International Spotlight

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Willem Bosch

Sam, a bright, extremely mature teen girl, assumed some very adult responsibilities when her mother died, helping her father run the household and…

Mati Diop

Debut director Mati Diop’s “Atlantics” — the Grand Prix winner at this year’s Cannes Film Festival — tells a star-crossed love story infused with…

Armando Capó

In Cuba during the summer of 1994 — in the midst of the so-called Special Period in Time of Peace, when the island’s economic fortunes plummeted…

Alex Horwitz

In “Autonomy” — which premiered at SXSW — celebrated journalist and author Malcolm Gladwell (“The Tipping Point,” the new “Talking to Strangers”)…

Michael Herbig

In the summer of 1979, in Thüringen, East Germany, two families put together a crazy plan: Desperate to reach the West, they intend to flee in a…

Kantemir Balagov

Director Kantemir Balagov, who’s a precocious 28 years old, follows “Closeness,” his lauded 2017 debut, with “Beanpole,” a powerful period drama.…

Salvador Simó

In 1930 Paris, surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel is left penniless after the scandalous release of “L’Age d’Or” leads to a falling out with…

Carin Goeijers

On the run from an arranged marriage with an elderly man, Becky arrives in Europe — via Libya — from her native country of Nigeria. Becky could…

François Ozon

François Ozon — the celebrated director of “8 Women,” “Swimming Pool,” and “Young and Beautiful” — offers a distinct change of pace from the…

Lila Avilés

In her feature debut, theater director Lila Avilés turns the monotonous work day of Eve (Gabriela Cartol), a chambermaid at a high-end Mexico City…

Ayumu Watanabe

Ayumu Watanabe’s “Children of the Sea” — the latest feature from Japan’s Studio 4°C, whose films include “Tekkonkinkreet,” “MFKZ,” and “Batman:…

Mourad Boucif

In Morocco’s "clay rock" region, young Sulayman —  an orphan raised by an elderly hermit — lives in perfect harmony with the local fauna and flora…

Ismet Sijarina

It is 1992 in Priština. Yugoslavia is falling apart, with war raging in Croatia and threatening to spread to Bosnia. Serbian dictator Slobodan…

Sophie Guerra & Clement Guerra

Four indigenous environmental leaders embark on an extraordinary trans-continental adventure, traveling from the Canadian plains to deep into the…

Tamás Yvan Topolánszky

In this fictionalized account of “Casablanca’s” creation, Hungarian-born Jewish film director Michael Curtiz — whose credits include “Captain…

Urooj Yazdani

Eleven-year-old Humera lives in the small, impoverished Pakistani fishing village of Cashma Goth with her mother and sisters. Because her father…

Michel Ocelot

This charming new film from master animator Michel Ocelot (“Kirikou and the Sorceress,” “Azur & Asmar”) travels to the upper reaches and lower…

An exploration of the many varieties of art, from tattooing to quilting to cartooning to beading to painting.

A program that explores the black experience from a multiplicity of perspectives.

An eclectic selection of films — from the comedic to the deadly serious — that explore religion in its many manifestations.

A collection of real-life stories told through a variety of animated techniques.

A nonfiction "The Handmaid's Tale," this program relates stories of sexual abuse and violence against women around the globe.

A wide-ranging program of films that explore science, technology, and cyberspace.

Stories in which women excel in diverse athletic endeavors, from running and boxing to automobile racing and samurai sword-handling.

Megan Wennberg

“Drag Kids” is an intimate journey into the lives of four child drag queens from around the world. As an art form, drag has always been about…

Fekri Baroshi

In “A Dream Before Dying,” Alan and his family — Kurds in Northern Iraq — have experienced more than their share of the horrors of war, and their…

Haka Puai te Kainga

The iconic statues and sensationalized "mysteries" of Easter Island (Rapa Nui) have drawn the interest of the world for centuries, attracting…

Louis Garrel

Nine years after she left him for his best friend, journalist Abel (Louis Garrel) gets back together with Marianne (Laetitia Casta), his recently…

Ira Sachs

Unfolding over the course of a late summer's day in the fabled resort town of Sintra, Portugal — known for its dense gardens and gorgeous villas…

Faith Akin

Acclaimed filmmaker Fatih Akin (“Head-On,” “The Edge of Heaven,” “In the Fade”) offers a pitch-black horror film — based on a true story — set in…

Marie Kreutzer

In Marie Kreutzer’s taut psychological thriller — a close cousin to “Repulsion” — Lola (Valerie Pachner) manages her personal life with the same…

Hella Joof

Helle has been waiting forever for workaholic husband Peter to retire, allowing them to enjoy the autumn of their years by traveling and exploring…

Jesús del Cerro

In 1988 — before the fall of the Iron Curtain — Andrei and his father, Vasile, live in Romania, whose impoverished citizens suffer under the…

Terrence Malick

The new film from legendary director Terrence Malick (“Badlands,” “Days of Heaven,” “The Tree of Life”), “A Hidden Life” tells the real-life story…

Sönke Wortmann

In Sönke Wortmann’s darkly comic “How About Adolf?,” Stephan and wife Elisabeth organize a dinner party for family and friends in celebration of…

Michael Idov

In “The Humorist,” set in the midst of the collapsing U.S.S.R., the favorite stand-up comedian of the regime begins challenging censorship. Boris…

Jose Alvarenga Jr.

Maria temporarily moves to Rio to be close to her husband, Pedro, who is acting in a TV series. Far from her friends and work, Maria feels…

Pema Tseden

On the path of life, sometimes we meet someone whose dreams overtake our own to the point that they converge. Motoring down an isolated road…

Paul Barakat

“Kairos” — taken from the ancient Greek word meaning “the supreme moment” — tells the inspirational story of Danny, an aspiring boxer with Down…

Amy Goldstein

This highly entertaining documentary about British singer/songwriter and actress Kate Nash — a star of Netflix’s “GLOW” — is a kaleidoscopic,…

David Hambridge

A distressing account of extinction in real time, “Kifaru” follows the lives of two young Kenyan recruits who join Ol Pejeta Conservancy's rhino-…

Dan Krauss

When Andrew Briggman (Nat Wolff), a young soldier taking part in the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, witnesses other recruits killing innocent…

Sean Mullin

In “Kings of Beer” — directed by Sean Mullin (“Amira & Sam,” the winner of SLIFF’s 2014 New Filmmakers Forum) — a diverse group of elite…

Judy Naidoo

Set in the Indian community of 1980 South Africa’s Sugarhill District, “Kings of Mulberry Street” recounts the charming, often hilarious…

Jessica Hausner

Alice (Emily Beecham), a single mother, is a dedicated plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species. She has engineered a very…

Heath Davis

In “Locusts,” a dark thriller set in Australia’s Outback, estranged tech entrepreneur Ryan Black returns to his desert hometown — the ironically…

Sylvia Nagel & Sonya Winterberg

“Made in Auschwitz” focuses needed attention on a little-known aspect of the Nazis’ ghastly experiments, detailing the efforts of gynecologist…

Dar Gai

Namdev Bhau, a 65-year-old chauffeur, is tired of the noises in cacophonous Mumbai City and has completely stopped speaking. Deciding to pursue…

This impressively diverse program of animation features drugs, dogs, motorcycles, and much, much more.

These hilarious shorts will leave your sides aching.

Small, delicate stories that are perfect for the big screen.

Performers you recognize, and performances you won't forget.

A selection of tales from different countries that speak to our universal connections.

Vibrant imaginations and fascinating colors combine in this program of animation from around the world.

This collection proves that laughter truly is a universal language.

Worldly stories that test your mettle and tug at your heart.

As a bookend to our opening-night film, SLIFF offers a closing-night collection of shorts that explore the good and the bad of married life.

A potpourri of brain-warping comedies, animated films, and experimental shorts.

Werner Herzog

Told in Werner Herzog’s inimitable style, “Nomad” explores the creative and personal vision the filmmaker shared with legendary travel writer and…

Molly Stuart

Like all Israeli youth, Atalya is obligated to become a soldier. Unlike most, she questions the practices of her country’s military and becomes…

Harry Charalambos Mavromichalis

A revealing, unfiltered profile of Academy Award-winning theater and film actor Olympia Dukakis, “Olympia” includes the expected interviews with…

Uri Levi

In “Once Upon a Boy,” an Israeli family deals with the challenges of cerebral palsy, which affects one of their twin sons. Both ingratiatingly…

Rachid Hami

When violinist Simon Daoud is hired to teach the violin to a class of unruly junior-high-school students in an immigrant suburb of Paris, his…

Claudio Giovannesi

In “Piranhas,” a gang of teenage boys stalks the streets of Naples armed with handguns and AK-47s to do their mob bosses’ bidding. Based on the…

Céline Sciamma

In 1760 France, Marianne (Noémie Merlant) is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), a young woman who has just left…

Ai Weiwei

"The Rest" — by acclaimed artist Ai Weiwei — documents the plight of refugees who arrive in Europe, the world's purported bastion of human rights…

Bernard Attal

In 2014, Geovane, a young man from a poor neighborhood in Brazil, was arrested by the military police and never seen again. Assisted by the local…

Esther Rots

A brutally poetic, suspense-packed drama, “Retrospekt” tells its story through the eyes of Mette (Circé Lethem), a once-confident and successful…

Benjamín Naishtat

In the mid-’70s, a strange man arrives in a quiet Argentinian provincial city. While at a restaurant in the town, without any apparent provocation…

Jeanie Finlay

Freddy is 30 and yearns to start a family, but for him this ordinary desire comes with unique challenges: He is a gay transgender man. Deciding to…

Teng Congcong

Diagnosed with ovarian cancer, iron-willed journalist Sheng Nan (“Surpass Men” in Chinese) is pressured to make a quick fortune and engage in mind…

Timeless fables and otherworldly adventures highlight this compilation for children ages 4 to 8.

Embracing your differences and following your dreams are just two of the messages in this program for children ages 8 to 13.

François Girard

In this musically rich film by François Girard, director of “The Red Violin,” Tim Roth and Clive Owen star in an emotional detective story spread…

Melina León

Set in 1988, in a Peru wracked by political violence and turmoil, Melina León’s heart-wrenching first feature recounts what occurs after a newborn…

Ken Loach

Ken Loach (“I, Daniel Blake,” “The Wind That Shakes the Barley”) again empathically explores the British working class in “Sorry We Missed You,” a…

Nicolas Champeaux & Gilles Porte

The year 2018 marked the centenary of the birth of South African leader Nelson Mandela, who seized center stage during a historic trial in 1963…

Nadav Lapid

In Paris, things do not exactly get off to a good start for the newly arrived Yoav. He knocks on the door of the flat where he’s supposed to stay…

Jayro Bustamante

In “Temblores,” a deeply personal follow-up to his landmark debut, “Ixcanul” (SLIFF 2015), Jayro Bustamante shifts settings from rural Guatemala…

Hiroyuki Miyagawa

After his father was killed in an accident — a death caused by fireworks that he was creating for his son — grief and guilt conspire to make…

Ash Mayfair

In late-19th-century Vietnam, 14-year-old May becomes the third wife to a wealthy landowner. She quickly learns that she can gain status and…

Barnabás Tóth

A lyrical story of love in the midst of conflict, loss, and trauma, “Those Who Remained” — which debuted at Telluride — explores the healing…

Marco Bellocchio

“The Traitor” — directed by legendary Italian filmmaker Marco Bellocchio (“Fists in the Pocket,” “The Wedding Director”) — tells the true story of…

Amos Gitai

On a tramway that connects several of Jerusalem’s neighborhoods from East to West, people from different religious and ethnic backgrounds are…

Guillaume Brac

The delightful “Treasure Island” follows the patrons and staff members of a water park in the Paris suburbs over the course of a summer season.…

Hirokazu Koreeda

Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda (“Shoplifters”) journeys to France for his latest work — which premiered at Venice — and recruits an impressive…

Laura Luchetti

In Italy’s Sardinia — full of both beauty and hidden dangers — two adolescents who have been abused and damaged by life escape together to start…

Fernando Meirelles

Director Fernando Meirelles (“City of God”) tells the intimate story of one of the most dramatic transitions of power in the last 2,000 years.…

Tom Shepard

“Unsettled” choncicles the journeys of four LGBTQ refugees who come to the U.S., specifically the “gay mecca” of San Francisco, to escape…

Yang Zhang

“Up the Mountain” offers a beguiling, visually gorgeous record of a year in the painting studio of Shen Jianhua in Dali, located in China’s Yunnan…

Bridgette Auger & Itab Azzam

“We Are Not Princesses” offers moving profiles of a half-dozen Syrian women refugees in Beirut who come together to tell their stories of love,…

Judith Davis

In this hilarious, whip-smart comedy, first-time director Judith Davis examines the frustrations of a generation that came of age after the fall…

Corneliu Porumboiu

In this wry, twisty noir thriller by Corneliu Porumboiu (“12:08 East of Bucharest,” “Police, Adjective”) — which debuted at Cannes — corrupt…

Yi'nan Diao

Fleeing from the law and seeking redemption, gangster Zenong Zhou (Ge Hu) crosses paths with innocent-looking Aiai Liu (Lun-Mei Kwei), a girl with…

Olmo Omerzu

Complete with a canine sidekick, a fantastic escape scene, and the cringeworthy sexual frustrations of teenage boys, “Winter Flies” is a…

Marianna Yarovskaya

“Women of the Gulag” tells the compelling and tragic stories of some of the last survivors of the Gulag, the brutal system of repression that…

Andy Cohen & Gaylen Ross

Andy Cohen, who has served as a producer on an array of impressive documentaries — “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” “Hooligan Sparrow,” “Human Flow” —…

Bertrand Bonello

In “Zombi Child,” which debuted at Cannes, stylish French director Bertrand Bonello (“Saint Laurent,” “House of Pleasures,” “Nocturama”) offers…