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Tallgrass Film Festival

A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove)

10:00 AM (120 min)

Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman’s international best selling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife’s grave, Ove has given up on life. Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally flattens Ove’s mailbox while moving in and earning his special brand of ire. Yet from this inauspicious beginning an unlikely friendship forms and we come to understand Ove’s past happiness and heartbreaks. What emerges is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when its shared.

Mother (Ema)

12:30 PM (100 min)

This darkly comic, crime mystery set in small-town Estonia centers on Elsa, the mother and full time caretaker of her comatose son, Lauri, a teacher who has been in a coma since being shot under shadowy circumstances. Attentive in her duties but at the end of her tether, Elsa receives Lauri's visitors-friends, students, his girlfriend, his boss, and others-who come to update the unconscious Lauri on their lives and unburden themselves of their troubles. But as the police inquiry into the crime progresses, some of his closest ties are called into question and the localsare abuzz with rumors about who shot Lauri and why. Director Kadri Kõusaar cunningly navigates a script that slowly pieces together the truth behind Lauri's shooting through his visitors' confessionals to the comatose protagonist, cleverly building a web of motives among the tight-knit community. Bathed in the pastel tones of post-Soviet life, Mother is a smartly-crafted whodunit set in a small town where just about everyone is dreaming of something bigger and some are willing to do whatever it takes to get out.

Bloody:  There Will Be Blood Shorts

2:45 PM (110 min)

Coup de Grace, 2015, Pascal Glatz, Switzerland, 9m

Pesanta, 2015, Angel Valera, Spain, 19m

Ellis, 2015, Nolan Cubero, USA, 15m

Counting to 1000, 2016, Josh Pfaff, USA, 20m  

Portal to Hell!!!, 2016, Vivieno Caldinelli, Canada, 13m

Hit & Run, 2015, Jordan Liebowtiz, USA, 7m

Los Angeles 1991, 2015 Zacarias & MacGregor, 10m

Zombriella, 2016, Benjamin Gutsche, Germany, 15m


Earlier Event: October 14
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Later Event: October 16
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