in competition

BUTTER | North American Premiere 
Paul A. Kaufman | USA | 2019 | 110'

A lonely obese teenager everyone calls "Butter" is about to make history. He is going to eat himself to death live on the Internet and everyone is invited to watch. When he first makes the announcement online to his classmates Butter expects pity, insults, and possibly sheer indifference. What he gets are cheerleaders rallying around his deadly plan. Yet as their dark encouragement grows, it begins to feel a lot like popularity. But can Butter live with the fallout if he doesn't go through with his plans?

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FOSTER BOY | New York City Premiere

Youssef Delara | USA | 2018 | 109'

A lawyer, at the center of a trial in which a for-profit foster care agency puts a known sex offender into the same foster home as his young client with catastrophic results, wants nothing to do with the case, until a Judge forces him to accept it. Initially he sees the young client as a kid off the streets looking to grab a piece of corporate profits. But, when the young man refuses to settle the case for any amount of money, the lawyer begins his representation in earnest. 

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Bahij Hojeij | Lebanon | 2019 | 88'

Two elderly gentlemen, an 80-year old former Interior Security Forces General, and an 84-year old former Army doctor, go every day to the same coffee shop to sip their espressos and quietly solve crossword puzzles in the daily newspapers. This activity becomes their new "job" which is supposed to protect them against loss of memory.

Lebanese American University

LORIK | New York  Premiere

Alexey Zlobin | Armenia | 2018 | 94'

A lonely theater actor inhabits a world populated by his past characters as he unexpectedly he finds himself plunged into the realities of the people around him. Experiencing the pain and suffering of others, transforms him from a cynical narcissist into a compassionate and selfless person. When he inhabits the role of a rich oligarch, he exploits this new situation to reach an unexpected outcome.

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TRANSFERENCE | World Premiere

Raffaello Degruttola | UK | 2019 | 103'

Transference: A Bipolar Love Story is a twisted psychological drama about obsessive love, the film, set in London, follows Katarina, a Norwegian nurse, and Nik, a fellow immigrant nurse from Italy, as they embark on a passionate affair that threatens to implode from the pressure of unresolved mental health issues concealed in the lovers' secret pasts.

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