An eco-animated gem, this fable about a small boy tracing his missing father’s footsteps from a rural cabin to the big city (and beyond) doesn’t need words to spell out its message about the devastating impact of globalization. But Ale Abreu’s film is also a breathtakingly beautiful and inventive example of the animator’s art, a film of kaleidoscopic visual rhapsodies and delightfully curious investigations into shape and colour, transforming both natural and industrial landscapes into dazzling child’s-eye tableaux. With an infectious Brazilian-inflected score by Ruben Feffer and Gustavo Kurlat.
A true master of allegories, filmmaker Emin Alper made his debut onto the world stage with 2012 Berlinale stunner Beyond the Hill, for which he won the esteemed Caligari Film Prize.
In his second feature Abluka, Alper tells the story of Kadir, a stoic ex-con released on parole for the purposes of acting as an informant to the powers that be. Awarded with the esteemed Special Jury Prize at this years Venice Film Festival, Alper’s Abluka is a starkly photographed, masterfully crafted film that delves deep into dystopia.
Kyle Patrick Alvarez
In August, 1971, Dr Philip Zimbardo (Billy Crudup) enlisted 24 male students to simulate prison life within the confines of the psychology department at Stanford. Scheduled to last a fortnight the experiment was called after just six days before lasting harm befell its participants. A brilliant young cast brings this notorious Psych study to life with riveting intensity. "Stark and riveting" New York Times
Artist Laurie Anderson reflects on the deaths of her beloved dog Lolabelle, and her mother; on family memories, surveillance, Buddhist teachings, the creativity and consciousness of canines, and much else besides.
"Dreamy, drifty and altogether lovely… It joyfully embraces silliness… at times, it feels as if she too were haunting her movie even as, with every image and word, she fills it with life." Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
A dinner party takes a turn for the volatile when the topic turns to the name of the hosts’ unborn child in this uproariously un-PC variation on Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? starring Alessandro Gassman, Michaela Ramazzotti, Valeria Golino and Luigi Lo Cascio.
Turkey’s prolific television and cinema star Ali Atay makes his directorial debut with LIMONATA, a charming road comedy depicting the story of two half-brothers on a reluctant journey from Turkey to Macedonia to their fathers’ death bed. Previously unbeknownst to one another, this tumultous adventure will test their patience and force them to question their allegiances.