Wang Bing is one of the greatest documentary filmmakers working today: his new film explores the patients/inmates of a run down mental institution somewhere in China. Wang’s astonishingly observant camera reveals these patients’ inner beings, their loves and their sometime madness with absolute respect and limitless compassion.
In 2009, French security van driver Toni Musulin disappeared with 11.6 million euros (hence the film’s title), instantly propelling himself to celebrity status in France. François Cluzet (Intouchables) stars in Philippe Godeau’s noirish, psychological take on the heist and its aftermath. "Fascinates from beginning to end."—Hollywood Reporter
Stan is an unemployed writer whose wife treats him like dirt. In his stories, she runs after him, begging for attention. But when the lines between reality and delusion start to blur, it becomes unclear who the real monster is.
Sharing personal reminiscences and interviews with others, director Alan Zweig constructs an affirming journey that encompasses personal quests, amazing anecdotes and poignant reflections. Whether it’s a young girl who takes a brave stand against religious conformity or a man who decides to walk the Earth, there’s something valuable to be gleaned from each of these encounters.
In Havana on business, Jack Petty (Gil Bellows, who directs with Tony Pantages) finds himself mixed up in a conspiracy that includes assassination, kidnapping and more. The fun here comes not just from the gritty details, sharp plot twists, close shaves and slick repartee, but from the knowledge, quickly acquired, that nothing is what it seems.
"The [Cannes] festival’s most brilliant movie was Jean-Luc Godard’s The Three Disasters… 3D as you have never seen it before… A masterpiece, the first movie of the cinematic future.”—Film Comment. Peter Greenaway’s and Edgar Pêra’s parts of this trilogy are pretty eye-popping too! Special 3D Presentations.
Athens, August 2012. Forty-five degrees. The fridge is empty. In a quickly decaying city, an unemployed middle-aged man is reliant on handouts from his brother-in-law to support his family.
Daniel, 16, is a huge long-jump talent who keeps setting records. But can his achievements really help keep his comatose mother alive?
K-pop as you’ve never seen it! Lee Harkjoon gets incredibly intimate access to the grooming and launch of girl band 9 Muses (the endless rehearsals, the rivalries) and nails the whole system. Dragons & Tigers Award nominee.
Arriving in Hong Kong with a 90-day tourist visa, a Chinese girl is led through seedy back alleys and into the world of underground prostitution.
Representative of the best new face of eco-tourism, Jessica Oreck’s (Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo) exquisite documentary examines the skilled humble lives and rugged routines of one enterprising Finnish family, celebrating the uncommon relationship they’ve forged with nature. "A work of ethereal beauty… utterly engrossing…"—Variety
A folk song takes us on a Romany caravan’s journey.
Benji, forced to hang with his older brother and his girlfriend, gets caught up in their Flatliners game; their unconscious dreams reveal much about their relationships with one another.
Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara are perfect as a Texas hooligan couple, deeply in love, who face a crossroads when he is jailed… "The excitement of a bold new voice… Lowery’s gorgeously shot third feature suggests a lost artifact freshly unearthed from the 1970s, or the origin story behind a long-lost folk ballad about criminal lovers whom prison couldn’t keep apart."—Variety Winner, Cinematography Award, Sundance 2013.
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.
Chain-smoking and peddling booze, teenaged Ali isn’t one to drop her guard. Nevertheless, Paco R. Baños’ debut exposes her vulnerabilities and thoughtfully explores her insecurities. A coming-of-age tale hinging on hard-won lessons, Ali "locks the viewer in by virtue of its earthy performances and generosity of spirit."—Hollywood Reporter
Buying a gamecock with grand schemes of reaping the financial spoils, introverted Chalo instead discovers a new best friend. Chalo’s lack of bloodlust is mirrored by writer-director Neto Villalobos, who keeps the cockfighting off-screen and focuses his attention squarely on the deadpan comedy that arises from a relationship that’s neither fish nor fowl.
Robert Redford gives a tour de force performance and J.C. Chandor (Margin Call) is equally virtuosic with his camera in this gripping Indian Ocean survival drama. "Wistfully but resolutely alone, initially bemused by his predicament," Redford quietly and craftily fights to survive after his 39-foot sailboat is damaged very far from land.
The paths of four troubled souls intersect inside an unassuming department store in Gia Milani’s romantic tragicomedy. Commanding fantastic performances from her stellar cast—Karine Vanasse, Emily Hampshire, Kevin Zegers and Cory Monteith in his final film role—Milani shows that there are right and wrong ways to love, and that learning the difference is a worthy struggle. Canadian Images Opening Film.
The rules were: one day, one wheel, one shot (no editing). Valérie Massadian’s (Nana) hypnotic short was made for Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum.