Type of Film
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
Master Swedish director Roy Andersson takes up the theme of “being a human being” with this meticulously crafted, dreamlike black comedy. Sam and Jonathan, a pair of hapless novelty salesman, take us on a kaleidoscopic tour of the human condition in reality and fantasy, unfolding in absurdist episodes: a sing-along at a 1940s beer hall, a randy flamenco teacher, and a diabolical metaphor for the horrors inflicted by European colonialism. It is a journey that unveils the beauty of single moments, the pettiness of others, life’s grandeur, and the humor and tragedy hidden within us all.
Clouds of Sils Maria
Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, and Grace Moretz star in this exhilarating look at art, acting, and aging from acclaimed director Olivier Assayas. Set amidst the scenic splendor of the Swiss Alps, the film centers around aging actress Maria (Binoche). When Maria is cast opposite a young Hollywood starlet (Moretz) in a new production of the play that first made her famous, she must come to terms with what it means to be a middle-aged actress. Stewart stars as Maria's personal assistant, in a revelatory role that won her the first acting award ever given to an American.
Do I Sound Gay?
After a breakup with his boyfriend, journalist David Thorpe embarks on a hilarious and touching journey of self-discovery, confronting his anxiety about "sounding gay." Enlisting acting coaches, linguists, total strangers, and celebrities (including Dan Savage, Margaret Cho, Tim Gunn, and David Sedaris), he quickly learns that many people--both gay and straight--often wish for a different voice. In Thorpe's feature-length documentary debut Do I Sound Gay , what starts as a personal journey becomes a chance to unpack layers of cultural baggage concerning sexuality, identity, and self-esteem.
Meet Big and Little Edie Beale: mother and daughter, high-society dropouts, and reclusive cousins of Jackie Onassis. The two manage to thrive together amid the decay and disorder of their East Hampton, New York, mansion, making for an eerily ramshackle echo of the American Camelot. An impossibly intimate portrait, this 1976 landmark documentary by Albert and David Maysles (Gimme Shelter, Salesman), co-directed by Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer, quickly became a cult classic and established Little Edie as a fashion icon and philosopher queen.
In the Name of My Daughter (L'homme qu'on aimait trop)
French director Andre Techine (Wild Reeds) brings a gripping real-life thriller to the screen. 1976. When her marriage falls apart, Agnes moves back to the South of France from Africa to live with her mother, Renee (Catherine Deneuve), owner of a casino in Nice. There, Agnes falls in love with Maurice Agnelet, a lawyer and Renee's business advisor, ten years her senior. But when Agnes disappears, national attention centers on Maurice. Thirty years later, he remains the prime suspect in a murder case with no body and no proof of his guilt, but Renee will stop at nothing to get him behind bars.
Iris pairs the late, legendary documentarian Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens ) with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. But despite the abundance of glamour in her current day-to-day life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression.
Kumiko the Treasure Hunter
In this darkly comedic odyssey, Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi stars as Kumiko, a frustrated Japanese office worker whose imagination transcends the confines of her mundane life. Kumiko becomes obsessed with a mysterious, battered VHS tape of Fargo, which she's mistaken for a documentary, fixating on a scene where a suitcase of stolen cash is buried in the desolate, frozen landscape of North Dakota. Believing this treasure to be real, she leaves behind Tokyo and her beloved rabbit Bunzo to recover it--and finds herself on a dangerous adventure unlike anything she's seen in the movies.
La Sapienza tells a love story that develops in parallel amid architecture, artistic inspiration, and emotions. The title of the film refers to one of the most extraordinary projects completed by architect Francesco Borromini: the Church of St. Yves at La Sapienza in Rome. The film follows Alexandre, who, during the height of his career, decides to set off for Italy with the idea of completing his draft--interrupted years earlier--of a book on Borromini. He is accompanied by his wife Alienor who feels her relationship with her husband gradually slipping away, along with the passion it used to inspire.
Reclusive small town locksmith A.J. Manglehorn (Oscar winner Al Pacino) has never quite recovered from losing the love of his life, Clara. Fixated on her memory, he feels closer to his beloved cat than the people around him and prefers to find comfort in his work and daily routine. Instilled with director David Gordon Green's unique brand of eccentricity and anchored by a remarkably rich, understated performance from Pacino, Manglehorn is a moving, humanistic portrait of a man rendered with unsentimental simplicity and idiosyncratic humor. The film also stars Chris Massina and Holly Hunter.