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The President

Golden Hugo—Best Feature
Chicago International
Film Fest
4 stars "Absorbing and gripping"   —The Guardian
4 stars Recommended   —Chicago Reader
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Best Actress
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Narrative Feature
Tribeca Film Fest
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Critics' Pick "A stunning debut feature"   —New York Times
Recommended   —Chicago Reader
3 stars½ "Mustang grabs you with its own sense of haunting melancholy, as well as an increasing feeling of urgency and outrage"   —RogerEbert.com
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Rolling Papers

Special Jury Prize
Independent Film Fest
of Boston
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"An endearing portrait of filmmaker-to-filmmaker adoration that brings Truffaut's landmark book into the present, making its dialogue feel continuous, fresh, and alive"   —Cinema Scope
"Enthralling"   —RogerEbert.com
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Magical Girl

Best Film
Best Director
San Sebastián Intl
Film Fest
"A skillfully-plotted web of intrigue with a trio of assured, dynamic central performances"   —Indiewire
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The Vanished Elephant

"This puzzling whodunnit gets steadily more intriguing as it morphs into a mind-bending who-am-I... It weaves a spell so mesmerizing words don't do it justice anyway"   —Los Angeles Daily News

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The Wonders

Grand Prix
Palme d'Or
4 stars "Terrific performances from the ensemble cast bring warmth and insight to this Cannes Grand Prix winner"   —The Guardian
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"[A] cool-headed, finely constructed documentary on the newest, most controversial method of warfare"   —The Guardian
"A solid, thought-provoking documentary"   —Los Angeles Times
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Best Feature Film
San Diego
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Said the Shark

Audience Award
Portland Film Fest

Director Devin Lawrence and filmmakers in attendance

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"Admirably nasty... menacing and magnetic"   —Los Angeles Times
"An efficiently engineered suspense movie, with solid performances and a tight pace"   —Chicago Tribune
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3 stars "Cheerfully insane, comically violent, often confounding... featuring terrific performances by [Ron] Perlman and [Rupert] Grint"   —Chicago Sun-Times
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All Mistakes Buried

Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Editing
Boston Film
"[Director Tim] McCann is a skillful director whose work deserves to be seen more widely"  —Film Journal International
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Facets and the Chicago Opera Theatre present:

Testament of Orpheus

"A wry, self-conscious re-examination of a lifetime's obsessions, with Cocteau playing himself at the centre of the mythology that he created in countless books, plays, films and paintings"   —TimeOut London
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Alone Across the Pacific

"Odd and magisterial... full of [Kon] Ichikawa's graphic and compositional brilliance"   —Chicago Reader
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Best Documentary
Tribeca Film Fest
Critics' Pick "Both inspiring and upsetting...a film that deserves to be called 'necessary'"   —New York Times
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  • Artworks: National Endowment for the Arts
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • Chicago Community Trust
  • Illinois Arts Council