English, Icelandic with subtitles, 103 min.
A gallery owner (Juliette Binoche, named Best Actress at Cannes) invites an accomplished author (William Shimell) on a drive with her to a picturesque Italian town. Their banter about the difference between artistic originals and copies is filled with flirtation, but the nature of their relationship becomes ambiguous when an honest misunderstanding leads to them feigning a marriage. Iranian visionary Abbas Kiarostami directs this meditation on authenticity and artifice.
English, French, Italian with subtitles, 106 min.
Ibrahim scrapes by as a beggar on the streets of Tehran with a baby under his arm and the sorrow of his wife’s death on his lips. But not everything is what it seems: the baby is a mere prop, rented from a local gang lord. When the child is kidnapped and Ibrahim is unable to pay back the bloodthirsty owner, he must go to extreme lengths just to save his own skin in this gritty street drama.
Farsi with subtitles, 95 min.
The dizzying heights and dark depths of obsessive young love are depicted with dreamlike lyricism in this haunting film. Sent to live with their aunt in France, Irish 12
English, French with subtitles, 80 min.
This stylish and uplifting world premiere documentary from the director of Air Guitar Nation follows a spirited St. Louis youth circus troupe (scheduled to attend!) on their journey to perform with a mixed Jewish/Arab troupe in Israel. The costumes are different. The routines are different. The language is different. The food is different. But can a multicultural group of teens find the harmony that has eluded this part of the world for so long?
English, Hebrew with subtitles, 86 min.
On a journey to find materials for their son’s tombstone, a family’s repressed feelings of loss come to the surface in The Descent.
Hebrew with subtitles, 20 min.
Teenage Arik’s attitudes toward life and love undergo seismic shifts during one remarkable summer in the newly formed state of Israel when he begins an apprenticeship under slick professional matchmaker and Holocaust survivor Yankale Bride. Bride, who lives in a district full of other survivors, uses Arik to gather information on potential clients. He prides himself on giving clients “what they need, not what they want,” but his and Arik’s own love lives are far from simple.
Hebrew with subtitles, 104 min.
By turns sexy and thought provoking, this unvarnished exploration of infidelity from Silvio Soldini (Bread and Tulips) chronicles the extramarital affair of Anna and Domenico, who despite their relatively stable lives fall into an illicit relationship almost by accident. They can’t deny the sparks of euphoria they feel in their time together, though in their pursuit of those elusive feelings they risk their jobs, their families, and even their own inner peace.
Italian with subtitles, 126 min.
Tommaso, the co-heir to his family’s pasta business, returns home ready to drop a pair of bombshells on his conservative, homophobic father: that he is giving up his stake in the business to pursue a writing career in Rome, and that he is gay. Unfortunately, his brother and the capricious daughter of a rival businessman interfere with his plans to abdicate his role as the perfect son in this delicious comedy of family and food.
Italian with subtitles, 109 min.
A 10-year-old blind girl has a mysterious encounter that leads to a rare moment of freedom in the claustrophobic Rita.
This charming love story establishes an agreeable rhythm all its own as it chronicles the romantic misadventures of two Venetians in a series of elegant vignettes. From their first chance meeting on a riverboat, Camilla and Silvestro find their lives inextricably linked as they find and lose each other over a period of 10 years. As time passes, Ten Winters journeys from Venice to Moscow and back without losing sight of the delicate, mysterious inner workings of the heart.
Italian, Russian with subtitles, 99 min.