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Adam - Morocco BIFF Oscar® Contender

Abla is a single mother in Casablanca whose world darkened the day her husband died. Even her beautiful daughter cannot help. Samia is pregnant, living on the streets, and a social pariah for being unwed. She approached Abla, looking for work, and is at first rebuffed, but Abla softens and invites her in. Her kindness is reciprocated, as Samia gently helps her rekindle her spirit for life. And Samia must decide if she will keep her child or put the baby up for adoption.
Wed, Oct 16 12:15 PM
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Ága - Bulgaria BIFF Oscar® Contender

A slow burning, simple but ultimately involving story of an aging Yakut hunter and his wife as they eke out the last of a fragile livelihood in the frozen arctic vastness of Siberia. They live alone in a windblown yurt, enduring the frozen arctic winter and longing for reconnection with their estranged daughter. This longing sets off a quest to find her at a far-off diamond mine. A film that requires patience but delivers. "Ága" is deliberately reminiscent of Robert Flaherty’s immortal "Nanook of The North" (1922).
Sun, Oct 13 2:20 PM
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Akik maradtak (Those Who Remained) - Hungary BIFF Oscar® Contender

Two emotionally scarred survivors of the Holocaust cling to each other in this delicate tale of sweet decency. He is in his 40s, a doctor, who lost his wife and children. She is a 16-year-old force of nature who lost her parents but none of her spirit. Their gentle love for one another helps them both to heal in this exquisitely realized story. However, even their shared solace is under threat during the Russian takeover of Hungary during the aftermath of WW2.
Mon, Oct 14 2:45 PM
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And Then We Danced - Sweden BIFF Oscar® Contender

A beautiful, sensual love story brimming with doubt and fear. Two young dancers - both talented members of the Georgian National Dance Troupe, fall in love in the repressive eastern European city of Tbilisi. Georgia has always been virulently homophobic. Our hero comes to understand that for him the bravest act is to truthfully reveal what is in his heart.
Wed, Oct 16 5:15 PM
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Dear Son - Tunisia BIFF Oscar® Contender

A powerful and carefully nuanced Middle Eastern story of a husband and his deeply caring wife caring obsessively for their 19-year-old troubled son. They want to give him their middle-class life. When he unexpectedly disappears, the distraught father undertakes a dangerous journey into Syria, hoping to find him. The trip puts in jeopardy whatever hope the couple still have of staying together. Tunisia accounts for the largest group of foreign fighters in the Jihad war.
Sat, Oct 12 3:10 PM
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Finding Farideh - Iran BIFF Oscar® Contender

Farideh was abandoned in a Tehran mosque as a newborn. She is adopted by a Dutch couple, grows up in Amsterdam and is obsessed with finding out who she really is….” I want to know whose eyes I have. I feel incomplete without knowing.” At 40, Farideh bravely journeys to Tehran. Three families looking for their lost daughter claim her, and willingly submit to DNA testing, indicating clearly the intense need for belonging and intimacy shared by all humanity.
Sat, Oct 12 10:00 AM
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Honeyland - North Macedonia BIFF Oscar® Contender

Nestled in an isolated mountain region deep within the Balkans, Hatidze Muratova lives with her ailing mother in a village without roads, electricity, or running water. She’s the last in a long line of Macedonian wild beekeepers, eking out a living farming honey in small batches to be sold in the closest city – a mere four-hour walk away. Hatidze’s peaceful existence is thrown into upheaval by the arrival of an itinerant family, with their roaring engines, seven rambunctious children, and herd of cattle. Hatidze optimistically meets the promise of change with an open heart, offering up her affections, her brandy, and her tried-and-true beekeeping advice.
Thu, Oct 17 5:10 PM
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Tevs nakts (The Mover) - Latvia BIFF Oscar® Contender

The true story of "Latvia's Schindlers." This award-winning Latvian feature film offers a gripping account of Žanis Lipke, a blue-collar worker honoured as one of the 'Righteous Among the Nations' for his heroic deeds during the war. Despite his family’s hardship under successive Soviet and German occupations, Lipke embarked on a covert operation to save local Jews from Nazi persecution and certain death, moving them from the Riga ghetto to an underground bunker hidden on his property.
Mon, Oct 14 7:30 PM
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Dolor y gloria (Pain and Glory) - Spain BIFF Oscar® Contender

Pedro Almodóvar’s wistful and deeply personal “Pain and Glory” tells the story of aging film director Salvador Mallo (Antonio Banderas) as he reunites with people from his past, triggering memories of key emotional moments in his childhood and his glory days. “Pain and Glory” is about the difficulty of separating creation from one’s own life and about the passions that give it meaning and hope. In recovering his past, Salvador finds the urgent need to recount it, and in that need he also finds his salvation. The film had its international premiere in competition for the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Also starring Penelope Cruz.
Fri, Oct 11 7:30 PM
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Parasite - South Korea BIFF Oscar® Contender

Greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan.
Fri, Oct 18 7:30 PM
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Queen of Hearts - Denmark BIFF Oscar® Contender

Anne, a brilliant and dedicated lawyer specializing in children and young adults, lives what appears to be the picture perfect life with her doctor-husband, Peter, and their twin daughters. When her estranged teenage stepson, Gustav, moves in with them, Anne’s escalating desire leads her down a dangerous rabbit hole which, once exposed, unleashes a sequence of events that threatens to destroy her world. "Queen of Hearts" explores the making of a tragic family secret step by step, as the consequences of hubris, lust and lies conspire to create an unimaginable dilemma.
Fri, Oct 18 12:10 PM
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Retablo - Peru BIFF Oscar® Contender

Segundo is a sensitive young Peruvian boy, who is being trained by his adored father in the family tradition of designing and building religious alter pieces - Retablos. When he accidently discovers his father’s secret, his world and everything he believed in is shattered. An international award winner shot in the indigenous Quechua language, "Retablo" is a potent drama that speaks to issues of masculinity, tolerance, fear, and the difficulty of living with an artistic temperament.
Sun, Oct 13 4:50 PM
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Shindisi - Georgia BIFF Oscar® Contender

Based on a true incident, Shindisi is the name of a Georgian village that was attacked by Russian occupying forces - despite having been promised a safe corridor. Defending the village was a small group of 24 Georgian soldiers fighting against impossible odds. One old man risks his life to save the wounded soldiers. In this incredibly moment of resistance, he becomes the moral compass of the entire village, and manages to save two of his countrymen. In 5 days, 17 of the 24 Georgian soldiers died for their country.
Sun, Oct 13 7:30 PM
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Sin (The Son) - Bosnia and Herzegovina BIFF Oscar® Contender

Arman is an out of control 18-year-old, careening around Sarajevo, breaking all the rules. He has never come to terms with the fact that he was adopted as an infant - and his rage runs deep. His middle class family indulge him, but rarely correct him. His younger half brother who worships him suffers the most because of his love for Arman. Arman includes his brother in a terrifying game with a gun, and the younger boy totally breaks down. Can this family survive?
Thu, Oct 17 2:50 PM
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Systemsprenger (System Crasher) - Germany BIFF Oscar® Contender

Benni is a nine-year-old “system crasher” with the face of an angel. She’s small but dangerous – a child who breaks every single rule and falls through the cracks of social services. All she wants is to be with her beloved mother. But mommy can’t cope. She only adds to the child’s pain, frustration, and rage. All seems lost until she meets Micha – her school escort. Can he make the difference? Also a part of our Best International Feature Film Oscar® Contender Program as the official German entry
Wed, Oct 16 7:20 PM
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Tel Aviv on Fire - Israel BIFF Oscar® Contender

Salam, an inexperienced young Palestinian man, becomes a writer on a popular soap opera after a chance meeting with an Israeli soldier. His creative career is on the rise - until the soldier and the show's financial backers disagree about how the show should end, and Salam is caught in the middle.
Tue, Oct 15 2:50 PM
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Il traditore (The Traitor) - Italy BIFF Oscar® Contender

Sicilian mafioso Tommaso Buscetta riled public attention by complying with the authorities, the first Mafia boss in known memory to do so. Despite his previous status, he became known as “pentito”, or “traitor,” as he shed light on the intimate details of the mob world to the police. Inspired by true events. “The Traitor” competed for the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
Sat, Oct 12 7:40 PM
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Tu me manques - Bolivia BIFF Oscar® Contender

"In French, they don't say 'I miss you.' They say 'Tu me manques.' I miss you in me. As if an essential part of the other is missing in you...a limb or your own blood." "Tu Me Manques" was originally a play written by Rodrigo Bellott, whose boyfriend's struggle with his family's homophobia and eventual suicide inspired the story. The production became a box-office and critical hit in Bolivia. Jorge, a homophobic, angry and wealthy businessman from Bolivia meets his son's boyfriend over an accidental SKYPE chat after his suicide. He travels to New York looking for answers and to confront the man he blames for his family's loss. Sebastian a grieving young man writes and produces a play, against all odds in Bolivia, about his deceased boyfriend Gabrielle, and his homophobic father.
Sat, Oct 12 1:00 PM
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Un traductor (The Translator) - Cuba BIFF Oscar® Contender

Havana, 1968. Fidel Castro is in power and working to strengthen ties with Russia. Cuba accepts thousands of Russian children ravaged by radiation from the Chernobyl nuclear accident. A young professor in Russian literature is pressed into service as a translator for the dying children. It becomes his obsession, to the extent that his marriage is endangered. In this sensitive, true-story account, our translator finds his true passion fulfilled with the children. Over a two-decade period of time, Cuba treated 20,000 victims from Chernobyl.
Wed, Oct 16 2:20 PM
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When Tomatoes Met Wagner - Greek BIFF Oscar® Contender

"When Tomatoes Met Wagner," an award-winning documentary, is an endearing, whimsical story of two cousins and five elderly women from a tiny rural village of Greece. They produce organic tomato sauce and organic pine honey that they hope to expand into a global enterprise. Everything is lovingly produced by hand, even the labelling of the jars. On an excursion to Brussels they actually see their products in stores - a thrilling experience. To encourage and support their plants, they serenade them with traditional Greek music, or the majestic music of Wagner. Lovingly shot by filmmaker Marianna Economou.
Sun, Oct 13 12:00 PM
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