Festival Kaleidoscope

A selection of anticipated titles feted at the world’s premier film festivals.

A QUIET DREAM/ Choon-mong

  • 2016
  • 101 min
  • Black & White

DirectorZhang Lu

LanguageKorean

CountryRepublic of Korea

At the center of A Quiet Dream is Ye-ri (Han Ye-ri). Born in China, she joined her Korean father in Seoul in her teens after her mother died of cancer; the old man soon fell ill and became paralyzed, ..... Read more

AS YOU ARE

  • 2016
  • 110 min
  • Colour

DirectorMiles Joris-Peyrafitte

LanguageEnglish

CountryUSA

Set in the early 1990s, As You Are is the telling and retelling of a relationship between three teenagers as it traces the course of their friendship through a construction of disparate memories promp..... Read more

CLASH/ Eshtebak

  • 2016
  • 97 min
  • Colour

DirectorMohamed Diab

LanguageArabic

CountrySaudi Arabia

In the political upheaval following the 2011 revolution that toppled the government of Hosni Mubarak, thirty people of different backgrounds and beliefs are detained in a police riot truck for one hel..... Read more

GODLESS/ Bezbog

  • 2016
  • 99 min
  • Colour

DirectorRalitza Petrova

LanguageBulgarian

CountryBulgaria/ France/ Denmark

Gana, a nurse who looks after infirm senior citizens in dilapidated high-rise apartment blocks, steals their ID cards and traffics them on the black market of identity theft. Driven by the lure of eas..... Read more

GREETINGS FROM FUKUSHIMA/ Fukushima, mon amour

  • 2016
  • 108 min
  • Black & White

DirectorDoris Dörrie

LanguageGerman/ Japanese/ English

CountryGermany

Marie, a German woman, goes to Fukushima after the 2011 earthquake with the organization Clowns4Help to cheer up predominantly elderly refugees living in a shelter. She bonds with an old Japanese lady..... Read more

Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait

  • 2016
  • 96 Min
  • Colour

DirectorKhyentse Norbu

LanguageDzongkha

CountryBhutan

Somewhere deep in a forest of Bhutan, there is a gathering every twelve years of men and women chosen by the Old Man to enjoy a few days of anonymity. Masked silhouettes participate in rituals, perfor..... Read more

LETTERS FROM WAR/ Cartas da Guerra

  • 2016
  • 105 min
  • Black & White

DirectorIvo Ferreira

LanguagePortuguese

CountryPortugal

Letters from War is based on the 2005 epistolary novel authored by renowned Portuguese writer Antonio Lobo Antunes. It brings together the letters that a young combat medic sent to his wife between 19..... Read more

NAKOM

  • 2016
  • 90 Min
  • Colour

DirectorKelly Daniela Norris, T.W. Pittman

LanguageEnglish

CountryGhana/ USA

Iddrisu, a Ghanaian med student, returns to his small farming village when his father dies. There, he finds family members who may well be thrown off their land if the next harvest season isn’t specta..... Read more

SAND STORM/ Sufat Chol

  • 2016
  • 88 Min
  • Colour

DirectorElite Zexer

LanguageArabic

CountryIsrael

As wedding festivities get underway in a Bedouin village in Israel, Jalila finds herself in the awkward position of hosting her husband Suliman's marriage to a second, much younger wife. During the ce..... Read more

SIERANEVADA

  • 2016
  • 173 min
  • Colour

DirectorCristi Puiu

LanguageRomanian

CountryRomania/ France/ Bosnia & Herzegovina/ Croatia/ Republic of Macedonia

Almost everyone in the family of sexagenarian Nasu Miricais converging in her small apartment to celebrate the 40-day memorial of her late husband, Emil. As viewers, we get to see their son, Lary, a d..... Read more

THE BLIND CHRIST/ El Cristo Ciego

  • 2016
  • 85 min
  • Colour

DirectorChristopher Murray

LanguageSpanish

CountryChile

Michael is travelling across the Pampa del Tamarugal in northern Chile — the country’s most religious region and part of the Atacama Desert — in search of his childhood friend, Mauricio (Mauricio Pint..... Read more

THE DAY WILL COME/ Der kommeren dag

  • 2016
  • 110 min
  • Colour

DirectorJesper W. Nielsen

LanguageDanish

CountryDenmark

The year is 1967, and a blooming youth culture is on the rise. In a working-classneighborhood of Copenhagen, two inseparable brothers, Elmer and Erik – are removed from their ill mother and put in the..... Read more

THINGS TO COME/ L'avenir

  • 2016
  • 102 Min
  • Colour

DirectorMia Hansen-Love

LanguageFrench/ English/ German

CountryGermany/ France

Berlin Silver Bear-winning director Mia Hansen-Løve’s fifth feature Things to Come is a tender, contemplative portrait of womanhood - and an irresistible collaboration between the filmmaker and the le..... Read more

Barakah Meets Barakah/ Barakah yoqabil Barakah

  • 2016
  • 88 Min
  • Colour

DirectorMahmoud Sabbagh

LanguageArabic

CountrySaudi Arabia

In a time when traditions walk side by side with smartphones and social medias, Barakah, a funny and improbable municipal agent responsible to enforce order in town, will meet a beautiful erratic ultr..... Read more

Lantouri

  • 2016
  • 115 min
  • Colour

DirectorReza Dormishian

LanguageFarsi

CountryIran

Lantouri is the name of a gang of extortionists and blackmailers in Tehran. Pasha, a member of the gang, falls in love with Maryam, a social activist/journalist who has started a campaign, "No to Viol..... Read more

VERY BIG SHOT

  • 2015
  • 107 min
  • Colour

DirectorMir-Jean BouChaaya

LanguageArabic/ English/ French

CountryLebanon/ Qatar

Intending to smuggle drugs across the borders, a small-time Lebanese drug-dealer slyly manipulates public opinion with the help of an underrated filmmaker...... Read more

Flemish Heaven

  • 2016
  • 112 minutes
  • Colour

DirectorPeter Monsaert

LanguageDutch, French

CountryBelgium

This film takes a look at the lives of three generations of women. Monique and her daughter Sylvie run a brothel on the border of West Flanders and France. Sylvie's daughter is fascinated by the myste..... Read more

Between Sea And Land

  • 2016
  • 98 min
  • Colour

DirectorCarlos Del Castillo

LanguageSpanish

CountryColombia

A man yearns to go into the ocean across the street from his house, but suffers from an illness that prevents him from doing so...... Read more

Staying Vertical

  • 2016
  • 98 min
  • Colour

DirectorAlain Guiraudie

LanguageFrench

CountryFrance

Filmmaker Leo is searching for the wolf in the south of France. During a scouting excursion, he is seduced by Marie, a free-spirited and dynamic shepherdess. She gives birth to their child. Suffering ..... Read more

Wild

  • 2016
  • 97 min
  • Colour

DirectorNicolette Krebitz

LanguageGerman

CountryGermany

A woman has a strange encounter on her way to work. She finds herself gazing into a wild pair of eyes, and it seems to her that her entire life hitherto has been a joke. She cannot forget the instant..... Read more