Wilson Yip – Jue lai yip yue leung saan ang aka Juliet in love (2000)

Surprising drama about two nobodies who find an unlikely romance despite the imminent collapse of their respective worlds. Francis Ng is Jordan, a low level triad who finds himself strangely attracted to divorced restaurant hostess Juliet (Sandra Ng), who’s had a mastectomy and has since retreated into a shell. Through coincidence, the two form a makeshift family with the child of a triad boss (Simon Yam) who’s after Jordan for some dough. Read More »

Nora Twomey – The Breadwinner (2017)

A headstrong young girl in Afghanistan disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family.

Chicago Reader wrote:
The Breadwinner is a moving, visually impressive lesson in modern Afghan history
Posted By Ben Sachs on 01.26.18 at 12:26 PM

When I went to see The Breadwinner at the AMC River East a couple months ago, I was the only one in the theater; when I planned to write about it a few days later, the film had already left town. I’m glad to see that the Gene Siskel Film Center has brought it back for a weeklong engagement, so that more Chicagoans can catch up with this inventive and informative film. (That it was recently nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature should help drum up attendance.) Read More »

Nina Paley – Sita Sings the Blues (2008)

An animated version of the epic Indian tale of Ramayana set to the 1920s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw. Read More »

Bill Plympton – The Tune (1992)

A songwriter in love with his demanding boss’s secretary enters an alternate, wacky world where a much-needed hit tune may be created from his heart. Read More »

Hayao Miyazaki – Kurenai no buta AKA Porco Rosso (1992)

In 1930s Italy, a veteran World War I pilot is cursed to look like an anthropomorphic pig. Read More »

John Ford – Kentucky Pride (1925)

Kentucky Pride is a 1925 American silent drama film from Fox Film about the life of a horse breeder and racer, directed by John Ford and starring Henry B. Walthall (who had previously played the Little Colonel in D. W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation). It is among Ford’s lesser-known works, but has been praised for sweetness and charm and its beautiful depiction of the life of horses and the relationship between the protagonist and his daughter. Several well-known thoroughbred racehorses appear in the film, including the legendary Man o’ War. Read More »

Aleksey Balabanov – Brat AKA Brother (1997)

An ex-soldier with a personal honor code enters the family crime business in St. Petersburg, Russia. Read More »