After their riotous duet in Winterbottom’s Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are back, cruising England’s Lake Country in search of fine cuisine. In this unabashed foodie version of Sideways, the cast is expanded with a feast of celebrity impressions, Anthony Hopkins, Michael Caine and Sean Connery among them.
Equal parts Blair Witch Project and Jurassic Park, this is a “raw” CGI-filled romp through troll lore. Student journalists making a documentary on bear poaching in the Norwegian countryside stumble upon a secret war between government operatives and stony giants. Thrust into danger and intrigue, the students suddenly need to bone up on troll defense.
The emotional life of a Peruvian immigrant in Chile is the subject of this nuanced character study of a man uprooted from home by economic necessity and suffering loneliness and dislocation. Higher wages can’t fill the void created by separation from everything that is important to him.
A man who has spent his entire adult life working in a film archive faces a new beginning with the threatened closure of the institution in this loving black-and-white ode to a life lived among the reels, a deadpan comedy of cinema and obsolescence from the director of Acne. With short Protoparticles (7 min).
The psyche of a ruthless secret agent in Cold War Czechoslovakia begins to unravel when he obsesses over the girlfriend of a suspected subversive he is tracking. This taut political thriller is a bleak and potent rendering of the emotional destruction wreaked by totalitarianism.
Oscar-winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener) leads a star-studded cast in this thriller about a Nebraska police officer who finds herself embroiled in a UN sex trafficking cover-up in Sarajevo. Based on a true story, Kondracki’s tense debut achieves the difficult task of sensitively dramatizing a harrowing subject.
Feminist artists in the late 1960s and 1970s took on the old-boy art establishment in an all-out WAR: Women Art Revolution. Lynn Hershman Leeson was there with her camera and in 40 years has never turned it off. Her women artists’ tales of WAR are woven together with original graphics by Spain Rodriguez.
Rarely screened before in the United States, this restoration of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s cyberpunk precursor is an irresistibly eccentric fusion of science fiction and camp. This story of artificial worlds and illusory reality is a major work in the great director’s oeuvre, as well as a breathtaking visual achievement.
In a remote Malaysian fishing village, two boyhood friends reunite and take a night fishing trip to an uninhabited island. Through their journey and a series of flashbacks, the mysteries of their lives are slowly illuminated in a film hypnotic, tranquil, chimerical and steeped in the deep rhythms of the sea.
A fascinating fusion of ideas, genres, styles and voices, this creative concoction of documentary, narrative and animated films is an inspired and inspiring look at the world as interpreted by today’s teen filmmakers. Discover new talents from the Bay Area and across the country as they share their stories and explore their world. Recommended for ages 12 and up.