Top 100 Most Upbeat Films at CIFF40

Ranking as computed by filmbot from descriptions listed at clevelandfilm.org.

All About Them
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1

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Charlotte and Micah are in love. They make dinner together, Micah rushes home from his job as a veterinarian to see Charlotte, and the two seem to be edging closer and closer to the prospect of marria... more


Front Cover
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2

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Ryan is a career-driven fashion stylist whose dream is to get the cover of a prestigious magazine. When the cover is assigned to a rival, Ryan is given a consolation assignment: to re-style Ning, a ri... more


Out to Win
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3

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Sports are our central cultural activity. We pour our hopes, dreams, and passions into it, and out of it rises our heroes and role models. For some of these heroes the price of fame was hiding the tru... more


Trenk, the Little Knight
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4

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Trenk has big big dreams of being a knight, and he has all the courage and dedication necessary to be the best knight ever. He just doesn’t have the size. Or age. Or any of the general skills necessar... more


Uncle Howard
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5

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Hidden in The Bunker, the famous New York den of legendary literary icon William Burroughs, was a gold mine of film and photos archived by filmmaker Howard Brookner. When Howard's nephew, Aaron, disco... more


Good Luck Soup
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6

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“I don't want to be Japanese!” filmmaker Matthew Hashiguchi recalls yelling at his father. Growing up Japanese-American in a predominantly white Irish-Catholic neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio, Matthew... more


Country: Portraits of an American Sound
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7

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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Cowboy hats. Boots. Rhinestones. Johnny Cash’s obsession with black. Dolly Parton’s not-so-subtle dresses. These are just a few of the fashion phases that country music has inspired throughout the yea... more


Paradise Trips
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8

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A bunch of young, free-spirited Belgians hop on a bus headed for an electronic music festival in Croatia. They laugh, they sing, they smoke, they drink. It looks like a rollicking good time for all on... more


Long Way North
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9

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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Journey to the frozen Arctic in Rémi Chayé’s captivating animated adventure LONG WAY NORTH. In late-19th century Russia, 15-year-old Sasha is the daughter of an aristocrat. Bored with the conventions ... more


Café Derby
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10

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Georges can sell anything, and he can convince you it’s a damn good investment. Be it “water softeners,” organic foot remedies, experimental laundry detergent, or any other conceivably worthless item,... more


Le Mirage
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11

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The good news is… Patrick has it all. He is handsome, runs a huge sporting goods store, and has a beautiful wife and children. His home has all the newest luxuries, including a dream kitchen and a poo... more


Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America
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12

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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“How can you hate me when you don't even know me?” Thus asks Daryl Davis, an accomplished African-American musician with a somewhat unusual collection. As a result of trying to answer that question, t... more


Clear Years
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13

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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Director Frédéric Guillaume likes adventure, freedom, and intoxication. So when the love of his life gets pregnant, he is naturally concerned about how a baby will affect his lifestyle. He is constant... more


Vinyl Generation
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14

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In the 1980s, communism ruled the land in Czechoslovakia. The totalitarian regime was paranoid about dissenters and often went to extreme measures to silence them. The media was a propaganda machine, ... more


Good Ol' Boy
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15

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Having immigrated from India, ten-year-old Smith’s family has super big plans for him: he’s going to pursue the American dream (they named him Smith, so how hard could that be?); he’s going to become ... more


The Anthropologist
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16

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THE ANTHROPOLOGIST profiles the lives of renowned anthropologists, Margaret Mead and Susan Crate, through the eyes of their daughters. While Mead’s groundbreaking work shaped the past, Crate’s work is... more


Chevalier
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17

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The competitive nature of man gets lampooned—nay, harpooned—in Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari’s third film. A group of friends are left to their own devices on an expensive yacht in the middle ... more


Kings, Queens & In-Betweens
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18

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Welcome to the Crown Jewel of Drag in the Midwest: Columbus, Ohio. Who knew? Everybody will after watching this fab documentary, filmed entirely in our “fantastic Gay Snow-Bubble in the middle of Ohio... more


Notes on Blindness
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19

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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In 1983, just days after the birth of his son, John Hull went blind. After a lifetime of issues with his sight, Hull was told the loss was permanent. His training as a theologian, as well as his stand... more


Our Last Tango
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20

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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The tango is a dance performed with intense feeling. Sometimes that feeling is hate. After a legendary career spanning 50 years, the two most celebrated dancers in the history of the tango reveal this... more


Rabin in His Own Words
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21

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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“There is nothing harder than defining oneself.” So wrote Yitzhak Rabin in a letter. Now, 20 years after his assassination in 1995, Rabin is given the chance to do precisely that. This extraordinary d... more


Oddball
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22

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Based on true events, ODDBALL tells the story of a dog who’s bad at herding sheep, but seems to be incredible at protecting penguins. Good thing because on an island just off the coast, a penguin sanc... more


Equals
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23

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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EQUALS takes place in a utopian society where violence and crime have been virtually eradicated—via the genetic elimination of human emotion. People like Nia (Kristen Stewart) and Silas (Nicholas Houl... more


How He Fell in Love
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24

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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Travis is a bit of a lost soul. He’s a musician who can’t find inspiration, and his relationships with women aren’t going well. HOW HE FELL IN LOVE begins with him attending the wedding of his ex-girl... more


Little Gangster
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25

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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The perfect father can intimidate people, drive super fast cars, and be a hit with the ladies. Rikkie Boskamp’s dad is not that. In fact, Rik’s dad is quite the opposite of all. But not anymore. Tired... more


Brother
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26

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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Mark’s life is about to change. He wakes up one morning to find a videotape in the mail from a wealthy former lover of his deceased brother, Michel. Mark had always lived in the shadow of his brother ... more


Invisible
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27

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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90-year-old Krystyna, lives in the tiny apartment surrounded by books and writing pads. That’s remarkable in itself since Krystyna is almost blind, but that doesn’t stop this still vital woman from wr... more


Between Sea and Land
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28

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Alberto wants to go to the sea. The shanty he shares with his mother, Rosa, which stands in the water of an inlet, lies just over a short strip of land from the Caribbean. But for Alberto it may as we... more


Can You Dig This
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29

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Can planting a seed save someone’s life? When neighborhoods in South Los Angeles began dying, Ron Finley, the “Guerilla Gardener,” began planting seeds in his yard. And thus began one of the most impo... more


Believeland
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30

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The Drive. The Fumble. The Shot. The Decision. José Mesa. And so it goes for Cleveland sports fans. Years of getting so close, followed by years of futility, followed by just dumb luck, followed by st... more


Akron
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31

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Benny and Christopher are very much in love. Students at the University of Akron, they meet during a football game and soon these beautiful young men are inseparable. Benny's very accepting family emb... more


Zelos
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32

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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Maria, a competitive woman in her late 30's orders a Zelos clone under the pretense of getting some help around the house so she can spend more time with her family, but more importantly to compete wi... more


Parched
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33

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"Society has rules for a reason," says a village elder at the opening of this modern melodrama. And the rural community—home to widowed Rani, her vivacious best friend Lajjo, and the erotic dancer Bij... more


Celestial Camel
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34

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Altynka is a baby camel who, according to young Bayir’s late grandfather, will bring his family good luck because he was born under a camel-shaped cloud. Even with this good omen, times get tough and ... more


Winnetou's Son
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35

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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Max, also known as the “Chief,” is an enthusiast of Native Americans of the Old West. The chubby, bespectacled ten-year-old dresses in beaded vests and leather trousers, sleeps on the floor, and spout... more


Looking for Grace
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36

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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After Grace steals the contents of her father’s safe, she sets off a series of events that are far-reaching in their scope and final in their results. LOOKING FOR GRACE is a family tale told in non-li... more


Arianna
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37

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“I often wake up at night in the shoes of a woman much older than me,” said film director Carlo Lavagna in a recent interview. His first fiction feature, ARIANNA, is a remarkable incarnation of a mean... more


An Art That Nature Makes: The Work of Rosamond Purcell
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38

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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Chronicling the incredible photography of Rosamond Purcell, AN ART THAT NATURE MAKES: THE WORK OF ROSAMOND PURCELL explores an unconventional side of the medium. Obsessed with things others may find m... more


What Would Beethoven Do?
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39

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Classical music doesn’t exactly have a reputation for being hip. For too long it’s been seen as a stuffy genre for intellectuals. WHAT WOULD BEETHOVEN DO? follows a number of renegades, from composers... more


Daddy
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40

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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“Who's your Daddy?” quips Colin, a studly middle-aged gay man who is diving into both a new TV talk show and a stream of hot, young lovers. Stewart, his lifelong best friend, is a plain, socially awkw... more


Der Bunker
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41

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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When beginning work on your newest scholarly studies you need silence, solitude, and maybe a lake view. What you don’t need is a bunker in the middle of the German woods where the host family consists... more


Heil
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42

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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The Neo-Nazis in the little town of Prittwitz aren't doing well. Half of their members are spies for competing White Supremacy groups. Some of them can't spell “white power” correctly. Arriving in Pri... more


First Girl I Loved
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43

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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Anne has just fallen head over heels for Sasha, a beautiful senior and star softball player. Anne, who works on the school yearbook, uses her position to interview Sasha and get to know her. This rela... more


The Tiger
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44

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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Ismael Laguna Meneses is a former professional boxer. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2001. Known as 'El Tigre Colonense', Laguna was the Panamanian Featherweight Champio... more


Fifty
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45

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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In the glittering African city of Lagos, four remarkable women are confronting their 50th year. Tola is a mega-controlling reality TV star, who is celebrating her birthday by televising it. Kate is a ... more


Gala & Godfrey
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46

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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Love is like an old LP: the hits aren't that good and the B-side is more interesting. Emulating an old vinyl record, this witty and irresistible film is made of short, episodic visual “tracks.” They c... more


ŠiŠka Deluxe
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47

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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When one of them inherits a run-down empty dry cleaner, three friends decide to take over and start their own pizzeria. Of course whenever starting a new business, obstacles abound—In this case: openi... more


Women in Oversized Men's Shirts
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48

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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Trine, a budding Norwegian artist, has come up with the perfect idea for her breakthrough exhibition. Nine months pregnant, Trine will video stream the birth in a cage in front of a live audience whil... more


Henry Gamble's Birthday Party
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49

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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Henry Gamble has a bit of a problem. His father is an Evangelical megachurch preacher, but Henry isn’t likely to follow in his footsteps. It seems like he has feelings for other boys at school, which ... more


The Art of Burning (3D)
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50

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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Every year thousands flock to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for Burning Man, an experimental arts festival that began in 1986 as a summer solstice bonfire ritual. It’s gained a reputation for its communa... more


April and the Extraordinary World
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51

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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Set in an alternate universe where scientists have been disappearing for decades, robbing the world of their 20th century inventions, APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD tells of the fantastical journey... more


Shorts Audience Choice Awards Program
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52

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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CIFF patrons determine the winners of these awards by casting ballots throughout the 40th CIFF. The award for Best Short Film Overall is accompanied by a $1,000 cash prize. more


The High Sun
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53

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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War never really ends. It leaves its survivors a legacy of hate and prejudice, as well as one of love and hope. This truth is played out on the stage of two warring Balkan villages. Within them, over ... more


What Is Classic Rock?
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54

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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While the title of the movie may make its intentions crystal clear, the answer to its question is a lot more complicated. What exactly is classic rock? Is it a genre? Is it a radio format? What criter... more


Sonita
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55

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An Afghan refugee, 18-year-old Sonita now lives in Iran, where she’s enrolled in a program that offers her counseling and education. Heavily influenced by Western music—she tells her teacher she wishe... more


Hunt for the Wilderpeople
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56

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the can... more


Trapped
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57

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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Dawn Porter’s TRAPPED just received the Special Jury Prize for U.S. Documentary at Sundance. The film streamlines the abortion debate by taking viewers inside clinics that face closure due to increasi... more


A Good Wife
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58

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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Milena is indeed a good wife with a good life. Her husband, Vlada, is successful. They have beautiful children, and they live in a desirable neighborhood. That comfort is broken when Milena discovers,... more


The New Classmate
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59

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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On her first day of school, Appu has no desire to get out of the bed she shares with her single mother, Chanda. Appu would rather spend the day goofing off. After all, as far as Appu can tell, the dau... more


Here Come the Videofreex
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60

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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In the age of Youtube, where everyone with a smart phone can shoot video, it’s hard to imagine a time where such a concept was rare. It wasn’t until the late 60s that portable recording was available.... more


Jim Brown's Amer-I-Can Dream
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61

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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Most people know Jim Brown as the former star fullback for the Cleveland Browns. From 1957 to 1965, he broke records as an MVP, leading the team to a championship win in 1964. In 1971 he was inducted ... more


The Bad Kids
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62

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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In the deep of the Mojave Desert, many communities offer very few opportunities for success or escape. The result of the rampant impoverishment in these small towns is higher unemployment, higher case... more


Those People
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63

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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At first glance, Charles, Sebastian, and their friends live in a world far removed from most of us. They reside in rooms lined with priceless works of renaissance art and in buildings that overlook sw... more


Ice and the Sky
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64

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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Claude Lorius discovered his destiny at the age of 23 when he joined an expedition to the world’s southernmost continent in 1955, land essentially untouched by scientific experiment. Lorius would go o... more


Blush
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65

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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Naama, a beautiful high school student living outside of Tel Aviv, has a difficult family life. Her father is overbearing with a hair-trigger temper and her mother seems to be obsessing about her olde... more


Beck's Last Summer
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66

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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Robert Beck is a former musician, now miserably stuck in a teaching job he barely shows up for. Rauli is an outsider student with musical talent so powerful that when Beck hears him, it relights a fla... more


The Lovers and the Despot
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67

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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Kidnapping, power-mad tyrants, glamorous film stars, exotic international spies, imprisoned lovers—this is the stuff from which epic and adrenalin-fueled thrillers are made. Except this one is real. F... more


NUTS!
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68

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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Every great society needs a daring pathfinder; a person who forsakes all expectations and becomes the pioneer of his/her generation; a person who possesses the gall to say, “You know what? Imma put go... more


The Anarchists
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69

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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Corporal Jean Albertini, who was orphaned as a child, is chosen to infiltrate a band of anarchists in Paris 1899. He jumps at the chance because, for him, it’s an opportunity to move up the ranks. As ... more


Vocation
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70

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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After strenuous efforts, the champion makes the decisive shot to win the competition. Flashbacks from his past highlight the spark that set off his vocation. more


Morris From America
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71

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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MORRIS FROM AMERICA revolves around a 13-year-old African-American boy named Morris and the relationship he has with his father, Curtis, during the transitional period of adolescence. Complicating mat... more


Anthropocene
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72

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Are we living in a new epoch? While many think we are still in the Holocene period of the geologic timescale, a growing number of scientists are now proposing that we are in fact living in the Anthrop... more


Liza the Fox-Fairy
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73

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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All Liza wants is to find the man of her dreams in a burger shop—just like she read would happen in her favorite romance novel. A 30-year-old home-care nurse for a hawkish bedridden woman in Hungary, ... more


Yallah! Underground
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74

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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They say the pen is mightier than the sword and, for a number of young Arab artists, it's a concept they hold dear. They'd been struggling for years to be heard. Then when the Arab Spring began in 200... more


We Are Happy
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75

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Paul and Sarah thought they had the perfect marriage - until their best friends came to dinner. more


The Measure of a Man
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76

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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As the protagonist in this captivating film, actor Vincent Lindon absolutely enthralls as Thierry, a man looking for work and dignity in today’s economic climate. Unemployed, Thierry spends his days t... more


Lila & Valentin
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77

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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Lila & Valentin is a science-fction love story. We follow Valentin, into the mind of his beloved Lila. He has to save her from coma. more


Separated
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78

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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When a wind-up toy's best friend is thrown into a moving box that is headed out of town, the tiny robot must spring to life and rescue her before she is gone forever. more


New Direction Panel
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79

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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At the 39th CIFF we premiered our most ground-breaking program to date: New Direction. Focusing on debut directors whose innovative films transform the traditional notions of cinematic storytelling, N... more


Dough
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80

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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Nat is a Jewish baker desperately trying to save his family business. All his customers are moving or dying, and a ruthless developer wants to buy him out. Ayyash is a young Muslim immigrant trying to... more


Sing Street
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81

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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SING STREET takes us back to 1980s Dublin seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy named Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) who is looking for a break from a home strained by his parents’ relationship and m... more


Wedding Doll
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82

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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Hagit, a vibrant young woman with a mild mental deficiency, is a wistful romantic who dreams of the day she’ll walk down the aisle. In this tale as delicate and intricate as her own life, Hagit works ... more


Landfill Harmonic
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83

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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The people of Catuera, Paraguay are surrounded by trash. The small town of 2,500 includes a dump that recieves 1,500 tons of solid waste a day; the biggest in South America. The residents rely on it f... more


How Heavy This Hammer
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84

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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Life is sliding away from Erwin, a married, middle-aged father of two sons who’s content to waste his days in front of a computer game or fall asleep during family outings. A closed book of a man, he’... more


Home Care
Filmbot Rank

85

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
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In this world there are givers and takers. Vlasta has spent her entire life at the beckoning of others. Like clockwork, she patiently makes her routine rounds as an in-home care nurse, often walking t... more


One on One
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86

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
(strong happy, love, or feel-good plot elements)
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Sarah, a runaway teenager in the city of Metropolis, encounters a persistent newspaper reporter who won't leave her alone until she agrees to an interview for his newspaper column. Ten questions -- th... more


collective:unconscious
Filmbot Rank

87

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
(strong happy, love, or feel-good plot elements)
dark upbeat

Have you ever tried and failed to explain one of your dreams to another person? Maybe the retelling isn’t as compelling… maybe the problem was in the way you told the story. The filmmakers in COLLECTI... more


Carlo
Filmbot Rank

88

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
(strong happy, love, or feel-good plot elements)
dark upbeat

Carlo is an Animated shot film. Carlo has a secret at home in his closet that no one suspects. In the daytime, Carlo works in an office where he has just fallen in love with Anita, a colleague. In the... more


Presenting Princess Shaw
Filmbot Rank

89

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
(strong happy, love, or feel-good plot elements)
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Samantha Montgomery has a dream. Working as a nurse aid in New Orleans, she spends her free time uploading clips of her singing to YouTube. Recording under the moniker Princess Shaw, Montgomery’s voic... more


The Fits
Filmbot Rank

90

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
(strong happy, love, or feel-good plot elements)
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Expectations are high and the stakes are even higher for a four-time championship winning dance team on the West End of Cincinnati. Eleven-year-old Toni (Royalty Hightower) is a quiet but hard-edged b... more


Best Man Wins
Filmbot Rank

91

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
(strong happy, love, or feel-good plot elements)
dark upbeat

When a celebrated New York chef discovers an affair between his super-model wife and his best man-- the owner of France's finest vineyard, he devises a plan to deal with each of them. more


Hunky Dory
Filmbot Rank

92

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
(strong happy, love, or feel-good plot elements)
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“Artists create; they don’t destroy everything they touch.” Or, so Sidney is told by his friend. But Sidney is an artist who wonders if destruction is the only true art. HUNKY DORY follows a week in t... more


I, Destini
Filmbot Rank

93

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
(strong happy, love, or feel-good plot elements)
dark upbeat

I, Destini is an animated documentary that explores the poignant and imaginative illustrations of a youth grappling with the effects of having an incarcerated loved one.Each shot of the film, word wri... more


Post-Production - Editing and More
Filmbot Rank

94

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
(strong happy, love, or feel-good plot elements)
dark upbeat

What happens to a film after production has wrapped? Post-production includes the manipulation and collation of image and sound to create an integrated whole. While editing is the backbone of the post... more


AAAAAAAAH!
Filmbot Rank

95

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
(strong happy, love, or feel-good plot elements)
dark upbeat

Though the apartments, streets, and humans all appear to exist in present-day London, these characters act like they’re from another time and place. They cook dinner naked, sling bodily waste like Ner... more


Walls
Filmbot Rank

96

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
(strong happy, love, or feel-good plot elements)
dark upbeat

After the iconic fall of the Berlin Wall, one might assume the world would’ve moved away from the idea of using such structures for exclusion. But as evidenced by politicians and presidential candidat... more


Tiny Out Loud
Filmbot Rank

97

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
(strong happy, love, or feel-good plot elements)
dark upbeat

Tiny Out Loud is a film where size matters but not in the way you think. It is a short documentary about Stephanie Rond’s gender gouging street art and dollhouse art galleries. Tiny Out Loud’s fun but... more


Sleeping Giant
Filmbot Rank

98

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
(strong happy, love, or feel-good plot elements)
dark upbeat

At an isolated lake house in rural Ontario, three boys pass the time, waiting for summer to end and pining for something to happen. Nate and Riley, two rough-around-the-edges cousins vacationing with ... more


Amanda and the Hare
Filmbot Rank

99

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
(strong happy, love, or feel-good plot elements)
dark upbeat

Cleveland-based artist Amanda Louise Spayd creates love-worn, gothic bunny dolls she calls Dust Bunnies; as she works on her newest hare, she shares insight into her artistic process, personal battles... more


Entelechy
Filmbot Rank

100

Filmbot rating:   Very Upbeat
(strong happy, love, or feel-good plot elements)
dark upbeat

A haunting experimental, docu-musical about global warming and changing the dream. A woman is guided by a dream therapist onto a shamanic journey through the inner and outer worlds of being. Within th... more