A profound and emotionally resonant film telling the intersecting stories of four characters in the north-east of China, An Elephant Sitting Still is both the debut and, tragically, the final feature film by filmmaker and novelist Hu Bo, who tragically passed away at the age of twenty-nine during postproduction on the film.
Dir. Sébastien Betbeder | 2013 | 93min
Arman is 33 and ready to make a change, starting with a run in the park. When he literally bumps into Amélie - slightly cynical but nevertheless lovely - on the jogging path, he's dead-set on making a connection with her. As a bit of contrived fate brings them together, Arman's best friend Benjamin suffers an unexpected stroke, relegating him to the hospital for weeks where he falls for his doting young physical therapist. Over the course of two autumns and three winters, Arman, Amélie and Benjamin share the incidental moments, unexpected accidents, unconventional love stories and unforgettable memories that will define who they are.
Dir. Raya Martin, Mark Peranson | 2013 | 88min
A filmmaker (Alex Ross Perry), along with his local guide (Gabino Rodríguez), traverse the Yucatán in the days leading up to the “end of the world” with the idea of making his last movie. They look at possible locations, journeying to Chichen Itza on December 21, encountering a surrealistic gathering of New Agers and Mayan mystics. They meet a local TV reporter (Iazua Larios), who the filmmaker casts in his psychedelic Western. After the film is shot, the misunderstood and egomaniacal filmmaker decides to remain in Mexico, editing his masterpiece, forever.
Dir: DENIS CÔTÉ | 2014 | 70min | Canada
An open-ended exploration of the energies and rituals of various workplaces. From one worker to another and one machine to the next; hands, faces, breaks, toil: what kind of absurdist, abstract dialogue can be started between human beings and their need to work? What is the value of the time we spend multiplying and repeating the same motions that ultimately lead to a rest – a state of repose whose quality defies definition.
DIR MYROSLAV SLABOSHPYTSKIY | 2014 | UKRAINE | 132 MIN
One of the year’s most provocative films, The Tribe garnered three awards, including the Grand Prix, from Cannes 2014. Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s feature debut is truly original, illuminating the world of the deaf without the use of dialogue or subtitles.
“Somewhere in Ukraine, Sergey enters a specialized boarding school for the deaf. Alone in this new and unfamiliar place, he must find his way through the school's hierarchy. Sergey quickly encounters the tribe, a student gang dealing in crime and prostitution. After passing their hazing rituals and being inducted into the group, he takes part in several robberies and begins to work his way up the chain of command to become pimp-protector for two of the girls, who turn tricks at the local truck stop. Finding himself in love with one of them, Sergey ultimately breaks all the unwritten rules of the tribe, with tragic consequences.” (c) Drafthouse
The trailer contains some nudity.
Jafar Panahi and Kambozia Partovi
2014 | Iran | 106 Minutes | DCP
Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi bravely defies his 20-year ban on filmmaking yet again, and stunningly, he has created a masterpiece that not only lives up to his earlier, pre-ban work but surpasses it in many ways. In a secluded house by the sea with the curtains shut, a screenwriter hides from the world with only his dog as company. The tranquility is abruptly broken one night by the arrival of a young woman fleeing from the authorities. Refusing to leave, she takes refuge in the house. But come dawn, another unexpected presence will change everything.
FEATURING Kambozia Partovi, Maryam Moqada
Director Ming-liang Tsai | 2013
138 Min | DCP | The Plaza
A father and his two children wander the margins of modern day Taipei, from the woods and rivers of the outskirts to the rain streaked streets of the city. By day the father scrapes out a meager income as a human billboard for luxury apartments, while his young son and daughter roam the supermarkets and malls surviving off free food samples. Each night the family takes shelter in an abandoned building. The father is strangely affected by a hypnotic mural adorning the wall of this makeshift home. On the day of the father's birthday the family is joined by a woman-might she be the key to unlocking the buried emotions that linger from the past?
Carlos Reygadas | 2012 | 120 Min
POST TENEBRAS LUX ("light after darkness") is the Cannes Film Festival prize winner that follows an upscale Mexican family whose move to the countryside in search of an ideal life results in domestic crisis and class friction. Stunningly photographed, the film is an enthralling and enigmatic exploration of the primal conflicts of the human condition.
Bio - Carlos Reygadas
Born in Mexico City in 1971, Carlos Reygadas was a lawyer in Mexico, specializing in armed conflict issues in London. He worked for the United Nations before starting his film career. He returned to Mexico in 2000 to shoot his first feature film, Japón (Japan), which garnered international attention for its startling content and magnificent aesthetics. Japón’s raw depiction of sex and human frailty within a uniquely Mexican context grew into Reygadas’s fully fledged style with his second feature film, Batalla en el cielo (Battle in Heaven, 2005), which competed for the Palm d’Or and won several other international prizes. His third film Stellet Licht (Silent Light, 2007) pushed the familiar themes and aesthetics of his previous work onto new, breathtaking ground and won prestigious prizes across the globe, cementing Reygadas’s reputation as both a leader of contemporary Mexican cinema and a central auteur on the global art cinema stage.
Reygadas has further cultivated the current renaissance of Mexican cinema by producing a number of notable films by other burgeoning Mexican directors, contributing a short film to the 2010 compilation Revolución and completing — 2012’s Post Tenebras Lux, which earned him the Best Director prize at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Text from High Museum of Art Atlanta