We offer a diverse program to the buzzed about (SESSIONS, Academy Award nomination), the relevant (MIDDLE OF NOWHERE), the unique (HITCHCOCK) to the historic (A ROYAL AFFAIR, Academy Award nominated). It’s a series for movie lovers, movies of all kinds where you discover the next big actor or Hollywood’s new director of the moment.
Director: Amma Asante
Screenwriter: Misan Sagay Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson
The mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th century England.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director: Cédric Klapisch
Screenwriter: Cédric Klapisch
Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson
A 40-year-old father’s life is complicated when the mother of his two children moves to New York. Since he can’t bear them growing up far away from him, he decides to move there as well.
Tanzania: A Journey Within
Director: Sylvia Caminer
Starring: Kristen Kenney, Venance Ndibalema
He’s from a place so old it’s been called the cradle of mankind. She’s led a privileged life in America without hardship or pain. Together these two unlikely friends embark upon a journey from the heights of Mt. Kilimanjaro to the depths of an AIDS ravaged village
Director: Sandra Nettelbeck
Starring: Michael Caine, Michelle Goddet, Jane Alexander
A look at the life-changing connection between a retired and widowed American philosophy professor and a young Parisian woman.
Director: Sebastián Lelio
Starring: Paulina García, Sergio Hernández, Diego Fontecilla
A story set in Santiago and centered on Gloria, a free-spirited older woman, and the realities of her whirlwind relationship with a former naval officer whom she meets out in the clubs.
Director: Thomas Farone
Starring: Anthony Michael Hall, Jamie Harrold, Tony Danza
A contemporary Polish answer to “Bad Day at Black Rock,” a seething moral tale that pits two angry everymen against a mob.
GUEST: PRODUCER DARIUS JABLONSKI
GO FOR SISTERS
Director: John Sayles
Starring: LisaGay Hamilton, Yolonda Ross, Edward James
Fontayne is enlisted by Bernice- her estranged old friend and current parole officer – along with a disgraced cop to search for Bernice’s son, who went missing on the Mexican border.
GUEST: STAR YOLANDA ROSS
BRAVE MISS WORLD
Director: Cecilia Peck
Starring: Linor Abargil, Morgan Carpenter, Joan Collins
Documentary of one woman’s quest to turn personal tragedy into global awareness.
GUEST: DIRECTOR CECILIA PECK
GIRL ON A BICYCLE
Director: Jeremy Leven
Starring: Vincenzo Amato, Nora Tschirner, Paddy Considine
Paolo (Vincenzo Amato), an Italian who drives a Paris tour bus, has just proposed to his true love, the German stewardess, Greta (Nora Tschirner)
GUEST: WRITER/DIRECTOR JEREMY LEVEN
GIRLS N THE BAND
Director: Judy Chaikin
Starring: Geri Allen, Jane Ira Bloom, Clora Bryant
Documentary relates the untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their journeys from the late 1930’s to the present day.
GUEST: PRODUCER MIKE GREENE and MUSICIAN ANN ZIFF
Director: Brian Helgeland
Writer: Brian Helgeland
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, T.R. Knight, Harrison Ford
The life story of Jackie Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey.
Director: Henry Alex Rubin
Writer: Andrew Stern
Starring: Jason Bateman, Jonah Bobo, Haley Ramm
A drama centered on a group of people searching for human connections in today’s wired world.
What Maisie Knew
Directors: Scott McGehee, David Siegel
Writers: Nancy Doyne, Carroll Cartwright
Starring: Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård, Steve Coogan
In New York City, a young girl is caught in the middle of her parents’ bitter custody battle.
Director: Alice Winocour
Writer: Alice Winocour
Starring: Vincent Lindon, Stéphan Wojtowicz, Soko
A look at the relationship between pioneering 19th century French neurologist Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot and his star teenage patient, a kitchen maid who is left partially paralyzed after a seizure.
Director: Ziad Doueiri
Writers: Ziad Doueiri, Joelle Touma, from novel by Yasmina Khadra
Starring: Ali Suliman, Evgenia Dodena, Reymond Amsalem
An Arab surgeon living in Tel Aviv discovers a dark secret about his wife in the aftermath of a suicide bombing. Based on a novel by Yasmina Khadra.
Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Writer: Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Eli B. Despres
Starring: Tilikum, Dave Duffus, Samantha Berg
Notorious killer whale Tilikum is responsible for the deaths of three individuals, including a top killer whale trainer. Blackfish shows the sometimes devastating consequences of keeping such intelligent and sentient creatures in captivity.
20 Feet from Stardom
Director: Morgan Neville
Starring: Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer
Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we’ve had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.
The Fitzgerald Family Christmas
The adult siblings of the Fitzgerald family prepare for their estranged father to return home for Christmas for the first time since he walked out on his family 20 years ago.
Director: Edward Burns
Writer: Edward Burns
Stars: Kerry Bishé, Connie Britton, Edward Burns
Middle of Nowhere
When her husband is sentenced to 8 years in prison, Rudy drops out of med school in order to focus on her husband’s well being while he’s incarcerated – leading her on a journey of self-discovery in the process.
Director: Ava DuVernay
Writer: Ava DuVernay
Stars: Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo, Lorraine Toussaint
The Iran Job
A documentary that follows one year in the life of American pro basketball player Kevin Sheppard, who signed on to play for the upstart Iranian Super League team A.S. Shiraz.
Director: Till Schauder
Stars: Kevin Sheppard
A love story between influential filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and wife Alma Reville during the filming of Psycho in 1959.
Director: Sacha Gervasi
Writers: John J. McLaughlin (screenplay), Stephen Rebello (book)
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson
A Royal Affair
A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician – and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever.
Director: Nikolaj Arcel
Writers: Bodil Steensen-Leth (novel), Rasmus Heisterberg (screenplay), and 1 Nikolaj Arcel (screenplay)
Stars: Alicia Vikander, Mads Mikkelsen, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard
Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.
Director: Jonathan Levine
Writer: Will Reiser
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anna Kendrick
The film centers on a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods.
Director: Derek Cianfrance
Writers: Derek Cianfrance, Joey Curtis, and Cami Delavigne
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams and John Doman
Young filmmakers document their colleague’s budding online friendship with a young woman and her family, which leads to an unexpected series of discoveries.
Directors: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Stars: Yaniv Schulman, Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost
A working mother puts herself through law school in an effort to represent her brother, who has been wrongfully convicted of murder and has exhausted his chances to appeal his conviction through public defenders.
Director: Tony Goldwyn
Writer: Pamela Gray
Stars: Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell and Melissa Leo
Every Little Step (Chorus Line)
Follows the plight of real-life dancers as they struggle through auditions for the Broadway revival of “A Chorus Line”. Also investigates the history of the show and the creative minds behind the original and current incarnations.
Directors: Adam Del Deo, James D. Stern
Stars: Bob Avian, Justin Bellero and Michael Bennett
A documentary on Phil Rosenthal’s experiences during the making of “Voroniny,” the Russian-language version of “Everybody Loves Raymond”.
Director: Philip Rosenthal
Writer: Philip Rosenthal
Stars: Stanislav Duzhnikov, Eldar and Anna Frolovtseva
The truth of how Mortimer Granville devised the invention of the first vibrator in the name of medical science.
Director: Tanya Wexler
Writers: Stephen Dyer (story), Jonah Lisa Dyer (story), Stephen Dyer (screenplay), Jonah Lisa Dyer (screenplay) and Howard Gensler (original story)
Stars: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy and Jonathan Pryce
Suzanne is a well to do married woman and mother in the south of France. Her idle bourgeois lifestyle gets her down and she decides to go back to work as a physiotherapist. Her husband agrees to fix up a consulting room for her in their backyard. When Suzanne and the builder meet, the mutual attraction is sudden and violent. Suzanne decides to give up everything and live this all- engulfing passion to the fullest.
Director: Catherine Corsini
Writers: Catherine Corsini (scenario), Gaelle Mace (collaborator)
Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Sergi Lopez and Yvan Attal
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
After her much older husband forces a move to a suburban retirement community, Pippa Lee engages in a period of reflection and finds herself heading toward a quiet nervous breakdown.
Director: Rebecca Miller
Writers: Rebecca Miller (screenplay), Rebecca Miller (book)
Stars: Robin Wright, Alan Arkin and Mike Binder
Made In Dagenham
A dramatization of the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination.
Director: Nigel Cole
Writer: William Ivory
Stars: Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins and Andrea Riseborough
My Week with Marilyn
Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier’s, documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during production of The Prince and the Showgirl.
Director: Simon Curtis
Writers: Adrian Hodges (screenplay), Colin Clark (books)
Stars: Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne and Kenneth Branagh
A chronicle of John Lennon’s first years, focused mainly in his adolescence and his relationship with his stern aunt Mimi, who raised him, and his absentee mother Julia, who re-entered his life at a crucial moment in his young life.
Director: Sam Taylor-Wood.
Writer: Matt Greenhalgh (screenplay), Julia Baird (memoir)
Stars: Aaron Johnson, Kristin Scott Thomas and Anne-Marie Duff
Saviors In the Night
Based on the memories of Marga Spiegel. In her narrative, published in 1965, she describes how courageous farmers in southern Munsterland hid her.
Director: Ludi Boeken
Writers: Otto Jägersberg (screenplay), Imo Moszkowicz (screenplay)
Stars: Veronica Ferres, Armin Rohde and Lia Hoensbroech
A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.
Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Writer: Michel Hazanavicius
Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo and John Goodman
The Boys Are Back
A sports writer becomes a single parent in tragic circumstances.
Director: Scott Hicks
Writers: Allan Cubitt (adaptation), Simon Carr (novel)
Stars: Clive Owen, Emma Booth and Laura Fraser
The Company Men
The story centers on a year in the life of three men trying to survive a round of corporate downsizing at a major company – and how that affects them, their families, and their communities.
Director: John Wells
Writer: John Wells
Stars: Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper and Tommy Lee Jones
A look at French president Nicolas Sarkozy’s rise to power.
Director: Xavier Durringer
Writers: Xavier Durringer (adaptation) (dialogue), Patrick Rotman (screenplay) (dialogue)
Stars: Denis Podalydès, Florence Pernel and Bernard Le Coq
Mary Surratt is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life.
Director: Robert Redford.
Writers: James D. Solomon, James D. Solomon (story)
Stars: Robin Wright, James McAvoy and Tom Wilkinson
When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor’s corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.
Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: David Franzoni (story), David Franzoni (screenplay)
Stars: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix and Connie Nielsen
The Island President
After bringing democracy to his country, President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, the lowest-lying country in the world, takes up the fight to keep his homeland from disappearing under the sea.
Director: Jon Shenk
Stars: Mohamed Nasheed
The story of Aung San Suu Kyi as she becomes the core of Burma’s democracy movement, and her relationship with her husband, writer Michael Aris.
Director: Luc Besson
Writer: Rebecca Frayn (screenplay)
Stars: Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis and Jonathan Raggett
The Lucky One
A Marine travels to Louisiana after serving three tours in Iraq and searches for the unknown woman he believes was his good luck charm during the war.
Director: Scott Hicks
Writers: Will Fetters (screenplay), Nicholas Sparks (novel)
Stars: Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling and Blythe Danner
The Smartest Guys In the Room
A documentary about the Enron Corporation, its faulty and corrupt business practices, and how they led to its fall.
Director: Alex Gibney
Writers: Alex Gibney, Bethany McLean
Stars: John Beard, Tim Belden and Barbara Boxer
In the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, 4 soldiers set out to steal gold that was stolen from Kuwait, but they discover people who desperately need their help.
Director: David O. Russell
Writers: John Ridley (story), David O. Russell (screenplay)
Stars: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube
We Have A Pope
A story centered on the relationship between the newly elected Pope and his therapist.
Director: Nanni Moretti
Writers: Nanni Moretti, Francesco Piccolo and Federica Pontremoli
Stars: Michel Piccoli, Nanni Moretti and Jerzy Stuhr
Marcia Gay Harden