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Twelve of the Best Films in the World!

Did you know the Forest City Film Festival is not just about showcasing regionally connected talent?

To cultivate the cinema culture in our region, we’re introducing audiences and filmmakers to some of the greatest films being made worldwide. This is why we are bringing a selection of international films to the festival this year.  

Pot Au Feu – France

We’ve curated films from seven countries across four continents, from festivals including Sundance, Berlinale, Cannes, Venice, Fantasia, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, and the Toronto International Film Festival. 

We selected these films to connect with our region’s various diasporas and all film lovers.

Our lineup includes comedy that will make you belly laugh, dramas that will make you cry, romance that will make your heart soar, thrillers that will have you biting your fingernails, and documentaries that will expand your view of the world. 

This year, our selection of films includes the Sundance Audience Award winner “The Persian Version,” a wonderful crowd-pleasing comedy about an Iranian-American family in New York City. 

The Persian Version – Iran

We are co-presenting “Orlando, My Political Biography,” a revolutionary queer essay film from France which premiered at Berlinale. It’s part of our two Deep Dive experiences where, after the films, you’ll meet speakers who explore the film’s themes. These thought-provoking conversations will make a lasting impression on those lucky enough to get a ticket.

Our Cannes titles include prize winners “How to Have Sex” from the United Kingdom, “Monster” from Japan, “About Dry Grasses” from Turkey, “Four Daughters” from Tunisia, and “The Pot-Au-Feu” from France. 

Four Daughters – Tunisia

Canadian films include “Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Person,” “Red Rooms,” and “Café Daughter.”  

And that’s not all! 

A handful of new films will be announced in the coming weeks, so follow our social media for upcoming film announcements.

With a lineup like this, the “Best of the World Fests” truly has something for every type of movie lover.

Complete Best of the World Film Festival Lineup at The Forest City Film Festival:

About Dry Grasses
🇹🇷 Turkey
Winner of the Best Actress prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
Oct. 22, 6:30 PM, Imagine Cinemas
Film Synopsis and Tickets

Café Daughter
🇨🇦 Canada, Ontario
Premieres at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival on October 19, celebrated regional director Shelly Niro.
Oct. 20, 3:30 PM, Imagine Cinemas
Film Synopsis and Tickets

Four Daughters
🇹🇳 Tunisia
The film premiered in competition at Cannes.
Tunisia’s submission to this year’s Academy Awards.
Oct. 21, 12:30 PM, Imagine Cinemas
Film Synopsis and Tickets

How to Have Sex
🇬🇧 🇬🇷 United Kingdom, Greece
Won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard category of the Cannes Film Festival.
Oct. 19, 8:30 PM, Imagine Cinemas
Film Synopsis and Tickets

Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Person
🇨🇦 Canada, Quebec
Sold-Out screenings to strong reviews at the Venice Film Festival, and at TIFF.
Oct. 17, 5:45 PM, Wolf Performance Hall
Film Synopsis and Tickets

Hundreds of Beavers
🇺🇸 USA
Winner Audience Award Bronze and Best International Feature at the Fantasia Film Festival.
Winner of awards at nine other smaller festivals so far!
Oct. 21, 9:00 PM, Imagine Cinemas
Film Synopsis and Tickets

Monster
🇯🇵 Japan
Won the Best Screenplay prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
Won the Queer Palme (awarded to the best film with LGBT themes at Cannes).
Oct. 20, 6:30 PM, Imagine Cinemas
Film Synopsis and Tickets

Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson And The Band
🇨🇦 Canada
Best of the Fest Audience Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Canadian Screen Awards Best Sound, Non-Fiction.
Oct. 20, 6:30 PM, Wolf Performance Hall
Film Synopsis and Tickets

Orlando, My Political Biography
🇫🇷 France
Winner of the Berlinale for Documentary at the Berlin International Film Festival
October 15, 12:30 PM. Wolf Performance Hall
Film Synopsis and Tickets

The Persian Version
🇮🇷 🇺🇸 Iran, USA
Sundance Film Festival Audience Award winner.
Oct. 21, 6:00 PM, Imagine Cinemas
Film Synopsis and Tickets

The Pot-Au-Feu
🇫🇷 France
Winner of the Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
Oct. 22, 12:30 PM, Imagine Cinemas
Film Synopsis and Tickets

Red Rooms
🇨🇦 Canada, Quebec
Winner of the Best Film, Best Performance and Best Screenplay at Fantasia Film Festival.
Oct. 17, 8:15 PM, Wolf Performance Hall
Film Synopsis and Tickets