San Diego International Film Festival 2018
Rust Creek Rust Creek
Rust Creek and One Last Night
Are You Glad I'm Here? (Country: Lebanon; Year: 2018; Director: Noor Gharzeddine; Writer: Samuel Cyrenius Anderson; Stars: Tess Elliot, Marwa Khalil, Nadim Deaibes)
A millennial American woman befriends a Lebanese housewife and disrupts her ordered life. One night they become accidental partners-in-crime.
BlacKkKlansman (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Spike Lee; Writer: Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz; Stars: Adam Driver, Topher Grace, Laura Harrier, Ryan Eggold, Paul Walter Hauser, Corey Hawkins)
Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, successfully managed to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan and became the head of the local chapter.
Blue (Year: 2018; Director: Karina Holden; Stars: Lucas Handley, Madison Stewart, Mark Dia, Phillip Mango, Jennifer Lavers, Valerie Taylor)
A documentary film charting the drastic decline in the health of our oceans, setting out the challenges we are facing and the opportunities for positive change.
The Butterfly Tree (Country: Australia; Year: 2017; Director: Priscilla Cameron; Writer: Priscilla Cameron; Stars: Melissa George, Ewen Leslie, Ed Oxenbould, Sophie Lowe, Ella Jaz Macrokanis, Lauren Dillon, Paula Nazarski, Steve Nation, Liam Hop Yek Dodds, Tammy Sarah Linde, Sam Cotton, Kristy Brooks)
A man and his son compete for the affections of the same woman.
Degenerates (Country: UK; Year: 2018; Director: Callum Crawford; Writer: Callum Crawford; Stars: Annette Badland, Lauren Douglin, James Sanbrook, Callum Crawford, Jamie Foreman)
A screenwriter recruits a group of eccentric characters to go and find a missing teenage girl, with the intention of turning the search into a true story script.
The Butterfly Tree The Butterfly Tree
The Butterfly Tree and Soufra
Dodging Bullets (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Kathy Broere, Bobby Trench; Stars: Clyde Bellecourt, Don Coyhis, Linda EagleSpeaker, Keith Ellison, Michael Her Many Horses)
A history of the mistreatment of Native American peoples.
The Drummer And The Keeper (Country: Ireland; Year: 2017; Director: Nick Kelly; Writer: Nick Kelly; Stars: Niamh Algar, Peter Coonan, Phelim Drew, Olwen Fouere, Jane Herbert, Adrian Hudson, Tiny James, Beibhinn Jones, Charlie Kelly, Dale Leadon Bolger, Hannah Mamalis, Jacob McCarthy, Aoibhinn McGinnity, Dermot Murphy, Ally Ni Chiarain)
An unlikely bond forms between a bipolar drummer and an institutionalised teenager who has Asperger's.
Electric Love (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Aaron Fradkin; Stars: Mia Serafino, Zachary Mooren, Kyle Howard, Matt Bush, Erik Griffin)
Four couples traverse the modern dating scene in Los Angeles utilizing popular dating apps.
Everybody Knows (Todos Lo Saben) (Country: Spain, France, Italy; Year: 2018; Director: Asghar Farhadi; Writer: Asghar Farhadi; Stars: Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Bárbara Lennie, Ricardo Darín, Jaime Lorente, Carla Campra, Inma Cuesta, Eduard Fernández, Elvira Mínguez, Sara Sálamo, Roger Casamajor, Ramón Barea, Sergio Castellanos, Marianella Rojas, Penélope Cruz)
Secrets resurface after a woman returns to her family's village for a wedding.
The Favourite (Country: Ireland, United Kingdom, United States; Year: 2018; Director: Yorgos Lanthimos; Writer: Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara; Stars: Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, Olivia Colman, Joe Alwyn, Mark Gatiss, Timothy Innes, John Locke, Isaura Barbé-Brown, Jenny Rainsford, James Smith, Wilson Radjou-Pujalte, Basil Eidenbenz, James Melville, Jack Veal)
Two of Queen Anne's acolytes jockey for position.
Wildlife Wildlife
Wildlife and The Favourite
Golden Genes (Year: 2018; Director: Annette van Trigt; Stars: Big Star)
A documentary following leading breeders of Grand Prix horses around for 3 years. What is their secret? How do they do it?
The Hate U Give (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: George Tillman Jr; Writer: Audrey Wells, Angie Thomas; Stars: Amandla Stenberg, K.J. Apa, Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie, Sabrina Carpenter, Issa Rae, Common, Russell Hornsby, Dominique Fishback, Algee Smith, Drew Starkey, Lamar Johnson, Chris Cavalier, Megan Lawless, Kaleigh Rivera)
A youngster's world is shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her best friend by a cop.
Indian Horse (Country: Canada; Year: 2017; Director: Stephen S Campanelli; Writer: Dennis Foon, based on the novel by Richard Wagamese; Stars: Sladen Peltier, Forrest Goodluck, Ajuawak Kapashesit, Michiel Huisman, Martin Donovan, Michael Murphy, Edna Manitowabi, Melanie McLaren, Johnny Issaluk, Skye Pelletier, Evan Adams, Lisa Cromarty, Michael Lawrenchuk, Will Strongheart, Tristen Marty-Pahtaykan)
A young First Nations boy becomes a star ice hockey player.
I May Regret (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Graham Streeter; Writer: Graham Streeter; Stars: Brittney Powell, Denise Dorado, Darryl Stephens, Mark Elias)
An older woman suffering from dementia is convinced that her young live-in nurse out to kill her and take her life's fortune.
Little Woods (Crossing The Line) (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Nia DaCosta; Writer: Nia DaCosta; Stars: Tessa Thompson, Lily James, James Badge Dale, Lance Reddick, Luke Kirby, Elizabeth Maxwell, Luci Christian, Jeremy St. James, Joe Stevens, Morgana Shaw, Lawrence Varnado, Alexis West, Charlie Ray Reid, Gary Teague, Jason Newman)
Two estranged sisters are driven to extremes when their mother dies, leaving them with one week to pay back her mortgage.
Susu Susu
Susu and Everybody Knows
The Mark Of War (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Ricardo Ainslie; Stars: Tom Christie, Gordon Fowler, Eduardo Garza, Will Hill, Johnny Lyon, Vergil Maples, Harry Pace)
A documentary exploring the psychological impact of war.
Mary Janes: The Women Of Weed (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Windy Borman; Writer: Windy Borman; Stars: Melissa Etheridge)
A documentary about the women carving out space for themselves in the booming US cannabis industry.
One Last Night (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Anthony Sabet; Writer: Anthony Sabet, Matt DeMarco; Stars: Rachele Schank, Luke Brandon Field, Brian Baumgartner)
On their first date, Alex and Zoe venture out to see a movie at a local cinema. The film ends and the two become so engaged in a heated discussion that they fail to notice the cinema closing, leaving them locked inside.
Prospect (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Chris Caldwell, Zeek Earl; Stars: Sophie Thatcher, Pedro Pascal, Jay Duplass, Andre Royo)
A teenage girl and her father travel to a remote moon on the hunt for elusive riches. But there are others roving the moon's toxic forest and the job quickly devolves into a desperate fight to escape.
The Push (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Grant Korgan, Brian Niles; Stars: Grant Korgan, Shawna Korgan, Tal Fletcher)
The story of an athlete partially paralysed by a spinal cord injury, who attempted to ski to the South Pole using only his arms.
Widows Widows
Widows and Stella's Last Weekend
Rust Creek (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Jen McGowan; Writer: Julie Lipson, Stu Pollard; Stars: Hermione Corfield, Denise Dal Vera, Jeremy Glazer, Laura Guzman)
A student finds herself wounded and hunted by dangerous criminals after taking a short cut through the Appalachian mountains.
Soufra (Country: US, Singapore, Lebanon; Year: 2017; Director: Thomas A Morgan; Writer: Mohammed el Manasterly, Thomas A Morgan; Stars: Mariam AlShaar)
The story of a woman launching a catering company in a refugee camp.
The Samuel Project (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Mark Fusco; Stars: Hal Linden, Ryan Ochoa, Mateo Arias, Ken Davitian, Liza Lapira, Michael B Silver, Malina Moye)
A teenager sets out to make an animated art project for school about how his Jewish grandfather was saved from the Nazis as a child.
Seau (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Kirby Bradley)
A documentary about Junior Seau, an immigrant Samoan and American Football legend who shot himself in the heart.
Stella's Last Weekend (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Polly Draper; Writer: Polly Draper; Stars: Nat Wolff, Alex Wolff, Polly Draper, Paulina Singer, Nick Sandow, Stella)
As they say farewell to their dying dog over the course of a weekend, two brothers fall for the same girl.
Little Woods Little Woods
Little Woods and Degenerates
Susu (Country: UK; Year: 2017; Director: Yixi Sun; Writer: Yixi Sun; Stars: Zitong Wu, Frederick Szkoda, Steve Edwin, Tom Mannion, Zhu Lin, Laura June Hudson, Junjie Mao, Roslyn Hill)
Two Chinese girls take on a film archive transcription job in an English stately home where everybody is obsessed with a mysteriously deceased Chinese opera star.
Talking To The Air: Horses Of The Last Forbidden Kingdom (Country: Nepal, US; Year: 2014; Director: Sophie Dia Pegrum; Writer: Sophie Dia Pegrum)
On a tenuous border with China, the vanishing medieval culture of Mustang is where a man's wealth is measured in horses and riding is as elemental as breathing.
Tiger (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Alister Grierson; Stars: Mickey Rourke, Janel Parrish, Prem Singh, Michael Pugliese)
A dramatisation of the true story of Pardeep Singh Nagra, who challenged a ban that kept him from boxing because of his cultural identity.
Under The Eiffel Tower (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Archie Borders; Stars: Matt Walsh, Judith Godrèche, Reid Scott, Michaela Watkins)
Stuart is a having a mid-life crisis. Desperate for something more in life, he tags along on his best friend's family vacation to Paris - then proposes to his friend's 24-year-old daughter, Rosalind, while standing under the Eiffel Tower.
When Lambs Become Lions (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Jon Kasbe)
In the Kenyan bush, a crackdown on ivory poaching forces a silver-tongued second-generation poacher to seek out an unlikely ally in this fly-on-the-wall look at both sides of the conservation divide.
Dodging Bullets Dodging Bullets
Dodging Bullets and When Lambs Become Lions
Widows (Country: UK, US; Year: 2018; Director: Steve McQueen; Writer: Gillian Flynn, Steve McQueen, Lynda La Plante; Stars: Carrie Coon, Elizabeth Debicki, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Jon Bernthal, Michelle Rodriguez, Robert Duvall, Garret Dillahunt, Viola Davis, Daniel Kaluuya, Lukas Haas, Jacki Weaver, Brian Tyree Henry, Kevin J. O'Connor, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo)
Women left in debt by their dead husbands' crimes conspire to pull off a heist.
Wildlife (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Paul Dano; Writer: Paul Dano, Richard Ford, Zoe Kazan; Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Ed Oxenbould, Bill Camp, Lexi Anastasia, Zoe Margaret Colletti, Travis W Bruyer, Mollie Milligan, JR Hatchett, Darryl Cox, Kami King, Cate Jones, Blaine Maye, Laurie Cummings, John Walpole)
A portrait of a family in crisis.
Wild Nights With Emily (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Madeleine Olnek; Writer: Madeleine Olnek; Stars: Molly Shannon, Amy Seimetz, Susan Ziegler, Brett Gelman, Jackie Monahan, Kevin Seal, Dana Melanie, Sasha Frolova, Lisa Haas, Marc Alan Austen, Darren Lee Campbell, Stacey Alyse Cohen, Lee Eaton, Elizabeth Everett, Nick Fisher)
The story of Emily Dickinson's off-hours.

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