Six-foot-six Ukrainian brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko emigrated to Germany to begin careers in heavyweight boxing in 1996, and the sport was never the same. After a 15-year reign over the ring, they made history in 2008, becoming the first brothers in the sport to hold world titles at the same time. Through an engaging mix of candid interviews and absorbing fight footage, Klitschko offers a captivating glimpse into the makings of these champion boxing brothers. | Read MoreESPN, Sports, Documentary
In this beautifully animated film, Laura's family moves from the country to the city. Laura is sad and lonely until one night a shooting star lands outside her window. With the help of this magical star, Laura finds happiness and friends in her new home. A tale about embracing life's changes, this colorful adventure is a perfect "first film" experience. Preceded by First Flight (8 min.). (Ages 4+) | Read MoreAnimation
A Soviet family searching for a modest paradise is swept into the immense Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986, recalled through small episodes as Leonid's Story.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Long Story Short program. | Read MoreDocumentary
Packed with five decades of rare archival footage and captivating melodies, Mama Africa tells the incredible story of Miriam Makeba. First introduced to American audiences by Harry Belafonte, Makeba's songs exposed the injustice of Apartheid in South Africa to the world—resulting in a 30-year exile from her home country. Throughout her life, Makeba inspired millions through her powerful songs of joy, love, and revolution. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
The empty existence of a German official living in Tbilisi, Georgia, brightens when he forms a tenuous friendship with a 12-year-old girl living in one of the city's refugee camps. But corruption, violence and accusations of pedophilia taint their growing bond, echoing post-Soviet Georgia's uneasy relationship with the West. In Georgian and German.
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A masterwork of silent cinema directed by Paul Czinner and starring the acclaimed German language theater actress Elisabeth Bergner. Else, a lively young girl, finds her existence suddenly crushed by the bankruptcy of her father (Albert Bassermann, another German theater icon). The print is a new archival restoration from the Cineteca di Bologna. Featuring live piano accompaniment. | Read More
A young Gestapo officer and a Catholic priest engage in a battle of wills in this thoughtfully written and superbly acted drama of ideas based on the 1945 memoirs of of Father Jean Bernard, a Luxembourg priest, who was one of almost 3,000 clergymen set to hard labor in Dachau. A Kino International release. | Read More
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)
A woman tends to her comatose husband, an injured rebel fighter in an unnamed, war-torn village, only whispering of her fear for their two young daughters' lives. Weeks go by, and as her desperation grows, she gives voice to previously unuttered thoughts and memories without regard for anyone’s reaction. In a mesmerizing performance, Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani portrays a woman who, under the most extreme circumstances, discovers the core of her identity. | Read MoreDrama
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