When her parents pass away, Shine searches for her missing uncle Feng, an ex-billiard champion who disappeared to escape his gambling debts, only to find a drunken shell of the man he once was. By uniting an immature adult and a mature teenager, Second Chance uncovers once-buried dreams and reaffirms the age-old saying of “hard work pays off” with simple snapshots of an ordinary life.
A young girl Bai-bai pursues her dreams at a musical college and falls in love with kindred spirit, Mu Hong, only to be forced by her professor, Dr. Lee, into an immoral relationship. His wife protects him to preserve their family, but as for Bai-bai, she becomes a victim of the “chilling effect”, a legal term referring to the inhibition from exercising one’s legitimate rights due to threats.
Colombia, Cambodia, Uganda, Yemen. Breakdancing unites people worldwide in the common languages of movement, expression, and hip-hop. Rap superstar and producer Nas presents a broad look at a movement inspiring hope in global urban communities.
"The film is fascinating to watch whether you are into hip-hop or not. To say it’s inspiring is an understatement." Trevor Dueck, Vancity Buzz
Not slow by any stretch, John Maclean’s ravishing frontier drama is the tale of a young gentleman, Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee), an immigrant from Ireland in search of his sweetheart, out of his element and altogether too trusting to survive for long in the wilderness territories of the 1870s. He’s rescued from bandits by Silas (Michael Fassbender), whose motives may not be entirely pure, but who volunteers to shepherd Jay on his quest - after all, they are heading in the same direction.
"It’s the rare western that invites you to imagine what life then and there might actually have felt like, sight gags and all. Maclean is a supremely promising talent." Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
"An absurdist, melancholy coming-of-age tale that jumps from odd comedy to striking violence to stirring reflection." Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine
"An angular Western that sublimates the fading promise of the New World into a fairy tale of unrequited love, Slow West starts with "once upon a time" and ends with a crackle of incredible savagery." David Ehrlich, Time Out
What does it mean to be a sibling? Yolanda Sonnabend, 77, is an established painter who also found fame as the designer for London’s Royal Ballet. Dr Joseph Sonnabend, 79, is a scientist (Dr Joseph Sonnabend, 79, is the esteemed New York AIDS doctor famous for discovering one of the building blocks of the virus. They live together, at odds but inseparable. This very personal but also universal film is candid, fascinating, and deeply moving, a study of family, aging, art and reason; resentment and reconciliation.
In 1948 Sonny Rollins left high school and went on to make his first album as a saxophonist. In 1959, he had the jazz world at his feet and he quit the scene. In 2010, the greatest living saxophone player put on an exhilarating production to mark his 80th birthday at the Beacon Theater with some of the world’s most extraordinary musicians, including Ornette Coleman, Roy Haynes and Jim Hall. Sonny Rollins Beyond the Notes uses his 80th birthday concert to look into the man and his music.
Bold and fearless, the first all-female car-racing team in the Middle East is burning rubber and tearing up track all over Palestine as they defy the odds and shatter stereotypes of Arab women.
You’ll believe a man can fly… For sky-diving pioneer Carl Boenish, jumping out of airplanes just wasn’t exciting enough. He wanted to jump off tall buildings, bridges and cliffs too - including Yosemite’s mighty El Capitan. Boenish invented BASE jumping, and he filmed it all too. This may be Extreme documentary making, but Carl’s larger than life personality and his oddball marriage touch on emotions as well as adrenaline.
"Exhilarating." Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Immersive enough to induce panic." Ben Kenigsberg, AV Club