Rani Singh’s jubilant documentary celebrates the enduring legacy of underground culture hero Harry Smith’s influential collection of blues and country classics, brought to life in concert footage featuring Elvis Costello, Nick Cave, Beth Orton, Emmylou Harris, Philip Glass, Lou Reed and other music greats.
Heated up in the Provence summer, 15-year-old Livia madly pursues a fireman almost three times her age. The romantic fantasies of careless youth lead to tragic consequences in director Claire Simon’s perceptive study of adolescence at its most infernal.
Two struggling Dublin musicians fall in love with and through each other’s music in this sublime charmer that puts mainstream romantic comedies to shame. Featuring a superb lead performance by Glenn Hansard, lead singer of the Frames.
Siti and Setio’s marital bliss is threatened by Ludiro’s fiery writhings in Garin Nugroho’s gorgeous postmodern musical—commissioned by Peter Sellars for his New Crowned Hope festival in honor of the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth—that updates an ancient Sanskrit epic with gamelan melodies and Indonesian dancing.
November 2004: The Ukrainian presidential election is a fraud. Hundreds of thousands of people brave freezing temperatures to pack the streets in protest. Set to infectious local music, this is their story, their determination, their victory.
Documentary filmmaker Julie Bertuccelli gains intimate access to her friend and esteemed mentor Otar Iosseliani's artistic process, following him through the production of his latest feature film, Gardens in Autumn, also screening at this year's Festival.
A sensitive and ironic portrayal of life in a Chinese industrial town, where a law clerk contends with her clients’ litany of woes, her shady boyfriend’s gambling addiction, her estranged father and the threat of toxic pollution.
In Satoshi Kon’s highly anticipated anime mind trip, based on the works of sci-fi master Yasutaka Tsutsui, psychotherapist Chiba enters her patient’s dreams and takes on the ass-kicking persona of "dream detective" Paprika.
A troubled young woman, played by captivating French actress Isild Le Besco (Backstage, SFIFF 2006), is determined to kill herself but accidentally shoots a teenage boy, setting off profound changes in both their lives.
The title means "song of the little road," and the motif throughout Satyajit Ray’s classic—winner of the Festival’s first Golden Gate Awards for Best Film and Best Director 50 years ago—is one of travel, of striving beyond the confines of the little village that hold endearing protagonist Apu to his rural community.