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Thursday, July 19 • 8:00 pm Shelter





Germany, Israel, France - 93 minutes
Written and Directed by Eran Riklis.
With Neta Riskin, Golshifteh Farahani (My Sweet Pepperland, Paterson)
and Lior Ashkenazi.


Naomi, a Mossad agent, is called back to active service and assigned an easy  ‘babysitting’ job. Under a new identity, she heads to Germany to protect Mona, a Lebanese informant, whom special agents have pulled from her country and  hidden in a Hamburg safe house while she recovers from plastic surgery.  Naomi soon learns that Mona is very close to a top Hezbollah leader, a man  she betrayed and who is dead-set on exacting revenge. During the two weeks  they spend together, an unexpected bond forms between the two women,  forged from shared risks and a deep understanding of loss. But in this highstakes  game of deception, questions of fate may be out of their control. An  intense, edge-of-your-seat thriller from the director of Lemon Tree and Zaytoun.

In English, Hebrew and Arabic with subtitles

Produced by Bettina Brokemper, Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Michael Eckelt
and Eran Riklis. Edited by Richard Marizy. Director of Photography: Sebastian
Edschmid. An Eran Riklis Productions, Heimatfilm, MACT Productions, and Riva
Filmproduktion production. From Menemsha Films.

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Friday, July 20 • 7:00 pm bookshop



The Bookshop


East Coast Premiere - Spain, United Kingdom, Germany -
113 minutes
Written and Directed by Isabel Coixet,
from the novel by Penelope Fitzgerald.
With Emily Mortimer (Hugo), Bill Nighy (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Patricia Clarkson (Phoebe in Wonderland).

Set in 1959, a determined widow decides to put her grief behind her and open up a bookshop—the first such shop in the sleepy seaside town of Hardborough, England. Fighting damp weather, apathetic locals, and provincial politics, she finds an unlikely ally in the mysterious and aloof Mr. Brandish.  A bittersweet gem that will stay with you long after it is over.


Produced by Jaume Banacolocha, Joan Bas, Adolfo Blanco, and Chris Curling. Edited by Bernat Aragonés. Director of Photography: Jean-Claude Larrieu.  An A Contracorriente Films, Diagonal TV, Zephyr Films, ONE TWO Films, Green Films, and Mogambo production. From Greenwich Entertainment.  


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East Coast Premiere - United Kingdom - 11 min
In English, Norwegian and Russian, with subtitles
A film by James Morgan

A teenage girl from the Norwegian Arctic must decide the fate of an oil worker.

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Friday, July 20 • 9:30 pm growing up



Growing Up

(Hacer se mayor y otros problemas)


U.S. Premiere - Spain - 91 min
Written and Directed by Clara Martínez-Lázaro.
With Silvia Alonso, Bárbara Goenaga and Vito Sanz.


Emma wakes up in her thir ties to the horrible realization that she is a dysfunctional adult after her very pregnant best friend Lola asks her to be the guardian of her impending child. A riotous, not-quite-feminist, romantic comedy about growing up—and other problems.


In Spanish with subtitles


Produced by Emilio Mar tínez. Edited by Clara Mar tínez-Lázaro. Director of Photography: Juan Molina. A Kaplan and La Madrina Producciones  Production.



SHORT waves


Take Me to the Waves  

World Premiere - United Kingdom - 20 min
A film by Jake Taylor-Kipping and Tom Stoker

The family of a woman with cerebral palsy discover that her caregiver has romantic
feelings for her.




Saturday, July 21 • 4:00 pm dean darling



Dean Darling


World Premiere - United States - 84 min
Written and Directed by Calogero Carucci.
With Douglas Towers, Joel Widman and Allison Frasca.


After his parents die in a car accident, a twenty-year-old moves into his aunt and
uncle’s home for the summer following his spring semester. He wanders through his days, only vaguely connecting with those around him, until circumstances collide forcing him to confront his fears of an unknown future. An ambitious first feature made on a micro-budget by Long Island filmmakers and actors, filmed in Smithtown and Coney Island.


Produced by Calogero Carucci, Elizabeth Groth, and Sarah Sampino. Edited by Dov Yellin. Director of Photography: Noah Fowler.


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East Coast Premiere - United States - 26 min
A film by Amy Wang


A reclusive teenager with a secret moves into a new town and befriends the rebellious girl who lives next door.

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Saturday, July 21 • 7:00 pm octav





U.S. Premiere - Romania - 100 min
Directed by Serge Ioan Celebidachi. Written by Serge Ioan Celebidachi and James Olivier. With Marcel Iures, Victor Rebengiuc, Eric Aradits and Alessia Tofan.


When an elderly man returns to his family home after decades of absence, the apparition of his childhood sweetheart triggers a rewind to the life-changing events from his youth. As long-forgotten memories resurface, he begins to find answers to the questions that have cast a shadow over his life and gains clarity on decisions before him. A life-affirming story that celebrates the purity of childhood, love, friendship, and the happy sorrow of nostalgia.


In Romanian with subtitles


Produced by Adela Vrînceanu Celebidachi. Edited by Mircea Olteanu. Director of Photography: Blasco Giurato. A Celi Films and Oblique Media Film production. From The Little Film Company.


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Hunter Gatherer

East Coast Premiere - United States - 14 min
A film by Ashley Grace


A woman attempts to reconcile with her drug-addicted brother, only to discover that she has a nephew she never knew existed.


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Saturday, July 21 • 9:30 pm etruscan smile



The Etruscan Smile


U.S. Premiere - United States - 107 min
Directed by Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis.
Written by Michael McGowan, Michal Lali Kagan and Sarah Bellwood. With Brian Cox
(Braveheart, The Carer), Thora Birch (Ghost World), JJ Feild (Austenland), and Rosanna Arquette (Pulp Fiction).


Acclaimed actor Brian Cox returns to the Stony Brook Film Festival in this gem of a movie. A rugged, old Scotsman reluctantly leaves his beloved isolated Hebridean island and travels to San Francisco to seek medical treatment.  Moving in with his estranged son and  workaholic daughter-in-law, he finds his life being transformed by a new-found bond with his baby grandson. Shot in San Francisco and the breath-taking coast of Scotland.


In English and Scottish Gaelic with subtitles


Produced by Arthur Cohn. Edited by Roberto Silvi. Director of Photography: Javier Aguirresarobe. From Po Valley Productions. 


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SHORT lightkeeper


The Lightkeeper

New York Premiere -
United States - 16 min
A film by Zach Bandler


Set on a remote stretch of stormy coastline, a hardened young woman agrees to dinner at the home of an aging recluse.


Sunday, July 22 • 4:00 pm aips



Abducted in Plain Sight 

New York Premiere - United States - 91 min
Directed by Skye Borgman.


On October 17th, 1974, in the quiet town of Pocatello, Idaho, 12 year old Jan Broberg was kidnapped by her family's best friend and neighbor. 18 months later, out on bail and awaiting trial for kidnapping, Robert Berchtold —Brother 'B' to Jan and her family—abducted Jan a second time, triggering a ationwide FBI manhunt. Through threats and brainwashing, Brother ‘B’ successfully turns Jan against her own family, while simultaneously manipulating her parents who paved the way for Jan’s abduction. Told through re-creations and interviews, Abducted in Plain Sight reveals the epic failures and untold personal dramas of a truth far stranger than fiction.


Produced by Skye Borgman, Emily Kincaid, and Stephanie Tobey. Edited by James Cude. Director of Photography: Skye Borgman.
From Top Knot Films.


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Rammat Gammat

East Coast Premiere - India - 18 min
In Gujarati with subtitles
A film by Ajitpal Singh


Two boys from different backgrounds bond over soccer, until a new pair of shoes strains their friendship.


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Sunday, July 22 • 7:00 pm my simple brother



My Brother Simple


East Coast Premiere - Germany - 113 min
Directed by Markus Goller. Written by Dirk Ahner, Markus Goller and Marie-Aude Murail.
With David Kross (The Reader), Frederick Lau (Text for You, Back on Track) and Emilia Schüle.


Ben and his brother have been best buddies for as long as he can remember. Although his brother ‘Simple’ is now 22, he is at the mental age of a three-year-old.  When their mother unexpectedly dies, the local officials decide that Simple should be sent to a group home. But the brothers have other ideas, and go on an odyssey to find the father they haven’t seen for 15 years. A heart-warming treasure with a stand-out performance by David Kross as Simple.


In German with subtitles


Produced by Michael Lehmann, Günther Russ. Edited by Tina Freitag, Markus Goller. Director of Photography: Ueli Steiger. A Letterbox Filmproduktion. From Global Screen.


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  internet gangsters



Internet Gangsters

New York Premiere -
United States - 6 min
A film by Sam Friedlander


SBFF alumnus Eddie Alfano returns to star in this short where two New York hitmen in L.A. discover technology is the real enemy.



Sunday, July 22 • 9:30 pm thrasher road



Thrasher Road


East Coast Premiere - United States - 86 min
Written and Directed by Samantha Davidson Green.
With Allison Brown and Christian Kohn.


When pregnant Chloe and her elderly dog, Thrasher, drive off the road while leaving behind her broken dreams in L.A., an unwelcome rescue comes in the form of Mac, Chloe’s father.  Stuck together in a car with thousands of miles ahead of them and thirteen years’ estrangement behind them, father and daughter start to reconnect when Mac makes a disastrous detour in an attempt to redeem himself by finding Chloe’s Ex.  Shot on location from California to Mississippi to Vermont, this very indie road trip features a cast from across the country, and a heart as big as a huge, rusted-out, pickup truck.


Produced by Maria Rosenblum, Jonathan Wysock. Edited by Karen Smalley.  Director of Photography: Eric Leach.  A BetwixtNbetween
Films production.


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  in the field



In the Field

New York
Premiere - United States - 14 minutes
A film by Tesia Walker


An ambitious local reporter is tasked with interviewing the family of the young black woman he witnessed being killed.


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Monday, July 23 • 7:00 pm the unseen



The Unseen

(Los últimos)

East Coast Premiere - Argentina, Chile - 96 min
Directed by Nicolás Puenzo. Written by Lucía Puenzo, Luis Puenzo and Nicolás Puenzo.
With Germán Palacios, Peter Lanzani, Juana Burga and Natalia Oreiro (My First Wedding).


In a post-apocalyptic future, a young couple live in a war-torn refugee camp located in the desert highlands of Latin America. Upon learning of the young woman's pregnancy, they decide to escape to the sea in search of a better future for their unborn child. When they are set up to be used as casualties for propaganda purposes, a world-weary war correspondent decides to intervene. A visually stunning look at impersonal wars run by the media and military contractors.


In Spanish with subtitles


Produced by Lucero Garzon, Lucía Puenzo, Luis Puenzo, and Nicolás Puenzo. Edited by Misael Bustos, Hugo Primero. Director of
Photography: Nicolás Puenzo. A Historias Cinematograficas Cinemania, Color Monster, Demente Producciones Chile, Puenzo Hermanos, and Tieless Media Production. From Media Luna New Films.


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  open your eyes



Open Your Eyes

New York Premiere - Israel - 14 min
In Arabic and Hebrew with subtitles
A film by Ilay Mevorach


An Israeli woman's regular eye doctor is away, and his absence is filled by an
Arab doctor.


Monday, July 23 • 9:30 pm the guilty



The Guilty


Denmark - 85 min
Directed by Gustav Möller. Written by Emil Nygaard Alber tsen and Gustav Möller.
With Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage and Omar Shargawi.


In this suspenseful thriller, an alarm dispatcher and former policeman answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman, when the call is suddenly disconnected.  With the phone as his only tool, the dispatcher enters a race against time to save the endangered woman and find her kidnapper, but he soon realizes that he is dealing with a much more complicated crime than he first thought.  A tense and restrained knockout performance by Jakob Cedergren keeps you riveted to the screen throughout.


In Danish and English with subtitles


Produced by Lina Flint. Edited by Carla Luffe Heintzelmann. Director of Photography: Jasper Spanning. A Nordisk F ilm/SPRING production. From Magnolia Pictures.


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East Coast Premiere - U.S.-Colombia - 13 min
A film by Manuel Velásquez


A man grieving the loss of his girlfriend must find a way to overcome language
and cultural barriers with her family.



Tuesday, July 24 • 7:00 pm outdoors




(Bayit Bagalil)


U.S. Premiere - Israel - 80 min
Written and Directed by Asaf Saban.
With Noa Koler (The Wedding Plan), Udi Razzin (Foreign Letters) and Ishai Golan.


Gili and Yaara decide to leave their small-apartment-hustle-and-bustle city life for a fresh start, by building a house in the countryside of Galilee where Yaara grew up. But while their pre-fab dream house is being built, they realize that their marriage is in danger of collapsing. Filmed over the course of a year during the actual onsite construction of the house—and all the while following the progress of the real-life pregnancy of lead actress Noa Koler—Outdoors captivates as it captures the nuances of adults learning how to become adults.


In Hebrew with subtitles


Produced by Asaf Saban. Edited by Neta Brown. Director of Photography: David Rudoy. An Abra Filmhouse production. From Go2Films.


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New York Premiere - United States - 17 min
A film by Jackie J. Stone


After spiraling into a deep depression, a young woman's desperate plans are


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Tuesday, July 24 • 9:30 pm trauma





Festival World Premiere - United States, Afghanistan - 88 min
Written and Directed by Harry Sanna.


A US Black Hawk medevac unit rescues wounded soldiers and civilians in war-torn Afghanistan.  But when their tours are complete, the members of the team leave the adrenalin-fueled chaos of the battlefield to return to families that no longer know them and a world too quiet to handle.  Journalist Harry Sanna was embedded with the C Company Dustoff, Mountain Division and filmed the time he spent living with the unit, heading out on missions and befriending the medics and pilots in the process. Later, Sanna reconnected with members of the unit in their hometowns to learn how the mission affected them as they returned to civilian life. An intense and harrowing documentary about war heroes at home, trying to find the new normal. For mature audiences.


Produced by David Gaddie, Ryan Cunningham. Filmed and Edited by Harry Sanna. A Colony Media and The LightBeaMedia production.


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  lost in the middle



Lost in the Middle

East Coast Premiere - Belgium - 17 min
In Flemish, Arabic, English, French and Dutch, with subtitles
A film by Senne Dehandschutter


Two men leave for Syria: one as a journalist, one as a fighter.



Wednesday, July 25 • 7:00 pm a dysfunctional cat



A Dysfunctional Cat

(Die defekte Katze)


U.S. Premiere - Germany - 93 min
Written and Directed by Susan Gordanshekan.
With Pegah Ferydoni (Ayla), Hadi Khanjanpour and Arash Marandi (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night).


Kian, a German-Iranian surgeon, gives up on trying to find love on his own and caves to his mother’s desire to set him up in an arranged marriage with a traditional Iranian woman. Meanwhile, Mina bows to the pressure from her family to get married, but chooses a less-than-traditional husband who lives far away from home. But as Kian, who speaks very little Persian, tries to become a more traditional Iranian, Mina begins learning German and discovers a newfound freedom she has never known. Add to this the truly defective cat that Mina adopts, and you get a very unique and quirky dysfunctional love story.


In German and Persian with subtitles


Produced by Caroline Fischer and Ralf Zimmermann. Edited by Frank J. Müller. Director of Photography: Julian Krubasik. A Glory Film production.  From Media Luna New Films.


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  every other weekend



Every Other Weekend

U.S. Premiere - United States - 18 minutes
A film by Josh Victor Rothstein


A strong-willed 10-year-old girl challenges her misguided, alcoholic mother.


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Wednesday, July 25 • 9:30 pm funny story




Funny Story


New York Premiere - United States - 85 min
Directed by Michael Gallagher. Written by Michael Gallagher and Steve Greene.
With Matthew Glave (Argo), Emily Bett Rickards (Brooklyn) and Jana Winternitz.


After years of being a neglectful father, a womanizing TV star tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter, only to inadvertently wreak havoc on what is meant to be the  most important day of her life. Matthew Glave gives the performance of his career as a charming, well-meaning narcissist with a talent for doing the wrong thing perfectly. Funny Story is a tragicomedy filled to the brim with memorable characters, unconditional love, and tequila.


Produced by Michael Gallagher, Jana Winternitz, and Michael Wormser. Edited by Brian Ufberg. Director of Photography: Greg Cotten. A Cinemand production.



  a foreman



A Foreman

East Coast Premiere - United States - 17 min
A film by Daniel Drummond


A foreman at a machine shop must keep business running while
protecting her workers from the Department of Labor.


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Thursday, July 26 • 7:00 pm symphony for ana



Symphony for Ana


East Coast Premiere - Argentina - 119 min
Directed by Ernesto Ardito, Virna Molina. Written by Ernesto Ardito, Virna Molina and Gaby Meik. With Isadora Ardito, Rocio Palacín, Rafael Federman, Ricky Arraga, Vera Fogwill and Rodrigo Noya.


During the bloodiest coup d’etat in Argentina, the military dictatorship ‘disappeared’ 108  students from The National High School of Buenos Aires. Ana is one of these students: a teenager who just wants to fall in love, have lots of friends, and fight for a better world. Instead, she must choose her friends carefully as she navigates the power struggles and ever-changing allegiances in her 15-year-old world. An intense and superbly acted film that features current students from The National High School of Buenos Aires.


In Spanish with subtitles


Produced by Ernesto Ardito, Virna Molina. Edited by Ernesto Ardito, Virna Molina. Director of Photography: Fernando Molina. An Ernesto
Ardito and Virna Molina Film.


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  love n spirit



Love & Spirit

U.S. Premiere - United Kingdom - 10 min
A film by Helen Crosse


Shakespeare's characters interact with each other at a modern day house


Thursday, July 26 • 9:30 pm boy girl dream



A Boy, A Girl, A Dream


United States - 89 min
Directed by Qasim Basir. Written by Qasim Basir and Samantha Tanner.
With Omari Hardwick, Meagan Good and Jay Ellis.


A strikingly original slice of life, filmed in one single take as it travels through different locations in Los Angeles. A club promoter finds himself falling for a woman who challenges him to revisit his broken dreams while he pushes her to discover hers, all against the backdrop of the eve of the 2016 Presidential election as Donald Trump surges ahead of Hillary Clinton in the race to win the White House. The very charismatic Hardwick and Good take you on a fascinating emotional journey from wariness to vulnerability, all played out in real-time.


Produced by Datari Turner. Director of Photography: Steven Holleran. A Datari Turner Productions production. From Samuel Goldwyn Films.







East Coast Premiere - United States - 11 min
A film by Rocky Ramsey


A law-school graduate explains to detectives just how he came to be found
in a house with three dead bodies.


Friday, July 27 • 7:00 pm the tale



The Tale


United States, Germany - 114 min
Written and Directed by Jennifer Fox. With Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby), Laura Dern (Blue Velvet), Ellen Burstyn (Resurrection), Isabelle Nélisse and Jason Ritter.


Writer and director Jennifer Fox recounts her own story of sexual abuse at a very young age in this intense, unnerving and ultimately cathartic work. Laura Dern brilliantly plays the adult Jennifer, remembering and re-examining the memories of her younger self, expertly played by Isabelle Nélisse. As the adult Jennifer keeps questioning herself—and her memories of the past —about what actually happened to her, she finds her memories begin questioning her back, implicitly asking just what she has been telling herself in order to survive.  With a brilliant cast and an unflinching eye of a documentary director, this movie takes the audience to the edge of the abyss without ever losing its way or its sense of purpose. For mature audiences.


Produced by Jennifer Fox, Oren Moverman, Laura Rister, Mynette Louie, Simone Pero, Lawrence Inglee, Sol Bondy, Regina K. Scully, Lynda Weinman and Reka Posta. Edited by Anne Fabini, Alex Hall and Gary Levy. Director of Photography: Denis Lenoir and Ivan Strasburg. A Gamechanger Films, A Luminous Mind Production, Blackbird Films, ONE TWO Films, and WeatherVane Productions production. From HBO Films.


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Friday, July 27 • 9:30 pm man divided



Man Divided



East Coast Premiere - Sweden, Finland, Denmark - 87 min
Directed by Max Kestner. Written by Dunja Gry Jensen and Max Kestner.
With Carsten Bjørnlund (The Thing), Sofia Helin, Marijana Jankovic and Joseph Mawle (Game of Thrones).


In the year 2095 the world has been ravaged by ecological disaster. Oceans have risen and all natural freshwater is gone.  Fang Rung creates a molecular copy of himself to send back to the year 2017 with the mission of retrieving ground-breaking research that could save the world. But when he loses contact with his other half, he sees no alternative but to travel back in time as well before more damage is possibly done. A mind-bending story with impressive special effects and a top-notch cast. 


In Danish, Swedish and English with subtitles


Produced by Birgitte Skov. Edited by Åsa Mossberg. Director of Photography: Rasmus Videbæk. An SF Studios Production. From DFI International.


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Saturday, July 28 • 8:00 pm aurora borealis



Aurora Borealis: Északi fény


East Coast Premiere - Hungary - 104 min
Directed by Márta Mészáros. Written by Márta Mészáros, Zoltán Jancsó and Éva Pataki. With Mari Töröcsik, Ildikó Tóth and Franciska Töröcsik.


After being called back to Hungary when her mother is found unconscious,
Olga, a workaholic lawyer, discovers a dark family secret that makes her question her whole life. When she begins to search for answers, she realizes that her mother Maria has done everything she could to avoid ever having the truth revealed. As Maria’s youth in Soviet-occupied Hungary intertwines with Olga’s present, questions of identity and family lead Olga to a startling realization. A sweeping, beautifully crafted film from one of Hungary’s most acclaimed and accomplished female directors.


In Hungarian with subtitles


Produced by István Major. Edited by Annamaria Szanto. Director of Photography: Piotr Sobocinski Jr.. A FilmTeam and Nordic Productions production. From The Hungarian National Film Fund.


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