Is anti-Semitism an extant threat on the verge of coalescing into a second Holocaust? Or is it a scare tactic used by right-wing Zionists to discredit their critics? Speaking with the head of the Anti-Defamation League, controversial author Norman Finkelstein, and others, Shamir sets out to discover the realities of anti-Semitism today. His findings are both shocking and wryly funny. | Read MoreDocumentary
"The King of the Bs," Edgar G. Ulmer was one of the first independent filmmakers, shooting movies in six days for a fraction of the cost of a studio feature. This documentary searches for an understanding of the mysterious and oft-forgotten man behind some of the most classic noir, horror, and sci-fi films in history. Preceding a screening of an archival print of Ulmer's low-budget classic Detour. | Read More
Gustav Deutsch, the maestro of found footage filmmaking, excavates old movies from archives worldwide (including the Kinsey Institute) to weave together a stunning vision of the natural and mythological order of the universe, love between the sexes, and weapons of mass destruction. Recommended for adults only. | Read MoreDrama
Graying but determined, Mamo is a famed Kurdish musician who obtains permission to cross the Iranian border to give his first concert in Iraqi Kurdistan. But the journey poses endless challenges, especially when he tries to bring a female singer from Iran, where performances by women have been silenced since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Winner of the Golden Shell, 2006 San Sebastian Film Festival. In Kurdish and Farsi. A Strand Release.
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Over the past twenty-five years, director Michael Haneke has established himself as a towering figure in modern cinema whose rigorous focus on the craft of filmmaking has produced works of profound artistry. This career-spanning documentary offers invaluable insight into his creative process, through unprecedented access to the man and his work on set and interviews with frequent collaborators including Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert and Juliette Binoche. | Read MoreDocumentary
Amateur filmmaker Marci Tenczer was smitten with his cousin, Liesl Goldarbeiter and chronicled her rise from a modest childhood in Vienna to the Texas competition where she was crowned the first Miss Universe. Then Hitler upended everyone's universe. Péter Forgács (El Perro Negro, Best Documentary, 2005 Tribeca Film Festival) continues his fascinating exploration of Europe's private history through home movies. | Read MoreDocumentary
A diary portrait of underground filmmaker Marie Menken based on the reminiscences of her family and friends. Various interviewees recount stories of how Menken and her husband, filmmaker Willard Maas, became the inspiration for the protagonists of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? In English. | Read MoreDocumentary
Music is there at the start. The composition is in charge of direction and draws the sound-on-film onto the image. The sound-on-film generates abstract pictures that trace and visualize the music.
Screening in Shorts Program: Digital Dilemma | Read MoreExperimental
In 1939, Nazis seized control of Austrian art collector Lea Bondi's beloved Egon Schiele painting "Portrait of Wally." For 70 years the Bondi family fought to reclaim the painting in a battle that pitted them against the likes of the Austrian government, billionaire art collectors, MoMA, and NPR. Director Andrew Shea's documentary is a fascinating and intricate detective story that highlights the struggle between doing what is right and doing what is convenient. | Read MoreDocumentary
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