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Punk Rocks and Girls Rule in Lukas Moodysson’s WE ARE THE BEST!

WE ARE THE BEST! is a coming of age story that centers around the lives of three young girls—Klara, Bobo and Hedvig—as they prepare for those awkward years commonly referred to as being a teenager. Writer/director Lukas Moodysson sees adolescence, with all its ups and downs, as a time to be celebrated. “It’s wonderful to have a friend, wonderful to play an instrument without knowing how, wonderful to set fire to an old statue, wonderful to be booed and mocked, wonderful to be the best,” he says.

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In THE MEND, director John Magary blends sibling rivalry and dark comedy

One night in Harlem, Mat reunites with his younger brother Alan, just before Alan heads out for a long-planned vacation. But when Alan returns home, he finds his apartment taken over by Mat, Mat’s girlfriend, and Mat’s girlfriend’s son. The result is a dramatic yet at times light-hearted look at sibling rivalry. “I was interested in how two brothers can speak to each other with such relentless, brutal honesty, taking things to a daily breaking point, and yet still remain close,” says director John Magary.

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KUMIKO goes West: Zellner brothers dream up modern day treasure hunt

Kumiko is a lonely woman yearning for adventure. She hates her job. She has no friends. Her mother calls often, nagging at her for still being single. After discovering an old VHS tape of the film FARGO, Kumiko (played by Academy Award winning actress Rinko Kikuchi), convinces herself that the briefcase of money Steve Buscemi’s character buries in North Dakota is actually real. And so, she sets out to America on a quest for mythical treasure.

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Jude Law goes for broke in Richard Shepard’s DOM HEMINGWAY

After spending 12 years in prison for keeping his mouth shut, notorious safe-cracker Dom Hemingway is back on the streets of London looking to collect what he’s owed. Along the way, the foul-mouthed and hilariously-destructive petty criminal tries to make up for lost time—in a flurry of violence, sex, drugs and alcoholic debauchery. According to director Richard Shepard, “watching Jude transform into this beast of a man felt like I had a front row seat to an acting class.”

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Fight for marriage equality gets personal in THE CASE AGAINST 8

In 2008, Proposition 8 passed in California, banning gay marriage six months after the state Supreme Court legalized it. The surprising reversal brought together gay-marriage supporters from across the political spectrum, including the very lawyers who argued against each other in the infamous case of Bush v. Gore. This riveting documentary delves deep into the legal twists and turns of perhaps the most important civil rights issue of a generation. “Making this film was a fairy tale,” say directors Ben Cotner and Ryan White. “We realized each day that history was unfolding right in front of us, in front of our cameras.”

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BROTHERS OF THE BLACK LIST relives legacy of perserverance in the face of injustice

On September 4, 1992, a woman in a small upstate New York town reported a crime to the local police. In response, officers contacted officials at SUNY Oneonta, a nearby college, where school administrators responded by handing over a list of names and home addresses of 125 black male students. For the next several days, those students were tracked down and interrogated by various police departments under a presumption of guilty until proven innocent. World premiering at DIFF 2014, director Sean Gallagher’s THE BROTHERS OF THE BLACK LIST is a gripping cautionary tale of equal rights gone wrong.

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