"Amnesty (Amnistia)" • (Albania, directed by Bujar Alimani) A man and a woman, spouses of inmates in the same prison, form a close relationship that is threatened when a prisoner amnesty is offered.
"Craft (Riscado)" • (Brazil, directed by Gustavo Pizzi) A struggling actress, getting by for years by dressing as movie icons for private events, gets an audition for a rare opportunity.
"Fat, Bald, Short Man (Gordo, Calvo y Bajito)" • (Colombia, directed by Carlos Osuna) A lonely notary-office employee finds his boss taking an interest in him, in spite of his shyness, in this tale rendered in rotoscope-style animation.
"The Finger (El Dedo)" • (Argentina, directed by Sergio Teubal) When a town grows large enough to have mayoral elections, a dead candidate's severed finger becomes an icon of leadership in this comedy-drama.
"Grey Matter (Matière Grise)" • (Rwanda, directed by Kivu Ruhorahoza) A movie-within-a-movie about a filmmaker trying to make a drama about siblings dealing with the aftermath of Rwanda's genocide and, after finding no support from government agencies, going to a loan shark to finance his film.
"Mourning (Soog)" • (Iran, directed by Morteza Farshbaf) A deaf couple drive their nephew home to Tehran without telling him of a terrible incident that affects him.
"Pegasus (Pegase)" • (Morocco, directed by Mohamed Mouftakir) A psychological thriller in which a psychiatrist treats a traumatized and pregnant woman, who flashes back to her childhood being raised as the son of a tribal chief.
"The Prize (El Premio)" • (Argentina, directed by Paula Markovitch) A 7-year-old girl, recently escaped from Buenos Aires with her mother in a military dictatorship, gets involved in a patriotic essay contest sponsored by the army that may have "disappeared" her father.
"Qarantina" • (Iraq, directed by Oday Rasheed) A troubled family tale involving an incestuous patriarch, his pregnant daughter, his young second wife, his preteen son and a boarder who's a contract killer.
"Toll Booth (Gise Memuru)" • (Turkey, directed by Tolga Caraçelik) A toll-booth attendant, on the verge of a breakdown from the stress of his father trying to marry him off, begins a flirtatious relationship with a woman who drives by his remote outpost each day but is she real or a figment of his imagination?
"Stolen Life (Sheng Si Jie)" (2005, China, directed by Li Shaohong) • Rounding out the program is a "Chairman's Choice" film, picked from past years' entries. This year's pick tells of a depressed young woman, accepted to college, who has a fateful encounter with a delivery boy.
For program details and ticket prices, visit www.saltlakefilmsociety.org.
Sean P. Means