Madeinusa Named one of the "Key Latin American Films of the (Last) Decade" by Sight & Sound, the 2006 Peruvian/Spanish coproduction is the debut feature of Claudia Llosa. Madeinusa is a 14-year-old Indian girl living in a Peruvian mountain village where a strange religious ritual takes place during Easter weekend. From 3 pm Good Friday until Easter morning, the villagers believe God is dead and sin does not exist. Thus they sin with abandon-drinking, stealing, carousing. And lusting.
Korkoro (2011) Tony Gatlif's new film on Gypsy life and culture won top prize at 2009 Montreal Film Festival (as well as the audience award for most popular film). Korkoro follows a nomadic Roma family during the French Occupation of WWII. Forbidden from wandering by a newly-imposed French law, the Gypsies hide out in a rural village and try to avoid capture and imprisonment by the Nazis. "Magnificent…[Gatlif's] depiction of the 'gypsy soul' has never been more visceral." –Variety.
Captain Abu Raed (2007) A discarded airline pilot's cap turns a janitor into a raconteur and a "world traveler" for a group of impoverished local children in the heart-warming and award-winning Jordanian film. This is the first feature film produced in Jordan in over 50 years and it has won a host of international awards, including the Audience Award in the World Cinema section of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
Picture Day ~ Tatiana Maslany Picture Day has won a string of awards since it debuted at last year's Toronto International Film Festival -- but it has been locked up in distribution wrangles since then.
The Tillman Story (2010) What really caused the shocking 2004 death of 27-year-old football star Pat Tillman, who turned down a multimillion-dollar contract with the Arizona Cardinals to join the army and fight in Afghanistan? Amir Bar-Lev's THE TILLMAN STORY, one of the most acclaimed movies of 2010 reveals that the government's official story did not tell the whole truth. The New York Times called the film "devastating" and named it a "Critics' Pick."
The Savage Eye (1960) Edward Hopper once told a friend, "If anyone wants to see what America is, go and see (this) movie. Hopper's fondness for this 1960 landmark of cinema-verité is understandable, since it unflinchingly depicts an alienating (and nameless) American city full of faddists and faith healers, barflies and strippers. All are seen through the eyes of a recently divorced young woman looking for warmth and companionship. Admired in Europe but mostly forgotten in the U.S
Francine Almost wordless, Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky's bleak, finely observed independent stars the amazing Melissa Leo as an ex-convict trembling back into society. Walking the line between American Dream and American nightmare, it is not only the story of a woman tasting life anew — it's an oblique, pained portrait of the real lives of "the 47 percent."