Evelyn Glennie was an 8-year-old with a knack for music when she started going deaf and doctors told her she would not be able to pursue music. Touch the Sound demonstrates just how wrong they were. Making music everywhere she goes, Glennie, often accompanied by the great Fred Frith, creates joyful percussion out of everything from drums to chopsticks to stiletto heels. A Shadow Distribution release. | Read More
Over the past two decades the small, rural Ethiopian town of Bekoji has been the unlikely home to numerous Olympic champion long-distance runners, whose athletic success has paved the way for a generation of young Ethiopians searching for a better future. With a keen artistic eye, TFF award winner Jerry Rothwell (Donor Unknown) follows two teenage track hopefuls who face the challenge of growing up and striving for greatness in a developing nation. | Read MoreESPN, Sports, Documentary, Family Friendly
The glorious English countryside, haute cuisine, and Britain's best comedians add up to the most satisfying road trip movie in years. Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon star as themselves, old friends who wind up touring romantic Lake District restaurants together after Coogan's American girlfriend bails. Breeding sidesplitting banter about everything from their careers to Romantic poets to who does the best Michael Caine impression, Coogan and Brydon rediscover their friendship and themselves in one hilarious week. | Read MoreComedy
Again proving his endless versatility in his fifth film at Tribeca, prolific director Michael Winterbottom (The Road to Guantanamo, last year's The Trip) adapts Thomas Hardy's classic Victorian melodrama Tess of the d'Urbervilles to all the beauty and blight of contemporary India, where the budding love between a peasant woman and the son of a wealthy Englishman is strained by old prejudices and class divides. The radiant Freida Pinto stars. | Read MoreDrama
Fed up with catering to the privileged tourist class, Cuban teens Raul and Elio are tantalized by the promise of a new life in Miami. Accused of assaulting a foreigner, Raul has no choice but to flee, but Elio must decide whether his own escape is worth abandoning his beloved sister. Brimming with the nervous energy of Havana's restless youth and evocative cinematography of the sun-bleached capital, Una Noche follows one sweltering day, full of hope and fraught with tensions, that burns to a shocking climax. | Read MoreFemale Director(s)
It's no surprise that making a feature film in Iraq in 2003 wasn't a picnic. But this extraordinary account of the peril-filled ordeal that the director and crew of Ahlaam went through must be seen to be believed. | Read MoreDocumentary
Though they've endured painful setbacks, including the loss of loved ones to AIDS, nothing can quell the angelic singing voices of the children in South Africa's Agape Orphanage. Told with compassion and grace, this uplifting documentary celebrates the children's indomitable spirits and musical aspirations. Includes a special appearance by Alicia Keys and Paul Simon. In Zulu and English.
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In a rowdy little corner of Belfast, hapless young father Jimbo tries to protect his family from the gangster he's in debt to by robbing the local fish market… which turns out to be a front for the same gangster! On the run, Jimbo holes up in a local antique shop run by a long-lost man from his past. A colorful cast of character actors and a strong turn from Brendan Fraser light up this madcap Irish crime comedy from Terry George (Hotel Rwanda). | Read MoreCrime and Comedy
When a Jamaican family moves into a working-class South London neighborhood during the early 1960s, the white residents are horrified. But a shared love of cricket forges a bond between the father (a quietly heroic Delroy Lindo) and an 11-year-old Jewish boy who longs to make his school team. Strong performances and a positive message distinguish this sports-themed charmer. | Read More
A powerful insight into the isolation so often experienced by bereaved children. The value of this film is in the debate it is likely to generate around how children may behave in grief. | Read MoreDrama and Female Director(s)
A spiritual search for answers leads the filmmaker to a California workshop run by a spiritual leader who promotes sexual adventure -- and the possible existence of aliens. In this amusing and emotional film, Jamie and his friends shed their clothes and inhibitions for a wild ride of sex, fear, love, anger, betrayal and joy. Mature audiences only.
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The latest from Sally Potter (Orlando) casts the versatile Joan Allen as a scientist who embarks on an affair with a Lebanese waiter (Simon Abkarian), who turns out to be a one-time surgeon now living in exile. Their passionate affair takes them around the globe and on a journey through culture, politics, gender, and more. A Sony Pictures Classics release. Presented by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
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Filmed over the course of nine years, this documentary traces the remarkable journey of 16-year-old Daniel from a Bronx high school to an Ivy League university while simultaneously exploring the role of race and class in the American education system. | Read MoreDocumentary