Haolun Shu – No. 89 Shimen Road [+Extra] (2010)

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In the late 1980’s Shanghai, a 16 year-old boy, Xiaoli, comes of age surrounded by his neighbors and grandfather. His best friend is a girl named Lanmi, a couple years older than him. But Lanmi slowly drifts away from him, lured by the new opportunities which come as China opens up to foreign goods and businessmen. At the same time, the 1989 events force Xiaoli to grow up and to let go of his teenage dreams. A film that poignantly depicts the struggle of a country confronted with a new order. It is also a personal and touching view of a world that no longer exist. Continue reading

Alfred Hitchcock – Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)

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Mr. and Mrs. Smith represented a change of pace for director Alfred Hitchcock. Out of his 50+ films, this one was his only comedy. Sure, The Master of Suspense usually added humorous touches to all of his films, but Mr. and Mrs. Smith was his only out and out farce.

The plot revolves around the Smiths, an otherwise happily married couple (Carole Lombard and Robert Montgomery) who have a shocking conversation over breakfast in which Mr. Smith reveals that if he had to do it all over again, he wouldn’t get married. This sends Mrs. Smith into a huff and she starts PMSing on him. Then the Smiths learn through some contrivance that their marriage isn’t legal and after Mr. Smith doesn’t propose right away, Mrs. Smith goes into a snit and starts seeing other people. From there, the couple vie for each other’s affections by making the other one jealous until they finally realize they’re still in love. Continue reading

Robert Bresson – Les anges du péché AKA Angels of Sin (1943)

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A well-off young woman decides to become a nun, joining a convent that rehabilitates female prisoners. Through their program, she meets a woman named Thérèse who refuses any help because she says she was innocent of the crime she was convicted for. After being released from prison, Thérèse murders the actual perpetrator of the crime and comes to seek sanctuary in the convent. Continue reading

Otto Bell – The Eagle Huntress (2016)

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This spellbinding documentary follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl who is fighting to become the first female eagle hunter in twelve generations of her Kazakh family. Through breathtaking aerial cinematography and intimate verite footage, the film captures her personal journey while also addressing universal themes like female empowerment, the natural world, coming of age and the onset of modernity. Continue reading

Greta Schiller – Paris Was a Woman (1995)

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“Paris was a Woman” is a film portrait of the creative community of women writers, artists, photographers and editors who flocked to the Left Bank of Paris in the early decades of the 20th century, when Paris was the undisputed capital of the world. Using groundbreaking research and newly discovered home movies, “Paris” uses intimate storytelling as it intertwines interview with anecdote. “Paris Was a Woman” recreates the mood and flavor of this female artistic community in Paris during its most magical era. Continue reading

Chantal Akerman – Sud AKA South (1999 )

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A look at the troubled area of America’s Deep South, primarily focusing on the sadistic murder of James Byrd, an African-American man dragged to his death by three white supremacists. The film contains interviews with local inhabitants who discuss the problems caused by racism in the area both before and after the advent of the Civil Rights movement. Continue reading

Michel Spinosa – Anna M. (2007)

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A gentle, shy woman who is industrious at work and pleasant with her colleagues, Anna M. convinces herself that a happily married doctor is in love with her.
From then on, every move this man makes, the slightest word, even his most virulent denials, will be interpreted by Anna as evidence of his love.
Possessed by this imaginary love, Anna starts to glow… and respond to the doctor’s “advances.” Continue reading