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3000 Nights
Let’s say you’re a kind woman who lives in Palestine and you give a ride to a boy in need of help. Later, the boy is accused of being a terrorist, and you’re accused of aiding and abetting. Do you lie on the stand and incriminate him in order to avoid punishment? This is the agonizing dilemma facing Layla, a newlywed Palestinian schoolteacher whose well-intentioned deed has tragic consequences. Refusing to say the boy threatened her, she is sentenced to prison—and once there, discovers she’s pregnant. Pressured to have an abortion, she instead makes the very risky choice of giving birth and raising her child behind bars. Documentary filmmaker Mai Masri uses her keen eye for realism to bring riveting nuance to her first feature, a stirring celebration of courage in the face of injustice, and a testament to the power of a mother’s love in the darkest of circumstances.
Film Info
Section:Foreign Official Selection: Narrative
Release Year:2015
Runtime:103 min.
Type of Film:Feature Narrative
Rating:NR
Production Country:France
Jordan
Lebanon
United Arab Emirates
Qatar
Original Language:Arabic
Hebrew
Subtitles:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Maisa Abd Elhadi
Nadira Omran
Rakeen Saad
Raida Adon
Abeer Zeibak Haddad
Director:Mai Masri
Produced by:Mai Masri
Sabine Sidawi-Hamdan
Charlotte Uzu
Screenwriter:Mai Masri
Cinematography:Gilles Porte
Editing By:Michèle Tyan
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The 33
Even if you know every detail of the Chilean gold mine collapse that trapped 33 miners underground in 2010, you’ll be riveted to the edge of your seat by Patricia Riggen’s captivating and rousing depiction of the real-life events. Antonio Banderas, Lou Diamond Phillips, Juliette Binoche, and Cote de Pablo star in this suspenseful crowd-pleaser that shifts between the claustrophobic and unimaginable ordeal of the miners 2,300 feet underground, and the struggles on the Earth’s surface, where family members helpless-ly wait, the government pushes for action, and the mining company flounders. Riggen skillfully and po-tently builds the tension—a feat all the more remarkable considering the ending is a foregone conclu-sion—in this tear-jerking, heart-squeezing, ultimately uplifting testament to the strength of the human spirit.
Film Info
Section:US Official Selection: Narrative
Free Movies at the Buzz
Release Year:2015
Runtime:127 min.
Type of Film:Feature Narrative
Rating:PG-13
Production Country:Chile
USA
Original Language:English
Spanish
Subtitles:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Antonio Banderas
Rodrigo Santoro
Juliette Binoche
James Brolin
Lou Diamond Phillips
Director:Patricia Riggen
Produced by:Robert Katz
Edward McGurn
Mike Medavoy
Screenwriter:Mikko Alanne
Craig Borten
Michael Thomas
Jose Rivera
Hector Tobar
Cinematography:Checco Varese
Editing By:Michael Tronick
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Adam's Rib
They just don’t make smart romantic comedies like this any more—but maybe they would if more women wrote them, as Oscar-winner Ruth Gordon (Maude in “Harold & Maude”) did in 1949. Sparkling, sophisticated, and ineffably entertaining, this ultimate battle-of-the-sexes tale is told with a fiery feminist savvy that was decades ahead of its time. A prosecutor (Spencer Tracy) finds himself on the opposite side of the aisle from his defense lawyer wife (Katharine Hepburn) when she takes on a client charged for the attempted murder of her philandering husband. The courtroom conflict soon becomes a source of marital discord as the headline-making case turns into a battleground for sexual equality. Hostilities arise, chauvinism is exposed, barbs are traded, and zingers crackle in this razor-sharp script that created this very best of Tracy-Hepburn vehicles. The only thing we’d object to? You missing it.
Film Info
Section:Open Space
Release Year:1949
Runtime:101 min.
Type of Film:Feature Narrative
Rating:NR
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Spencer Tracy
Katharine Hepburn
Judy Holliday
Tom Ewell
David Wayne
Director:George Cukor
Produced by:Lawrence Weingarten
Screenwriter:Ruth Gordon
Garson Kanin
Cinematography:George J. Folsey
Editing By:George Boemler
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Adult Life Skills
Anna’s mother and grandmother aren’t impressed. She’s living in the shed out back, making videos starring her thumbs, working as a summer camp counselor, and microwaving her bras instead of remembering to do laundry. But when you’re a quirky British woman, about to turn 30 without your twin brother who died recently in a tragic accident, your best school friend is due in town for a visit, and you’re dogged by a handsome but terrifically awkward real estate agent and a troubled 8-year-old camper with a dying mother, maybe you can be forgiven for taking a while to earn your Adult Life Skills badge. Winner of the Nora Ephron prize at the Tribeca Film Festival, Jodie Whittaker stars in this disarming, unapologetically brash, and refreshingly unsentimental comedy about growing up and moving on. In Person: Director Rachel Tunnard.
Film Info
Section:Foreign Official Selection: Narrative
Movies Around the Bay
Movies on a Boat
Release Year:2016
Runtime:96 min.
Type of Film:Feature Narrative
Premiere Status:Michigan Premiere
Rating:NR
Production Country:UK
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Jodie Whittaker
Lorraine Ashbourne
Brett Goldstein
Rachael Deering
Eileen Davies
Director:Rachel Tunnard
Produced by:Michael Berliner
Screenwriter:Rachel Tunnard
Cinematography:Bet Rourich
Editing By:Rachel Tunnard
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All This Panic
What’s it like to come of age in the city that never sleeps? Shot over the course of three years, this warm and intimate documentary follows teenage sisters Ginger and Dusty and their friends as they navigate New York City during the tenuous time surrounding the high school to college transition. The film’s dreamy cinematography perfectly captures the beauty and truth of these young women, who candidly and vulnerably discuss struggles with family, identity, friendship, and everything that inspires panic—from what to wear on the first day of junior year to mentally unstable parents who lose their jobs. The strength, resilience, and strange wisdom of these brave teens will instill you with new hope for the next generation. Scheduled to Appear: Director Jenny Gage.
Film Info
Section:US Official Selection: Documentary
Release Year:2016
Runtime:79 min.
Type of Film:Feature Documentary
Premiere Status:Michigan Premiere
Rating:NR
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Dusty Rose Ryan
Delia Cunningham
Lena M.
Ginger Leigh Ryan
Olivia Cucinotta
Director:Jenny Gage
Produced by:Tom Betterton
Christie Colliopoulos
Jenny Gage
Jennifer Ollman
Cinematography:Tom Betterton
Editing By:Connor Kalista
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Audrie & Daisy
Audrie and Daisy are like most teenage American girls: They come from loving families, go to good schools, spend time on social media. And sometimes, at parties with their friends, they drink. After nights of binge drinking, both Audrie and Daisy were assaulted by boys they knew—assaults that continued the morning after on social media, where they were accused of having somehow been responsible for the crimes. Sadly, the similarities between Audrie and Daisy end here. This alltoo- common nightmarish scenario drove Audrie to hang herself, while Daisy survived her suicide attempt. The film’s unpacking of the complexities surrounding cases like these is required viewing for parents of teenagers, and may inspire open conversations about tough issues and safe havens in dire circumstances.
Film Info
Section:US Official Selection: Documentary
Don't Miss
Release Year:2016
Runtime:95 min.
Type of Film:Feature Documentary
Premiere Status:Michigan Premiere
Rating:NR
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Web Site:http://www.audrieanddaisy.com/
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Jon Shenk
Bonni Cohen
Produced by:Richard Berge
Sara Dosa
Editing By:Don Bernier
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The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Like a thunderbolt in the wake of current events and the Black Lives Matter movement comes this searing documentary that is one of the most important films of the past year. Often marginalized for their public image of anger and violence, the Black Panthers are given a more complex, fully realized voice by veteran filmmaker Stanley Nelson, who explores the group’s grassroots community efforts alongside the armed citizens patrols that gave them their gun-toting reputation. Juxtaposing archival footage, contemporary interviews with group members, and opposing insight from wary police officers, Nelson creates a 360-degree portrait of the Panthers. Set to a soundtrack of electric soul and funk, this film is a blistering look at the explosive rise and sudden fall of a movement as relevant today as it was fifty years ago.
Film Info
Section:The Documentary Branch
Free Movies at the Buzz
Don't Miss
Release Year:2015
Runtime:115 min.
Type of Film:Feature Documentary
Premiere Status:Michigan Premiere
Rating:NR
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Angela Arnold
Erica Ball
Rhon G. Flatts
Eric Lockley
Nola Nelson
Director:Stanley Nelson
Produced by:Laurens Grant
Stanley Nelson
Screenwriter:Stanley Nelson
Editing By:Aljernon Tunsil
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The Doug Benson Movie Interruption: A Donald Trump Favorite - Bloodsport
In the interests of equal time, we offer you a TC exclusive: one of Donald Trump’s favorite films, a Jean-Claude Van Damme FIGHT TO THE DEATH: “Bloodsport!” This preposterously violent 1980s classic has it all: Blood. Van Damme Crazy Eyes. Training montages. More blood. Illegal kung-fu tournaments. Snake-skin jackets. Literally all the blood. The Muscles from Brussels milks his helicopter- jumping, roundhouse-kicking debut for all it’s worth in this loosely-plotted story about an AWOL American soldier who joins an anything-goes martial arts ring. Especially brutal and casually racist, you could read it as 90 minutes of insight into Donald Trump’s mind. So stretch out those hammies (side-splitting can hurt), and get ready for a hilarious round on the mat with Benson and buddies as they provide a running commentary on “Bloodsport,” live from the front row.
Film Info
Section:Midnight
July 28, 2016 - A Day in History
Release Year:1988
Runtime:92 min.
Type of Film:Feature Narrative
Rating:R
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Jean-Claude Van Damme
Donald Gibb
Leah Ayres
Norman Burton
Forest Whitaker
Director:Newt Arnold
Produced by:Mark DiSalle
Yoram Globus
Menahem Golan
Screenwriter:Sheldon Lettich
Sheldon Lettich
Christopher Cosby
Mel Friedman
Cinematography:David Worth
Editing By:Carl Kress
Michael J. Duthie
Jean-Claude Van Damme
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Blow Up
Italian master Michelangelo Antonioni’s first English-language feature, “Blow-Up” follows a trendy fash-ion photographer (David Hemmings) in mod-era London who may have inadvertently photographed a murder. Both an erotic thriller (glamorous stars like Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, and Jane Birkin are never too far away) and a portrait of the joyless decadence, casual sex, and ennui of life in London in the 60s, this artful, Oscar-nominated cinematic masterpiece unfolds as a captivating spectacle of sights and sounds. As much about a lonely man as it is about the essential nature of imagery, this true turning point in the history of cinema helped pave the way for many of the great films of the late 60s and 70s.
Film Info
Section:State Centennial
Free Movies at the Buzz
Release Year:1966
Runtime:111 min.
Type of Film:Feature Narrative
Rating:NR
Production Country:UK
Italy
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Vanessa Redgrave
Sarah Miles
David Hemmings
John Castle
Jane Birkin
Director:Michelangelo Antonioni
Produced by:Carlo Ponti
Screenwriter:Michelangelo Antonioni
Tonino Guerra
Cinematography:Carlo Di Palma
Editing By:Frank Clarke
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The Brand New Testament
Imagine God as an overbearing crank, shuffling around in a bathrobe, yelling at his family, and plotting ways to torment humanity, and you’ll get an idea of Belgian director Jaco Van Dormael’s wicked sense of humor. What if the “Son of God” story we’re used to hearing was suddenly about the “Daughter of God”—and what if she was a bratty, rebellious 10-year-old living in Brussels? Strap yourself in for this wildly inventive satire that follows God’s daughter, Ea, as she hacks her dad’s computer and sends a text to everyone on Earth giving them the exact date of their death. As humans grapple with the fallout of “DeathLeaks,” God must leave his comfort zone to restore order...or at least His version of it. Toying with ideas of fate and free will with a cheeky smirk, this smart, irreverent comedy is a rare treat for slapstick fans and the philosophically inclined alike.
Film Info
Section:Foreign Official Selection: Narrative
Free Movies at the Buzz
Release Year:2015
Runtime:110 min.
Type of Film:Feature Narrative
Rating:NR
Production Country:Belgium
France
Luxembourg
Original Language:French
German
Subtitles:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Pili Groyne
Benoit Poelvoorde
Catherine Deneuve
Francois Damiens
Yolande Moreau
Director:Jaco Van Dormael
Produced by:Olivier Rausin
Jaco Van Dormael
Screenwriter:Thomas Gunzig
Jaco Van Dormael
Cinematography:Christophe Beaucarne
Editing By:Herve de Luze
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By Sidney Lumet
A few minutes into this luminous chronicle of the astonishing career of director Sidney Lumet, it’s clear that this is no stuffy biopic. One of the giants of American cinema, Lumet’s vast body of work spanned 44 films over the course of 50 years—including “Twelve Angry Men,” “Serpico,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” and “Network.” Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Nancy Buirski spins clips together with never-before-seen interview footage from the end of Lumet’s career to present a veritable master class on the art of filmmaking and living life to the fullest. He’s the dinner guest you always wished you had at your parties, as masterful a storyteller in front of the camera as he is behind it. This brilliant film will leave you feeling like you’ve just had one of the best conversations of your life. In Person: Director Nancy Buir-ski.
Film Info
Section:US Official Selection: Documentary
Movies for Smart People
Release Year:2015
Runtime:103 min.
Type of Film:Feature Documentary
Rating:NR
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Sidney Lumet
Director:Nancy Buirski
Produced by:Walter Bernstein
Nancy Buirski
Chris Donnelly
Joshua A. Green
Thane Rosenbaum
Robin Yigit Smith
Editing By:Anthony Ripoli
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The C Word
Cancer: Few words are more feared. But in her sharply researched, deftly humorous message of hope, survivor Meghan O’Hara (Oscar-nominated producer of “Bowling for Columbine, “Fahrenheit 9/11,” and “Sicko”) changes the way we think about this terrifying disease, showing that it’s time to stop being afraid of cancer and time to make cancer afraid of us. Following her diagnosis, O’Hara met neurologist Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, who was diagnosed with brain cancer while doing cancer research. Together they explore daily Western behaviors that are linked to 70% of cancer deaths: smoking, processed foods, stress, contaminants, and lack of exercise. Narrated and executive produced by Morgan Freeman, “The C Word” is an unflinching look at our complacency with cancer culture, the vibrant cast of characters who are changing the game, and the tools we already have to beat the dreaded scourge of our time. Scheduled to Appear: Director Meghan O’Hara.
Film Info
Section:US Official Selection: Documentary
Don't Miss
Release Year:2015
Runtime:89 min.
Type of Film:Feature Documentary
Rating:NR
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
French
Subtitles:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Morgan Freeman
Director:Meghan O'Hara
Produced by:Lori McCreary
Meghan O'Hara
Pascaline Servan Schreiber
Screenwriter:Meghan O'Hara
Cinematography:Topaz Adizes
Nelson Hume
Editing By:Francisco Bello
Bryan Gunnar Cole
Lorian James Delman
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Cameraperson
Acclaimed documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson has spent her entire career behind the camera, unseen but ever present, making decisions to frame a shot a certain way in “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” or to zoom in on a subject at a particular moment in “Citizenfour” or “Fahrenheit 9/11.” For “Cameraperson,” Johnson assembled footage from her 25-year career to create a visual memoir collage that raises complicated questions about the nature and ethics of documentary filmmaking. While filming a Bosnian toddler who is trying to play with an ax, Johnson is heard muttering a terrified “Oh Jesus!” when his hands get perilously close to the blade—but she doesn’t interfere. She records what happens, good or bad. The balance between compassionately telling the stories of others and becoming part of the stories is explored with bracing intensity and insight in one of the year’s most buzzed-about films. In Person: Director Kirsten Johnson.
Film Info
Section:US Official Selection: Documentary
Cinema Salon
Movies for Smart People
Don't Miss
Release Year:2016
Runtime:102 min.
Type of Film:Feature Documentary
Rating:NR
Production Country:USA
Original Language:Arabic
Bosnian
Dari
English
Subtitles:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Kirsten Johnson
Produced by:Kirsten Johnson
Cinematography:Kirsten Johnson
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Censored Voices
Shortly after Israel’s decisive 1967 victory in the Six-Day War—while the country celebrated the seizure of the Sinai Peninsula, West Bank, and Gollan Heights which tripled Israel’s size—returning soldiers sat down to record their battlefield experiences. When authors Amos Oz and Avraham Shapira went to publish those interviews, the Israeli army censored all but 30 percent of them. Now, for the first time, the soldiers’ tortured words are finally being heard, and they tell a very different tale than had previously been reported. Oz and many of the men he spoke with, now grown old, revisit the anguish, guilt, and doubt they felt over their actions in the war that excised Palestine with such harrowing force. It seems that the march of time does not heal all wounds. “We were told not to show mercy,” says one. Asks another, “Are we doomed to live in the pauses between wars?” This momentous film casts new light on old ideas about the famous conflict, and stands as a clear-eyed reminder of a
Film Info
Section:Foreign Official Selection: Documentary
Release Year:2015
Runtime:84 min.
Type of Film:Feature Documentary
Rating:NR
Production Country:Germany
Israel
Original Language:Hebrew
Subtitles:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Mor Loushy
Produced by:Hilla Medalia
Daniel Sivan
Neta Zwebner-Zaibert
Cinematography:Avner Shahaf
Editing By:Daniel Sivan
Music By:Markus Aust
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Certain Women
No one can make quiet, small moments feel as cacophonously loud as American auteur Kelly Reichert. In her latest masterpiece, “Certain Women,” she makes them scream with emotion. Pulling you into the intersecting lives of three disparate Montana women—all yearning, all searching, all intoxicatingly complicated—we’re presented with a new vision of the American West, one told with refreshing elegance and grace. A morally-conflicted lawyer (Laura Dern) diffuses a hostage situation; a woman (Michelle Williams) struggles with marital discord unearthed by the process of building a new home; and an ambiguous relationship develops between a ranch hand (Lily Gladstone) and a lawyer (Kristen Stewart) who seems to be out of her league. Together these tales collide with the stark beauty of Reichert’s images, the depth of the phenomenal performances, and consciously low-key drama to form something uniquely marvelous. TCFF is delighted to present this Midwest premiere from one of America’s greatest
Film Info
Section:US Official Selection: Narrative
Premieres
Release Year:2016
Runtime:107 min.
Type of Film:Feature Narrative
Rating:R
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Kristen Stewart
Michelle Williams
Laura Dern
Jared Harris
Rene Auberjonois
Director:Kelly Reichardt
Produced by:Neil Kopp
Vincent Savino
Anish Savjani
Screenwriter:Maile Meloy
Kelly Reichardt
Cinematography:Christopher Blauvelt
Editing By:Kelly Reichardt
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