SIFF 2018 Watched List

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Films I watched during SIFF 2018.

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1. Under the Tree (2017)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

75 Metascore

When Baldwin and Inga's next door neighbours complain that a tree in their backyard casts a shadow over their sundeck, what starts off as a typical spat between neighbours in the suburbs unexpectedly and violently spirals out of control.

Director: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson | Stars: Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson, Edda Björgvinsdóttir, Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Þorsteinn Bachmann

Votes: 2,293 | Gross: $0.07M

2. Disobedience (2017)

R | 114 min | Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

A woman returns to her Orthodox Jewish community that shunned her for her attraction to a female childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality.

Director: Sebastián Lelio | Stars: Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola, Anton Lesser

Votes: 17,790 | Gross: $3.48M

3. The Gold Seekers (2017)

TV-14 | 102 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Los Buscadores follows Manu (Tomás Arredondo), a newspaper delivery boy who lives in La Chacarita and works in the outskirts of Asunción, who one day receives a book that talks about the ... See full summary »

Directors: Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schémbori | Stars: Tomás Arredondo, Cecilia Torres, Christian Ferreira, Mario Toñanez

Votes: 234

4. Breath (I) (2017)

TV-MA | 115 min | Drama, Sport

71 Metascore

After developing an interest in surfing, a teenage boy and his friend forge an unlikely friendship with an older surfer.

Director: Simon Baker | Stars: Elizabeth Debicki, Simon Baker, Richard Roxburgh, Rachael Blake

Votes: 1,760 | Gross: $0.04M

5. Sweet Country (2017)

R | 113 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

87 Metascore

Australian western set on the Northern Territory frontier in the 1920s, where justice itself is put on trial when an aged Aboriginal farmhand shoots a white man in self-defense and goes on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down.

Director: Warwick Thornton | Stars: Bryan Brown, Luka Magdeline Cole, Shanika Cole, Matt Day

Votes: 5,419 | Gross: $0.10M

6. Making the Grade (2017)

85 min | Documentary

MAKING THE GRADE invites us into the world of the piano lesson. Every year teachers and students throughout Ireland prepare for graded musical exams. These exams can be pleasing for some ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Wardrop

Votes: 45

7. American Animals (2018)

R | 116 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

Four young men mistake their lives for a movie and attempt one of the most audacious heists in U.S. history.

Director: Bart Layton | Stars: Spencer Reinhard, Warren Lipka, Eric Borsuk, Chas Allen

Votes: 27,413 | Gross: $2.86M

8. People's Republic of Desire (2018)

95 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

As an entire generation has come of age on social media, virtual relationships are slowly replacing real-life human connections. And China has taken it to an extreme. Here, live streaming ... See full summary »

Director: Hao Wu

Votes: 216 | Gross: $0.02M

9. The Return (II) (2018)

85 min | Documentary, Drama

Two Danish-Korean adoptees return for the first time to the country they were once born in. Confronted with the spirit of their Motherland and the personal stories of the fellow adoptees ... See full summary »

Director: Malene Choi | Stars: Thomas Hwan, Karoline Sofie Lee

Votes: 100

10. Three Peaks (2017)

94 min | Drama

Aaron wants to become a family with his girlfriend and her 8-year-old son, but high up in the Italian Dolomites, his attempts to win the boy's acceptance turn into a dangerous power game.

Director: Jan Zabeil | Stars: Alexander Fehling, Bérénice Bejo, Arian Montgomery

Votes: 254

11. That Summer (2017)

Unrated | 80 min | Documentary

62 Metascore

Montauk, East Hampton, New York, 2016. Peter Beard discusses his work as a photographer, artist and diarist before reminiscing about his attempt to make a documentary in the summer of 1972 ... See full summary »

Director: Göran Olsson | Stars: Peter Beard, Lee Radziwill, Jacqueline Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy

Votes: 181 | Gross: $0.01M

12. The Last Suit (2017)

TV-14 | 91 min | Drama

63 Metascore

Abraham Bursztein, an 88 year-old Jewish tailor, runs away from Buenos Aires to Poland, where he proposes to find a friend who saved him from certain death at the end of World War II. After... See full summary »

Director: Pablo Solarz | Stars: Miguel Ángel Solá, Ángela Molina, Martín Piroyansky, Natalia Verbeke

Votes: 391 | Gross: $0.07M

13. After the War (2017)

92 min | Drama

An Italian insurgent living with his teenage daughter in France discovers that he no longer has political asylum, and the family he left behind in Italy are forced to answer for his past sins.

Director: Annarita Zambrano | Stars: Giuseppe Battiston, Barbora Bobulova, Marilyne Canto, Maria Capaccioli

Votes: 129

14. Looking for Oum Kulthum (2017)

90 min | Drama

A film within a film, "Looking for Oum Kulthum" is the plight of an Iranian woman artist/filmmaker living in exile, as she embarks on capturing the life and art of the legendary female ... See full summary »

Directors: Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari | Stars: Neda Rahmanian, Yasmin Raeis, Mehdi Moinzadeh, Kais Nashif

Votes: 175

15. Hearts Beat Loud (2018)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

65 Metascore

A father and daughter form an unlikely songwriting duo in the summer before she leaves for college.

Director: Brett Haley | Stars: Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Blythe Danner, Toni Collette

Votes: 6,128 | Gross: $2.39M

16. Pick of the Litter (2018)

80 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

Pick of the Litter follows a litter of puppies from the moment they're born and begin their quest to become Guide Dogs for the Blind, the ultimate canine career. Cameras follow these pups ... See full summary »

Directors: Don Hardy, Dana Nachman

Votes: 569 | Gross: $0.53M

17. On Chesil Beach (2017)

R | 110 min | Drama, Music, Romance

62 Metascore

Based on Ian McEwan's novel. In 1962 England, a young couple find their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night.

Director: Dominic Cooke | Stars: Billy Howle, Saoirse Ronan, Andy Burse, Rasmus Hardiker

Votes: 5,979 | Gross: $0.75M

18. Fake Tattoos (2017)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Romance

Theo spends his 18th birthday alone, getting drunk at a brutal punk rock show. There, he meets Mag, a marginal teenager who invites him to spend the night at her place. A love story unfolds... See full summary »

Director: Pascal Plante | Stars: Anthony Therrien, Rose-Marie Perreault, Lysandre Nadeau, Brigitte Poupart

Votes: 386

19. Warrior Women (2018)

65 min | Documentary, History

A documentary which details the life of Lakota activist and community organizer Madonna Thunder Hawk, whose career fighting for Indigenous and women's rights has now spanned over 50 years.

Directors: Elizabeth Castle, Christina D. King

Votes: 19

20. The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama

69 Metascore

In 1993, a teenage girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy center by her conservative guardians.

Director: Desiree Akhavan | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Steven Hauck, Quinn Shephard, Kerry Butler

Votes: 11,923 | Gross: $0.90M

21. Skate Kitchen (2018)

R | 106 min | Drama

72 Metascore

A teenaged skateboarder makes friends with a bunch of other skateboarding girls in New York City.

Director: Crystal Moselle | Stars: Kabrina Adams, Emmanuel Barco, Tom Bruno, Alexander Cooper

Votes: 2,152 | Gross: $0.24M

22. The Song of Scorpions (2017)

119 min | Drama

A story of twisted love, revenge and the redemptive power of a song.

Director: Anup Singh | Stars: Golshifteh Farahani, Irrfan Khan, Waheeda Rehman, Shashank Arora

Votes: 108

23. Let the Sunshine In (2017)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

Isabelle, Parisian artist, divorced mother, is looking for love, true love at last.

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Xavier Beauvois, Philippe Katerine, Josiane Balasko

Votes: 4,138 | Gross: $0.87M

24. The Bookshop (2017)

PG | 113 min | Drama

62 Metascore

England 1959. In a small East Anglian town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop.

Director: Isabel Coixet | Stars: Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Hunter Tremayne, Honor Kneafsey

Votes: 7,601 | Gross: $1.59M

25. Suleiman Mountain (2017)

101 min | Drama

Karabas (Asset Imangaliev) is a difficult man: a hard-gambling, hard-drinking, child-in-a-man's body who puts only himself first in his family. When his wife #1, Zhipara (Perizat ... See full summary »

Director: Elizaveta Stishova | Stars: Daniel Daiyrbekov, Turgunai Erkinbekova, Perizat Ermanbaeva, Asset Imangaliev

Votes: 70

26. First Reformed (2017)

R | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

85 Metascore

A minister of a small congregation in upstate New York grapples with mounting despair brought on by tragedy, worldly concerns and a tormented past.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer, Victoria Hill

Votes: 32,051 | Gross: $3.45M

27. Dead Pigs (2018)

130 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A bumbling pig farmer, a feisty salon owner, a sensitive busboy, an expat architect and a disenchanted rich girl converge and collide as thousands of dead pigs float down the river towards a rapidly-modernizing Shanghai.

Director: Cathy Yan | Stars: Zazie Beetz, Mason Lee, Meng Li, Archibald C. McColl IV

Votes: 162

28. Revenge (II) (2017)

R | 108 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

81 Metascore

Never take your mistress on an annual guys' getaway, especially one devoted to hunting - a violent lesson for three wealthy married men.

Director: Coralie Fargeat | Stars: Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe, Guillaume Bouchède

Votes: 25,853 | Gross: $0.10M

29. A Man of Integrity (2017)

117 min | Drama, Thriller

A drama about corruption and injustice in Iranian society. You are the oppressed, or you have to join the oppressor to survive!

Director: Mohammad Rasoulof | Stars: Reza Akhlaghirad, Soudabeh Beizaee, Nasim Adabi, Zeinab Shabani

Votes: 973

30. Blindspotting (2018)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

While on probation, a man begins to re-evaluate his relationship with his volatile best friend.

Director: Carlos López Estrada | Stars: Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar, Jasmine Cephas Jones

Votes: 15,926 | Gross: $4.33M

31. Prospect (2018)

R | 100 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

68 Metascore

A teenage girl and her father travel to a remote alien moon, aiming to strike it rich. They've secured a contract to harvest a large deposit of the elusive gems hidden in the depths of the moon's toxic forest. But there are others roving the wilderness and the job quickly devolves into a fight to survive. Forced to contend not only with the forest's other ruthless inhabitants, but with her own ... See full summary »

Directors: Christopher Caldwell, Zeek Earl | Stars: Sophie Thatcher, Jay Duplass, Pedro Pascal, Luke Pitzrick

Votes: 6,347

32. The Cake General (2018)

101 min | Comedy, Drama

Set in 1984, Hans Pettersson (Hasse P.) decides to create the largest sandwich cake ever made in order to put his home town, Köping, on the map.

Directors: Filip Hammar, Fredrik Wikingsson | Stars: Mikael Persbrandt, Cynthia Akinyi, Tommy Andersson, Peter Apelgren

Votes: 2,267

33. The Most Unknown (2018)

92 min | Documentary

59 Metascore

The Most Unknown is an epic documentary film that sends nine scientists to extraordinary parts of the world to uncover unexpected answers to some of humanity's biggest questions. How did ... See full summary »

Director: Ian Cheney | Stars: Jennifer L. Macalady, Luke McKay, Rachel L. Smith

Votes: 1,089 | Gross: $0.01M

34. Racer and the Jailbird (2017)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

50 Metascore

Set against the background of a brutal crime gang in Brussels, a tragic love story between Gigi, a high-flying gangster, and Bibi, a young racing driver with very upper-class roots.

Director: Michaël R. Roskam | Stars: Matthias Schoenaerts, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Eric De Staercke, Jean-Benoît Ugeux

Votes: 3,014 | Gross: $0.05M

35. Nona (2017)

91 min | Drama

A girl from Honduras meets Hecho, who promises to get her safely to America to reunite with her mother. Instead, Nona faces a perilous journey when he doesn't deliver on that promise.

Director: Michael Polish | Stars: Kate Bosworth, Sulem Calderon, Jesy McKinney, Diana Cabuto

Votes: 40

36. Love, Gilda (2018)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

In her own words, comedienne Gilda Radner looks back and reflects on her life and career. Weaving together recently discovered audiotapes, interviews with her friends, rare home movies and ... See full summary »

Director: Lisa Dapolito | Stars: Andrew Alexander, Anne Beatts, Chevy Chase, Bill Hader

Votes: 912 | Gross: $0.63M

37. Afghan Cycles (2018)

Documentary

Following a new generation of young Afghan women cyclists, Afghan Cycles uses the bicycle to tell a story of women's rights - human rights - and the struggles faced by Afghan women on a ... See full summary »

Director: Sarah Menzies

Votes: 12

38. One of These Days (2017)

Drama

Beirut, on an autumn day. The city is on the edge of chaos, but for Maya, Tarek, Yasmina and Rami, aged between 17 and 22 years old, it is just an ordinary day during which they question ... See full summary »

Director: Nadim Tabet | Stars: Panos Aprahamian, Nicolas Cardahi, Julian Farhat, Walid Feghali

Votes: 42

39. Beast (III) (2017)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

74 Metascore

A troubled woman living in an isolated community finds herself pulled between the control of her oppressive family and the allure of a secretive outsider suspected of a series of brutal murders.

Director: Michael Pearce | Stars: Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Geraldine James, Trystan Gravelle

Votes: 6,912 | Gross: $0.80M

40. Mademoiselle Paradis (2017)

97 min | Drama, History

A blind pianist living in 18th-century Vienna forms an extraordinary relationship with the physician who is trying to restore her sight.

Director: Barbara Albert | Stars: Maria Dragus, Devid Striesow, Lukas Miko, Katja Kolm

Votes: 417

41. Marilyn (2018)

79 min | Drama

Marcos, a seventeen-year-old farm worker, discovers his sexuality in a hostile environment. Nicknamed Marilyn by other teenagers in town, he becomes the target both of human desire and ... See full summary »

Director: Martín Rodríguez Redondo | Stars: Walter Rodríguez, Catalina Saavedra, Germán de Silva, Ignacio Giménez

Votes: 92

42. I Am Not a Witch (2017)

93 min | Drama

80 Metascore

Following a banal incident in her local village, 8-year old girl Shula is accused of witchcraft. After a short trial she is found guilty, taken into state custody and exiled to a witch camp... See full summary »

Director: Rungano Nyoni | Stars: Benfors 'Wee Do, Boyd Banda, Kalundu Banda, Boniventure

Votes: 1,977 | Gross: $0.05M

43. On Borrowed Time (2018)

95 min | Comedy, Drama

As four friends spend their senior years in an assisted living facility in Dubai, they find they're are gradually losing their zest for life, despite some of their best efforts to make the ... See full summary »

Director: Yasir Al-Yasiri | Stars: Sad Al-Faraj, Salloum Haddad, Mansoor Alfeeli, Marei Al Halyan

Votes: 147

44. Bee Nation (2017)

TV-PG | 78 min | Documentary

In Saskatchewan in 2016, students are competing in the first ever province-wide First Nations Spelling Bee. The winners will travel with their families to Toronto, Ontario for the 29th ... See full summary »

Director: Lana Slezic

Votes: 22

45. Sadie (I) (2018)

96 min | Drama

62 Metascore

SADIE is the story of a girl who will stop at nothing to preserve her father's place on the home front. Sadie (Sophia Mitri Schloss) is the daughter of a soldier and models herself after ... See full summary »

Director: Megan Griffiths | Stars: Sophia Mitri Schloss, Melanie Lynskey, John Gallagher Jr., Danielle Brooks

Votes: 257

46. Dark River (2017)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

69 Metascore

Following the death of her father, Alice (Ruth Wilson) returns to her home village for the first time in 15 years, to claim the tenancy to the family farm she believes is rightfully hers.

Director: Clio Barnard | Stars: Ruth Wilson, Jonah Russell, Paul Robertson, Sean Bean

Votes: 2,233 | Gross: $0.01M

47. Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2017)

93 min | Drama, Thriller

77 Metascore

Marlina lives quietly in Sumba until one day a man named Markus and his gang try to rob her house and she kills him. Eventually, she is haunted by Markus, and her life turns in 180 degrees.

Director: Mouly Surya | Stars: Marsha Timothy, Egy Fedly, Tumpal Tampubolon, Yoga Pratama

Votes: 1,673 | Gross: $0.02M

48. The African Storm (2017)

89 min | Drama

The President of an imaginary African country, suffering from seeing his country's rich natural resources exploited only by western corporations, decides to nationalize all means of ... See full summary »

Director: Sylvestre Amoussou | Stars: Sylvestre Amoussou, Sandrine Bulteau, Philippe Caroit, Eriq Ebouaney

Votes: 13

49. Angels Wear White (2017)

TV-14 | 107 min | Drama