An eclectic assortment of non-swimmers gather at the local rec center swimming class in this ensemble piece about conquering fears, making friends, and growing wiser. Our group focuses on an unlikely friendship between Amy, a middle-aged calculus teacher, and the beautiful young Jordan, who together with their swim teacher, learn to face their fears and dive into the pool-and life-head first. | Read MoreDrama
The UCLA Film & Television Archive's new restoration of this memorably nasty film noir is especially good news since it was shot by the master of noir lighting, John Alton, and the prints available in recent years didn't do justice to his art. Cornel Wilde, Richard Conte, Brian Donlevy, and Lee Van Cleef give standout performances in this cult classic. | Read MoreDrama and Thriller
When the Schaffer family patriarch (Seymour Cassel) becomes ill, its members struggle to cope, while juggling their own personal problems. Oldest and steadfast daughter Susannah nurses resentment at having to put her needs of love and serenity on hold to keep the family together. While, bi-polar and youngest sister Paulie, who's married to her deadbeat high school sweetheart, decides to go off her meds. | Read MoreDrama
Poetry, politics, madness, and desire collide in the true story of the woman hailed as South Africa's Sylvia Plath. In 1960s Cape Town, as Apartheid steals the expressive rights of blacks and whites alike, young Ingrid Jonker (Carice van Houten, Black Book) finds her freedom scrawling verse while frittering through a series of stormy affairs. Amid escalating quarrels with her lovers and her government-censor father (Rutger Hauer), the poet witnesses an unconscionable event that will alter her life's course. | Read MoreDrama and Female Director(s)
In summer 2003, America experienced the largest blackout in its history--widely reported as peaceful. But in Brooklyn's forgotten East Flatbush neighborhood, mayhem unfolded when the power shut down. This is the untold story of the blackout--a place where, as night fell, looters emerged, violence surfaced and residents feared for their lives. With Melvin Van Peebles and Jeffrey Wright.
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Legend has it notorious American outlaw Butch Cassidy was killed in Bolivia in 1908. Mateo Gil's classic Western, however, finds Cassidy (Sam Shepard) 20 years later living on in hiding under the identity of James Blackthorn—and yearning for one last sight of home. Joining forces with a Spanish mine robber named Eduardo, Blackthorn sets out on one final adventure across the sublime landscape of the Bolivian frontier. | Read MoreDrama
In Jorge Navas' beautifully composed neo-noir, taxi driver Jorge begins his night shift bent on revenge after his brother's murder at the hands of a violent gang. But when an accident brings him unexpectedly closer to his party-girl fare Angela, the damaged pair must struggle against forces already set in motion, drawing them inexorably into the rain-soaked underworld of Bogotá. | Read MoreDrama and Crime
When his life is shattered by a terrifying accident, a successful interior designer winds up in the desolate extremes of Patagonia, trying to find himself among other lost, disaffected men. Pablo Trapero's haunting film demonstrates why he is at the cutting edge of Argentina's most exciting cinema.
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A former juvenile offender released from prison after 14 years reenters society with the help of his counselor. Newcomer Andrew Garfield gives a stunning performance as the hesitant 24-year-old who must catch up with his peers while keeping his past a secret. | Read MoreDrama and Crime
In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, we are pleased to present two programs celebrating the seminal film The Boys in the Band, a cultural watershed that still resonates today. Join us for a free screening of the 1970 film—directed by William Friedkin and written by Mart Crowley, based on his groundbreaking play that debuted one year before Stonewall. Crowley will be present at this special screening. (The Boys in the Band print courtesy of CBS Broadcasting, Inc.)
We also welcome to the Festival a special work-in-progress version of Making the Boys, directed by Crayton Robey. This documentary features the many people involved with the original stage play and film, including Crowley and Dominick Dunne, as well as Edward Albee, Robert Wagner, and Paul Rudnick. After that screening there will be a discussion moderated by Tony Award-winning producer and film documentarian Dori Berinstein with director Crayton Robey, playwright/screenwriter Mart Crowley, Village Voice columnist Michael Musto, actor Laurence Luckinbill, and other special guests. | Read MoreDrama
When her father offers to take her on a trip, nine-year-old Jin-hee happily sings him a love song, the bittersweet notes inaudible to her own ear, until she realizes he has abandoned her at a Catholic orphanage. Drawing raves from the Cannes to Berlin film festivals, Ounie Lecomte's directorial debut, a semi-autobiographical portrait of 1970s South Korea, masterfully captures an emotional journey of loss, friendship, and starting anew. | Read MoreDrama and Female Director(s)
A pregnant Mexican woman is determined to have her baby on American soil. In order to take advantage of immigration policy, she waits until her cervix is dilated enough to cross the border in “active labor.” To complete her journey, Maria must face the intense physical strain of childbirth and the dangerous complications of illegal border crossing. | Read MoreDrama