Mia Engberg’s personal docu-essay is a sly model of the genre—it weaves memory, love, loss, politics, class, aging, cynicism and hope into one deeply affecting tapestry. When Engberg was young and living in Paris’ Belleville district, she fell in love with an Algerian crook, who disappeared. Back in Sweden many years later, she gets a call from him…
While researching her first serious role, a ’tween starlet doesn’t realize just how far from safety she’s strayed.
Cannes 2013’s Steven Spielberg-led jury awarded Best Director to Amat Escalante for this tale ripped from blood-soaked headlines. "New Wave Mexican style: raw, gritty, and force fed… A film about supporting others as you yourself are written out of the picture. A damning indictment of contemporary Mexico, capturing its institutionalised corruption, its endemic cruelty."—Guardian Winner, Best Director, Cannes 2013.
Danishka Esterhazy’s provocative and challenging film is a tale of survival against all odds, updating the story of Hansel and Gretel to reflect some grim contemporary realities: single parenthood, substance abuse, child neglect, pedophilia and serial murder. It’s a potent mix, and the performances are superb.
In the 60s and 70s, Bahman Mohassess was a famous artist in Tehran. In 2006, he destroyed his work and disappeared. Mitra Farahani tracked him to a hotel room in Rome and the result is this fascinating, moving and ribald portrait. "Evidence of what Iran has lost by silencing or scattering the voices of its culture."—Screen
Iran’s Asghar Farhadi (A Separation), now working in France, directs the brilliant Bérénice Bejo (The Artist), Tahar Rahim (A Prophet, Grand Central) and Ali Mosaffa in a tense domestic relationship triangle. "An intricate and often brilliant drama, with restrained and intelligent performances… Farhadi’s filmmaking is compelling."—Guardian. Winner, Best Actress, Cannes 2013.
In this twisted tale, a depressed and often manic puppeteer leaves home to do another day of penance, trying to absolve the tortured memories of a drunken night—when the monster that dwells within him was unleashed.
An African-American gospel choir goes to Palestine to sing in a Palestinian play about Martin Luther King Jr. It isn’t just the glorious strains of gospel music that wash over the West Bank in Connie Field’s (Freedom on My Mind) scintillating new film. An impassioned cultural exchange ensues, new friendships are forged, eyes are opened and attitudes are altered.
Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) never breathed a word of his affair with young actress Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones) until his dying day. Told from Nelly’s perspective, Fiennes’ sweeping romantic drama reveals a life of compromise in which Dickens’ insistence on discretion demanded that she remain, for all intents and purposes, invisible and unfulfilled.
An autistic 13-year-old embarks on an underground odyssey that would give Orpheus pause: 11 days patiently lost on New York’s subway. As his family searches frantically for him, Hurricane Sandy lurks on the horizon. "As intense and indelible an immersion in the real New York as I have seen in a long time… Completely, exhilaratingly alive."—New York Times
Ann Marie Fleming
Anxiety over Vancouver real estate reaches operatic heights in this mischievous musical riff on an infamous local news story.
Waltz with Bashir’s Ari Folman again pushes the boundaries of animation with this audacious reinvention of Stanislaw Lem’s The Futurological Congress. When Robin Wright (playing herself) consents to being digitally preserved, she’s inadvertently plunged into a dystopian "animation zone." A mind-bending "ode to the wonders of cinematic invention."—Indiewire
Alexis Fortier Gauthier
Before a family can pack up and move from their mining town, the kids are assigned a particularly unenviable chore.
Hilarity ensues when Lowell gets caught by Mom in bed with a girl she’s never seen before. Things go downhill from there, when his girlfriend, Dad and the other girl’s boyfriend show up, too!
Director Toa Fraser’s cinematic interpretation of the New Zealand Royal Ballet’s superb, universally lauded production of the great romantic ballet Giselle stars the American Ballet Theater’s Gillian Murphy as the peasant girl with a passion for dance who discovers that the man she loves—played by acclaimed Chinese/New Zealand dancer Qi Huan—is engaged to another…
A carpet warehouseman and a businessman find passion during a wild and playful forklift ride one day—but their class-conscious bosses do their best to undermine their budding relationship.
A sushi conveyer-belt transports us into a rare land mammal’s supernatural habitat—where documentary crews must brave ghosts and other oddities.
Fundacja Pugramcze youth
A folk song takes us on a Romany caravan’s journey.
After witnessing an act of violence, a guilt-stricken junior hockey player must choose between his teammates and the truth.
Walter is an 89-year-old curmudgeon, and proud of it.