International Films – North America

5B

5B

The AIDS crisis inflicts heartbreak but pioneering nurses inspire hope in two-time Academy Award nominee Dan Krauss’s documentary, which he co-directed with Academy Award-winner Paul Haggis.

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

“The glorious Aretha Franklin concert documentary Amazing Grace finally emerges 46 years later … an unmitigated joy.” – Los Angeles Times

The Amazing Johnathan Documentary

The Amazing Johnathan Documentary

Truth completely unravels in a wild meta-documentary about a dying comedy trickster and the director he torments.

American Woman

American Woman

Sienna Miller, Christina Hendricks and Aaron Paul lead a sterling cast in Jake Scott’s engrossing tale of a single mother grappling with her worst nightmare.

The Art of Self-Defense

The Art of Self-Defense

“Jesse Eisenberg plays a wimp whose desperate bid to man up compels him to join an off-kilter karate studio in this smart, machismo-critiquing cult comedy … dark, sinister, and disarmingly hilarious.” – Variety

The Beach Bum

The Beach Bum

“A collaboration between Matthew McConaughey and filmmaker Harmony Korine, this portrait of a dissolute poet pissin’ away the days in Margaritaville and Miami is a match made in heaven.” – Rolling Stone

The Boys Next Door

The Boys Next Door

Penelope Spheeris’s visionary polemic against toxic masculinity – decades before the concept was popularised – stars Charlie Sheen and Maxwell Caulfield as the titular boys: young, white, resentful and deadly.

Brittany Runs a Marathon

Brittany Runs a Marathon

An audience award-winner at Sundance, Brittany Runs a Marathon is a warm, funny and relatable comedy about body positivity, self-love and acceptance.

A Brother's Love

A Brother's Love

Winner of the special Coup de Coeur award at this year’s Cannes Un Certain Regard, French-Canadian filmmaker Monia Chokri’s rapid-fire comedy of thirtysomething romance and sibling rivalry evokes the exuberant energy of her sometime collaborator Xavier Dolan.

Carmine Street Guitars

Carmine Street Guitars

Spending an hour or so with guitar-maker Rick Kelly and the many famous faces who visit his shop – an old-school holdout against gentrified New York – is like the best kind of hangout with your friends: affable, funny, full of love and stories.

David Crosby: Remember My Name

David Crosby: Remember My Name

With producer Cameron Crowe interviewing, David Crosby opens up in a refreshingly honest and revealing documentary.

The Dead Don't Die

The Dead Don't Die

Jim Jarmusch reunites with Adam Driver, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and an all-star cast for his Cannes-opening, deadpan take on the zombie comedy that simmers with the terror of the present.

Dudes

Dudes

“A somewhat forgotten but simply unforgettable punk rock western, dubbed ‘The Easy Rider of the Eighties’.” – Night Flight

The Farewell

The Farewell

Awkwafina proves her dramatic chops are as nuanced as her comedic ones in this Sundance hit about a Chinese-American woman reuniting with family to farewell her dying grandmother – who doesn’t know of her deadly diagnosis.

Fourteen

Fourteen

Two twentysomething women watch their teenage friendship fade away in the latest keenly observed feature from critic-turned-filmmaker Dan Sallitt (The Unspeakable Act, MIFF 2013).

Friedkin Uncut

Friedkin Uncut

“A startling aperture onto the bright, witty, original mind of a man who isn’t afraid to make unconventional leaps and rather dotes on controversy and hell-raising.” – Hollywood Reporter

Ghost Town Anthology

Ghost Town Anthology

Continuing to prove one of Canada’s most intriguing auteurs, MIFF regular Denis Côté examines the pervasive influence of grief on a tiny Québécois town.

The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash

The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash’s story has never been told like this. Thom Zimny’s seamless, collage-style oral history refuses to walk the line. Stripped back, essential, like the American Recordings albums Cash made with producer Rick Rubin, it gazes past the myth of the Man in Black and into his soul.

Give Me Liberty

Give Me Liberty

Heartfelt and hilarious, Give Me Liberty channels the spirit of the Czech New Wave in its freewheeling tale of life on the edges of Midwestern America.

Goldie

Goldie

Fashion model and Instagram sensation Slick Woods makes her explosive film debut in a quintessentially New York tale about chasing a dream.

The Grand Bizarre

The Grand Bizarre

This dazzling experimental animation tours the global textile marketplace at a pace that’ll get your heart racing.

Greener Grass

Greener Grass

Pastel coordinates, perfect hair, soccer practice, golf carts… the suburbs are as horrifying as you suspect.

Halston

Halston

“An intimate, clear-eyed portrait of 1970s A-list fashion designer Roy Halston Frowick … Tcheng’s film is more of a celebration than a lamentation, saluting a superstar designer whose life was a triumph of style and substance.” – Screen Daily

The Kill Team

The Kill Team

Oscar-nominated director Dan Krauss presents a fictionalised version of his award-winning war-crimes documentary of the same name, featuring a bone-chilling performance from Alexander Skarsgård.

The Lodge

The Lodge

The Lodge starts subtle … but on a dime, it spirals into outright insanity, taking turn after shocking turn, leaving the audience out of breath and praying for a reprieve.” – BloodyDisgusting.com

Matthias & Maxime

Matthias & Maxime

French-Canadian auteur Xavier Dolan returns with a funny, tense and heartfelt love story about two childhood best friends coming to terms with their secret feelings for each other.

Memory — The Origins of Alien

Memory — The Origins of Alien

Forty years after the release of Ridley Scott’s Alien, why are we still so captivated by this game-changing film?

Monrovia, Indiana

Monrovia, Indiana

“Frederick Wiseman’s new film may just change the way you look at small-town America.” – The Washington Post

The Mountain

The Mountain

Jeff Goldblum stars as a charismatic lobotomist on an oddball roadtrip across 1950s America in The Mountain, the latest work of madness and magic from cinematic iconoclast Rick Alverson.

NFSA Restores: Black Robe

NFSA Restores: Black Robe

“An absorbing intellectual epic … it is hard to shake the memory of Black Robe.” – LA Times

Port Authority

Port Authority

Executive-produced by Martin Scorsese, Port Authority follows Fionn Whitehead’s young drifter Paul as he arrives in New York, where he is drawn to the glamorous dancer Wye and her friends.

The Queen

The Queen

Before the iconic Paris is Burning, before RuPaul’s Drag Race, there was The Queen. Discover Frank Simon’s groundbreaking 1968 documentary, set in New York’s competitive drag world, in this fabulous new restoration.

Share

Share

“An uncommonly knotty and fiercely intelligent story of assault and blame in the social media age.” – The Playlist

Skin

Skin

Jamie Bell is outstanding in this expansion of Guy Nattiv’s 2019 Oscar-winning short inspired by the true story of reformed neo-Nazi Byron Widner.

Something Else

Something Else

“Sublime and emotional, Something Else is one hell of a love story, a nightmarish monster movie, and an overall fantastical experience. Five stars.” – Dread Central

Suburbia

Suburbia

“Probably the best teenagers-in-revolt movie since Jonathan Kaplan’s Over the Edge.” – The New York Times

Swallow

Swallow

Haley Bennett won Best Actress at the Tribeca Film Festival for her portrayal of a newly pregnant woman with a seemingly perfect home and husband in this boldly satirical psychological feminist thriller.

Sword of Trust

Sword of Trust

Marc Maron teams up with Lynn Shelton for a rambling, lovable comedy of small town grifters and Civil War truthers.

Them That Follow

Them That Follow

With a star-studded cast that includes Olivia Colman and Walton Goggins, Them That Follow examines an overtly religious, Pentecostal society that has cut itself off from the rest of the world.

Tito

Tito

Emerging talent Grace Glowicki directs and stars in this provocative debut that mixes midnight-movie madness, psycho-expressionism and stoner comedy to confront gender and fear in thrilling new ways.

The Tomorrow Man

The Tomorrow Man

John Lithgow and Blythe Danner star together in this eccentric later-in-life love story.

Trash

Trash

Legendary Factory director Paul Morrissey’s transgressive tale of down-and-out sex and drugs in underground New York remains a highlight of his collaborations with Andy Warhol.

Watergate

Watergate

An epic retelling of the loss of a nation’s innocence, from Academy Award-winning director Charles Ferguson.

Wu-Tang Clan: of Mics and Men (Episodes 1 & 2)

Wu-Tang Clan: of Mics and Men (Episodes 1 & 2)

“Sacha Jenkins’ Wu Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men is one of the best music docu-series in a very long time, a piece of work that doesn’t just relay the chronological facts of the band’s existence but translates their art ... and fully conveys their cultural importance.” – RogerEbert.com

Wu-Tang Clan: of Mics and Men (Episodes 3 & 4)

Wu-Tang Clan: of Mics and Men (Episodes 3 & 4)

“Sacha Jenkins’ Wu Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men is one of the best music docu-series in a very long time, a piece of work that doesn’t just relay the chronological facts of the band’s existence but translates their art ... and fully conveys their cultural importance.” – RogerEbert.com