When: Friday, November 15, 4:15 p.m. & Saturday, November 17, 10:30 a.m. Venue: City Stage, 21 North Front Street, Wilmington
Narrative feature directed by Erik Skjoldbjaerg When: Saturday, November 16, 7 p.m. Venue: Thalian Hall, Main Stage, 310 Chestnut Street, Wilmington
A 22-year-old boy in Athens, Greece, has no job, no money, no girlfriend and no food to eat, but he’s got a canary and a beautiful singing voice. When he becomes homeless, the boy must seek shelter for his bird. And when the bird gets trapped inside the shelter, he reaches out for help. Pigs — we eat them. Cows — we eat them and take their milk. Sheep — we take the wool. Dogs, our guardians, protect our houses. Canaries? They are completely useless: We feed them, we water them, and all they do is sing. Announced as this year’s Greek submission to the Academy Awards, Boy Eating the Bird’s Food is competing for Best Foreign Film at the 2014 awards show. Running time: 1 hour, 20 minutes.
At the onset of the Norwegian oil boom in the early 80s, enormous oil and gas deposits are discovered in the North Sea. A professional diver named Petter, obsessed with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea, is the ideal candidate for a mission that involves bringing the oil ashore through a pipeline from depths of 500 meters. Petter is sent on a perilous journey during which he loses sight of who is pulling the strings. Gradually he realizes that he is in way over his head and that his own life is at stake. A conspiracy thriller sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Running time: 1 hour, 46 minutes.
Vanguard Breathtaking works from pioneering directors; independent excellence from new and emerging artists.
Narrative feature directed by Stephen Cone When: Thursday, November 14, 7 p.m. Venue: Thalian Hall, Black Box, 310 Chestnut Street, Wilmington A strong-willed graduate student directs a group of fresh-faced undergrads in a stage adaptation of a Gothic 1980s, young adult novel, a process that alters them all in unexpected ways. The arrival of the book’s author only furthers the ensemble’s journey into the very personal, very real origins of narrative. Lead actress Josephine Decker, is among Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” Running time: 1 hour, 20 minutes.
Bob Birdnow’s Remarkable Tale of Human Survival and the Transcendence of Self, Narrative feature directed by Eric Steele When: Saturday, November 16, 4:30 p.m. Venue: City Stage, 21 North Front Street, Wilmington
Two old friends reunite at a sales conference in Dubuque, Iowa, where Bob (Barry Nash), a reluctant motivational speaker, shares a personal story with the conference attendees who work for Jerry (Robert Longstreet). The story takes an unexpected path when Bob — an ex-pilot with one arm and one leg — is forced off-script and begins to recount the event that forever changed his life and relationship with Jerry. This experimental film premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival in October 2013. Running time: 1 hour, 14 minutes.
Voices Socially aware and politically challenging, a showcase of powerful messages about significant sociopolitical issues from around the world.
How to Lose Your Virginity,
Documentary feature directed by Therese Shechter When: Friday, November 15, 4:30 p.m. Venue: Thalian Hall, Black Box, 310 Chestnut Street, Wilmington
Boy Eating the Bird’s Food,
Narrative feature directed by Ektoras Lygizos The Art & Soul of Wilmington
This hilarious, eye-opening, occasionally alarming documentary uses the filmmaker’s own path out of virginity to explore its continuing value in November 2013 •
The Art & Soul of Wilmington