Democratic expression as uprising, demonstration and manifestation form the question of what is needed to show a political effect today.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Journeys Across Cultural Landscapes program. | Read MoreDocumentary
Everyone's nightmare visit to the dentist becomes a reality in this film by Signe Baumane, who has collaborated with Bill Plympton on numerous films. She is also a New York Foundation for the Arts Film Fellow and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. | Read MoreAnimation
A mini-essay on motion, image tracking and mapping in an explicitly digital form, Depart moves through various modes of software and internet aesthetics to frame images of sublime landscapes and flying vehicles. Set to a score of air traffic control radios, transportation ambience and ominous drones, the accumulating layers of found, manufactured and self-shot footage—plus a swarm of digitally animated fireflies—ease into an ambivalent co-existence. | Read MoreDocumentary, Animation, Science Fiction
Winner of the Academy Award® for best foreign language film, Departures is the eccentric, lushly scored, movingly funny tale of a cellist who returns to his picturesque rural hometown with his adoring wife following the breakup of his Tokyo orchestra. A cryptic classified ad for work in "Departures" leads him into an unexpected but strangely rewarding new job as an undertaker. | Read MoreDrama
A tale of innocence shattered, dreams destroyed and vengeance fulfilled, Descent begins with an idealistic vision of college sweethearts and wild house parties, but quickly falls apart. A rape sends Maya (Rosario Dawson) into a spiral of drugs, rage and despair-until she is reunited with her attacker and offered a chance to settle the score. A City Lights Pictures Release.
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Richard has been pissing people off for 50 years. A recovering alcoholic from North Dakota, he finally musters the courage to complete the eighth and ninth steps of the 12-Step Program. With a list of everyone he's wronged—from ex-wives to ex-mistresses, abandoned children to slighted pals—Richard tries to make amends. But has he really changed? Soulful folk music and rich characters bring levity and humor to an emotional story of redemption. | Read MoreDocumentary
In Director Tony Kaye’s Detachment, Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody stars as Henry Barthes, an educator with a true talent to connect with his students. Yet Henry has chosen to bury his gift. By spending his days as a substitute teacher, he conveniently avoids any emotional connections by never staying anywhere long enough to form an attachment to either students or colleagues. When a new assignment places him at a public school where a frustrated, burned-out administration has created an apathetic student body, Henry quickly becomes a role model as a teacher who actually cares about the well-being of these students. In finding an emotional connection to the students but also fellow teachers and a runaway teen, he finds that he’s not alone in a life and death struggle to find beauty in a seemingly vicious and loveless world. | Read MoreDrama
In a fantastical steampunk version of ancient China, legendary sleuth Detective Dee returns from exile to help solve a series of suspicious murders on the eve of the coronation of the country's first empress. A period epic from genre master Tsui Hark, Detective Dee is an action-packed, visually breathtaking Sherlock Holmes-style mystery featuring stars Andy Lau, Li Bingbing, Carina Lau, and Tony Leung Ka-fai. | Read MoreCrime, Action, Thriller
Vittorio de Seta (b. 1923) is credited with having made both features and documentaries that depicted the brutal industrial development, which transformed Italy in the second half of the 20th Century. This documentary will be accompanied by Martin Scorsese's presentation of several rare de Seta documentary shorts. (See also Almost a Man in Restored and Rediscovered.) | Read More