This cinematic kaleidoscope is an enigmatic journey into the heart of an intensely imaginative boy who would grow up to be one of Swiss cinema’s most extraordinary artists. A natural storyteller, Daniel Schmid was reared during the 1940s in an old hotel that became his stage, its guests his characters. He’d grow up to direct film, theater, and opera alongside Fassbinder, von Praunheim, and Schroeter. This luminous documentary proves wonderful things can happen when a child discovers the art of expression.
English, German with minutes, 83 min.
Who ever said poetry was boring? Four teams of supremely talented Chicago high school students harness the ecstatic power of words as they prepare to compete in the world’s largest youth poetry slam right here in Chicago. Come see this rousing, multiple-award-winning smash documentary make its hometown debut with the filmmakers and poets scheduled to attend.
Eighteen-year-old En, dreading his obligatory enlistment into Singapore’s army, moves in with his grandparents. During his stay, he becomes interested in the truth about his dead father’s past as a political activist. But the sudden death of his grandfather, coupled with his grandmother’s worsening Alzheimer’s, forces En to come to terms with the facts of his own life. Time’s erosion of memory and experience lies at the center of this gorgeously shot elegy to the past.
English, Mandarin, Hokkien with subtitles, 95 min.
Eight-year-old Hawa meets her African refugee mother for the first time in six years in Say Grace before Drowning.
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