Scene's Must-See Picks at the Cleveland International Film Festival for Tuesday, April 10

A Better Man

In the midst of the #MeToo and #TIMESUP movements, many people are unsure of what to do moving forward. More than two decades after surviving an extremely abusive relationship, filmmaker Attiya Khan contacts her ex-boyfriend for an honest and open dialogue about the violence he previously inflicted upon her. This unshakeable documentary looks at the healing process of both the abused, and their abusers. Khan and her ex-boyfriend Steve’s courageous honesty and authentic conversations are absolutely vital to better understanding the complex and difficult cycle of relationship abuse. A Better Man plays at Tower City Cinemas at 4:30 pm with a second showing on Wednesday at 9:25 pm.

Mary Goes Round

Aya Cash delivers a remarkable performance as the titular role in Mary Goes Round, a film focusing on a substance abuse counselor struggling with her own alcoholism. This dark comedy offers an insight to the nuances of life for those battling their own demons while simultaneously attempting to appear as functional as possible. Crafted and mined from the real-life experiences of filmmaker Molly McGlynn, Mary Goes Round is a touching indie darling that is sure to be a festival favorite. Catch the film at Tower City Cinemas at 5:10 pm with an additional showing on Wednesday at 6:40 pm.

Tripped Up

Screening as part of the Local Heroes competition, Tripped Up follows Cleveland native Steve Belkin and his incredible traveling expeditions. Inspired by a global scavenger hunt he had participated in, he founded Competitors—a travel agency that offers getaways that are less like a typical travel agency and more like an episode of The Amazing Race. Directed by eLBee Studio founder Laura Watilo Blake, Tripped Up is a stand by screening at 7:20 pm at Tower City Cinemas with a scheduled screening on Wednesday at 2:00 pm.

Westwood: Punk, Activist, Icon

Vivienne Westwood is undoubtedly the most badass fashion designer to ever have their work walk the runway. Starting out as an average working-class member of society, Westwood grew to become a fashion supernova and was made a Dame of the British Empire. Westwood is a true anarchist that channeled her rage and political feelings into culture-bending fashion and determined the look of “punk.” Catch Westwood: Punk, Activist, Icon as part of the neighborhood screenings at The Cedar Lee Theater at 8:30 pm or at Tower City Cinemas Thursday at 9:15 am or Friday at 5:50 pm.

You Disappear

The Denmark entry for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards, You Disappear is a psychological thriller centered on a man Frederik after he is caught embezzling 12 million dollars from the school where he and his wife both work. After noticing mood swings, poor judgement, a lack of impulse control and anger issues, it’s discovered that Frederik is suffering from a brain tumor. Through flashbacks and testimonials, it is determined that most of these “tumor blamed” personality problems are closely aligned to Frederik’s behavior before he was ever sick. Where is the line that separates our chemical makeup and free will? You Disappear is playing as part of the Taste of the Festival at Tower City Cinemas at 11:30 am.

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