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Oscar®-winning filmmaker Chuck Workman brings alive the vibrant history of the avant-garde cinema. Through interviews with filmmakers and critics including Jonas Mekas, Kenneth Anger, Su Friedrich, and Amy Taubin, he reveals how this artistic movement highlights subjective vision, sensory experience, and dreams over plot and storyline. Workman couples these conversations with a dazzling array of diverse extracts from experimental films that illuminate for the general audience a qualitatively different kind of moviegoing experience. | Read MoreDocumentary
A child prodigy yearns for a "normal" life with his parents and eccentric grandfather in this charming family drama, starring the great German actor Bruno Ganz (Wings of Desire; Downfall). While his parents plan a future of piano competitions, Vitus would rather learn to fly. He just needs to find an adult who'll let him. A Sony Pictures Classics Release. Presented by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
| Read MoreDrama and Music
When Italian comedienne Guzzanti's satirical TV show was canceled after Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's media corporation filed a 20-million-euro lawsuit, she got serious, sort of. Following in the footsteps of Michael Moore, but far more talented at imitating her target, Guzzanti exposes the seedy underbelly of Berlusconi's right-wing regime in this viciously funny documentary. | Read MoreDocumentary
On Christmas Eve, Francesca sets out from her small town for the big city, Rotterdam, to find her little sister, who has run off to follow her musician boyfriend. On the way, she picks up Gerlinde, a heartbroken older woman at the end of her rope. This exquisitely photographed tale employs a fragmented timeline to illustrate the story of three lost souls on the run. In German and Dutch.
| Read MoreDrama and Female Director(s)
The earthquake that struck the ancient city of Bam in December 2003 killed over 43,000 people and left twice that number injured or homeless. This sensitive doc reveals the thoughts of the survivors and their eloquent hopes for the future, according them an all-too rare dignity. In Farsi. | Read MoreDocumentary
Producer Prince Francesco Alliata (who also produced Renoir's The Golden Coach) journeys from Palermo to present the Cineteca di Bologna's masterful restoration of Dieterle's 1949 classic. Shown here in the U.S. for the first time in its original Italian version (it had previously screened only in a dubbed English print), Volcano features breathtaking underwater photography and one of Italian screen icon Anna Magnani's most captivating performances. | Read More