tiff program 2015 back - Tiburon International Film Festival
SATURDAY, APRIL 11TH AT 6:15 PM
MONDAY, APRIL 13TH AT 4:00 PM
Sheila E.'s Mona Lisa
Director: Peter Michael Escovedo | Cast: Sheila E.
Sheila E. unleashes that soul on feisty first single, "Mona Lisa."
Drawn from Sheila E.'s Latin roots, the track vibrantly chronicles a
story about a woman who never lost sight of her dream: to perform.
Director: Peter Flinth | Cast: Louis Williams, Ole Nicolai Jørgensen,
Halvor Schultz, Håvard Jackwitz, Susanne Boucher
Chilean filmmaker Lorena Manríquez embarks on a journey to
search for the truth behind a 30-year rift between her father and her
uncle Ulises. The two brothers were on opposite sides in the 1973
military coup, that brought General Pinochet to power in Chile and
70 min. Ulises to exile in Switzerland. Through the revelation of family
Chile/USA secrets, Manríquez exposes the recent history of Chile, her country's
2014 painful memory, and the desire to reconcile it.
SATURDAY, APRIL 11TH AT 8:30 PM
Director: Christophe Saber | Cast: Florence Quartenoud, Frank
Semelet, Garance Rohr, Mehdi Djaadi, Adel Ahdy, Nour Gayed,
Gianfranco Poddighe, Camille Fiiguereo, Leo Marroni, Yves Reaber
Near closing time in a Lausanne grocery store, a man loses patience
with his child, which prompts a woman to intervene. Other patrons
12 min. join in, and what started as an impromptu debate on proper
Switzerland parenting rapidly descends into a full-on ideological showdown.
Director: Sadyk Sher Niyaz | Cast: Elina Abai Kyzy, Nazira
Mambetova, Aziz Muradilaev, Mirlan Abdullaev, Adyl Bolorbek uulu,
Adilet Usubaliev, Ulan Omuraliev
Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains is a historical epic from
Kyrgyzstan, set in the 19th century, which tells the true story of
131 min. Kurmanjan Datka, a strong willed woman who becomes the ruler of
Kyrgyzstan her country and saves the nation from total destruction.
MONDAY, APRIL 13TH AT 8:15 PM
Struggling to deal with his parent’s divorce and constant abuse at
school, thirteen-year-old Behmani lashes out. He finds solace in a
group of older street kids. They treat him as an adult and as one of 90 min.
their own. He soon gets in over his head when he becomes Iran
entangled in their own complex lives. 2014
SATURDAY, APRIL 11TH AT 10:30 PM
Director: Vinko Möderndorfer | Cast: Marko Mandić, Medea Novak,
Marko Bukvič, Lara Volavšek, Renato Jenček, Jernej Šugman, Jana
Zupančić, Sebastian Cavazza
All Sales Final
Director: Ingrid Serban | Cast: Alisa Rose, Dawn Shalhoup, Finn
Shalhoup, Forest Sun, Lucy Shalhoup, Scott Steiner
Samuel A. Dillon is a man with no hope or reason to live. When he
finds an Elimination Agency ad in the newspaper, he decides to end
it all by ordering his own assassination. A turn of events causes him
7 min. to change his mind but all sales are final. He is now faced with the
USA challenge of either evading or defeating his assassin. What will be
2014 his fate?
Director: Justen Lander | Cast: Bruce McLean, Braylee Carden,
Chuck Gallagher, Diann Stewart, Jacinth Sutphin, Lisa Uliasz
In the last days of Edward Bracket's life, he waits by the window for
his daughter to visit. All that he has left of his life is a photo album
and flashing memories of the past. His most vivid memory is of him
and his daughter, Millie, up at the watch tower, looking out over the 20 min.
Director: Lee Briggs | Cast: Terry Stokes, Lynne Hollander, Jerry
Gayle, Anne Mannes, Amanda Sheeren, Brent Thomas, Cheyenne
Clarke, Sophia Kalomeris
Tom in America
Director: Flavio Alves | Cast: Burt Young, Sally Kirkland
Tom in America is a short film about a 70 year-old married man who
begins to question his sexuality because of a chance encounter with
a provocative doll.
Director: Kasper Verkaik | Cast: Robert Groden
One of the greatest mysteries of modern American history remains
unsolved to this day. But for Robert Groden the answer is clear, and
he has devoted his entire life to proving the theory that it was a
conspiracy that led to the assassination of John F. Kennedy on
November 22, 1963 – and not the lone sniper Harvey Lee Oswald, as 60 min.
the history books would have us believe. Netherlands
SUNDAY, APRIL 12TH AT 2:00 PM
Director: Marie Enthoven | Cast: Catherine Salée, Serge Larivière,
Benjamin Ramon, Gilles De Schryver, Helene Seretti
Antoine needs to get to Geneva to present a seminar on team
building. Because of a strike of the railway, he's obliged to go by
carpooling. Five opposite personalities will be confined in one car for
20 min. a long trip together. To Antoine, this will be the perfect opportunity to
Belgium test his theories he so strongly believes in.
An older woman's guarded hold on reality is threatened on a routine
grocery store trip with her husband. First-time filmmaker Lee Briggs
7 min. (Lucasfilm, San Francisco) captures a rare, intimate perspective,
USA both gritty and gorgeous.
SUNDAY, APRIL 12TH AT 6:15 PM
Director: Carmen Chaplin | Cast: Dolores Chaplin, Linh-Dan Pham,
Bianca Brandolini d’Adda, Isis Samassa, Carmen Chaplin, Uma
Bhalla Chaplin, Michael Chaplin
By the fourth millennium the Earth has become a scorched desert.
Humankind's only hope lies in the hands of three scientists. Their
13 min. mission: to build a time machine, return to the past and save Earth's
Next Year (L'année Prochaine)
As a boy Hans and his family were forced by the Nazis to file Vienna
and sail to Shanghai. He grew up there but managed to retain his
upbeat spirit and natural charm.
After coming to Northern California as an adult he excelled at
marathon running. When too old to run be became a professional
photographer. His good nature and spirit in the face of adversity has USA
impressed and inspired a great many. 2013
The Science of Character
Director: Tiffany Shlain | Cast: Tiffany Shlain
'The Science of Character,' the newest short 'cloud film' in the Let it
Ripple series, explores why character matters. Can you shape who
you are? Who you will become? New research suggests that you can
- that we can teach and shape character strengths (things like
8 min. optimism, self-control, and curiosity).
USA So if you can build your character, who do you want to be?
Director: Cynthia Harrison | Cast: Katie Harrison Wallach
Since January, 2011 - baby boomers, the largest generation ever
born - turned 65 every 8 seconds, 10,000 per day, 4,000,000 per
year. In 2030, there will be over 70,000,000 seniors in the US alone.,
and for the first time in history, there will be more people over the
age of 65, than under the age of 5. 23 min.
Director: Jim Sugar & Mathieu LaCounte | Cast: Russ Lachelt
This film tells the story of how and why perfectly normal people
endure and thrive during a hard swim workout at 5:30 AM five days a
week. Members of the North Bay Aquatics Masters Swimmers in
Larkspur, California experience a profound physical and mental
9 min. transformation while swimming more than 3000 yards during each
USA workout. Swimmers explain how they are addicted to, and changed
2014 by, the swimmer's high.
Clotilde and Aude are eighteen. They have always been best friends,
growing up together in the same small village in the South of France.
Despite their differences, they have a strong and exclusive 105 min.
friendship. With their contrasts they attract each other, and they Belgium/France
seem to be enough for one another. 2014
SUNDAY, APRIL 12TH AT 8:15 PM
Jirka and the White Mice
Director: Karel Janák | Cast: Václav Postránecký, Jaroslava
Kretschmerová, Jan Maršál, Jaroslav Plesl, Klára
Jirka is not exactly a model boy. One day he has to accompany his
parents on an important visit to his father's boss. There he
15 min. accidentally lets some white mice out of their cage, which he then
Czech Republic secretly tries to recapture, leading to an avalanche of further
Director: David Lascher | Cast: Reid Scott, Barbara Hershey, Grace
Kaufman, Serinda Swan, Nadine Velazquez, Alexis Dziena, Dan
When unstable Susan (Barbara Hershey) is tragically widowed she
finds it impossible to care for her delinquent adolescent daughter
113 min. Niki, forcing Billy (Reid Scott), her son, to care for his difficult
USA younger sister.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15TH AT 8:15 PM
Director: Martin Smith | Cast: Mikey Hoc, Kathleen McDermott, Ali
McBride, Mark Woolner, Connoe Hamilton
When a young showman visits a new town he struggles to fit in.
Seagulls follows Ryan as he attempts to bond with a group of local
boys. The film explores the subtle differences in the lives of these
14 min. teenage boys and how cultural bonds that are deeply ingrained are
Scotland/UK never far from the surface.
Director: Jennifer Juelich | Cast: Nolan Mecham, Debra Knox,
Grace DeZago, D. Sputnik Juelich, Kari Wishingrad, Brett Sanders
Neon Sky tells the story of a small, traveling carnival owned and
operated by Everett Sullivan who, along with his wife Tina and their
teenage daughter Bree, are determined to keep their way of life alive.
THURSDAY, APRIL 16TH AT 4:00 PM
The Way You Die
Director: Manuel Vogel | Cast: Andreas Thiele, Jil Funke, Erol
Sander, Finja Martens, Norman Graue, Wilhelm Beck, Luisa
Liebtrau, Ralph Willmann
25 min. escort an important painting to Prague. But after finding one of the
Germany guards murdered on the toilet, he is already in the middle of a bizarre
2014 1960ies spy story.
The Ambassador to Bern
Director: Attila Szász | Cast: János Kulka, József Kádas, Laszlo I.
Kish, Mónika Balsai, Rozi Lovas
Near closing time in a Lausanne grocery store, a man loses patience
This political thriller chronicles the day of August 16, 1958, when two
Hungarian immigrants (Tamás Szabó Kimmel and József Kádas)
break into the Hungarian embassy in Bern and take the ambassador 75 min.
(János Kulka) hostage. Hungary
The Chosen One
Director: Cristian Comeaga | Cast: Bogdan Stanoevici, Nicodim
Ungureanu, Olimpia Melinte, Laura Cosoi
A complex story told as an interior monologue by the protagonist, Mr.
X, who is constantly hassled by his nemesis, Mr. Escu. The two of
them will witness murders, blackmails, injustice and revenge, all set
110 min. against the 1989 Revolution...
THURSDAY, APRIL 16TH AT 6:00 PM
Song of the Phoenix
Director: Wu Tianming | Cast: Mincheng Li, Zeru Tao, Chi Peng
Song of the Phoenix, the final film of the late director Wu Tianming,
charts the life and trials of You Tianming, a young suona (a Chinese
double-reed woodwind instrument) apprentice who goes on to form
his very own suona troupe at a time when the presence of traditional
108 min. instruments declines in Chinese society. Tianming faces the harsh
China reality that his artistic calling is no longer in tune with a modern,
2013 urbanized China.
THURSDAY, APRIL 16TH AT 8:00 PM
Director: David Coyle | Cast: David Coyle
TUESDAY, APRIL 14TH AT 4:00 PM
Director: Adam Breier | Cast: Yaite Ruiz, Carlos Solar, Marco
At the beach, Camelia plans to celebrate her son Angel’s birthday.
Provoked by the unforeseen disappearance of his father, Angel
escapes, and Camelia is forced to begin a search that will lead her to
15 min. confront the failure of her family.
Director: Vania Leturcq | Cast: Constance Rousseau, Jenna Thiam,
Kévin Azaïs, Julien Boisselier, Anne Coesens, Frédéric Pierrot, Aylin
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15TH AT 6:00 PM
1960. Night. A train on its way to the Iron Curtain. In it Sebastian
(Andreas Thiele) – a guy like you and me. His actual mission was to
Swimming: Mind, Body, Spirit
The news from the Middle East worsens daily into a nightmare
scenario—one eerily foretold in 2012 as two young, unlikely Syrian
activists launch a radical plan for bringing democracy to their
country, besieged by the brutal Bashar al-Assad regime. Under 95 min.
threat of death and armed only with the Internet, they organize when USA/Egypt/Turkey...
no one else will. 2014
Director: Harris Cohen | Cast: Hans Roenay
Director: Jason Whisman | Cast: Sarah Cruse, Bray Ghiglia,
Niloofar Ghiglia, Sonja Hiller, Warren Johnson, Christine Langmayr,
Robert Tovmasyan, Jason Whisman
The Peace Experience is about a spiritual, heart centered group of
people traveling together through Europe and the US to discover
what peace means to them and to everyone they encounter. 69 min.
Director: Andrea Kalin | Cast: Mouaz Moustafa, Razan Shalab
The Peace Experience
"Staying true to its Marin roots, the Tiburon Film Festival will be showing a
collection of films made by Marin County filmmakers titled Marin Filmmakers,
a first program of its kind." Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
Inferno focuses on a young, unemployed working class family and
their everyday struggle for survival. The unseen forces that run the
113 min. city are challenged when workers go on strike. The strike also leads
Slovenia to new challenges for the protagonists.
SUNDAY, APRIL 12TH AT 12:00 PM
The film portrays a moment in the life of Syrian civilians during the
ongoing Syrian Civil War. After a woman is shot on a street in
Aleppo, her son is in a state of shock. While his mother is bleeding to
death, a group of rebels arrive to take out the enemy snipers. But
11 min. who is taking care of this woman? Not until an unknown young man
Germany arrives on the scene is there any hope.
Director: Hooman Seyedi | Cast: Amir Jafari, Azadeh Samdi, Rima
Raminfar, Amir Jadidi, Navid Mohammadzadeh, Vishka Asayesh,
Director: Kai Gero Lenke | Cast: Panos Aprahamian, Nasri Sayegh
Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains
Based on the best selling Norwegian novel written by Lars Saabye
Christiensen, Beatles is the ultimate coming-of-age story. Four
teenage boys in the 7th grade are growing up in Oslo at the time
when Beatlemania hits Norway in the 60s. The backdrop is a country 114 min.
and a world undergoing radical political change. Norway
God is the Greatest
Director: Lorena Manriquez & Miguel Picker
MONDAY, APRIL 13TH AT 5:30 PM
The Invisible Collection
Director: Bernard Attal | Cast: Vladimir Brichta, Walmor Chagas,
After a tragic incident leaves Beto, a smooth city dweller, with
nothing, he returns to the old family business: a dingy antique shop.
At the mercy of his overbearing mother, Beto searches for anything
to occupy his mind. He stumbles across an odd transaction in the 89 min.
dusty record books: hundreds of priceless drawings sold to a man Brazil
named Samir. 2013
A suite of rooms with doorways in line with each other. A man finds
himself alone in a bare white room containing nothing but a red ball
and a six shot revolver with one bullet. How will he find his escape
out of what appears to be a room with no exit? Enfilade is a short
10 min. science-fiction/thriller which forces the human psyche into concepts
Australia such as isolation, claustrophobia and the infinite.
All My Tomorrows
Director: Rudolf Havlík | Cast: Pavel Batěk, Vica Kerekes, Filip
Blažek, Jiří Lábus, Klára Issová
“I’ll take anything I can lay my hands on,” says young, dynamic Petr,
referring to the deals he fixes up in Asia that guarantee him a decent
standard of living back home. Yet while he confesses in one of his
monologues that he likes the edginess of uncertainty, he’s now at a 98 min.
stage when he’s starting to re-evaluate certain aspects of his life. Czech Republic
TUESDAY, APRIL 14TH AT 6:00 PM
Director: Serhat Karaaslan | Cast: Rojhat Deli, Ebru Ojen Sahin,
Eleven-year old Rojhat lives in a small, remote village. On a hot
summer day, an ice cream peddler comes to the village with his
motorbike and he is immediately surrounded by the children of the
16 min. village.
Director: Bjarni Haukur Thorsson | Cast: Sigurður Sigurjónsson,
Sigrun Edda Bjornsdottir, Thorsteinn Bachmann, Steinbor Hroar
Steinthorsson, Palmi Gestsson
A hilarious and touching film about life at the crossroads and the
meaning of it all, The Granddad may be the first-ever film to have a
running (and very funny) prostate joke. It centers on mild-mannered 90 min.
Gudjón, a father of two, who is approaching retirement. Iceland
SUNDAY, APRIL 12TH AT 10:15 PM
Director: María Gordillo | Cast: Yuri pleskun, Michael borne, Valerie
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15TH AT 4:00 PM
Memories on Stone
Director: Shawkat Amin Korki | Cast: Hussein Hassan, Nazmi Kirik,
Shima Molaei, Suat Usta, Salah Sheikh Ahmadi
After Saddam Hussein's loss of power in Iraq, childhood friends
Hussein and Alan decide to produce a film about the 'Al Anfal'
Kurdish genocide. But making a film in post war Kurdistan is not
easy. And the most difficult task seems to be finding a leading 97 min.
actress. Suddenly they find her: Sinor, young and beautiful - and Iraq/Germany/Qatar
passionate about their project. But she cannot decide on her own. 2014
TUESDAY, APRIL 14TH AT 8:15 PM
The story takes place during a long, intense chase in which the
boyfriend of the girl who's bag was snatched pursues the bag
Viktoria – A Tale of Grace and Greed
Director: Men Lareida | Cast: Franciska Farkas, Angela
Stefanovics, Zsolt Nagy, Erika Orgovanne
Viktoria hopes for big money in Zurich. So she leaves her hometown
of Budapest to spend her nights under the pale lights of Zurich’s
whore pit. There she waits for clients, to satisfy them in their cars on
dark parking lots. Despite being caught in a environment of violence, 88 min.
greed and a world of fast sex, she discovers here also love and Switzerland/Bulgaria
friendship – and herself. 2014
Director: Ali F. Mostafa | Cast: Yassin Alsalman, Diala Makki, Falah
Alsalman, Saood Al-Kaabi, Sundus Abdul Hadi
Set in 2025, business man Jamal El-Nargisee finds himself battling a
personal coup. With his imagination wrecking havoc on his reality,
Jamal wonders whether his forgotten creativity was crushed by his
15 min. business acumen or if he has lost his mind in the grind.
United Arab Emirates
Bright Night (Nachthelle)
Director: Florian Gottschick | Cast: Anna Grisebach, Benno
Fürmann, Vladimir Burlakov, Kai Ivo Baulitz, Gudrun Ritter, Michael
What starts as a relationship, a conflict between dependency and
freedom, takes a determined genre twist into a psychological thriller 85 min.
about suppressed guilt when, on the hottest day of the year, Anna
(41) and her boyfriend Stefan (32) drive to her birthplace on a sad Germany
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