Top film fest picks from the guy who chooses the movies

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The Art of Negative Thinking
In this week’s Scene, we introduce you to Bill Guentzler, the man responsible for picking the movies at the Cleveland International Film Festival. In case you’re curious about his personal taste: His favorite film of all time is Das Boot — a World War II flick that takes place on a Nazi submarine — and his nightmare of a Hollywood cheese-fest is Robin Hood Men in Tights. With that in mind, here are some of his top picks (in no particular order) from this year’s festival, which starts tomorrow... Ben X: A Belgian film about an autistic boy. Ben can barely speak, and is tormented by bullies at school, but finds an escape in an online war game. The Art of Negative Thinking: If you’re sick of therapists and self-help books claiming to solve the world’s problems, this Norwegian flick is for you. A guy who was left paralyzed and impotent after an accident is forced to suffer through a weekend intervention from a “positive thinking” therapy group — until he turns the whole exercise on its head. The Substitute: A science fiction thriller from Denmark about a perky, blonde substitute teacher who is really an evil alien, playing mind games with her students. Love Songs: A French musical involving a threesome, a sudden nightclub tragedy, and the amorous advances of a gay college student. What more do you need? – Lisa Rab

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