The culmination of a years-long project to cultivate talented young filmmakers from the hillside favelas of Rio de Janeiro, 5X Favela’s five short films offer a rare glimpse of the vigorous culture emerging from these communities, exploding the popular myth that they are merely hotbeds of drugs and violence. Featuring rising-star directors Manaíra Carneiro, Wagner Novais, Rodrigo Felha, Cacau Amaral, Luciano Vidigal, Cadu Barcellos, and Luciana Bezerra.
Portuguese with subtitles, 103 min.
Running from the police after they mistakenly mark him as a suspect in a missing-person case, the unnamed hero of Missing Man tries to find a way back to his friends and his family. Accustomed to spurning true human contact for the existence of a hermit, he now must rely on the help of a group of vagabonds as he contends with the absurd bureaucracy that frustrates his journey at every turn.
Russian with subtitles, 96 min.
In this dynamic biopic centering on the other musical prodigy in the Mozart family, 14
French with subtitles, 120 min.
Babou (Isabelle Huppert, flexing her comedic muscles) has always enjoyed her freewheeling bohemian lifestyle, but it’s about to cost her dearly: Her daughter Esmeralda, embarrassed by her mother’s flightiness, may not invite Babou to her upcoming wedding. To prove that she can play the reliable mom as well as the impulsive free spirit, Babou takes a job selling real estate, surprising everyone (including herself) by rising to the top despite her devil-may-care attitude.
English, French, Flemish with subtitles, 105 min.
James Franco’s The Feast of Stephen, paying homage to the work of Kenneth Anger, is an atmospheric tale of one boy’s brush with forbidden adolescent desires.
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