In this spectacularly scary slasher film from Norway, five snowboarders encounter a masked murderer in an abandoned ski lodge. Fans of last year’s surprise hit The Descent will thrill to the icy chills in this cleverly written and directed horror flick.
Pedro Costa’s ongoing collaboration with Cape Verdean immigrants in a Lisbon slum reaches a poetic apex in this minimalist narrative that examines real struggles of real people. Although elliptical and often challenging, the film engages interest with its sympathetic rendering of dislocated and disillusioned souls.
In this existential comedy, Belgian inventor Michel learns he is adopted and journeys to Quebec to find his biological family. His quest sets off a cosmic chain of unlikely and humorous events that will change his fortunes forever.
This collection of international narrative and documentary short films features Bolivian female wrestlers, an unorthodox substitute teacher and other extraordinary people who risk danger to achieve success. Titles include The Substitute, The Fighting Cholitas, His Eye Is on the Sparrow, Loss, The Days and the Hours, Sari’s Mother, and The Last Dog in Rwanda.
Recalling vintage Godard and Truffaut in its playful approach to serious subjects and beguiling shifts in tone and tempo, Christophe Honoré’s wistful tale of two brothers in the City of Lights invokes the jazzy highs and bridge-jumping lows of love, family and reading in bed.
In this fable-like gem from Chad, a young man seeks to avenge his father’s murder in the aftermath of the country’s civil war but finds that justice has complicated consequences when he befriends the man responsible for the crime. One of Peter Sellars’ New Crowned Hope films.
Tony Blair and Gordon Brown make a (thus far unkept) pact to tag-team turns as U.K. prime minister in this politically astute, dryly witty collaboration by screenwriter Peter Morgan (this year’s Kanbar Award recipient) and director Stephen Frears, who scored last year with the similarly trenchant The Queen.
Indie favorite Tom DiCillo’s hip and high-spirited urbane comedy gives an insider’s view of life among the "licensed photography professionals" of New York City, whose existence is fueled by an obsession with elusive sightings of the stars.
The power of the image takes hold in this program of international documentary and narrative shorts. Titles include Woman and Gramophone, WE ARE EVERYWHERE, Tube with a Hat, GREYHOUNDS, Waiting for Yesterday, DEAR BILL GATES, STRIP SHOW, Making the Balkans Erotic, and Nude Caboose.
The genocide in Darfur is examined in this vital documentary focusing on ex-U.S. Marine Captain Brian Steidle, who takes a job as an unarmed military observer in Sudan, where as a witness and activist he uses his camera to convey horrible truths.