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Fireworks Wednesday - Chaharshanbe-soori
From the Academy Award winning director of A Separation and About Elly , Asghar Farhadi's FIREWORKS WEDNESDAY is a dramatic story of marital intrigue and betrayal set against the backdrop of the Persian New Year. Rouhi, a young bride-to-be, is…
Casa de Lava
In only his second feature, Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Costa brilliantly reworked Jacques Tourneur's classic I Walked with a Zombie into a reflection on his country's colonial legacy. A nurse, Mariana , accompanies Leao to his home on the volcanic islands…
Right Now, Wrong Then
A deliciously intricate comedy of manners that exposes the fissures in male-female relationships and in cinema itself. Quite by mistake, art-film director Chunsu arrives in Suwon a day early. With time to kill before his lecture the next day, Chunsu…
Kate Plays Christine - An Actress Prepares for the Role of a Lifetime
In July 1974, 29-year-old television host Christine Chubbuck went on air in Sarasota, Florida for her morning talk show "Suncoast Digest," looked into the camera and shot herself on live TV. The incident became a national news story and is…
Kaili Blues - Lu bian ye can
A stunning debut from Chinese director Bi Gan, KAILI BLUES is an audacious, mesmerizing work that announces the arrival of a major new filmmaker. In a small clinic in the rain-drenched city of Kaili, two preoccupied doctors live ghost-like lives.…
Don't Blink: Robert Frank - A Revolutionary of Photography and Independent Film
Robert Frank revolutionised photography and independent film. He documented the Beats, Welsh coal miners, Peruvian Indians, The Stones, London bankers, and the Americans. This is the bumpy ride, revealed with unblinking honesty by the reclusive artist himself. Official Selection at…
The Prison in Twelve Landscapes - An Examination of the American Prison System
An essential documentary, Brett Story's incisive, investigative and wide-ranging THE PRISON IN TWELVE LANDSCAPES is an examination of the prison and its place - social, economic and psychological - in American society. Filmmaker Brett Story excavates the often-unseen links and…
Lost and Beautiful - Bella e perduta
Despite death threats from the Mafia and his country's general apathy, a humble shepherd, Tommaso, takes it upon himself to look after the abandoned Bourbon palace of Carditello, deep in the heart of the 'Land of Fires.' One day, Tommaso…
The Illinois Parables - How Ideology Shapes Society and Memory
In this breathtaking new documentary, noted filmmaker Deborah Stratman recounts eleven episodes from American history to consider how societies are shaped by belief and ideology. Concentrating on her home state of Illinois (often referred to as a miniature version of…
Dreaming Against the World - A Portrait of Chinese Artist Mu Xin
A beautiful, evocative documentary, DREAMING AGAINST THE WORLD captures the life, work and struggle of one of the most original yet under-recognized artists of the 20th century - the writer and visual artist Mu Xin; and in doing so, offers…
Estate, a Reverie - The Social Effects of Public Housing in London
When it was built in the 1930's, the massive Haggerston Estate in East London was the model of public housing and what it could achieve. After decades of neglect, however, the whole area was condemned and with it the utopian…
Half-Life in Fukushima - Life Within a Radiation Red Zone
In the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, a Japanese farmer ekes out a solitary existence within the radiation red zone. As Naoto wanders through the empty streets of his hometown, he confronts the remnants of a lost society. Shooting…
The Thoughts That Once We Had - A Personal History of Cinema
Described in an opening text as a "personal history of cinema, partially inspired by Gilles Deleuze," THE THOUGHTS THAT ONCE WE HAD from master cinematic essayist Thom Andersen ( Los Angeles Plays Itself , Red Hollywood ) is a richly…
Fengming - A Chinese Memoir
Winter in China. A town in the snow. Night is falling. Wrapped in her red coat, an elderly woman walks through a housing complex to her modest apartment. Inside, Fengming settles into her armchair and remembers. She begins to recount…
Herb and Dorothy - An Extraordinary Art Collection Created from Humble Means
HERB AND DOROTHY tells the amazing story of Herbert Vogel, a postal clerk, and Dorothy Vogel, a librarian, who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with very modest means. In the early 1960s,…
A Train Arrives at the Station - A Celebration of Film History's Most Famous Train Arrivals
Beginning with Ozu's The Only Son , Thom Andersen's latest cinematic treat, a documentary short, is an anthology of train arrivals, comprising 26 scenes from different films made between 1904 and 2015. Official Selection at the Locarno International Film Festival…
The 100 Years Show - Cuban-American Artist Carmen Herrera
From architecture studies in Cuba to New York's Art Students League to Le des Realites Nouvelles in Paris, Carmen Herrera's life has spanned continents and art movements, and demonstrates a persistent devotion to her work. She was a pioneer and…
In the Game - An Inner City Soccer Team in Chicago
Directed by Peabody award-winner Maria Finitzo and produced by Kartemquin Films ( Hoop Dreams ), IN THE GAME is a moving, timely documentary that follows the story of the girls' soccer team at Kelly High School on Chicago's south side.…
Take What You Can Carry
A character study as well as a meditation on stasis, transition, and physical space, TAKE WHAT YOU CAN CARRY is a picture of a young woman seen through the interiors she occupies and the company she keeps. A North American…
Synesthesia - A Peak into Multisensory Experiences
Some people taste in colors, and others smell sounds. This acclaimed short documentary explores the brains and experiences of those with synesthesia, a neuro-cognitive phenomenon when one or more senses are blended together. It's difficult to estimate how common synesthesia…