Yesim Ustaoglu's (Journey to the Sun) latest is a gorgeous, expertly developed cross-generational dramedy. When an aging matriarch (90-year-old Tsilla Chelton) starts showing signs of dementia, her dysfunctional family in Istanbul must navigate a minefield of unresolved issues to care for her. Pandora's Box took the top prize and Chelton was named best actress at the San Sebastián International Film Festival. | Read MoreDrama and Female Director(s)
In this portrait of a character and a society, Malek and his mother struggle with an insidious inertia 15 years after the Lebanese civil war in which thousands disappeared, including Malek's father. The title and situation recall the poignant optimism of Lou Reed's classic song, and the film's own award-winning original music is unforgettable. In Arabic. | Read MoreDrama
Acclaimed Chinese-Indonesian director Edwin (Blind Pig Who Wants To Fly) returns with a gorgeous, dreamlike fairy tale set inside Jakarta's wondrous Ragunan Zoo. Abandoned in the zoo as a little girl and raised among the wild menagerie, Lana finally embarks outside the peculiar confines she has always known—and into the seedier side of Jakarta—when she falls in love with a charming magician. | Read More
Sandrine Bonnaire plays an inquisitive hotel maid captivated by a vacationing couple (Jennifer Beals, Dominic Gould) playing chess. Thus begins her obsession with mastering the game and transforming her uninspired life. An American expat (Kevin Kline) mentors her in the game that alters both their lives in this delightful feel-good French import. | Read MoreDrama and Female Director(s)
Two decades after he disappeared from Naples, ex-gangster Rosario has earned all the rewards of a simple life in rural Germany—a lovely young wife, a new son, and a gratifying restaurant/hotel business. But when a pair of mysterious young men take a room at his hotel, Rosario's violent past catches up with him. The great Toni Servillo (Il Divo, Gomorrah) stars in this slow-burn dramatic thriller, a brilliant addition to the new school of sophisticated, subtly suspenseful Italian crime films. | Read MoreDrama and Crime
A girl ostensibly trying to save her mother might be saving much more in this film set in a time during which all borders of ethnic, religious, and cultural differences are being questioned. Rain Is Falling takes a look into a foreign world and encourages a dialogue between the worlds of strangers. | Read More
In their first season together, the Berlin Philharmonic and new conductor Sir Simon Rattle collaborated on Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. This spectacle of dance and music brought together 250 young people from 25 countries and a variety of social backgrounds. The film celebrates the children discovering their own creativity and seeing the potential in their own lives.
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Teenage dropouts Adam and Tommek pass their days hanging out and drinking in their grim housing complex, but as grinding boredom combines with Adam's insecurity and Tommek's penchant for petty crime, they make a bet that plunges them into violence. Based on actual events. | Read MoreDrama
Acclaimed director Fatih Akin's (The Edge of Heaven, Head-On) latest is a lively and delicious romp centered on hapless young restaurant owner Zinos, who's juggling a working-class clientele alienated by his new gourmet chef, a larcenous brother, tax inspectors, health officers, and real estate sharks… but his biggest concern aside from pleasing palates is mending the broken heart he was left with when his girlfriend moved to Shanghai. | Read MoreComedy and Music
A paean to amateur filmmakers everywhere, this documentary finds Riahi on an absorbing search for the mysterious auteur of a few inept, late '70s films. Once he discovers a local Vienna film club with its subculture of film fanatics, the documentary takes a twist to the point of no return. | Read More
In contemporary Istanbul, the basic goodness and simplicity of Muharrem, a 45-year old single man living in one of the city's oldest neighborhoods, earn him new duties with the leader of the religious sect he serves so selflessly. But soon he falls victim to the group's hidden agenda, as faith and materialism collide. In Turkish.
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In an unprecedented insider first look, Thieves by Law is a front-row invitation into the living rooms and offices of some of the most controversial and elite head honchos in the Russian mafia. Rising through the criminal ranks, the balance of what's legitimate versus what's illegal, and the meaning behind those tattoos made so famous by Viggo Mortensen in Eastern Promises… it's all out on the table in this surprising documentary. | Read MoreCrime and Documentary
Evelyn Glennie was an 8-year-old with a knack for music when she started going deaf and doctors told her she would not be able to pursue music. Touch the Sound demonstrates just how wrong they were. Making music everywhere she goes, Glennie, often accompanied by the great Fred Frith, creates joyful percussion out of everything from drums to chopsticks to stiletto heels. A Shadow Distribution release. | Read More
At age 58, award-winning filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim found out he was adopted. The search for his biological mother leads him-and the audience-on a dark and engrossing journey into a world of Nazi occupation, prison hospitals, and the SS. | Read MoreDocumentary