Friday 30 October

The Assistant

cinemaAmerican Indie Competition
10:15 - 11:42 Trianon 2

On Jane’s first day of her new job as an assistant to a powerful executive at a large firm, she gets a growing, hard-to-put-into-words feeling that something is off. Julia Garner ('Ozark') is a powerhouse in this understated manifest against systematic oppression and workplace harassment.

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Mogul Mowgli

cinemaFirst Feature Competition
10:30 - 12:00 Kijkhuis 2

Zed (Riz Ahmed), a young British rapper, is about to start his first world tour. However, a crippling illness strikes him down, and he is forced to move back in with his family. He tries to find himself between an international music career and Pakistani family traditions.

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Hope

cinemaNordic Watching
10:30 - 12:36 Trianon 1

This honest and sensitive drama by Maria Sødahl tells the story of Anja (Andrea Bræin Hovig), who has just received the news that she has a terminal brain tumor. Together with her partner Tomas (Stellan Skarsgård), she tries to come to terms with this life-changing message.

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Kuessipan - ONLINE

OnlinePanorama
10:45 - 12:42 REX ONLINE

In a Quebec Innu community, Mikuan and Shaniss struggle to maintain their close friendship when they clash over their increasing differences and diverging ambitions. Based on Naomi Fontaine's novel of the same name, 'Kuessipan' is a story about family, friendship and connection.

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De l'or pour les chiens

cinemaFirst Feature Competition
10:45 - 12:24 Trianon 3

Solitary teenager Esther (Tallulah Cassavetti) follows her summer love Jean to Paris, starting a journey in a big city where she knows no one. The provocative tale of a young woman lost in Paris represents a dazzling debut showcase for writer/director Anna Cazenave Cambet.

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Love Affair(s)

cinemaPanorama
11:00 - 13:02 Kijkhuis 1

In this beautiful yet unconventional romance, Daphne and Maxime must spend a couple of days together in the stunning French countryside despite not knowing each other. As they chat about their memories, the film tells an overarching story about the messiness of love.

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Yallah! Underground - ONLINE

OnlineYallah! Yallah! presents:
11:00 - 12:25 LUXOR ONLINE

Female artists in Egypt, a persecuted Lebanese musician – the young artists in this documentary come from diverse backgrounds, but fight for the same goal: freedom. Yallah! Underground paints a convincing picture of a new generation of Arabs, challenging their reality with passion and perseverance.

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The Surrogate - ONLINE

OnlineAmerican Indie Competition
11:15 - 12:48 CAMERA ONLINE

Jess is thrilled to be the surrogate for her best friend and his husband, but when the results of a prenatal test comes back, it creates a moral dilemma that threatens their friendship.

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Blackbird

cinemaPanorama
11:15 - 12:53 LIDO 1

A terminally ill mother (a sublime Susan Sarandon) invites her family to their country house for one final gathering, but tensions quickly boil over between her two daughters (Kate Winslet, Mia Wasikowska). Roger Michell ('Notting Hill') tackles heavy topics with humor, curiosity, and a tremendous sense of humanity.

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Cartero

cinemaFirst Feature Competition
12:30 - 13:50 Trianon 2

Hernán (Tomás Raimondi), a young man full of hopes and dreams, gets a job at the Central Post Office. There, a colleague teaches him the code of conduct, but reality will force him to break the rules - for Yanina, the girl he loves.

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La Dea Fortuna

cinemaPanorama
12:45 - 14:43 Kijkhuis 2

Alessandro and Arturo want to end their relationship after more than 15 years. However, their lives take an unexpected turn when a sick friend of theirs suddenly visits them, asking if they can temporarily take care of her two kids.

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Asia

cinemaFirst Feature Competition
13:15 - 14:40 Trianon 3

Asia is the single mother of 17-year-old Vika (Shira Haas, Unorthodox). But when Vika’s health starts deteriorating, Asia has to find her voice as a mother and embrace and cherish their time together in this award-winning drama.

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Love Affair(s) - ONLINE

OnlinePanorama
13:15 - 15:17 REX ONLINE

In this beautiful yet unconventional romance, Daphne and Maxime must spend a couple of days together in the stunning French countryside despite not knowing each other. As they chat about their memories, the film tells an overarching story about the messiness of love.

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There Is No Evil

cinemaPanorama
13:30 - 16:01 Trianon 1

The Iranian writer-director Mohammad Rasoulof won the prestigious Golden Bear in Berlin with his impressive film 'There is No Evil'. The film tells four unrelated stories about moral power, individual freedom, and taking responsibility for your own actions.

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The Innocence - ONLINE

OnlineFirst Feature Competition
13:30 - 15:02 LUXOR ONLINE

15-year-old Lis enjoys her summer with her friends and her older boyfriend Nestor, whom she keeps a secret from her parents. When the summer ends with an unpleasant surprise, she realizes that she will have to confront her parents and herself.

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Daniel

cinemaNordic Watching
13:45 - 16:03 Kijkhuis 1

The true, gripping, and sublimely acted story of Danish photographer Daniel Rye, who was kidnapped by IS in 2013, and his family’s efforts to get him released. This year’s rightful favourite at Film by the Sea.

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Wendy

cinemaAmerican Indie Competition
13:45 - 15:36 LIDO 1

Eight years after his prize-winning 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' wowed LIFF-audiences, Benh Zeitlin is back with this mesmerizing adaptation of Peter Pan. Wendy is a reimagining of the classic tale in a scrappy, breathtaking new setting.

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Needle Park Baby - ONLINE

OnlinePanorama
13:45 - 15:23 CAMERA ONLINE

Spring 1995. After Switzerland's largest public drug scene 'Platzspits' is closed down, 11-year-old Mia and her heroin-addicted mother Sandrine move to an idyllic town for a new beginning. 'Christiane F.' meets 'JoJo Rabbit' in this brutally honest portrait of addiction and motherly love.

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Marygoround

cinemaBonkers!
14:30 - 15:50 Trianon 2

Dark comedy 'Marygoround' tells the story of Mary, a lonely woman who lives a simple life, free from sin, and is struggling with her menopause. But then her free-spirited cousin Helena arrives, and everything changes. Is Mary able to suppress her newfound lust for life?

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Holler

cinemaAmerican Indie Competition
15:30 - 17:00 Trianon 3

Ruth (Jessica Barden) joins a scrap metal crew to try and pay her way through college. Against the bleak, snowed-in backdrop of a once thriving industrial town in Ohio, it soon turns out that the cost of an education for a girl like her might be more than she bargained for.

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My Thoughts Are Silent

cinemaFirst Feature Competition
15:30 - 17:14 Kijkhuis 2

Vadym is a 25-year-old composer and a sound recordist living in Kyiv. Then he gets the chance to move to Canada -- provided he can record the voice of a very rare bird, which dwells only in the Transcarpathian mountains of Ukraine.

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Son-Mother - ONLINE

OnlineFirst Feature Competition
16:00 - 17:42 REX ONLINE

Hard-working widow Leila is faced with a heartbreaking decision. Will she give in to bus driver Kazem’s marriage proposal to give her family financial security, even if it means saying goodbye to her twelve-year-old son? The gripping portrait of a mother in modern-day Iran.

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Holler - ONLINE

OnlineAmerican Indie Competition
16:15 - 17:45 CAMERA ONLINE

Ruth (Jessica Barden) joins a scrap metal crew to try and pay her way through college. Against the bleak, snowed-in backdrop of a once thriving industrial town in Ohio, it soon turns out that the cost of an education for a girl like her might be more than she bargained for.

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Los Lobos - ONLINE

OnlinePanorama
16:30 - 18:05 LUXOR ONLINE

When the mother of eight-year-old Max and his brother Leo is at work, their one-room flat changes into a mysterious place, where their biggest fantasies and adventures come to life. Los Lobos is brutally honest and yet poetic -- and full of hope.

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Force of Habit

cinemaNordic Watching
16:30 - 17:45 Trianon 2

Force of Habit follows different women in their confrontation with sexual harassment and power dynamics in their everyday lives. Written and directed by seven Finnish women in the wake of #metoo, this film is politically loaded as well as liberatingly humorous.

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My Salinger Year

cinemaPanorama
16:30 - 18:11 LIDO 1

Based on Joanna Rakoff’s coming-of-age memoir, My Salinger Year is transformed by newcomer Margaret Qualley and filmstar Sigourney Weaver into a wonderful portrait of the different generations and their ambitions – and the grande dame that is literature.

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A L'abordage!

cinemaPanorama
16:45 - 18:20 Trianon 1

A hot summer evening in Paris. Félix runs into Alma, and the two spend a magical night together. The next day, Alma heads off to the south of France, and in an impulse, Félix decides to follow her. A romantic road trip follows, in which nothing goes according to plan.

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DNA

cinemaPanorama
16:45 - 18:15 Kijkhuis 1

Neige was raised by her beloved grandfather, who offered protection from her toxic parents. His death will trigger a profound identity crisis for her as tensions between her family members escalate.

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Canalcups

cinemaSpecials
17:30 - 17:51 Trianon 3

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Gaza Mon Amour

cinemaPanorama
18:00 - 19:27 Kijkhuis 2

Fisherman Issa is secretly in love with Siham. When he discovers an ancient phallic statue while fishing, Issa takes it home, feeling that this discovery will change his life forever… An evocative satire on love and desire, and an affirmation that life continues amidst the absurdity of living.

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La Última Primavera - ONLINE

OnlinePanorama
18:30 - 19:47 CAMERA ONLINE

In La Cañada Real, a shanty town outside Madrid, tensions are running high between the officials and the inhabitants given that the land has been sold and the families must leave the homes they put up with their own hands.

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Rent-a-Pal

cinemaBonkers!
18:45 - 20:33 Trianon 3

Seeking a partner through a video dating service, David discovers a strange VHS tape called Rent-A-Pal. Hosted by the charismatic Andy (Wil Wheaton), the tape offers him friendship. But Andy’s friendship comes at a cost, and David struggles to afford the price of admission.

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Survival Skills - ONLINE

OnlineBonkers!
18:45 - 20:13 REX ONLINE

In this VHS police training video from 1988, you are welcomed by Jim, a rookie cop whose steps are dictated by an omniscient Narrator. While Jim shows you the necessary training skills, things seem to be getting more and more out of hand. But it’s only a video… right?

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Needle Park Baby

cinemaPanorama
19:00 - 20:38 Trianon 2

Spring 1995. After Switzerland's largest public drug scene 'Platzspits' is closed down, 11-year-old Mia and her heroin-addicted mother Sandrine move to an idyllic town for a new beginning. 'Christiane F.' meets 'JoJo Rabbit' in this brutally honest portrait of addiction and motherly love.

read moreread more


Son-Mother

cinemaFirst Feature Competition
19:00 - 20:42 Kijkhuis 1

Hard-working widow Leila is faced with a heartbreaking decision. Will she give in to bus driver Kazem’s marriage proposal to give her family financial security, even if it means saying goodbye to her twelve-year-old son? The gripping portrait of a mother in modern-day Iran.

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Police

cinemaPanorama
19:00 - 20:38 LIDO 1

Three officers are tasked with escorting an illegal immigrant to the airport, where he will be forced onto a plane and sent back to his homeland. But when they find out the truth, they have to make a difficult choice.

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The Macaluso Sisters - ONLINE

OnlinePanorama
19:00 - 20:34 LUXOR ONLINE

The Macaluso Sisters follows five Italian sisters through three different stages of their lives. Their happy childhood is disrupted when one of them suddenly dies. The relationship between the sisters builds on this incident as they try to live with this trauma.

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The Climb

cinemaAmerican Indie Competition
19:15 - 20:49 Trianon 1

Two lifelong pals (Michael Angelo Covino and Kyle Marvin) test the boundaries of their friendship when a woman comes between them. 'The Climb' uses the complicated bond between two friends to dissect male friendships in an engaging and often hilarious manner.

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The Innocence

cinemaFirst Feature Competition
20:30 - 22:02 Kijkhuis 2

15-year-old Lis enjoys her summer with her friends and her older boyfriend Nestor, whom she keeps a secret from her parents. When the summer ends with an unpleasant surprise, she realizes that she will have to confront her parents and herself.

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Remy van Kesteren - Livestream

cinemaSpecials
20:30 - 21:10 ONLINE EVENTS

Harpist Remy van Kesteren releases his new album ‘an alternative soundtrack to the motion picture The Red Turtle’ on October 30. For this special occasion he organizes a livestream from an exceptional location, where he will perform the album from start to end.

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Get The Hell Out - ONLINE

OnlineBonkers!
21:00 - 22:40 CAMERA ONLINE

A zombie outbreak horror-comedy against the backdrop of Taiwanese corrupt politics: it doesn’t get any more BONKERS! than this! After the president suddenly turns into a zombie, the parliament becomes a straight up bloodbath, where protagonists Hsiung and Wang have to fight to stay alive.

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Los Lobos

cinemaPanorama
21:15 - 22:50 Trianon 3

When the mother of eight-year-old Max and his brother Leo is at work, their one-room flat changes into a mysterious place, where their biggest fantasies and adventures come to life. Los Lobos is brutally honest and yet poetic -- and full of hope.

read moreread more


A L'abordage! - ONLINE

OnlinePanorama
21:15 - 22:50 LUXOR ONLINE

A hot summer evening in Paris. Félix runs into Alma, and the two spend a magical night together. The next day, Alma heads off to the south of France, and in an impulse, Félix decides to follow her. A romantic road trip follows, in which nothing goes according to plan.

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Irresistible

cinemaPanorama
21:30 - 23:11 LIDO 1

Strategist Gary Zimmer decides to travel to the countryside to help candidate Jack Hastings become mayor. He hopes that this will lead the population to vote for a Democrat in the next elections. Once he arrives in the town of Deerlaken, he discovers the great cultural differences between the city and the countryside.

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Effacer l'historique

cinemaBonkers!
21:30 - 23:20 Trianon 1

Cyberbullying, TV series addiction, telemarketers, blackmail over a sex tape… Neighbors Marie, Bertrand and Christine have had enough of modern-day technology. They join forces to declare war on the tech giants - seemingly impossible, but together they are strong...

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The Surrogate

cinemaAmerican Indie Competition
21:30 - 23:03 Kijkhuis 1

Jess is thrilled to be the surrogate for her best friend and his husband, but when the results of a prenatal test comes back, it creates a moral dilemma that threatens their friendship.

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Asia - ONLINE

OnlineFirst Feature Competition
21:30 - 22:55 REX ONLINE

Asia is the single mother of 17-year-old Vika (Shira Haas, Unorthodox). But when Vika’s health starts deteriorating, Asia has to find her voice as a mother and embrace and cherish their time together in this award-winning drama.

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Slalom

cinemaFirst Feature Competition
21:45 - 23:15 Trianon 2

The stunning wide shots of the vast and virgin Alps take Renier and newcomer Abita’s acting skills to new, dizzying heights in this haunting and topical debut about Lyz, the fifteen-year-old trying to escape from her ski coach.

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