2021 Tucson International Film Festival Lineup

PICTURE OF HIS LIFE

NATURE DOCUMENTARY

SCREENING OPENS: SUNDAY, JANUARY 3 AT 4 PM
SCREENING CLOSES: TUESDAY, JANUARY 5 AT 4PM
2019/ Israel, USA, Canada/ 72 minutes/ English, Hebrew, Inukitut with subtitles

AMOS NACHOUM, a world renowned Israeli wildlife photographer, has photographed the most fearsome predators on earth, face to face. His one wish is to photograph a polar bear while swimming with it in open water. In this gorgeous film, Nachoum also reflects upon the rapidly vanishing Inuit culture and the difficult moments of his life that drove him to the ends of the earth.

STANDING UP, FALLING DOWN

DRAMEDY

SCREENING OPENS: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6 AT 4PM
SCREENING CLOSES: FRIDAY, JANUARY 8 AT 4PM
2019/ USA / 91 minutes/ English

Starring BILLY CRYSTAL as Marty; When Scott (BEN SCHWARTZ, “Parks and Recreation”) loses hope of becoming a stand-up comedian in L.A. he moves back home with his tail between his legs. He begins to feel his existence is soul-crushing until he meets Marty, an eccentric dermatologist with boundless charisma, who is also a charming, karaoke-loving barfly.

DOUZE POINTS

COMEDY

SCREENING OPENS: SATURDAY, JANUARY 9 AT 7PM
SCREENING CLOSES: MONDAY, JANUARY 11 AT 4PM
2019/ Israel / 90 minutes/ French and Hebrew w/ subtitles, English

In this campy, hilarious spy thriller, a young French Muslim man gets entangled in an ISIS plot to blow up the stage at a European singing contest in Tel Aviv. The heroes will delight you, as you prepare for lots of suspense, laughter and plot twists.

CRESCENDO

DRAMA

SCREENING OPENS: TUESDAY, JANUARY 12 AT 4PM  
SCREENING CLOSES: THURSDAY, JANUARY 14 AT 4PM 
2020/ Germany / 106 minutes/ German and Hebrew with English subtitles and English 

Based on a true story; a famous conductor travels to Israel to create an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra. The music they produce is glorious but emotions run high. Can the harmony of their instruments overcome their lifetimes of prejudice and fear?

AULCIE

INSPIRATIONAL BIOGRAPHY

SCREENING OPENS: SATURDAY, JANUARY 16 AT 7PM  
SCREENING CLOSES: MONDAY, JANUARY 18 AT 7PM 
2020/ USA and Israel / 72 minutes/ Hebrew with English subtitles

Based on a true story; a famous conductor travels to Israel to create an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra. The music they produce is glorious but emotions run high. Can the harmony of their instruments overcome their lifetimes of prejudice and fear?

THOSE WHO REMAINED

DRAMA

SCREENING OPENS: TUESDAY, JANUARY 19 AT 4PM
SCREENING CLOSES: THURSDAY, JANUARY 21 AT 4PM
2019/ Hungary / 83 minutes/ Hungarian with English subtitles

Aldo, a 42 year-old doctor, and 16 year-old Klara both survive the Holocaust and return to Hungary. Theirs is a lyrical story of the healing power of love and family, revealed through the eyes of young Klara.

THE SAMUEL PROJECT

DRAMA

SCREENING OPENS: SATURDAY, JANUARY 23 AT 7PM 
SCREENING CLOSES: MONDAY, JANUARY 25 AT 7PM
2018/ USA / 92 minutes/ English 

Eli, a high school senior, truly gets to know his grandfather Samuel (HAL LINDEN) for the first time when he makes Samuel the subject of an animated art project for school. Grandpa may run a dry cleaning store now, but his childhood was anything but dull.

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FEEDING OUR SOULS

DOCUMENTARY SHORT

SCREENING OPENS: SATURDAY, JANUARY 23 AT 7PM
SCREENING CLOSES: MONDAY, JANUARY 25 AT 7PM
2020/ USA / 8 minutes/ English

Congregation Bet Shalom, a small synagogue in Tucson, Arizona, takes an egg-ceptional approach to attracting young families. The shul joins the Jewish Farmer Network, raises chickens, and grows vegetables.c

THE KEEPER

DRAMA

SCREENING OPENS: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27 AT 4PM 
SCREENING CLOSES: FRIDAY, JANUARY 29 AT 4PM 
2018/ Germany / 113 minutes/ English 

Based on the true story of BERT TRAUTMAN, a German soldier and POW who becomes the goalkeeper of Great Britain’s Manchester City’s Soccer team. Although he encounters post-war prejudice from thousands of fans, he receives unexpected support from Rabbi Alexander Altman, who himself had fled the Nazis.

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FOOTSTEPS OF MY FATHER

DOCUMENTARY SHORT

SCREENING OPENS: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27 AT 4PM 
SCREENING CLOSES: FRIDAY, JANUARY 29 AT 4PM 
2018/ USA / 14 minutes/ English

Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds, a devout Tennessee pastor, in an act of extraordinary courage and at great risk to himself, saved the lives of 200 Jewish GIs imprisoned by the Nazis. After the war he never spoke about his incredible act of bravery.