2020 SBIFF Feature Films (A-F)

14 Days, 12 Nights (14 jours, 12 nuits)

14 Days, 12 Nights (14 jours, 12 nuits)

Isabelle Brodeur embarks on a journey to Vietnam, her adopted daughter’s birthplace. Her path leads her to the woman who was once her daughter’s nanny and then to her daughter’s biological mother. Throughout this stunningly beautiful journey, Isabelle discovers her...

37 Seconds

37 Seconds

Thirty-seven seconds without breathing at the time of her birth was all it took for Yuma (Mei Kayama) to develop cerebral palsy. For the physically restricted 23-year-old, those brief moments have shaped the course of her life. They take on additional significance...

A Brother’s Love (La femme de mon frère)

A Brother’s Love (La femme de mon frère)

After failing to secure a faculty position because of the controversy surrounding her thesis in philosophy, 35-year-old Sophia needs to take a hard look at her life choices. Since her part-time job managing an art gallery isn't enough to pay for her own apartment,...

A Bump Along the Way

A Bump Along the Way

A BUMP ALONG THE WAY is female-led, feel-good, comedy drama set in Derry, Northern Ireland, about a middle-aged woman whose unexpected pregnancy after a one-night stand acts as the catalyst for her to finally take control of her life and become the role model her...

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

Grace Fisher was a child prodigy musician, proficient on three instruments, and on her way to the world famous Berklee College of Music in Boston. At her 17th birthday party with her friends, she developed a severe pain in her spine. By the time she got to the...

Americaville

Americaville

Hidden among Beijing’s northern mountain range, a gated replica of the Wyoming town of Jackson Hole promises to deliver the American dream to its several thousand Chinese residents. In AMERICAVILLE, Annie Liu escapes China’s increasingly uninhabitable capital city to...

Amundsen

Amundsen

How could Roald Amundsen, an unknown man from impoverished Norway, become the greatest polar explorer the world has ever seen? The answer is not just found in one single expedition, but in a dramatic and epic film about the life of a remarkable and fascinating man....

Antigone

Antigone

Gripping, powerful, and of-the-moment, ANTIGONE loosely adapts Sophocles' Greek tragedy and situates it in contemporary Montreal. It is a compassionate family drama that doesn't hold back on its indictment of the current refugee and immigrant experience in North...

Back Towards Light (Takaisin valoon)

Back Towards Light (Takaisin valoon)

Marissa is excited about a chance to start a new, independent life. Hired by a Finnish man of North African heritage, Marissa is sent to Germany, where the previously charming man starts to behave threateningly and turns violent. They head to Tunisia, where Marissa is...

Bastards’ Road

Bastards’ Road

Walking 6,000 miles around the country, Marine veteran Jonathan Hancock uses the solitude of the road and the company of his fellow Marine brothers and the families of the fallen to manage the wounds of war that never fully heal. A natural storyteller overflowing with...

Birth Wars

Birth Wars

Told through deeply personal stories, this film chronicles a power struggle between doctors and midwives in Mexico about whose vision of childbirth should prevail.Directed by Janet JarmanProduced by Janet Jarman, Filip LeinWritten by Filip LeinStarring Rafaela Lopez,...

Black Conflux

Black Conflux

Set in suburban Newfoundland in 1987, Nicole Dorsey's debut feature is a dreamy account of two converging lives. Fifteen-year-old Jackie is navigating from vulnerable adolescence to impending adulthood. Dennis is a socially inept loner with a volatile dark streak and...

Blow the Man Down

Blow the Man Down

In the small fishing village of Easter Cove, Maine, sisters Mary Beth and Priscilla have just lost their mother and come into nothing but new debts. When a fateful encounter in a local bar forces Mary Beth to kill a mysterious, dangerous stranger, she turns to the...

Born 2 Drive

Born 2 Drive

Every child grows up having a dream. Oliver is at first glimpse like any normal 15-year-old, hung up on his favorite thing: cars. However, he has a unique talent: he is the world’s youngest rallycross driver. This is the fast and furious story of the son of 3-time...

Born in a Ballroom

Born in a Ballroom

Person and place are often one and the same. Born in a ballroom the night her parent’s cabin caught fire, Eleanor Mailloux danced her way through life and had an impact on her small West Virginia village in grand ways. Through entrepreneurship, creativity, and sheer...

Born in Jerusalem and Still Alive

Born in Jerusalem and Still Alive

While walking down Jaffa Road, Jerusalem native Ronen Matalon overhears a tour guide offering a sanitized version of his hometown's recent history. This inspires him to begin his own "Terror Tour," taking tourists to famous bombing sites and giving them a droll take...

Breaking Bread

Breaking Bread

Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel - the first Muslim Arab to win Israel's MasterChef - founded the A-Sham Arabic Food Festival, where pairs of Arab and Jewish chefs collaborate on exotic dishes. A film about hope, synergy, and mouthwatering fare.Directed by Beth Elise...

Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn

Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn

BULLY. COWARD. VICTIM. THE STORY OF ROY COHN directed by Ivy Meeropol offers an unflinching look at the infamous attorney who prosecuted Meeropol’s grandparents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and later argued persuasively for their execution.The film examines Cohn’s...

By a Sharp Knife (Ostrým nožom)

By a Sharp Knife (Ostrým nožom)

BY A SHARP KNIFE is inspired by the still-unsolved murder of young student Daniel Tupý by neo-Nazis in Slovakia in 2005. In this compelling film, a father, Ľudovít, loses his son to a ruthless neo-Nazi attack. The perpetrators are arrested, but because of a legal...

By Hand

By Hand

In an attempt to escape comfort, reconnect to the natural world, and set a new bar for ocean adventure, twin brothers Casey and Ryan Higginbotham made a decision that would reshape their lives. On March 18, 2016, they embarked on a 2,200-mile paddle from Alaska to...

Call Mom! (Ring mamma!)

Call Mom! (Ring mamma!)

Parents often wait their entire lives for their children to say "Thank you!" and children, sometimes in turn, wait for an "I’m sorry!" This emotional deadlock is the premise of the humorous and edgy CALL MOM!. Niki is 35 but lives her life like a 25-year-old when...

Chronology (Kronoloji)

Chronology (Kronoloji)

Hakan and Nihal have been married for many years. Shortly after they find out that Nihal is unable to have children, she disappears. While frantically searching for her, Hakan makes some painful discoveries about himself and their marriage. He must face his inner...

Collision (Kollision)

Collision (Kollision)

Nine-year-old Liv struggles to find meaning and hope as she is caught between her parents following a family tragedy. Based on true events, the film interweaves the stories of Leo (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) and Olivia (Cecille Stenspil) to explore a crippling marriage and the...

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi

2020 Oscar Nominated for Best International Feature Film. Inspired by real events. Daniel had a spiritual awakening while serving his sentence in a youth detention center for second degree murder, but his criminal background prevents him from becoming a priest once he...

Daniel (Ser du månen, Daniel)

Daniel (Ser du månen, Daniel)

Based on an internationally bestselling book by Danish journalist Puk Damsgård, DANIEL tells the true story of one of the most spectacular kidnappings in recent times. The protagonist is the young Danish photojournalist Daniel Rye who was held hostage for 398 days in...

Disco

Disco

On the surface, 19-year-old Mirjam’s life appears perfect. She is a world champion freestyle disco dancer and the pride of her modern, evangelical church. Yet her body is calling out for help and at the dance world championships, where she is defending her title, she...

Easy Living

Easy Living

Brando is a fourteen-year-old city boy living in a rambling, disjointed family. He gets sent to spend his holidays with his stepsister, Camilla, a university student who makes a living smuggling medicine, alcohol, and cigarettes across the French-Italian border in the...

Exploring the Pacific Northwest

Exploring the Pacific Northwest

In this spectacular journey through the Pacific Northwest, landscapes vary from volcanic mountain ranges to coastal shorelines, open drylands, and more. Within these diverse ecosystems, a variety of species have kept their respective habitats healthy and thriving. The...

Faith Based

Faith Based

This satire of the Christian film industry follows two misfit pals who realize the market for faith-based filmography is highly lucrative and who then set out on their quest to make “buckets of cash” with a faith-based movie of their own. With Jason Alexander,...

Fatei and the Sea

Fatei and the Sea

With amazing images of the underwater world, FATEI AND THE SEA tells the story of a man whose life is inseparable from the world around him. The film takes place around an uninhabited island called Rikord in the Peter the Great Gulf of the Sea of Japan, where Fatei...

Finding Farideh

Finding Farideh

Farideh, a 40-year-old, Iranian-born woman, longs to discover who her real parents are. Abandoned at the age of six months and sent to an orphanage, she was adopted by a Dutch couple and raised in Amsterdam. Her adoptive family had always meant to take her to her...

Frozen 2

Frozen 2

Why was Elsa born with magical powers? The answer is calling her and threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she'll set out on a dangerous but remarkable journey. In FROZEN, Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In FROZEN...

The Amber Light

The Amber Light

In this journey through the lesser-known parts of Scottish whisky culture, we follow spirits writer Dave Broom on his quest to gain a deeper understanding of his national drink. Dave, who grew up in Glasgow, has been writing about spirits for over thirty years, but...

The Art of Waiting

The Art of Waiting

Liran and Tali, a couple in their thirties, dream of having a child. The couple is told that they will have to undergo fertility treatments. They discover that to parent a child, they will have to embark on a long journey that is full of both physical and mental...

The Birdcatcher’s Son (Fågelfångarens son)

The Birdcatcher’s Son (Fågelfångarens son)

It´s the late 1800s and birdcatcher Esmar and his wife Johanna are trying to survive on the harsh cliffs of the Faroe Islands. Local law dictates that unless they have a son, an heir to the hold of the land, they will be evicted. When Johanna gives birth to their...

The Changin’ Times of Ike White

The Changin’ Times of Ike White

Ike White was serving a life sentence for murder when his musical talent reached legendary producer Jerry Goldstein. He believed Ike was the next Jimi Hendrix. In 1974 they cut Changin’ Times, a soul and funk classic, inside the prison. Ike got his freedom, and on the...

The Clash (La bronca)

The Clash (La bronca)

In the early 1990s, Roberto, an 18-year-old boy, leaves a violent Peru and travels to Montreal to join his father, Bob Montoya. Bob is an immigrant to Canada who fled Peru years before and now lives with his new Canadian family. With male pride, Bob strives to show...

The Dead of Jaffa

The Dead of Jaffa

Their mother is dead, and their father has been sentenced for life. Three children from the West Bank are smuggled into Israel, arriving on the doorstep of George and Rita's house in Jaffa. As Israeli Palestinians, George is afraid that hiding illegal aliens will...

The Delicacy

The Delicacy

Perhaps the strangest and most sought-after food in the world is the sea urchin. Known for his films about the fascinating world of the Sommelier, director Jason Wise (SOMM, SOMM: INTO THE BOTTLE and SOMM 3) heads beneath the sea in this documentary about sea-urchin...

The Exception (Undtagelsen)

The Exception (Undtagelsen)

Iben, Malene, Anne-Lise, and Camilla work together in a daily routine marked by power struggles, whispers, and alliances. When Iben and Malene each receive death threats, they start to suspect a Serbian war criminal, who has been the subject of articles they have...

The Flying Circus (Cirku Fluturues)

The Flying Circus (Cirku Fluturues)

Kosovo is in the verge of war. The Dodona Theater, the last remaining public institution, is closed by Serbian authorities. The theater had been playing The Flying Circus, a production inspired by Monty Python’s Flying Circus. The actors are invited to a theater...

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