An intriguing look at sex and celebrity, this richly textured documentary, filled with drag queens and Hollywood glitterati, is actually a serious movie about transgendered life. In this unique and candid documentary, Alexis reveals a more private side as she grapples with the process of sex reassignment surgery. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
Unearthing buried memories of Algeria’s war of independence, this bold revision of official history feels like the embrace of a lost kin. Its challenge to nationalism built on ethnicity and religion has resulted in its continued failure to receive the license that would allow Algerians to see it. | Read MoreDocumentary
Since its initial publication in Vienna in 1937, the exotic love story Ali & Nino has been surrounded by controversy over the true identity of its pseudonymous author. Alias sets out to shed light on the mystery surrounding Said's identity: Was he a Russian Jew, was he an Azerbaijaini Muslim, or was he even a she -- an Austrian countess? | Read More
Kirsty Sword Gusmão went to Timor-Leste to document injustice in an area closed to Western journalists. Over the next decade, she became the lynchpin that sustained the nation’s harrowing struggle for independence and met the man who would redefine the cause for which she was fighting. Using astonishing footage of the years-long resistance, director Alex Meillier presents a highly personal account of the courage needed to create a new democracy in modern times. | Read MoreDocumentary
Maïwenn sets out to resolve her tortured actress identity by making a faux-documentary around a bevy of famous French actresses—only to transform into the treacherous position of the director, falling in love with her subjects and subjected to their starlet-driven wrath. Indulging in the interior insecurities of divas and has-beens, she blurs reality through real-world-like footage and fantastical musical sequences. | Read MoreDrama and Female Director(s)
Professional poker player Uriel has been on a real hot streak—with the ladies—since his marriage fizzled out. But in between growing his online gambling business and helping to raise his kids, Uriel has rediscovered his old pre-marriage flame, Gloria…. Starring the great Valeria Bertuccelli (XXY) and Oscar-winning songwriter Jorge Drexler, this romantic comedy from Daniel Burman (Lost Embrace) unfolds in the acclaimed director's signature style: poignant, natural, and bitingly funny. | Read MoreComedy and Relationships
A young Irishman traveling All That Way For Love across the African continent to get to his doctor girlfriend hitches a ride with a nomadic older couple and becomes embroiled in their complicated history.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Fallout program. | Read MoreDrama
In the man-made water passages of hyper-modern Singapore, a seemingly innocent activity triggers a mysterious event, which leads to a search and eventual surrender.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Journeys Across Cultural Landscapes program. | Read MoreDocumentary
An experimental documentary about a family's loss of a child and the struggle between remembranc and fogetting. The film explores the cultural differences between a North American mother and a Mexican father in the face of death. | Read MoreDocumentary
Arquette, a self-professed lover of "real music musicians" sets out to find out how rockers balance their lives with art, their opinions on today's music and who inspires them. Artists, including Stevie Nicks, Sting, Steven Tyler, Mary J. Blige, Elton John, Peter Gabriel, and Joni Mitchell, provide all the answers.
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Traditionally, times of adversity, war, and cultural repression are fertile breeding grounds for creative expression and artists are among the first to respond. Yet, if present-day Hollywood seems more inspired by commerce than confrontation, what will the emerging American filmmaker's response to current events be? Is an artistically and socially engaged film renaissance in our future?
Moderator: Anthony Kaufman (Village Voice, indieWIRE)
Panelists: Christine Vachon (Killer Films), Ted Hope (This is that.) | Read More
Two French Canadian ne’er-do-wells travel to New York City with a scheme to get rich quick selling Christmas trees. Easygoing charmer Rene (Paul Rudd) clashes with misanthropic ex-con Dennis (Paul Giamatti), whose wife Rene just stole. Still, this odd couple must make an honest go of it in this fresh buddy comedy co-starring Sally Hawkins, by the director of the indie breakout hit Junebug. | Read MoreDrama