In 1920s Brazil, the black slaves suffer under the heel of their oppressors, who forbid them even from engaging in their cultural practices, such as the traditional martial art of capoeira. When the leader of the slave resistance movement is assassinated, his protégé Besouro must take up his mantle. Using his mastery of capoeira and the supernatural abilities given to him by ancient African deities, Besouro becomes an untouchable mystic, freedom fighter, and symbol of revolt.
Portuguese with subtitles, 95 min.
A nuanced, bittersweet take on the coming-of-age film, Sasha follows a gifted young man who returns from vacation to find that his piano teacher and secret crush, Mr. Weber, is moving abroad. He tries to hide his heartbreak from others
German, Serbian, Croatian with subtitles, 101 min.
The complicated love triangle between three friends on the eve of the Cuban missile crisis becomes a metaphor for the fraught politics of the Cold War in this playful dramedy. As Cuba solidifies its alliance with the Soviet Union, lively farm girl Lisanka helps her small town make the transition in whatever way she can. Yet she fiercely maintains her independence from revolution loyalist Sergio, staunch anti-communist Aurelio, and Soviet soldier Volodia, all of whom vie for her affections.
Spanish with subtitles, 110 min.
Sosa, widely known as a carancho (vulture), makes his living as an ambulance-chasing lawyer for an unscrupulous outfit in Buenos Aires, taking advantage of the city’s sky-high rate of road accidents. His budding romance with an ER doctor prompts him to try to help the people he once preyed on, but, in the grand tradition of film noir, Sosa soon finds just how hard it is to make a clean break from his unsavory past.
Spanish with subtitles, 107 min.
An alcoholic transient makes a gruesome discovery in the chilling Off Season.
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