Chapiteau Show and Tetsuo: The Iron Man
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
(Country: US, China; Year: 2011; Director: Alison Klayman; Stars: Changwei Gu, Ai Weiwei, Evan Osnos, Ying Gao, Tehching Hsieh, Huang Hung, Zuzhou Zuoxiao, Yanping Liu, Danqing Chen, Inserk Yang), Official Site
Renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has garnered international attention as much for his ambitious artwork as his political provocations and increasingly public clashes with the Chinese government.
Another Night On Earth (Oche Notre En La Tierra)
(Country: Spain; Year: 2012; Director: David Muñoz)
The Egyptian Revolution as observed through conversations in and between cars caught in Cairo's notorious traffic jams.
(Country: Canada, France; Year: 2012; Director: Denis Côté; Writer: Denis Côté)
Documentary meditation on man's relationship with animals.
Call Me Kuchu
(Country: USA; Year: 2012; Director: Malika Zouhali-Worrall, Katherine Fairfax Wright; Stars: David Kato Kisule, Naome Ruzindana, Stosh Mugisha), Official Site
The story of the Ugandan campaigners who have spoken out against the country's proposed Anti-Gay Bill.
Chapiteau Show (Shapito-shou, Shapito Show)
(Country: Russia; Year: 2011; Director: Sergey Loban; Writer: Marina Potapova; Stars: Jim Avignon, Stas Baretskiy, Dmitriy Bogdan, Stepan Devonin, Yuliya Govor, Sergei Kuzmenko, Anton Kuznetsov, Pyotr Mamonov, Dmitry Novikov, Sergey Pakhomov, Aleksei Podolsky, Sergei Popov, Darya Spiridonova, Vera Strokova, Maksim Tiunov)
At a Crimean resort, various characters cross paths with one another across an intricate multi-story narrative.
Kotoko and How To Survive A Plague
(Year: 2011; Director: Amir Naderi; Writer: Amir Naderi, Shinji Aoyama, Yuichi Tazawa; Stars: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Takako Tokiwa, Takashi Sasano, Shun Sugata, Denden, Takuji Suzuki, Ikuji Nakamura, Satoshi Nikaido, Jun'ichi Hayakawa, Hatsuo Itou), Official Site
A filmmaker who owes money to the mob ends up as a human punching bag to repay his debt.
Dekh Indian Circus
(Country: India; Year: 2011; Director: Mangesh Hadawale)
A mother living in poverty will stop at nothing to take her children on a trip to the circus.
(Country: USA; Year: 2012; Director: Rebecca Thomas; Writer: Rebecca Thomas; Stars: Julia Garner, Rory Culkin, Liam Aiken, Billy Zane, Bill Sage)
A sheltered Mormon girl believes her unexplained pregnancy must have been caused by listening to rock music.
(Country: US; Year: 2012; Director: Geoff Ryan)
A young marine returning from combat struggles to find meaning in civilian life.
The Guerilla Son
(Country: Sweden; Year: 2011; Director: David Herdes, Zanyar Adami)
A Kurdish man who is about to become a father questions his own father about why he was sent abroad as a young child.
Electrick Children and Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Jai Bhim Comrade (Jai Bhim Comrade)
(Country: India; Year: 2011; Director: Anand Patwardhan)
A look at India's caste system and the Dalits struggling for dignity against over 2,000 years' worth of prejudice.
(Country: Japan; Year: 2011; Director: Shinya Tsukamoto; Writer: Shinya Tsukamoto, from an original story by Cocco; Stars: Cocco, Shinya Tsukamoto)
A single mother clings to life amid nightmarish mental problems and self-mutilation.
The Last Elvis (El Ultimo Elvis)
(Country: Argentina; Year: 2011; Director: Nicolás Giacobone; Writer: Armando Bo, Nicolás Giacobone; Stars: John McInerny, Griselda Siciliani, Margarita Lopez)
A Buenos Aires Elvis impersonator who believes that he is the reincarnation of the King struggles to shake free from reality and live his musical dream.
The Law In These Parts
(Country: Israel; Year: 2011; Director: Ra'anan Alexandrowicz)
Israel's 43-year military legal system in the Occupied Palestinian Territories unfolds through provocative interviews with the system’s architects and historical footage showing the enactment of these laws upon the Palestinian population.
Bestiaire and Tetsuo II: Body Hammer
Look At Me Again (Olhe pra mim de novo)
(Country: Brazil; Year: 2011; Director: Kiko Goifman, Claudia Priscilla)
Look At Me Again is a vibrant road movie that whisks us away to the wild, semi-arid expanse of north-eastern Brazil.
Machete Language (El Lenguaje De Los Machetes)
(Country: Mexico; Year: 2011; Director: Kyzza Terrazas)
A couple make a stand against injustice through 'poetic terrorism'.
(Country: Dubai, UK; Year: 2011; Director: Hannan Majid, Richard York)
A look inside the garment manufacturing business in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
My Last Round (Mi Último Round)
(Country: Chile, Argentina; Year: 2010; Director: Julio Jorquera; Writer: Julio Jorquera; Stars: Roberto Farías, Héctor Morales, Tamara Acosta, Gonzalo Robles, Manuela Martelli), Official Site
Relationship drama about boxer and kitchen hand.
Night No. 1 (Nuit 1)
(Country: Canada; Year: 2011; Director: Anne Émond)
A planned one night stand leads to unexpected confessions.
Call Me Kuchu and Cut
Occupy Central Park
(Country: US; Year: 2012; Director: Phillip Gara; Stars: Itamar Lilienthal)
The Occupy Wall Street gathering as seen from the perspective of a teenager trying to organise a support gig.
On The Road To Downtown (Fi Al Tarik Le... Wust El Balad?)
(Country: Egypt; Year: 2011; Director: Sherif Elbendary)
A character study set in a downtown Cairo nighbourhood.
The Rat Race
(Country: India; Year: 2012; Director: Miriam Chandy Menacherry)
An introduction to the workers who go out each night to try and eliminate vermin in Delhi.
Reed: The Life And Works Of Roy Kiyooka
(Country: Canada; Year: 2012; Director: Fumiko Kiyooka)
A documentary about a samurai's grandson who was a star of the New York School of Painting before giving it all up to become a wandering poet.
(Country: Bangladesh; Year: 2010; Director: Tareque Masud)
A teenager living beside Dhaka International Airport gets caught up in violent extremism.
My Last Round and The Last Elvis
(Country: India; Year: 2011; Director: Ashtar Sayed)
A woman's attempts to escape an abusive marriage lead to further suffering at the hands of corrupt authorities.
Tetsuo II: Body Hammer
(Country: Japan; Year: 1992; Director: Shinya Tsukamoto)
A conspiracy of a gang of cyborgs.
Tetsuo: The Iron Man
(Country: Japan; Year: 1989; Director: Shinya Tsukamoto)
The seminal work of extreme Japanese cyberpunk, newly restored from the original negative by cult director Shinya Tsukamoto, who will be in attendance at EIFF.
(Country: Chile; Year: 2011; Director: José Luis Torres Leiva)
Guests gather at a spa resort on a hot summer day.
Voices From The Camps
(Country: Bangladesh; Year: 2011; Director: Hannan Majid, Richard York)
The experiences of ethnic Biharis living in camps in Bangladesh.
We Are Legion: The Story Of The Hacktivists
(Country: United States; Year: 2011; Director: Brian Knappenberger)
The story of hacker group Anonymous, their battles against Scientology and their contribution to the Arab Spring.