Scene's Must-See Picks at the Cleveland International Film Festival for Saturday, April 14


  • CIFF
The Assassin's Code
If you can get tickets for the standby only 2:50 p.m. show — on this insanely busy Cleveland weekend — we'd recommend. The film is about the Cleveland Police Department, of all earthly topics, and a rookie cop eager to escape his father's reputation. Drugs, corruption, crime rings. It's a locally based crime thriller that you won't want to miss. It also co-stars familiar character actor Peter Stormare.

After Hours Shorts Program 4
After a long day at this fest, this 11:30 p.m screening of nine bizarro short films will surely be the icing on the cake. Of particular (and local) interest is the nine-minute experimental documentary "The Beaning," which explores a sinister theory surrounding the death of Cleveland baseball player Ray Chapman and the subsequent rise of the Yankee dynasty! Also on tap: a satan worshipping sex cult. Say whaaaaaa?

Burden of Genius
If you want more boostertastic images of the Cleveland Clinic, you could do worse than this doc, which tells the story of one Dr. Thomas Starzl, who, among other things, performed the first successful liver transplant in 1967. He was hailed as the greatest surgeon of the 20th century and this film explores his life and fearless medical career. Featuring interviews filmed at the Clinic and some in-you-face surgery content, this one's made for the doctors in the room, but should be enjoyed by all lovers of great documentary filmmaking. It screen early though, (9:35 a.m.). So hopefully you're already en route to Tower City!

Trip to the Moon
From Argentinian director Joaquin Cambre, this coming of age centers on a boy and his escapist fantasies. Tomas is on anti-psychotic meds and haunted by childhood memories, but is obsessed with the moon. When Tomas stops taking his pills, his lunar dreams seem to become reality.  The film, which at times feels like magical realist, is chiefly a portrayal of the disconnection and confusion all adolescents face as they navigate burgeoning adulthood. This one's in Spanish with subtitles, and it screens at noon. 

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