Films

Loft Film Fest Preview Event

Join us for an exciting FREE preview of this year’s Loft Film Fest, which runs Wednesday, November 10 – Thursday, November 18!

Sunday, Oct 24
11:00AM

Late Night Shorts 2021

This program is filled with edginess, attitude and plenty of “OMG” moments, so get ready to take a walk on the wild side!

Friday, Nov 12
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Tucson Premiere!

The Humans

An adaptation of his own Tony-winning play, Stephen Karam’s directorial debut from A24 is a Thanksgiving dinner invitation you won’t want to turn down.   

Friday, Nov 12
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Arizona Premiere!

In Front of Your Face

After years of living abroad, a middle-aged former actress (Lee Hye-young) has returned to South Korea to reconnect with her past and perhaps make amends.

Friday, Nov 12
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Arizona Premiere!

Luchadoras

The riveting documentary Luchadoras is an intimate portrait of female wrestlers from Ciudad Juárez who, despite being surrounded by machismo and constant danger, fight to redefine the image of women in Mexico.

Friday, Nov 12
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Tucson Theatrical Premiere!

Kubrick by Kubrick

A treasure trove of never-before-heard audio recordings forms the spine of this thrilling cinematic essay on the methods and madness of iconic director Stanley Kubrick. 

Saturday, Nov 13
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Arizona Premiere!

Imperfect

Imperfect is a story of artists who live and perform with the uniqueness of disability, and therefore have historically been denied their place in the spotlight.

Saturday, Nov 13
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Arizona Premiere!

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

In this altogether delightful triptych of stories, director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi (Happy Hour); proves he’s one of contemporary cinema’s most agile dramatists of modern love and obsession.

Saturday, Nov 13
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Arizona Premiere!

Ahed’s Knee

A film of radical style and splenetic anger, Ahed’s Knee, from Nadav Lapid (Synonyms), follows a celebrated but increasingly dissociated director to a small town in the desert region of Arava for a screening of his latest film.

Saturday, Nov 13
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Open Air Screening! (AZ Premiere)

Freeland

In this spellbinding drama, an off-the-grid California cannabis farmer approaching her twilight years faces a threat to her livelihood after the drug’s legalization.

Saturday, Nov 13
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w/ Live Music Score!

Sherlock Jr.

Buster Keaton’s hilarious 1924 silent comedy, Sherlock Jr., hits the Loft Cinema’s big screen with a brand-new original score performed live on stage by Tucson musicians from the American Harp Society & Arizona Friends of Chamber Music!

Sunday, Nov 14
7:30PM

Arizona Premiere!

Cocoon (Kokon)

For 14-year-old Nora, the summer of 2018 is one she’ll never forget. The hottest ever recorded in Berlin’s history, it’s also the summer she breaks her finger, gets her first period in the most embarrassing way possible, and falls in love.

Sunday, Nov 14
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Tucson Premiere!

Nudo Mixteco

Mexican actor-turned-director Ángeles Cruz (I Carry You With Me) crafts a powerful and poignant feature debut with this triptych of intertwining stories set in the Mixtec Oaxaca village of San Mateo during the annual celebration of the town’s patron saint.

Sunday, Nov 14
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Arizona Premiere!

Ninjababy

Rakel, a young cartoonist with a messy room and an even messier social life, is surprised when her best friend Ingrid points out the obvious cause of Rakel’s recent body changes: She’s pregnant.

Sunday, Nov 14
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Arizona Premiere!

Writing With Fire

The women reporters of India’s Khabar Lahariya newspaper are a formidable group. Cooperatively running India’s only all-female news service, the women are all of Dalit (“Untouchable”) caste, or India’s lowest class.

Sunday, Nov 14
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Arizona Premiere!

Clara Sola

Costa Rican-Swedish director Nathalie Álvarez Mesén’s feature debut is a powerful meditation on female empowerment and the fine line between the physical and the mystical.

Monday, Nov 15
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Tucson Premiere!

Beans

In the summer of 1990, a twelve-year- old Mohawk girl in Kanehsatà:ke is forced to grow up fast and find her own inner warrior during an armed stand-off between her community and the government.

Monday, Nov 15
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Documentary Shorts 2021

Previous iterations of the Loft Film Fest’s Documentary Shorts have highlighted eventual Oscar-nominated short films. This year’s collection of offers a diverse range of films, with windows into the way people live across the world.

Monday, Nov 15
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Tucson Premiere!

After Love

Following her husband’s unexpected death, Mary suddenly finds herself a widow. A day after the burial, she discovers that Ahmed had a secret life just twenty-one miles away from their home, across the English Channel in Calais.

Monday, Nov 15
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Arizona Premiere!

We Burn Like This

Inspired by true events, this powerful debut feature from Alana Waksman is a coming-of-age story showing the inherited effects of historical trauma and the strength of survival and healing.

Tuesday, Nov 16
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Cicada

Sensitively made and beautifully crafted, this surprising feature untangles the myriad ways in which childhood traumas can manifest themselves in adult life, particularly for that of queer men.

Tuesday, Nov 16
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Tucson Premiere!

Little Girl

Little Girl is a profound and heartrending portrait of Sasha’s everyday struggles to be recognized by her school, her peers, and her small community in Northeastern France, as well as a larger look at gender identity and the power of family. 

Tuesday, Nov 16
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Arizona Premiere!

Vortex

Gaspar Noé guides us through a handful of days in the lives of an elderly couple in Paris: a retired psychiatrist (Françoise Lebrun) and a writer (Dario Argento), working on a book about the intersection of cinema and dreams.

Tuesday, Nov 16
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Open Air Screening! (AZ Premiere)

Silent Land

Deliciously tense and profoundly observant, Silent Land follows the Italian vacation of a wealthy Polish couple as it falls perfectly to pieces. 

Weds, Nov 17
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Arizona Premiere!

The Neutral Ground

Turning a sharp eye to the tangled thread between past and present, The Neutral Ground targets necessary change centuries in the making that might—finally—be catching up to itself.

Wed, Nov 17
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Tucson Premiere!

Hit the Road

Panah Panahi—son of Iranian New Wave legend Jafar Panahi (The White Balloon, Offside)— makes a striking feature debut with this charming, sharp-witted and ultimately deeply moving comic drama.

Wed, Nov 17
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Arizona Premiere!

Faya Dayi

In her hypnotic documentary feature, Ethiopian-Mexican filmmaker Jessica Beshir explores the coexistence of everyday life and its mythical undercurrents.

Wed, Nov 17
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Arizona Premiere!

Simple Passion

In this adaptation of Annie Arneaux’s best-selling 1992 novel, French filmmaker Danielle Arbid vividly captures the feverish experience of an all-consuming love affair.

Thursday, Nov 18
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Arizona Premiere!

The Schoolgirls (LAS NIÑAS)

The directing debut of Pilar Palomero not only tells the story of her own life, but also of the many Spanish women who grew up during the 1990s, torn between a traditional way of life and a modern, emancipated one.

Thursday, Nov 18
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Tucson Premiere!

Hive

Hive is a searing drama based on the true story of beekeeper Fahrije Hoti, who, like many of the other women in her patriarchal village, has lived with fading hope and burgeoning grief since her husband went missing during the war in Kosovo.

Thursday, Nov 18
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