The 44th Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF44) is kicking-off its 12-day run with Military Wives, a story about the power that lies in unexpected friendships and closing with Dream Horse, an underdog story that will have you cheering. CIFF44 will be held March 25 – April 5, 2020 at Tower City Cinemas, as well as the Gordon Square Arts District and the Cedar Lee District.
On Wednesday, March 25 at 7:00 PM, CIFF44 will open with Military Wives. The film centers on a group of women from different backgrounds whose partners are away serving in Afghanistan. Faced with their loved ones’ absences, they come together to form the very first military wives choir, helping each other through some of life’s most difficult moments, and quickly find themselves on an international stage. Peter Cattaneo (THE FULL MONTY) directs Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan in this feel-good crowd-pleaser inspired by true events.
On Sunday, April 5 at 7:00 PM, the Festival will close with Dream Horse. The film tells the inspiring true story of Dream Alliance, an unlikely race horse bred by small town Welsh bartender, Jan Vokes (Academy Award® nominee Toni Collette). With very little money and no experience, Jan convinces her neighbors to chip in their meager earnings to help raise Dream in the hopes he can compete with the racing elites. The group’s investment pays off as Dream rises through the ranks with grit and determination and goes on to race in the Welsh Grand National, showing the heart of a true champion.