Narrative Feature

A narrative or story is any report of connected events, real or imaginary, presented in a sequence of written or spoken words, and/or still or moving images.

Narrative can be organized in a number of thematic and/or formal categories: non-fiction (such as definitively including creative non-fiction, biography, journalism, transcript poetry, and historiography); fictionalization of historical events (such as anecdote, myth, legend, and historical fiction); and fiction proper (such as literature in prose and sometimes poetry, such as short stories, novels, and narrative poems and songs, and imaginary narratives as portrayed in other textual forms, games, or live or recorded performances). Narrative is found in all forms of human creativity, art, and entertainment, including speech, literature, theatre, music and song, comics, journalism, film, television and video, radio, gameplay, unstructured recreation, and performance in general, as well as some painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, and other visual arts (though several modern art movements refuse the narrative in favor of the abstract and conceptual), as long as a sequence of events is presented. The word derives from the Latin verb narrare, “to tell”, which is derived from the adjective gnarus, “knowing” or “skilled”.

Oral storytelling is perhaps[according to whom?] the earliest method for sharing narratives. During most people’s childhoods, narratives are used to guide them on proper behavior, cultural history, formation of a communal identity, and values, as especially studied in anthropology today among traditional indigenous peoples. Narratives may also be nested within other narratives, such as narratives told by an unreliable narrator (a character) typically found in noir fiction genre. An important part of narration is the narrative mode, the set of methods used to communicate the narrative through a process narration.

Along with exposition, argumentation, and description, narration, broadly defined, is one of four rhetorical modes of discourse. More narrowly defined, it is the fiction-writing mode in which the narrator communicates directly to the reader.

U.S. and foreign films

The English film title, original title, country of origin and production year are listed. Foreign-language films are subtitled in English.

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The Geometries of Desire

David R Williams | United States | 2018 | 1:31:06 Facebook “The Geometries of Desire” investigates the complexities of truth, the distortions of memory, the illusions of love, and the ways we protect ourselves by constructing our own spatiotemporal apartheids. The film references Kurosawa’s ” Rashomon”, the cut-up methods of Burroughs, the work of Maurice… Read more »

The Cuckoo in the Clock

Paul Andrew Kimball | Canada | 2018 | 1:07:00 Website | Facebook Eve and Lara are two desperate lovers who are on the run after Lara killed Eve’s abusive, drug-dealing boyfriend and stole his money. They eventually take refuge in what appears to be an abandoned home deep in the woods. They soon encounter Nick,… Read more »

Xhoihobote Dhemalite (Rainbow Fields)

Bidyut Kotoky | India | 2017 | 1:29:00 “On a soul searching journey back to his native place on hearing the news of the death of a childhood friend, a famous film director has to confront the unresolved vestiges of a terrible childhood accident, before he loses his last chance for redemption and closure.” Cast… Read more »

Know Nothins

Josh Kirk | United States | 2018 | 1:30:00 Website | Facebook After their seventh and most lucrative heist, a team of five professionals celebrate and wait for their safe ride out of the state at their benefactor’s summer home. Cast Claire Jamison Claudio Orefice Matt Addison Peter Forde Pedro Aijon Rafay Rashid Michael Zuccola… Read more »

Somewhere in Tonga

Florian Schewe | Germany | 2017 | 1:37:00 English, German, Tonga with English Subtitles Website Based on a true story and shot mostly with first-time actors, SOMEWHERE IN TONGA is the first narrative feature out of Tonga. Cast Sascha Alexander Geršak Luis Pintsch Lolohea Lin Tevita Fukuoka Fuahea Semi Wolfgang S. Zechmeyer Writer Sarah Schill… Read more »

Baby Frankenstein

Jon YonKondy | United States | 2018 | 1:23:00 Website ‘Baby Frankenstein’ is a comedy-drama feature film that tells the story of young Lance and his unlikely friendship with a pint-sized, self-aware automaton. After Lance stumbles upon this ‘little dude’, he enlists the help of the sassy girl-next-door, to protect him from his mom’s boyfriend,… Read more »

Sic Transit Gloria

Jonathan Elihu Klein | United States | 2017 | 1:41:23 Website | Facebook A young girl, Alice, stumbles upon a rural home run by a gang of vicious boys in their early twenties. By striking up a friendship with the gang’s leader, Alice begins to learn what happened to the world around her and how… Read more »

One, Two, Guess Who’s Who

System | Italy | 2017 | 1:48:00 Website | Facebook | Twitter In a rich Manhattan condo, a billionaire lady is murdered. All the evidence leads the police to the conclusion of a suspect but they are wrong. A murder mystery in the style of Hitchcock that goes backwards Cast Erika Robel Ben Robertson Victoria… Read more »

If Memory Serves

Andrew DeVary | United States | 2016 | 1:11:00 Facebook The 1940s: America is marching to war, the Depression is nearing its end, and love is in the air. Two individuals, the Cadet and Mary, both struggle to find their identities in the battles and hardships of the day. Will their paths meet once again… Read more »

Puya – In the Circle of Time

Shahbaz Noshir | Germany | 2017 | 1:26:20 German, Persian with English Subtitles Website Puya, a German-Iranian who has lived in Germany for nearly thirty years, is trying with difficulty to make it as a filmmaker – so far to no avail. The way to a feature-length film is far. So he makes his way… Read more »