Q&A: Ilinca Calugareanu on the Cinematic Tribute of ‘Chuck Norris Vs Communism’

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In the 1980s, the last decade before the revolution overthrew communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, Romania was marred by intense austerity, isolationism and a pervasive cultural blackout. For the oppressed population, a new form of escapism emerged: illicit video nights in which smuggled Western films were shown. The majority of the films were dubbed by the […]

Q&A: Jean-Gabriel Périot on the Timeless Questions in ‘A German Youth’


Covering a decade of worldwide political unrest (1965-1975), A GERMAN YOUTH is a compelling portrait of the Baader-Meinhof Group (a.k.a. The Red Army Faction), a radical movement which drew into its orbit not only disillusioned students, but also established journalists and intellectuals as well as important filmmakers such as Michelangelo Antonioni, Jean Luc Godard and […]

Q&A: Matt Sobel on the Delicate Balance of ‘Take Me to the River’

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Accompanying his parents to a Nebraskan family reunion couldn’t be more uncomfortable for Ryder (Logan Miller), a gay Californian teenager. For his mother’s sake he agrees to act “normal,” but nonetheless attracts some unwanted attention from his conservative relatives. The only one who seems to like him is 9-year-old Molly (Ursula Parker), but a strange […]

Q&A: David Shapiro on the Double Narrative of ‘Missing People’

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Fifteen years after his debut film KEEP THE RIVER ON THE RIGHT, director David Shapiro returns to HIFF with MISSING PEOPLE. The documentary follows Martina Batan, the director of a prominent New York art gallery as she investigates her young brother’s long unsolved murder. At the same time, she obsessively researches and collects the work […]

Oscar® Submissions From 9 Countries to Screen at HIFF


To date, nine films screening at HIFF 2015 have been selected by their respective countries as this year’s entry into the Oscar® race for Best Foreign Language Film. And the list is growing… Be among the first American audiences to see these international gems! 11 MINUTES “11 minut” (POLAND) Director: Jerzy Skolimowski | US Premiere | Poland/Ireland After a 5-year […]