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Nazi Legacy: What Our Fathers Did

Program Running Time 92 min.

Sep 26 09:00 pm
Sep 29 11:00 am

Films in Program

Directed By: David Evans
(UK, 2015, 92 mins, DCP)

A brilliantly conceived and executed work that is as emotionally affecting as it is intellectually questioning, David Evans’ layered documentary follows two elderly men, both the sons of high-ranking Nazis responsible for thousands of deaths, on a trip to Poland and Ukraine. Once there, ghosts from the past are unearthed, and profound psychological insights about the ties that bind come to light. "A bracingly rigorous examination of inherited guilt and pain, [this] is an extraordinary documentary…"—Screen

Men Go to Battle

Program Running Time 98 min.

Oct 07 07:00 pm
Oct 08 10:00 am

Films in Program

Directed By: Zachary Treitz
(USA, 2015, 98 mins, DCP)

A disagreement leads two farmer-brothers to separate—one stays on the family plot, the other goes into battle on the Union side in the Civil War. Zachary Treitz’s remarkable debut traces the fortunes of both with a raw physicality and inspired simplicity rare in one so young. "Treitz persuasively and passionately re-creates a grand panorama on an intimate scale and a spare budget… He has made an instant-classic Western."—New Yorker

True Cost

Program Running Time 92 min.

Sep 27 06:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Andrew Morgan
(USA, 2015, 92 mins, DCP)

This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. Andrew Morgan’s The True Cost is a ground-breaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing? "Gut-wrenching and alarming."—Elle

Ballerina's Tale

Program Running Time 85 min.

Guests

Nelson George, Director
Sep 29 07:00 pm
Oct 01 01:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Nelson George
(USA, 2015, 85 mins, DCP)

Some ascents to stardom are meteoric. Others are a gruelling marathon. Ballerina Misty Copeland learned early on that not everything comes easily for a teen prodigy. Especially when you’re African-American and racial homogeny is part of ballet’s exclusivity. Nelson George’s inside look at the art and industry of ballet invites us to marvel at Copeland’s courage and grace but question what goes on behind closed curtains. Most importantly, it gives us a real-life heroine to root for with all our hearts. “Inspirational doesn’t begin to describe it.”—Rolling Stone


Tana Bana

Program Running Time 78 min.

Sep 26 06:30 pm
Sep 28 01:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Pat Murphy
(India, Ireland, 2015, 78 mins, HDCAM-SR)

While pilgrims flock to Varanasi to bathe in the Ganges, other visitors seek out the world’s finest silk. Having become part of the fabric of this ancient Hindu city over the course of a millennium, a Muslim weaving community now faces epochal change wrought by globalization. Charting a day in their lives, Pat Murphy’s documentary is an intimate look at an endangered tradition. “While rich with luscious shots of fabrics, dye and crumbling architecture, [the film] remains rigorous in its focus on the aesthetics and economics of this ancient industry.”—Irish Times


One Million Dubliners

Program Running Time 83 min.

Sep 27 04:15 pm
Sep 28 07:00 pm
Oct 06 03:45 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Aoife Kelleher
(Ireland, 2014, 83 mins)

Glasnevin Cemetery holds not just the final remains of 1.5-million Dubliners but the infinite stories that are buried along with them. Fortunately, Aoife Kelleher’s documentary has avuncular historian Shane MacThomais to guide us through the sprawling grounds and the colourful pasts of the late luminaries (and unknowns) laid to rest there. MacThomais’ personality suffuses the film, ensuring a tone that’s buoyant rather than funereal as he enlightens us on everything from burial procedures to posthumous celebrity. “Comprehensive and beautifully filmed…"—Irish Times

Requiem for the American Dream

Program Running Time 73 min.

Oct 06 08:00 pm
Oct 09 02:45 pm

Films in Program

(USA, 2015, 73 mins, DCP)

Noam Chomsky and his unassailable arguments about how economic inequality has become an entrenched part of western life are front and centre in Peter Hutchison, Kelly Nyks and Jared P. Scott’s superbly reasoned documentary, one part analysis and one part call to arms. The interviews with Chomsky were shot over four years and show that none of the 86-year-old’s fight has gone out of him. "This short, sharp, smart essay-film makes excellent use of Chomsky’s insights…"—Hollywood Reporter

Dinner

Program Running Time 92 min.

Sep 25 08:45 pm
Sep 27 02:00 pm

Films in Program

(I nostri ragazzi)
Directed By: Ivano De Matteo
(Italy, 2014, 92 mins, DCP)

When grainy surveillance video appears to capture a heinous crime committed by their teenage kids, two couples hold a summit at an upscale restaurant and debate what to do next. Based on Herman Koch’s international bestseller—hailed as “chilling, nasty, smart, shocking and unputdownable” by Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn—Ivano De Matteo’s exquisitely crafted, ravishingly cinematic psychological thriller makes exceptional use of an exemplary cast and upends our expectations at every turn.

Hockney

Program Running Time 112 min.

Sep 28 01:15 pm
Oct 06 10:00 am
Oct 08 08:45 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Randall Wright
(UK, USA, 2014, 112 mins, DCP)

The art and unbridled personality of acclaimed British artist David Hockney are brought to vivid life in Randall Wright’s treatise on the man’s memorable and influential career and personal history. Intimate and insightful, the portrait delves deeply to reveal a charismatic rebel, still searching for new ways of seeing, whose passion for art remains intense, and whose wry sense of humour still shines through. "A wealth of intimate home-movie footage and an affinity with his subject invigorate Wright’s unashamedly affectionate portrait of a British icon."—Observer

Rainbow Island

Program Running Time 103 min.

Oct 06 10:30 am
Oct 07 09:15 pm

Films in Program

(Jazireh-ye Rangin)
Directed By: Khosrow Sinai
(Iran, 2015, 103 mins, DCP)

One of the most astonishingly exotic films in this year’s festival has to be Khosrow Sinai’s drama. The title refers to the island of Hormuz, with its extraordinary multicoloured soils, ancient Portuguese forts and folk-art traditions. How much are the custom-bound villagers willing to welcome the outside world? Enter Dr. Ahmad Nadalian, a highly educated interloper from Tehran who proposes a radical plan to transform the islands assets into a thriving cultural destination.

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