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Curb Your Enthusiasm's Jeff Garlin wrote, directed, and stars in this bittersweet romantic comedy about an overweight, underappreciated Chicago actor in search of a soul mate. The urban, odd-man-out humor is reminiscent of early Woody Allen, but the angst remains low-key in this highly personal, immensely likable film. Starring Sarah Silverman, Amy Sedaris, and Bonnie Hunt. | Read MoreComedy
Aloof graduate student Anya is on the run from the police when she encounters precocious and willful Kristina, an orphan determined to find her grandmother in Kazakhstan. The unlikely pair begin a harrowing and unpredictable odyssey, hitchhiking across the epic landscapes of Russia and its neighboring countries. I Won't Come Back is a visceral look at survival and a heartfelt exploration into the depths of friendship and the meaning of family. | Read MoreDrama, Relationships, Female Screenwriter(s), Returning Filmmaker, Friendship
A reality television show plays in the background of five different apartment units while the realities of life and love play out in the forefront. Five apartments, five different relationships, connected by one TV show and one building. | Read MoreDrama and Female Director(s)
The quickly changing attitudes of a little girl are documented in Jay Rosenblatt's delightful short I'm Charlie Chaplin. Ella, the filmmaker's daughter, thinks Chaplin is the funniest character around. She dresses up like him one Halloween and comes home with a massive haul of candy. One year later, Ella dresses up like Chaplin again, but now she doesn't like the tie and thinks that maybe she'd like to be a ghost instead. "Why?" asks her mother. "Stop talking," says Ella. | Read MoreDocumentary
Reed Fish's future seems set until an old crush returns to Mud Meadows and makes him contemplate whether he's living the life he wants or a life imposed on him by his hometown. This refreshing coming-of-age comedy features a sweet, clever script and stars Gilmore Girls' Alexis Bledel and Undeclared's Jay Baruchel. | Read MoreComedy and Romantic Comedy
Ronnie, an enigmatic enforcer for a small-time Brooklyn crime boss, is tossed out by his girlfriend, ending the latest in a series of failed relationships. With no place to go, he heads to Sunny’s Bar to stay in the backroom, “finding hope in futility,” as Sunny’s wife puts it. In between jobs for his boss, Mr. DeMartino, Ronnie sculpts in ice, exploring the inner, deeper questions at the root of his ambivalence. | Read MoreDrama, Crime, Comedy
A poor young farmer in Myanmar pawns his cow for a moped and seeks alternative income as a taxi driver. Among his first fares is a woman making a new start after escaping an arranged marriage in China. Together, they are lured into the lucrative business of selling “ice poison” (crystal meth) around town. With an unobtrusive documentary style, Burmese-Taiwanese director Midi Z captures the struggles faced by many in an unseen part of the world. | Read MoreDrama and Relationships