French actress Helene Lapiower (Trouble Every Day) steps behind the camera to direct Petite Conversation Familiale, an intimate documentary that began as a chronicle of her Jewish family, who immigrated to France from Poland decades before. Filmed over the course of seven years, this project slowly morphed into a complex study of generational divide and questions of identity. In French, English, and Yiddish with optional English and French subtitles.
When filmmaker Mariana Otero was a young child, her mother disappeared. The family told Mariana and her sister, Isabel, that she had gone to work in Paris and never returned. Twenty-five years later, Otero's father reveals the truth about her mother, confessing the secret he alone had carried for so long--her mother had died in a back-alley abortion. History of a Secret moves the viewer emotionally while simultaneously raising social and political questions. "Painfully honest" (Leslie Felperin, Variety). In French with optional English subtitles.
Ken Ogata (Mishima) delivers a wonderful performance as Honma Nobuo, a lonely, elderly widower who lives with his youngest son, Yasuo (Hayashi Yasufumi), in a remote, snow-covered region of Hokkaido. For the second anniversary of his wife's death, the ailing Nobuo insists that his estranged first son, Ryoichi (Kagawa Teruyuki), return home. Nobuo hopes to come to terms with his family, but the reunion devolves into a bitter affair. Also known as Aruku, Hito, this nuanced drama from Masahiro Kobayashi (The Rebirth) received Un Certain Regard at Cannes. In Japanese with English subtitles.