A legend in his own time—and mind—the fascinating, forbearing 80-year-old Yoshiro Nakamatsu holds 3,400 patents, including the floppy disk, bouncing shoes and the impossible-to-resist Love Spray. This humorous, quirky and visually striking cinematic portrait proves wholly worthy of its eccentric subject. With short Arsy-Versy (23 min).
CLOSING NIGHT FILM This surprising, unvarnished portrait of the pioneer comedian, pitchwoman and plastic surgery enthusiast follows her over the course of a year, revealing the complexities of an inveterate entertainer who continues to persevere despite what others may think of her.
From the maker of 1998’s highly acclaimed The Dreamlife of Angels comes this character-driven thriller, powered by an unforgettable performance from ever-daring Tilda Swinton, barreling straight into a sleazy wasteland as an abrasive alcoholic kidnapper in way over her head.
This visually stunning documentary draws viewers into the lives of a family of migrant factory workers on a grueling holiday journey back to their rural village—and the resentful child they left behind—in an intimate portrait of modern China.
An Israeli tank crew hits the ground hard during the 1982 invasion of Lebanon in this claustrophobic and gripping look at the Middle East conflict that unfolds entirely inside the tank. Winner of the Venice Film Festival’s prestigious Golden Lion.
The presentation of the Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award to maverick animator Don Hertzfeldt will include an onstage interview, questions and answers with the audience and many of Hertzfedlt’s most beloved short films, including I am so proud of you.
Documented both online and in the real world, Life 2.0 examines the effects both humorous and unnerving of the virtual world Second Life by focusing on the lives of its users and chronicling their successes, failures, lives and loves.
A triumph of neorealist storytelling, Linha de Passe conveys the memorable and moving story of a mother and her four fatherless sons struggling to find their way in the challenging metropolis of São Paulo.
A sleepy Los Angeles exurb and its shiftless young residents are seen through the eyes of two Japanese tourists in this intimate evocation of a small town in Southern California where everyone’s talking but no one really understands.
Confined to a wheelchair by an incurable disease, a woman takes the pilgrimage to the famous French shrine in this disturbing and subtle film about the power of faith. Radiating intelligence with every frame, Lourdes coolly treads a fine line between tragedy and satire.