Another coming-of-age film at the festival is Jonah Hill's directorial debut "Mid90s"
, telling a story of a sweet 13-year-old Steve who searches his working-class Los Angeles suburb for somewhere to belong. He finds it at the Motor Avenue skate shop…
The program also includes a new film nominated for three Oscars "Can You Even Forgive Me?"
featuring a modern day comedy queen Melissa McCarthy. It is a true story of the best-selling biographer Lee Israel who made her living in the 1970's and 80's by profiling women celebrities. When Lee is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception…
A charming young actor Timothée Chalamet stars in a touching drama "Beautiful Boy"
, where he plays alongside Steve Carell. Based on the bestselling pair of memoirs by father and son David and Nic Sheff, film chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.
A film "BlacKkKansman"
by the legendary independent director Spike Lee, which premiered at Cannes Film Festival and now is nominated for 6 Academy Awards, tells an incredible true story of the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, he bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague (portrayed by Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime.
And last but not least, from the Academy Award winning director Barry Jenkins ("Moonlight") comes a poignant drama "If Beale Street Could Talk"
, which is currently nominated for three Oscars. Through the unique intimacy and power of cinema Jenkins is charting the emotional currents navigated in an unforgiving and racially biased world as the filmmaker poetically crosses time frames to show how love and humanity endure.