NOW IN CINEMASOpen or CloseZERO MOTIVATION
A film by Talya Lavie
DCP 2K / 24fps / 1:1.85 / Dolby SRD 5.1/ 100 min/ Hebrew with English Subtitles
Zohar and Daffi are best friends; serving in an administration office at an artillery base in the south of Israel. They share a bunk bed and since both of them don't get along with others, they practically spend all their time together, sharing their secrets, their meals, and their passion for computer games.
As storm clouds gather over the south, Daffi does all she can to be transferred away from the hated remote base, trying to obtain her dream of being relocated to Tel Aviv. Zohar, on the other hand, doesn't seem to care so much about where she's stationed. Her main concern is to lose her virginity. She is secretly in love with an officer but never dares walking up to him. Terrified by the possibility of being left alone in the desolated base without her best friend - Zohar will try to prevent Daffi from leaving.EMPTYING THE SKIES
A film by Douglas Kass
Based on a magazine essay written by noted best-selling novelist Jonathan Franzen for The New Yorker and widely republished around the world, Emptying the Skies chronicles the rampant poaching of migratory songbirds in southern Europe. Songbird populations have been drastically declining for several decades, and a number of species face extinction imminently. The film explores the wonder of these tiny globe-flying marvels, millions of which are unlawfully slaughtered each year for large sums on the black market, and follows an intrepid squad of pan-European bird-lovers who risk their lives waging a secret war against poachers, disrupting illegal trapping and freeing as many birds as possible.
Emptying the Skies is Jonathan Franzen’s first foray into motion picture production.THE OVERNIGHTERS
A film by Jesse Moss
2013/ USA/ English/ 100 Minutes/ Colour
In the tiny town of Williston, North Dakota, tens of thousands of unemployed hopefuls show up with dreams of honest work and a big paycheck under the lure of the oil boom. However, busloads of newcomers chasing a broken American Dream step into the stark reality of slim work prospects and nowhere to sleep. The town lacks the infrastructure to house the overflow of migrants, even for those who do find gainful employment.
*Winner 2014 Best Documentary Film and the Joe Fresh Allan King Documentary Award: Toronto Film Critics AssociationFORCE MAJEURE
Sweden – 2014 – 118 min – Colour - Feature - In Swedish with English Subtitles
A film by Ruben Ostlund
A Swedish family travels to the French Alps to enjoy a few days of skiing and spend some precious time with each other. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche turns everything upside down. With diners fleeing in all directions, mother Ebba calls for her husband Tomas as she tries to protect their children. Tomas, meanwhile, is running for his life... Reality returns to embarrassed laughter, the anticipated disaster having failed to occur, and yet the family’s world has been shaken to its core. Tomas’ unexpected ac- tion leads them to evaluate their roles and assumptions, a question mark hanging over their father in particular. With the end of the holiday approaching, Tomas and Ebba’s marriage hangs in the bal- ance as Tomas struggles desperately to reclaim his role as family patriarch. FORCE MAJEURE is an observational comedy about the role of the male in modern family life.
*Winner 2014 Best Best Foreign-Language Film: Toronto Film Critics AssociationWATCHERS OF THE SKY
A film by Edet Belzberg
2014/ USA/ English/ 120 Minutes
WATCHERS OF THE SKY interweaves four stories of remarkable courage, compassion, and determination, while setting out to uncover the forgotten life of Raphael Lemkin - the man who created the word "genocide," and believed the law could protect the world from mass atrocities. Inspired by Samantha Power’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, A Problem From Hell, WATCHERS OF THE SKY takes you on a provocative journey from Nuremberg to The Hague, from Bosnia to Darfur, from criminality to justice, and from apathy to action.GOD HELP THE GIRL
A film by Stuart Murdoch
2013/ DCP/ 111 Minutes/ UK/ Subtitled
God Help The Girl is a musical feature film, written and directed by Stuart Murdoch, lead singer of the group Belle and Sebastian. It was produced by Barry Mendel and stars Emily Browning, Olly Alexander and Hannah Murray.
Stuart aspired to tell the story of “a better summer, or at least a summer when something happened. It happened to a boy and a girl and a girl in a city roughly the same size and population of Glasgow. Perhaps the canals were a bit grimier, the high-rise buildings taller, the streets emptier when you needed them to be, and the beat clubs busier than the ones around here. But on the whole the city was this one.”
According to Barry Mendel, “It’s a simple story – about the brief moment after you’ve realised what you want to do with your life, before your dream settles into becoming your job, when you’re filled with enthusiasm, meeting like-minded friends and the possibilities are endless.”
20,000 DAYS ON EARTH
A film by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard
2014/ United Kingdom/ English/ 95 Minutes
Feature Nick Cave
20,000 Days on Earth weaves drama and reality in a fictionalized 24 hours in the life of internationally acclaimed musician, author and screenwriter Nick Cave.
Cave’s story is both extraordinary and strikingly universal. It takes us deep into the heart of how myth, memory, love and loss, shape each and every one of our lives, every single day.
The film explores the creative process, encounters collaborators from Cave’s past and bears witness to startlingly frank insights from this icon of modern culture. It reveals what makes us who we are and what influences who we want to become – ultimately, it is a love letter to the transformative power of the human spirit.ALTMAN
A film by Ron Mann
2014/ DCP/ Canada/ 95 Minutes
Ron Mann's new documentary "ALTMAN" is an in-depth look at the life and times of filmmaker Robert Altman (M*A*S*H, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Nashville, The Player, Gosford Park and many more).
While refusing to bow down to Hollywood's conventions, or its executives, Altman's unique style of filmmaking won him friends and enemies, earned him world-wide praise, and occasionally scathing criticism, and proved that it IS possible to make truly independent films.
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THEATRICAL: JANUARY 2015
WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL?
A film by Sion Sono
2013/ Japan/ 126 Minutes
Ten years ago, the Kitagawa yakuza clan attacked the Muto yakuza clan at Muto’s own home, only to have Muto’s wife fight back. This unexpectedly left the Kitagawa clan in shambles, with their top hitman Ikegmai wounded and Muto’s wife in prison. Despite the carnage, the most unfortunate fallout from this attack is when Muto’s beloved daughter, Mitsuko, has her adorable toothpaste commercial taken off the air. Now, Ikegami seeks revenge, while Muto only has one desire: to have his wife return from prison to see Mitsuko star in her first movie. Enter The Fuck Bombers, an eager but untalented group of wannabe filmmakers whose dreams of making movies have come crashing down after ten years. Circumstances have brought them to this fateful moment where they’ll be able to film the climactic battle between yakuzas in an epic, over-the-top ending for the ages.
THEATRICAL: FEBRURARY 2015THE WONDERS (LE MERAVIGLIE)
DCP / 1:1.85 / Color / 5.1
Original language: Italian, French, German
A film by Alice Rohrwacher
Principal Cast: Alexandra Lungu, Sam Louwyck, Alba Rohrwacher, Sabine Timoteo, Agnese Graziani, Monica Bellucci
Nothing will be the same at the end of this summer for Gelsomina and her three younger sisters. She is the designated heir of the strange, secluded kingdom that her father constructed around them to protect his family from "the end of the world". An extraordinary summer, when the strict rules that hold the family together, are beginning to break: in part due to the arrival of Martin, a German boy on a youth rehabilitation program, and in part the local community's participation in a TV competition for big prizes "Village Wonders", presented by the mysterious Milly Catena.
THEATRICAL: MARCH 2015AMOUR FOU
Austria / Luxembourg / Germany – 2014 – 90 Min – Colour – In German with English Subtitles
A film by Jessica Hausner
Berlin, the Romantic Era. Young poet Heinrich wishes to conquer the inevitability of death through love, yet is unable to convince his sceptical cousin Marie to join him in a suicide pact. It is whilst coming to terms with this refusal, ineffably distressed by his cousin’s insensitivity to the depth of his feelings, that Heinrich meets Henriette, the wife of a business acquaintance.
Heinrich’s subsequent offer to the beguiling young woman at first holds scant appeal, that is until Henriette discovers she is suffering from a terminal illness. AMOUR FOU is a “romantic comedy” based loosely on the suicide of the poet Henrich von Kleist in 1811.
THEATRICAL: MARCH 2015KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER
USA/ 2014/ 105 Minutes
A film by David Zellner
Principal Cast: Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, David Zellner, Nathan Zellner, Shirley Venard
A lonely Japanese woman abandons her structured life in Tokyo to seek a satchel of money rumored to be hidden in the Minnesota wilderness.
THEATRICAL: MAY 2015PHOENIX
Germany – 2014 – 98 min – Colour - Feature - In German with English Subtitles
A film by Christian Petzold
Principal Cast: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld
Nelly Lenz is a concentration camp survivor who has been left severely injured with a disfigured face. Lene Winter, who works for the Jewish Agency, takes her to Berlin. Following facial reconstruction surgery, Nelly begins the search for her husband Johnny.
When she finally does find him, Johnny does not recognise her. Nevertheless he approaches her with a proposal. Since she resembles his wife, whom he believes to be dead, he asks her to help him claim his wife’s considerable inheritance.
Nelly agrees, and becomes her own doppelganger – she needs to know if Johnny ever loved her, or if he betrayed her. Nelly wants her life back. The more similarities to her dead counterpart she reveals, the more desperate and confusing their relationship becomes.
Will Johnny confess his love? Or his guilt?
THEATRICAL: JUNE 2015THE TRIBE
A film by Miroslav Slaboshpitsky
Set at a Ukrainian boarding school for the deaf, the film’s narrative unfolds purely through sign language without a need for employing subtitles or voiceover, resulting in a unique, never-before-seen cinematic experience that engages the audience on a new level.
THEATRICAL: JULY 2015FORT TILDEN
USA/ 2014/ 95 Minutes
Written and directed by: Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers
Principal Cast: Bridey Elliott, Clare McNulty, Alysia Reiner, Neil Casey, Peter Vack, Griffin Newman, Jeffrey Scaperrotta, Reggie Watts
A comedy about Allie and Harper and their needlessly difficult journey to the beach.
Fort Tilden: New York City’s secluded seaside nirvana where, like flies to honey, Brooklyn’s hip millennial set flocks on sweltering weekend afternoons for unbridled summertime indulgence. Amidst the vexing stagnation of quarter-life crises, Allie (Clare McNulty) struggles to prepare for the Peace Corps, while Harper (Bridey Elliott) awaits checks from her father to fund her artistic dreams. But the two friends quickly shun responsibilities for the day when a pair of good-looking guys invites them along for a carefree Fort Tilden afternoon. As the two young women board their fixed-gear bicycles and embark on a lengthy journey to the beach, they quickly realize that, akin to their confusing, transitioning lives, they neither know where they’re going nor how they plan to get there.
The debut feature film of directors Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers – and showcasing the comedic versatility of Clare McNulty and Bridey Elliott as Allie and Harper – “Fort Tilden” is a hilariously insightful and recognizable look at the consequences of extended adolescence.
THEATRICAL: SEPTEMBER 2015COURT
India/ 2014/ 116 Minutes/ Marathi, Hindi, English, Gujarati with English Subtitles
A film by Chaitanya Tamhane
The corpse of a sewage system worker is found under a manhole in Mumbai. An old storyteller is accused and indicted of instigation to suicide. As the trial moves forward, the private lives of the people involved in the case are examined.
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IN CINEMAS, iTUNES, DVDOpen or CloseA MASTER BUILDER
A Jonathan Demme Picture.
USA/ 2014/ 127 MINS
Created for the stage by Andre Gregory
With Jeff Biehl, Andre Gregory, Julia Hagerty, Lisa Joyce. Emily Cass McDonnell, Larry Pine, Wallace ShawnSTORM SURFERS 3D
A film by Christopher Nelius and Justin McMillan
2012 / Australia / 95 Minutes/ In EnglishCASTING BY
A film by Tom Donahue
2012/ 89 Minutes/ USA/ English
Featuring: Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood, Glenn Close, Robert Duvall, Jeff Bridges, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Diane Lane, Jon Voight, Bette Midler and John TravoltaL!FE, HAPPENS
A film by Kat Coiro
Cast: Krysten Ritter, Kate Bosworth, Rachel Bilson, Justin Kirk
2011 / USA / Canada
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USA/ 2014/ 95 Minutes
A film by: Greg Barker
We Are The Giant follows the inspirational stories of three ordinary young people whose struggle for freedom during the Arab Spring was both fuelled and empowered by social media.
In We Are The Giant ordinary citizens face the same moral questions that have defined revolutionary leaders across the ages, from Jefferson to Che Guevara to Mandela.
Filmed largely in secret and sometimes at great risk, Emmy award-winning director Greg Barker delivers remarkable access as he documents six people from very different walks of life. Grappling with the agonizing dilemma at the heart of all struggles for justice and freedom, they must advocate change through peace and non-violence.
Each faces a brutal regime determined to crush them into submission, and each makes very different, painful choices that come to define themselves - and their struggles.
Powerful, tragic and ultiamtely inspirational, We Are The Giant follows the everyday decisions that transform not just individual lives but the fate of nations. As their stories echo across history, the characters in We Are The Giant speak directly to our own lives, reminding us that we are all products of revolutions, and offering hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.ANTARCTICA: A YEAR ON ICE
2013/ New Zealand/ Languages: English/ 1h 32m/ 1.85:1/ Colour/ 5.1 surround
ANTARCTICA: A YEAR ON ICE is a visually stunning journey to the end of the world with the hardy and devoted people who live there year-round. The research stations scattered throughout the continent host a close-knit international population of scientists, technicians and craftsmen. Isolated from the rest of the world, enduring months of unending darkness followed by periods when the sun never sets, Antarctic residents experience firsthand the beauty and brutality of the most severe environment on Earth. Capturing epic battles against hellacious storms, quiet reveries of nature's grandeur, and everyday moments of work and laughter, this unique documentary shows a steadfast community thriving in a land few humans have experienced. Using specially modified cameras and spectacular time-lapse photography, filmmaker Anthony Powell captures the splendor of the region like no film before. ANTARCTICA: A YEAR ON ICE gives testament to the planet’s natural wonders, humanity’s thirst for adventure, and the emotional extremes that accompany a year within the last pristine wilderness on the planet.
Drama/ Romania/ 2009/ 99 min
Directed by: Radu Muntean
Cast: Mimi Branescu, Mirela Oprisor, Maria Popistasu
Paul has been married to Adriana for 10 years. They have a daughter, a car, an apartment and they still seem to be in love. Paul also has an affair with Raluca, a 27- year- old dentist he met 6 months ago. Paul loves two women but when they meet by chance, he has to make a decision.CODE BLACK
2014/ USA/ English/ 1h 20m/ 16x9/ Dolby Digital 5.1
In his vivid and thought-provoking filmmaking debut, physician Ryan McGarry gives us unprecedented access to America's busiest Emergency Department. Amidst real life-and-death situations, McGarry follows a dedicated team of charismatic young doctors-in-training as they wrestle with both their ideals and the realities of saving lives in a complex and overburdened system. Their training ground and source of inspiration is "C-Booth," Los Angeles County Hospital's legendary trauma bay, the birthplace of Emergency Medicine, where “more people have died and more people have been saved than in any other square footage in the United States.” CODE BLACK offers a tense doctor's-eye view right into the heart of the healthcare debate – bringing us face to face with America's only 24/7 safety net.APPROACHING THE ELEPHANT
2014/ 89 mins/ 1:33:1/ English/ USA
A film by by Amanda Rose Wilder
Year one for Lucy, Jiovanni and director Alexander at the Teddy McArdle Free School in Little Falls, New Jersey, where classes are voluntary and rules created by democratic vote. Wilder is there from the beginning, observing an indelible cast of outspoken young personalities as they form relationships, explore their surroundings and intensely debate rule violations, until it all comes to a head.IN NO GREAT HURRY: 13 LESSONS IN LIFE WITH SAUL LEITER
2014/ Germany/ 94 mins/ Colour and B&W/ In German with English Subtitles
In No Great Hurry is a fascinating documentary on one of the 20th century’s most beloved street photographers, Saul Leiter (1923–2013). Leiter—a contemporary of Diane Arbus and Richard Avedon—could have been celebrated as the great pioneer of color photography long ago (his fashion work was published in Harper’s Bazaar and Esquire), but he was never driven by the lure of conventional success. Instead he preferred to drink coffee and photograph in his own way, amassing an archive of gorgeous work piled high in his New York City apartment. Intimate and beautifully rendered, In No Great Hurryfollows Saul as he deals with the triple burden of clearing a houseful of memories, becoming world-famous in his eighties, and fending off a pesky filmmaker.FORBIDDEN FILMS
2014/ Germany/ 94 mins/ Colour and B&W/ In German with English Subtitles
1,200 feature films were made in Germany’s Third Reich. According to experts, some 100 of these were blatant Nazi propaganda. Nearly seventy years after the end of the Nazi regime, more than 40 of these films remain under lock and key. Director Felix Moeller (Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Süss) interviews German film historians, archivists and filmgoers in an investigation of the power, and potential danger, of cinema when used for ideological purposes. Utilizing clips from the films and recorded discussions from public screenings (permitted in Germany in educational contexts) in Munich, Berlin, Paris and Jerusalem, Moeller shows how contentious these 70-year-old films remain, and how propaganda can retain its punch when presented to audiences susceptible to manipulation. —Telluride Film FestivalTHE PERVERT’S GUIDE TO IDEOLOGY
Year: 2013/ UK/Ireland / 136 mins/ Color and B&W/ English
Cultural theorist superstar Slavoj Žižek re-teams with director Sophie Fiennes (The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema) for another wildly entertaining romp through the crossroads of cinema and philosophy. With infectious zeal and a voracious appetite for popular culture, Žižek literally goes inside some truly epochal movies, all the better to explore and expose how they reinforce prevailing ideologies. As the ideology that undergirds our cinematic fantasies is revealed, striking associations emerge: What hidden Catholic teachings lurk at the heart of The Sound of Music? What are the fascist political dimensions ofJaws? Taxi Driver, Zabriskie Point, The Searchers, The Dark Knight, John Carpenter’s They Live (“one of the forgotten masterpieces of the Hollywood Left”), Titanic, Kinder Eggs, verité news footage, Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” and propaganda epics from Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia all inform Žižek’s stimulating, provocative and often hilarious psychoanalytic-cinematic rant.MARVIN HAMLISCH: WHAT HE DID FOR LOVE
2013/ USA/ 85 MInutes
A film by Dori Berinstein
A composer, conductor, musical genius like no other, Marvin Hamlisch is the artist responsible for some of the most iconic music of our time. Hits like the Broadway sensation A CHORUS LINE and Oscar winning scores for THE WAY WE WERE and THE STING cemented his place in music history. At the extraordinary age of 31 he became one of two PEGOT winners ever, having won a total of 4 Grammys, 3 Oscars, an Emmy, Tony and a Pulitzer prize. Featuring new interviews with close friends including: Barbra Streisand, Woody Allen, Carly Simon, Steven Soderbergh, Quincy Jones and many more, Director Dori Berinstein's documentary is a moving, deeply personal testament to a talent broadway, cinema and music has never seen before.ANXIETYVILLE
Created by Thomas Wallner/ Patrick Crowe
Anxietyville is the story of six urban neurotics as they navigate lives of hyper-accelerated technology and consumerism, in a world that feels increasingly unreal – because it is. In fact, most of them don’t live in the real world at all. They’ve unwittingly consented to have their minds uploaded into a computer-generated city built by a marketing company for product testing.LAKE LOS ANGELES
2014/ USA/ Greece/ 85 Mins
Featuring Johanna Trujillo, Roberto Sanchez, Eloy Mendez
Directed by: Mike Ott
Francisco, a middle-aged Cuban exile working at a holding house for il- legal immigrants crosses paths with Cecilia, a 10 year old Mexican girl who has crossed the border without her family. When all options of being reconnected with her estranged father fail, Cecilia escapes to the desert. While on her own, she turns the desert into a fantastical world - creating characters and stories to make the hopelessness of the empty landscape a survivable habitat. Through navigating what was supposed to be both Francisco and Cecilia’s promise land, they find a common hope in each other while journeying through the hauntingly beautiful and desolate world that is Lake Los Angeles.LA ÚLTIMA PELÍCULA
A film by Raya Martin and Mark Peranson
2013/ 88 Minutes / English and Spanish with English Subtitles
Starring: Alex Ross Perry, Gabino Rodríguez, Iazua Larios with the amicable participation of René RedzepiTHE SHAPE OF REX
A film by Layne Coleman and William Hominuke
2014/ 107 Minutes/ Canada/ Colour/ English
With: Vivien Endicott-Douglas, Brett Donahue, Monica Dottor, Ryan Hollyman, Aviva Armour-Ostroff Lorne Cardinal , JD Nicholsen
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A film by Cate Shortland
2012/ Australia, Germany/ In German with English Subtitles/ 108 Minutes
Featuring: Saskia Rosendahl, Kai Malina, Nele Trebs, Ursina LardiGRANDMA LO-FI
A film by Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir, Orri Jonsson, Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir
2012 • Iceland/ Denmark • 62 Mins