At a school for the blind, students exuberantly show off their remarkable talents as musicians, as radio announcers, as daredevil bicyclists, and most unexpected of all, as photographers. In this extraordinary, intimate, and often funny documentary about how blind children view the world, Czech filmmaker Miroslav Janek opens a window into their lives.
Using a combination of surreal vignettes, documentary footage, and segments from the Russian WWII epic The Fall of Berlin, Gorilla Bathes at Noon explores the political and social confusion surrounding the reunification of East and West Germany.
Jan Nemec, a leading filmmaker of the Czech New Wave, creates an original portrait of one of the most provocative artists of the 20th century: Toyen. As a female artist, Toyen broke through the male-dominated art world to create paintings and drawings often erotic in nature. She co-founded the surrealist movement in Prague, survived the Nazis, and was an active member of the French surrealist circle.
Two of the most important participants of the Iranian New Wave – Houshang Golmakani and Mohsen Makhmalbaf – come together in Stardust Stricken to give us a rare look at the relationship between personal history, ideology, and art.