Underground documentarian and TFF vet Kowalski completes his The Fabulous Art of Surviving trilogy with East of Paradise, in which he attempts to draw a difficult parallel between his mother's post-WWII tenure in a Siberian gulag and his own stint of pornography and hard drugs in 70's New York City. In English and Polish. | Read MoreDocumentary
Juliette Binoche, exquisite and involved as always, stars in this sophisticated, sexually charged drama as Anne, a journalist getting in too deep with the research for her article on college students working as prostitutes. As the surprising stories of her two candid subjects stir up Anne's image of femininity, she wonders if life with her workaholic husband and two spacey sons is all that different from her subjects' lives. | Read MoreDrama and Female Director(s)
Renowned photographer Peter Lindbergh and experimental filmmaker Holly Fisher, with actress Jeanne Moreau, weave a tapestry of images shaping one woman's deepest sense of selfhood. Music by Lois V Vierk. | Read MoreFemale Director(s)
Everything bad that can happen on the way to a party happens to easygoing young Tou in this chronicle of a nighttime trip though Beirut, permeated by the smell of falafel frying at neon-lit stands. Flipping between the playful youth and scenes of unexpected danger, Kammoun creates a kind of Lebanese After Hours.
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Likened to a bold Argentine Thelma and Louise, Lucía Puenzo's follow-up to her Cannes winner XXY wraps a passionate love story in the arms of a pulsating thriller. When an upper-class Argentine falls for her family's sultry Paraguayan maid, the two make plans to run away together, but their hope for escape is derailed when shocking secrets become unveiled. | Read MoreDrama and Female Director(s)
Paris-Tehran. A rootless story of young love between Gecko, an Algerian-French hotel bellman and parkourer, and Anahita, an Iranian student forced to leave her country for her own safety after the controversial elections in 2009. Obsessed with tracking the political movement, Anahita's friends broadcast through YouTube and coordinate via Twitter. Romance and the Internet become the ground to explore histories lost and identity yet to be found. | Read MoreDrama
From a young man in Nazi-occupied Paris to the sultry crooner who bedded Brigitte Bardot and married Jane Birkin to the vulnerable poet hidden behind a shroud of provocation—Serge Gainsbourg's is a life large enough for grand treatment on film. One of France's greatest mavericks is brought back to life (uncannily, by Eric Elmosnino) in this imaginative and visually flamboyant film debut from one of France's greatest cartoonists. | Read MoreDrama and Music
Graying but determined, Mamo is a famed Kurdish musician who obtains permission to cross the Iranian border to give his first concert in Iraqi Kurdistan. But the journey poses endless challenges, especially when he tries to bring a female singer from Iran, where performances by women have been silenced since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Winner of the Golden Shell, 2006 San Sebastian Film Festival. In Kurdish and Farsi. A Strand Release.
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For citizens denied free speech and confronted daily with the gap between political propaganda and everyday reality, jokes became the language of truth in the Communist controled U.S.S.R. This Monty Python-esque doc, featuring a wide range of jokes and jokesters, is sure to tickle those fond of political humor. In English. | Read MoreComedy and Documentary