is travelling from Russia to live with his mother in Athens in the home of an elderly Greek man she works for. When he learns this man is actually his new father, Misha runs away but doesn’t have the stomach for life on the streets. Returning to his new home, he clings to the stories he grew up with, melding them with reality to create a dark urban fairytale. | Read More
Drama, Female Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s)
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TOM OF FINLAND

  • Section: International Narrative Competition
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 114 minutes
  • Directed By: Dome Karukoski
  • Country: Denmark, Germany, Finland, Sweden
This is the true story of cult artist Touko Laaksonen, better known as Tom of Finland, and the events that influenced his iconic homoerotic drawings. From Finnish army uniforms to motorcycle leathers, Tom finds inspiration in his European post-war surroundings, even as conservative Finland is not quite ready for his transgressive work. Eventually Tom and his art make their way to dazzling Los Angeles in time for the sexual revolution and its aftermath. | Read More
Drama, LGBT

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