USA, 2014; 87 min
Directed by Robert Greene
When Brandy decides to reclaim her life as an actor, the domestic world she's carefully created crumbles around her. Actress is both a present tense portrait of a dying relationship and an exploration of a complicated woman, performing the role of herself as she faces the desires that exist outside of her home.
(Original Title: 行動代號：孫中山 / Hang Dong Dai Hao Sun Zhong Shan)
Taiwan, 2014; 94 min
Directed by: Yee Chih-Yen
Lefty sees himself as the poorest high school student in Taipei. To make some money, he plans to steal the abandoned Dr. Sun Yat-Sen statue in the school storage room. Lefty plots, but he never sees his rival, Sky coming. Sky also considers himself as the poorest high school student in Taipei and has the same plan in mind to steal Dr. Sun Yat-Sen for his own sake, but he also never sees Lefty coming. When two teams of Taipei’s poorest high school students meet on campus one night, a war erupts.
Korea 2014; 102 min
Directed by Jai-hong Juhn
What kind of story would a Korean-style AMERICAN PSYCHO be like? Inspired by this film, filmmaker Juhn Jaihong introduces GIFTED. If AMERICAN PSYCHO (2000) unravels around a rich man addicted to the rush of murdering a person, GIFTED is told through a young man who lost his job. Minsoo unsuccessfully searches for a new job after he is laid off. Pushed to the wall, his girlfriend’s younger brother tips him on how to get his hands on easy money, and Minsoo, who has a way with opening car doors, starts stealing cars. During a substitute driver job, he discovers he has a talent for murder after killing someone in a fit of anger.
Thai 2013; 125 min
Directed by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
Mary is a senior in high school. With graduation a few months away, she is faced with sudden changes in life, love, and friendship. The director uses 410 real Tweets from an anonymous girl as a springboard to create a fantasy world of a contemporary Asian teenager.
(Original title: La Danza de la Realidad )
Chile 2013; 130 min
Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky
“Having broken away from my illusory self, I was desperately seeking a path and a meaning to life.” This phrase perfectly sums up Alejandro Jodorowsky’s biographical project: reconstituting the incredible adventure of his life. Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, a coastal town on edge of the Chilean desert, where this film was shot. It was there where he discovered the fundamentals of reality, as he underwent an unhappy and alienated childhood as part of an uprooted family.
USA, 2013; 73 min
Directed by Lev Kalman and Whitney Horn
L FOR LEISURE is an impressionistic, episodic comedy about laziness, wandering and wasting time. Hanging out with teenagers when you’re thirty, smoking nutmeg to get high and eating pie until you fall asleep. Teaching a dog to boogie board. Set to the rhythm of the school-year calendar, L FOR LEISURE tracks the changes to the collected spirit of a group of graduate students through 1992-93 as they go on various vacations.
(Original title: Les Rencontres d'après minuit)
France 2013; 91 min
Directed by: Yann Gonzalez
Around midnight, a young couple and their transvestite maid prepare for an orgy. Their guests will be The Slut, The Star, The Stud and The Teen.
USA, Japan 2013; 100 min
Directed by: John Jeffcoat
BIG IN JAPAN is a semi-fictionalized rock and roll road movie about a struggling Seattle band determined to not fade away. The film, which is based loosely on actual events, follows real life rockers, Tennis Pro, as they travel to Japan- a last ditch attempt to prevent their day jobs from becoming their careers.
Japan 2013; 100 min
Directed by: Hitoshi Matsumoto
A mild-mannered family man with a secret taste for S&M finds himself pursued by a gang of ruthless dominatrixes — each with a very special talent — in this hilarious and bizarre take on the sex comedy from Japanese comedy giant Hitoshi Matsumoto.
Israel, China, 2013; 74 min
Directed by Hilla Medalia and Shosh Shlam
China is one of the first countries in the world to label overuse of the Internet a clinical condition. To combat what authorities deem the greatest social crisis for youth today, the Chinese government has created treatment facilities to detox and cure teenagers of their addictions to online life. WEB JUNKIE chronicles the results of a nation going through one of most drastic transformations in human history.
Uganda/USA 2013; 83 min
Directed by Roger Ross Williams
The feature-length documentary God Loves Uganda is a powerful exploration of the evangelical campaign to change African culture with values imported from America’s Christian Right.
The film follows American and Ugandan religious leaders fighting “sexual immorality” and missionaries trying to convince Ugandans to follow Biblical law.
USA 2013; 76 min
Directed by Josephine Decker
Akin arrives at his new job as a farm hand to discover the erotically charged young Sarah, whose fascination with nature takes on an ominous bent when her father catches Akin in a lie – and forces him to reckon with it.
Bulgaria, 2013, Romania; 155 min
Directed by Maya Vitkova
Viktoria is born – without an umbilical cord – against the will of her mother, who never wanted to give birth in communist Bulgaria. After having this baby that she tried to abort, her lifelong dream of fleeing to the West can hardly come true. On top of that, Viktoria becomes a symbol of the Communist regime her mother hates so badly. One day the Eastern Bloc falls apart, confronting mother and daughter with each other again.
Croatia, Netherlands 2014; 83 min
Directed by: Tatjana Bozic
In a last desperate effort to save the relationship with the man of her life, filmmaker Tatjana Božić makes a journey paying a visit to her exes to find out why every time things go wrong in her love life. HAPPILY EVER AFTER is a merciless and humorous portrait of contemporary loving.
(Original Title: Mein Blindes Herz)
Austria 2013; 92 min
Directed by: Peter Brunner
After Kurt, who suffers from the rare Marfan syndrome and is almost blind, has killed his clinging mother, he goes on a journey where the boundaries between perpetrator and victim are blurred. Haunted by her calls, Kurt leaves the clients and nurses of a care home distressed. In the streets Kurt meets Conny, a 13-year-old runaway from a broken home. She readily participates in Kurt’s protest against his body, not knowing what moves him or into which abyss his journey is leading. How much guilt can one individual endure?
(Original Title: Jeg Er Din)
Norway 2013; 96 min
Directed by: Iram Haq
Mina is a young single mother living in Oslo with her 6 year old son Felix. She is an Norwegian Pakistani with a troublesome relationship with her family. Mina is constantly looking for love and has relations to different men, however none of the relationships bearing any hope of lasting very long. So when Mina meets Jesper, a Swedish film director, she falls head over heels in love.