An enthralling narrative woven from the mysteries surrounding Garbo—the Spanish double agent who perpetrated the greatest fraud in World War II—this masterful documentary shows us just how thin the line is between truth and fiction.
Three legendary Hollywood iconoclasts (Robert Duvall, Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek) anchor this Depression-era Southern-flavored tale penned by C. Gaby Mitchell and Mad Men’s Chris Provenzano about a Tennessee backwoods outcast (Duvall) who decides to throw his own funeral—while still alive.
A young woman cast out from the convent encounters two Muslim men who separately challenge her understanding of love, religious devotion and sense of self in this cinematic meditation on the boundaries of faith in contemporary culture.
CENTERPIECE FILM A close-knit group of twentysomething friends living in downtown Manhattan juggles work, play, romance and commitment in this award-winning directorial debut from television’s Radnor, who stars as a struggling writer grappling with the responsibilities of adulthood.
Never-before-seen footage from Henri-Georges Clouzot’s lost masterpiece, Inferno, fuels this fascinating documentary, which partially reconstructs the unfinished film while chronicling its problem-plagued production. Clouzot’s radical visual experimentation tantalizes viewers with what might have been.
This program of experimental and narrative short works presents stop motion, hand-drawn, rotoscope and computer-generated animation by leading and up-and-coming practitioners, including Rodrigo Blass, Martha Colburn, Lewis Klahr, Kerry Laitala and the Academy Award–winning work of H5.
A polar station on a desolate island in the Arctic Ocean. Sergei, a seasoned meteorologist, and Pavel, a recent college graduate, are spending months in complete isolation on the once strategic research base. Pavel receives an important radio message and is still trying to find the right moment to tell Sergei, when fear, lies and suspicions start poisoning the atmosphere.
In one of her most absorbing performances, Tilda Swinton plays a Milanese magnate’s trophy wife whose attraction to her son’s friend sets her on a collision course with propriety. This superb melodrama reimagines the form with bold originality and not a hint of irony.
From the wish for international legitimacy to preparing for married life as a transgendered male, the verbal intricacies required in the quest for the elusive perfect union are delightfully examined in this eclectic collection of short films.
In a rare look inside an artistic labor of love, SFIFF tributee Salles fashions this cinematic essay on his ongoing quest to adapt Kerouac’s mythic novel On the Road, drawing on a treasure trove of material, including screen tests, interviews, archival footage and candid personal reflections.