Singular auteur Alexander Sokurov (Mother and Son, SFIFF 1997) stuns the senses while depicting humanity at its fiercest and finest with this beautiful meditation on the ties that bind, personified by the unforgettable titular grandmother journeying through war-torn Chechnya.
A daughter must overcome the legacy of her father’s heroin addiction in this graceful, hopeful French debut, named best film of the year by Cahiers du Cinema.
Asked about his Skies of America, composer Ornette Coleman explained, "I was trying to describe something that has no territory." In that spirit of figuring the unimaginable, the films in this program invent ways to map real and imagined landscapes.
The jock, the nerd, the indie girl and the prom queen: this real-life Breakfast Club (with cell phones), an audience favorite at Sundance, tracks four American teens through their senior year in a small Indiana high school.
A subtle but spirited existential drama of modern life that concentrates (with intimations of a larger political economy of fear) on two secretly troubled thirtysomething professionals in Cairo whose respectable, self-assured positions belie an unspoken dread of living.
A darkly comic burlesque about a therapy group for disabled persons trying to persuade a recently paralyzed and suicidal young man to join, with surprising results.
This incisive look at the failure and injustice of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy documents an upstart gay and lesbian group’s attempt to enlist, former soldiers’ war experiences and a gay Baghdad-bound soldier’s retreat into the closet.
Set in the majestic landscape of the Mississippi Delta, a story unfolds about the repercussions from a suicide within a poor family in a small town.
This moody meditation on identity and change unfolds as an elderly dying man and his wife, seeking privacy, tell their tenants one by one to leave, dredging up secrets, memories and inexorable truths ahead of a final transformation.