The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Run Time: 117 minutes
There’s an unsettling side to Ida, who dabbles in harming animals, and her autistic sister Anna. Often tasked with watching Anna while their parents settle into the family’s new apartment, Ida soon befriends loner Ben, while she leaves Anna to play in the sandbox with young Aisha. When Ida and Anna discover Ben’s budding telekinesis and Aisha’s empathic telepathy abilities, the four unlikely friends spend their summer days together testing these powers. But what begins as trivial stunts—moving small rocks or reading each other’s harmless thoughts—quickly progresses into deeds far more menacing. As the children’s abilities grow stronger and they discover not everyone is using their powers for good, playtime morphs into a battle of the minds for the sake of their survival. A chilling, twisted thriller determined to leave audiences crawling out of their skin, THE INNOCENTS unleashes jaw-dropping plotlines of morbid ambitions and the unexpected powers that are struggling to overthrow them. —A.B.
Friday, April 01, 2022 at 4:50 PM
Saturday, April 02, 2022 at 9:45 PM
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes
46th CIFF College Program
International Narrative Competition
Director of Photography
Sturla Brandth Grøvlen
Jens Christian Fodstad
Rakel Lenora Fløttum, Alva Brynsmo Ramstad, Mina Yasmin Bremseth Asheim, Morten Svartveit, Sam Ashraf, Ellen Dorrit Pedersen