Every dog has his day in this beguiling metaphysical mystery set within the labyrinthine Buenos Aires neighborhood of Parque Chas, where a hapless watchmaker and his canine-crazed wife go soul-deep into a Kafkaesque world of pseudo scientists and self-possessed pooches amid period-perfect ’50s decor.
Viorel negotiates bleak wintertime Bucharest with dispassion and an obscure anger. But when he begins planning a shooting, his predictable world gets recast in a new, mysterious light. This haunting portrait presents a penetrating revision of the traditional crime drama, subtracting the romance and keeping the doom.
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.
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?
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.
Inexplicable forces of attraction ensnare two disparate individuals in this tense drama set in the upper echelons of Frankfurt’s banking sector. An affair between an executive and the wife of an underling sets the stage for a probing inquiry into a morally ambiguous realm. An impressive, unflinching exposé of late capitalism on the wane.
Federico Fellini’s classic panorama of “the sweet life” in postwar Rome sparkles anew in a gorgeous restored print. Marcello Mastroianni stars as a journalist floating between the decadent high society lifestyle he seeks with his rich lover and a Swedish bombshell, and the stifling domesticity offered by his suicidal girlfriend, all amid Italian society in glamorous decay.
Over drinks, two friends agree to swap fond memories of their recent trips to the same seaside town. As the stories unfold in flashback, we realize their accounts take place at the same time—and with the same people—in this potent swirl of chance encounters, nostalgia, heartbreak and grace from Korea’s highly regarded auteur.
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.
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.