2020 SBIFF Feature Films (N-T)

Nevia

Nevia

Nevia is 17 and lives in the suburbs of Naples with her beloved little sister Enza, their aunt Lucia, and their grandmother Nana. She is a stubborn teenager, determined to get from life much more than fate has planned for her, but it’s hard to be a girl in a place...

Once in Trubchevsk (Odnazhdi v Trubchevske)

Once in Trubchevsk (Odnazhdi v Trubchevske)

Trubchevsk appears to be the kind of quiet little town where everyone knows everyone else’s business. It is a source of some satisfaction, then, that Anna has managed to keep her affair hidden from prying eyes. Her neighbor is a married long-distance truck driver, and...

Only the Animals (Seules les bêtes)

Only the Animals (Seules les bêtes)

A woman is reported to be missing. After a snowstorm, her abandoned car is discovered on the side of the road to a small remote village in the French countryside. Five people knowingly or unknowingly play a role in her disappearance. As the plot makes its twists and...

Outdeh – The Youth of Jamaica

Outdeh – The Youth of Jamaica

OUTDEH is a documentary film that portrays the youth of Jamaica: a new generation in transition, determined to get out of old and set structures in society and culture – and with their fresh mindset and strength, to contribute to a new understanding of the island.By...

Outlaw (Autlo)

Outlaw (Autlo)

OUTLAW is the story of sex and love, rejection and acceptance, passion and depravity – for anyone pushed to the fringes of society, these emotions can often become indistinguishable. A gay 11th-grader struggles to align his burgeoning homosexuality with his desire for...

Overland

Overland

How can we connect to our natural, primal spirit when modern society threatens to erase it? OVERLAND is a stunning cinematic journey across four continents that twists and turns like nature itself - bridging ancient to modern, east to west, and earth to sky. Lauren, a...

Pandora’s Box: Lifting the Lid on Menstruation

Pandora’s Box: Lifting the Lid on Menstruation

For generations, women have been shamed, ostracized, and silenced, merely because they menstruate. This age-old discrimination is a central issue in the struggle for gender equality. PANDORA'S BOX unmasks the global pandemic of menstrual inequity, pulling back the...

Papicha

Papicha

Algeria, 1990s. Nedjma, an 18-year-old student passionate about fashion design, refuses to let the tragic events of the Algerian Civil War prevent her from experiencing a normal life and going out at night with her friend Wassila. As the social climate becomes more...

Parasite (Gisaengchung)

Parasite (Gisaengchung)

Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim...

Paris: A Wild Story

Paris: A Wild Story

Paris is known throughout the world for the beauty of its architecture and the wealth of its heritage. But what of the 500,000 trees and the 2,900 wild species of fauna and flora that inhabit the City of Light? Having adapted to the urban environment, this nature...

Personhood

Personhood

PERSONHOOD tells a different reproductive rights story - one that ripples far beyond the right to choose and the lives of every pregnant person in America. Tammy Loertscher's fetus was given an attorney, while the courts denied Tammy her constitutional rights and sent...

Psychosia (Psykosia)

Psychosia (Psykosia)

Viktoria is an odd and extremely self-disciplined researcher in the field of suicide. She is invited to a psych ward to treat a suicidal patient. Through intimate nocturnal conversations, they form a tight bond. Viktoria slowly opens up to experience closeness with...

Red Penguins

Red Penguins

This is a story of capitalism and opportunism run amok, complete with gangsters, strippers and live bears serving beer on a hockey rink in Moscow. Shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the famed Red Army hockey team formed a joint...

River Silence

River Silence

The people who live along Brazil’s Xingu River are facing man-made Armageddon. The massive Belo Monte Dam, one of the world’s most contested infrastructure projects, has caused untold ecological and social devastation throughout the entire region, displacing more than...

Santa Clara

Santa Clara

Forty-year-old Santiago lives in Bolivia in a remote village outside of Beni. Rumored to be a fugitive, a bandit, or even an assassin, he spends his days working as a cowboy. When a well-paid job to drive 2000 head of cattle to a ranch in the distant town of Santa...

Sergio Mendes in the Key of Joy!

Sergio Mendes in the Key of Joy!

This joyful film celebrates a singular musical artist who remains as vital and relevant today as when he exploded on the scene with his group, Brasil ’66. One of the most internationally successful Brazilian artists of all time, Sergio Mendes is a three-time Grammy...

She’s in Portland

She’s in Portland

Two old college friends, now in their thirties, admire each other’s lives and feel trapped in their own. Wes, tied to his demanding corporate career and his responsibilities to his growing family, extends a work trip to drag his dispirited artist friend Luke up the...

Shindisi

Shindisi

This powerful film is based on real events that occurred during the Russian military intervention in Georgia in August 2008. Shindisi is a name of the place where Russian occupation forces attacked Georgian military, despite the promise of a peace corridor for the...

Show Me What You Got

Show Me What You Got

Three twentysomethings come together to create a wholehearted ménage à trois in this playfully erotic tale that sparks with the restless energy of the French New Wave. In a richly filmed black-and-white Los Angeles, each member of the threesome is in transition:...

Sovereign Soil

Sovereign Soil

At the far-flung edge of Canada’s boreal forest, outside the tiny sub-Arctic town of Dawson City, Yukon, a handful of unlikely farmers are growing everything from snow-covered Brussels sprouts to apples. These modern-day agrarians have carved out small patches of...

Stitches (Šavovi)

Stitches (Šavovi)

Based on true events, STITCHES takes place in contemporary Belgrade, 18 years after a young seamstress was coldly informed of her newborn's sudden death. She believes the infant was stolen from her, but she is dismissed by others as paranoid. With a mother’s...

Super Frenchie

Super Frenchie

SUPER FRENCHIE provides an intimate look at the life of professional skier and BASE jumper Matthias Giraud, who stops at nothing to pursue his passion for adventure. Featuring breathtaking cinematography, the film combines the thrills and danger of some of the world’s...

Supernova

Supernova

Three men, one place, and one event that will change each of their lives. Taking place entirely within the limited confines of a Polish village road, and effectively unspooling in real time, SUPERNOVA is breathlessly in the moment, a nonstop feat of steadicam...

System Crasher (Systemsprenger)

System Crasher (Systemsprenger)

Benni is small but dangerous. She is expelled from every school, and the 9-year-old girl has already become what Child Protection Services calls a “system crasher.” Benni's single goal is to be back at home with her mother, and until that happens, she is certainly not...

Tell My Story

Tell My Story

A grieving father seeks answers after his 14-year-old son kills himself. He uncovers painful truths about the lives of teens, the impact of unfettered access to internet and social media, and the shocking rise of depression among America’s youth.The journey brings him...

That Click

That Click

Award-winning photographer Douglas Kirkland joined the magazine staff of Look in his early twenties, then Life during the golden age of photojournalism in the 1960s and 1970s. Since 1960, Kirkland has photographed over 2,000 assignments and more than 600 major...

The Burnt Orange Heresy

The Burnt Orange Heresy

Sexy and twisty like so many of the best thrillers, THE BURNT ORANGE HERESY benefits from its unpredictable plot, glossy settings, and outrageous cast — international stars Claes Bang and Elizabeth Debicki lead a roster that includes legend Donald Sutherland and the...

The Nature Makers

The Nature Makers

Stunningly photographed in the Grand Canyon and on the American prairie, THE NATURE MAKERS follows rugged biologists who have deployed helicopters, giant bulldozers, and a host of human tools to defend wild nature. In the 21st century, defending the wild often...

The Night

The Night

This suspenseful, psychological thriller tells the story of an Iranian couple and their one-year-old daughter living in the US. They become trapped in a hotel where insidious, supernatural forces cause them to face the secrets that have come between them in a night...

The Oratorio

The Oratorio

In 1826, a single performance forever changed America’s cultural landscape and introduced Italian opera to New York City. This watershed event was lost to history for almost 200 years, but it was recently rediscovered and restaged by an Italian opera company at the...

The Pencil

The Pencil

Antonina, an artist from Saint Petersburg, follows her husband, a political prisoner, to a town deep in the north of Russia. She starts teaching art in a local school, determined to lift the spirits of the downtrodden children in her class. But she finds herself...

The Prison Within

The Prison Within

Prisoners incarcerated for murder inside San Quentin Prison transcend the punitive prison system to unearth the root cause of their violence by working with victims of violent crime. Each character undergoes a radical transformation, revealing how all human beings, on...

The Restoration (La restauración)

The Restoration (La restauración)

Recently divorced and totally broke, Tato, a childish 50-year-old, is running out of ways to sustain his pleasure-driven lifestyle. With nowhere left to turn, he ends up living with his bedridden mother, Rosa, who is more than happy to give Tato money for cocaine, as...

The Retirement (El retiro)

The Retirement (El retiro)

After 50 years in medical practice, Rodolfo retires. His lifelong devotion to his profession has meant that he neglected other aspects of his life, including his relationship with his daughter Laura. When Rodolfo’s housekeeper leaves her 8-year-old son in Rodolfo’s...

The Songpoet

The Songpoet

By 1967, the stage had been set for Greenwich Village folk musician Eric Andersen to be catapulted to international fame, rising above contemporaries such as Bob Dylan. But the death of his newly acquired manager, famed Beatles impresario Brian Epstein, turned his...

Three Kings (20th Anniversary Screening)

Three Kings (20th Anniversary Screening)

George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube star in THREE KINGS, the story of a small band of American soldiers in Iraq at the end of the Gulf War who seek adventure and fortune in attempting to steal a huge cache of gold hidden somewhere in the desert. Along the way,...

Towards the Battle (Vers la bataille)

Towards the Battle (Vers la bataille)

Around 1860, Louis, a photographer, convinces the general of the French army to send him to Mexico to photograph the colonial war which is ravaging the country. Once he is there, nothing goes as planned. Never at the right place at the right time to see the battles,...

Toy Story 4

Toy Story 4

Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. So when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as “trash”...

Truth and Justice (Tõde ja õigus)

Truth and Justice (Tõde ja õigus)

Estonia, 1870. Andres and his wife Krõõt arrive at a farm bought on a loan to establish their new life. Desolate and neglected between the marshes, Robber’s Rise must be transformed into a place that will take care of the family. All they have to do is to break the...

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