Individual tickets are now on sale! Please click on the individual film entries from the list below to see trailers and to purchase tickets.
Want to see more than a couple of films? The full Festival pass gives you priority access to all Festival screenings and events including music and exhibitions, for the low price of just over 6 tickets. Save more than 65% off the cost of purchasing individual tickets! See the Admissions page for details and to buy Festival passes.
Kawamata, Miyashita, Kaiya and Tomonaga | Japan, 2012 | 100 min | Rated PG | HDCAM | Japanese with English subtitles Saturday November 17, 2012 - 11:00amAnime Mirai ("the future of animation") is a collective project from four leading Japanese production studios selected by the Japan Animation Creators Association (JAniCA) under the patronage of the Agency for Cultural Affairs for the purpose of training young animators on the job. The result: four delightful films that point to the future of anime.
Ignacio Ferreras | Spain, 2011 | 89 min | Rated AA | DCP | Spanish with English subtitles Friday November 16, 2012 - 8:15pmBased on Paco Roca's eponymous and multi-award winning graphic novel, Wrinkles portrays the friendship between Emilio and Miguel, two aged gentlemen shut away in a care home. Recent arrival Emilio, in the early stages of Alzheimer's, is helped by Miguel and colleagues to avoid ending up on the feared top floor of the care home, also known as the lost causes or "assisted" floor. Their wild plan infuses their otherwise tedious day-to-day with humour and tenderness, because although for some their lives is coming to an end, for them it is just beginning.
Sato Keiichi | Japan, 2012 | 89 min | Rated R | HDCAM | Japanese with English subtitles Sunday November 18, 2012 - 11:00amIt is the mid-15th century in Japan. Flood, drought and famine have transformed the landscape of the capital of Kyoto into a barren wasteland. More than 80,000 have perished in the three years between 1459 and 1461. This desolate state served as the backdrop to the beginning of the country's greatest civil war. The victims of this dark period in Japan's history were too great in number to include in the pages of history.Abandoned as an infant, Asura is forced to learn the means to survive in the wild on his own. Growing up as a wild beast, he would learn to hunt men...
Marcell Jankovics | Hungary, 2012 | 166 min | Rated R | HDCAM | Hungarian with English subtitles Sunday November 18, 2012 - 1:00pmBased on the 1861 masterpiece by Hungarian playwright and poet Imre Madách, Az ember tragédiája (The Tragedy of Man) is a powerful drama in 15 acts that guide us through the past and the future of mankind. The narrative begins with the creation of the world, the first and the last acts frame the story that show us Adam and Eve travelling through space and time in search of the meaning of life – with the guidance of Lucifer himself. The first human couple travels from the Paradise through prehistoric times, the ancient Egypt, Hellas, Rome, the medieval Byzantine Empire, Kepler’s Prague, the French Revolution to the London of the 19th century, then Jankovics rushes us through the last 150 years of Europe and we get an insight to the future.
Paul Bush | U.K., 2012 | 90 min | Rated AA | HDCAM | English Friday November 16, 2012 - 11:00amBabeldom is a city so massive and growing at such a speed that soon, it is said, light itself will not escape its gravitational pull. How can two lovers communicate, one from inside the city and one outside? This is an elegy to urban life, against the backdrop of a city of the future, a portrait assembled from film shot in modern cities all around the world and collected from the most recent research in science, technology and architecture.
Shiotani Naoyoshi | Japan, 2012 | 106 min | Rated R | HDCAM | Japanese with English subtitles Friday November 16, 2012 - 10:15pmTokyo, winter. Following the enforcement of the new Youth Protection Act, minors are forbidden to circulate in the streets after 9PM and the use of the Internet is regulated. However, young people continue to fight for their own freedom through underground methods.A group called Sirrut, in particular, has declared war on Fumito Nanahara, a man whose great influence at both political and economic level has virtually made him the ruler of Tokyo.
Anca Damian | Romania, 2011 | 79 min | Rated AA | TBA | Romanian with English subtitles Friday November 16, 2012 - 6:30pmTHE PATH TO BEYOND tells the true story of the life of Crulic, a 33-year-old Romanian accused of having stolen a wallet from an important Polish judge, and pays the ultimate price for protesting his innocence. The story is all the more chilling because of where and when it took place: inside the European Union, in 2005.
M Dot Strange | U.S.A. / Iceland, 2012 | 121 min | Rated R | HD | English Saturday November 17, 2012 - 11:30pmA samurai marionette fights for love and hate against a warlord and an evil clown who have turned the world into a never-ending cyberpunk nightmare filled with horrible monsters.
Craig Frank | Denmark, 2011 | 80 min | Suitable for Family | 35mm | Danish with English subtitles Saturday November 17, 2012 - 4:45pmIt is the year 2019. The financial crisis rages on, and the world has crumbled. Unemployment, inflation and crime are all soaring. In Copenhagen, bikers have taken over the tasks of the police, everybody is in debt to their eyeballs, and the country is now run by a bank. What are a couple of brothers to do except to try their hand at bounty-hunting?
Jean-Christophe Dessaint | Canada/Belgium/France/Luxembourg | 95 min | Family | DCP | French language dialogue with English subtitles Saturday November 17, 2012 - 2:45pmIn a cabin in the deep of the forest, a child and his father lead a wild and hard life in utmost isolation. The child grows up fearing and admiring his father, with the ghosts haunting the forest as his only companions. Until the day he discovers a neighbouring village and meets a young girl there, Manon. At her side, he discovers that love exists. From then on he won’t cease to search for the place where his father’s love for him is hiding.
Jan Rahbek | Production Thomas Borch Nielsen ApS | Denmark, 2012 | 80 min | Suitable for Family | DCP | TBA Saturday November 17, 2012 - 1:00pmIn his dreams, Marco Macaco is a cool cop solving major crimes – in fact, he is just a dedicated beach officer on a tropical island where nothing seems to happen. His hopes to win beautiful Lulu’s heart get shattered when charming Carlo arrives on the island to build a gigantic monkey-shaped casino right on Marco‘s beach. Jealous and suspicious of his rival, Marco starts an undercover investigation and reveals the incredible truth: Carlo wants to take over the island and install himself as president! When Marco tries to arrest Carlo a problem rises. Literally, from the ground. Because Carlo‘s Casino is a giant robot...
G.B. Hajim | U.S.A., 2012 | 89 min | Rated R | HDCAM | English Sunday November 18, 2012 - 4:15pmIt is 200 years after the Great Earth Exodus. On the moon Ganymede where most of the population struggles against oppressive debt slavery, Parker leaves the comforts of her previous life and falls in love with Naia, an inspired songwriter, who is genetically engineered and enslaved to be a miner. They form a band and soon Naia is enslaved again, this time to stardom, via an exploitative talent agent. Though down and out, Parker sets out on a quest to free Naia and redeem their love.
Hosoda Mamoru | Japan, 2012 | 120 min | Suitable for Family | DCP | Japanese language dialogue with English subtitles Thursday November 15, 2012 - 6:30pmA young college student named Hana falls in love with a man with an unspeakable secret: he is a wolf man, and one of the last of his kind. Their love gives birth to two children - Yuki (snow), born on a day of snow; and Ame (rain), born on a day of rain; they, too, were born both human and wolf.
Okiura Hiroyuki | Japan, 2011 | 120 min | PG | DCP | Japanese language dialogue with English subtitles Saturday November 17, 2012 - 6:30 PMMiyaura Momo is a young girl who grew up in a big city, and whose life has been shattered by her father's recent death and her family's decision to move from Tokyo back to her mother's ancestral home in a distant fishing village on a remote island. Here, time seems to have stopped: old wooden buildings, holy shrines surrounded by trees, terraced fields painstakingly carved out from steep hills... and no shopping mall. Most of all, her heart is still feeling uneasy about an unfinished letter her father left behind - a letter that contained only two words: "Dear Momo..."What was Dad going to say?
Kojima Masayuki | China/Japan, 2012 | 86 min | PG | TBD | Mandarin language dialogue with English subtitles Friday November 16, 2012 - 4:30pmA young boy named Jiantan has to leave Xi'an after the death of his mother to go deep into the Tibetan prairies and start living with his father LaGeBa, whom he can barely remember. His father is a busy doctor who had left the city for Tibet, where he is the essential physician of the poor community he lives in. One day, while herding sheep, he comes under attack, and a stray gold-colored Tibetan mastiff named Daojie saves his life.
Yamakawa Yoshiki | Japan, 2008 | 120 min | Rated R | BD | Japanese with English subtitles Thursday November 15, 2012 - 9:00pmOn her first day of school, a hyper young high school student notices that there's something a bit odd about her school and her classmates. That's what happens when one lands in hell - a predicament she ends up in when she got hit by a car while trying to save a kitty. What's worse, she may not really be dead - she bleeds, she can get hurt, and she has no powers in a world where she gets caught up in a deadly feud between two brothers, and each denizen she meets is rougher than the last.
Hamana Takayuki | Japan, 2012 | 120 min | PG | HDCAM-SR | Japanese language dialogue with English subtitles Saturday November 17, 2012 - 9:00pmIn a dystopian Japan of 2019, thirty years after the enactment of the infamous Media Betterment Act, the government agency responsible for enforcing the Act has militarized and now controls the dissemination of all media. What once was created for protecting human rights and young people from the negative influences of media and politically-incorrect and offensive expression, has now become censorship enforced by military force against those who resist their efforts.And there were those who stood up to resist: libraries under the jurisdiction of local governments rose up against national law by enacting the Freedom of Libraries law, and legally established a self-defense militia to counter the military force of the national Media Betterment Agency.
Uda Kounosuke | Japan, 2012 | 89 min | Rated PG | HDCAM | Japanese with English subtitles Sunday November 18, 2012 - 6:30pmDuring summer vacation in 2002, a year after his father passed away in a traffic accident, 12-year old Yuta goes alone to visit a place they used to visit together - an unused dam deep in the mountains, where they used to collect rhinoceros beetles. He loses his footing in a thunderstorm and gets knocked out, waking up to see a small girl and a village - a village which had been submerged a long time ago, under the waters behind the dam.