For the last 53 years, The Last Ice Merchant Baltazar Ushca has harvested glacial ice from the tallest mountain in Ecuador, prompting this tale of cultural change and indigenous people.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Long Story Short program. | Read MoreDocumentary
This family memoir recounts the history of a North African community. After WWII, Libya still had a small, but strong, Sephardic Jewish population with its own traditions and dialect. Sixty years later, no one remains.
Roumani-Denn tells her family's history--Libyans for centuries, now scattered throughout the Diaspora. Narrated by Isabella Rossellini. In English, Hebrew, Italian and Arabic. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
All the beauty, terror, humor, uncertainty, and paradoxes of modern Asia merge in Ratanaruang's richly stylized tale of an obsessive-compulsive, suicidal Japanese librarian with a mysterious past and an insouciant Thai prostitute with an uncertain future. Vibrant cinematography by Christopher Doyle and subtle performances (including Asano Tadanobu's) have already made the film a hit (and an award-winner) at festivals worldwide. | Read More
In Beirut, a city where so much blood has been spilled in seemingly interminable political conflicts, the sudden appearance of what appear to be victims of a serial killer isn't especially alarming. A 40-year-old doctor (Carlos Chahine, in an astonishing performance) develops links to the victims, and begins to exhibit strange and disturbing symptoms of his own. | Read MoreDrama
Michel Bouquet gives a stunning performance as France's late President, summoning up his experiences for a young journalist (Jalil Lespert) who is helping him compile his memoirs. The resulting portrait of one of the West's last Socialist leaders is as subtle a depiction of the workings of power as the cinema has ever offered. | Read More
Apart for one night, a happily married couple (Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington) is confronted by temptation that may decide the fate of their marriage. Last Night is ultimately about choices—to be in a relationship with someone, to give yourself to someone physically, to open yourself emotionally, and how to survive all three. Eva Mendes, Guillaume Canet, and Griffin Dunne also star in this sexy, provocative romantic drama. | Read MoreDrama and Female Director(s)
The intersecting histories of a stadium, a team, and a music legend are examined in a documentary that charts the ups and downs of the New York Mets and the life and career of Long Island native Billy Joel, the last performer to play Shea Stadium. Set to the soundtrack of Joel's final Shea concerts, Last Play interweaves personal Joel interviews with exclusive concert footage—featuring guests like Tony Bennett and Roger Daltrey. | Read MoreESPN, Sports, Documentary, Music
Showcasing a tour-de-force performance from veteran Dennis Farina, THE LAST RITES OF JOE MAY chronicles the final days of an aging, short money hustler clinging to the belief that he’s one scam away from the glorious destiny he’s always deserved. Now in his sixties, his health failing and resources dwindling, Joe is presented with one last shot at redemption in the eyes of a community that’s all but left him for dead. | Read MoreDrama
Lost in the snows of Russia during the final bitter winter of World War II, a German Army surgeon trudges from one surreal encounter to another. Oleg Lukichev's stark black-and-white cinematography captures all the misery and brutality of Eastern Front combat in this remarkably assured prizewinning debut from German, son of the legendary St. Petersburg director. | Read More
Latin women have become prolific in American culture, ascending to the top of the pop charts, box office and the Nielsen ratings. As their influence grows and expectations increase how will Latin women balance the expectations of their ethnic culture with the demands of the marketplace? Rosie Perez (Just Like the Son, Fearless), Mia Maestro (Poseidon, Alias), Zoe Saldana (Crossroads, Pirates of the Caribbean) and Claudia Llosa (Madeinusa) join us for a discussion moderated by New York Time's contributor Charles Lyons. | Read More
Nine years ago Laura (Petra Wright) was a vivacious aspiring actress engaged to a talented young writer. But after her fiancé's senseless death, Laura married an insurance man, had a son, and began living the perfect suburban-mom life. Now she is growing distracted, withdrawn, dissatisfied, and needs more than just an affair. | Read More