Awards Screening Series
Foreign Screening Series
O.J.: Made In AmericaPart 1: Tuesday, February 7th at 5:00 p.m., Part 2: Wednesday, February 8th at 5:00 p.m., Part 3: Thursday, February 9th at 5:00 p.m.
O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA is the story of O.J. Simpson. Through the prism of race, media, violence, celebrity and the criminal justice system, the film explores the heavy influence American culture had on Simpson’s life and the polarizing effect his trial had on the country. O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA was directed by Ezra Edelman and produced by Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow.
ExtremisTuesday, February 7th, at 6:00 p.m.
EXTREMIS is a verité documentary short exploring the harrowing decisions that doctors, families and patients face in urgent end-of-life cases. With uncommon access to an intensive care unit of a public hospital, the film offers a uniquely intimate look at the intersection of science, faith and humanity.
The White HelmetsTuesday, February 7th, at 6:25 p.m.
A Netflix original short documentary, set in Aleppo, Syria and southern Turkey in early 2016, takes viewers into the war zone. As the violence intensifies, THE WHITE HELMETS follows three volunteer rescue workers as they put everything on the line to save civilians affected by the war, all the while wracked with worry about the safety of their own loved ones. Moving and inspiring, THE WHITE HELMETS (by Oscar®-nominated team Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara) is both a snapshot of the harrowing realities of life for ordinary Syrians who remain in the country, and a humbling portrait of the power of the human spirit.
Watani: My HomelandTuesday, February 7th, at 7:05 p.m.
Tells the story of one family’s escape from war torn Aleppo, and their attempt to make a new life in Germany. Hammoudi, Helen, Farah and Sara are the young children of Free Syrian Commander Abu Ali Slaibeh. They live on the frontline of the civil war in Aleppo, the only family living in a derelict warzone that was once a busy residential neighborhood. After their father is captured by ISIS, the family is forced to flee their homeland and start a new life in a small town in Germany.
4.1 MilesTuesday, February 7th at 7:40 p.m.
A coast guard captain on a small Greek island is suddenly charged with saving thousands of refugees from drowning at sea.
Joe\'s ViolinTuesday, February 7th at 8:05 p.m.
In the award-winning short documentary film Joe’s Violin, a donated musical instrument forges an improbable friendship between 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Joe Feingold and 12-year-old Bronx school girl Brianna Perez, showing how the power of music can bring light in the darkest of times and how a small act can have a great impact.
13thTuesday, February 7th at 8:05 p.m.
Directed and produced by Ava DuVernay, the feature documentary 13TH examines how mass incarceration evolved to its current epic proportions and what the ramifications are for communities of color across the country.
I am Not Your NegroTuesday, February 7th at 9:40 p.m.
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin‘s original words and flood of rich archival material, with the voice of Samuel L. Jackson. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.
Hell or High WaterWednesday, February 8th at 7:30 p.m.
HELL OR HIGH WATER, directed by David Mackenzie, is a story about the collision of the Old and New West; two brothers -- Toby (CHRIS PINE), a straight-living, divorced father trying to make a better life for his sons; and Tanner (BEN FOSTER), a short-tempered ex-con with a loose trigger finger -- come together to rob branch after branch of the bank that is foreclosing on their family land. The hold-ups are part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that powerful forces beyond their control have stolen from under their feet. Vengeance seems to be theirs until they find themselves in the crosshairs of a relentless, foul-mouthed Texas Ranger (JEFF BRIDGES) looking for one last triumph on the eve of his retirement. As the brothers plot a final bank heist to complete their plan, a showdown looms at the crossroads where the last honest lawman and a pair of brothers with nothing to live for except family, collide.
Fire at SeaWednesday, February 8th at 8:05 p.m.
Over the past 20 years, hundreds of thousands of migrants have landed on the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa - a crucial stop-over for refugees between Africa and Europe. On the same island, Italian families, like Samuele Pucillo’s, live quiet lives, seemingly untouched by their temporary neighbors’ trauma. Filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi places these realities side by side, creating a new narrative. FIRE AT SEA was directed by Gianfranco Rosi and produced by Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo.
Life, AnimatedThursday, February 9th, at 6:45 p.m.
From Academy Award® winning director Roger RossWilliams, LIFE, ANIMATED is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This emotional coming-of-age story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward
20th Century WomenTuesday, January 10th at 7:00pm
With 20th Century Women, acclaimed filmmaker Mike Mills (the Academy Award-winning “Beginners”) brings us a richly multilayered, funny, heart-stirring celebration of the complexities of women, family, time, and the connections we search for our whole lives. Starring Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup and Lucas Jade Zumann.
LionDecember 15, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.
ArrivalWednesday, December 14th at 7:00pm
When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team - led by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) - is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.
MoonlightTuesday, December 13th at 7:00pm
A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, MOONLIGHT chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood in Miami. Anchored by extraordinary performances from a tremendous ensemble cast, Barry Jenkins’s staggering, singular vision is profoundly moving in its portrayal of the moments, people, and unknowable forces that shape our lives and make us who we are.
A Monster CallsMonday, December 12th at 7:00pm
A visually spectacular drama from director J.A. Bayona (“The Impossible”). 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall), dealing with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness, a less-than-sympathetic grandmother (Sigourney Weaver), and bullying classmates, finds a most unlikely ally when a Monster appears at his bedroom window.
Monkey King: Hero is BackThursday, December 8th at 7:00pm
The all-powerful Monkey King (Jackie Chan) once roamed freely between Heaven and Earth, but after angering the Gods, he was imprisoned within an ice cage deep within the mountains. 500 years later, monsters attack a small village and a child flees to the mountains. Unknowingly, the child releases the Monkey King from his curse. With the help and encouragement from this special child, Monkey King must now save the village from the evil Mountain Lord and his monstrous army.
The Well (Algeria)Wednesday, December 7th at 7:00pm
The WELL is a drama about an Algeria’s southern village besieged by the French Army during the national liberation war (1954-1962). Winner of Best Arabic Film, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay awards at the Alexandria International Film Festival.
ZootopiaTuesday, December 6th at 7:00pm
In Zootopia, citizens of all classes, sizes and species shed their biases and live in harmony. But when the utopian society is gripped by fear after an inexplicable rash of vicious attacks, an unlikely partnership between a rookie cop and a charming con artist leads them to a shocking culprit.
JackieMonday, December 5th at 8:30pm
JACKIE is a searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman). JACKIE places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband’s assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband’s legacy and the world of ”Camelot” that they created and loved so well.
Your NameMonday, December 5th at 6:15pm
Mitsuha and Taki are two total strangers living completely different lives. But when Mitsuha makes a wish to leave her mountain town and for the bustling city of Tokyo, they become connected in a bizarre way. She dreams she is a boy living in Tokyo while Taki dreams he is a girl from a rural town he’s never been to. What does their newfound connection mean? And how will it bring them together?
On the Other Side (Croatia)Thursday, December 1st at 7:00pm
After returning from the Hague where he served a sentence for war crimes in Croatia and Bosnia, a man contacts his wife for the first time in twenty years wishing to revive their relationship. The Croatian Oscar entry, “On the Other Side,“ is a powerful psychological drama that premiered at the Berlin Film Festival to strong reviews, winning a Special Mention, Europa Cinemas.
A Man Called Ove (Sweden)Wednesday, November 30th at 7:00pm
Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife’s grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbors. Based on the bestselling novel.
My Life as a Zucchini (Switzerland)Tuesday, November 29th at 7:00pm
After his mother’s sudden death, ten-year-old Zucchini ends up in a home with other orphans his age. While struggling to find his place in the world, he finds a new family of misfits along the way.
Snowtime!Monday, November 28th at 8:30pm
The kids in a tiny village have a huge snowball fight for fun and discover truths about friendship and life in this animated romp through childhood.
Beautiful Pain (Malaysia)Monday, November 28th at 6:15pm
Based on true events this story of an autistic boy, and the hardship of his parents. A father, unable and unwilling to accept his son’s differences, and a mother trying her best to fulfill his needs.
Long Way NorthMonday, November 21st at 8:30pm (New Date and Time)
LONG WAY NORTH is set in the late 19th century Saint Petersburg. Sacha, a young girl from the Russian aristocracy, dreams of the Great North and anguishes over the fate of her grandfather, Oloukine, a renowned explorer who has yet to return from his expedition to the North Pole. Sacha has always been fascinated by her grandfather and has the same calling to be an explorer. But Sacha’s parents, who’ve made arrangements for her marriage, strongly disapprove of the idea. Defying her destiny, Sacha flees to her home and launches an adventure-filled quest toward the Great North in search of Oloukine and his ship.
From Afar (Venezuela)Monday, November 21st at 6:30 p.m.
Lorenzo Vigas’ Golden Lion winner, FROM AFAR (Desde Alla), is the first Latin American film to ever win the Venice Film Festival’s main award. The Venezuelan Oscar entry is about middle-aged, middle-class Armando (Alfredo Castro; NERUDA, THE CLUB, NO, TONY MANERO), who regularly lures young working-class men from the street. After a volatile encounter with street thug Elder (Luis Silva), Armando becomes fascinated with the boy and hunts him down. Elder continues to visit Armando, initially interested in the financial security, but a complex bond between the two forms as Armando becomes a father figure to the troubled teen. However, Armando’s own haunted past looms large over this unexpectedly intimate relationship between two men worlds apart.
Miss Sharon Jones!Thursday, November 17th at 8:50 p.m.
This award-winning sensation unfolds the unbelievable true story of soul queen Sharon Jones\' courageous year as she prepares to triumphantly return to center stage.
Very Big Shot (Lebanon)Thursday, November 17th at 6:30 p.m.
Intending to smuggle drugs across the borders, a small-time Lebanese drug-dealer manipulates public opinion with the help of an underrated filmmaker.
Sparrows (Iceland)Wednesday, November 16th at 7:00pm
SPARROWS is a journey from innocence to adulthood. It is a film about adolescents and love, about a father and son relationship, which has broken down. Sparrows takes place during a summer in a remote, Icelandic fishing village, which is in decline. During the nights at this time of year, it is a place where the sun does not set. It stays low on the horizon, casting a constant magical light on the surroundings. And thus a magical and thematically poignant place to portray a story of change.
Toni Erdmann (Germany)Tuesday, November 15th at 7:00pm
Practical joker Winfried (Peter Simonischek) disguises himself as flashy “Toni Erdmann” to get busy Ines’ (Sandra Huller) attention and change her corporate lifestyle. The father-daughter challenge reaches absurd proportions until Ines begins to see that her eccentric father deserves a place in her life… A satire that mocks power games and social representation, TONI ERDMANN also addresses issues such as stress in the modern world, sexism in the workplace, the dehumanizing nature of the corporate world, and how families fail to communicate, without ever being melodramatic.
Life, AnimatedMonday, November 14th at 7:00pm
From Academy Award wining director Roger Ross Williams, LIFE, ANIMATED is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This emotional coming-of-age story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence.
Elle (France)Screening Date: Monday, November 14th at 6:30pm
Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a leading video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle’s life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game – a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.
House of Others (Georgia)Monday, November 7th at 6:30 p.m.
In the early 1990s after a devastating civil war between Abkhazia and Georgia, two families who survived are assigned houses that have been abandoned by the enemy. In their new homes - ones filled with painful reminders of the bitter struggle - they hope to begin a new life in peace. But soon it becomes clear that the hardest battle is yet to be fought. “House of Others” is the quasi-autobiographical feature debut of Georgian director Rusudan Glurjidze.
The Little PrinceMonday, November 7th at 9:00pm
From director Mark Osborne and Netflix, THE LITTLE PRINCE is a feature length animated film inspired by the French novella Le Petit Prince, first published in 1943 by poet, author and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Osborne’s film uses four types of animation: hand drawn 2D animation, CG animation, paper cutout animation and stop-motion animation to bring this fable of friendship, love, loss and loneliness to life. THE LITTLE PRINCE is voiced by Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Mackenzie Foy, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Albert Brooks, Benicio Del Toro, Ricky Gervais, Bud Cort, and Riley Osborne with Paul Giamatti. THE LITTLE PRINCE includes an original score and songs by Hans Zimmer & Richard Harvey featuring Camille.
It’s Only the End of the World (Canada)Wednesday, November 9th NEW START TIME 7:00PM
After 12 years of absence, a writer goes back to his hometown, planning on announcing his upcoming death to his family. As resentment soon rewrites the course of the afternoon, fits and feuds unfold, fueled by bitterness and fear, while all attempts of empathy are sabotaged by people’s incapacity to listen, and love.
The Salesman (Iran)Thursday, November 10th at 7:00 p.m.
From Asghar Farhadi (“A Separation”), a master at exposing domestic discord through his multi-layered screenplays, comes THE SALESMAN, a slow-burning, visceral drama which explores the psychology of vengeance and a relationship put under strain while continuing to explore the condition of women in Iran and the male psyche. After their old flat becomes damaged, Eman (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), a young couple living in Tehran, are forced to move into a new apartment. However, once relocated, a sudden eruption of violence linked to the previous tenant of their new home dramatically changes the couple’s life, creating a simmering tension between husband and wife.
Little Secret (Brazil)Thursday, November 3rd at 7:00pm
Based on a true story, “Little Secret” follows the lives of a young girl and three women who share a secret that will change their lives forever. The journeys of these three women will cross borders and show that in a world where people are pulled apart by racism and tragedy, friendship, tolerance and love can still prevail.
Neruda (Chile)Wednesday, November 2nd at 8:00pm
Pablo Larraín (JACKIE, THE CLUB, NO, TONY MANERO) weaves an engrossing metafictional fable around the 1948 manhunt for celebrated poet and politician Pablo Neruda, who goes underground when Chile outlaws communism and is pursued by an ambitious police inspector (Gael García Bernal) hoping to make a name for himself by capturing the famous fugitive.
Tonio (Netherlands)Wednesday, November 2nd at 7:00pm
On May 23, 2010, 21-year old Tonio van der Heijden is hit by a car and taken to the hospital in critical condition, where he then dies. The lives of his parents, who watch their son die in intensive care, are transformed forever. Tonio’s life leaves a phantom pain in the lives of his parents, who are reminded of him by everything around them including themselves. They mourn, and at the same time struggle to prevent their lives being caught up in a downward spiral of sorrow.
Floyd Norman: An Animated LifeTuesday, November 1st at 7:00pm
Animator. Storyman. Troublemaker. At 80 years old, see how Disney Legend Floyd Norman, the first African-American animator at Disney, continues to impact animation and stir up “trouble” after the company forced him to retire at age 65. Take an intimate journey through the life and career of the “Forrest Gump” of animation. He is the only human being to have worked alongside Walt Disney, Hanna and Barbera, and John Lasseter at Pixar -- all in one lifetime. Floyd’s story is told through humorous and insightful interviews, as well as through original animation based on “gag” art. Like Floyd himself, this documentary is extremely layered. It takes on aspects of a historical drama, a comedy, an animation-how-to, and a love letter to the creative arts. It is the feel-good documentary of the year that inspires, informs, and entertains in equal parts.
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring YearsThursday, October 27th at 7:00 p.m.
Ron Howard’s \"The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years\" is based on the first part of The Beatles’ career (1962-1966): the period in which they toured and captured the world’s acclaim. The film explores how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr came together to become this extraordinary phenomenon, “The Beatles.” It delves into their inner workings – how they made decisions, created their music and built their collective career together – all the while, highlighting The Beatles’ unique musical gifts and their remarkable, complementary personalities. A White Horse Pictures and Imagine Entertainment production, the film focuses on the time period from the early Beatles’ journey in the days of The Cavern Club in Liverpool to their last concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966.
Amanda KnoxWednesday October 26, 2016 at 7:00pm
Was she a cold-blooded psychopath who brutally murdered her roommate or a naive student abroad trapped in an endless nightmare?
The Happiest Day In The LIfe of Olli Mäki (Finland)Tuesday October 25, 2016 at 7:00pm
The true story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who had a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title. Immensely talented and equally modest, Olli’s small town life is transformed when he is swept into national stardom and suddenly regarded as a symbol of his country. There’s only one problem: Olli has just fallen in love. Inside of the ring, it’s Finland vs. the USA, but outside, boxing and romance become unlikely adversaries vying for Olli’s attention.
The Ardennes (Belgium)Wednesday, October 19th at 7:00pm
“The Ardennes“ is a dark thriller that explores a love triangle complicated by crime, betrayal, and the bonds of brotherhood. Directed by Robin Pront, it brings back the producers of 2012 Oscar nominee Bullhead and is Belgium’s Foreign Language Oscar submission. Remake rights were sold to The Firm in USA.
We Are XThursday, October 20th at 7:00pm
“We Are X“ is a transcendent rock & roll story about X JAPAN, the world`s biggest and most successful band you`ve never heard of, and its enigmatic drummer, pianist, composer and producer, Yoshiki. The film chronicles the band`s exhilarating and tumultuous history over the past three decades—persevering through personal, physical and spiritual heartache-the film culminates in their first ever concert at Madison Square Garden. “We Are X“ is an astonishingly intimate portrait of a deeply haunted-but truly unstoppable-virtuoso and the music that has enthralled legions of the world’s most devoted fans. The feature is produced by John Battsek and Diane Becker, and directed by Stephen Kijak.
The Eagle HuntressTuesday, October 18th at 7:30 p.m.
“The Eagle Huntress“ follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. Set against the breathtaking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, “The Eagle Huntress“ features some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary, giving this intimate tale of a young girl’s quest the dramatic force of an epic narrative film. The film is executive produced and narrated by Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley. Like Ridley’s character “Rey,” Aisholpan never doubts her ability to be as strong or brave as any boy. Directed by Otto Bell, executive produced by Ridley and Morgan Spurlock, and produced by Stacy Reiss, Sharon Chang and Otto Bell.
Julieta (Spain)Monday, October 17th at 7:00pm
Julieta lives in Madrid with her daughter Antía. They both suffer in silence over the loss of Xoan, Antía’s father and Julieta’s husband. But at times grief doesn’t bring people closer, it drives them apart. When Antía turns eighteen she abandons her mother, without a word of explanation. Julieta looks for her in every possible way, but all she discovers is how little she knows of her daughter. “Julieta“ is about the mother’s struggle to survive uncertainty. It also about fate, about guilt complexes and about that unfathomable mystery that leads us to abandon the people we love, erasing them from our lives as if they had never meant anything, as if they had never existed. The film hits theaters December 21 in LA & NY and Spain’s official selection for the 2017 Academy Awards.