The special screenings make up a special part of the festival. They will be screened under three different sections: World Cinema Premieres, World Cinema Specials and World Cinema Classics. Below you can read more about this year’s 9 special screenings.
WORLD CINEMA PREMIERES
I Am Not a Witch
RUNGANO NYONI | ZAMBIA | 2017 | 93′ | ENGLISH, NYANJA SPOKEN | ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Zambia: 9-year-old Shula has been accused of witchcraft and confesses. She is banished to a far-off witch colony. In the community of older witches that populate the colony young Shula stands out. Child supervisor and government official Banda sees an opportunity to cash in on the situation.
Rialto: Thu Aug 23 16:45h & Sat Aug 25 16:00h
I Dream in Another Language
ERNESTO CONTRERAS | MEXICO | 2017 | 103′ | SPANISH SPOKEN | ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Linguist Martin researches almost extinct languages. In a small Mexican jungle village he finds three people who still speak Zikril, which they say is the language of all living creatures in the jungle. Suddenly one of them dies; the other two have been at odds for many years.
Rialto: Sun Aug 9 14:30h & Sat 25 Aug 18:00h
NILES ATALLAH | CHILE | 2017 | 90′ | SPANISH, MAPUDUNGUN SPOKEN | ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Orélie-Antoine de Tounens — lawyer and adventurer who allegedly founded a kingdom at the southernmost tip of South America in 1860. Did this really happen? Director Niles Atallah employs experimental as well as original methods to tell this story.
Rialto: Mon Aug 20 19:30h
PELIN ESMER | TURKEY | 2017 | 104′ | TURKISH SPOKEN | ENGLISH SUBTITLES
40-something Leyla, a lawyer and a poet, boards the night train to Izmir, where she gets talking to Canan, a young nurse. Something is very much bothering Canan. Eventually she comes out with it: she is on her way to a paralyzed man with a death wish. Leyla decides to accompany her.
Rialto: Sun Aug 19 19:15h & Fri Aug 24 17:15h
The Reports on Sarah and Saleem
MUAYAD ALAYAN | PALESTINA | 2018 | 127′ | ARAB, HEBREW, ENGLISH SPOKEN | ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Sarah and Saleem occasionally meet for some passionate lovemaking. Both are married, though not to each other. That she is Israeli and he Palestinian makes their affair even more dangerous. They take great care to keep their secret, but things go awry — with far-reaching consequences.
Rialto: Thu Aug 23 18:45h
WORLD CINEMA SPECIAL
Cuban Food Stories
ASORI SOTO | CUBA | 2018 | 85′ | SPANISH SPOKEN | ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Homesickness for the flavours of his childhood brought Asori Soto back from New York to Cuba. He travels the entire country, from the major cities to nearly impossible-to-reach remote places, searching for the most delicious dishes. A film that will make your mouth water.
Rialto: Sun Aug 19 16:40h
JAAR el lamento de las imágenes
PAULA RODRÍGUEZ | CHILE | 2017 | 78′ | SPANISH SPOKEN | ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Portray of the influential Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar, whose work is characterized by a great and inspired social engagement. In his installations he expresses his views on major socio-political issues. Soundtrack by Jaar’s son Nicolas.
Rialto: Mon Aug 20 21:15h
What’s Love Got to Do with It?
ROHENA GERA | INDIA | 2013 | 83′ | ENGLISH SPOKEN | ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Do you marry for love or because your parents have found a suitable partner for you? In India the latter is very common, but some Indians prefer the Western way. Director Rohena Gera (Sir) contrasts the pros and cons.
Rialto: Fri Aug 17 19:30h
WORLD CINEMA CLASSIC
HUMBERTO SOLÁS | CUBA | 1968 | 160′ | SPANISH SPOKEN | ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A top Cuban classic made by then 26-year-old Humberto Solas. At three key moments in Cuban history, 1895, 1933 and the 1960s, a woman named Lucía plays an important role: as an aristocrat, a middle-class girl and a farmer’s wife.
Rialto: Sun Aug 19 15:30h