Robert Arnold’s moving documentary chronicles the life of a developmentally disabled 22-year-old who has difficulty integrating what he hears, sees and feels because the two halves of his brain do not communicate well. With short Outsider: The Life and Art of Judith Scott.
D.H. Lawrence’s controversial novel detailing the affair of an upper-crust woman and a virile gameskeeper benefits from a sensual French update in this luxurious reflection on sexuality, class and female empowerment. Winner of Best Film and four other Césars, it’s intelligent, gorgeous and quite hot.
The controversial Palestinian president granted filmmaker Sherine Salama his final interview for this fascinating documentary that combines the political complexities of the Middle East with the reporter’s action-packed quest to land her big story.
A young Brazilian woman turns to prostitution to support her newborn baby. But far from being a depressing or cautionary tale about victimhood or social injustice, Karim Aïnouz’s feisty follow up to Madame Sãta (SFIFF 2003) is an unapologetically sexy ode to women’s liberation.
A self-sufficient 86-year-old Danish bachelor and the pragmatic Russian nun converting his dilapidated estate into a Russian Orthodox monastery engage in a bracing and occasionally hilarious battle of wills in this award-winning documentary of uncommon intimacy and grace.
A twelve-year-old Malaysian boy’s friendship with a sharp-tongued, assertive little girl moves awkwardly and wistfully into first love in this gently comic prequel to Yasmin Ahmad’s Sepet (SFIFF 2005) and Gubra (SFIFF 2006).
There are film editors, and then there’s Walter Murch. Widely considered the world’s greatest cutter for Apocalypse Now, The English Patient and many other masterworks, he’s a generous and erudite man, eager to share and explicate his passion for film in this revealing documentary.
"For the first time in my life I feel happiness and sorrow at the same time." These words, from the confused daughter of an absentee dad, sum up this spellbinding documentary’s messy emotional landscape. With short Josephine Baker: Black Diva in a White Man’s World.
Eleven musicians including Jason Lytle (of Grandaddy), avant-garde legend William Winant, Marc Capelle and Devin Hoff and Ches Smith (of Good for Cows) play newly composed scores to the short animated films of Emily and Georgia Hubley, David Russo, Kelly Sears, Wladyslaw Starewicz and Jim Trainor.
After years in jail for his role in the 1980 Gwangju Massacre, a student activist is released into a substantially changed Korea. Revisiting the violence and passion of his past, he discovers that his lover, now dead, has left him a legacy. An impressive and heartfelt drama from the director of A Good Lawyer’s Wife.