PIFF XL: Global Panorama

  • February 10, 2017 — February 25, 2017

Capturing the imagination and praise of audiences world-wide, these compelling films tell stories that resonate beyond their borders, while offering insight into the unique cultures from which they emerge. A showcase of festival prizewinners, submissions for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, and the critically acclaimed for cinema lovers of all persuasions.

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Friday, May 19

Truman

Directed by Cesc Gay

Goya Winner for Best Film, Director, Actor, and Screenplay, Truman is a warm tale of friendship in the face of

Saturday, May 27

The Ornithologist

Directed by João Pedro Rodrigues

Winner of the Best Director award at the Locarno Film Festival, Rodrigues’s The Ornithologist follows a man’s journey on a

After Love

Directed by Joachim Lafosse

Marie and Boris, married for 15 years, are going through the emotional turmoil of divorce in front of their twin

El Acompañante

Directed by Pavel Giroud

Cuba 1988. The Castro regime has established “Los Cocos,” a sanatorium in Havana’s suburbs where HIV patients are confined under

Glory

Directed by Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov

When a reclusive railway worker finds bags of cash on the tracks, he does the right thing and calls the

It’s Only the End of the World

Directed by Xavier Dolan

Winner of the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival and this year’s Canadian Oscar submission, Dolan’s visually and emotionally

Like Crazy

Directed by Paolo Virzì

Paolo Virzì’s (Human Capital) bittersweet comedy recounts a Thelma & Louise-like adventure between two women on the run in Tuscany.

Lost in Paris

Directed by Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon

Fiona, a hapless Canadian librarian, visits Paris for the first time after receiving a letter of distress from her 88-year-old

Maliglutit

Directed by Zacharias Kunuk

Kunuk’s (Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner) poignant film, shot in the spectacular Arctic, is set in 1913 and inspired by John

Nocturama

Directed by Bertrand Bonello

Bonnello’s (Saint Laurent) latest provocation is a film in two distinct and gripping parts: first, a procedural in which we

Soul on a String

Directed by Zhang Yang

After discovering a sacred stone in the mouth of a deer, Taibei, a Tibetan cowboy, embarks on a mission: to

The Age of Shadows

Directed by Jee-Woon Kim

A cat-and-mouse game unfolds between a group of resistance fighters trying to bring in explosives from Shanghai to destroy key

The Distinguished Citizen

Directed by Gastón Duprat, Mariano Cohn

Daniel (Oscar Martinez), a Nobel Prize-winning author, accepts an invitation to visit his hometown in Argentina for the first time

The King’s Choice

Directed by Erik Poppe

The King’s Choice looks at a seminal moment in modern Norwegian history: the days in 1940 when King Haakon faced

The Long Excuse

Directed by Miwa Nishikawa

Celebrated novelist Tsumura is married to Natsuko, but their passion for each other has long disappeared. When she dies in

The Sense of an Ending

Directed by Ritesh Batra

Based on British author Julian Barnes’s Booker-prize winning novel about memory, jealousy, aging, and self-delusion, this film follows Tony (Jim

The Student

Directed by Kirill Serebrennikov

This scathing, pitch-black satire, set in the coastal city of Kaliningrad, follows Veniamin, a high school student who, as a

Tonio

Directed by Paula van der Oest

Based on the best-selling autobiographical “requiem novel” by one of the country’s most renowned writers, A.F.Th. van der Heijden, this

Train Driver’s Diary

Directed by Milos Radovic

Statistics show that during their professional career, most train drivers will inadvertently kill 20 to 30 people. Their victims are