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Oscar Entry, Romania


Beautifully shot in black & white, this stunning tale, set in 1835, tells the story of a police officer and his son as they travel across Romania in pursuit of a runaway gypsy slave.

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With Director Jeff L. Lieberman

The Amazing Nina Simone

Much beloved and often misunderstood, the story of America's most overlooked musical genius is finally brought to light in The Amazing Nina Simone.

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The Black Panthers: Vanguards of the Revolution

The first feature length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails.

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Body is a dark comedy with an absurdist sense of humor. A cynical prosecutor and his daughter, who suffers from an eating disorder, are trying – each of them their own way – to recover after the death of a close person.

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The Boy and the World

Boldly imaginative, this entirely wordless and dazzlingly colorful animation follows the journey of a young boy, Cuca, whose cozy countryside life is shattered when his father leaves for the city, prompting him to embark on a quest to reunite his family.

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A taut, nuanced story about the depths of female friendships and the stark escalation of passions.

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The Brothers Quay in 35mm

See three Quay masterworks, selected by Christopher Nolan plus Nolan's Quay which reveals the inner workings of the Brothers’ studio. All shown in 35mm!

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Cemetery of Splendour

Soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness are transferred to a temporary clinic in a former school. The memory-filled space becomes a revelatory world for housewife and volunteer Jenjira, as she watches over Itt, a handsome soldier with no family visitors.

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Closing Matinee with Alloy Orchestra

Chang, A Drama of the Wilderness

Before they dreamed up the big ape, King Kong’s creators filmed this magical adventure of a Thai family struggling to survive against the forces of nature. Alloy performs an all acoustic score on flutes, one string banjo and all the sounds of the jungle.

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Winner: Home Range

Competitve Shorts Program

Each year space is devoted in the festival for a competitive selection of shorts – a program for artists working in film and video that allows them to creatively take risks, break new ground or challenge the viewer. This year we’ve selected 16 shorts from 100 submissions from local, national and international artists.

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Opening Night at Waterworks Cinemas


India's official entry to the Best Foreign Language Film category for the 2016 Academy Awards is a quietly devastating, absurdist portrait of injustice, caste prejudice, and venal politics in contemporary India.

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Opening Night at Melwood Screening Room

Crocodile Gennadiy

Crocodile Gennadiy shows an unnerving glimpse into a war-torn, post-Soviet Ukraine through archival video and footage shot by the Pittsburgh-based production team, Animal. Gennadiy Mokhnenko is a vigilante caught in the throes of a broken country who opens a rehab housing facility for drug-addicted kids he forcibly rescues from the streets of his city, Mariupol.

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Winner of the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, this drama follows Dheepan, a Tamil Tiger soldier as he flees from the aftermath of Sri Lankan civil war to begin a new life in a Parisian suburb.

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With Director Douglas Tirola

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

This documentary chronicles National Lampoon from start to demise with candid interviews and shows a unique look inside at why it was so successful.

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Eisenstein in Guanajuato

Peter Greenaway’s film explores the mind of a creative genius, Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein, facing the desires and fears of love, sex, and death through ten passionate days that helped shape the rest of the career of one of the greatest masters of cinema.

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Oscar Entry, Columbia

Embrace of the Serpent

Tracking two parallel odysseys through the Amazon, this historical epic offers an ethno-botanical adventure, mysticism, and a heart-rending depiction of an indigenous culture ravaged by colonialism.

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An aging comedian tours the California desert, lost in a cycle of third-rate venues, novelty tourist attractions, and vain attempts to reach his estranged daughter. Unlike the typical indie comedy, Entertainment is sure to find a cult audience to call its own.

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Presented in 3D

Everything Will Be Fine

After taking 3D to dazzling new heights in Pina, legendary director Wim Wenders continues to push the technology in bold new directions. This searing drama charts the emotional odyssey of a struggling novelist, Tomas, whose life is turned upside down one wintry night when he causes a fatal car accident.

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The Weird Paul Rock Band will perform after the screening.

Film Kitchen: Weird Paul

This special Festival editon of Film Kitchen will highlihgt the video work by local musician Weird Paul Petroskey, including the first public, uncut showing of 1989’s Suburban Disillusion, a stream of consciousness film with a rapid fire series of images, jokes, set-pieces, and real-life footage.

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The Forbidden Room

Guy Maddin, cinema’s reigning master of feverish filmic fetishism, embarks on a phantasmagoric narrative adventure of stories within stories within dreams within flashbacks in a delirious globe-trotting mise-en-abyme, equaling any by the late Raúl Ruiz.

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This quietly impressive drama follows John, a poor taxi driver barely scraping by in his rickety Dublin home that he shares with his alcoholic mother, Jean. Toni Collette shines in this Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize winner.

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Heart of a Dog

"Hello, little bonehead. I'll love you forever." So begins Heart of a Dog, creative pioneer Laurie Anderson's wry, wondrous, and unforgettable cinematic journey through love, death, and language.

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Based on the original recordings of conversations between Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut, this documentary is a film buff’s dream; illustrating the greatest cinema lesson of all time, it plummets us into the world of the creator of Psycho, The Birds, and Vertigo.

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In the Shadow of Women

Phillippe Garrel evokes the glories of the sixties New Wave in this beautifully lustrous black and white film about the ups and downs of bohemian life in Paris.

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Influenza is a story about the key events of the Wielkopolska Uprising of 1918 - a military insurrection of victorious Poles in the Greater Poland region against Germany, which granted the Polish insurgents additional territory. Steeped in wonder and mystery, this unconventional thriller merges fiction with historical fact, recalling themes of German Expressionist cinema.

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Oscar Entry, Guatemala


Inspired by interviews with Mayan people, Jayro Bustamante’s beautiful debut film is a moving drama that shows a world where nature is preeminent and rituals daily life. With an indigenous cast and the power of a classic fable, Ixcanul tells the moving story of a Mayan family living in the shadow of a volcano in the Guatemalan highlands.

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The Lady in the Van

This brilliantly witty, mostly true story chronicles an unlikely friendship between a writer and the elderly eccentric who takes over his driveway, Miss Shepherd, played by a magnificent Maggie Smith.

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With live score by Alloy Orchestra

Man with a Movie Camera

See Man with a Movie Camera in a magnificent new restoration with Alloy’s groundbreaking original score. Part documentary and part cinematic art, this avant-garde silent film employs a variety of complex and innovative cinematic techniques.

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Two men make the dangerous journey from Africa to Italy for a better life, but then face hostility & violence in this shocking look at the life-and-death struggle of refugees.

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Mississippi Grind

In this lively, freewheeling road movie, Gerry, a talented but down-on-his-luck gambler whose fortunes begins to change when he meets Curtis, a younger, highly charismatic poker player. Starring Ben Mendelsohn and Ryan Reynolds.

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Mountains May Depart

Mountains May Depart is an epically scaled canvas, a heartbreaking prayer for the restoration of what has been lost in the name of progress. The life of Tao, and those close to her, is explored in three different time periods: 1999, 2014, and 2025.

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Oscar Entry, France


Mustang is a rousing coming of age story that follows five teenage sisters in a northern Turkish village as they fight back against imposed tradition. Innocent games with boys are considered debauchery, causing an uproar with unintended consequences.

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The Pearl Button

Combining metaphysical speculation with an intimate approach this documentatry explores the human connection to water through the indigenous peoples of Chilean Patagonia.

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The Photographer

This dark thriller tells the story of a serial killer (the Photographer) operating in contemporary Moscow. The elusive perpetrator leaves the murder scene marked with cards with numbers, similar to those placed at crime scenes by forensic teams.

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Oscar Entry, Iceland


Winner of the Un Certain Regard section at this year's Cannes Film Festival this a dark comedy follows two estranged sheep-farmer brothers who end up reconciling when their familial flock is endangered.

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Oscar Entry, Brazil

The Second Mother

An excitingly fresh take on some classic themes and ideas, The Second Mother centers around Val, a hard-working live-in housekeeper in modern day Sao Paulo.

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Steeltown Indie Event

Steeltown’s 7th annual event is an evening to celebrate independent filmmaking in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The event will feature the first Steeltown Indie Class, which showcases short projects made around the region and local filmmakers will share their experiences about making films here in Pittsburgh.

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With live score

A Strong Man

This silent psychological crime thriller from 1929 is about a troubled man driven by greed is considered one of the most important films of the Polish Silent film era, and was also one of the last.

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Oscar Entry, Lithuania

The Summer of Sangaile

17 year-old Sangaile is fascinated by stunt planes. Afraid of heights, she has never dared to even enter in one of the cockpits. At a summer aeronautical show, nearby her parents' lakeside villa, she meets Auste, a local girl of her age, who unlike Sangaile, lives her life to the full with creativity and dare.

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Sync’d 7

The seventh installment of Sync’d is an evening of locally made contemporary silent short movies with soundtracks performed live by Pittsburgh bands Sun Cycles and Cocoon II.

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Take Me to the River

Matt Sobel’s confident directorial debut is the story of Ryder, an artsy, confident, gay California teen who is heading to Nebraska for a family reunion. After planning to come out to his conservative relatives, he holds off at his mother’s request but nevertheless makes a showy entrance at the cookout with his short shorts and his eye-catching shades.

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This wily, eye-opening account of modern Iran is told through the mobile film studio of Jafar Panahi’s yellow cab, equipped with a “security” dash-cam, as he drives through the vibrant streets of Tehran.

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This mircocinema features work from local artist tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE and Laskfar Vortok and Montgomery Cantsin of 3TON Cinema.

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With Director and Producer

These Daughters of Mine

Mixing tart humor and tenderness, this family portrait features a sharp script with memorable characters and an excellent cast.

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Opening Night at Harris Theater

This Changes Everything

This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Presenting seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

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Opening Night at Regent Square Theater


Filled with tears, laughter, love, and music, Tumbledown is the story of a young widow who must find the courage to let go of her past and strength to move on to her future. Starring Jason Sudeikis, Rebecca Hall and former Pittsburgher Joe Manganiello.

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Set in the final years of the People’s Republic of Bulgaria, this epic tale – infused with absurdist humor – explores three generations of women, focusing mostly on a reluctant mother and her daughter.

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With Directors Michael Skinner and Jon Michael Shink

We Are The Ones

In this gripping documentary, three surgeons unite for peace when tribal feuds ignite a firestorm of violence in South Sudan.

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What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy

A poignant, thought-provoking account of friendship and the toll of inherited guilt, What Our Fathers Did explores the relationship between two men, each of whom are the children of very high-ranking Nazi officials and possess starkly contrasting attitudes toward their fathers.

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Oscar Entry, Greece


After the untimely death of their Albanian mother, two estranged brothers reunite for a road trip to confront their long-lost Greek father while also seeking the limelight on a national reality talent show in this hilarious and sexually charged comedy from Cannes.

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