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Alan Partridge Alan Partridge

UK
Director: Declan Lowney

Comedian Steve Coogan reprises his most beloved character, monumentally self-absorbed DJ Alan Partridge, in this long-awaited big screen adaptation. After being laid off following a corporate takeover, Alan’s colleague Pat takes their radio station hostage. At Pat’s request, Alan is called in by the authorities to negotiate. Inside the station, Alan’s complete lack of effectiveness does nothing to deflate his ego, which is swelling due to his central role in a national news story.

90 min

Show Times:

  • Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 7:00pm , EFALP1 – $20/$16
Amarcord Amarcord

France / Italy
Director: Federico Fellini

Winner of the Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film and called Fellini’s “final great film” by Roger Ebert, this surreal quasi-autobiographical comedy follows adolescent prankster Titta’s childhood in the quaint, eccentric village of Borgo San Giuliano in Mussolini’s Italy. A joyous, often nostalgic, account of Titta’s fantasies, family feuds, and seemingly fantastical adventures, Fellini’s dreamlike masterpiece lovingly pays tribute to village life, and to the wonderful embellishments that cloud our memories.

Year: 1973

Part of Comedy, Italian Style: This year, the Festival celebrates Italian cinema with a look back at beloved comedies covering five decades.

124 min

Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 4:00pm , EFITAL2 – $14/$11
Big Bad Wolves Big Bad Wolves

Israel
Directors: Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado

When the seemingly meek schoolteacher Dror is arrested - and then released due to a police blunder - as the lead suspect in a brutal child murder, renegade detective Miki and enraged grieving father Gidi take the law into their own hands in search of information and bloody justice. Their violent rage quickly spins out of control in this fantastically intense, darkly funny revenge thriller from the pioneers of Israeli horror cinema.

Hebrew with English Subtitles, 110 min

Links: Website Trailer

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  • Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 10:30pm , EFBIG1 – $10 Director Aharon Keshales Scheduled to Attend
  • Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 8:30pm , EFBIG2 – $14/$11 Director Aharon Keshales Scheduled to Attend
Bread and Tulips Bread and Tulips

Italy
Director: Silvio Soldini

When her neglectful family forgets her at a highway restaurant during a family vacation, housewife Rosalba grasps the opportunity to take her own vacation to Venice. But as she gets comfortable and finds love, leaving her old life behind and making her detour a permanent fix becomes increasingly tempting. Rosalba’s journey in Bread and Tulips sets off a comical and touching domino effect that helps her, as well as those around her, to rediscover passion and adventure in life.

Year: 2000

Part of Comedy, Italian Style: This year, the Festival celebrates Italian cinema with a look back at beloved comedies covering five decades.

114 min

Show Times:

  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 3:30pm , EFITAL4 – $14/$11
Divorce, Italian Style Divorce, Italian Style

Italy
Director: Pietro Germi

Baron Ferdinando Cefalù (Marcello Mastroianni) longs to marry his nubile young cousin Angela, but one obstacle stands in his way: his fatuous and fawning wife, Rosalia. His solution? Since divorce is illegal, he hatches a plan to lure his spouse into the arms of another and then murder her in a justifiable effort to save his honor. Director Pietro Germi’s (Seduced And Abandoned) hilarious and cutting satire of Sicilian male-chauvinist culture was awarded the 1962 Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay.

Year: 1961

Part of Comedy, Italian Style: This year, the Festival celebrates Italian cinema with a look back at beloved comedies covering five decades.

105 min

Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 1:15pm , EFITAL1 – $14/$11
Domestic Domestic

Romania
Director: Adrian Sitaru

A lighter take on the Romanian New Wave, Adrian Sitaru's wry comedy presents the exploits of three families living in a single building. All share a love for (or malice towards) various domestic and/or edible animals, which somehow keep finding a way of bringing out strains within their families. Sitaru captures this all with a formal precision attuned to both the slyly hilarious comedic timing of each scene and the expressive potential of long-take aesthetics.

Romanian with English Subtitles, 85 min

Links: Website Trailer

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  • Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 2:00pm , EFDOM1 – $14/$11
  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 8:30pm , EFDOM2 – $14/$11
  • Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 6:00pm , EFDOM3 – $14/$11
The Don Juans The Don Juans

Czech Republic
Director: Jirí Menzel

A brilliantly-observed, hilarious sex farce from Czech New Wave master Jirí Menzel (Closely Watched Trains), The Don Juans looks at a small town opera company’s efforts to mount a production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The eccentric director Vitek has unusual views on opera and uses the production as an excuse to bed every woman he meets. Passions flare onstage and behind the scenes as the small company prepares for a wholly unique adaptation of the Mozart classic.

Czech with subtitles, 98 min

Show Times:

  • Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 3:45pm , EFDON1 – $5
  • Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 8:00pm , EFDON2 – $14/$11
  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 1:30pm , EFDON3 – $14/$11
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

USA
Director: Chiemi Karasawa

A ferocious, funny, and poignant portrait of the one-of-a-kind Broadway legend still belting out Sondheim numbers at age 87, this documentary tribute showcases the brash, uncompromising Tony and Emmy winner both onstage and off. The film captures her immeasurable charm, acerbic wit, and impressive accomplishments with candid footage and interviews with friends and collaborators, including Sondheim, Tina Fey, and Nathan Lane. Sparkling with Stritch’s delightful character, this film is an inspiring portrait of an American treasure.

81 min

Links: Website Trailer

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Show Times:

  • Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 5:00pm , EFELA1 – $5
  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 2:00pm , EFELA2 – $14/$11 Documentary Subject Elaine Stritch Scheduled to Attend
Go Goa Gone Go Goa Gone

India
Director: Krishna D.K. and Raj Nidimoru

A rollicking zombie rom-com, Go Goa Gone follows two stoner friends, Luv and Hardik, who are both having a rough time. In desperate need of a vacation, they tag along with their roommate Bunny on a trip to the gorgeous beaches of Goa. After following a beautiful woman to a remote island for a rave, they awake to discover the island’s population has turned into zombies. Along with a gun-toting Russian mobster, they must battle the undead hordes.

Hindi with English subtitles, 106 min

Show Times:

  • Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 9:15pm , EFGOA1 – $14/$11
  • Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 10:30pm , EFGOA2 – $10
The Mass Is Ended The Mass Is Ended

Italy
Director: Nanni Moretti

After a decade of seclusion, young, idealistic priest Don Giulio is assigned to his first parish. But when he returns to Rome to find that even his own friends and family have readily succumbed to the Deadly Sins, he wonders if the town is afflicted with more problems than he alone can fix. The Mass Is Ended is a thoughtful comedic look at problems of the heart and soul from beloved writer-director-star Nanni Moretti (Caro Diario, We Have A Pope).

Year: 1985

Part of Comedy, Italian Style: This year, the Festival celebrates Italian cinema with a look back at beloved comedies covering five decades.

94 min

Show Times:

  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 1:30pm , EFITAL3 – $14/$11
Melaza Melaza

Cuba / France / Panama
Director: Carlos Lechuga

With the closure of the local sugar mill, the picturesque Cuban town of Melaza has become desolate and lifeless. School teacher Aldo and now-unemployed Monica eke out a meager living, going as far as renting out their tiny home to the local prostitute for extra cash. When they get in trouble with the authorities, resulting fines lead to more desperate measures. This funny, heartfelt romantic drama explores the limits of love and trust in the face of hardship.

Spanish with English Subtitles, 80 min

Links: Website Trailer

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Show Times:

  • Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 4:00pm , EFMEL1 – $5
  • Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 8:00pm , EFMEL2 – $14/$11 Director Carlos Lechuga and Producer Claudia Calviño Scheduled to Attend
  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 6:30pm , EFMEL3 – $14/$11 Director Carlos Lechuga and Producer Claudia Calviño Scheduled to Attend
One Chance One Chance

UK
Director: David Frankel

From the director of The Devil Wears Prada, One Chance is the remarkable and inspirational true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night. Paul became an instant YouTube phenomenon after being chosen by Simon Cowell for Britain's Got Talent. Wowing audiences worldwide with his phenomenal voice, Paul went on to win Britain’s Got Talent and the hearts of millions.

103 min

Show Times:

  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 7:00pm , EFONE1 – $20/$16 Director David Frankel scheduled to attend
Peach Juice Peach Juice

Canada
Directors: Nathan Gilliss and Brian Lye and Callum Paterson

A teenage boy develops a seriously awkward sexual attraction.

Part of Shorts 2: Animation - Cel Division

English, 8 min

Links: Website Trailer

Show Times:

  • Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 6:00pm , EFSAN1 – $14/$11
  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 1:30pm , EFSAN2 – $14/$11
The Priest's Children The Priest's Children

Croatia and Serbia
Director: Vinko Bresan

Troubled by his small island’s dwindling population, the young and dogmatic Father Fabijan teams up with the local pharmacist and newsstand vendor to take family planning into his own hands. Soon the picturesque island town is awash with pregnant women and shotgun marriages, and word of the island’s fertility turn it into a vacation spot for foreign tourists. The unintended consequences of the plan soon spin out of control in this irreverent, hilarious dark comedy.

Croatian with English Subtitles, 93 min

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  • Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 8:15pm , EFPRI1 – $14/$11 Director Vinko Brešan Scheduled to Attend
  • Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 5:45pm , EFPRI2 – $14/$11 Director Vinko Brešan Scheduled to Attend
Remember Me Remember Me

Canada
Director: Jean-Francois Asselin

Matthieu’s desperate struggle to be remembered begins to threaten his relationships.

Part of Shorts 4: Our Lovers' Story

French, 15 min

Links: Trailer

Show Times:

  • Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 8:30pm , EFSXX1 – $14/$11
Tanta Agua Tanta Agua

Mexico / Netherlands / Uruguay
Director: Ana Guevara Pose and Leticia Jorge

Since his divorce, Alberto has not spent much time with his children, Lucia and Federico. A trip to the hot springs seems like an ideal getaway, but an unrelenting storm traps the three of them inside their tiny rented cabin. Alberto’s sunny optimism begins to drain as floodwaters and close quarters bring out the worst in everyone. By turns achingly funny and poignant, this all-too-familiar drama is an affectionately drawn portrait of the classically fraught family vacation.

Spanish with English Subtitles, 90 min

Links: Website Trailer

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Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 4:00pm , EFTAN1 – $14/$11
  • Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 6:00pm , EFTAN2 – $14/$11
Under The Rainbow Under The Rainbow

France
Director: Agnès Jaoui

Agnès Jaoui (Look At Me) returns with a witty, charming modern-day mélange of familiar fairy tales. Jaoui populates her film with delightful variations on well-worn tropes - shoes lost at midnight, big bad wolves, evil stepmothers, fairy godmothers - in telling the story of Laura, who must choose between two Prince Charmings as they, and their families, deal with the tragicomic complications of romance.

French with English subtitles, 112 min

Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 1:00pm , EFUND1 – $14/$11
  • Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 5:00pm , EFUND2 – $5
  • Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 3:30pm , EFUND3 – $5
Viva La Libertà Viva La Libertà

Italy
Director: Roberto Andò

When Enrico (Tony Servillo), the leader of Italy’s opposition party, abandons politics and disappears without a trace, the party leadership finds itself at a loss - until they uncover his long-estranged mad genius lookalike brother, Giovanni, fresh out of a mental institution. Passing perfectly for Enrico, Giovanni quickly garners overwhelming public support with his bracingly candid political ravings. Equal parts absurdist and contemplative, Viva la Libertà offers a droll satire of contemporary Italian politics.

Italian with English subtitles, 94 min

Show Times:

  • Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 3:30pm , EFVIV1 – $5
  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 3:30pm , EFVIV2 – $14/$11 Screenwriter Angelo Pasquini Scheduled to Attend
  • Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 5:45pm , EFVIV3 – $14/$11
Le Week-End Le Week-End

France and UK
Director: Roger Michell

An unreservedly honest, emotionally resonant love story from director Roger Michell (Notting Hill) and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi (My Beautiful Laundrette), Le Week-End follows Meg (Lindsay Duncan) and Nick (Jim Broadbent), whose 30-year marriage is dominated by routine and built up resentments. An anniversary holiday to Paris only makes matters worse, with each word and action inciting deep-seated rancor. An accidental meeting with an old American colleague (Jeff Goldblum) challenges the couple to find some way to re-ignite the spark.

93 min

Links: Website Trailer

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Show Times:

  • Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 8:30pm , EFLEW1 – $14/$11
  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 5:30pm , EFLEW2 – $14/$11
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

Taiwan
Director: Arvin Chen

Introvert Weichung’s measured life as a family man is shaken up when a chance encounter revives feelings from his long suppressed gay past, forcing him to choose between love and security. Meanwhile, his sister, engaged to the nicest of men, begins to question her own desire for conventional family life. Fantastical flourishes and a sunny musical score color this bittersweet romantic comedy that is at once wise and funny in its exploration of formal notions of family, sexuality, and friendship.

Korean, Mandarin with English Subtitles, 104 min

Links: Website Trailer

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Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 7:00pm , EFWILL1 – $14/$11
  • Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 6:15pm , EFWILL2 – $14/$11