David is, like so many 10-year-old boys, fascinated by war: he builds plastic models of all kinds of military vehicles and plays war games with his friends. Fourteen years later, in May 1994, he has established himself as a news photographer, and is traveling through war-torn Rwanda with thirty-year-old reporter Mats, documenting the genocide of the Tutsis and Hutus. The Last Dog in Rwanda is a film about the fascination of war in all stages of life, from playing wargames as a little boy to documenting real wars as an adult. | Read MoreDrama
A hot summer day in Atlanta is the setting for this exploration of the intersecting lives of a TV actress, a rock band, a lonely nobody, a young girl, and her father. As the day unfolds, a delusional bible salesman (David Carradine) and a pretentious film director (Faye Dunaway) serve as guides, revealing the true nature of these relationships. | Read More
For the last 53 years, The Last Ice Merchant Baltazar Ushca has harvested glacial ice from the tallest mountain in Ecuador, prompting this tale of cultural change and indigenous people.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Long Story Short program. | Read MoreDocumentary
This family memoir recounts the history of a North African community. After WWII, Libya still had a small, but strong, Sephardic Jewish population with its own traditions and dialect. Sixty years later, no one remains.
Roumani-Denn tells her family's history--Libyans for centuries, now scattered throughout the Diaspora. Narrated by Isabella Rossellini. In English, Hebrew, Italian and Arabic. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
All the beauty, terror, humor, uncertainty, and paradoxes of modern Asia merge in Ratanaruang's richly stylized tale of an obsessive-compulsive, suicidal Japanese librarian with a mysterious past and an insouciant Thai prostitute with an uncertain future. Vibrant cinematography by Christopher Doyle and subtle performances (including Asano Tadanobu's) have already made the film a hit (and an award-winner) at festivals worldwide. | Read More
In Beirut, a city where so much blood has been spilled in seemingly interminable political conflicts, the sudden appearance of what appear to be victims of a serial killer isn't especially alarming. A 40-year-old doctor (Carlos Chahine, in an astonishing performance) develops links to the victims, and begins to exhibit strange and disturbing symptoms of his own. | Read MoreDrama
Michel Bouquet gives a stunning performance as France's late President, summoning up his experiences for a young journalist (Jalil Lespert) who is helping him compile his memoirs. The resulting portrait of one of the West's last Socialist leaders is as subtle a depiction of the workings of power as the cinema has ever offered. | Read More
Apart for one night, a happily married couple (Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington) is confronted by temptation that may decide the fate of their marriage. Last Night is ultimately about choices—to be in a relationship with someone, to give yourself to someone physically, to open yourself emotionally, and how to survive all three. Eva Mendes, Guillaume Canet, and Griffin Dunne also star in this sexy, provocative romantic drama. | Read MoreDrama and Female Director(s)
The intersecting histories of a stadium, a team, and a music legend are examined in a documentary that charts the ups and downs of the New York Mets and the life and career of Long Island native Billy Joel, the last performer to play Shea Stadium. Set to the soundtrack of Joel's final Shea concerts, Last Play interweaves personal Joel interviews with exclusive concert footage—featuring guests like Tony Bennett and Roger Daltrey. | Read MoreESPN, Sports, Documentary, Music
Showcasing a tour-de-force performance from veteran Dennis Farina, THE LAST RITES OF JOE MAY chronicles the final days of an aging, short money hustler clinging to the belief that he’s one scam away from the glorious destiny he’s always deserved. Now in his sixties, his health failing and resources dwindling, Joe is presented with one last shot at redemption in the eyes of a community that’s all but left him for dead. | Read MoreDrama
For thirty-eight years, Vincent Cafarelli and Candy Kugel worked together on animated films. Then Vincent, after a day at work, went home, went to bed and never woke up. The Last Time is both a tribute to their collaboration and a recognition of sudden and massive loss. | Read MoreFemale Director(s), Documentary, Animation, Relationships