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5 Films About Technology

A short satire about people staring into screens. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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90 Days

A riveting story of love, integrity and compassion, 90 DAYS explores a beautiful couple’s (Teyonah Parris & Nic Few) relationship and their life altering decisions after ninety days of dating. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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All Exchanges Final

A new mother gets an unexpected opportunity to save her sister’s life by making a trade. A little Twilight Zone, a little comedy, a lot of feelings. Starring Aya Cash, Thomas Lennon and Lennon Parham. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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All Good

Leila retreats to her hotel room after spending the evening fulfilling her duties as the maid of honor when fun-loving Josh arrives at her door. (Director is expected to attend.) ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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All the Marbles

A little boy challenges a villainous bully to a game of marbles in a bizarre and fantastical world where marbles are as precious as gold. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Anna

Anna roams the streets of her small desert town looking for someone to spend time with. (Director is expected to attend.) ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Backstory

A story about how everything we love, everything we learn, everything we build, everything we fear, will one day be gone. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Bad for the Boats

When a sad loner is told he can’t rent a paddle boat alone, an upbeat stranger volunteers to be his partner. The two set off on an awkward journey that challenges him to get over himself and embrace the moment. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Behind

At a birthday party, a mysterious old woman tells Arianne that there is a strange figure following her: a terrifying looking man. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Bigfoot’s Love Slave

A young woman recalls the greatest love of her life in this music video satire about everlasting passion. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Breaking the Grade

Though the system was ready to give up on them, a group of high school students in Columbus, Ohio is given a second chance. (Directors are expected to attend.) ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Coin Operated

A 5-minute animation that spans 70 years in the life of one naive explorer. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Cover Up

A whirlwind romance lands Carl in a terrifying situation when he realizes he’s never seen his new girlfriend Emma without a thick layer of make-up. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Deux Dollars

After a week of leave, Sylvie is back at the Quebec company where she has been an exemplary employee for more than 15 years. She is then requested to attend a bizarre meeting. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Eulogilia

After her bizarre addiction to eulogize is discovered, a troubled young woman fights to prove her sanity while attempting to survive group therapy. (Star/Writer is expected to attend.)     ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Everybody Else is Taken

Bullied by the girls and never picked for a team by the boys, Mika refuses to let her gender define her in one of the harshest places in the world: the playground. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Fanny Pack

A comedy about a young Indian-American woman who wants to follow her dreams, and a fanny pack clad Indian father who chases his daughter through an airport hoping that she will follow his. Starring Brian George. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Fisk, Untitled Portrait

Canadian artist William Fisk risks it all for representation by a world-renowned New York art dealer. (Director is expected to attend.) ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Five By Five

A chance encounter leads a young man to make a dangerous decision that begins a chain reaction of events. Starring Idris Elba. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Five Star Service

Ray is suffering through a typical day behind the wheel of his ride-sharing car. (Producer is expected to attend.) ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Follow Your Heart

In a world where people’s hearts are on the outside and exhibit the qualities of a pet, Mary loses her lovable Skip only to rediscover herself and learn what it truly means to “follow your heart.” ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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For Flint

In the face of adversity, neighbors in the city of Flint, Michigan, rally together to forge a new and powerful narrative that flows with hope and optimism. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Game

A new kid in town shows up at the high school basketball tryouts and instantly makes an impression. Will talent and drive be enough to make the team? ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Get Up, Kinshasa!

No shoes, no school! Ten-year-old Samuel uses his smarts to figure out how to get what he wants. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Girl #2

“Hell Week” takes on a whole new meaning when a terrifying killer is on the loose and sorority sisters Jenn and Stacey must fight to survive a night of horror. Will they become victims? Or come face to face with another evil? ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Girl Seeking Wood

Esther, a young Amish woman, has spent her entire life on the family farm. After finding a cell phone, her life will never be the same. (2017 Best of Fest 48 Hours Film Project. Directors are expected to attend.)     ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Grandma’s House

An old woman. Alone. At night.     ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Great Choice

A woman gets trapped in a Red Lobster commercial. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Gridlock

When a little girl goes missing from one of the cars stuck in a traffic jam on a country road, her father forms a desperate search party to find her, and soon everyone is a suspect. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Hai

An online couple meet in-person for the first time only to discover they’ve both been “catfished.” ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Highway

A troubled young hitchhiker struggles to escape her fate on a remote mountain highway. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Home

A woman returns to her marital home with her parole officer after 20 years in prison. Starring Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Sharon Lawrence. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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How Deep Can I Go?

Using nothing but hand drawn cardboard sets, Hairy Soul Man Invites everyone to come together and celebrate the insignificance of humanity. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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How Far She Went

Based on the award-winning short story by Mary Hood, this film examines the quarrelsome relationship between a grandmother, her estranged granddaughter, and how sacrifice can reveal the depths of love. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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How to Lose Weight in 4 Easy Steps

Lose weight fast with this one trick your gym doesn’t want you to know about! You’ll never believe the results! Starring Beck Bennett. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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In A Nutshell

From a seed to war, from meat to love, from indifference to apocalypse. An attempt to capture the world in a nutshell. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Just a Song

A songwriter plays a new tune for his girlfriend but things don’t go as expected. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Lemonade Mafia

Kira’s organic lemonade dynasty is in jeopardy when a newcomer sets up an extremely successful competing pink lemonade stand that encroaches into her territory. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Lenses

Two female camera store employees express concern and confusion about a man who has the audacity to try to buy a camera. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Library of Love

Can Isabelle pull her nose out of a book long enough to find love in the real world? ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Love in the Age of Like

A young woman debates whether to break up with her boyfriend over his social media habits. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Love the Sinner

A documentary exploring the connection between Christianity and homophobia in the wake of the 2016 shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Madam Black

When a glamour photographer runs over a child’s pet, he’s forced to fabricate a story about its disappearance. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Modern Love

With the help of a dating app, can a lonely guy find love? (Director & cinematographer are expected to attend.) ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Montage: Great Film Composers and the Piano

Celebrated pianist Gloria Cheng challenges the world’s greatest film composers to write original pieces for solo piano. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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My Heart Attack

The true story of a “nice Jewish boy with Buddhist inclinations” who suffers a heart attack. At the crossroads of documentary and animation, Sheldon Cohen’s film combines wry humor and philosophical musings to show that, sometimes, what feels like the end is really only just the beginning. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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My Mom and the Girl

A heartwarming, uplifting true story based on an odd encounter that an East Coast woman with Alzheimer’s has one night on the capricious streets of East Los Angeles. Starring Valerie Harper. (Director and producer are expected to attend.) ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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New Neighbors

How far will a mother go to protect her children? ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Pet Monkey

A date night turns ugly when a persistent boyfriend offers to buy his girlfriend a monkey. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Polybius

In 1981, a boy encounters a mysterious arcade machine that takes him on an unexpected journey. (Director is expected to attend.) ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Princessboy

Two siblings share a bedroom, one half of the room is blue and the other one is pink. The sister has toys and clothes that the brother is rather fond of and one day when he puts his sisters dress on, he feels something. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Rated

Maggie, a wife and mother, must find the courage to own up to her behavior when she wakes to find every adult has received a YELP-like star rating floating above their head. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Red Light

In a small village, a bus stops at the only intersection where the traffic light is stuck on red. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Rekindled

Kate purchases an online deal to revitalize her relationship with her high school sweetheart. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Rufus

When lonely, homebody Jane dog sits for her high-strung boss, things go awry, and Jane’s orderly life is upended in ways she could never have imagined. Starring Heather Lind and Aimee Mullins. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Schirkoa

In the dystopian city of Schirkoa, a senate member faces a tough choice between political career, brothels and love for a mysterious woman—a choice that will transform his life and the city in unimaginable ways. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Scrap Dolls

Grieving over the loss of his best friend, an 11-year-old boy encounters an artist who makes art out of abandoned objects. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Second to None

Tired of always being runner up, Frederick Butterfield becomes the world’s second oldest person and hatches a plan to claim first place. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Soy Cubana

The Vocal Vidas are a female a cappella quartet from Santiago de Cuba -the cradle of Afro-Cuban music. This documentary explores their unique sound and tells the story of crafting a musical career in a society in which artistic merit is not measured solely by economic success. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Speechless

A little boy walks through a toy store full of people speaking a strange and incomprehensible language. He bonds with a young mother who finds a way to communicate with him without words. He is going to tell her something that she was not ready to hear. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Spice Sisters

Determined to break the monotony of her life in suburbia, a former Bollywood star sets her sights on winning a place on a popular reality cooking show. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Super Sex

What kind of birthday present do you give the dad (Ed Asner) who has everything? His kids (Kevin Nealon and Elizabeth Perkins) decide on a gift they never before imagined! This comedy short was adapted for the screen and directed by Matthew Modine. Efren Ramirez and Ruby Modine complete the stellar cast. ⇐BACK TO FILM […]

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Take My Heart Away

A young boy infatuated with space travel sees an opportunity to sneak on board a space shuttle as a stowaway. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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The Bespoke Tailoring of Mister Bellamy

At the integration of the job market in 1964 Louisiana, a posting for a janitorial position at a local law firm and the discovery of an old sewing machine ignites a buried passion in old Mister Bellamy. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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The Brief, Existential Crisis of a Young Underwear Model

A remarkably handsome young underwear model, unfamiliar with rejection, crosses paths with a middle-aged woman dealing with a serious version of the same problem. (Directors are expected to attend.)     ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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The Brownlist

A satirical comedy that explores race and what it means to be “diverse” in Hollywood. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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The Candidate

The Candidate goes through a rigorously impossible vetting process to determine if he is The One for someone’s very specific agenda. (Director and star are expected to attend.) ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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The Decisionists

Three universal health inspectors complete their final report on planet earth. (48-Hour Film Project –Pittsburgh. Director is expected to attend.)     ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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The Driving Seat

A middle-aged couple try to put a spark back in their marriage. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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The Eleven O’Clock

The delusional patient of a psychiatrist believes he is actually the psychiatrist. As they each attempt to treat each other the session gets out of control. Starring Josh Lawson. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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The Gnomist

The true story of the mysterious appearance of fairy homes on a suburban trail and the magical experience shared by three women. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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The Hunt for a Self-Driving Uber

A documentary on the experience of tracking down self-driving Ubers in Pittsburgh. (Director is expected to attend.)     ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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The Language of Ball

Two teenagers become friends on the basketball court. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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The Little Dictator

An uncharismatic professor finds himself in an unexpected situation forcing him to confront history, his family and himself. (2017 Gold Prize Winner-Robinson International Short Film Competition, a program of Film Pittsburgh) ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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The Lost Letter

A young boy spreads Christmas cheer in his neighborhood but one neighbor is having none of it. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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The Mute’s House

A family’s unique story unfolds against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the eyes of an 8-year-old boy. (Director is expected to attend.) ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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The Pocket Man

A little man who lives in a suitcase makes a new friend. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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The Pooka

In a desperate attempt to aid a lost soul, a benevolent oversized rabbit must find a way to rekindle a forgotten spark. Starring Chris Sullivan. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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The Suitcase

The ordinary life of a Boston-bred baggage handler is turned upside down when he steals a suitcase that contains terrorist plans. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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The Tables

A look at the powerful connection between a pair of outdoor ping pong tables in the heart of New York City and the unlikely group of people they’ve brought together. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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The Whole World

As he does every year, Julián visits his dead mother in the village cemetery. She appears to him and they make plans… more or less ‘together’: she devises them and he obeys. But this year, Julián is going to get a very special request from his mother. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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This is How We Roll

A mockumentary in which a family of Yahtzee champions prepares for the upcoming World Series, unaware that the league’s health inspector may be their toughest opponent. (48-Hour Film Project –Pittsburgh. Director is expected to attend.)     ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Tonight It’s You

CJ ventures out for a late night hook up when things take a dark turn, leading him into something much more sinister than he could ever imagine. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Totem

The howl of a predator interrupts an ancient ceremony. The tribal leader summons the youngest boy to join his brothers in the hunt. They descend into a snowy forest where the boy finds himself alone. Lost and afraid, he plunges into the fight of his young life. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Watch Out

Trapped in a snowbound house, a woman is stalked by an unexpected intruder. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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WINK

A lonely and slightly repressed housewife discovers an unusual way to spice up her afternoon. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Woody’s Order!

Actress Ann Talman performs her solo show for her brother Woody. (Best of Fest -2017 ReelAbilities Pittsburgh. Writer/Star is expected to attend.)     ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Yours Sincerely, Lois Weber

Executive produced by Elizabeth Banks, this documentary examines the achievements of Lois Weber—the highest paid silent film director at Universal in 1916 (who happens to have been born in Pittsburgh!).     ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Zaar

A suicide bomber gets cold feet but the timer is set. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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Zelos

A competitive woman orders a clone from North Korea under the pretense of getting some help around the house so she can spend more time with her husband and two kids, but mostly to compete with her flawless friend. Starring Michael Ornstein. ⇐BACK TO FILM LINEUP

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