Join director Lynn Shelton (Humpday) for a discussion of her new film, Your Sister's Sister. The story begins when Iris (Emily Blunt) invites her friend Jack (Mark Duplass) to stay at her family's remote getaway while he grieves the death of his brother. Iris drops in unexpectedly on the heels of Jack's drunken encounter with Iris' sister, Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt), resulting in a rivalry and other surprising revelations. | Read More
An anesthesiologist who listens to his patients mumbling under sedation and a late night talk show host (Hend Sabri) whose callers reveal secrets are the yearning principals of The Aquarium, an ambitious examination of repression--both sexual and political--in Cairo today.
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Brilliantly blurring the borders of narrative and documentary filmmaking, artist-cum-director Clio Barnard beautifully reconstructs the fascinating true story of troubled British playwright Andrea Dunbar and her tumultuous relationship with her daughter. Working from two years of audio interviews, Barnard uses classic documentary techniques, actors, theatrical performance, and Dunbar's own neighborhood to generate a unique cinematic feast while unraveling the truths of a dark family past. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
Based on Scottish playwright David Greig's The Architect, Tauber's debut feature pits an architect (Anthony LaPaglia) against a female community resident who lives in a dangerous housing project that he designed. By contrasting two Chicago families in divergent economic circumstances, The Architect ably explores political, sexual, and class issues. | Read MoreDrama
A joyously uplifting celebration of the creative process and the inventive, outrageous downtown art scene of New York from the past 30 years, Arias with a Twist focuses its lens on the inspired collaboration between cabaret and drag artist Joey Arias and master puppeteer Basil Twist, whose groundbreaking 2008 show brought them some of the biggest success of their careers. Featuring never-before-seen footage of Andy Warhol, Jim Henson, Keith Haring, Grace Jones, and Divine. | Read MoreDocumentary
This beautifully rendered atmospheric story captures a young woman addicted to heroin trying to get clean at a rundown resort on the Mexican Gulf Coast. There she meets a local character and the two begin a unique rapport. First-time narrative filmmaker Yulene Olaizola subverts the conventional addict story and imbues her main characters with a complexity and honesty that inspires this delicate and resonant journey of two old souls. | Read MoreDrama and Female Director(s)
The economy has kept Roberto (José Mota) out of work for a long time. When a freak accident puts him at the center of a media frenzy, the enterprising ad exec hires a snaky agent to help him cash in on his life-or-death situation. It's up to Roberto's adoring wife (the vivacious Salma Hayek) to convince him he's worth more alive than dead. Cult director Álex de la Iglesia takes a fresh new step, combining a darkly comic satire with an emotional drama of a family's love. | Read MoreDrama and Thriller
A 12-year-old boy in a war-torn fishing village in Somalia must decide between falling into the pirate life or rising above to choose the path of an honest fisherman in Asad.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Character Flaws program. | Read MoreDrama
Christmas Eve, 1994. In war-torn Algiers, four men uniformed as border guards hijack Air France Flight 8969, foreboding doom for all 220 passengers. But on their arrival in Marseilles, the elite French SWAT force waits to avert tragedy…. Based on the harrowing true story of one of the most successful anti-terrorist operations in history, and incorporating actual news footage, this action-packed thriller from Julien Leclercq (Chrysalis) is packed with heart-pounding intensity. | Read MoreThriller
A psychiatrist's wife (Natasha Richardson) becomes curious about one of her husband's patients, a man who brutally murdered his wife and is now in an asylum on the outskirts of London. Sir Ian McKellen also stars in this chiller which teams the director of Young Adam and the playwright of Closer, working from a novel by the author of Spider. A Paramount Classics release. | Read More
They say all good things come in threes. We're certain the old proverb applies to films too, so this year for the first time we're screening the second and third place films in the Heineken Audience Award competition. | Read More