directed by Sini Anderson
Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the riot grrrl movement. She became one of the most famously outspoken feminist icons, a cultural lightning rod. Her critics wished she would just shut-up, and her fans hoped she never would. So in 2005, when Hanna stopped shouting, many wondered why. Through 20 years of archival footage and intimate interviews with Hanna, THE PUNK SINGER takes viewers on a fascinating tour of contemporary music and offers a never-before-seen view into the life of this fearless leader.
“It f**king rocks.” —Flixist
directed by Mark Mori starring Bettie Page, Hugh Hefner, Bunny Yeager, Paula Klaw, Dita Von Teese, Tempest Storm
Bettie Page Reveals All! is an intimate look at one of the world’s most recognized sex symbols! Narrated by Bettie herself, the film tells her life story-from her humble beginnings to her legendary career as a pin-up model. In a series of never before heard interviews recorded in 1996 & 1999. Bettie candidly discusses everything from her sudden retirement at the peak of her modeling career to her broken marriages, born-again Christianity, bouts of mental illness and resurgence in popularity. Hearing Bettie tell these stories in her own words, with her razor sharp wit and abundant personality shining through is a revelation for her legions of fans!
“Fascinating! A humanizing portrait of a sex-positive feminist before the classification even existed.” —Hubert Vigilla, Flixist
directed by Aleksandr Sokurov in German starring Johannes Zeiler, Anton Adasinsky, Isolda Dychauk
From acclaimed director Alexander Sokurov, Faust is an hallucinatory period piece set in the early 19th century and inspired by Goethe’s famous play.
“Russia's leading and most controversial filmmaker! FAUST is a free and borderline-freaking adaptation of the soul-selling classic.” —Richard Corliss, TIME
directed by Jacques DemyJacques Demy starring Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo and Anne Vernon Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo and Anne Vernon
Catherine Deneuve shines in Jacques Demy’s musical love storyCatherine Deneuve shines in Jacques Demy’s musical love story
directed by Paolo Sorrentino in Italian starring Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli
Rome, Italy, lush, timeless, opulent, and home to journalist Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo of Il divo and Gomorrah). Since the early success of his one and only novel decades ago, Jep has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and social circles and has thoroughly enjoyed every pleasure Rome has to offer.
But as his sixty-fifth birthday comes and goes, Jep finds himself beginning to take stock of his life; looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafes to see himself and Rome in a new light. Called “A Technicolor La Dolce Vita for the Berlusconi era,” The Great Beauty is a sensuous epic, a breathtaking feast for the senses and a compelling introspective journey into the life and mind of a man and the eternal city.
“An outlandishly entertaining hallucination.” —New York Times
directed by Wladyslaw Pasikowski in Polish starring Maciej Stuhr, Ireneusz Czop
A tense and gripping thriller, Aftermath tells the story of two brothers: Jozek (Maciej Stuhr) and Franek (Ireneusz Czop), who discover a terrible secret and are forced to revise their perception of their father, their entire family, their neighbors, and the history of their nation.
Inspired by actual events, Aftermath cause controversy in its native Poland due to its present-day reckoning with a dark period in that country’s history, leading the film to be banned in some Polish cinemas.
“AFTERMATH succeeds in bringing the past into the present. Predicated on the unraveling of the social fabric, AFTERMATH is a thriller that's meant to stun.” —J. Hoberman, New York Times
A roller coaster mix of drama and comedy, the Sundance Film Festival Short Films program is a 93-minute collection of eight short films from the 2013 edition of the Festival. Vibrant storytelling highlights the group, including fiction, documentary, and animation, with five award-winners. With no rules, the short film serves as a proving ground for young filmmakers to make their mark and for established filmmakers to take risks in story and style.
directed by Clio Barnard in English starring Conner Chapman, Shaun Thomas, Sean Gilder
The Selfish Giant is a contemporary reworking of the classic Oscar Wilde tale of the same name. Thirteen year old Arbor (Conner Chapman) and his best friend Swifty (Shaun Thomas) are treated as outsiders both at school and in their own rough-and-tumble neighborhood.
Eventually, the two boys befriend Kitten (Sean Gilder), a local scrapdealer – the Selfish Giant; to make some money, the boys soon begin working for him, collecting scrap metal with a horse and cart. Swifty shows a natural gift with horses while Arbor, keen to impress Kitten, tries to emulate him. Kitten, however, favors Swifty, leaving Arbor feeling hurt and excluded and driving a wedge between the boys.
Arbor becomes increasingly resentful, greed, and exploitative. Tensions build in this cold, inhospitable landscape ultimately leading to a tragic event, which transforms them all.
“Jaggedly moving. Boldly, broodingly cinematic.” —Variety
directed by Navot Papushado, Aharon Keshales in Hebrew starring Lior Ashkenazi, Rotem Keinan, Tzahi Grad
A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and the main suspect in the killings – a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder.
“Sensational! The best film of 2013.” —Quentin Tarantino
directed by Taylor Guterson in English starring Bob Burkholder, Britton Crosley, Gail Shackel
Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Cinequest Film Festival, Old Goats is the hilarious and heartfelt story of a trio of gutsy septuagenarians who “refuse to go quietly into that good night”. Britt, Bob, and Dave say what they please and don’t hold anything back on their quest to make the most of their sunset years.
Opinionated and set in their ways, each man confronts aging in his own unique fashion: conventional Dave quietly rebels against how his wife wants them to spend their retirement, hoarder Britt struggles to learn internet dating from his houseboat, and lively ladies’ man Bob juggles an unstable girlfriend and a fanciful memoir about his so-called “notorious” past. Rife with plenty of attitude, these “old goats” prove it’s never too late to start an adventure or follow your dreams.
“Witty and poignant.” —indieWIRE
directed by Felix van Groeningen in English starring Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh
Elise (Veerle Baetens), a tattoo artist and Didier (Johan Heldenbergh), a musician, fall in love at first sight. They bond over their love of bluegrass music and American culture and dive headfirst into a sweeping romance that plays out both on and off stage.
“Belgium's submission for the 2014 foreign language film Oscar is a powerful and haunting tale of love, death and bluegrass - a mournful song played on a broken instrument, with striking visual accompaniment.” —indieWIRE
directed by Philipp Kadelbach in German starring Volker Bruch, Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler
Billed as a German Band of Brothers, the blockbuster miniseries Generation War vividly depicts the lives of five young German friends forced to navigate the unconscionable moral compromises of life under Hitler.
“A German BAND OF BROTHERS.” —The Hollywood Reporter
directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda in Japanese starring Masaharu Fukuyama, Machiko Ono, Yoko Maki
In Like Father, Like Son, acclaimed director Kore-eda Hirokazu (Nobody Knows, I Wish) has created another fully realized and deeply touching family drama.
“Relentlessly quiet character study that is photographed with Zen remove and scored metronomically to Bach and Beethoven, each scene clipped to the barest essentials.” —Time Out New York
directed by Patrick Creadon in English
In 2010, designer Emily Pilloton and her partner (in business and in life), architect Matt Miller, arrived in Bertie County, North Carolina, to teach a high school design-build class called Studio H with an eye toward reviving the economically struggling rural community.
directed by Joe Swanberg in English starring Adam Wingard, Simon Barrett, Helen Rogers
Fetish photographer Billy (Adam Wingard) stages elaborate shoots around his fixations, photographing women in various stages of undress and death. When one of Billy’s models winds up actually dead, an investigator named Michael (Simon Barrett), knocks on his door and discovers a world he struggles to understand – in Billy’s art, as well as his apparent ease at juggling professional and intimate relationships with a committed girlfriend and various models.
Jealousy runs high, and meanwhile, a killer is still on the loose. Modeled after erotic thrillers of the 1990s late-night cable variety, 24 Exposures is written and directed by Chicago filmmaker Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies, Marriage Material, You’re Next).
“A clever meta-thriller with erotic components and a delectable combination of creepiness and fun.” —Eric Kohn, indieWIRE
directed by Kim Mordaunt in Lao starring Sitthiphon Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam
A boy who is believed to bring bad luck leads his family (and a couple of ragged misfits) through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by war, the boys builds a giant rocket to prove he’s not cursed, planning to enter the most lucrative but dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival.
directed by Alain Guiraudie in French starring Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou, Patrick d'Assumcao
Frank spends his summer days hopelessly searching for companionship at a popular cruising spot on the shores of a lake in rural France.
“There are very real, very potent emotions underlying every action, be it an explicit sex act, a lingering embrace, or a horrible realization that meting out death does not necessarily preclude love.” —Time Out New York
directed by Claude Lanzmann in German starring Benjamin Murmelstein, Claude Lanzmann
In this riveting exploration of contested history, the inexhaustible Holocaust documentarian Claude Lanzmann (Shoah) revisits a 1975 interview with Benjamin Murmelstein, the Viennese rabbi who worked with Adolf Eichmann to arrange for the emigration of 120,000 Jews, an ethically thorny collaboration which saved many lives – and landed Murmelstein in prison.
With Shoah, Director Lanzmann (87 and still going strong) re-oriented our understanding of the defining event of the 20th century. Three decades after that cinematic milestone, he does so once again, from an entirely new personal, historical, and aesthetic perspective.
“Demanding and deeply rewarding.” —Variety
directed by Arne Toonen in Dutch starring Raymond Thiry, Kim van Kooten, Bas Keijzer
Black Out is an audacious crime thriller laced with colorful lowlifes, tough femme fatales, corrupt cops, and outbursts of extreme violence. Helmed by Dutch director Arne Toonen, Black Out is a film full of brash style, visual panache and edge-of-your-seat excitement.
“Great performances, perfect direction and a whip-smart script!” —Steve Prokopy, Aint It Cool News