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Peter Whitehead's work as a key independent British filmmaker of the 1960's has been the subject of recent worldwide retrospectives. This documentary on the artist, by a returning TFF filmmaker, is important not only as a portrait, but also as a meditation on the construction of identity. Copresented by Anthology Film Archives.
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An 80-year-old man who recently lost his sight wants to remain useful. He makes knitted shopping nets while fighting with his cat -- a friend and enemy. He ventures outside, trying to give away the bags -- for free -- to people who only want to use plastic bags. A touching portrait of one man's yearning to be a part of society that values convenience over connection. | Read More
A wrong turn lands a young college graduate in a colorful realm of seriously twisted fairytales and wacky ne'er-do-wells on noble quests. To escape and win back his girlfriend, this unlikely hero must help a whimsical group of madcap misfits thwart the accepted social order and capture "The Grail of Popularity." | Read MoreComedy
A fiery political satire that would be frightening if it weren't so funny, In the Loop expands on director/cowriter Iannucci's BAFTA-winning BBC satire The Thick of It. With allies the US and Britain secretly on the road to war with a hostile nation, a timid British cabinet member's (Tom Hollander) vague public comments about the prospect of an invasion create a firestorm of controversy. The terrific ensemble cast also includes James Gandolfini and Steve Coogan. | Read MoreComedy
Sophie is not like the other students at her school, but tonight she plays the violin in a concert among them. She wants her mother to be there. She wants her mother to see her on stage. She wants, for a moment only, to shine a little. | Read MoreDrama and Female Director(s)
Two enigmatic figures with code names, Costello and the Colonel, bound seemingly by some mysterious revolutionary past, engage in an intense conversation concerning the architecture surrounding them, with possible catastrophic consequences.
A lyrical essay film that captures the spirit of excess and adventure embodied by The Great Gatsby (published in 1925) in fragments from home movies of a wealthy American family abroad in Europe and North Africa.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Journeys Across Cultural Landscapes program. | Read MoreDocumentary