Spring International Film Festival


Schedule:
12:30 pm Woman At War

A choir conductor and eco-activist, plans to disrupt the operations of an aluminum plant in the Icelandic highlands, purposely damaging electricity pylons and wires to cut their power supply. One day, a long-forgotten application to adopt an orphan child from Ukraine is approved. At the same time, the government ramps up police and propaganda efforts in order to catch and discredit her. She must reconcile her dangerous and illegal activism with the upcoming adoption.

2:30 pm The Fall of the American Empire

Pierre-Paul Daoust, 36, an intellectual with a PhD in philosophy is forced to work as a deliveryman to afford a decent living. One day, while delivering a parcel, he gets caught in a hold up gone terribly wrong: two dead and millions in money bags laying on the ground. Pierre-Paul is confronted with a dilemma: leave empty handed, or take the money and run?

5:30 pm One Child Nation

China’s One Child Policy, the extreme population control measure that made it illegal for couples to have more than one child, may have ended in 2015, but the process of dealing with the trauma of its brutal enforcement is only just beginning. This sweeping documentary explores the ripple effect of this devastating social experiment, uncovering one shocking human rights violation after another - from abandoned newborns, to forced sterilizations and abortions, and government abductions.

7:30 pm Pain and Glory

From Director Pedro Almodovar, Pain and Glory tells of a series of reencounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, a film director in his physical decline. From his childhood in the 60s, when he emigrated with his parents to a village in Valencia, the first desire, his first adult love in the Madrid of the 80s, the pain of the breakup of that love, writing as the only therapy to forget the unforgettable, the early discovery of cinema, and the infinite void that creates the incapacity to keep on making films. In recovering his past he finds the urgent need to recount it, and in that he also finds his salvation.