Mirroring circumstances familiar to the filmmaker herself as the child of communards, this knowing and nuanced coming-of-age film concerns the moral choices and dilemmas facing ten-year-old Karo, growing up with her bohemian parents in a chaotic Amsterdam group squat circa 1974.
Through the glass window of Nénette’s enclosure, Nicolas Philibert’s camera remains trained on the 40-year-old orangutan as zoo keepers and visitors observe and comment on her appearance and behavior from the outside. But who is really observing whom?
A former Black Panther returns home to a web of political intrigue, racial tension and suspicion in this period-perfect look at love, activism and empowerment in 1970s Philadelphia, starring Kerry Washington, Anthony Mackie and Jamie Hector.
The melancholy misadventures of a quiet young man who tries again and again to cross the border from Mexico into the U.S. take the form of visual poetry in this beguiling, deceptively quiet feature debut.
An adulterous wife takes a working trip with her photographer husband into the woods, where he mysteriously disappears and later, back home, reappears subtly changed in this quietly eerie, sultry and suspenseful drama from one of Thailand’s leading “new wave” filmmakers.
In the second film of her post-9/11 trilogy, Poitras unfolds a complex portrait of two men once close to Osama bin Laden: an Al Qaeda insider driving a cab in Yemen and his brother-in-law, a Guantanamo Bay detainee. Through this personal story slowly unfolds an indictment of the “war on terror.”
Epitomizing Hannah Arendt’s thesis on the banality of evil, this prize-winning film, set in the Balkans, offers a chilling, unflinching look at a raw recruit’s evolution into a killing machine, visualized in a minimalist, matter-of-fact style.
More prolific than Soderbergh, more resourceful than Welles, indefatigable DIY filmmaker Daniel Burmeister drives from village to village making amateur genre movies with local residents—no contracts, no red tape, just a pitch and a handshake—in this irresistible documentary feature.
Pianomania gets up close and personal to a group of world famous virtuosos, but the real stars of this penetrating documentary are Stefan Knüpfer, the Steinway & Sons master piano tuner doubling as physician and voice coach, and the beautiful instruments themselves.
Doubling as a manifesto on leisure, this collection of innovative, humorous and challenging shorts elaborates a systematic approach to pleasurable non-productivity. Notice: This program contains nudity and explicit sex, to be consumed and enjoyed in a darkened hall.