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Now Playing on FLIFF Virtual Cinema:

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”

COMING JUNE 5!

SHIRLEY
Directed by Josephine Decker
USA / 2020 / English 

 

Renowned horror writer Shirley Jackson is on the precipice of writing her masterpiece when the arrival of newlyweds upends her meticulous routine and heightens tensions in her already tempestuous relationship with her philandering husband. The middle-aged couple, prone to ruthless barbs and copious afternoon cocktails, begins to toy mercilessly with the naïve young couple at their door.

COMING JUNE 5!

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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CORPUS CHRISTI
DIRECTED BY JAN KOMASA
POLAND | 2019 | POLISH W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

 

After years in juvenile prison, 20-year-old Daniel is released and sent to a small village to work as a manual laborer. Upon his arrival, a quick lie has him mistaken for a priest. Though untrained, his passion and charisma inspire the community. At the same time, his unconventional sermons and unpriestly behavior raise suspicions.

Anchored by a “dynamically physical, wild-eyed performance” (The Hollywood Reporter) from newcomer Bartosz Bielenia, the Oscar-nominated CORPUS CHRISTI is an incisive, darkly humorous, and “engrossing exploration of faith, second chances and the possibility of atonement” (Screen).

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THE WILD GOOSE LAKE
DIRECTED BY DIAO YINAN
CHINA, FRANCE | 2019 | CHINESE W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

 

When small-time mob leader Zhou Zenong (Hu Ge) accidentally kills a cop, a dead-or-alive bounty is placed on his head, forcing him on the lam from both the police as well as dangerous gangsters out for the reward. Hiding out at the Wild Goose Lake, Zhou becomes entangled with a beautiful, enigmatic woman (Gwei Lun Mei), who has mysterious intentions of her own.

From the director of BLACK COAL, THIN ICE and featuring gorgeous, neon-drenched cinematography coupled with bursts of shocking, expertly choreographed action, THE WILD GOOSE LAKE is “spellbinding” (Rolling Stone), “brilliant” (Indiewire) and “downright Hitchcockian” (AV Club).

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L’INNOCENTE
DIRECTED BY LUCHINO VISCONTI
ITALY, FRANCE | 2019 | ITALIAN W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

 

Gabriele d’Annunzio’s passionate novel is brought to life in the final masterpiece from acclaimed director Luchino Visconti. In late-nineteenth century Italy, Tullio (Giancarlo Giannini), an insatiable aristocrat, grows bored with his timid wife Giuliana (Laura Antonelli) and neglects her for his mistress, the wealthy widow Countess Teresa Raffo (Jennifer O’Neill).

Newly restored, L’INNOCENTE is a “luscious stab to the heart of the aristocracy” (Los Angeles Times) that is “among the most beautiful [and] disciplined films” Visconti ever made and a “fitting coda to [his] career” (The New York Times).

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ZOMBI CHILD
DIRECTED BY BERTRAND BONELLO
FRANCE, HAITI | 2019 | FRENCH W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

 

Haiti, 1962. A man is brought back from the dead only to be sent to the living hell of the sugarcane fields. 55 years later, at a Parisian boarding school, a Haitian teenager confesses an old family secret, never imagining that this strange tale will inspire her classmate to do the unthinkable.

The latest from French master Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent, Nocturama), ZOMBI CHILD is an “audacious and cunning” (Little White Lies) new take on classic horror tropes that “poses timely and provocative questions” while “taking us on a journey that’s as intellectually demanding as it is compelling.” (Screen Daily).

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DONA FLOR & HER TWO HUSBANDS
DIRECTED BY BRUNO BARRETO
BRAZIL | 1976 | PORTUGUESE W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

 

Based on the novel by Jorge Amado, this Golden Globe and BAFTA-nominated comedy follows the strange events that befall Dona Flor (Sonia Braga) after she is left a widow by the death of her wild, irresponsible husband. Shortly after remarrying, she finds her new, less-than-satisfying sex life revived when the ghost of her late husband unexpectedly returns.

Newly restored, the “marvelously funny” (Time Magazine) DONA FLOR AND HER TWO HUSBANDS was an instant international hit, launching the career of the “bewitchingly beautiful” (People) Sonia Braga and becoming (at the time) Brazil’s highest grossing box office feature.

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PAHOKEE
Directed by Patrick Bresnan & Ivete Lucas
2020 / Documentary, Kids + Family / English, Spanish

 

In an isolated town in rural Florida, four teens experience the joys and heartbreaks of their last year in high school.

“Lively and rousing as a generational snapshot, buoyed by the lovable, resilient kids at its heart.” – Variety

“Full of hope, life, and beauty.” – Remezcla

“Funnels a vivid snapshot of class and race into poetic tidbits of coming-of-age insight.” – Indiewire

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THE BOOKSELLERS
Directed by D.W. Young
USA / 2019 / English

 

Antiquarian booksellers are part scholar, part detective and part businessperson, and their personalities and knowledge are as broad as the material they handle. They also play an underappreciated yet essential role in preserving history. THE BOOKSELLERS takes viewers inside their small but fascinating world, populated by an assortment of obsessives, intellects, eccentrics and dreamers.

“”The Booksellers” is a documentary for anyone who can still look at a book and see a dream, a magic teleportation device, an object that contains the world.” – Variety

“A treat for anyone who appreciates the printed word.” – The Hollywood Reporter

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VITALINA VARELA
DIRECTED BY Pedro Cost
HAITI, FRANCE / 2019 / FRENCH 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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SANTIAGO, ITALIA
DIRECTED BY Nanni Moretti
ITALIA, CHILE / 2019 / SPANISH, ITALIAN W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

 

In the early seventies, the world was watching as Chile democratically elected Socialist leader Salvador Allende. His political ideals and aspirations—among them providing education for all children and distributing land to the nation’s workers—terrified the country’s right-wing, as well as the U.S., who helped orchestrate a military coup that replaced him with dictator Augusto Pinochet. This tragic history has been well documented, but Italian director Nanni Moretti (Caro Diario, Ecce Bombo, The Son’s room, We have a pope) adds an angle many viewers may not know about: the efforts of the Italian Embassy to save and relocate citizens targeted by the fascist regime. Told through the testimonies of those who were there, Santiago, Italia is a chilling depiction of living under junta rule and an ultimately inspiring expression of hope amidst dire circumstances.

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GAMBLE ROGERS: DOWN AT THE TERMINAL TAVERN

DIRECTED BY Bill Sykes & Melissa Shepard Sykes
USA / 2019 / English

 

Gamble is a wry humorist & chronicler of the classic misadventures & country shenanigans of those backwoods scofflaws, loading ramp philosophers & truly sorry individuals who inhabit his fictional Oklawaha County. He is also an outstanding guitar player & accomplished songwriter. This documentary traces the life & career of this unique & talented artist.

(Gamble) “…was the headliner, and I was the opening act.”
Jimmy Buffet

BILLBOARD Magazine described Gamble’s humor as “…far-reaching and sophisticated,” and labeled his guitar playing as “astounding.”

Gamble Rogers was a true entertainer, who gave his all, on stage, and in one final heroic act.
“… that was an astonishing, valiant courageous effort.”
Jim Stafford.

“Gamble Rogers: Down at the Terminal Tavern.”
A documentary film, narrated by Grammy Award winner, David Holt.

“He’d tell those stories, I… I just felt like I was watching a master at his craft,”
Jimmy Buffet

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THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES
Directed by Alison Reid
2019 / 82 minutes / Canada / English

 

In 1956, four years before Jane Goodall ventured into the world of chimpanzees and seven years before Dian Fossey left to work with mountain gorillas, 23-year-old biologist Anne Innis Dagg made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild. When she returned home a year later, the insurmountable barriers she faced as a female scientist proved hard to overcome. In THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES, Anne (now 86) retraces her steps, offering an intimate window into her life as a young woman, juxtaposed with a first-hand look at the devastating reality that giraffes are facing today. Anne and the species she loves have each experienced triumphs as well as setbacks. THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES gives us a moving perspective on both.

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INCITEMENT

Directed by Yaron Zilberman
2019 / Israel / 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

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THE TIMES OF BILL CUNNINGHAM
Directed by Mark Bozek (II)
2019 / USA / English

 

Told in Bill Cunningham’s own words from a recently unearthed six-hour 1994 interview, the iconic street photographer and fashion historian chronicles, in his customarily cheerful and plainspoken manner, moonlighting as a milliner in France during the Korean War, his unique relationship with First Lady Jackie Kennedy, his four decades at The New York Times and his democratic view of fashion and society. Narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker, The Times of Bill Cunningham features incredible photographs chosen from over 3 million previously unpublicized images and documents from Cunningham.

“A snapshot of a life that leaves you grateful for having encountered it.” – Variety

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THE PERFECT NANNY

France / 2019 / 99 min / French w/Eng subtitles

 

“Perfect Nanny plays the card of dramatic suspense to the point where it comes close to the horror film”— Cineuropa

 

Adapted from the eponymous novel by Leïla Slimani, winner of the Goncourt prize, and based on 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.

THE ETRUSCAN SMILE
USA / 2019 / 107 min / English + Scottish Gaelic

“Brian Cox brings his Scottish brogue to THE ETRUSCAN SMILE as Rory MacNeil, a role that Cox was seemingly born to play: a rough and wild man from the Hebrides off of Scotland, who gets in touch with his softer side when he’s forced to rekindle a relationship with his estranged son in San Francisco…. Cox is a wonder to watch, and seeing him in this gentle, vulnerable role, also spouting folk tales and seductions in ancient Scottish Gaelic, is a treat.”

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BALLOON

Germany / 2019 / 125 min / German w/English subtitles

Just in case you missed our Best Film of 2019…now see it in your living room.
An incredible true story of resistance.
1979, East Germany during the height of the Cold War. Two ordinary families yearning for freedom secretly form a great escape plan to get across to the West: with courage ang ingenuity, they build a hot air balloon with small pieces of cloth for their eight family-members to fly over the border. But an initial failure threatens their entire plan, setting off a dangerous race against time for a second attempt, with the State Police now hot on their heels…