Four uncanny ghost stories from Japan’s modern masters of cinema: The Arm tells the story of a middle-aged man with a peculiar fetish who convinces a young woman to lend him her arm for the night; in The Whistler, a girl finds mysterious love letters addressed to her dying sister; a monk, forced to hide his deformed nose from the townspeople, faces the ghost of a young boy, whom he purposely did not save from drowning in The Nose; and in The Days After, a couple receives a visit from a young boy they believe is their deceased son.
Japanese with subtitles, 160 min
Burdened by guilt over his mother's death, 23-year-old Payel moves into an old stable turned into an apartment. Through the thin walls and a high window he can hear his neighbors' lovemaking and arguments, inspiring sexual fantasies that lead him into an emotional encounter with death and redemption. Structured like a jigsaw puzzle, Karma invites audiences to piece together these characters' lives while immersing them in a truly sensorial experience.
Sinhalese with subtitles, 88 min
In this touching mix of road movie and coming-of-age story, a 13-year-old boy takes to the roads of Venezuela alone in search of the mother he never knew. As he makes his way amid the wreckage left behind by mudslides that hit a coastal town 10 years ago, the boy shares stories of the tragedy with the people he meets, as he tries to come to terms with what happened to his family.
Spanish with subtitles, 100 min
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
11-year-old Cyril's only connection to his father, who left him in a children's home, is his bike. Desperately trying to retrieve his bike and reunite with his father, the kid is charged with confusion and anger. When local hairdresser Samantha agrees to foster Cyril on the weekends, she finds herself battling his self-destructive tendencies. Awarded the Grand Prix at this year's Cannes Film Festival, this tale of redemptive love bares the Dardennes’ evocative signature style.
French with subtitles, 87 min
Braden King is a New York-based filmmaker, photographer and visual artist with Chicago roots. His most recent feature film, a road movie called Here, premiered at the 2011 Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals (p. 21). A live installation derived from the project premiered at The Museum of Modern Art. King’s previous work includes the feature film Dutch Harbor: Where The Sea Breaks Its Back (co-directed with photographer Laura Moya), the short film Home Movie and music videos for Sparklehorse, Sonic Youth, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (Will Oldham) and Dirty Three. Join us for a presentation and discussion with the artist followed by a Q&A.
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