OPENING NIGHT A graphic artist (Ewan McGregor) who has always been unlucky in love embarks on a new relationship and gradually absorbs the lessons imparted by his father (Christopher Plummer), who emerges from a long, passionless marriage at 75 and comes out of the closet, refusing to let even a cancer diagnosis blunt his eagerness to let love into his life.
Set amid arrests and subsequent trials surrounding the 2008 Republican National Convention, this portrait of two young activists caught in the web of an opportunistic mentor and a desperate justice system poignantly describes both the problems of power and the power of forgiveness and love.
In the dark days following the Spanish Civil War, a young boy witnesses a brutal murder by a mysterious hooded figure. When his own father is accused of the crime, he sets out to exonerate him, but the facts he uncovers in this twisted gothic underworld are far from comforting.
This collage-style documentary combines recently rediscovered Swedish footage of the American 1967–75 Black Power movement with new and insightful commentary by leading African American artists, activists, musicians and scholars, all set to an evocative soundtrack with original music by Questlove of the Roots and Om’Mas Keith.
After a New Year’s Eve of listless partying that ends in a one-night stand, Simone discovers she’s pregnant. The father is not only delighted but good-looking, kind and eager to build a life with her. Simone’s suspicions soon grow, however. Are these truly blessed events, or is this domestic bliss too good to be true?
Children of all ages will root for the undercats in this beautifully animated caper set against the cityscape of Paris. A sneaky feline, a mute girl, her police detective mom and a big-hearted cat burglar join forces to combat a gangster and his bumbling sidekicks. With short Specky Four Eyes (9 min). Recommended for ages eight and up.
Intrepid explorer of the exotic Werner Herzog is the first filmmaker allowed into the Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc caverns in southern France, site of the world's oldest prehistoric art. Who better to ponder these enigmatic drawings? And what cinematic plunge into the unknown could be better served by 3-D?
A filmmaker finds creative freedom more elusive than he imagined in this ironic comedy-drama from Otar Iosseliani (Gardens in Autumn, SFIFF 2007). Tired of the state-appointed producers and censorship in his homeland, Soviet Georgia, Niko decides to move to France, only to find that he has merely traded one type of interference for another.
Featuring candid discussion about hopes and dreams, love and heartbreak, family and friends, this engrossing documentary makes an inspired connection between classic literature and contemporary teen life in modern-day Marseille as one high school class studies the 17th-century novel La princesse de Clèves. With short Aglaée (20 min).
This eye-opening and bittersweet chronicle of the Yugoslavian film industry recounts how the cinema was used—often with direct intervention from President Josip Broz Tito—to create and recreate the young nation’s history, replete with heroes and myths that didn’t always hew closely to reality.