CITIZENS OF THE WORLDFriday, February 5, 2021 -
In the vein of his sleeper hit MID-AUGUST LUNCH (SFI, 2010), director Gianni Di Gregori crafts yet another entertaining and poetic comedy pulsing with life. Three Italians in their seventies, all dealing with their own problems, suddenly decide to quit their beloved Rome to settle abroad. But where? This is the first question of one too many. The Professor, retired after teaching Latin his whole life, is getting bored. Giorgetto, one of the last true Romans, struggles to make ends meet every month. Attilio, an antiques dealer and hippie, wants to once again experience the delights of his youthful travels. Things will change, but not quite as expected. (in Italian w/English subtitles)
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MY LITTLE SISTERFriday, February 19, 2021 -
A once successful playwright sacrifices her life and career for her dying brother in MY LITTLE SISTER, a poignant, affecting drama from writer-directors Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond, nominated for the Golden Bear and Teddy Awards at the 2020 Berlinale. Lisa (Nina Hoss, PHOENIX, THE MOST WANTED MAN), once a brilliant playwright, no longer writes. She lives with her family in Switzerland, but her heart remains in Berlin, beating in time with that of her twin brother Sven (Lars Eidinger, PROXIMA, NEVER LOOK AWAY), the famous theatre actor. Since Sven has been suffering from an aggressive type of leukemia, the relationship between them has become even closer. Lisa does not want to accept this blow of fate, and she does everything in her power to bring Sven back on stage. Her relationship with her husband starts to fall apart, but Lisa only has eyes for her brother, her mirror, who connects her back with her deepest aspirations and rekindles her desire to create, to feel alive again. (in German and French w/English subtitles)
TEST PATTERNFriday, March 5, 2021 -
“TEST PATTERN is part psychological horror, part realist drama set against the backdrop of national discussions around inequitable health care and policing, the #metoo movement, and race in America. The film follows an interracial couple whose relationship is put to the test after a Black woman is sexually assaulted and her white boyfriend drives her from hospital to hospital in search of a rape kit. The film analyzes the effects of the systemic factors and social conditioning women face when navigating sex and consent within the American patriarchy, along with exploring institutional racism from a Black female point of view. Shot in Austin and Los Angeles in 21 days, the feature had a woman at the head of every department on the film, a total production crew with more than 60% BIPOC and more than 40% of the cast and crew self-identifying as LGBTQIA.” – Mill Valley Film Festival Directed by Shatara Michelle Ford.
CODED BIASFriday, March 19, 2021 -
In Shalini Kantayya’s provocative new documentary feature MIT Media Lab researcher Joy
Buolamwini discovers that facial recognition technology does not see race and gender accurately. As it turns out, artificial intelligence is not neutral. What does it mean when artificial intelligence (AI) increasingly governs our liberties? And what are the consequences for the people AI is biased against? CODED BIAS explores the fallout of this discovery and weaves in the stories of an emerging generation of women working as data scientists, mathematicians and activists in the United States, the UK, South Africa and China. Together they lead the fight to protect our civil rights in the face of increasing corporate surveillance and algorithmic oppression. Drawing from stylistic sci-fi elements to visualize its concepts, CODED BIAS inspires and engages audiences to reimagine tech and civil rights around the world.
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ACASA, MY HOMEFriday, April 2, 2021 -
In the wilderness of the Bucharest Delta, an abandoned water reservoir just outside the bustling metropolis, the Enache family lived in perfect harmony with nature for two decades, sleeping in a hut on the lakeshore, catching fish barehanded, and following the rhythm of the seasons. When this area is transformed into a public national park, they are forced to leave behind their unconventional life and move to the city, where fishing rods are replaced by smartphones and idle afternoons are now spent in classrooms. As the family struggles to conform to modern civilization and maintain their connection to each other and themselves, they each begin to question their place in the world and what their future might be. With their roots in the wilderness, the nine children and their parents struggle to find a way to keep their family united in the concrete jungle. With an empathetic and cinematic eye, filmmaker Radu Ciorniciuc offers viewers, in his feature debut, a compelling tale of an impoverished family living on the fringes of society in Romania, fighting for acceptance and their own version of freedom. (in Romanian w/English subtitles)
MARTIN EDENFriday, April 16, 2021 -
Adapted from a 1909 novel by Jack London yet set in a provocatively unspecified moment in Italy’s history, MARTIN EDEN is a passionate and enthralling narrative fresco in the tradition of the great Italian classics. Martin (played by the marvelously committed Luca Marinelli) is a self-taught proletarian with artistic aspirations who hopes that his dreams of becoming a writer will help him rise above his station and marry a wealthy young university student (Jessica Cressy). The dissatisfactions of working-class toil and bourgeois success lead to political awakening and destructive anxiety in this enveloping, superbly mounted bildungsroman. Winner of the Best Actor prize at the Venice Film Festival and the Platform Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival. Directed by Pietro Marcello. (in Italian w/English subtitles)
ATLANTISFriday, April 30, 2021 -
“A debut of remarkable formal precision, Valentyn Vasyanovych’s Atlantis is an urgent yet highly controlled dispatch from the war-torn Donbass in Eastern Ukraine. Set five years into the future, this all-too-real dystopia uses a series of distanced, compositionally rigorous frames to follow Sergiy, a Ukrainian soldier suffering from PTSD as he tries to restart his life amidst these scourged, uninhabitable lands. Rather than foreground the in-the-moment battle between Russia and Ukraine, Vasyanovych instead powerfully depicts the inevitable aftermath, marked by economic and ecological degradation. Yet somehow, through a new volunteer job exhuming the dead, Sergey finds an unexpected path back to humanity.” – Film at Lincoln Center ATLANTIS is stunning to watch. Sensitively observed and meticulously crafted. A remarkable piece of filmmaking. A remarkable piece of filmmaking from an exciting emerging Eastern European voice.” – Nikki Baughan, Screen (in Ukrainian w/English subtitles)