Go around the world in 5 Days at #WFF2015! For today's staff picks, we highlight a few choice selections from the expansive slate of international offerings at this year's festival.
Today's Documentary Staff Pick, Drawing The Tiger, is an unflinchingly real and almost unbearably touching portrait of an impoverished family and a young girl faced with an enormous responsibility. Chronicling a rural Nepali family coping with a devastating tragedy after their bright daughter, Shanta, earns a scholarship and leaves their village to go to school in the city, directors Amy Benson, Scott Squire, and Ramyata Limbu exhibit an amazing commitment to telling this story of a family and a culture.
One of the films featured in our Spotlight on Dutch Cinema, today's Narrative Feature Staff Pick, Summer(Zomer), centers on 16-year-old Anne, who longs to escape the confines of her small town until she meets Lena, the new girl in town who rides a motorbike, wears leather, and is different from everybody else. Capturing the awkward tenderness of youth and innocence as the two girls quickly form a bond and fall in love, director Colette Bothof crafts a beautiful story of sexual awakening and a girl daring to be different.
Check out our Shorts Program, Spanish Spotlight, which features three superb Spanish-language shorts (English-subtitled!).
THE ENGLISH TEACHER, directed by Alan Gonzalez
Tired of her husband's terminal illness, Sonia decides to resume giving English classes at home.
SAN CRISTOBAL, directed by Omar Zuniga Hidalgo
Lucas is visiting his sister on a remote island in southern Chile before moving abroad. An unlikely romance grows when he meets Antonio, a struggling young fisherman. The intimacy they share makes them navigate towards a new horizon and to a different stage of their adulthood.
WELCOME (BIENVENIDOS), directed by Javier Fesser
When the internet reaches a tiny school in the heart of the Peruvian Andes, it brings the world to their doorstep and offers the world the chance to finally discover what's happening in the remote village of Ingatambo.