2014 Festival Program

2014 AIFF Program

WEDNESDAY, October 15th  

7:00PM – THE MAN WHO FED HIS SHADOW (18 MIN)                   Wednesday, Ticket #1

Mario Garefo, Director | Greece | 2012 | NAR AIFF Jury Award for “Best Narrative Short” 

BOTSO: The Teacher from Tbilisi  (84 MIN) Tom Walters, Director |U.S.A. |2013 | DOC | Boston Premiere AIFF Jury Award for “Best Documentary” Wachtang “Botso” Korisheli, musician, sculptor, and beloved teacher to generations immigrated to America with nothing but hope, fleeing his homeland, The Republic of Georgia after the execution of his father. Now he is revered as a beloved musical educator and has touched generations, inspiring some of the world’s premiere musical artists. Filmed partly in the Republic of Georgia, this documentary captures the rich culture of an ancient country that has shaped Botso’s unique way of teaching. BOTSO is truly an inspirational film!  

Panel Discussion Following with filmmaker, Tom Walters, writer/producer, Hilary Grant and editor, Randi Barros. After-Party at Menotomy Grill & Tavern for VIP & Festival Pass holders  


7:00PM – NOT ANYMORE: A Story of Revolution (15 MIN)                    Thursday, Ticket #1

Matthew VanDyke, Director |USA |2013 | DOC

THE MISCREANTS (89 MIN)                                                                                             Director mohcine

Mochcine Besri, Director |Switzerland | 2012 | NAR Besri is a Moroccan filmmaker living in Switzerland who had a desire to make a socially committed film; thus, The Miscreants. On the order of their spiritual leader, three young Islamists kidnap a troupe of actors who are about to go on tour. When the extremists arrive at the specified place of detention they find themselves cut off from their base. Seven tense days ensue where the two groups find their most closely held convictions and prejudices challenged. Besri’s drama, which deals with the thorny issue of Islamic radicalism, contrasts men convinced of the legitimacy of their violent struggle with a company of young artistic individuals inclined towards an open-minded view of the world. Both groups are confronted with the advent of the modern world, each taking their own stand followed by doubts, uncertainty, but also the realization that people have a lot in common despite their differences. Mohcine Besri successfully develops a story that gives even the radical Islamists a human face without acquiescing whatsoever to their depraved thinking.  

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9:00PM – RENT A FAMILY INC. (80 MIN)                                               Thursday, Ticket #2

Kaspar Astrup Schroder, Director | Denmark | 2012 | DOC Ryuichi runs a small Japanese company “I Want To Cheer You Up Ltd” and is most happy when he is at work impersonating someone’s family member. He rents out people: family members, friends, colleagues or others, to help people hide their secrets and make their life look better or just… perfectly normal. On the surface Ryuichi has an ordinary family life. He is 44 years old, married and father of two, with an ordinary 9 to 5 job as a postman but with a very secret life.

FRIDAY, October 17th 

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7:00PM – VOCABULARY (16 MIN)                                           Friday, Ticket #1     

Sam Baixauli, Director | Spain | 2013 | NAR |North American Premiere

ELENA (82 MIN) Petra Costa, Director | Brazil | 2012 | DOC AIFF Jury Award for “Best of Festival” The title character of Petra Costa’s poetic, intensely personal documentary essay, ELENA, is her older sister, a Brazilian dancer and aspiring actress who settled in New York City and eventually committed suicide when Petra was 7. Years later, Petra, also an aspiring actress, moves to New York to study theater at Columbia. The film explores the transcendent nature of the sisterly bond, fusing memory and mystery in a dreamlike mix of artful images and sounds, a collage of accumulated fragments from home movies, newspaper clippings, diary entries and excerpts from letters and current day images shot in Manhattan, narrated by Ms. Costa in a tone of dreamy sadness.


8:00 PM – INTERNATIONAL SHORTS PROGRAM I (98 MIN)                   Friday, Ticket #2

Underground Theatre @ the Regent  

Paper Kite | Qinshu Zuo | USA/China | 2013 | NAR |26 MINULTIMA_SESION3-Last Section

The Last Session | Natxo Fuentes | Spain |2014 | NAR | 14 MIN                                                  

O Atelier | Edgar Duvivier | Brazil | 2014 |NAR | 14 MIN

Mei Fung | Dayana Gauthier |Venezuela | 2013 | NAR | 12 MIN

The Fugue | Zavier Bonnin | France | 2013 |NAR | 20 MINA Butterfly fotog 3-8397

Chitrapatangah (A Butterfly) | Pramod Vitthal Shelar | India | 2013 | NAR | 12 MIN                          

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9:00PM – EARLY MORNING (18 MIN)                                                               Friday, Ticket #3           Early Morning promo shot (1)

Harlan Bosmajian, Director | USA | 2014 | NAR Q&A with filmmaker, cast and crew  

THE HAUMĀNA (95 MIN) Keo Woolford, Director | Hawaii | 2013 |NAR Jonny Kealoha is the charismatic host of a struggling Waikiki Polynesian lū’au show. To everyone’s surprise, including his own he is appointed as the successor to a high school boy’s hula class when his former Kumu Hula (master hula teacher) passes away. He becomes as much a student as a teacher through the demands of leading the boys to a significant cultural event and rediscovers the sanctity of the culture he had previously abandoned.


SATURDAY, October 18th  

4:00PM – HIGH SCHOOL FILMMAKER’S RECEPTION                                        Saturday, Ticket #1


2OCTUPI AND A BEACH CHAIR BABY | Hugo | .35 sec | New York |Boston Premiere

DIAMOND OF THE PIG | Hugo | 7:45 min | New York |Boston Premiere

Best of Festival | RAINBOW | Franklin Santiago | 28:00 min | Russia | New England Premiere

Animation Award: MEE | Letty Felgendreher | 5:00 min | Germany |New England Premiere

OUR CITY OUR VOICE David White |2:50 min | Charlestown | Arlington Premiere

UNDER PRESSURE | Asa Minter | 14:18 min | Arlington |Arlington Premiere

Nar Award: TIMOTHY | Malcolm DC | 28:00 min | Spain | New England Premiere

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7:00PM – La CANTANTE (The Singer) (22 MIN)                                                 Saturday, Ticket #2

Rafael Navarro Minon, Director | Spain | 2013 | NAR | North American Premiere  

TIKOTIN – A Life Devoted to Japanese Art (77 MIN) Santje Kramer, Director | Netherlands | 2013 | DOC |Boston Premiere

Felix Tikotin (1893-1986), sophisticate, bon vivant, egocentric, and pioneer in collecting Japanese art. By the early 1930’s, he drew together an impressive collection of Japanese woodcuts, prints, paintings, and ceramics. As a Jew, he fled from Berlin to Holland where he and his family survived the war in hiding. In this gripping documentary, Tikotin;s grandson, Jaron Borensztain interviews Tikotin’s family members and companions in the Netherlands, Germany, Israel, Belgium and Switzerland to find out more about him as a person. A portrait emerges of a charismatic, strong, but also headstrong man for whom his family always came second – after Japanese art.


7:30PM – INTERNATIONAL SHORTS PROGRAM II (114 MIN)                           Saturday, Ticket #3

Underground Theatre @ the Regent   Mona | Alexis Barbosa | France | 2013 | NAR | 13 MIN    Affiche-Mona-rvb

Ekanth (Island Man) |Amit Mehra |India |2012 | NAR | 22 MIN

Das Kalte Herz (The Cold Heart)|Hannes Rall |Singapore |2013 | ANIMATION | 29 MIN

The Caramel Corn Riot | Guang Cheng Shie |Taiwan |2014 |EXPIMENTAL | 20 MIN

Power to the Pedals | Bob Nesson | USA | 2014 |DOC |30 MIN (Q&A with Producer)  

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9:00PM – THE ROCKET (96 MIN)                                                                   Saturday, Ticket #4

Kim Mordaunt, Director | Australia | 2013 | NAR | Boston Premiere A boy who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone around him leads his family and two new friends through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by the legacy of war, to prove he’s not bad luck he builds a giant rocket to enter the most exciting and dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival. Shot in the intriguing little-know country of Laos, rarely seen by the outside world since the end of the Vietnam War, thisgripping yet heartwarming film documents real rituals and festivities… a unique view into a world never seen before on film. The Rocket has been chosen as one of the eight films to travel around the world with Sundance Film Forward, an international touring program designed to enhance greater cultural understanding, collaboration and dialogue. http://www.sundance.org/filmforward/destinations/  


SUNDAY, October 19th   

1:30PM – NATURAL LIFE (77 MIN)                                                                 Sunday, Ticket #1

Tirtza Even, Director | USA | 2014 | DOC

Underground Theatre @ the Regent An experimental doc challenging inequities in the U.S. juvenile justice system by depicting, thorough documentation and re-enactment, the stories of 5 individuals who were sentenced to ‘life without parole’ (Natural Life) for crimes they committed as youth.

A moment from the film from Tirtza Even on Vimeo.

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3:00PM – INTERNATIONAL SHORTS PROGRAM III (97 MIN)                        Sunday, Ticket #2

Underground Theatre @ the Regent  TEO 3

A Vida de Jair | Guido Viaro & Max Olsen | Brazil | 2013 | 12 MIN Teo |

Víctor Hugo Agudelo Rúa | Colombia | 2013 | NAR | 16 MIN                                                    

Sepideh | Fani Konstantinou | Spain | 2014 | NAR | 15 MIN

La Joie de Lire | Dominique Telemaque | Dominican Republic | 2013 | 12 MIN

Sara | Jackel Chow | Malta | 2013 | NAR | 11 MIN

The Weight | Craig Commanda | Canada | 2014 | DOC | 4 MIN                                                 Telemaque foto-1

Uprooted Generation | Real Jr. Leblanc | Canada |2014 | DOC | 7 MIN

Nanapush & the Turtle | Melissa Mollen Dupuis | Canada | 2014 | DOC | 4 MIN

The Hearing | Russel Ratt-Brascoupe | Canada | 2014 | DOC | 4 MIN

Wigwas | Karl Chevrier | Canada | 2014 | DOC | 6 MIN

Ways of Yesterday | Elliott M. Simon | Canada | 2014 | DOC | 6 MIN    

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1:45 PM – UNORTHODOX (90 MIN)                                                                    Sunday, Ticket #3

Anna Wexler & Nadja Oertelt, Directors | USA | 2013 |DOC At sixteen, Anna Wexler had broken away from her Orthodox Jewish community in New Jersey, rejecting its religious doctrine and social restrictions, and severing ties to her family.  She ran away from home, slept on the streets, and experimented with sex and drugs alongside friends who had also left the Orthodox world.  However, after studying in Israel, her friends had a change of heart and returned to the fold.  Feeling betrayed, Anna launches a quest to understand their transformation by following three rebellious Jewish teenagers in their yearlong rite-of-passage journey from high school to Israel. As Anna follows the characters, she confronts difficult truths about belief and happiness, and is forced to reckon with her past.  

Q & A with filmmaker  

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4:00PM – THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM (97 MIN)                                                   Sunday, Ticket #4

Andrew Mudge, Director | USA | 2013 |NAR AIFF Jury Award for “Best Narrative” Atang Mokoenya leaves the slums of Johannesburg to return to his ancestral land of Lesotho, where he must bury his estranged father in the remote, mountainous village where he was born. Stirred by memories of his youth, he falls in love with his childhood friend, Dineo, now a radiant young school teacher. Through her, Atang is drawn toward the mystical beauty and hardships of the people and land he had forgotten, and faces his own bittersweet reckoning. Q & A with filmmaker  

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NOTE:Film and time schedule subject to change. Please check with the theatre box office or on-line at www.regenttheatre.com.


 BOTSO Still



BOTSO is truly an inspirational film!



2014 AIFF Jury Awards Films


ELENA – AIFF Jury Award for “Best of Festival”

Petra Costa, Director | 82 min |Brazil | 2012 | DOC





BOTSO: The Teacher from Tbilisi  – AIFF Jury Award for “Best Documentary”

Tom Walters, Director |84 min |U.S.A. |2013 | DOC | Boston Premiere



THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM – AIFF Jury Award for “Best Narrative”

Andrew Mudge, Director | 97 min| USA | 2013 |NAR




NOT ANYMORE: A Story of Revolution – AIFF Jury Award for Best Short Documentary

Matthew VanDyke, Director |15 min| USA |2013 | DOC




THE MAN WHO FED HIS SHADOW – AIFF Jury Award for “Best Short Narrative”

Mario Garefo, Director | 18 min |Greece | 2012 | NAR



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