Friday 08 November

Luce

American Indie Competition

11:30 - 13:19 Trianon 1

Model student Luce Edgar shocks his teacher, Harriet, with his essay on political violence. Now Harriet, Luce and his parents have to deal with complicated questions about race, identity, morality and more. This intense, intelligent and timely thriller will linger long after the credits roll.

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To the Stars

American Indie Competition

11:30 - 13:21 Kijkhuis 1

To the Stars is a beautifully shot black and white film set in 1960s Oklahoma. Iris Deerborne’s world changes completely when Maggie appears and an unlikely relationship between the two develops. A mesmerizing and almost mystical film, a true gem found at Sundance.

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A Tale of Three Sisters

Panorama

11:45 - 13:33 Kijkhuis 2

A father in a small village in the north of Turkey tries everything to give his daughters a better life. He sends them to rich families, as foster children and maids. All three of them return for various reasons. Are they better off at home?

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The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil

Bonkers!

12:00 - 13:49 Trianon 3

This action thriller from South-Korea is the most bad-ass film to play at LIFF this year. Sylvester Stallone agrees, because he is going to do a remake. It will be hard to top this original that has already screened at Cannes.

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Il testimone invisibile

Panorama

13:45 - 15:27 Kijkhuis 1

A successful businessman is found in a locked hotel room with the body of his mistress and a lot of cash. To prove his innocence, he asks for the help of a famous lawyer. This thrilling race against time will keep you guessing until the very end.

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Deerskin

Bonkers!

13:45 - 15:02 Trianon 2

Another absurdist comedy by Quentin Dupieux, in his unique style: Deerskin. Jean Dujardin shows off his comedic ability as the main character, who goes to extreme lengths to make sure he is the only one looking good in his kind of jacket. Filming the results, Dupieux adds metacommentary to discuss the point of film.

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Fahim

Panorama

14:00 - 15:50 Kijkhuis 2

Eight-year-old chess prodigy Fahim and his father are forced to flee Bangladesh. In Paris their situation appears hopeless, until Fahim’s talents lead him to meet top chess coach Sylvain. Based on a true story, Fahim is a touching and inspirational film.

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Monstri

First Feature Competition

14:15 - 16:11 Trianon 3

Divided into three chapters, Monstri tells the story of a married couple by following them for 24 hours. This layered drama is both a personal story about a complex relationship and a critical look at the expectations placed on people within contemporary Romanian society.

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LUX: God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya

Lux Film Prize

16:00 - 17:55 Kijkhuis 1

Every January, the local priest of a small Macedonian village throws a wooden cross into the river and hundreds of men dive after it. This time, Petrunya dives into the water on a whim and wins. A sympathetic movie with a fierce protagonist.

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The Friend

American Indie Competition

16:15 - 18:19 Trianon 1

Jason Segel, Dakota Johnson and Casey Affleck star in this intensely moving and beautifully mounted drama, telling the story of how a friend saved a family after their young mother's diagnosis with terminal cancer.

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The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão

Panorama

16:15 - 18:34 Kijkhuis 2

A deserving winner of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard prize, this sumptuous tale of two sisters cruelly separated by family and fate makes for deeply moving drama.

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Une Colonie

First Feature Competition

16:45 - 18:27 Trianon 3

Winning Best Picture at the Canadian Screen Awards and a Crystal Bear (Berlinale) is no small feat for a feature debut. A Colony is an honest and at times awkward story about coming of age in a small town, subtly set against the background of Canada’s colonialism and indigenous culture. Unique and touching.

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System Crasher

First Feature Competition

18:45 - 20:43 Kijkhuis 1

No matter where Benni goes, she is immediately kicked out again. The wild nine-year-old is what the youth welfare office refers to as a “system crasher”. In this intense but impressive drama we see both the good and bad in Benni, and root for her on her quest to find a home.

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The Peanut Butter Falcon

American Indie Competition

19:00 - 20:37 Kijkhuis 2

After running away from a residential nursing home to pursue his dream of becoming a pro wrestler, a man who has Down syndrome befriends an outlaw (Shia LaBeouf), who becomes his coach and ally in this lovely feel-good adventure.

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The Farewell

American Indie Competition

19:00 - 20:40 Trianon 1

After learning their beloved matriarch has terminal lung cancer, her family opts not to tell her about the diagnosis, instead scheduling an impromptu wedding/reunion back in China. Based on an actual lie, this heartfelt story of family and togetherness was one of the highlights of the prestigious Sundance Festival.

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Three Summers

Panorama

19:30 - 21:04 Trianon 2

Over a trio of summers, a caretaker for luxury condominiums relies on her resourcefulness and her eye for opportunity to take advantage of whatever comes her way. Sandra Kogut’s episodic small-scale reflection on national corruption is both humorous and inventive.

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Vivarium

Bonkers!

21:15 - 22:52 Trianon 3

A young woman and her fiancé (Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots) are in search of the perfect starter home. After following a mysterious real estate agent to a new housing development, the couple finds themselves trapped in a maze of identical houses and forced to raise an otherworldly child in this surreal fable.

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La Belle Époque

Panorama

21:30 - 23:23 Kijkhuis 2

If you could go back to the good old days, would they truly be better? That is what Victor, a disillusioned man in his sixties, is about to find out as his life is turned upside down when he gets the chance to return to the most memorable week of his life.

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Jojo Rabbit

Panorama

21:30 - 23:18 Trianon 1

Well, you know, just another World War II satire-comedy about a German boy struggling to confront his own nationalism with the help of his completely insane imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler. It’s one of those things that is right up Taika Waititi’s alley. And we. Can’t. Wait.

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Harajuku

Nordic Watching

21:45 - 23:07 Trianon 2

Vilde is fascinated by Harajuku, a vibrant district in Tokyo. When her world is suddenly turned upside down, her only wish is to escape to Tokyo. A Nordic film like you have never seen before, dark but with a colorful twist.

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