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October 2019

Narrative Feature

15 Years

Sunday October 27 @ 9:15 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 7, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Yuval Hadadi, Israel, 2019, 89 mins

When his best friend becomes pregnant and his longtime boyfriend starts talking about adopting, the usually-unfazed Yoav begins to unravel. Small arguments fester to extreme degrees in Yuval Hadadi’s...
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Narrative Feature

15 Years

Monday October 28 @ 9:15 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 7, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Yuval Hadadi, Israel, 2019, 89 mins

When his best friend becomes pregnant and his longtime boyfriend starts talking about adopting, the usually-unfazed Yoav begins to unravel. Small arguments fester to extreme degrees in Yuval Hadadi’s...
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Narrative Feature

A Dog Barking at the Moon

Sunday October 27 @ 3:45 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 9, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Lisa Zi Xiang, China & Spain, 2019, 107 mins

While visiting her broken family with her American husband, pregnant writer Huang Xiaoyu finds herself trapped between her cult-brainwashed mother and her secretly homosexual father. An...
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Benjamin

Saturday October 26 @ 9:00 pm
SVA Theatre – 1, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Simon Amstell, UK, 2018, 85 mins

Like a perfectly steeped cup of English Breakfast, BENJAMIN is satisfyingly bittersweet, a romantic comedy from the distinctive mind of Simon Amstell (NEVER MIND THE BUZZCOCKS). Benjamin is an...
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Billie & Emma

Friday October 25 @ 6:15 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 9, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
East Coast Premiere
Dir. Samantha Lee, Philippines, 2018, 107 mins

In the Philippines during the 1990s, out teenager and rock-music-lover Billie is sent from Manila to live with her aunt in a rural village. Sticking out like a sore...
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Billie & Emma

Sunday October 27 @ 11:00 am
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 7, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
East Coast Premiere
Dir. Samantha Lee, Philippines, 2018, 107 mins

In the Philippines during the 1990s, out teenager and rock-music-lover Billie is sent from Manila to live with her aunt in a rural village. Sticking out like a sore...
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Holy Trinity

Monday October 28 @ 9:30 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 7, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
East Coast Premiere
Dir. Molly Hewitt, USA, 2019, 91 mins

HOLY TRINITY is an absolute acid trip of kinky, drug-induced, gender-fluid adventures through an alternative universe's Chicago. We follow Trinity, a queer dominatrix, who, after huffing a new brand...
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Last Ferry

Friday October 25 @ 9:15 pm
SVA Theatre – 1, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Jaki Bradley, USA, 2019, 86 mins

Fire Island during the early summer off-season makes for a perfectly isolated setting for this singular comedy-thriller. When lonely lawyer Joseph (Ramon Torres, who also serves as writer/co-producer) ventures...
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Monsters.

Saturday October 26 @ 3:45 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 9, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Marius Olteanu, Romania, 2019, 116 mins

Presenting a clear snapshot of a contemporary Romanian couple through three distinct chapters, Marius Olteanu’s formal portrait of a marriage in silent disarray is immersive in its naturalism and...
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Music for Bleeding Hearts

Sunday October 27 @ 4:15 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 7, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
World Premiere
Dir. Rafael Gomes, Brazil, 2019, 102 mins

In present-day São Paulo, a trio of young hearts are about to break. Ricardo has both a steady boyfriend and a wandering eye for a new coworker. Isabella is taking...
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Music for Bleeding Hearts

Monday October 28 @ 9:00 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 9, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
World Premiere
Dir. Rafael Gomes, Brazil, 2019, 102 mins

In present-day São Paulo, a trio of young hearts are about to break. Ricardo has both a steady boyfriend and a wandering eye for a new coworker. Isabella is taking...
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Nevrland

Saturday October 26 @ 9:30 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 7, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Gregor Schmidinger, Austria, 2019, 88 mins

Seeking escape from his drab life at home and at work in a slaughterhouse, Jakob retreats into online worlds in search of excitement. After making a connection with tight-torsoed...
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Second Star on the Right

Friday October 25 @ 9:00 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Ruth Caudeli, Columbia, 2019, 82 mins

In the blink of an eye, gregarious bisexual Emilia (Silvia Varón) has gone from being a core member of a tight-knit group of women to its biggest burden. As...
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Seventeen

Thursday October 24 @ 9:00 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 9, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Monja Art, Austria, 2017, 104 mins

Reminiscent of subtle tales of sapphic desire like SHOW ME LOVE and MY SUMMER OF LOVE, Monja Art’s feature is an adroit portrait of young love and its complex...
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Siberia and Him

Sunday October 27 @ 7:00 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 7, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
World Premiere
Dir. Viatcheslav Kopturevskiy, USA & Russia, 2019, 72 mins

Meek farmhand Sasha and policeman Dima have a fraught relationship. They’re brothers-in-law, travel companions, and⁠—secretly⁠—lovers. Over the course of their journey to visit Sasha’s grandmother, unspoken truths are...
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Narrative Feature

Siberia and Him

Monday October 28 @ 4:30 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 7, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
World Premiere
Dir. Viatcheslav Kopturevskiy, USA & Russia, 2019, 72 mins

Meek farmhand Sasha and policeman Dima have a fraught relationship. They’re brothers-in-law, travel companions, and⁠—secretly⁠—lovers. Over the course of their journey to visit Sasha’s grandmother, unspoken truths are...
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Straight Up

Saturday October 26 @ 4:00 pm
SVA Theatre – 2, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. James Sweeney, USA, 2019, 95 mins

Heralding in a fresh voice of contemporary independent cinema, writer/director/producer James Sweeney stars in this witty comedy as Todd, an obsessive-compulsive and GILMORE GIRLS-loving twentysomething plagued by intense anxieties....
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Temblores

Thursday October 24 @ 7:00 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 7, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Jayro Bustamante, Guatemala, France, and Luxembourg, 2019, 107 mins

In Guatemala, earthquakes (or tremors) can be a very common occurrence. TEMBLORES explores what happens to an affluent religious family as a rumbling rift symbolically tears...
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The Shiny Shrimps

Saturday October 26 @ 1:15 pm
SVA Theatre – 2, 333 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Maxime Govare & Cédric Le Gallo, France, 2019, 103 mins

After an Olympic swimmer nearing the end of his career makes a homophobic comment on TV, he’s barred from any further events unless he agrees...
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Top 3

Friday October 25 @ 3:45 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 9, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Sofie Edvardsson, Sweden, 2019, 44 mins

In this inventive and bittersweet animated rom-com, perpetual list-maker Anton falls in love with David and the two share a globetrotting young romance. But things start to go awry...
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Narrative Feature

Top 3

Saturday October 26 @ 1:45 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 9, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Sofie Edvardsson, Sweden, 2019, 44 mins

In this inventive and bittersweet animated rom-com, perpetual list-maker Anton falls in love with David and the two share a globetrotting young romance. But things start to go awry...
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Zen in the Ice Rift

Saturday October 26 @ 7:15 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea – Theater 8, 260 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011 United States
New York Premiere
Dir. Margherita Ferri, Italy, 2018, 90 mins

Maia “Zen” Zenassi is a quick-tempered, nonconforming 16-year-old living in a provincial Italian mountain village. A standout on the local boys’ hockey team, Zen uses the sport as a...
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