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14TH ANNUAL WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL FEATURES FILMS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE WITH WORLD CINEMA
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Woodstock, NY (Sept. 3, 2013) Dedicated to celebrating the spirit of independent film and filmmakers, the Woodstock Film Festival (WFF) prides itself on the ever-diverse collection of films that are screened every year. WFF's World Cinema category consists of narratives, documentaries and shorts from the borders of the United States to across the sea, with this year's World Cinema category featuring films set in locations from Pakistan to the South of France.

WORLD NARRATIVES

The Forgotten Kingdom
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Directed by Andrew Mudge
USA / 2012 / 97 minutes
New York Premiere

Atang has been disconnected from his father for years after being uprooted from his hometown of Lesotho as a child. Currently living in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa, Atang is misguided and full of resentment. News of his father's death comes with a predetermined trip to Lesotho for his burial. Reluctantly, Atang embarks on the visit to his ancestral land where he forms an unexpected connection with his childhood friend, Dineo.

Director Andrew Mudge wonderfully portrays the mystery and spirit of the land as audiences accompany Atang on his journeys. Atang's initial trek to bury his deceased father evolves into a voyage to reconnect with Dineo, her stubborn, traditional father and terminally ill sister. Powerful performances delivered by each cast member paired with exceptional cinematography makes The Forgotten Kingdom a compelling story that leaves the audience emotionally moved and wanting more. –Nina Gioia

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Ummah (Among Friends)
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Directed by Cüneyt Kaya
Germany / 2013 / 104 minutes
US Premiere

After killing two skinheads in a failed operation against NeoNazis, young undercover intelligence agent Daniel Klemm finds a hiding place and new friends in Berlin's Arab community. Realistic and witty, Berlin filmmaker Cueneyt Kaya shows the rapprochement of two worlds which seem violently opposed. Wounded physically and psychologically, Daniel's cultural isolation breaks down as he becomes integrated into the Islamic community. Stereotypes vanish as we gain human perspective on a culture too often seen as radicalized. Here family bonds are strong, and Daniel's physical and psychological wounds begin to heal. But unable or unwilling to intervene when his friends are stopped and harassed by the police, Daniel feels the impotence of his own inaction. Is there redemption? And why do we fear the stranger? This is assured filmmaking, unflinching and timely.</br> -Barbara Pokras, A.C.E.

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WORLD DOCUMENTARIES

Purgatorio
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Directed by Rodrigo Reyes
USA / 2012 / 80 minutes
East Coast Premiere

A line in the sand is drawn in Purgatorio, where only the desperate and courageous dare cross. Documentary director Rodrigo Reyes questions the role of humanity on planet earth and how the divisions we've created between one another have set in motion a millennium of adversities.

Fast forward to present day, where the border between the United States and Mexico echoes the mistakes of generations past as immigrants are taking great pains to find a better life north of the Rio Grande. They will endure heat exhaustion, dehydration, sexual assault and much worse. All of this to escape a world from where even the most devout must work from dawn until dusk under the baking sun in order to survive. Even then, the fatal whims of a stray bullet can still threaten to cut short a life of perdition, and deliver them to whatever waits beyond. –Terence Gardner

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WORLD SHORTS

Above the Sea
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Directed by Keola Racela
USA / 2013 / 16:23 minutes
World Premiere

A young woman is forced to take extraordinary risks to survive in the dangerous underworld of 1930s Shanghai when her life is threatened by a murderous policeman.

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The Big Leap
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Directed by Kristoffer Rus
Poland, Sweden / 2013 / 13 minutes

Three people meet atop a skyscraper with the same intention – to commit suicide due to a major financial crisis. The conflict quickly escalates when they discover that they all represent a different conviction about the afterlife. The only way to find out who's right is to take "The Big Leap."

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Biggest Fear, The
(La paura piu grande)

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Directed by Nicola di Vico
Italy / 2013 / 9:37 minutes
North American Premiere

Media information induces a father to avenge the rape of his daughter, on two young foreigners. Only the truth that lurks in his daughters memory will reveal a different truth and leave the father in a state of helplessness and defeat.

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Disarming Falcons
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Directed by Wendy Johnson and Annie Nocenti
Pakistan / 2013 / 15 minutes
World Premiere

A lyrical, exciting and tender portrait of a falcon hunt in the desert of Pakistan, with an international cast – Qatars, Baloch, Lebanese, Egyptians.... and two American women. Rarely have Western women been invited to hunt with falcons in the Arab world.

The film is a love letter to the special relationship a falconer has with his falcon. "Disarming Falcons" illuminates the falconers' all-consuming love for his falcon, and its wily and fierce prey-- the Houbara.

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Ed
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Directed by Gabriel Garcia
Brazil / 2013 / 14 minutes

Meet Ed and his extraordinary life. Fifty years of an unforgettable journey. Many loves, adventures and remarkable stories. What nobody knows is why Ed wants to end it.

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Horrible Things
(Les choses horribles)

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Directed by Vincent Biron
Canada / 2012 / 12 minutes

Everybody does horrible things, from time to time. Dédé, Carole and Steve each try to buy back their faults in a desperate yet mundane attempt to appease their guilt.

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Hunger
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Directed by Güçlü Aydogdu
Turkey / 2013 / 2:16 minutes
World Premiere

A deadly game played by a family of four.

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The Interviewer
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Directed by Genevieve Clay-Smith and Robin Bryan
Australia / 2012 / 13 minutes
East Coast Premiere

Thomas Howell is a lawyer looking for more in life - the chance to make a difference in the world. When he snags the opportunity of a lifetime ˆ an interview at a prestigious law firm for his dream-job‚ working in the pro-bono department he realizes that his chance to make a difference is closer and more unexpected than he could ever imagine.

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Last Remarks
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Directed by Umar Riaz
Pakistan, USA / 2012 / 17 minutes

On the eve of the creation of Pakistan in 1947, the British rulers of the Indian subcontinent prepare to depart the region amidst waves of ethnic violence. Arastu Jan, a troubled and isolated native servant to a British master, takes a dose of poison and finds himself with ten minutes to record the confession of his brief lifetime.

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Late Spring
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Directed by Zachary Kerschberg
USA, Tunisia / 2013 / 15 minutes
New York Premiere

Mahmoud, a petty clerk in a police station, must suddenly choose sides when a tortured prisoner asks him for help.

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Social Butterfly
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Directed by Lauren Wolkstein
USA / 2013 / 14 minutes

A 30-year-old American woman attends a teenage party in the South of France. Some of the guests wonder who she is and what she is doing there.

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Time 2 Split
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Directed by Fabrice Bracq
France / 2012 / 4:38 minutes

A couple and their young child realize that sometimes in life we must go our separate ways.

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Hailed by Indiewire as "A true American Maverick Among Fests" and praised by actor Ethan Hawke as "among the finest of a dying breed: a festival that isn't trying to sell you anything, but simply and beautifully celebrating the art & craft of filmmaking", the Woodstock Film Festival premiers exceptional films, hosts the most talented emerging and established professionals in the movie industry; presents A-list concerts, panels and parties, and creates stimulating, innovative programming year-round.

The Woodstock Film Festival is a non-profit, 501c3 with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music and art-related activities that promote artists, culture, inspired learning and diversity.

The Woodstock Film Festival will celebrate its 14th Annual Festival October 2-6, 2013, with an extraordinary line-up of fiercely independent films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Kingston, Rosendale and Saugerties.

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