Spring 2017 Releases

Spring 2017 Releases

SPETTACOLO
SPETTACOLO
From the directors of Marwencol, Spettacolo tells the story of a small town in Tuscany that came up with a remarkable way to confront their issues – they turned their lives into a play. Every summer for the past 50 years, their piazza has become their stage and residents of all ages play a part – the role of themselves.
NOCTURAMA
NOCTURAMA
A terrorism thriller like no other, recalling Robert Bresson’s The Devil, Probably as much as it does George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, the acclaimed new film from Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent) is one of the 21st century’s most provocative and stirring cinematic experiences.
ESCAPES
ESCAPES
Directed by Michael Almereyda and executive produced by Wes Anderson, a journey through 20th-century Hollywood via the experiences of Hampton Fancher – flamenco dancer, actor, and unlikely producer and screenwriter of Blade Runner - showing how one man's personal journey can shape a medium's future.
BRONX GOTHIC
BRONX GOTHIC
From director Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside the New York Times, Ivory Tower) comes an electrifying portrait of writer and performer Okwui Okpokwasili and her acclaimed one-woman show "Bronx Gothic," a story about two 12-year-old black girls coming of age in the 1980s.
NIGHT SCHOOL
NIGHT SCHOOL
Emmy-winning director Andrew Cohn’s absorbing documentary observes the individual pursuits of four adult learners seeking a high school diploma, fraught with the challenges of daily life and the broader systemic roadblocks faced by many low income Americans.
GENERAL REPORT II
GENERAL REPORT II
A fascinating investigation of the economic, political, social, and environmental crises currently affecting Europe, Catalan filmmaker Pere Portabella's new documentary updates and expands the scope of its 1976 predecessor, positing that European reality today is every bit as unhinged as it was 40 years ago.
GENERAL REPORT
GENERAL REPORT
Shot in the months following Franco's death, whose regime had ruled Spain for nearly 40 years, Pere Portabella's landmark documentary combines clandestinely filmed footage of public protests with extensive conversations between politicians as they try to determine how to transition from a dictatorship to a democracy.
VAMPIR-CUADECUC
VAMPIR-CUADECUC
Filmed on the set of Jess Franco’s Count Dracula starring Christopher Lee, Portabella’s masterpiece mixes making-of footage and an electronic soundtrack for an investigation into the figure of the vampire - as both a reflection on fascism and cinema - to create a subversive fever dream of a meta-film.
LAST MEN IN ALEPPO
LAST MEN IN ALEPPO
Winner of the Grand Jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Syrian filmmaker Feras Fayyad’s breathtaking work – a searing example of boots-on-the-ground reportage – follows the efforts of the internationally recognized White Helmets; ordinary citizens who are the first to rush towards military strikes in the hope of saving lives.
MILWAUKEE 53206
MILWAUKEE 53206
Milwaukee 53206 is America’s most incarcerated zip code; 62% of adult males in this mostly African-American community have spent time in a correctional facility. This urgent documentary examines how decades of poverty, unemployment, and a lack of opportunity has contributed to the crisis of mass incarceration in this and other communities across the nation.
AFTER FIRE
AFTER FIRE
With intimate access to the lives of women veterans, After Fire is an observational documentary that throws a spotlight on the human toll of military service - including military sexual trauma, combat injuries and bureaucratic dysfunction - examining the challenges faced by the fastest-growing group of American veterans: women
RAILWAY SLEEPERS
RAILWAY SLEEPERS
The first railway line in Thailand was inaugurated in 1893 – a sign of progress and prosperity. Shot over eight years on every active line of the railway system, this extraordinary documentary, produced by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, offers an unprecedented immersion into the country’s past and present.
SARAH WINCHESTER, PHANTOM OPERA
SARAH WINCHESTER, PHANTOM OPERA
A film about ghosts and madness that is itself a kind of ghost, this short from master Bertrand Bonello (Nocturama, Saint Laurent) tells the story of Sarah Winchester, heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune who was driven to insanity by unseen forces.
THE DREAM OF SHAHRAZAD
THE DREAM OF SHAHRAZAD
An exploration of recent social and political upheavals across the Middle East, The Dream of Shahrazad contextualizes these events within a broader historical and cultural legacy by drawing on the famous collection of stories known as “The Arabian Nights."
UNBROKEN GLASS
UNBROKEN GLASS
A powerfully moving tale of mismatched marriage, immigration, and mental illness, Unbroken Glass is filmmaker Dinesh Das Sabu's attempt to uncover a silenced family history, to understand the circumstances that led to the sudden death of his parents twenty years ago.
IN EXILE
IN EXILE
Forced to flee his country after filming politically sensitive events such as the Saffron Revolution, a Myanmar filmmaker finds himself a refugee amongst refugees in Thailand, where he discovers the plight of fellow migrants working under slavery-like conditions.
THE STAIRS
THE STAIRS
Shot over the course of five years, Hugh Gibson's award winning documentary examines the lives of habitual drug users at an urban health center staffed by both former and current users; expanding into a wide-ranging portrait of the conditions that can nurture addiction and the social and legal structures that surround it.
FRAUD
FRAUD
Assembled from over 100 hours of home movies shot by an unknown man of his family over a period of 7 years and uploaded to Youtube, Fraud is a daringly innovative work – a found footage thriller – that reveals one family’s struggle for the American Dream and the nature of truth in the internet age.
RETURN TO CUBA: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF WALKER EVANS
RETURN TO CUBA: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF WALKER EVANS
In his first commissioned body of work, Walker Evans travelled to Cuba in 1933 to document life under the Machado regime. Nearly 75 years later, renowned photographers return to Cuba to retrace Evans' footsteps at a new historical tipping point.
THE JOY OF SOUND
THE JOY OF SOUND
What impact does sound have on our lives? From classical music to a hummingbird flapping its wings to the Earth’s natural hum, this is a wondrous exploration of the psychology, sociology and economics of sound.
THE BEEKEEPER AND HIS SON
THE BEEKEEPER AND HIS SON
The widening gap between generations in China today is at the heart of this deeply resonant documentary about a son, recently returned from the city, trying to modernize his aging father’s beekeeping business.
WOMAN AND THE GLACIER
WOMAN AND THE GLACIER
For more than 35 years, scientist Aušra Revutaite has lived alone atop the Tuyuksu glacier studying the effects of climate change. This remarkable documentary, pulsing with an otherworldly beauty, captures her everyday life and work.
AN AVIATION FIELD
AN AVIATION FIELD
The newest work to emerge from Harvard’s groundbreaking Sensory Ethnography Lab, Joana Pimenta’s An Aviation Field is a mesmerizing short film, a ghost story about buried cities, lost civilizations and Western colonialism.
THE DREAMED ONES
THE DREAMED ONES
The tormented romance between celebrated poets Paul Celan and Ingeborg Bachmann – a Holocaust survivor and a daughter of a Nazi party member – is the subject of this innovative documentary in which two actors read from their nearly two decades worth of correspondence.
88:88
88:88
Referencing the digital display of electric appliances after the power’s been repeatedly cut off, Isiah Medina’s audacious experimental work – one of the most acclaimed in recent years – is a personal meditation on family, friendship and the experience of living in poverty.
LETTERS FROM BAGHDAD
LETTERS FROM BAGHDAD
Voiced and executive produced by Tilda Swinton, Letters from Baghdad is a visually rich, beautifully crafted documentary that tells the story of Gertrude Bell, who, more influential than her friend and colleague Lawrence of Arabia, shaped the modern Middle East in ways that still reverberate today.
WORLD WITHOUT END (NO REPORTED INCIDENTS)
WORLD WITHOUT END (NO REPORTED INCIDENTS)
A walk through a quiet waterside town in England yields myriad revelations - from prize-winning Indian curries to a nearly lost world of proto-punk music - in this wondrous new documentary from Jem Cohen, director of Museum Hours and Counting.
THE HUMAN SURGE
THE HUMAN SURGE
One of the year’s most bracingly original debuts, The Human Surge is a global journey that jumps from Argentina to the Philippines to Mozambique, a road movie that fuses fiction and documentary for a portrait of today’s youth at a time of economic uncertainty and illusory hyper-connection.
INSIDE THESE WALLS
INSIDE THESE WALLS
One family's efforts to secure freedom for their father, a political dissident serving a life sentence in China, is a story of international intrigue, diplomatic maneuvering and immense personal sacrifice.
THE MARK OF CAIN
THE MARK OF CAIN
Sailing ships, angels and executioners, this classic documentary chronicles the vanishing practice and language of Russian criminal tattoos. Recalling the prison writings of Solzhenitsyn or Dostoevsky, Lambert's harrowingly beautiful and penetrating study served as inspiration for Cronenberg's Eastern Promises.
UZU
UZU
Employing stunning camerawork and sound, Uzu immerses us in Japan's Dogo Autumn Festival, one of the most violent religious festivals in the world, a mystic ritual as fascinating as it is terrifying.