APPLE TREE OF PARADISE
The sequel to The Girls of Nowolipki is set in Warsaw after the First World War, when Poland regained her independence. Again, the film follows the lives of the young heroines...LEARN MORE.
The name says it all. The first film in director Ning Ying's "Beijing Trilogy" pays "unashamed tribute to the lighter side of life " (The Economist). The story centers around an old man forced...LEARN MORE.
Every night, Soviet tractors comb the coast of Latvia looking for signs of anyone who could have infiltrated the Soviet border from the sea. One morning, three Soviet patrolmen...LEARN MORE.
FUTURE OF EMILY, THE
Helma Sanders-Brahms (Germany, Pale Mother) wrote and directed this gripping family drama that focuses on three generations of women. Brigitte Fossey (Cinema Paradiso) is Isabelle...LEARN MORE.
The Bookworm, Concorde, Conica coffeemaker, Leica camera, Eames lounge chair, and Vespa scooter not only reflect the era that produced them but also anticipated the future. Design...LEARN MORE.
I LOVE BEIJING
The third film in director Ning Ying's "Beijing Trilogy," this romantic drama follows the fortunes of a young cab driver who is depressed because of a recent divorce. He turns his...LEARN MORE.
Based on a book by Spanish poet and dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca, Yerma tells the story of woman who longs for a child, but is unable to conceive. Harboring a deep hatred...LEARN MORE.
GREAT DAY IN HAVANA
The state of the arts in Cuba's capital city is examined in this documentary by American filmmakers Laurie Ann Schag and Casey Stoll. Cuban artists, filmmakers and musicians...LEARN MORE.
ROY COHN / JACK SMITH
An intense cinematic translation of a theatre piece in which actor Ron Vawter interprets the dual roles of Roy Cohn--the racist, reactionary prosecutor of the Joe McCarthy era and beyond...LEARN MORE.
"A winning combination of sexual frankness and visual wit," wrote J. Hoberman in The Village Voice; "Funny, violent, sexual...It makes you reconsider what you and everyone else is...LEARN MORE.
PRACTICE OF LOVE, THE
"A dazzling cinematic tour-de-force, combining a thriller narrative with experimental images" (National Film Theatre, London). Judith, an investigative journalist, begins to...LEARN MORE.
Valie Export's daring film about relationships, Menschenfrauen (loosely translated, "humanwomen"), focuses on Franz S., a journalist, and his relationship with four...LEARN MORE.
Jill Godmilow (Far From Poland, Waiting for the Moon) in collaboration with Joanna Krakowska and Magda Mosiewicz pay homage to the original SCUM Manifesto, a French film made in...LEARN MORE.
SI SOS BRUJO: A STORY OF TANGO
A heartfelt, inspiring film that could do for Argentine Tango what the Buena Vista Social Club did for the music of Cuba. This beautifully shot documentary captures the compelling story...LEARN MORE.
VILLAGE ROMANCE, A
A documentary about two women who fall in love in a small Hungarian village, once a haven for the lesbian community. One lives in poverty, while the other is married to an abusive and...LEARN MORE.
JUST SEX AND NOTHING ELSE
In this "bright, snappy relationship comedy" (Variety), a well-educated, sophisticated woman gets fed up with men after she discovers her fiance is already married. Though she wants a child...LEARN MORE.
Coming off the unprecedented box office success of Cease-Fire, acclaimed Iranian director Tahmineh Milani wrote and directed this light-hearted family drama. Shahab Hosseini offers an...LEARN MORE.
An ideological adventure movie, from the director of Bolshe Vita. Chico is half Hungarian and half Spanish, half Catholic and half Jewish. As a child he was steeped in the myths of Che...LEARN MORE.
MAPPING STEM CELL RESEARCH
Terra Incognita is a feature-length documentary that tells the story of Dr. Jack Kessler, current chair of Northwestern University's Department of Neurology and Clinical Neurological...LEARN MORE.
EARTHQUAKE IN CHILE
Though shot in fascist Spain near the end of Franco's dictatorship, this West German television production from writer-director Helma Sanders-Brahms (Germany Pale Mother)...LEARN MORE.
ON THE BEAT
On the Beat offers a humorous look at the daily grind of a Beijing police station through the perspective of two mismatched partners. This is the second film in Ning Ying's "Beijing trilogy,"...LEARN MORE.
A young Catholic socialite from Buenos Aires falls in love and runs away with a young Jesuit priest. The two find temporary happiness in a small provincial village, but eventually they are...LEARN MORE.
HOUSE IS BLACK, THE
A revelation of staggering force, lyrically composed by one of the 20th century's leading poets, Forough Farrokhzad. Her first and only film, it depicts the lives and bodies of people tragically...LEARN MORE.
BLOODY CHILD, THE
Maverick American independent filmmaker Nina Menkes' film was inspired by the true story of a young U.S. Marine, just back from the Gulf War, who was arrested while digging a grave...LEARN MORE.
This acclaimed, multiple-award-winning film centers around a group of young people who meet in a rock pub in Budapest in the summer of 1989 during Hungary's fleeting celebration...LEARN MORE.
GIRLS FROM NOWOLIPKI
A postwar film version of Pola Gojawiczynska's novel. A lively picture of turn-of-the-century Warsaw as experienced by four young girls. The film begins as the heroines finish...LEARN MORE.
WOMAN DEMON HUMAN
A young girl born into the world of the Beijing Opera Company follows her dreams and becomes a professional actress. Submerging herself in her roles to escape a personal life marred...LEARN MORE.
JOURNEY TO THE SUN
Mehmet, a young man from western Turkey, and Berzan, a Kurdish rebel living in the underground, develop an unlikely friendship while living in Istanbul. When Mehmet is mistaken...LEARN MORE.
A taut, gothic, Latin American romance, winner of the Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Marie returns to a rundown Venezuelan house in the jungle where she spent summers as a child...LEARN MORE.
A fascinating documentary from Rakshan Bani-Etemad (The May Lady), the most outspoken and respected female director working in Iran today. Bani-Etemad's film focuses on the...LEARN MORE.
MY NAME WAS SABINA SPIELREIN
In 1977, a surprising find in Switzerland led to the re-discovery of one of the most important female figures in the early history of psychoanalysis. The found diaries and letters revealed...LEARN MORE.
From acclaimed Chicago filmmaking collective Kartemquin Films (Hoop Dreams) comes a collection of three important Labor Stories of the 1970s. These films not only allowed the workers...LEARN MORE.
From the controversial director of Hidden Half and Two Women comes another tale of the clash between modernism and tradition in contemporary Iran. A progressive, recently widowed...LEARN MORE.
From acclaimed director Tahmineh Milani (Two Women) comes this searing tale about the struggles of women in modern-day Iran. Poor Sima puts up with her philandering and abusive...LEARN MORE.
WAITING FOR THE MOON
Jill Godmilow's meditation on Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. Linda Hunt plays Alice B. Toklas and Linda Bassett is Gertrude Stein, in a personal drama about the two remarkable...LEARN MORE.
From Barbara Sass, the popular Polish director of The Girls of Nowolipki, comes this bittersweet tale of an aging actress in the twilight of her career. Once a significant stage performer, Ewa...LEARN MORE.
First-time director Mania Akbari explores the heartbreak and joy of romantic relationships through the stories of seven couples searching for happiness. Comprising seven...LEARN MORE.
The stunning feature debut of one of Mexico's leading female directors, Maria Novaro, offering a fresh perspective on motherhood, a prominent theme in Latin American cinema...LEARN MORE.
For her ambitious debut, documentary filmmaker Maria Finitzo followed five adolescent girls for two years, resulting in this authentic portrait of young women at a pivotal point in their...LEARN MORE.
JAMES ELLROY: AMERICAN DOG
"I am to the crime novel in specific what Tolstoy is to the Russian novel and what Beethoven is to music," boasts James Ellroy, an American crime fiction writer who was both cursed and...LEARN MORE.
"A breakthrough of major significance in ethnographic film" (Film Quarterly), Two Laws is the story of an Aboriginal community from the remote Northern Territory of Australia told...LEARN MORE.
FAR FROM POLAND
A brilliant film. Denied a visa to shoot in Poland, director Jill Godmilow constructs a film over the bare bones of documentary footage while in New York, resulting in a deft...LEARN MORE.
GERMANY, PALE MOTHER
A beautiful, painfully moving account of writer-director Helma Sanders-Brahms' childhood, made to show her own daughter a vision of Germany beyond Hitler and the Holocaust...LEARN MORE.
NO MERCY NO FUTURE
Based on a series of letters written by a schizophrenic woman named Rita G., No Mercy No Future (Die Beruhrte) is Helma Sanders-Brahms' controversial film about the...LEARN MORE.
MY HEART IS MINE ALONE
The story of the real-life love affair between Jewish poet Else Lasker-Schueler and Nazi poet Gottfried Benn is told largely through their poetry in this experimental drama scored with...LEARN MORE.
CAVALLO BEHIND BARS
In this real-life story of dictators, political agents, and secret identities, Argentine businessman Ricardo Miguel Cavallo used the code name "Serpico" as an officer of the...LEARN MORE.
LOVE CONQUERS ALL
Filmmaker Tan Chui-mui won the Tiger Award at the 2007 Rotterdam Film Festival for directing this Malaysian indie drama about the foibles of modern romance as told from a distinctly...LEARN MORE.
WITH JERZY GROTOWSKI, NIENADOWKA 1980
Jerzy Grotowski, a leading figure in the avant-garde theatre, invited a film crew to travel with him to the small village of Nienadowka, Poland in 1980. It was there that he, his mother, and his...LEARN MORE.
PERFECT DAY, A
Set in modern Beirut, A Perfect Day tells the "delicate but haunting" (Time Out New York) story of a family still scarred by the Lebanese Civil War that ended 15 years before. Claudia...LEARN MORE.
In this Iranian comedy from up-and-coming female filmmaker Parisa Bakhtavar, a pretty but poor girl (Baran Kosari) gets into a fender bender in her father's car. She solicits the help...LEARN MORE.
WAITING FOR THE CLOUDS
For her third feature, acclaimed Turkish filmmaker Yesim Ustaoglu (Journey to the Sun) adapts Georgios Andreadis' moving tale about identity and alienation. Waiting for the Clouds... LEARN MORE.
Iran's fearless feminist director Tahmineh Milani pushes the envelope with this comedy-drama about a recently paroled woman who talks three other ex-cons into a get-rich-quick scheme...LEARN MORE.
POPOVICH BROTHERS OF SOUTH CHICAGO, THE
In a small community of steel workers, truck drivers, and teachers on the South Side of Chicago, a musical group called the Popovich Brothers maintained the traditional music and rich culture of..LEARN MORE.
MAXWELL STREET BLUES
Chicago's legendary Maxwell Street was home to an open-air market that thrived for decades. It was there that the Chicago blues was born as African-American street musicians, who had...LEARN MORE.