Fearing the deportation of their friend, an 11-year-old undocumented Chechen immigrant, a close-knit gang of children goes into hiding to try to insure her safety. Their disappearance becomes a cause célèbre, compelling the adult world to reconsider their priorities and policies.
Combining street realism and surprising artifice, the first fiction feature by the director of acclaimed documentaries Street Life and Ghost Town depicts hustlers, migrants, prisoners and others on the shabby outskirts of Guangzhou, where everyone is on the move but nobody is getting anywhere.
In this black comedy the lives of a timid small-time printer and his young wife are turned inside out by the arrival of a stranger who moves in and takes over their world. Set in a village-like outpost in the heart of Tokyo, this is a wry commentary on Japanese xenophobia. Kiki Sugino heads a spritely ensemble cast.
Starkly unraveling a history of corporate corruption and self-interest that duped the American public into victimizing themselves, a lawyer turned filmmaker uses the infamous McDonald’s spilled coffee case as a jumping-off point to examine the decaying core of the civil justice system, and dares us to do something about it.
This finely acted, delicate and provocative new film by one of France’s most impressive filmmakers—working here with his son, Nathan—depicts the troubled life of an adopted boy who, as a taciturn adult, visits his birth mother and strikes up a relationship fraught with tension and emotion.
This gloriously sprawling Academy Award–nominated epic has Canadian twins traveling to the Middle East, charged by their late mother’s will with finding their long-lost father and a brother they didn’t know existed. Along the way, they uncover the scars left on their mother’s life by the war she fled, and the sources of her mental and emotional instability.
Behaving instinctively, although encouraged in children, often leads to mishaps and difficulty as one enters adulthood. In this offbeat medley of documentary and narrative shorts, various manifestations of acting out are strikingly realized, whether through the eyes of children at play in the woods or two trigger-happy policemen.
Jean Remy is a Haitian man struggling to find employment in the Dominican Republic. Confronted with rejection and discrimination in the city, he sets off to try his luck in the countryside. Imbued with a naturalistic grace, this deeply sympathetic portrait speaks eloquently to the trials of humanity.
North Korean defector Seung-chul is a refugee living on the harsh edges of Seoul. Bewildered by exploitative employers and cynical urbanites, he’s no good for business. A powerful realism underscores this prize-winning feature debut about the struggle to survive in a strange new world.
In Rio, a group of young students (played by a memorable cast of nonprofessionals) transcends the hard truths of their lives through spirit and imagination in this magical realist urban teen adventure. Led by the charismatic Luiza, the group creates poetry and mirth in a collapsing world.