Due to many requests, we will finally offer Davis Varsity Movie Passes through our sister business Mishkas Cafe’s web site. While you’re there, purchase some of Mishka’s bulk coffee and $3 of every sale will go to supporting the Davis Varsity. Please note that Varsity passes cannot be used to purchase movie rentals online.

Dear Varsity supporters,

Many of you have asked us if you can help in any way during these trying times and we finally have an answer for you.
Thanks to the support of a group of small studios, we are bringing you a selection of quality movies that you can stream at home. The movie magic will be even greater knowing that one half of each rental will actually go to Davis Varsity. With your help we hope to be ready to once again open doors for live audiences, many months after the last vestiges of the COVID-19 crisis are forgotten.

We hope to be able to offer many more titles in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned and stay safe!

The Fight

The Fight is an inspiring, emotional insider look at how these important battles are fought and the legal gladiators on the front lines fighting them. Directors Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, and Eli Despres capture the rollercoaster ride of the thrill and defeat in these deeply human battles. When a mother is separated from her child, a soldier is threatened to lose his career, a young woman’s right to choose is imperiled at the pleasure of a government official, and the ability to exercise our basic right to vote is threatened, the consequences can be devastating to us and to future generations. The Fight celebrates the unsung heroes who fiercely work to protect our freedoms.

Immediately following the film there will be a pre-recorded discussion between Kerry Washington and the five ACLU lawyers featured in the film (Brigitte Amiri, Lee Gelernt, Dale Ho, Joshua Block and Chase Strangio). This conversation is exclusive to virtual cinema and in-theater engagements. Additionally, you’ll have free access to a live Q&A on Sun. 8/2 at 7:00pm ET with the filmmakers and lawyers, moderated by Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post. Click here to view the live Q&A page. (This will be also be archived and available beyond 8/2.)

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Director: Eli B. Despres, Josh Kriegman 
Cast: Lee Gelernt, David Ho 
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: PG-13 for strong language, thematic material and brief violence
Run time: 1 hour 35 minutes

My Dog Stupid

Henri is a middle-aged writer with fading inspiration. Feeling increasingly misunderstood by his family, he dreams of running away to start over again. Yet when he discovers a bad-mannered dog in his garden, he decides to adopt him, starting an unexpected friendship that inevitably upsets Henri’s family and neighbors. The bittersweet and moving comedy about love standing the test of time stars iconic real-life couple Charlotte Gainsbourg and Yvan Attal.

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Director: Yvan Attal
Cast: Yvan Attal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Eric Ruf 
Language: French with English Subtitles
Genre: Comedy
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 45 minutes

A Girl Missing

Koji Fukada’s followup to the critically-acclaimed HARMONIUM (also available from Film Movement), A GIRL MISSING “is a satisfying slow-burn drama expertly told” (Screen Daily). Ichiko is a private home-nurse who has worked for the elder matriarch of the Oishos for years and regards them as her own family. Ichiko’s quiet, routine life is shattered when a young member of the Oishos clan is kidnapped. When it is revealed that the kidnapper is none other than Ichiko’s nephew, her life begins to unravel in this taut thriller from one of Japan’s current cinematic masters.

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Director: KOJI FUKADA
Cast: Mariko Tsutsui, Mikako Ichikawa, Sôsuke Ikematsu
Language: JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind

An exploration into the career, music and influence of the iconic musician. With unprecedented access to the artist and featuring interviews with Sarah McLachlan, Alec Baldwin and more, this intimate documentary follows Lightfoot’s evolution from choirboy in rural Canada to troubled troubadour to international star with hits including “If You Could Read My Mind”, “Sundown”, “Carefree Highway”, and “Rainy Day People”.

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Director: Martha Kehoe, Joan Tosoni
Cast: Gordon Lightfoot, Geddy Lee, Sarah McLachlan
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Rebuilding Paradise

On the morning of Nov. 8, 2018, a devastating firestorm engulfed the picturesque city of Paradise, California. By the time the Camp Fire was extinguished, it had killed 85 people, displaced 50,000 residents and destroyed 95% of local structures. It was the deadliest U.S. fire in 100 years — and the worst ever in California’s history. REBUILDING PARADISE, from Academy Award-winning director RON HOWARD, is a moving story of resilience in the face of tragedy, as a community ravaged by disaster comes together to recover what was lost and begin the important task of rebuilding.

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Director: Ron Howard
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Carmilla

Isolated from the outside world, fifteen-year-old Lara (Hannah Rae) lives in seclusion on a vast country estate with her father and strict governess Miss Fontaine (Jessica Raine). Late one evening, a mysterious carriage crash brings a young girl into their home to recuperate. Lara immediately becomes enchanted by this strange visitor who arouses her curiosity and awakens her burgeoning desires.

This atmospheric coming-of-age tale is inspired by the 1872 Gothic vampire novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu.

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Director: Emily Harris
Cast: Tobias Menzies, Jessica Raine, Greg Wise 
Language: English
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Amulet

AMULET follows Tomaz (Secareanu), a former soldier who is left homeless after an accident and takes refuge in the decaying home of Magda (Juri), a lonely young woman in desperate need of help as she cares for her ailing mother. At first hesitant, Magda soon welcomes Tomaz into their lives. But as he gets closer to and begins to fall for Magda, Tomaz notices strange and unexplainable phenomena. Something seems very wrong with the mysterious old woman who never leaves the top floor, and Tomaz begins to suspect that Magda may in fact be a prisoner to her otherworldly bidding.

In addition to the feature, you’ll also have access to a pre-recorded discussion between director Romola Garai and Caryn Coleman of The Future of Film is Female, made available exclusively for virtual cinema engagements of the film.

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Director: Romola Garai
Cast: Carla Juri, Alec Secareanu, Imelda Staunton and Angeliki Papoulia
Language: English
Genre: Horror
Rating: R for some strong violence, bloody images, a sexual assault, and brief language and nudity
Run time: 1 hour 40 minutes

SamSam

SamSam seems like he has it all: great family, great friends, and even his own flying saucer. But he’s still trying to find one thing that will make his life even better – actual superpowers. Thanks to Mega, a mysterious new student in school, SamSam’s about to find them – and learn what it really takes to fight monsters, and how many ways there are to be a hero.

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Director: Tanguy de Kermel
Cast: Isaac Lobé-Lebel, Lior Chabbat, Jérémy Prévost, Sébastien Desjours
Language: English
Genre: Animation
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 17 minutes

Olympia

This revealing and unfiltered documentary follows the life and career of academy-award-winning actress, Olympia Dukakis. Starting on the day she turns eighty and continuing for three years, this film deals with the struggles and pains surrounding identity and the roles placed on us by society. Its cinema-verité style allows the audience to constantly move alongside Olympia as she navigates between rehearsals, workshops, family life, and finally the journey to her ancestral home in Greece. Exhibiting both candor and vulnerability, we see her deal with age, grief and sexuality while opening up about her past struggles with depression, suicide and drug addiction. Relinquishing and confronting her inner doubts and demons, we reflect upon her life, finding strength in sisterhood and the unity of female solidarity. Intricately weaving between visceral impromptu personal moments with Olympia, together with footage of her performances both on and off screen, we experience the presence of an unrelenting female energy. Not only does her story add to the perpetual ‘herstory’ of women withstanding and overcoming their obstacles and oppressors through the passage of time, it also gives us insight into how she overcame the impediments that affected her life as the daughter of immigrants and as a woman in a male-dominated society. We are granted the raw, unfiltered attitude of Olympia without a script to guide her. Her fierceness is seen to persist throughout her daily life beyond the stage or film. self-doubt have thickened her skin and sharpened her mind, and her energy is contagious. Despite her age and the innumerable experiences in her life, her determination to continue, to move forward and overcome the hurdles that life places before us all, is an inspiration.

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Director: Harry Mavromichalis
Cast: Whoopi Goldberg, Laura Linney, Diane Ladd, Lynn Cohen, Lainie Kazan, Austin Pendleton, Ed Asner, Armistead Maupin, Governor Michael Dukakis
Language: English
Genre: Biography, Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Kaye Ballard: The Show Goes On

From Cleveland to Broadway to Hollywood and a hundred stops in between, actress-singer-comedian Kaye Ballard has travelled the world of show business like no other performer. Spanning the 1940s to the 2000s,Ballard has not just done it all, but she has proved to be one of the most multifaceted talents to ever hit stage and screen. It is her uniquely captivating and enchanting career that is celebrated in the documentary film Kaye Ballard: The Show Goes On!

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Director: Dan Wingate
Cast: Woody Allen, Ann-Margret, Eve Arden
Language: English
Genre: Biography
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Flannery

Winner of the first-ever Library of Congress / Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for FilmFlannery is the lyrical, intimate exploration of the life and work of author Flannery O’Connor, whose distinctive Southern Gothic style influenced a generation of artists and activists. With her family home at Andalusia (the Georgia farm where she grew up and later wrote her best known work) as a backdrop, a picture of the woman behind her sharply aware, starkly redemptive style comes into focus. Including conversations with those who knew her and those inspired by her (Mary Karr, Tommy Lee Jones, Lucinda Williams, Hilton Als and more), Flannery employs never-before-seen archival footage, newly discovered personal letters and her own published words (read by Mary Steenburgen) alongside original animations and music to examine the life and legacy of an American literary icon.

Content Advisory: This film contains offensive language, including an ethnic slur that—in an effort to retain the integrity of the literary works examined therein—has not been muted or otherwise distorted in the presentation of the documentary. Racist language was wrong during Flannery O’Connor’s lifetime and is wrong today. This film, the filmmakers and those presenting the film do not condone, support or promote the use of racist language in any way.

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Director: Elizabeth Coffman, Mark Bosco
Cast: Mary Steenburgen
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 37 minutes

The Tobacconist

Seventeen-year-old Franz journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud (Bruno Ganz, “Wings of Desire”, “Downfall”), a regular customer, and over time the two very different men form a singular friendship. When Franz falls desperately in love with the music-hall dancer Anezka, he seeks advice from the renowned psychoanalyst, who admits that the female sex is as big a mystery to him as it is to Franz. As political and social conditions in Austria dramatically worsen with the Nazis’ arrival in Vienna, Franz, Freud, and Anezka are swept into the maelstrom of events. Each has a big decision to make: to stay or to flee?

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Director: Nicholas Leytner
Cast: Simon Morzé, Bruno Ganz, Johannes Krisch 
Language: English
Genre: Drama, History, War
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 57 minutes

Guest of Honour

Jim (David Thewlis) and his daughter Veronica (Laysla De Oliveira), a high school music teacher, attempt to unravel their complicated histories and intertwined secrets in the latest film from Academy Award nominee Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter), which weaves through time exploring perception and penance, memory and forgiveness. A hoax instigated by an aggressive school bus driver (Rossif Sutherland) goes very wrong. Accused of abusing her position of authority with 17-year-old Clive (Alexandre Bourgeois) and another student, Veronica is imprisoned. Convinced that she deserves to be punished for crimes she committed at an earlier age, Veronica rebuffs her father’s attempts to secure her early release. Confused and frustrated by her intransigence, Jim’s anguish begins to impinge on his job. As a food inspector, he wields great power over small, family-owned restaurants. It’s a power he doesn’t hesitate to use. While preparing Jim’s funeral, Veronica confides the secrets of her past to Father Greg (Luke Wilson), who may hold the final piece of this father-daughter puzzle.

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Director: Atom Egoyan
Cast: David Thewlis, Luke Wilson, Laysla De Oliveira 
Language: English
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Never Too Late

It’s been decades since Caine, Bronson, Angus and Wendell escaped a POW camp. Now, they’re sharing a new prison, Hogan Hills Retirement Home. The four band together for an escape plan, but the rules of engagement have changed—and so has what they’re fighting for. Never Too Late is a heartwarming story about how you’re never too old to chase your dreams.

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Director: Mark Lamprell
Cast: James Cromwell, Jacki Weaver, Dennis Waterman 
Language: English
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Waiting for the Barbarians

The Magistrate of an isolated frontier settlement on the border of an unnamed empire looks forward to an easy retirement until the arrival of Colonel Joll, whose task it is to report on the activities of the ‘barbarians’ and on the security situation on the border. Joll conducts a series of ruthless interrogations, which leads the Magistrate to question his loyalty to the empire.

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Director: Ciro Guerra
Cast: Mark Rylance, Johnny Depp, Robert Pattinson 
Language: English
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 50 minutes

John Lewis: Good Trouble

Using interviews and rare archival footage, JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE chronicles Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, now 80 years old, Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. In addition to her interviews with Lewis and his family, Porter’s primarily cinéma verité film also includes interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figure prominently in his life.

Immediately following the feature, there will be a pre-recorded discussion between Representative Lewis and Oprah Winfrey, filmed last month and being made available exclusively for virtual cinema and in-theater engagements of the film. This is a wide-ranging, informal, 16-minute conversation that’s a perfect follow-up to the documentary.

Additionally, on 7/9 join us for a panel discussion presented by the Freedom Rides Museum of Montgomery, Alabama, featuring Freedom Riders Dr. Bernard Lafayette and Dr. Rip Patton in conversation with director Dawn Porter. In partnership with the Capri Theatre. 7:30pm EST / 4:30pm PST.

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Director: Dawn Porter
Cast: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, John Lewis, Martin Luther King 
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: PG for thematic material including some racial epithets/violence, and for smoking
Run time: 1 hour 36 minutes

Denise Ho – Becoming the Song

DENISE HO – BECOMING THE SONG profiles the openly gay Hong Kong singer and human rights activist Denise Ho. Drawing on unprecedented, years-long access, the film explores her remarkable journey from commercial Cantopop superstar to outspoken political activist, an artist who has put her life and career on the line to support the determined struggle of Hong Kong citizens to maintain their identity and freedom.

Denise’s story mirrors almost perfectly the last three decades of Hong Kong’s uneasy relationship with China. A top international recording artist in Hong Kong and across China and other Asian nations, the turning point in her career came during the seminal moment of change for Hong Kong, the Umbrella Movement of 2014. Her public support of students who demanded free elections and occupied central Hong Kong for nearly three months had immediate and lasting consequences: she was arrested and then blacklisted by China.

Under pressure, sponsors dropped Denise and venues refused to let her perform. The film follows Denise on the road as she tours the U.S., Canada and UK and prepares to release a new hit song, attempting to rebuild her career. But it soon became clear she is also reflecting on her life’s trajectory. In June 2019, Hong Kong exploded in anti-extradition law protests with millions taking to the streets, and Denise once again faced a turning point. She has been in the streets with the tear gas and water cannons. She has tried to mediate for and protect the protesters. She has addressed the United Nations and U.S. Congress to explain the crisis and plead for international help, making it clear that Hong Kong’s struggle is a desperate fight for basic freedom and democracy around the world.

As the film draws to a close, the fight for Hong Kong continues…

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Director: Sue Williams
Cast: Denise Ho
Language: English, Cantonese
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 25 minutes

In My Blood it Runs

Dujuan is a 10-year-old Arrernte and Garrwa boy from Mparntwe (Alice Springs) in Australia. Full of life and exuberance, he learns, with the support of his loving mother and grandmother, to hunt, speak two Indigenous languages and become a healer. Dujuan is politically astute and a leader in the making. But within the westernized school system, his strength and intellect go unnoticed and the colonial approaches to education threaten him with failing grades. At the time of filming, 100% of the youth in Alice Springs detention centers were Aboriginal, and throughout the film it becomes increasingly clear that the system is set up to work against young boys like Dujuan. This powerful film, made in collaboration with Dujuan’s family, is an emotional journey through the fight to mend an educational schism between traditional culture and colonial ideas and solidify a future for the youth.

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Director: Maya Newell
Cast: Carol Turner, Dujuan Turner, Megan Turner
Language: English, Aboriginal
Genre: Documentary, Biography
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Fisherman’s Friends

A fast living, cynical London music executive (Daniel Mays) heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he’s pranked by his boss (Noel Clarke) into trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen (led by James Purefoy). He becomes the ultimate “fish out of water” as he struggles to gain the respect or enthusiasm of the unlikely boy band and their families (including Tuppence Middleton) who value friendship and community over fame and fortune. As he’s drawn deeper into the traditional way of life he’s forced to reevaluate his own integrity and ultimately question what success really means.

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Director: Chris Foggin
Cast: James Purefoy, Meadow Nobrega, David Hayman
Language: English
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Music
Rating: PG-13 for some strong language, and suggestive references
Run time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Dirt Music

The fervent attraction between Georgie (Kelly Macdonald), a woman stuck in a loveless relationship, and Lu (Garrett Hedlund), a musician with a tragic past, gets the better of them when secrets are uncovered that will change their lives. Based on the critically acclaimed novel by iconic Australian writer Tim Winton, Dirt Music is a tale of love and redemption, set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of the Australian West.

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Director: Gregor Jordan
Cast: Kelly Macdonald, Garrett Hedlund, David Wenham
Language: English
Genre: Drama, Romance, Crime
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Beats

Purchase a ticket for $12, get access to the film for 72 hours AND an exclusive pre-recorded conversation with director Brian Welsh and executive producer Steven Soderbergh, moderated by Slamdance’s Peter Baxter (presented by Slamdance).

A universal story of friendship, rebellion, and the irresistible power of music set against the backdrop of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act of 1994, which banned unlicensed raves across the UK, BEATS follows best friends and polar opposites Johnno and Spanner who, realizing they are destined for different futures, sneak out to an illegal party in pursuit of one last crazy night together. In English with English subtitles.

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Director: Brian Welsh
Cast: Cristian Ortega, Lorn Macdonald, Laura Fraser
Language: English
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Crime
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Miss Juneteenth

Turquoise Jones is a single mom who holds down a household, a rebellious teenager, and pretty much everything that goes down at Wayman’s BBQ & Lounge. Turquoise is also a bona fide beauty queen—she was once crowned Miss Juneteenth, a title commemorating the day slaves in Texas were freed – two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Life didn’t turn out as beautifully as the title promised, but Turquoise, determined to right her wrongs, is cultivating her daughter, Kai, to become Miss Juneteenth, even if Kai wants something else.

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Director: Channing Godfrey Peoples
Cast: Nicole Beharie, Kendrick Sampson, Alexis Chikaeze
Language: English
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 40 minutes

The Girl With the Bracelet

Lise (16 years old) is accused of murdering her best friend. As the trial starts, her parents stand right by her side. But once her secret life is revealed in court, the truth becomes indistinguishable.

“I love you” means nothing. Everyone says “I love you”. A young girl called to the witness stand casually drops these disarmingly simple words that are enough to give one chills. That is a recurring feeling throughout this unusually precise courtroom drama, where words and their power are at the center of attention. In this case, the legal proceedings become the ritual of a society putting its own youth on trial.

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Director: Stéphane Demoustier
Cast: Roschdy Zem, Chiara Mastroianni, Melissa Guers
Language: French with English Subtitles
Genre: Crime, Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Mr. Topaze

Albert Topaze (Peter Sellers), a poor but proud French schoolmaster, loses his job after he refuses to alter the failing grades of one of his students. Seizing the opportunity to exploit his honesty, actress Suzy Courtois (Nadia Gray) convinces her lover, the corrupt city council member Castel Benac (Herbert Lom), to hire Topaze as a managing director for one of his shady businesses.

Seller’s lone directorial effort, MR. TOPAZE displays the British comic genius at the peak of his powers alongside his future Pink Panther nemesis Herbert Lom and a stellar supporting cast that includes Nadia Gray, Leo McKern, Billie Whitelaw and Michael Gough. Long considered a “lost” classic, MR. TOPAZE was digitally restored in 2K from the last surviving 35mm prints held in the BFI National Archive.

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Director: Peter Sellers
Cast: Nadia Gray, Leo McKern, Billie Whitelaw
Language: English
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 40 minutes

The Killing Floor

In his first feature, director Bill Duke (The Rage in Harlem, Deep Cover) traces the racial and class conflicts seething in the Chicago’s giant slaughterhouses, and the brutal efforts of management to divide the workforce along ethnic lines, which eventually boiled over in the Chicago Race Riot of 1919. Winner of the Special Jury Award at Sundance Film Festival, 1985. Starring Damien Leake (Serpico, Apocalypse Now), Alfre Woodard (Crooklyn, Down in the Delta). Screenplay by African American playwright Leslie Lee, based on a Story by executive producer Elsa Rassbach.

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Director: Bill Duke
Cast: Damien Leake, Alfre Woodard
Language: English
Genre: Drama
Rating: PG
Run time: 1 hour 55 minutes

Marona’s Fantastic Tale

Marona is a half-breed Labrador whose life leaves deep traces among the humans she encounters. After an accident, she reflects on all the homes and different experiences she’s had. As Marona’s memory journeys into the past, her unfailing empathy and love brings lightness and innocence into each of her owners’ lives.

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Director: Anca Damian
Cast: Lizzie Brocheré, Bruno Salomone, Thierry Hancisse 
Language: French with English Subtitles
Genre: Family, Animated
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Plimpton!

One of the great adventurers of the 20th century, George Plimpton embarked on a lifelong journey akin to fictional characters such as Forrest Gump and Indiana Jones. He hung out with U.S. Presidents, played quarterback for the Detroit Lions, forced Willie Mays to pop out in Yankee Stadium, photographed Playboy models, was named the “Most Eligible Bachelor in Manhattan” by Esquire Magazine, played goalie for the Boston Bruins, struck the triangle for the New York Philharmonic and acted alongside John Wayne, Warren Beatty and Matt Damon. Some of these things he did well. Some he didn’t. But they were always amusing and inspiring. Witty, sophisticated, urbane and yet a man of the people, he embodied the American optimism of 1960s and ’70s. He co-founded and edited one of the most influential literary magazines in history, The Paris Review for 50 years, and in the process, he innovated a writing technique called participatory journalism. This gave Plimpton a unique perspective on the activities he wrote about, perhaps most famously with Paper Lion, a bestseller, which has never left the conversation of the greatest sports books of all-time.

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Director: Tom Bean, Luke Poling
Cast: Ken Burns, Ric Burns, Graydon Carter
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Jose

José lives with his mother in Guatemala. It’s a tough life in one of the most violent and religious countries. When he meets Luis, he’s thrust into new-found passion and pain.

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Director: Li Cheng
Cast: Enrique Salanic, Manolo Herrera, Ana Cecilia Mota
Language: Spanish with English subtitles
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Mysteries of Lisbon

Raul Ruiz’s, Mysteries of Lisbon, a masterful adaptation of the eponymous nineteenth-century Portuguese novel (by Camilo Castelo Branco), evokes the complex intertwined narratives of Victor Hugo and Charles Dickens. The core story centers on Joao, the bastard child of an ill-fated romance between two members of the aristocracy who are forbidden to marry, and his quest to discover the truth of his parentage. But this is just the start of an engrossing tale that follows a multitude of characters whose fates conjoin, separate and then rejoin again over three decades in Portugal, Spain, France and Italy. Now available for the first time in the US in the expanded, six-episode miniseries version that originally aired in 2011.

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Director: Raul Ruiz
Cast: Adriano Luz, Maria João Bastos, Ricardo Pereira
Language: Portuguese with English Subtitles
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
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Papicha

Algiers, 1997. Terrorist wanting an Islamic and archaic state are everywhere. Women are oppressed, in a seek to take control of their bodies, clothing and public space. Young student Nedjma is passionate about making a fashion show.

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Director: Mounia Meddour
Cast: Lyna Khoudri, Shirine Boutella, Amira Hilda Douaouda
Language: French and Arabic with English Subtitles
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 50 minutes

The Grey Fox

After decades in prison, stagecoach robber Bill Miner (Richard Farnsworth) emerges in 1901 a free man without a place in 20th century society…until he sees The Great Train Robbery and is inspired to once again do what he does best.

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Director: Phillip Borsos
Cast: Richard Farnsworth, Jackie Burroughs, Ken Pogue
Language: French with English subtitles
Genre: Drama, Romance
Rating: PG
Run time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Joan of Arc

In the 15th century, both France and England stake a blood claim for the French throne. Believing that God had chosen her, the young Joan leads the army of the King of France. When she is captured, the Church sends her for trial on charges of heresy. Refusing to accept the accusations, the graceful Joan of Arc will stay true to her mission.

Bruno Dumont’s decision to work with a ten-year-old actress re-injects this heroine’s timeless cause and ideology with a modernity that highlights both the tragic female condition and the incredible fervor, strength and freedom women show when shackled by societies and archaic virile orders that belittle and alienate them.

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Director: Bruno Dumont
Cast: Lise Leplat Prudhomme, Annick Lavieville, Justine Herbez
Language: French with English subtitles
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 2 hours 20 minutes

Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy

Featuring extensive interviews with Diana Kennedy and famed chefs José Andrés, Rick Bayless, Gabriela Camara and Alice Waters, Diana Kennedy provides an intimate look at the leading expert on Mexican cuisine. The author of nine acclaimed cookbooks and a two-time James Beard Award winner, Diana is called the “Julia Child of Mexico”, but the feisty cook prefers “The Mick Jagger of Mexican Cuisine”.

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Director: Elizabeth Carroll
Cast: José Andrés, Gabriela Camara, Diana Kennedy
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Lucky Grandma

In the heart of Chinatown, New York, an ornery, chain-smoking, newly widowed 80-year-old Grandma (Tsai Chin) is eager to live life as an independent woman, despite the worry of her family. When a local fortune teller (Wai Ching Ho) predicts a most auspicious day in her future, Grandma decides to head to the casino and goes all in, only to land herself on the wrong side of luck… suddenly attracting the attention of some local gangsters. Desperate to protect herself, Grandma employs the services of a bodyguard from a rival gang (Corey Ha) and soon finds herself right in the middle of a Chinatown gang war.

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Director: Sasie Sealy
Cast: Tsai Chin, Hsiao-Yuan Ha, Michael Tow
Language: English, Mandarin, Cantonese
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Driveways

A lonesome boy accompanies his mother on a trip to clean out his late aunt’s house, and ends up forming an unexpected friendship with the retiree who lives next door.

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Director: Andrew Ahn
Cast: Hong Chau, Lucas Jaye, Brian Dennehy
Language: English
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Based on the international bestseller by rock-star economist Thomas Piketty (which sold over three million copies worldwide and landed Piketty on Time’s list of most influential people), this captivating documentary is an eye-opening journey through wealth and power, a film that breaks the popular assumption that the accumulation of capital runs hand in hand with social progress, and shines a new light on today’s growing inequalities. Traveling through time, the film assembles accessible pop-culture references coupled with interviews of some of the world’s most influential experts delivering an insightful and empowering journey through the past and into our future.

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Director: Justin Pemberton
Cast: Thomas Piketty
Language: English and French with English subtitles
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 45 minutes

CRSHD

End-of-the-year celebrations are underway at a small liberal arts college in Ohio. The night’s main event? A CRUSH PARTY. The rules? Submit your crush and they get an invite. Or if you’re “crushed,” you also get an invite. Freshman IZZY ALDEN is still a virgin and the crush party is her last chance to do something about it before summer break. She and her two best friends, ANUKA and FIONA, chase their crushes both in real life and online. But Izzy’s moral compass skews as the night progresses and it seems her quest to have sex might cost Izzy her friends.

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Director: Emily Cohn
Cast: Isabelle Barbier, Sadie Scott, Deeksha Ketkar
Language: English
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 20 minutes

The Hottest August

A complex portrait of a city and its inhabitants, The Hottest August gives us a window into the collective consciousness of the present. The film’s point of departure is one city over one month: New York City, including its outer boroughs, during August 2017. It’s a month heavy with the tension of a new President, growing anxiety over everything from rising rents to marching white nationalists, and unrelenting news of either wildfires or hurricanes on every coast. The film pivots on the question of futurity: what does the future look like from where we are standing? And what if we are not all standing in the same place? The Hottest August offers a mirror onto a society on the verge of catastrophe, registering the anxieties, distractions, and survival strategies that preoccupy ordinary lives.

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Director: Brett Story
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Our Mothers

Guatemala, 2018. The whole country is immersed in the trial of the soldiers who sparked the civil war. Victim statements come one after another. Ernesto is a young anthropologist working for the Forensic Foundation; his job is to identify the missing. One day, while hearing the account of an old woman, he thinks he has found a lead that might guide him to his father, a guerrillero who went missing during the war. Against his mother’s wishes, he flings himself body and soul into the case, looking for truth and resilience.

Free live stream Q&As with the director of “Our Mothers,” César Díaz, will take place on Saturday, May 2, at 7 pm EST, and Sunday May 3, at 4 pm EST, moderated by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and Outsider Pictures team member Robert Rosenberg.

Registration for Zoom Q&A for either time is here

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Director: Cesar Diaz
Cast: Emma Dib, Armando Espitia
Language: Spanish with English subtitles
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Deerskin

In this black comedy of middle-aged masculinity gone awry, Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist) is a recent divorcee who becomes obsessed with a vintage fringed deerskin jacket that begins to exert an uncanny hold on him. Set in a sleepy French alpine village, he falls into the guise of an independent filmmaker and befriends a trusting bartender and aspiring editor (Adèle Haenel, Portrait of a Lady on Fire) who becomes his collaborator on a movie that will document a surprising new goal he sets himself.

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Director: Quentin Dupieux
Cast: Jean Dujardin, Adèle Haenel, Albert Delpy
Language: French
Genre: Comedy, Horrror
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Sword of God

In the early Middle Ages, a contingent of knights embarks on a dangerous journey to spread Christianity and baptize the pagan inhabitants of an isolated village hidden deep in the mountains of a faraway island. After being shipwrecked, the two survivors set out to complete their mission, but as they attempt to convert the tribe, their diverging beliefs put them at odds with each other. Soon, love is confronted with hate, peace with violence, sanity with madness, and redemption with damnation.

Directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Bartosz Konopka, this genre-bending historical epic has been hailed as a “stunning showcase of experiential horror” (Bloody Disgusting) that “strikes with brutal clarity” (ScreenAnarchy).

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Director: Bartosz Konopka
Cast: Krzysztof Pieczynski, Karol Bernacki, Wiktoria Gorodecka
Language: Polish
Genre: Horror
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands

In a small city of Brazil, a woman named Flor marries a man named Vadinho, but once married she finds that he is a good-for-nothing. She works teaching cooking and he takes all of her money to gamble. After Vadinho dies, Flor marries Tedoror, the owner of a drugstore. Flor is happy with her new husband but misses the love life with her previous husband. When one day the ghost of Vadhino comes back to peruse her.

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Director: Bruno Barreto
Cast: Sônia Braga, José Wilker, Mauro Mendonça
Language: Portuguese
Genre: Comedy
Rating: R
Run time: 1 hour 50 minutes

The Innocent

Based on the novel by Gabriele d’Annunzio, this final film by revered director Luchino Visconti follows arrogant Roman aristocrat Tullio Hermil (Giancarlo Giannini) as he openly cheats on his wife, Giuliana (Laura Antonelli). Carrying on an affair with his scheming mistress, Teresa Raffo (Jennifer O’Neill), without any concern for his spouse, Tullio becomes jealous when he suspects Giuliana is having an affair of her own, leading to conflict and, ultimately, tragedy.

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Director: Luchino Visconti
Cast: Giancarlo Giannini, Laura Antonelli, Jennifer O’Neill
Language: Italian with English Subtitles
Genre: Drama, Romance
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Someone, Somewhere

In this Parisian bitter sweet romance from Cédric Klapisch, warehouse employee Rémy (François Civil) and research assistant Mélanie (Ana Girardot) have never met, but they live parallel lives: they reside in neighboring apartment buildings, ride the same subway route, and are troubled by bouts of insomnia and depression. Their days punctuated by unfulfilling jobs, they seek meaningful romantic and platonic connection. As they stumble through psychotherapy, dating apps, fainting spells, and family visits, the seemingly star-crossed duo orbit around each other but remain just out of reach. Klapisch spins a delicate “what-if” from their compartmentalization, exploring our increasingly hermetic modern urban life.

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Director: Cédric Klapisch
Cast: François Civil, Ana Girardot, Camille Cottin
Language: French with English Subtitles
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Thousand Pieces of Gold

Set in the 1880s, this film chronicles the journey of Lalu (Rosalind Chao), a Chinese woman whose financially desperate family sells her as a bride. She is sent to the United States, where she is bought by sleazy barkeep Hong King (Michael Paul Chan), who plans to make money off of Lalu by forcing her into a life of prostitution. Unwilling to submit to his demands, she begins her own successful business venture and captures the attention of the troubled but kindly Charlie (Chris Cooper).

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Director: Nancy Kelly
Cast: Rosalind Chao, Chris Cooper, Michael Paul Chan
Language: English, Chinese
Genre: Romance, Western
Rating: PG-13
Run time: 1 hour 35 minutes

A White, White Day

In a remote Icelandic town, an off-duty police chief (a chilling Ingvar Sigurdsson, who received Cannes’ Critics’ Week award for Best Actor for his performance) begins to suspect a local man of having had an affair with his late wife, who died in a tragic accident two years earlier. Gradually his obsession for finding out the truth takes over his life and inevitably begins to endanger himself and his loved ones. Combining classic thriller tropes with a distinctly Nordic arthouse sensibility, the second feature from Hlynur Palmason “engages in storytelling that’s both powerful and fresh throughout, marking him as a talent to watch” (The Hollywood Reporter).

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Director: Hlynur Palmason
Cast: Ingvar Sigurdsson, Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir, Hilmir Snær Guðnason
Language: Icelandic
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 50 minutes

The Booksellers

Antiquarian booksellers are part scholar, part detective and part businessperson, and their personalities and knowledge are as broad as the material they handle. They also play an underappreciated yet essential role in preserving history. THE BOOKSELLERS takes viewers inside their small but fascinating world, populated by an assortment of obsessives, intellects, eccentrics and dreamers.

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Director: D.W. Young
Cast: Parker Posey, Fran Lebowitz, Gay Talese
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Vitalina Varela

A film of deeply concentrated beauty, acclaimed filmmaker Pedro Costa’s Vitalina Varela stars nonprofessional actor Vitalina Varela in an extraordinary performance based on her own life. Vitalina plays a Cape Verdean woman who has travelled to Lisbon to reunite with her husband, after two decades of separation, only to arrive mere days after his funeral. Alone in a strange forbidding land, she perseveres and begins to establish a new life. Winner of the Golden Leopard for Best Film and Best Actress at the Locarno Film Festival, as well as an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival, Vitalina Varela is a film of shadow and whisper, a profoundly moving and visually ravishing masterpiece.

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Director: Pedro Costa
Cast: Vitalina Varela, Ventura, Manuel Tavares Almeida
Language: Portuguese
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 2 hours 5 minutes

Santiago Italia

In the early seventies, the world was watching as Chile democratically elected Socialist leader Salvador Allende. His political ideals and aspirations—among them providing education for all children and distributing land to the nation’s workers—terrified the country’s right-wing, as well as the U.S., who helped orchestrate a military coup that replaced him with dictator Augusto Pinochet. This tragic history has been well documented, but Italian director Nanni Moretti (Caro Diario, Ecce Bombo) adds an angle many viewers may not know about: the efforts of the Italian Embassy to save and relocate citizens targeted by the fascist regime. Told through the testimonies of those who were there, Santiago, Italia is a chilling depiction of living under junta rule and an ultimately inspiring expression of hope amidst dire circumstances.

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Director: Nanni Moretti
Cast: Salvador Allende, Carmen Castillo, Patricio Guzmán
Language: In Spanish and Italian with English Subtitles
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Extra Ordinary

Rose, a sweet, lonely driving instructor in rural Ireland, is gifted with supernatural abilities. Rose has a love/hate relationship with her ‘talents’ and tries to ignore the constant spirit related requests from locals – to exorcise possessed rubbish bins or haunted gravel. But! Christian Winter, a washed up, one-hit-wonder rock star, has made a pact with the devil for a return to greatness! He puts a spell on a local teenager – making her levitate. Her terrified father, Martin Martin, asks Rose to help save his daughter. Rose has to overcome the fear of her supernatural gift and work with Martin to save the girl, get the guy and be home in time for a light snack… maybe a yogurt or something.

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Director: Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman
Cast: Maeve Higgins, Barry Ward, Will Forte
Language: English
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy, Horror
Rating: R for language, sexual content and some horror violence
Run time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Mephisto

The 1981 Academy Award-winning Best Foreign Language Film MEPHISTO, by Hungarian master István Szabó, concerns a passionate but struggling actor (Klaus Maria Brandauer) who remains in Germany during the Nazi regime and reaps the rewards of this Faustian pact by finally achieving the stardom he has long craved. Sparkling new 4K restoration by the Hungarian Film Fund.

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Director: Istvan Szabo
Cast: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Krystyna Janda, Ildikó Bánsági
Language: German, Hungarian
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 2 hours 25 minutes

Beanpole

In post-WWII Leningrad, two women, Iya and Masha (astonishing newcomers Viktoria Miroshnichenko and Vasilisa Perelygina), intensely bonded after fighting side by side as anti-aircraft gunners, attempt to readjust to a haunted world. As the film begins, Iya, long and slender and towering over everyone—hence the film’s title—works as a nurse in a shell-shocked hospital, presiding over traumatized soldiers. A shocking accident brings them closer and also seals their fates. The 28-year-old Russian director Kantemir Balagov won Un Certain Regard’s Best Director prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for this richly burnished, occasionally harrowing rendering of the persistent scars of war.

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Director: Kantemir Balagov
Cast: Viktoria Miroshnichenko, Vasilisa Perelygina
Language: Russian with English subtitles
Genre: Drama, War
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Zombi Child

Haiti, 1962. A man is brought back from the dead only to be sent to the living hell of the sugarcane fields. 55 years later, at a Parisian boarding school, a Haitian teenager confesses an old family secret, never imagining that this strange tale will inspire her classmate to do the unthinkable.

The latest from French master Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent, Nocturama), ZOMBI CHILD is an “audacious and cunning” (Little White Lies) new take on classic horror tropes that “poses timely and provocative questions” while “taking us on a journey that’s as intellectually demanding as it is compelling.” (Screen Daily).

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Director: Bertrand Bonello
Cast: Louise Labeque, Wislanda Louimat, Katiana Milfort
Language: French with English subtitles
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 45 minutes

The Wild Goose Lake

When small-time mob leader Zhou Zenong (Hu Ge) accidentally kills a cop, a dead-or-alive bounty is placed on his head, forcing him on the lam from both the police as well as dangerous gangsters out for the reward. Hiding out at the Wild Goose Lake, Zhou becomes entangled with a beautiful, enigmatic woman (Gwei Lun Mei), who has mysterious intentions of her own.
From the director of BLACK COAL, THIN ICE and featuring gorgeous, neon-drenched cinematography coupled with bursts of shocking, expertly choreographed action, THE WILD GOOSE LAKE is “spellbinding” (Rolling Stone), “brilliant” (Indiewire) and “downright Hitchcockian”

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Director: Yi’nan Diao
Cast: Ge Hu, Lun-Mei Kwei, Fan Liao
Language: Chinese
Genre: Crime, Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Sorry We Missed You

The British working class is once again the empathetic subject of Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You, a wrenching, intimate family drama that exposes the dark side of the so-called “gig economy”.

Ricky, a former laborer, and his home-attendant wife Abby—who lost their home in the 2008 financial crash—are desperate to get out of their financial distress. When an opportunity comes up for Ricky to work as his own boss as a delivery driver, they sell their only asset, Abby’s car, to trade it in for a shiny new white van and the dream that Ricky can work his way up to someday owning his own delivery franchise.

But the couple find their lives are quickly pushed further to the edge by an unrelenting work schedule, a ruthless supervisor and the needs of their two teenage children. Capturing the sacred moments that make a family as well as the acts of desperation they need to undertake to make it through each day, this universal story is skillfully and indelibly told with unforgettable performances and a searing script by Loach’s long-time collaborator Paul Laverty.

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Director: Ken Loach
Cast: Kris Hitchen, Debbie Honeywood, Rhys Stone
Language: English
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 40 minutes

The Woman Who Loves Giraffes

In 1956, four years before Jane Goodall ventured into the world of chimpanzees and seven years before Dian Fossey left to work with mountain gorillas, 23-year-old biologist Anne Innis Dagg made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild. When she returned home a year later, the insurmountable barriers she faced as a female scientist proved hard to overcome. In The Woman Who Loves Giraffes, Anne (now 86) retraces her steps, offering an intimate window into her life as a young woman, juxtaposed with a first-hand look at the devastating reality that giraffes are facing today. Anne and the species she loves have each experienced triumphs as well as setbacks. The Woman Who Loves Giraffes gives us a moving perspective on both.

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Director: Alison Reid
Cast: Anne Innis Dagg, Tatiana Maslany, Victor Garber
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 2 hours 5 minutes

Incitement

Acclaimed writer-director Yaron Zilberman (A Late Quartet) chronicles the disturbing descent of a promising law student to an intransigent ultranationalist obsessed with murdering his country’s leader, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Incitement is a gripping and unnerving look through the eyes of a murderer who silenced a powerful voice for peace.

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Director: Yaron Zilberman
Cast: Yehuda Nahari Halevi, Amitay Yaish Ben Ousilio, Anat Ravnitzki
Language: Hebrew
Genre: Thriller
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 2 hours 5 minutes

The Times of Bill Cunningham

Told in Bill Cunningham’s own words from a recently unearthed six-hour 1994 interview, the iconic street photographer and fashion historian chronicles, in his customarily cheerful and plainspoken manner, moonlighting as a milliner in France during the Korean War, his unique relationship with First Lady Jackie Kennedy, his four decades at The New York Times and his democratic view of fashion and society. Narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker, The Times of Bill Cunningham features incredible photographs chosen from over 3 million previously unpublicized images and documents from Cunningham.

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Director: Mark Bozek
Cast: Bill Cunningham, Sarah Jessica Parker
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 15 minutes

And Then We Danced

A male dancer and his partner have been training for years for a spot in the National Georgian Ensemble. The arrival of another dancer throws him off balance, sparking both an intense rivalry and romantic desire that may cause him to risk his future.

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Director: Levan Akin
Cast: Levan Gelbakhiani, Bachi Valishvili, Ana Javakishvili
Language: Georgian
Genre: Drama, Romance
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Corpus Christi

Anchored by a “dynamically physical, wild-eyed performance” (The Hollywood Reporter) from newcomer Bartosz Bielenia, CORPUS CHRISTI is an incisive, darkly humorous, and “engrossing exploration of faith, second chances and the possibility of atonement”.

After spending years in a Warsaw prison for a violent crime, 20-year-old Daniel is released and sent to a remote village to work as a manual laborer. The job is designed to keep the ex-con busy, but Daniel has a higher calling. Over the course of his incarceration he has found Christ, and aspires to join the clergy – but his criminal record means no seminary will accept him. When Daniel arrives in town, one quick lie allows him to be mistaken for the town’s new priest, and he sets about leading his newfound flock. Though he has no training, his passion and charisma inspire the community. At the same time, his unconventional sermons and unpriestly behavior raise suspicions among some of the townsfolk – even more so as he edges towards a dark secret that the community hasn’t revealed in the confessional booth.

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Director: Jan Komasa
Cast: Bartosz Bielenia, Aleksandra Konieczna, Eliza Rycembel
Language: Polish
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 55 minutes

Bacurau

Note from the studio: Following theater closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ll be giving Bacurau a virtual theatrical release and sharing revenue with independent theaters across the country. 

A few years from now… Bacurau, a small village in the Brazilian sertão, mourns the loss of its matriarch, Carmelita, who lived to be 94. Days later, its inhabitants (among them Sônia Braga) notice that their village has literally vanished from online maps and a UFO-shaped drone is seen flying overhead. There are forces that want to expel them from their homes, and soon, in a genre-bending twist, a band of armed mercenaries led by Udo Kier arrive in town picking off the inhabitants one by one. A fierce confrontation takes place when the townspeople turn the tables on the villainous outsiders, banding together by any means necessary to protect and maintain their remote community. The mercenaries just may have met their match in the fed-up, resourceful denizens of little Bacurau.

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Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
Cast: Bárbara Colen, Thomas Aquino, Silvero Pereira
Language: English and Portuguese with English subtitles
Genre: Action, Action & Adventure, World Cinema, Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Balloon

In an effort to support art film lovers and theaters during these difficult and unprecedented times, Distrib Films US is proposing a virtual theatrical experience. Our Vimeo streaming platform will allow cinema goers to watch our current slate of theatrical titles while supporting their local art house theater.

With a theatrical release to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Germany’s reunification, BALLOON is based on the true events of one of the most daring escapes of the Cold War in which two families living in Communist East Germany sailed over the heavily fortified border in a homemade hot-air balloon.

In the summer of 1979, the Strelzyk and Wetzel families—who had been working on their audacious plan for more than two years—try to flee East Germany in a self-made hot-air balloon. But after the balloon crash-lands just before the West German border, the Stasi find traces of the attempted escape and immediately launch an investigation. In a nerve-wracking race against the clock, the two families attempt to build a new escape balloon as the Stasi get closer and closer each day…

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Director: Michael Bully Herbig
Cast: Friedrich Mücke, Karoline Schuch, David Kross
Language: In German with English Subtitles
Genre: Thriller, Historical
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 2 hours 5 minutes

The Perfect Nanny

In an effort to support art film lovers and theaters during these difficult and unprecedented times, Distrib Films US is proposing a virtual theatrical experience. Our Vimeo streaming platform will allow cinema goers to watch our current slate of theatrical titles while supporting their local art house theater.

Myriam (Leïla Bekhti) and Paul (Antoine Reinartz), are your typical pair of Parisian bobos and parents of two young children, toddler Adam, and 5-year-old Mila, who are taking up all of Myriam’s time. When Myriam decides to go back to work despite her husband’s initial reluctancy, the couple starts looking for a nanny. After a very selective process, they finally find the perfect candidate, Louise, a poised 40-year old woman who is an instant hit with both kids and parents. But appearances can be deceiving, even dangerous… Adapted from the eponymous novel by Leïla Slimani, winner of the Goncourt prize, and based on a a true story that took place in Manhattan in 2012,  the film offers a true pedestal to Karin Viard who seizes with formidable mastery this role of a disturbed nanny whose mask of perfection gradually cracks.

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Director: Lucie Borleteau
Cast: Karin Viard, Leïla Bekhti, Antoine Reinartz
Language: In French with English Subtitles
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 40 minutes

The Etruscan Smile

In an effort to support art film lovers and theaters during these difficult and unprecedented times, Distrib Films US is proposing a virtual theatrical experience. Our Vimeo streaming platform will allow cinema goers to watch our current slate of theatrical titles while supporting their local art house theater.

Based on the bestselling novel by José Luis Sampedro THE ETRUSCAN SMILE stars Brian Cox (HBO’s SUCCESSION and recent Broadway leading man in THE GREAT SOCIETY) as Rory MacNeil, a rugged old Scotsman who reluctantly leaves his beloved isolated Hebridean island and travels to San Francisco to seek medical treatment. Moving in with his estranged son, Rory’s life will be transformed, just when he expects it least, through a newly found love for his baby grandson.

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Director: Oded Binnun, Mihal Brezis
Cast: Thora Birch, Tim Matheson, Brian Cox
Language: English
Genre: Drama
Rating: R for some language
Run time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Fantastic Fungi

Fantastic Fungi, directed by Louie Schwartzberg, is a consciousness-shifting film that takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, an underground network that can heal and save our planet. Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists like Paul Stamets, best-selling authors Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil and others, we become aware of the beauty, intelligence and solutions the fungi kingdom offer us in response to some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges.

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Director: Louis Schwartzberg
Cast: Brie Larson, Tony D. Head, Michael Pollan
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: NR
Run time: 1 hour 20 minutes