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SUNLESS SHADOWS
Directed by Mehrdad Oskouei
 Iran, Norway / 2020 / Persian w/English subtitles 

 

Sunless Shadows, filmed in a small juvenile detention center, steps into the world of five young Iranian women, all accomplices in the murders of their abusive husbands, fathers or brothers-in-law.

 

 

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You Never Had It – An Evening with Bukowski
Directed by Matteo Borgardt
USA / 2016 / English  

 

This documentary is based on a video interview conducted in January of 1981 by Silvia Bizio with the famed writer Charles Bukowski at his home in San Pedro, California. It was a long night of smoking cigarettes and drinking wine with Bukowski and his soon to be wife, Linda Lee Beighle, talking about all kind of subjects, from writers to sex, love and humanity. The interview was shot on Umatic tapes, which were almost lost for over 30 years. The tapes have been digitized and edited along with new shots in Super8 of scenes of Los Angeles today and poems read by the same Bukowski.

 

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THE TOBACCONIST
Directed by Nikolaus Leytner
Germany / 2019 / German w/English subtitles 

 

Seventeen-year-old Franz journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud (Bruno Ganz, “Wings of Desire”, “Downfall”), a regular customer, and over time the two very different men form a singular friendship. When Franz falls desperately in love with the music-hall dancer Anezka, he seeks advice from the renowned psychoanalyst, who admits that the female sex is as big a mystery to him as it is to Franz. As political and social conditions in Austria dramatically worsen with the Nazis’ arrival in Vienna, Franz, Freud, and Anezka are swept into the maelstrom of events. Each has a big decision to make: to stay or to flee?

 

 

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Rebuilding Paradise
Directed by Ron Howard
USA / 2020 / English 

 

On the morning of Nov. 8, 2018, a devastating firestorm engulfed the picturesque city of Paradise, California. By the time the Camp Fire was extinguished, it had killed 85 people, displaced 50,000 residents and destroyed 95% of local structures. It was the deadliest U.S. fire in 100 years — and the worst ever in California’s history. REBUILDING PARADISE, from Academy Award-winning director RON HOWARD, is a moving story of resilience in the face of tragedy, as a community ravaged by disaster comes together to recover what was lost and begin the important task of rebuilding.

 

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Olympia
Directed by Harry Mavromichalis
USA / 2020 / English

 

This is the story of an uncompromising truth-seeking rebel, refusing to yield to social norms and pushing forward her own subversive narrative.

 

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Kaye Ballard: The Show Goes On!
Directed by Dan Wingate
USA / 2020 / English

 

From big bands to Broadway, radio to recordings and television to the big screen, Kaye Ballard did it all in a career that spanned eight decades. Millions knew her best from her comedic TV roles on The Mothers-In-Law and The Doris Day Show – in addition to dozens of music-variety show appearances – but she also enjoyed notable successes on stage and during the glamorous era of night clubs. Along with an illustrious roster of friends and associates, Kaye recalls her remarkable life in show business accentuated with extensive rare footage and photographs offering an entertaining glimpse of her rich and varied talents.

 

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MY DOG STUPID (Mon Chien Stupide)
Directed by Yvan Attal
FRANCE / 2019 / French w/English subtitles 

 

Henri is a middle-aged writer with fading inspiration. Feeling increasingly misunderstood by his family, he dreams of running away to start over again. Yet when he discovers a bad-mannered dog in his garden, he decides to adopt him, starting an unexpected friendship that inevitably upsets Henri’s family and neighbors. The bittersweet and moving comedy about love standing the test of time stars iconic real-life couple Charlotte Gainsbourg and Yvan Attal.

 

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John Lewis: Good Trouble
Directed by Dawn Porter
USA / 2020 / English 

 

Using interviews and rare archival footage, JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE chronicles Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, now 80 years old, Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. In addition to her interviews with Lewis and his family, Porter’s primarily cinéma verité film also includes interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figure prominently in his life.

 

Immediately following the feature, there will be a pre-recorded discussion between Representative Lewis and Oprah Winfrey, filmed last month and being made available exclusively for virtual cinema and in-theater engagements of the film. This is a wide-ranging, informal, 16-minute conversation that’s a perfect follow-up to the documentary.

 

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BUNGALOW
Directed by Ulrich Köhler
Germany / 2002 / German. Damsih w/English subtitles

 

Bungalow is a 2002 German film directed by Ulrich Köhler [de] and starring Lennie Burmeister, Trine Dyrholm, Devid Striesow, and Nicole Gläser.

Paul is a German soldier who goes AWOL when the truck he is riding in stops at a fast food restaurant. He then returns home to where his older brother Max lives. Paul is immediately attracted to Max’s girlfriend, Lene, and tries to entice her into a sexual relationship, but she refuses. Paul is shown to be angry and loses his temper at those around him, including his brother, his old friend, and his ex-girlfriend.

The military soon begins to look for him. After they arrive at his house, Paul runs to a nearby motel. Lene visits him, and they have sex in his motel room. Two military officers, along with Max, track him down at the motel, but Paul disappears.

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TANNA
Directed by Martin Butler, Bentley Dean
Australia, Vanuatu / 2017 / Aboriginal w/English subtitles

 

2017 OSCAR® NOMINEE

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

TANNA is based on a true story and performed by the people of Yakel in Vanuatu.

TANNA is set in the South Pacific where Wawa, a young girl from one of the last traditional tribes, falls in love with her chief’s grandson, Dain. When an intertribal war escalates, Wawa is unknowingly betrothed as part of a peace deal. The young lovers run away, but are pursued by enemy warriors intent on killing them. They must choose between their hearts and the future of the tribe, while the villagers must wrestle with preserving their traditional culture and adapting it to the increasing outside demands for individual freedom.

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ARIA
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard, Robert Altman, Nicolas Roeg, Charles Sturridge, Julien Temple, Bruce Beresford, Franc Roddam, Ken Russell, Derek Jarman, and Bill Bryden / UK / 1987 / Italian, French, German, English

 

Imagine that ten of the world’s most well-known highly regarded filmmakers were given a free hand to make real any vision. Aria is that history-making film. Sexy, violent, thought-provoking and funny, here is the movie critics raved about, audiences flocked to see, and no one could stop talking about. Includes Bridget Fonda’s electrifying film debut, a revealing and breathtaking performance from Elizabeth Hurley, and Theresa Russell as the trigger-happy King Zog of Albania.

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INVISIBLE WITNESS
Directed by Stefano Mordin
Italy / 2019 /  Italian w/English subtitles

 

A locked-room mystery with a twist: A slickly successful businessman wakes up next to his dead lover and becomes the chief suspect. His defense lawyer’s never lost a case, but can even she help him?

“When I woke up, the nightmare began.” So begins the account of Adriano Doria (Riccardo Scamarcio), a wealthy Italian entrepreneur, describing the murky events of the worst night of his life, when he discovers himself in a resort hotel room with a nasty cut on his forehead and the lifeless body of his young mistress, Laura (Miriam Leone), lying on the floor amidst a pile of scattered banknotes. Though he protests his innocence, Adriano is the obvious prime suspect. With just hours to go before his arrest, he arranges a meeting with Virginia Ferrara (Maria Paiato), a notoriously tough attorney who has never lost a case, to plan his defense strategy and find evidence to exonerate him. Largely told in flashback, this noirish thriller from director Stefano Mordini recreates the days of intrigue that lead up to that terrible night as guilt-ridden Adriano, still in love with his wife, tries to break off the affair with Laura while on a clandestine trip to the mountainous Trentino region—until fate intervenes and forever alters their lives. As more facts are coaxed out by Virginia, the characters’ motivations begin to blur until no one is quite who they first seemed, leading to a pulse-pounding conclusion that will leave audiences guessing until the final shot. (SIFF 2019)

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TOMMASO
Directed by Abel Ferrara
Italy, UK, USA, Greece / 2019 / English, Italian, Russian w/English subtitles

 

Abel Ferrara’s first dramatic feature since 2014’s Pasolini reteams the filmmaker and his frequent lead Willem Dafoe, who delivers a career-best performance as the title character, an older American expat living in Rome with his young wife and their daughter. Disoriented by his past misgivings and subsequent, unexpected blows to his self-esteem, Tommaso wades through this late chapter of his life with an increasingly impaired grasp on reality as he prepares for his next film. Tommaso is easily Ferrara and Dafoe’s most personal and engrossing collaboration to date, a delicately surrealistic work of autofiction marked by the keen sensitivity of two consummate artists. – Film at Lincoln Center

Playing opposite the director’s own wife and daughter, Willem Dafoe is a Ferrara-like American artist living in Rome in this improvised drama of doubt and disconnection, shot in self-reflective documentary style.

 

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MR. TOPAZE
Directed by Peter Sellers
UK / 1961 /English

 

Mr. Topaze (‘Peter Sellers’) is an unassuming school teacher in an unassuming small French town who is honest to a fault. He is fired when he refuses to give a passing grade to a bad student, the grandson of a wealthy baroness. Castel Benac (Herbert Lom), a government official who runs a crooked financial business on the side, is persuaded by his mistress, Suzy (Nadia Gray), a musical comedy actress, to hire Mr. Topaze as the front man for his business. Gradually, Topaze becomes a rapacious financier who sacrifices his honesty for success and, in a final stroke of business bravado, fires Benac and acquires Suzy in the deal. An old friend and colleague, Tamise (Michael Gough) questions him and tells Topaze that if what he now says and practices indicates there are no more honest men.

 

 

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YOURSELF AND YOURS
Directed by Hong Sangsoo
South Korea / 2016 / Korean w/English subtitles

 

One of Hong Sangsoo’s most delightful comic mysteries is now available in the U.S. When painter Youngsoo (Kim Joohyuk) learns that his girlfriend, Minjung (Lee Yooyoung), was recently seen having drinks with another man, he can’t help but question her about it. It doesn’t go well and they part on bad terms. The next day, Youngsoo tries to find her, but can’t. As he wanders and frets, Minjung has a series of encounters with other men. But to them it seems she’s not herself. Featuring a supporting cast of Hong regulars including Kwon Haehyo, Yu Junsang and Kim Euisung, YOURSELF AND YOURS is a pleasing puzzle full of mistaken identity, excessive drinking and lots of he-said, she-said. As the rumors pile up, Hong asks: In a relationship, how important is it to know everything?

A foray into the uncanny with a spin on Luis Buñuel’s “That Obscure Object of Desire”

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HILL OF FREEDOM
Directed by Sang-soo Hong
SOUTH KOREA / 2014 / English, Korean, and Japanese w/ English Subtitles

 

Kwon (Seo Younghwa) returns to Seoul from a restorative stay in the mountains.
She is given a packet of letters left by Mori (Ryo Kase, Like Someone in Love, Letters
from Iwo Jima, Silence), who has come back from Japan to propose to her. As she
walks down a flight of stairs, Kwon drops and scatters the letters, all of which are
undated. When she reads them, she has to make sense of the chronology… and so
must we. Shot in the narrow alleys, petite cafes and beautiful hanok inns of Seoul’s
historic Jong-ro district, a favorite Hong location, Hill of Freedom is a masterful,
alternately funny and haunting, tale of love and longing from the great director

 

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WOMAN ON THE BEACH
DIRECTED BY HONG SANGSOO
SOUTH KOREA / 2006 / KOREAN W/ENGLISH SUBTITLES

 

Filmmaker Joong-rae, suffering from writer’s block, takes a trip to the coast with his
production designer Chang-wook, who brings along the vivacious Moon-sook. Soon
after their arrival, Moon-sook falls for Joong-rae’s advances; however, the fickle
hero can’t commit and he awkwardly parts with her. What had been a sardonic Jules
and Jim turns into a burlesque Vertigo when Joong-rae returns to the coastal resort
and attempts to recreate the original romance with a woman who resembles
Moon-sook, until his jilted lover shows up…

 

 

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PAPICHA
Directed by Mounia Meddour
France, Algeria / 2019 / French, Arabic w/English subtitles

 

Nedjma (Lyna Khoudri starring in Wes Anderson’s upcoming ‘The French Dispatch’) is a university student during the Algerian Civil War. Although she’s studying French, her passion is fashion design. Defying religious conservatism, she custom-makes dresses for her peers that are examples of individual expression. Attacks on civilians are on the rise from fundamentalist Islamist sects, and a shocking incident drives Nedjma to stage a unique protest: a fashion show centered around repurposing the haik, a traditional veil, into secular garments. Anchored by a remarkable naturalism and camaraderie among its lead actresses (especially from Khoudri and Shirine Boutella), Papicha—a highlight of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section—tells an unflinching story of resistance and resilience, and marks an inspired, sometimes harrowing debut for Mounia Meddour.

The film earned Meddour the AMPAS Gold Fellowship Award for Women and also won César Awards for Best First Film and Best Female Newcomer.

 

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CARO DIARIO
Directed Nanni Moretti
Italy, France, / 1993 / ITALIAN, ENGLISH & MANDARIN w/English subtitles

 

Nanni Moretti recounts three entries from his “diary” in the hilarious and intimate self-reflective comedy CARO DIARIO, which follows the filmmaker’s musing on cinema atop a Vespa, a trip to the Aeolian Islands to work on his new screenplay, and his search for health and wellness after breaking out in a nagging skin rash.
Winner of Best Director at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival, CARO DIARIO is a “heroic tale, told with a child’s wide-eyed wonder” (Film Comment) from a “modern movie man, for whom images have effaced the boundary between life and art” (The New Yorker).

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Reggae Boyz
Directed by Till Schauder/
Jamaica / 2018 / English 

 

Jamaica has one of the highest murder rates in the world. But on November 16, 1997, when Jamaica’s national soccer team – a.k.a. the ‘Reggae Boyz’ – qualified for the 1998 World Cup, not a single bullet was fired in the country.

As the Reggae Boyz embark on their 2014 World Cup campaign, an amateur player named ‘Tuffy’ Anderson dreams of playing on the national team. Tuffy works in a steel factory by day and plays in the local amateur league by night, refusing to give up his dream of one day playing on the national team.

On the soccer field Jamaica’s big dream comes crashing to a halt. After a devastating losing streak, the coaching staff resigns. To revitalize the mission, Jamaica hires the colorful Winfried Schäfer, a journeyman coach who is known in his native Germany as ‘Winnie Wahnsinn’ (‘Wacky Winnie’). Seeking knowledge about the local culture and sensing how much music and soccer are intertwined in Jamaica, Winnie meets the local newcomer band ‘Nomaddz’ and visits Bunny Wailer – the lone survivor of ‘Bob Marley and the Wailers’. Bunny introduces him to the ‘benefits of herb’ and suggests “putting Tuffy on the team will change your fortunes.” Winnie puts Tuffy on the team who promptly rewards him by scoring a last-minute goal that keeps the campaign alive a little longer. While Jamaica’s World Cup dreams don’t come true in the end, Tuffy’s goal and his courage to keep a dream alive, against all odds, inspires Jamaicans of all stripes and sets the national team on a path to success that culminates with Winnie coaching Jamaica to their first-ever Gold Cup Final.

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FOURTEEN
Directed by Dan Sallitt
USA / 2019 / English 

 

Nedjma (Lyna Khoudri starring in Wes Anderson’s upcoming ‘The French Dispatch’) is a university student during the Algerian Civil War. Although she’s studying French, her passion is fashion design. Defying religious conservatism, she custom-makes dresses for her peers that are examples of individual expression. Attacks on civilians are on the rise from fundamentalist Islamist sects, and a shocking incident drives Nedjma to stage a unique protest: a fashion show centered around repurposing the haik, a traditional veil, into secular garments. Anchored by a remarkable naturalism and camaraderie among its lead actresses (especially from Khoudri and Shirine Boutella), Papicha—a highlight of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section—tells an unflinching story of resistance and resilience, and marks an inspired, sometimes harrowing debut for Mounia Meddour.

The film earned Meddour the AMPAS Gold Fellowship Award for Women and also won César Awards for Best First Film and Best Female Newcomer.

 

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A Romy Menage a Trois!
The SISSI Trilogy
France / French w/English subtitles

 

At the age of seventeen, Romy Schneider became an international star through her portrayal of Princess Elisabeth (Sissi) of Austria in three lavish films directed by Ernst Marischka: SISSI (1955), SISSI: THE YOUNG EMPRESS (1956) and SISSI: THE FATEFUL YEARS OF AN EMPRESS (1957) — all newly restored and available to watch at home

 

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NAOMI’S JOURNEY
Directed by Frieder Schlaich
Germany, Peru / 2018 / French w/English subtitles

 

Twenty-year old Naomi lives a simple life with her younger siblings in Peru. Only her big sister seems to live a life of fortune, being married in Germany. But now she is dead, murdered by her German husband.

Stunned by the news, Naomi can’t imagine accompanying her mother to Germany, the land of the crime. But then she changes her mind, becomes a joint plaintiff, and takes part in the trial in Berlin.

In Naomi’s Journey Frieder Schleich (Otomo) continues to explore the life of immigrants in Germany. His staging of a realistic trial using real-life lawyers illustrates the inner working of the German justice system and its dispassionate proceedings.

“The film follows the murder trial of a young South American woman within the framework of a hidden women and marriage trafficking market. The film is about justice and objectivity in the German legal system.” ~ Hof international film festival

 

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CESAR ET ROSALIE
ROMY SCHNEIDER TRIBUTE CINEMA
Directed by Claude Sautet
France / 1972 / French w/English 

 

Sometimes two and two make three. Rosalie and David… Rosalie and César… César and David…. After her marriage ends in divorce, the beautiful Rosalie (Romy Schneider) begins dating César (Yves Montand), a wealthy playboy and businessman. But when her old flame, David (Sami Frey), unexpectedly re-enters her life, the two men simultaneously vie for her affections.
One of Claude Sautet’s most celebrated films, CÉSAR ET ROSALIE reunited the director with his on-screen muse Romy Schneider, who according to Roger Ebert’s Chicago Sun-Times review could “make a half-shy smile into the suggestion of unimaginable carnal possibilities.”

 

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L’IMPORTANT C’EST D’AIMER
ROMY SCHNEIDER TRIBUTE CINEMA
Directed by Andrzej Zulawski
France / 1977 / French w/English 

 

Forced to earn a living by accepting demeaning roles, Nadine Chevalier (Romy Schneider) encounters tabloid photographer Servais (Fabio Testi) on the set of her latest film. Desperate to win her affections, Servais agrees to bankroll her next project, a production of Richard III with Nadine starring opposite the maniacal Karl-Heinz Zimmer (Klaus Kinski).

Romy Schneider delivers a César Award-winning performance as a down-on-her-luck actress in L’IMPORTANT C’EST D’AIMER (THAT MOST IMPORTANT THING: LOVE), Andrzej Żuławski’s “passionate portrait of the dignity – and the indignities – of an actor’s work” (Film Comment).

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LES CHOSES DE LA VIE
ROMY SCHNEIDER TRIBUTE CINEMA
Directed by Claude Sautet
France / 1970 / French w/English 

 

Pierre (Michel Piccoli), a middle-aged engineer, has his life flash before his eyes after being involved in a horrific car accident. While falling in and out of consciousness, he reflects on the recent events that have transpired between him and estranged wife, Catherine (Lea Massari), and his young lover, Hélène (Romy Schneider).

Based on the acclaimed Paul Guimard novel Intersection, LES CHOSES DE LA VIE (THE THINGS OF LIFE) won the 1969 Louis Delluc Prize and was the first of five film collaborations between Romy Schneider and director Claude Sautet.

 

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CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
Directed by Justin Pemberton
New Zealand/ 2019 / English 

 

Based on the international bestseller by rock-star economist Thomas Piketty (which sold over three million copies worldwide and landed Piketty on Time’s list of most influential people), this captivating documentary is an eye-opening journey through wealth and power, a film that breaks the popular assumption that the accumulation of capital runs hand in hand with social progress, and shines a new light on today’s growing inequalities. Traveling through time, the film assembles accessible pop-culture references coupled with interviews of some of the world’s most influential experts delivering an insightful and empowering journey through the past and into our future.

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NEW FRENCH SHORTS 2020
France/ 2020 / French w/English subtitles

 

This showcase of some of the most exciting new cinematic voices from France runs the gamut from animation to romance to absurdist comedy. Revel in these petite Gallic pleasures, including award winners from Cannes, Locarno, and Palm Springs ShortFest. New French Shorts 2020 is made available through Young French Cinema, a program of UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

Ahmed’s Song (Foued Mansour, 30m)
Sheep, Wolf, and a Cup of Tea… (Marion Lacourt, 12m)
Tuesday from 8 to 6 (Cecilia de Arce, 26m)
The Distance Between Us and the Sky (Vasilis Kekatos, 9m)
The Tears Thing (Clémence Poésy, 25m)
Magnetic Harvest (Marine Levéel, 24m)
Bonus: The Glorious Acceptance Speech of Nicolas Chauvin (Benjamin Crotty, 26m)

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ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND
Directed by Daniel Roher
USA/ 2019 / English 

 

ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND is a confessional, cautionary, and occasionally humorous tale of Robertson’s young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music, The Band. The film is a moving story of Robertson’s personal journey, overcoming adversity and finding camaraderie alongside the four other men who would become his brothers in music, together making their mark on music history. ONCE WERE BROTHERS blends rare archival footage, photography, iconic songs and interviews with Robertson’s friends and collaborators including Martin Scorsese, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, and more.

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THE WHISTLERS
Directed by Corneliu Porumboiu
Romania, France, Germany, Spain / 2019 / Romanian, Spanish w/English subtitles

 

In THE WHISTLERS, not everything is as it seems for Cristi, a police inspector in Bucharest who plays both sides of the law. Embarking with the beautiful Gilda on a high-stakes heist, both will have to navigate the twists and turns of corruption, treachery and deception. A trip to the Canary Islands to learn a secret whistling language might just be what they need to pull it off.

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CRESCENDO
Directed by Dror Zahavi
Germany / 2019 / German w/English subtitles

 

When world-famous conductor Eduard Sporck accepts the job to create an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra, he is quickly drawn into a tempest of sheer unsolvable problems. Having grown up in a state of war, suppression or constant risk of terrorist attacks, the young musicians from both sides are far from able to form a team. Lined up behind the two best violinists – the emancipated Palestinian Layla and the handsome Israeli Ron – they form two parties who deeply mistrust each other, on and off-stage alike. Will Sporck succeed and make the young people forget their hatred, at least for the three weeks until the concert? With the first glimmer of hope, however, the political opponents of the orchestra show them how strong they are…

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THE INFILTRATORS
Directed by Cristina Ibarra, Alex Rivera
USA / 2019 / English 

 

THE INFILTRATORS is a docu-thriller that tells the true story of young immigrants who are detained by Border Patrol and thrown into a shadowy for-profit detention center—on purpose. Marco and Viri are members of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, a group of radical DREAMers who are on a mission to stop unjust deportations. And the best place to stop deportations, they believe, is in detention. However, when Marco and Viri attempt a daring reverse ‘prison break,’ things don’t go according to plan. By weaving together documentary footage of the real infiltrators with re-enactments of the events inside the detention center, THE INFILTRATORS tells an incredible and thrilling true story in a genre-defying new cinematic language.

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OUR MOTHERS
Directed by Cesar Diaz
GUATEMALA / 2019 / SPANISH W/ENGLISH SUBTITLES

 

Guatemala, 2018. The country is riveted on the trial of the military officers who started the civil war. The victims’ testimonials keep pouring in. Ernesto, a young anthropologist at the forensic foundation, identifies people who have gone missing. One day, through an old lady’s story, Ernesto thinks he has found a lead that will allow him to find his father, a guerillero who disappeared during the war.

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JOSE
Directed by Li Cheng
GUATEMALA, USA / 2019 / SPANISH W/ENGLISH SUBTITLES

 

Jose (19 years old) lives with his Mother (50s) in Guatemala City – a typical lower-class existence in one of the world’s most dangerous, religious, impoverished and socially conservative countries. She never had a husband, and Jose is her youngest and favorite child of five. Her life is her church and selling sandwiches at a bus stop. Jose spends his days on cramped buses and fighting traffic as he runs food to waiting drivers. Aloof and resigned to things as they are, he fills his free moments playing with his phone and random sex arranged on street corners and dating apps. When he meets Luis, a migrant from the rural Caribbean coast, they pursue an unexpected and forbidden relationship and Jose is thrust into passion and pain and self-reflection that was previously unimaginable.

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CRSHD
Directed by Emily Cohn
USA / 2019 / ENGLISH 

 

End-of-the-year celebrations are underway at a small liberal arts college in Ohio. The night’s main event? A CRUSH PARTY. The rules? Submit your crush and they get an invite. Or if you’re “crushed,” you also get an invite. Freshman IZZY ALDEN is still a virgin and the crush party is her last chance to do something about it before summer break. She and her two best friends, ANUKA and FIONA, chase their crushes both in real life and online. But Izzy’s moral compass skews as the night progresses and it seems her quest to have sex might cost Izzy her friends..

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SPACESHIP EARTH
Directed by Mike Wolf
USA / 2019 / ENGLISH

 

Spaceship Earth is the true, stranger-than-fiction, adventure of eight visionaries who in 1991 spent two years quarantined inside of a self-engineered replica of Earth’s ecosystem called BIOSPHERE 2. The experiment was a worldwide phenomenon, chronicling daily existence in the face of life threatening ecological disaster and a growing criticism that it was nothing more than a cult. The bizarre story is both a cautionary tale and a hopeful lesson of how a small group of dreamers can potentially reimagine a new world.

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ALICE
Directed by Josephine Mackerras
 UK, Australia, France / 2019 / FRENCH W/ENGLISH SUBTITLES

 

She did everything right, until it all went wrong.
When Alice discovers that her husband has drained their bank account and skipped town, she becomes a sex worker to make ends meet, only to find the work empowering.

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THE GHOST OF PETER SELLERS
Directed by Peter Medak
Cyprus / 2019 / ENGLISH

The Ghost of Peter Sellers is a feature length documentary directed by Peter Medak that tells the tale of his ill-fated Hollywood 17th Century pirate comedy shot in Cyprus, starring Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan in 1973.

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MILITARY WIVES
Directed by Peter Cattaneo (THE FULL MONTY)
UK / 2020 / ENGLISH

MILITARY WIVES from the director of THE FULL MONTY and starring Kristin Scott Thomas (THE ENGLISH PATIENT) and Sharon Horgan (CATASTROPHE), it’s the feel-good movie of the year!

MILITARY WIVES centers on a group of women from different backgrounds whose partners are away serving in Afghanistan. Faced with their loved ones’ absences, they come together to form the very first military wives choir, helping each other through some of life’s most difficult moments, and quickly find themselves on an international stage. Peter Cattaneo (THE FULL MONTY) directs Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan in this feel-good crowd-pleaser inspired by true events.

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THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD
Directed by Nancy Kelly
USA / 1990 / English

 

Set in a mining town in the 1880s, Thousand Pieces of Gold is based on the classic novel by Ruthanne Lum McCunn with a screenplay by award-winning filmmaker Anne Makepeace (Tribal Justice). Upon its release in 1990, the film won immediate acclaim for its portrayal of the real-life story of Lalu (Rosalind Chao), a young Chinese woman whose desperately poor parents sell her into slavery. She is trafficked to a nefarious saloonkeeper in Idaho’s gold country. Eventually Charlie (Chris Cooper), a man of different ilk, wins her in a poker game and slowly gains her trust. Way ahead of its time, the film resonates even more powerfully today in the era of #MeToo. Nancy Kelly became a victim of prejudice against women directors within the American film industry and was never offered another movie to direct in spite of extraordinary reviews from critics, some of whom compared her talent to that of John Ford.

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Someone Somewhere (Deux Moi)
Directed by Cédric Klapisch
FRANCE / 2019
French w/ English Subtitles

 

In this Parisian bitter sweet romance from Cédric Klapisch, warehouse employee Rémy (François Civil) and research assistant Mélanie (Ana Girardot) have never met, but they live parallel lives: they reside in neighboring apartment buildings, ride the same subway route, and are troubled by bouts of insomnia and depression. Their days punctuated by unfulfilling jobs, they seek meaningful romantic and platonic connection. As they stumble through psychotherapy, dating apps, fainting spells, and family visits, the seemingly star-crossed duo orbit around each other but remain just out of reach. Klapisch spins a delicate “what-if” from their compartmentalization, exploring our increasingly hermetic modern urban life.

« Funny, Modern, Deeply Moving. Cedric Klapisch encapsulates our time » – France Inter

« Cédric Klapisch reinvents the Romantic Comedy » – Psychologies Magazine

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A WHITE, WHITE DAY
DIRECTED BY HLYNUR PALMASON
ICELAND, DENMARK AND SWEDEN | 2019 | ICELANDIC W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

 

In a remote Icelandic town, a bereaved former police chief (Ingvar Sigurdsson) begins to suspect a local man of having had an affair with his late wife, who died two years earlier in a tragic accident. Gradually, his obsession with uncovering the truth begins to take over his life, leading to dangerous consequences for both himself and his loved ones.

Iceland’s 2020 official Oscar submission for Best International Feature Film, A WHITE, WHITE DAY combines classic thriller tropes with director Hlynur Palmason’s distinctly Nordic sensibility, resulting in “storytelling that’s both powerful and fresh throughout, marking him as a talent to watch” (The Hollywood Reporter).

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VITALINA VARELA
DIRECTED BY Pedro Costa
PORTUGAL | 2019 | Portuguese W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

 

A film of deeply concentrated beauty, acclaimed filmmaker Pedro Costa’s Vitalina Varela stars nonprofessional actor Vitalina Varela in an extraordinary performance based on her own life. Vitalina plays a Cape Verdean woman who has travelled to Lisbon to reunite with her husband, after two decades of separation, only to arrive mere days after his funeral. Alone in a strange forbidding land, she perseveres and begins to establish a new life. Winner of the Golden Leopard for Best Film and Best Actress at the Locarno Film Festival, as well as an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival, Vitalina Varela is a film of shadow and whisper, a profoundly moving and visually ravishing masterpiece.

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INCITEMENT
DIRECTED BY Yaron Zilberman
ISRAEL | 2019 | HEBREW W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

 

Acclaimed writer-director Yaron Zilberman (A Late Quartet) chronicles the disturbing descent of a promising law student to an intransigent ultranationalist obsessed with murdering his country’s leader, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Incitement is a gripping and unnerving look through the eyes of a murderer who silenced a powerful voice for peace.

“Powerful. The incitement in Israel that killed Yitzhak Rabin.” – The New York Times

“Timely. Remarkable. Chilling.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“A Daring and Important Film.” – Variety

“A Chilling Portrait. Explores the mind of an assassin.” – Los Angeles Times

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The Perfect Nanny
DIRECTED BY Lucie Borleteau
FRANCE | 2019 | FRENCH W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

 

Myriam (Leïla Bekhti) and Paul (Antoine Reinartz), are your typical pair of Parisian bobos and parents of two young children, toddler Adam, and 5-year-old Mila, who are taking up all of Myriam’s time. When Myriam decides to go back to work despite her husband’s initial reluctancy, the couple starts looking for a nanny. After a very selective process, they finally find the perfect candidate, Louise, a poised 40-year old woman who is an instant hit with both kids and parents. But appearances can be deceiving, even dangerous…
Adapted from the eponymous novel by Leïla Slimani, winner of the Goncourt prize, and based on a a true story that took place in Manhattan in 2012, the film offers a true pedestal to Karin Viard who seizes with formidable mastery this role of a disturbed nanny whose mask of perfection gradually cracks.

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Balloon
Directed by Michael Bully Herbig
GERNANY | 2018 | GERMAN W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

 

A thriller-like true story of one of the most spectacular escapes of the 20th Century.
With a theatrical release to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Germany’s reunification, BALLOON is based on the true events of one of the most daring escapes of the Cold War in which two families living in Communist East Germany sailed over the heavily fortified border in a homemade hot-air balloon.

In the summer of 1979, the Strelzyk and Wetzel families—who had been working on their audacious plan for more than two years—try to flee East Germany in a self-made hot-air balloon. But after the balloon crash-lands just before the West German border, the Stasi find traces of the attempted escape and immediately launch an investigation. In a nerve-wracking race against the clock, the two families attempt to build a new escape balloon as the Stasi get closer and closer each day…

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Pahokee
DIRECTED BY Patrick Bresnan, Ivete Lucas
USA | 2019 | ENGLISH, SPANSIH W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

 

In a small agricultural town in the Florida Everglades, hopes for the future are concentrated on the youth. Four teens face heartbreak and celebrate in the rituals of an extraordinary senior year.

 

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Gamble Rogers: Down at the Terminal Tavern
DIRECTED BY Bill Sykes
USA | 2018 | ENGLISH 

 

Gamble Rogers: singer, songwriter, storyteller… hero.
Gamble conjured up a cast of mythical characters from his fictional Oklawaha County, then took them on the road. First to the stages of “skull orchard” saloons, then on to NPR and all the way to Carnegie Hall. His apocryphal tall tales, laced with homespun philosophical humor, and his red-hot guitar playing held his audiences spellbound.
“… for Gamble Rogers, entertaining is life; most everything else is waiting.”
Rolling Stone

Gamble created a world where the common people were anything but common.
They were the sage, and the sorry, and every encounter was funny as hell.
“Gamble didn’t have to talk, didn’t have to sing. If he got up on stage and played
you’d be going, ‘ Oh My God!’ But what people went crazy about was the talking.”
Michael Peter Smith

Gamble Rogers spun his stories with a literary flair and a precise vocabulary that belie their backwoods settings. He invites audiences to a raucous “meet and greet” in his off-kilter world. And he delivers. Gamble’s world harbors the sensible and the senseless, from loading ramp philosophers like Agamemnon Jones & Still Bill, to the Hell’s Belles motorcycle gang at the Terminal Tavern. An end of the line establishment,
“… filled with a million shattered dreams, that dangled like declensions of despair.”

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