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24 Weeks (24 Wochen)

FOCUS: KINOWERKS A powerful drama about a woman facing a moral dilemma when, deep into her pregnancy, she learns that there are problems with her baby, 24 Weeks avoids cliché and judgment with a tender, multi-faced exploration of choice. Star Julia Jenstch forcefully portrays the conflicting emotions of a woman facing a difficult decision.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 6:00 PM
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 2:00 PM
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After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku)

Once a promising novelist, sad-sack Ryota is now divorced, hooked on lottery tickets, and stuck working as a private detective spying on adulterers. Meanwhile his wily mother may be plotting to reunite him with his ex-wife. With quiet humor and empathy, After the Storm dissects one family’s postponed dreams in a precisely observed, poignant comedy.
Fri, Oct 7, 2016 12:00 PM
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 4:00 PM
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Aquarius

A retired music critic (a radiant Sonia Braga) defies unscrupulous real estate developers to hold onto her apartment with its sunlit rooms and analog treasures. Mendonça’s airy, widescreen compositions and decisively tracking camera reveal a life richly lived and a character grounded in the past but still permeable to the present world.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 8:45 PM
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 5:00 PM
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The Bacchus Lady (Juh-yeo-ju-neun Yeo-ja)

They’re called “Bacchus grannies”—geriatric South Korean women who solicit sex—and for one, life is made harder when she takes in a young boy. As her clients remind her, she’s not getting any younger. Anchored by a compelling central performance, this acutely observant character study blends drama and humor, leaving no heartstring unplucked.
Fri, Oct 7, 2016 3:15 PM
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 2:15 PM
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Baden Baden

In Rachel Lang's impressive feature film debut, 26-year-old Ana returns home to Strasbourg in a purloined Porsche to hang out with her grandmother, inefficiently reconstruct a shower, possibly find some work, attempt to weave together the loose strings of her love life, and, eventually, find her particular path towards adulthood.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 8:30 PM
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 2:00 PM
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 12:00 PM
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Bench Cinema

In 1980s-era Iran, an enterprising cinéphile reenacts banned movies in cafés and makeshift outdoor theaters, bringing such lost treasures to life as Fellini’s La Strada and Milos Forman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Bench Cinema is an unforgettable portrait of Iran’s enduring love of international cinema and a tribute to the power of stories.
Fri, Oct 7, 2016 1:45 PM
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 11:00 AM
Wed, Oct 12, 2016 5:30 PM
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The Confessions (Le Confessioni)

A Carthusian monk holds all the secrets to a high-level banker's suicide in Roberto Andò's suspenseful critique of the international finance community. Focusing on the arrogance of politicians and economists who put money above all else, The Confessions is a superbly entertaining exploration of conscience.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 8:30 PM
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 1:45 PM
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Death in Sarajevo (Smrt U Sarajevu)

This scintillating portrait of national identity crisis in Bosnia and Herzegovina from Oscar® winner Danis Tanovic transpires over the course of a chaotic afternoon as a grand hotel in Sarajevo prepares to welcome European Union delegates to an event commemorating the centenary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 5:15 PM
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 3:15 PM
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Denial

When American historian Deborah E. Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz) publicly criticizes British Holocaust denier David Irving (Timothy Spall), he takes her to court for libel—in the UK, where the onus of proof is on her. In its exploration of freedom of speech versus perversion of truth, this powerful film couldn't be timelier.
Thu, Oct 6, 2016 7:00 PM
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Devil's Bride (Tulen morsian)

This riveting historical drama is set against the backdrop of widespread 17th century Scandinavian witch hunts. The film’s painterly cinematic beauty belies an underlying horror as women healers, midwives, and guardians of plant-based knowledge are mercilessly persecuted by a governor dead-set on eradicating the feminine roots of “evil.”
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 3:30 PM
Wed, Oct 12, 2016 9:15 PM
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Elle

Isabelle Huppert showcases her tremendous talent as a woman who’s lived her life in the shadow of childhood trauma and, following a sexual assault, takes steps to reclaim her life. Dutch director Paul Verhoeven delivers his unique brand of dark acerbic wit, violence, suspense, and 21st-century social commentary for the technological age.
Fri, Oct 7, 2016 9:00 PM
Wed, Oct 12, 2016 12:00 PM
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Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare)

Rosi's beautiful and moving neorealist documentary takes the small Sicilian island of Lampedusa as its focal point to address the European refugee crisis. Without emotional grandstanding or partisan politics, the film brilliantly juxtaposes the side-by-side relationship of Lampedusa's residents with the desperate people trying to reach her shores.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 8:30 PM
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 5:15 PM
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Frantz

In François Ozon’s elegant, stylish WWI-era period drama, appearances—and disappearances—are deceptive. Pierre Niney stars as a mysterious, seductive young Frenchman who insinuates himself into the life of a German family, grief-stricken over the recent loss of their beloved son Frantz in the trenches of battle.
Fri, Oct 7, 2016 8:30 PM
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 8:45 PM
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Fukushima, Mon Amour (Grüße aus Fukushima)

FOCUS: KINOWERKS Two women—one European, one Japanese—bridge cultural and generational divides while forging an unlikely bond in the shadow of Fukushima’s post-tsunami wasteland, in this beautiful film from the director of Enlightenment Guaranteed (MVFF 2001) that dives deep into the power of memory, loss, and resolve in the face of tragedy.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 6:30 PM
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 12:45 PM
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The Handmaiden (Agassi)

Park Chan-wook (Oldboy) returns with a sensual story of a former thief recruited to bilk a woman out of her degenerate uncle’s inheritance. Only who’s really conning who? The South Korean auteur piles on the S&M kink and social commentary until this stylistically sumptuous, erotic psychological thriller hits its boiling point. Don’t miss it.
Wed, Oct 12, 2016 8:30 PM
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 8:15 PM
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I, Daniel Blake

A heartrending drama, I, Daniel Blake poignantly chronicles the luckless people who fall through society’s cracks. Starring Dave Johns as a carpenter without work or benefits and a luminous Hayley Squires as a struggling single mother, this year’s Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or winner illustrates how poverty strips away people’s dignity.
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 7:00 PM
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 1:00 PM
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Icaros: A Vision

This gorgeous, immersive experience accompanies Angelina and her fellow ‘passengers,’ as they seek healing with shamans in ayahuasca sacred plant medicine ceremonies in the Peruvian Amazon. The dreamlike nature of the healing journey is enhanced by on-point visual effects and grounded by the soothing rainforest sounds and icaros plant medicine songs.
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 8:00 PM
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 2:00 PM
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Iqaluit

The stunning northern landscape of Iqaluit, a Frobisher Bay island, is as much a character as a setting for this story of secrets, redemption, and forgiveness. In French, English, and Inuktitut, the film features a superb cast of First Nations actors, including Natar Ungalaaq and Québécois star Marie-Josèe Croze (The Barbarian Invasions).
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 5:00 PM
Wed, Oct 12, 2016 3:30 PM
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