France’s answer to Roger Ebert, Michel Ciment is one of the most revered film critics in the world. Testimonies by everyone from Bertrand Tavernier and Arnaud Desplechin to Quentin Tarantino and Joel Coen back up that claim. Director Simoné Laine delves into Ciment’s influential life, including his history with film periodical Positif (and its infamous rivalry with Cahiers du cinema, penned by Truffaut and Godard). A longtime friend and advisor to the Festival, Ciment will participate in a special conversation after the film.
French with subtitles, 52 min.
It’s time for some of that serious funky soul, ya dig? This electrifying, award-winning documentary celebrates the power of music and African American culture in the ’70s through the story of an inner-city high school funk band that rose to worldwide prominence on the back of one charismatic, life-changing teacher. Now the band’s getting back together to honor their beloved 92-year-old mentor, but can they still bring the funk after 35 years?
Years ago, Michal left his small town behind when he set off for university in the city. When work brings him back to his hometown, his plans to avoid running into anyone are thwarted after he inadvertently runs over a stranger. Forced to stay in town during the investigation, Michal must confront the choices he has made. Moody and gorgeous, Erratum contemplates parallel questions: can you ever leave your past behind, and can you ever really go home?
Polish with subtitles, 95 min.
In The Swimmers (Cuba), a swimming instructor teaches children to swim in a little town near Havana, but there’s only one problem: the pool is empty.
Spanish with subtitles, 12 min.
After 18 years in the U.S., a suburban Chicago family is torn apart by deportation orders. With Janina and 6-year-old Brian trapped in Poland, Tony channels his fury into a years-long crusade to bring his family home and fix the broken U.S. immigration system. His trajectory crosses with Chicago’s political heavyweights, including a rising-star senator named Barack Obama, in this emotionally urgent, galvanizing documentary.
English, Polish with subtitles, 81 min.
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