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Intimate, revealing, philosophical, spiced with dollops of whimsy—these are qualities associated with the work of the late, legendary documentarian Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens), and his final film (co-directed with Lynn True, Nelson Walker, David Usui and Ben Wu) has them in spades. On a three-day train trip from Chicago to Seattle, the team—through encounters with other passengers—captures a snapshot of American life. "Lovely… A folk odyssey through northern landscapes that proves a fitting farewell to an American ethnographer."—Variety
Afflicted by an aggressive motor neuron disease, Niels opts to die with dignity and asks his nurse, Maria, to escort him to a Swiss clinic. As they make the trek, Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm crafts a bold drama that’s profoundly moving without ever feeling manipulative. There’s emotional ugliness lying in wait but it’s ultimately rendered beautiful by its honest insights. An undeniably important film, this is a “provocative query into what makes life worth living.”—Variety
Casablanca, Notorious, Voyage to Italy… That Ingrid Bergman, three-time Oscar winner, is one of filmdom’s all-time greats is inarguable. Narrated by Swedish (and now Hollywood) star Alicia Vikander, Stig Björkman’s intimate exploration of Bergman’s personal and professional life benefits immensely from the cooperation of Bergman’s daughter Isabella Rossellini, who allowed him access to never-before-seen private footage, notes, letters, diaries and interviews. The result is a rich and multicoloured portrait of this extraordinary human being—in her own words.
In a must-win situation a soccer team’s manager struggles to win the game on his own terms.
Following his Patience (After Sebald), visual essayist Grant Gee turns his lens toward another great writer, Turkey’s Orhan Pamuk, and to Istanbul and the museum—both actual and fictional—that Pamuk created there. Simon Schama describes this Museum of Innocence as "the single most powerfully beautiful, humane and affecting work of contemporary art anywhere in the world." It has inspired this beguiling film which turns cinema back to its roots in dreams, visions, the search for meaning and communal memorialization.
A young man, awoken by his parents, is suddenly confronted by a highly disturbing litany of confessions from them that call into question his very existence.
Three men are interviewed for a job that might offer them a new start in life. Their answers grow increasingly revealing…
The BC coastal forest is in all its glory as a father and his two daughters drive off to their remote and idyllic getaway home. They have little sense at first of the growing apocalypse that they are leaving in their wake. It will come to them. Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella and Callum Keith Rennie star in this Patricia Rozema-directed adaptation of Jean Hegland’s novel.
Renowned Canadian film and video installation artist Mark Lewis takes us on a tour of art and architecture that transports us from Toronto to São Paolo to Paris’ Musée du Louvre. Likened to the great city symphony films of the silent era, Lewis’ new work is at once mesmerizingly beautiful, technically awe-inspiring and intellectually challenging. As the Louvre (which commissioned a series from him that has been on exhibition this past year) put it, Lewis’ work "suggests that film came before cinematographic technology, invented in the eye of the viewer."
Joan Cheever builds a stronger community, one three-course meal at a time.
A young boy, an old woman, a little house in Iran, and the unstoppable rain.
Recalling Before Sunrise’s sparkling chemistry, Emily Ting’s impeccably scripted romance is positively effervescent and wonderfully alive. After crossing paths in clamouring Hong Kong, Josh (Bryan Greenberg) and Ruby (Jamie Chung) set off through the vibrant metropolis, drifting down detours and embarking on countless conversational digressions. Given that we fall for this pair instantly, there’s exquisite tension in watching as circumstances conspire to keep them apart.
When the owners of a cargo company go bankrupt, six seaman are forced to spend months alone on a stranded ship off the coast of Egypt while the legal issues are sorted out. Trying desperately—and failing miserably—to maintain a sense of normality in the face of increasingly strange goings-on, the crew unravels… Tolga Karaçelik’s psychological thriller is both a tense, atmospheric huis clos and an hallucinatory allegory that will haunt your waking dreams.
At the foot of a Guatemalan volcano, 17-year-old Maria (a transfixing María Mercedes Coroy) and her parents scratch out a living by working on a coffee plantation. Promised to the plantation’s overseer, Maria, instead, falls for a youth her own age… First-time director Jayro Bustamante has fashioned "a transporting, hypnotically beautiful debut feature… downright Herzogian… in its surfeit of physical detail, observed ritual and looming clash of civilizations."—Variety
Despite the ban against him, Iranian master Jafar Panahi continues to find ingenious ways to make films. Here, taxi driver Panahi cruises Tehran, picking up family, friends, film colleagues and nonprofessionals, all of whom take on roles. The result is "a beautifully humane fable… a good-humoured jeu d’esprit, a piece of freewheeling cinephile activism… It’s a rueful but insistent statement to the effect that he is down but not out…"—Guardian
When his widowed mother (Cynthia Nixon) is diagnosed with cancer, James (Girls’ Christopher Abbott) is forced to pull himself out of a self-destructive nosedive. His newfound equilibrium is fragile at best, leaving both his resolve and their relationship teetering at a precipice. Alternating between cacophonous scenes of New York and exquisitely quiet domestic drama, Josh Mond crafts “a story that showcases subtlety and technique on both sides of the camera.”—Guardian
Nick Waggoner’s gorgeous, gripping documentary captures a decades-long struggle over the future of Jumbo Valley, deep within the raw, rugged Purcell range of B.C.’s Columbia Mountains. Exploring a tug-of-war between a proposed (and long-delayed) $450-million ski resort near Invermere versus community members, conservationists and the Ktunaxa Nation and Shuswap Indian Band who are determined to see Jumbo kept wild, Waggoner’s film documents the fierce ideological battle surrounding how we value land.
This remarkable debut, set in mystical Guizhou province, follows country doctor Chen Sheng on a road trip to find his abandoned young nephew Weiwei. But time flows mysteriously in this poetic work, perhaps even in reverse. A grown-up Weiwei appears on a broken bike in a picturesque riverside town, where beautiful tour guide Yangyang draws Chen towards a moving rendezvous with his past lost love. Chinese lyric poetry becomes radiantly impressionistic cinema. Shelly Kraicer
Kim is a Zainichi (Korean-Japanese) who hates Zainichi, an ex-boxer, a southpaw. And he’s heavily in debt. (TR)
A beautiful experimental tribute to the filmmaker’s grandmother and her people, who’ve survived the trials of history and remained strong.