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SHOWING RESULTS | FILMS FROM THE FESTIVAL YEAR 2009
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PASSING STRANGE

  • Release Year: 2009
  • Runtime: 134 minutes
  • Country: USA
After a sold-out run at The Public Theater, a Broadway transfer, and multiple nominations and awards (including a Tony), the spectacular Passing Strange played its final super-energized performance in 2008. But before that final curtain, Spike Lee captured the show on film, amazingly retaining and transmitting the power and intensity of co-creator/star Stew and crew's performances so that nobody has to miss one of the greatest theatrical productions in recent memory. Join Lee, Stew, and co-creator Heidi Rodewald for a conversation following the screening on May 2. | Read More
Drama
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PLAYGROUND

  • Release Year: 2008
  • Runtime: 85 minutes
  • Directed By: Libby Spears
  • Country: USA
Executive produced by George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Steven Soderbergh, this astonishing doc travels to the dark heart of one of the world's most sinister industries—the child sex trade. Beginning her journey infiltrating brothels in South Korea and Thailand, director Libby Spears soon discovers that the United States is a major player in the human trafficking racket and turns her attention to the homeland. Featuring original artwork by Yoshitomo Nara. | Read More
Female Director(s) and Documentary
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POLIWOOD

  • Release Year: 2009
  • Runtime: 85 minutes
  • Directed By: Barry Levinson
  • Country: USA
In this fascinating documentary, legendary Academy Award®-winning director Barry Levinson sets out to explore the collision and collusion between politics and Hollywood. The film gives the viewer a front-row seat and backroom access to the most significant presidential campaign of the 21st century. Featuring interviews with high-profile celebrities and powerful political figures, Poliwood looks at the influence Hollywood has over today's political process as we discover the thin line between politician and actor, news and entertainment, policy and tabloid. | Read More
Documentary
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QUEEN TO PLAY

  • Release Year: 2009
  • Runtime: 96 minutes
  • Directed By: Caroline Bottaro
  • Country: Germany and France
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 More
Drama and Female Director(s)
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RACHEL

  • Release Year: 2008
  • Runtime: 101 minutes
  • Directed By: Simone Bitton
  • Country: France and Belgium
An insightful and provocative exploration into the complexities of political solidarity, Rachel is the story of Rachel Corrie, a 22-year-old American member of the International Solidarity Movement, who died trying to prevent an Israeli army bulldozer from destroying Palestinian homes in the Gaza Strip in 2003. Director Simone Bitton interweaves excerpts from Corrie's diary with interviews with activists and Israeli army personnel. | Read More
Female Director(s) and Documentary
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RACING DREAMS

  • Release Year: 2009
  • Runtime: 95 minutes
  • Directed By: Marshall Curry
  • Country: USA
What Little League is to baseball, go-karting is to auto racing. Oscar®-nominated director Marshall Curry (Street Fight) follows the exhilarating and emotional journeys of three top racers competing for the national championship. Three adolescents and their families must discover if they have the talent and dedication—and sponsorship dollars—to one day become NASCAR superstars. | Read More
Sports and Documentary
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RUDO Y CURSI

  • Release Year: 2008
  • Runtime: 102 minutes
  • Country: USA and Mexico
Stars Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna and producers Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy), and Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel) present a splendid, riotous film about a pair of thickheaded stepbrothers whose rivalry takes them from their jobs on a small-town banana ranch to star spots on opposing soccer teams. | Read More
Drama, Comedy, Sports
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SALT OF THIS SEA

  • Release Year: 2008
  • Runtime: 108 minutes
  • Directed By: Annemarie Jacir
  • Country: Palestine
Brooklyn-raised Soraya (spoken-word artist Suheir Hammad) travels to Palestine to retrieve her grandfather's savings, frozen in a Jaffa bank account after his 1948 exile. Frustrated by unwieldy official policies, she sets out with friend/love interest Emad on a road trip for poetic justice into Israel—after which there is no return. | Read More
Drama and Female Director(s)
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