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Thursday, July 18 • 8:00 pm Balloon

OPENING NIGHT FEATURE

 

Balloon

 
New York Premiere - Germany - 120 minutes
Directed by Michael Herbig. Written by Kit Hopkins, Thilo Röscheisen and Michael Herbig.

With Friedrich Mücke (Text for You), Karoline Schuch (Hanna’s Journey), David Kross (My Brother Simple), Alicia von Rittberg (Fury) and Thomas Kretschmann (Valkyrie).

 

Based on the true story of what may be the most spectacular escape attempt from East Germany ever undertaken. In the summer of 1979, after two years of planning, sewing and tinkering, the Strelzyk and Wetzel families are ready to put their daredevil plan into action: fly from the GDR to West Germany in a homemade hot air balloon. After their initial failure is found out by the authorities, the brave amateurs work frantically to create a second balloon while trying to avoid discovery by the East German police, who are desperate to track down the would-be traitors. This inspiring and nerve-wracking film from director Michael Herbig (star of Hotel Lux) feature’s a who’s-who cast of SBFF favorites, and will keep you on the edge of your seat to the very end.

In English and German, with subtitles.

Produced by Michael Herbig. Edited by Alexander Dittner. Director of Photography: Torsten Breuer. A herbX Film, StudioCanal and SevenPictures Film production. From DistribFilms US.

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Friday, July 19 • 7:00 pm Miamor Perdido

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Miamor perdido

 

U.S. Premiere - Spain - 103 minutes
Directed by Emilio Martínez-Lázaro. Written by Clara Martínez-
Lázaro and Miguel Esteban.
With Dani Rovira, Michelle Jener, and Vito Sanz (Growing Up).


After falling madly in love, comedian Mario and actress Olivia decide to end their perfect relationship before it falls apart on its own. But when their adopted cat Miamor (MyLove) disappears in the process of their break up, their perfect plan goes awry. Clara Martínez-Lázaro, writer and director of last year’s uproarious Growing Up teams up with her father, director Emilio Martínez-Lázaro, to bring us this insane comedy about love, commitment, Schrödinger's cat, and the Theater of the Absurd.

In Spanish with subtitles.

Produced by Nico Matji and José Luis Olaizola. Edited by Ángel Hernández Zoido. Director of Photography: Juan Molina. A Discontinuo La Película, Impala, Caos Films and Radio Televisión Española production. From SONY Pictures Releasing España.

 

 

 

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Asia ASHORT

 

ASIA A

 

New York Premiere - United States - 20 min
A film by Andrew Reid

A young man with a recent spinal cord injury struggles with his sense of selfworth as a paraplegic.

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Friday, July 19 • 9:30 pm Celeste

FEATURE

 

Celeste

 

Written and Directed by Ben Hackworth.
With Radha Mitchell (Finding Neverland, Melinda and Melinda), Thomas Cocquerel (The Tribes of Palos Verdes), Odessa Young (The Professor) and Nadine Garner.

 

Hidden away at a crumbling estate, retired opera diva Celeste anxiously reaches out to her late husband’s son, asking him to come home for her much-anticipated final performance. But his return after the long absence stirs up unsettling memories that pull them both into a mutually precarious orbit. Set in the lush, tropical splendor of the rain forest in Queensland, Australia, this visually stunning feature mesmerizes as an unfolding mystery and haunting romance.

Produced by Lizzette Atkins, Raphael Cocks. Edited by Peter Carrodus. Director of Photography: Katie Milwright. A Unicorn Films production. From LevelK.

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SHORT Intermedium

 

Intermedium

World Premiere - United States - 21 min
A film by Erik Bloomquist

An obsessive-compulsive teenager struggles to compromise with the ghost
that haunts her family’s new home.

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Saturday, July 20 • 4:00 pm Yao

FEATURE

 

Yao

 

U.S. Premiere - France, Senegal - 103 min
Directed by Philippe Godeau. Written by Philippe Godeau and Agnès de Sacy.
With Omar Sy (The Intouchables), Lionel Louis Basse, and Fatoumata Diawara.

 

13-year-old Yao would do anything to meet actor Seydou Tall. When Seydou comes to Senegal for the first time, Yao travels 240 miles alone just to meet him.  Moved by Yao’s determination, Seydou decides accompany him back to his village, but begins to realize that he is also travelling towards his own home as well. This feel-good charmer features the amazing landscape of Senegal.

In French with subtitles.

Produced by Philippe Godeau and Omar Sy. Edited by Hervé de Luze. Director of Photography: Jean-Marc Fabre.  A Pan Européenne, Korokoro, and France 2 Cinéma production. From Top Knot Films.  From Wild Bunch.

 

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  The High Bridge

SHORT

 

The High Bridge

United States - 9 min
A film by Benedict Campbell

A Bronx teenager reluctantly confronts fatherhood when he takes his young daughter to the doctor.

 


 

Saturday, July 20 • 7:00 pm Sweethearts

FEATURE

 

Sweethearts

 

U.S. Premiere - Germany - 107 min
Directed by Karoline Herfurth.
Written by Monika Fäßler.
With Karoline Herfurth (Text for You), Hannah Herzsprung, Frederick Lau (My Brother Simple), and Anneke Kim Sarnau (My Brother Simple).

 

When thief and single mom Mel’s greatest coup is foiled by Franny, she decides to take her hostage. Now with both of them on the run from cops and crooks, Franny decides to help a less than enthusiastic Mel, only creating more mayhem in the process. A laugh-out-loud crime caper from director/actor Karoline Herfurth.

In German with subtitles

Produced by Christopher Doll and Lothar Hellinger. Edited by Simon Gstöttmayr. Director of Photography: Daniel Gottschalk. A Warner Bros. Film Productions and Hellinger / Doll Filmproduktion production. From Picture Tree International.

 

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Portraitist

 

SHORT

 

Portraitist

New York Premiere - Luxembourg - 15 min
In French with subtitles
A film by Cyrus Neshvad

An old man's suicide attempt is interrupted when he learns that his granddaughter is ill.

 

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Saturday, July 20 • 9:30 pm Them That Follow

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Them That Follow

 

United States - 98 min
Written and Directed by Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage.
With Alice Englert, Walton Goggins (Django Unchained), Olivia Colman (The Favourite), Thomas Mann (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), Jim Gaffigan.

 

In the wilds of Appalachia, the widowed preacher Lemuel oversees a church whose believers handle deadly snakes to prove themselves before God, while his daughter has a secret that could tear their tiny community apart. This slow-burning film gives its characters so much humanity that the eventual explosion it sets off is all the more powerfully felt. Academy Award winner Olivia Colman shines in her role as a weary but faithful follower.

Produced by Gerard Butler, Bradley Gallo, Michael A. Helfant, Danielle Robinson and Alan Siegel. Edited by Joshua Raymond Lee . Director of Photography: Brett Jutkiewicz. An Amasia Entertainment and G-BASEproduction. From 1091 Media.

 

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SHORT percht

 

Percht

East Coast Premiere - Austria - 17 min
In German with subtitles
A film by Béla Baptiste

Following local tradition, a group of young Austrians dress like demons to chase away winter.

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Sunday, July 21 • 4:00 pm Cause of death

FEATURE

 

Cause of Death

 

New York Premiere - Israel - 79 min
Directed by Ramy A Katz.
Written by Ramy A Katz and Assaf Lapid.

On the night of the 5th of March 2002, an armed terrorist opened fire on civilians dining in a Tel Aviv restaurant. Policeman Salim Barakat arrived first on the scene and stopped the terrorist, but he was killed in the process. For years his brother Jamal has been attending police ceremonies in commemoration of Salim. Now, after discovering new facts about the incident, Jamal suspects that officials may have withheld vital information, and he sets out to find the truth. A riveting documentary, with twists and turns up to its very end.

In Hebrew and Arabic with subtitles

Produced by Ramy A Katz. Edited by Assaf Lapid. Director of Photography: Itai Raziel, Rami Katzav. From Go2Films.

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  sides of the horn

SHORT

 

Sides of a Horn

United States & South Africa -17 min
In English and Zulu, with subtitles
A film by Toby Wosskow         

A tale of South Africa's poaching war told from both sides of the fence.

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Sunday, July 21 • 7:00 pm unorthdox

FEATURE

 

The Unorthodox

 

Israel - 99 min
Written and Directed by Eliran Malka.
With Shula Rand, Yaacov Cohen and Yoav Levi.

 

1983: Yaakov Cohen, a Sephardic Jew living in Jerusalem, is tired of feeling pushed around by the Ashkenazi Jews of European descent. After his daughter is expelled from school for racial reasons, he decides to fight back. Though he’s just a regular guy with no money, connections or political experience, Yaakov discovers he has the will to take action. Joining forces with others in his community he decides to establish the first ethnic political group in Jerusalem. A big hearted, humorous and fascinating tale based on the creation of the Shas in Israel.

In Hebrew with subtitles

Produced by Ra'anan Gershoni. Edited by Arik Lahav-Leibovich. Director of Photography: Yaron Scharf. A Dori Media Paran production. From Go2Films.

 

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  How to Swim

SHORT

 

How to Swim

 

Israel - 15 min
In Hebrew with subtitles
A film Noa Gusakov


A pregnant woman tricks a stranger into being her mother for an afternoon.

 

 


Sunday, July 21 • 9:30 pm Above the clouds

FEATURE

 

Above the Clouds

 

East Coast Premiere -
United Kingdom - 87 min
Directed by Leon Chambers. Screenplay by Simon Lord.
With Naomi Morris, Andrew Murton, and Philip Jackson (My Week with Marilyn).

 

When headstrong Charlie discovers her parents have been keeping her biological father a secret from her, she does what any 18-year old would do – she recruits an art loving homeless man whose only possession is his driving license to be her ‘responsible adult’ and sets off on an epic 700-mile road trip from Margate to the Isle of Skye to track down a man she knows nothing about. A mirthful and picturesque epic on the importance of family.

Produced by Leon Chambers. Edited by Leon Chambers. Director of Photography: Neil Oseman. A Third Light Films production.

 

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  toke

SHORT

 

Toke is Cheap

Canada - 23 minutes
A film by Kerry van der Griend

A teenage boy who sells marijuana is met with an unusual request from his Father.

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Monday, July 22 • 7:00 pm Guest Artist

FEATURE

 

Guest Artist


United States - 74 min

Directed by Timothy Busfield. Written by Jeff Daniels.
With Jeff Daniels (The Martian, The Squid and the Whale, Gettysburg) and Thomas Macias.

Writer and legendary actor Jeff Daniels gives a tour de force performance as Joseph Harris, a world-weary New York playwright who has just arrived at the train station in a small Michigan town to mount his latest play. Faced with an overly enthusiastic driver—who also just happens to be an aspiring playwright—and a severe lack of alcohol, Harris decides to return to New York immediately, much to the dismay of his biggest fan. A hilarious, engaging and truly independent film about art, integrity and knowing when not to apologize.

Produced by Michael A. Alden, Timothy Busfield, Donald Clark, Jeff Daniels, Michael Ferdie, Melissa Gilbert, Michael Lohmann and Alyssa Loveall. Director of Photography: Wilson Coates Busfield. From Grand River Productions.

 

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  Waiting Game

SHORT

 

Waiting Game

East Coast Premiere - United States - 24 min
A film by Jon Bloch

A young man puts his life on hold to take care of his ailing father, as they both struggle to connect.

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Monday, July 22 • 9:30 pm winsley

FEATURE

 

Lady Winsley

 

U.S. Premiere - France, Turkey, Belgium - 106 min
Directed by Hiner Saleem. Written by Thomas Bidegain, Hiner Saleem and Véronique Wüthrich.
With Mehmet Kur tulus, Ergün Kuyucu and Ezgi Mola.

 

When Lady Winsley, the famous American novelist, is discovered dead on the remote Turkish island of Büyükada, the famous Inspector Fergün is sent from Istanbul to solve the murder case. With the help of Azra, the beautiful innkeeper, he must confront stubborn members of the island community in his attempt to untangle well-kept secrets and discover who the murderer is. An intriguing mystery and a fascinating comedy of manners, from the director who brought My Sweet Pepperland to our festival.

In Turkish with subtitles

Produced by Marc Bordure and Rober t Guédiguian. Edited by Claire
Fieschi and Sophie Reine. Director of Photography: Andreas Sinanos.
An Agat Films & Cie production. From Playtime.

 

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  bicycle thief

SHORT

 

The Bicycle Thief

East Coast Premiere - United Kingdom - 8 min
A film by Kerry Skinner and Stewart Alexander

A young girl’s day of adventure is interrupted when her bicycle is stolen.

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Tuesday, July 23 • 7:00 pm chuskit

FEATURE

 

Chuskit


New York Premiere - India - 90 min

Written and Directed by Priya Ramasubban.
With Jigmet Dewa Lhamo and Morup Namgyal.

 

Chuskit's dream of going to school is cut short when she is rendered a paraplegic after an accident. Confined to life indoors, she continues to harbor hopes of going to school, but her tradition-bound grandfather feels that the school in their remote Himalayan village can't handle her special needs. Caught in the middle of this struggle are her parents and brother, who respect grandfather’s old world views, but also want to keep Chuskit's spirit alive. A thoroughly charming, family-friendly treat from a part of the world seldom seen on screen.

In Ladakhi with subtitles

Produced by Priya Ramasubban. Edited by Jabeen Merchant. Director of Photography: Arvind Kannabiran. A Kaavya Films production.

 

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  Youngest

SHORT

 

The Youngest

New York Premiere - Israel - 18 min
In Hebrew with subtitles
A film by Rachel Elitzur

An ultra-orthodox young woman feels trapped by her widowed mother.

 

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Tuesday, July 23 • 9:30 pm Made in China

FEATURE

 

Made in China


U.S. Premiere - France - 87 min

Directed by Julien Abraham. Written by Julien Abraham, Frédéric Chau and Kamel Guemra.
With Frédéric Chau, Medi Sadoun, Julie De Bona,
Steve Tran, Bing Yin, and Mylène Jampanoï.

 

Francois, a young French-Chinese photographer, hasn't set foot in Paris' Chinatown or talked to his father since they had an intense fight ten years ago. Since then, he has avoided all questions about his family and has even pretended to be adopted. But when he learns that he is going to be a father, he realizes that it is time to come to terms with his past. Pushed by his wife and bringing along his best friend Bruno for moral support, he decides to reconnect with his family and share his good news. A humorous and touching film about family, friends, and remembering where you came from.

In French with subtitles

Produced by Florian Genetet-Morel and Sandra Karim. Edited by Scott Stevenson. Director of Photography: Julien Meurice. A Montauk Films and Ripley Films production. From TF1 Studio.

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  newborn

SHORT

 

Newborn

New York Premiere - Canada - 6 min
A film by Ray Savaya
After missing the birth of his son, a new father asks his wife to
reconsider the name they’ve chosen for the child.

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Wednesday, July 24 • 7:00 pm Baybsplitters

FEATURE

 

Babysplitters


New York Premiere - United States - 115 min

Written and Directed by Sam Friedlander.
With Danny Pudi, Emily Chang, Maiara Walsh and Eddie Alfano
(Internet Gangsters).

 

Sarah is ready for a child, but her husband Jeff is still trying to achieve the career he always wanted. Meanwhile, their friends Don and Taylor are also not in agreement on parenthood – he’s ready to dive in, but she doesn’t want to give up their freedom. So they hatch a plan: one baby, two sets of parents. What could possibly go wrong? Don’t miss this laugh-out-loud comedy from Sam Friedlander (director of last year’s Audience Award for best short, Internet Gangsters) with Danny Pudi (Community), Emily Chang (The Vampire Diaries), Maiara Walsh (The Last Ship) and Long Island’s own Eddie Alfano.

Produced by Sam Friedlander, Rebecca G. Stone, Matt DiNicola and David C. Smith. Edited by Christine Kim. Director of Photography:
Alicia Robbins. A Route 66 Films and Third Law Productions production.

 

 

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  homecoming

SHORT

 

Homecoming
United States - 7 minutes
A film by Jennifer Blair

When a college sophomore returns home to share some important news
with his parents, things don’t quite go as expected.

 


Wednesday, July 24 • 9:30 pm SGLD

FEATURE

 

A Scientist's Guide to Living and Dying

 

New York Premiere - United States - 75 min
Directed by Nitzan Mager and Shachar Langlev (Folkswagon). Written by Nitzan Mager.
With Nitzan Mager, Kieran Patrick Campbell and Kivlighan de Montebello.

A young scientist, in the midst of groundbreaking genetic research, is thrown into free-fall when she becomes pregnant with her dead husband’s child. As she is suddenly confronted by the unknowable, her mind and her body are transfigured in ways that are both magical and terrifying. A courageous and unique experience in which the real-life pregnancy of writer/director/actress Nitzan Mager was followed on film over nine months and explored within a fantastical, fictional story.

Produced by Nitzan Mager and Shachar Langlev. Edited by Shari Berman and Mark Demolar. Director of Photography: Shachar Langlev and Roy Nowlin. From Mager Langlev Media.


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  Debbie and Dean

SHORT

 

Debbie & Doug Drop Acid in the Desert

East Coast Premiere - United States - 25 min
A film by Scott Brown

A desperate couple drop acid to try to re-ignite the fire of their once passionate marriage.

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Thursday, July 25 • 7:00 pm IGIT

FEATURE

 

In God I Trust

 

East Coast Premiere - Canada - 97 min
Directed by Maja Zdanowski. Written by Paul St. Amand and Maja
Zdanowski.
With Marc Senior, John Cassini (Se7en) , Steven Roberts, Bilal Oliver, and Melissa Roxburgh (Star Trek Beyond).

 

A suspenseful, sharp-eyed study on the unpredictable realities of race and religion in America. Inspired by true events, this film follows three separate story lines that converge during a random encounter at a diner in a small Northern Idaho town. The audience may find their own assumptions questioned as these complicated, true-to-life portrayals keep one guessing until the final credits. Featuring nuanced performances, Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Bilal Oliver, and an amazing landscape, this is the unique vision of a talented and truly independent filmmaker.

Produced by Paul St. Amand, Maja Zdanowski and Jesse Norsworthy. Edited by Maja Zdanowski. Director of Photography: Corey MacGregor. An IGIT Film production.

 

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  jupiter

SHORT

 

Jupiter

New York Premiere - Germany - 14 min
In German with subtitles
A film by Benjamin Pfohl

A shy, teenage girl must choose between her parents’ cosmic cult and
her own future.

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Thursday, July 25 • 9:30 pm silent revolution

FEATURE

 

The Silent Revolution

 

East Coast Premiere – Germany – 111 min
Written and Directed by Lars Kraume. From the book by Dietrich
Garstka.
With Leonard Scheicher, Tom Gramenz, Ronald Zehrfeld (Sweethearts), and Florian Lukas (The Invisibles)

 

When a class of Seniors in the Communist-controlled GDR discovers what is really happening during the Hungarian Uprising of 1956, they decide to remain silent for one minute to show solidarity with the victims. After this draws more attention than expected, the students find themselves accused of a counterrevolutionary act. A true story of courage in the face of an unforgiving, authoritarian regime.

In German and Russian with subtitles

Produced by Miriam Düssel, Susanne Freyer, Kalle Friz, Isabel Hund and Thomas Kufus. Edited by Barbara Gies. Director of Photography: Jens Harant. An Akzente Film- und Fernsehproduktion, Studiocanal Film, Zero One Film and Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) production. From DistribFilms US.

 
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  interview

SHORT

 

The Interview

United States - 15 min
A film by Nate Duncan

A man goes in for an important job interview only to find out that more than a
job is on the line.

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Friday, July 26 • 7:00 pm cold case

FEATURE

 

Cold Case Hammarskjöld

 

New York Premiere - Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Belgium - 128 min.  Written and Directed by Mads Brügger

 

Danish director Mads Brügger has created what may be the most unusual documentary you will ever see. Dag Hammarskjöld served as the Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1953 until 1961 when he died in a plane en route to cease-fire negotiations during the Congo Crisis. While the crash was officially attributed to pilot error, it was disputed from the beginning, with more evidence coming to light over the past few decades. Joining forces with a Swedish private investigator, Brügger gamely decides to sift through this very cold case. But as they begin to put the pieces together they realize they have either solved a scandalous murder or have uncovered an elaborate conspiracy theory. Don’t miss this wild ride through recent history in a one-of-a-kind film you’ll be thinking about for days.

In English, French, Swedish, Bemba and Danish with subtitles

Produced by Andreas Rocksén. Edited by Nicolás Nørgaard Staffolani. Director of Photography: Tore Vollan. A Wingman Media ApS, Piraya Film A/S and Laika Film & Television production. From Magnolia Pictures.

 

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Friday, July 26 • 9:30 pm parts you lose

FEATURE

 

The Parts You Lose

 

East Coast Premiere - United States - 99 min
Directed by Christopher Cantwell. Written by Darren Lemke.
With Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Scoot McNairy (Argo), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane) and Danny Murphy.

 

Wesley is a 10-year-old who lives on a small farm in North Dakota and goes to a school for the deaf. Bullied at school and suffering a strained relationship with his father, his one bright spot is his relationship with his mother. When an injured criminal fugitive takes refuge in an abandoned barn on the boy's family's farm, Wesley decides to help him recover, and the two misfits form an unlikely alliance. Aaron Paul has never been better, and young British actor Danny Murphy, who is deaf, gives a heartfelt perfor mance as young Wesley.

Produced by Aaron Paul and Tom Williams. Edited by Heather Per sons. Director of Photography: Evans Brown. A Gran Via Productions, Inferno Pictures Inc. and The H Collective production. From Samuel Goldwyn Films. The Parts You Lose will be presented with closed captions for the hearing impaired. 

 

 

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Saturday, July 27 • 8:00 pm lola

CLOSING NIGHT FEATURE

 

Lola & Her Brothers

 

New York Premiere - France - 105 min
Directed by Jean-Paul Rouve. Written by David Foenkinos and Jean-Paul Rouve. 
With Ludivine Sagnier, José Garcia, Jean-Paul Rouve (La Vie en Rose) and Ramzy Bedia.

 

Lola and her brothers Pierre and Benoit lost their parents a long time ago, but they visit their graves regularly. Now in her 30’s, Lola may be the youngest of the three, but she behaves more like a mother to her overprotective big brothers. When Pierre loses his job but pretends he’s still employed, and Benoit ties himself in knots for his new bride, Lola finds she is reluctant to
introduce them to the man she’s finally fallen in love with. But maybe the time has come for Lola to settle down and enjoy a life of her own. Sit back and relax as this charming and sensitive comedy provides the perfect mood for the closing film.

In French with subtitles

Produced by Cédric Iland, Nadia Khamlichi and Adrian Politowski. Edited by Jean-Christophe Bouzy. Director of Photography: Christophe Offenstein. A Nolita Cinema, Les Films du Monsieur, TF1 Studio, France 2 Cinéma, Nexus Factory and Umedia production. From TF1 Studio.

 
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