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The alarming disappearance of humor from Iran's political discourse is traced when an improv troupe of political satirists, the leader of which is a Persian counterpart of the medieval jester, learn that the government is about to close their theater. Preceded by Inside Out, a short about Iranian transsexuals. | Read MoreDocumentary
Amid the swirl of controversy surrounding Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ comes this timely portrait of Sister Rose Thering, a nun who has made the battle against anti-Semitism her life's work. Rose challenged the doctrine blaming Jews for the death of Jesus, took a leading role in Vatican II, and carries on her fight today. | Read MoreDocumentary
Stanley Kramer's (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Caine Mutiny) first film as topline producer came on a film that ironically has never screened in New York City, though many film buffs count it amongst their favorites. And for good reason: The subtle sarcasm and nimble wordplay beat Woody Allen and a legion of New York storytellers to the wry punch by decades. | Read More
Solanas is one of Latin America's great militant filmmakers. On par with his classic Hour of the Furnaces, A Social Genocide is both grand cinema and a passionate plea to reflect on the devastating consequences that globalization, neo-liberal politics, and political corruption have had on once-rich Argentina. | Read More
Jesse, an 11-year old deaf-mute boy, sets out to find an audio cassette his
mother recorded shortly before her death, which may be locked in a storage
room. The director of The Runner and Marathon portrays the boy's determined
search as a heroic quest. | Read More
O Brother Where Art Thou…Magnolia…Garden State. Whether as an orchestral score or in the form of a simple pop song, a film's soundtrack can serve as a framing device as integral as the story itself. Join us a conversation about the powerful effect of music in film. | Read More
Valeria is a passive onlooker to her own life in Turin, and she grows so obsessed with the activities of her neighbor Massimo that when he moves to Rome she decides to follow him. There she meets and unexpectedly befriends Massimo's companion Flavia, and becomes enmeshed in both of their lives.
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In Eyre's adaptation of Jeffrey Hatcher's award-winning play, Ned (Billy Crudup) is a star actor, endowed with complete "female stage beauty." But when his assistant Maria (Clare Danes) makes waves in an after-hours production of Othello, the King (Rupert Everett) prohibits men from playing female roles and Ned's career is ruined overnight, forcing him to reevalute himself and Maria to rethink her feelings for him. Also starring Ben Chaplin, Tom Wilkinson, Richard Griffiths, and newcomer Zoe Potter. | Read More
In this uplifting romantic drama, a rich kid (Jonathan Tucker) joins the Marines and endures training from a hard-bitten drill instructor (Val Kilmer). While on leave, he falls for a schizophrenic entertainer (Rachael Leigh Cook). Their budding romance is tested by deployments and separations, proving that all is fair in love and war. With contributions from a stellar cast, Stateside delivers quite an emotional punch. | Read More
A factory foreman inspects his workers. An old woman sells peanuts in paper cones. A hospital employee becomes a drag performer at night. Using only images, sound, and music, Perez presents a "day in the life" of 10 ordinary Havana residents, creating a mesmerizing panorama of daily activity in the Cuban capital. | Read More