Trenton World Cinefest


2016 Trenton World Cinefest

Thursday, June 9 – Saturday, June 11, 2016

Compelling, poignant, sometimes funny stories — both true and fiction — from around the world are screened at our festival of world cinema. Experience some exquisitely beautiful and thought-provoking films. The World Makes, Trenton Screens.

Thanks for a great festival!


See as many films as you’d like for just $25!
With an all-access pass, you’ll be able to pick up one ticket for each film in the festival.
To see details and buy pass

Regular price tickets: $8 individual, $15 double feature


The Apostate

(Federico Veiroj, 2015, Spain/France/Uruguay, 80 mins)
In this Kafkaesque absurdist comedy, Gonzalo is a confused thirty-something who is failing out of university, in love with his cousin, and running shady errands for his crooked father. To make a break with his conservative family, he decides to apostatize: to formally withdraw his name from the Catholic Church and renounce his faith. Soon, however, he finds himself trapped in a bureaucratic struggle with the church. The film has played at the Toronto International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, San Francisco Film Festival and many others.

Thursday, June 9, 7:00 pm



Neither Heaven Nor Earth

(Clément Cogitore, 2015, France/Belgium, 100 mins)
In this dark contemporary ghost story, a group of French NATO mission soldiers are trying to secure the Wakhan valley of Afghanistan on the border of Pakistan. One night, the captain notices that soldiers are beginning to disappear mysteriously from their posts when they fall asleep. The twist comes when the captain realizes the Taliban have also been losing their men. The French Union of Critics voted “Neither Heaven nor Earth” 2015’s Best French Debut Feature. The film has screened at New Directors/New Films at the Museum of Modern Art and the San Francisco Film Festival.

Friday, June 10, 7:00 pm




(Hansal Mehta, 2015, India, 114 mins)
Milestone Indian film “Aligarh” is a biopic of a gay Indian professor who dies mysteriously after being suspended from his university for his homosexuality. Based on events that took place in 2010 at Aligarh Muslim University, the film follows the professor and the journalist who investigated his case. This heartbreaking film opened the 2015 Mumbai Film Festival.

Saturday, June 11, 11:00 am



Lampedusa in Winter

(Jakob Brossmann, 2015, Austria/Italy/Switzerland, 93 mins)
A hard-hitting documentary film about life and death on the border of Europe. The tiny island of Lampedusa, Italy, is the first port of call for African migrants seeking haven in Europe. It’s winter, the tourists have left, and the remaining refugees and local fisherman struggle to carry on with their daily lives. This debut film by young Austrian director Jakob Brossman played as part of the Critics’ Week at the Locarno Film Festival.

Saturday, June 11, 1:30 pm




(Zhao Liang, 2015, China/France, 91 mins)
In this stunningly shot documentary, filmmaker Zhao Liang takes a look at toxic mining in Inner Mongolia and the destructive effects on the workers and on the landscape. Winner of the Golden Firebird Award at the Hong Kong International Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Stockholm Film Festival, and nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, this moving work shows both the human and environmental toll of heavy mining.

Saturday, June 11, 4:00 pm


Double Feature: La Belle at the Movies and Short Stay

with reception and Q&A with “Short Stay” director Ted Fendt and Jed Rapfogel, Curator Trenton World Cinefest


La Belle at the Movies

(Cecilia Zoppelletto, 2015, UK/Belgium/Congo, 67 mins)
Kinshasa (also known as “Kin la Belle”), the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is a city of 10 million people without a single movie theater. “La Belle At the Movies” documents the disappearance of Kinshasa’s entire cinema industry over the past decade through interviews with filmmakers, cinema owners, and government officials. The story of the demise is woven with the history of the apartheid era and neo-colonialism under Mobutu through powerful poetic imagery of a city and a population nostalgic for the magic and the social tissue cinema once provided.

Please join us for a reception between the two films!


Short Stay

(Ted Fendt, 2016, USA, 61 mins)
From Haddonfield, NJ native Ted Fendt comes a mumblecore comedy about Mike, a man who’s always wandering but hardly on the move. His stomping ground is modest, the strip of suburbia between his mom’s house in New Jersey and the pizza place where he works. One day, Mike bumps into an old school friend Mark, who asks Mike to take over his walking tour job and Philadelphia apartment, despite the fact that Mike can barely keep up a conversation. This debut feature showed at the Berlin International Film Festival and New Directors/New Films.

Followed by Q&A with “Short Stay” director Ted Fendt and Jed Rapfogel, Curator Trenton World Cinefest.

Saturday, June 11, 6:00 pm


From the 2015 Festival:

2015 International Film Festival

Five Questions with Festival Curator Jed Rapfogel

2015 International Film Festival on Fistful of Popcorn