In a career spanning 70 years, Jack Cardiff was widely considered to be the best cinematographer in the world
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.
A taxi driver flirts with his passenger only to have the tables dramatically turned in The Cassava Metaphor.
Two brothers attempt to hide from their tyrannous father in the shadows of a dark basement in Catafalque.
Horribly maimed while fighting on the Japanese front in China during WWII, a Japanese lieutenant returns home a war hero. But his loss of limbs has not made him any less of a brute, especially to his wife. Required to satisfy his every need, she feels her anger quietly boiling over. Based on a short story that was banned for its extreme subject matter, Caterpillar is a howl of rage against blindness to the atrocities of war.
Japanese, Chinese with subtitles, 84 min.
France / Iran / Italy
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.
Guillermo del Toro’s incomparable imagination, distinctive visual style, and thematically charged narratives have earned him a place at the forefront of the thriving Latin American filmmaking community. With The Devil’s Backbone, the Hellboy series, and the Oscar®-winning Pan’s Labyrinth, del Toro has proven himself a master of both cerebral dark fantasy and thrilling blockbuster entertainment. At this special event honoring the Mexican director with the Visionary Award, the Festival presents a discussion with del Toro about his distinguished career, followed by a retrospective screening of his brilliant, politically charged ghost story The Devil’s Backbone
Israel / USA
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.
College dropout Doug is doing his best to postpone adulthood for as long as possible, living with his sister in her Portland apartment and working nights at a local ice factory. His mundane existence receives a fresh jolt of purpose when his ex-girlfriend, visiting from Chicago, inexplicably disappears. Using his unfinished forensics degree and his love of Sherlock Holmes, Doug embraces his new role as an amateur gumshoe in this mystery-comedy from indie master Aaron Katz (Quiet City).
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.
Three is definitely a crowd in Commencement.
Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck) is living the American Dream: great job, beautiful family, shiny Porsche in the garage. When corporate downsizing leaves him and co-workers (Chris Cooper and Tommy Lee Jones) jobless, the three men are forced to redefine their lives. Bobby soon finds himself enduring enthusiastic life coaching, a job building houses for his brother-in-law (Kevin Costner), and perhaps the realization that there is more to life than chasing the bigger, better deal. With humor, pathos, and keen observation, writer-director John Wells (the creator of ER) introduces us to the new realities of American life.
In this inspirational true story of a sister’s unwavering devotion to her brother, Betty Anne Waters (Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank) puts herself through high school, college, and law school in her quest to free her brother Kenny (Sam Rockwell), who has been arrested for murder and sentenced to life. With the help of her best friend (Academy Award® nominee Minnie Driver), Betty Anne pores over the suspicious evidence that led to Kenny’s arrest.
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.
Will the search for a child’s bicycle unite a fragile community or ignite an explosive conflict in The Cycle?