In this magical tale set in Uruguay, a cheerful and dynamic eleven-year-old named Obdulio sells newspapers and lives with his grandmother and two sisters. Everyone tries to convince him to go to school, but he proclaims his "working man" status. One night, he meets a watchman who is full of magical visions and gifts. Reminiscent of Cinema Paradiso and the films of Fellini, this gem for viewers of all ages is a celebration of life, the beauty of friendship, and the magic of knowledge.
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The "slasher" film will always have a place at the high school sleepover party but horror is no longer relegated to the teenage market. Recent releases, both remakes or originals, are raising the bar of what was once a B-list genre and proving that the movie going audience loves a good fright.
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Two bickering neighbors are crippled in an accident involving an industrial machine. This unexpectedly hilarious depiction of their subsequent wheelchair odyssey is both the unlikeliest of road movies and an ode to the advantages, too little-explored these days, of both black-and-white CinemaScope and political incorrectness. In French. Á á | Read More
A group of old college pals reunites for a weekend adventure on the sea, but compounding lies and deception quickly lead to catastrophe. Everyone hopes Sepideh's new friend Elly will hit it off with Ahmad, newly divorced from his German wife and in search of an Iranian bride, but Elly disappears on the second day, plunging the group into a complex mystery. Asghar Farhadi took the Best Director prize at Berlin. | Read MoreDrama
There are dysfunctional families… and then there are the Conways. After a family tragedy, 15-year-old Billy Conway has become the de facto glue between his bitter mom (Geena Davis), distant brother, and stoic dad. But when Billy starts to act out, everything changes for him and his family in this visually stunning, bittersweet drama. | Read MoreDrama
In this over-the-top comedy, a 30-something gay man becomes involved with one of his most unsuccessful one-night stands-without either of them realizing they have met before. This at times raunchy romantic adventure features standout performances by Craig Chester, Malcolm Gets, Parker Posey, and Chris Kattan, and a hoedown. | Read More
Following the tsunami that claimed the lives of his parents, Adirake searches for the white elephant his mother spoke of in this coming-of-age story.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Fallout program. | Read More
An honest look at a war-ravaged land after the fall of the Taliban, going beyond the now-clichéd images of so many recent films. Actress/director Maleknasr travels the country interviewing a wide range of Afghans who, despite the turmoil and suffering they have endured, poignantly voice their collective dreams for their nation's future. | Read More
When wrongfully convicted men are freed based on DNA evidence their lives do not automatically go back to normal. Instead they must rebuild their lives without benefit of any official help or even expunged records. An ex-cop jailed for a crime he did not commit and a man who was on death row are among the former prisoners profiled. | Read MoreDocumentary