2019 Narrative Film Program
Writer: Richard Curtis, from a story by Jack Barth & Richard Curtis | Director: Danny Boyle
Yesterday, everyone knew The Beatles. Today, only Jack remembers their songs. He’s about to become a very big deal. From Academy Award®-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later), Oscar-nominated screenwriter Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually and Notting Hill), and Working Title comes a rock’n’roll comedy about music, dreams, friendship, and the long and winding road that leads to the love of your life.
Writer/Director: Lulu Wang
Billi (Crazy Rich Asians' Awkwafina) returns to China with her dysfunctional family to say goodbye to her grandmother under the ruse of a family wedding.
Writers: Stephany Folsom & Andrew Stanton | Director: Josh Cooley
When Bonnie takes the toys on her family’s road trip, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep. Woody and Bo are worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, and they soon realize that’s the least of their worries.
Writer/Director: Paul Downs Colaizzo
A young woman who hides her insecurities with humor becomes determined to turn her life around one block at a time training for the New York City Marathon. Featuring Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins, and Utkarsh Ambudkar. Winner: Audience Award, Sundance
Writer/Director: Gavin Hood | Writers: Sara Bernstein & Gregory Bernstein
A British intelligence officer risks everything to become a whistleblower after she learns of a plot to blackmail the UN Security Council to support the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Featuring Keira Knightley, Matt Smith, Matthew Goode, Rhys Ifans, and Ralph Fiennes.
Writers/Directors: Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz
Zak runs away from his care home and teams with fugitive Tyler to go on the adventure of a lifetime. Featuring Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottsagen, John Hawkes, Bruce Dern, and Thomas Haden Church.
Writer/Director: Michael Tyburski | Writer: Ben Nabors
A successful "house tuner," who calibrates the sound in people's homes in order to adjust their moods, meets a client with a problem he can't solve. Featuring Peter Sarsgaard, Rashida Jones, and Austin Pendleton.
Writer/Director: George Pelecanos | Directors: Gbenga Akinnagbe, Stephen Kinigopoulos & Nicholas Pelecanos
Based on short stories written by acclaimed author and writer/producer George Pelecanos (HBO's The Deuce, The Wire), this crime anthology follows a diverse cast of characters living and dying on the fringes of society in the nation’s capital.
Writer/Director: Louis Garrel | Writer: Jean-Claude Carrière
In this charming French comedy, Abel, a hapless journalist and hopeless romantic, reunites with an old flame suddenly widowed years after leaving him to marry his best friend. Featuring Louis Garrel, Laetitia Casta, and Lily-Rose Depp.
Writer/Director: Dan Krauss
Based on a true story, this gripping drama follows an ambitious young soldier stationed in Afghanistan as he finds himself swept up in an escalating conspiracy of violence perpetrated by his fellow troops. Featuring Nat Wolff and Alexander Skarsgård.
Writers/Directors: Michael Matthews & Thomas Matthews
Back home in Washington, DC, for the holidays, a young woman and her irresponsible friends find themselves embroiled in an unexpected adventure involving kidnapping, drugs, and extortion. Featuring Kate Lyn Sheil, Thomas Matthews, William Jackson Harper, and Joshua Leonard.
Writer/Director: Jeremy Teicher | Writers: Alexi Pappas & Nick Kroll
In the Athlete Village at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, a tentative relationship develops between a lonely cross-country skiier and a volunteer dentist. Featuring Nick Kroll, Alexi Pappas, and Gus Kenworthy.
Writer/Director: Daniel Schechter
A young professor faces criticism over a classroom controversy while grappling with his beloved grandmother’s serious illness in this New York City comedy. Featuring Justin Long, Kate Berlant, Richard Schiff, and Fran Drescher.
Writer/Director: Sameh Zoabi | Writer: Dan Kleinman
In this irreverent satire, a middle-aged slacker fails upwards in his job on the set of a popular Palestinian soap opera only to end up fielding script notes from a disgruntled Israeli military officer. Winner: 2016 NFF Showtime Tony Cox Feature Screenplay Competition
Writers/Directors: Britt Poulton & Dan Madison Savage
Inside a snake-handling church deep in Appalachia, a forbidden relationship forces a pastor’s daughter to confront her community’s deadly tradition. Featuring Olivia Colman, Alice Englert, Jim Gaffigan, Walton Goggins, and Thomas Mann.
Writer/Director: Chanya Button | Writer: Eileen Atkins
In 1922, socialite and author Vita Sackville-West meets the enigmatic Virginia Woolf and becomes enamored with the celebrated writer, beginning an unconventional affair that inspires one of Woolf’s greatest novels. Featuring Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki, and Isabella Rossellini.