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Spain, France, Romania

(Historia de la meva mort)
Cinema of Our Time

Albert Serra’s (Honor de Cavelleria) dreamy period piece finds an aging Giacomo Casanova (Vicenç Altaió) coming face to face with the new age, as embodied in the form of Dracula… “Serra’s most accessible work… Casanova is a vivid character rich with metaphor… [Serra] turns the characters into symbols of history in flux.”—Indiewire. Winner, Golden Leopard, Locarno 2013.

Experimental & Avant Garde, Biography, Fantasy, Literary (inc. Adaptations), Queer Interest

France, Romania

(Când se lasă seara peste Bucureşti sau metabolism)
Cinema of Our Time

Corneliu Porumboiu follows up on Police, Adjective with this film within a film about a director whose affair with one of his supporting actresses threatens to cross over into—and change the shape of—the film he is making. A clever and intimate look at the easily crossed fine line between art and life.

Comedy, Filmmaking, History

UK, Russia

(Pokazatelnyy Protsess: Istoriya Pussy Riot)
Nonfiction Features

The saga of Russian feminist punk collective Pussy Riot is well-known by now, but the lives of the three brave young women beneath the balaclavas much less so. Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin change that with this smart and exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the group. "The most important film at Sundance this year."—Moviemaker Magazine Winner, Special Jury Prize: World Cinema - Documentary, Sundance 2013.

Fine Arts & Theatre, Human Rights, Music & Dance, Queer Interest


(Dolgaya schastlivaya zhizn)
Cinema of Our Time

Offered a lucrative payoff if he abandons his land, Sasha instead stages a "mini-revolution" at the behest of his farmhands. Exacting, efficient and clearly indebted to High Noon, Boris Khlebnikov’s standoff drama is "an elemental tale of rural conflict… [and] a fatalistic social drama in the grand Russian tradition."—Hollywood Reporter

Drama, Human Rights, Revolution & Empowerment, Western

Russia, Switzerland

International Shorts

This cinematic anti-postcard takes us on a journey into the depths of intoxication: vodka as transcendence… Bitten by the green snake, people enter a twilight zone. In the frozen Russian winter, life becomes indistinguishable from a devastating void, where inspiration and destruction manifest equally.

Experimental & Avant Garde, Health (Mental & Physical)