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The series opens with two fanfares as it were: the two most recent productions from an icon of American independent cinema, Jim Jarmusch, will be featured at the festival before their official theatre release dates. With PATERSON, a moving outsider portrait of a bus driver and closet poet, Jarmusch has literally managed to make a poem of a film. The cult director turns up the volume considerably for his documentary GIMME DANGER, which pays homage to Iggy Pop and his band "The Stooges". According to Jarmusch, they’re the greatest rock and roll band of all time, who were also far ahead of their own time. The comedy RADIO DREAMS is also about music and another "greatest" rock and roll band story. Hamid, a programmer at a radio station, wants to put on a joint performance there featuring Afghanistan’s first rock band together with "Metallica". In HOTEL DALLAS Patrick
Duffy aka Bobby Ewing travels to Romania to a full-size replica of the Southfork Ranch, in order to star in a bizarre version of "Dallas" there. While the heroine in the mockumentary JACQUELINE (ARGENTINE), a French whistle blower à la Snowden, goes into self-imposed exile in Argentina (with a camera team in tow), Paul, the hero of horror-comedy THE MASTER CLEANSE, withdraws to a camp for a "weekend of purification". In OTHER PEOPLE a "lost" son returns to his hometown to care for his sick mother and feels like a stranger in his own family. The teenagers in FROM NOWHERE are also strangers in their own country: they live in The Bronx and seem to go to school normally just like the other kids, although they’re undocumented immigrants. All in all, eight extraordinary productions await audiences in this exciting series.

by Matthew Newton
USA 2016 89 min English-Spanish original version with English subtitles

by Jim Jarmusch
USA 2016 108 min original version with German subtitles

by Livia Ungur and Sherng-Lee Huang
USA/Romania 2016 75 min Romanian-English original version with English subtitles

by Bernardo Britto
USA 2016 87 min English-Spanish-Arabic original version with English subtitles

by Chris Kelly
USA 2016 97 min original version

by Jim Jarmusch
USA 2016 113 min original version with German subtitles

by Babak Jalali
USA/Iran 2016 94 min farsi original version with German and English subtitles

by Bobby Miller
USA/Canada 2016 81 min English original version