Lonely housewife Ila (Nimrat Kaur) decides to try adding some spice to her stale marriage by preparing a special lunch for her neglectful husband. Unfortunately, the delivery goes astray and winds up in the hands of Saajan (Irrfan Khan), an irritable widower. Curious about her husband's lack of response, Ila adds a note to the next day's lunchbox, and thus begins an unusual friendship in which Saajan and Ila can talk about their joys and sorrows without ever meeting in person.
(Israel) Chekov’s Everyman presents the viewer with the intimate story of Albert Cohen, a lively 83 year old Bulgarian-Israeli actor struggling to stage the last play of his life. After an illustrious career performing over 90 plays a month, Albert finds himself without any role to perform. Utilizing the little means he has, Albert decides to pursue his dream by translating and staging the play Chekov’s Everymen in his apartment. Albert’s home and professional life collide as the play comes to life. The viewer peeks into the world of the grumpy antihero who lives off the momentum of his creation. Director: Amir Cohn.
(SVA/NY) David Mills is a story about a man that must face his fear or continue to run from it. Directors: Jeric Pimentel and Nico del Giudice
Emotional Dimensions of the James River
(Virginia) This experimental film provides an emotional roller coaster experience that was musically and visually designed based on a neuroscience research project that correlates a mathematical parameter (fractal dimension) of sounds and images with the selective triggering of emotional states. Director: Michelle Marquez
Split Frames (New York) Internationally acclaimed soprano, Shira Zachs, receives an unsettling email from an unknown source, which leads to an online chat with the man she once desperately loved. Seeing him for the first time in more than a decade, she tries to bring closure to a past that still haunts them to this day. Director: Yuval Sussler
(Guatemala/France) Winner of the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize at the Berlin Film Festival, and Guatemalan entry in foreign films category of the Oscars. Ixcanul is a story about María, a young 17 year old Mayan girl, who lives and works with her parents on a coffee plantation on the foothills of an active volcano in Guatemala. An arranged marriage awaits her. Although Maria dreams of going to the “big city”, her condition as an indigenous woman does not permit her to change her destiny.
Kahlil Gibron's The Prophet
(USA) This breathtaking animated feature, produced and spearheaded by Salma Hayek, was an official selection at Cannes and made its North American premiere at Toronto International Film Festival. Set in a Mediterranean sea-side village, Kamila (Salma Hayek) cleans house for exiled artist and poet Mustafa (Liam Neeson), but the more difficult job is keeping her free-spirited young daughter, Almitra, (Quvenzhané Wallis) out of trouble.
(Colombia) Winner 2015 Camera d'or at Cannes Film Festival. Land and Shade is about Alfonso, an old farmer who has returned home to tend to his son, who is gravely ill. He rediscovers his old house, where the woman who was once his wife still lives, with his daughter-in-law and grandson. The landscape that awaits him resembles a wasteland. Vast sugar cane plantations surround the house, producing perpetual clouds of ash. 17 years after abandoning them, Alfonso tries to fit back in and save his family.
Land and Shade
(SVA/NY) A couple from the quiet country are sad to leave their home, but come around to see life is full of excitement wherever you go, if you're willing to take risks. Director: Kevin Li
Never Been Sicker
(Montclair State University/NJ) A withdrawn girl, tortured by a phobia of vomiting, struggles to get her college roommate kicked out after discovering she is bulimic. Director: Claire Fishman
(Sweden) What could be easier than robbing a small bookie place on the outskirts of town? It’s during the year’s biggest horse race event and the betting center Washington’s Tobacco looks like the ultimate hit for some fast cash. Mousse is a man of pride and principles and is fed up with living as a second-class citizen. But what happens when he faces principles different to his own? Director: John Hellberg
(Beijing/New York) Olilo is a 2D animation that tells the story of an introverted girl held captive by her own semi-transparent personal space. Created through a combination of traditional frame-by-frame and digital drawing as well as key frame animation, the film focuses on love and its capacity to transform all things. Director: Ao Li
(NCSA) 1927, a young sharecropper agrees to help a stranger carry his recently deceased sister to a burial site in the wilderness, but the longer the two travel together, the more surreal and dangerous the journey becomes. Director: Chaz Fulk
(North Carolina) Estranged sisters return home to sort through their late, hoarder-mother's estate, and discover a family secret. Director: Meredith Sause
(Los Angeles) Nine-year-old Rosalie and ten-year-old Sam have an unusual relationship. Even though they are close in age, Rosalie is actually Sam’s niece, a fact Sam finds uncomfortable. Rosalie’s sprightly mischief exacerbates Sam’s uneasiness during her frequent summertime visits until an unfortunate mishap turns into a chance for Rosalie to make a very small but sage gesture winning her Sam’s trust and friendship forever. Director: Adria Tennor
Sam and Do are struggling with love in this story. They are together for five years, enjoying their lives and being more than happy. Although they are opposites, they complement each other perfectly and bring up the best in each other. But when Do gives birth to their son Max, their world is turned upside down. Doubt, different views on parenting and unfinished things from the past cause a growing rift in their relationship. Will love survive after the arrival of their baby? Director: Danyael Sugawara
The Most Beautiful Thing
(Taiwan/Los Angeles) John, a slaving accountant who struggles between family and work while he is under control by a clownish “Pressure-Man”. Director: Kai Hsu
(UK) Everything changes one night for Meredith, a young backpacker desperate to find meaning in her life, when she meets her Guardian Angel in a dingy British service station. Director: Kate Herron
(SVA/NY) Viva Lucha tells the story of El Rey, a retired luchador who
attempts to live a life as a normal white collar worker. Directors: Anne Fong & JD Gardner
La tête de l'emploi
(The Right Person for the Job) (France) Jean meets Remi, a counselor at an unemployment center, yet is unable to get a word in edgewise as Remi rushes through their meeting so he can leave for the day. Director: Wilfried Meance
(USA) Having lost his job on a coin toss a man pursues fortune and enlightenment by harvesting coins from wishing fountains. Aided by two companions, his journey leads to an indebted traveler who challenges his notions of wealth and true happiness. Director: Anderson Boyd
(SVA/NY) “Zoe” means a life in Greek. It is the story of a man’s life from the cradle to the grave. He grows from baby to child, to adult, to old man. Director: ChiHyun Lee
(SVA/NY) When a young man’s ideal wedding proposal is put in jeopardy, he is forced to dive into unknown waters to salvage his plans. Directors: Elizabeth Ku, Nick Manfredi, Thaddaeus Andreades, and Marie Raoult