Seven films to watch at the Refocus Film Festival in Iowa City

The inaugural Refocus Film Festival, a celebration of the art of adaptation, will transport Iowa City audiences to familiar stories, and many less so, across five screens downtown starting Thursday.

With more than two dozen films, including a virtual reality experience, audiences have through Sunday to catch movies, live performances and discussions with filmmakers.

As Iowa City audiences pore over what flicks they want to catch over the festival’s run, the Press-Citizen has selected seven films to make it a bit easier.

Here are seven films to know more about, from a cannibalistic love story to an in-depth look at the New York music scene in the early 2000s.

‘Sanson and Me’

A still from "Sanson and Me."

An exploration of migration stories, incarceration and friendship, “Sansón and Me” follows filmmaker Rodrigo Reyes and Sansón, whom Reyes first met as the court interpreter at Sanson’s trial, at which he was sentenced to life in prison.

The documentary incorporates re-enactments of Sansón, an undocumented Mexican immigrant, to show his upbringing, his migration to America and what led to his incarceration.

The 83-minute film is an official selection of the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival.

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