Libbie D. Cohn
Libbie Cohn and J.P. Sniadecki’s 75-minute single-shot documentary shows everything (it seems) that can happen in People’s Park in Chengdu, China. Conceptually brilliant, bursting with life, it’s the funniest, most free and most real documentary you’ve ever seen about China.
Sara, a charismatic and starry-eyed teen, sets out to document herself falling in love. (Pacific Cinematheque’s Summer Visions Film Institute)
Deprived of a proper honeymoon, newlyweds Atul and Vina can’t consummate their marriage in a house teeming with traditionally minded South Asian relatives. Calendar Girls and Made in Dagenham director Nigel Cole and East Is East screenwriter Ayub Khan-Din team-up for a boisterous crowd-pleaser in which "tragedy and comedy are interwoven into a generous, good-natured story of everyday problems."—Guardian
"Over the course of a balmy east coast summer, an introverted, bespectacled teenager is brought into the strange and delightful world of his bohemian neighbors."--LAFF. "A truly magical peek into the lives of too-real American families that is as comforting as a backyard hammock on a Summer Solstice day."—pronetworks.org
Anna and Anton are bored teens in a small town, but does a mysterious box her dog finds on the beach have magical powers that can grant her love and transform their lives?
Abed Farhadi has just been gunned down by police. As time reverses, his final moments of flight across an urban landscape reveal the events that led to this tragedy.
The Italian Alps serve as a spectacular backdrop for Cristina Comencini’s (the Oscar-nominated Don’t Tell) evocatively shot drama exploring the boundaries of motherly love while painting an intimate picture of strong but stressed young Italians. Together, Comencini and lead actress Claudia Pandolfi have crafted a memorable look at an unexamined issue.
Casey Cooper Johnson
Being an American Army drone operator seemed like a dream job to Rick, but there’s far more stress on his family life and conscience than he ever realized.
Julio Hernández Cordón
Still tormented by his father’s disappearance 30 years earlier, Juan wrestles with both suicidal impulses and suspicions concerning his neighbours. When a documentary filmmaker seeks to explore Juan’s story, he witnesses the darkest chapter of his tragic life unfold. Julio Hernández Cordón excels at "turning a relatively simple, straightforward story, into a guessing game…"—Screen
Director Denis Côté weaves together beautiful, haunting and disquieting images in this filmic essay. Close, lingering observations of animals in an open-air zoo are both heavy with emotion and intriguing to watch. The result is a fascinating meditation on nature, civilization and human perception.
Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel’s much-anticipated follow-up to their La Pivellina is again a gritty, semi-improvised serio-comic feature about how sudden connections can alter one’s structured life. Here the conflict is between an aging circus performer (award-winner Walter Saabel) and the nephew, a famous theatre actor (Philipp Hochmair), he visits. Winner, Best Actor, Locarno 2012.
Do we really need phone books? An animation. (Reel Youth/Environmental Youth Alliance)
Vincent awakens disoriented and confused, but when his control-freak crime boss calls him in for yet another crazy job, he has no choice but to accept.
Brandon Cronenberg’s (yes, son of that Cronenberg) debut is set in a dystopian near future in which obsession with celebrity has reached such neurotic levels that fans get themselves injected with viruses and diseases that once lived inside their idols… Amazingly controlled and confident for a first film, Antiviral marks Cronenberg the younger as one to watch.
A grandmother, mother and daughter have at different times suffered, tolerated and allowed abuse, dragging on the sadness that has plagued their families. In Ángeles Cruz’s short, daughter Alicia decides to break the cycle… Plays with: Canícula
James Cullingham’s compelling biographical documentary expresses the "blind" vision and phenomenal talent of the steel-string guitar virtuoso and iconoclast John Fahey. Pete Townshend calls him the folk guitar equivalent of William Burroughs or Charles Bukowski. You decide. Plays with: Tintico’s Afternoon
A celebration of 100 years of Taiwan, this anthology brings together ten master directors and ten exciting young Taiwanese talents, each with a five-minute short: from Hou Hsiao-hsien’s elegiac beauty to Hou Chi-jan’s youthful lyricism, the greatness and promise of Taiwan’s new (and newest) cinema is fully on display.
lex de la Iglesia
When a freak accident leaves Roberto impaled on a metal rod, he can’t believe his good fortune. Without ever leaving the accident scene, he becomes an instant celebrity. Abetted by a brilliant Salma Hayek as Roberto’s principled wife, Spain’s leading satirist Álex de la Iglesia outrageously lampoons our society’s willingness to sell our dignity to the highest bidder… or anyone with exact change.
Armed only with his trusty shopping cart and his wits to keep him alive, a mysterious man wanders the alleys.
On an expedition organized by the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, 50 artists banded together to protest the Northern Gateway project—proposed by Enbridge and its international partners—by taking up paintbrushes and carving tools to create works depicting the fragility of our western coastline. Cameron Dennison captures this inspiring act of social and artistic protest.