Terry Gilliam's doomed attempt to get his film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018), off the ground.

Lost in La Mancha is a 2002 documentary film about the making of Terry Gilliam's first attempt at The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. His effort was a film adaptation of the novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. The documentary was shot in 2000 during Gilliam's first attempt to make the film, as an intended work of the genre known as the "making-of". But Gilliam's failure to complete his movie resulted in the documentary filmmakers retitling their work as Lost in la Mancha and releasing it independently.

Critic Leonard Maltin has described Lost in La Mancha as one of the best films about the process of moviemaking. It was nominated for various awards, including a BAFTA Award and a Satellite Award for Best Documentary Film. It won a Satellite Award for Best Documentary.

Critic Reviews

'Anyone who thinks making movies is easy needs to see this hilariously painful cautionary tale. It's a tribute to Gilliam that he never once took off his mike or asked the filmmakers to stop rolling.' Newsweek

'Gilliam himself is a joy to behold. His wit stays sharp even as his fortunes dull, and the conditions that conspire against him only prove the mettle in our man of La Mancha.' Globe and Mail

'A fascinating chronicle of bad luck, bad faith and bad weather all striking on the same day.' Washington Post


Awards

Evening Standard British Film Awards 2003 Winner Peter Sellers Award for Comedy Keith Fulton

Satellite Awards 2004 Winner Golden Satellite Award Best Documentary DVD

After his son is murdered by drug dealers, a snowplow driver starts seeking revenge.

In Order of Disappearance is a 2014 Norwegian black comedy action film directed by Hans Petter Moland and starring Stellan Skarsgård. The film had its premiere in the competition section of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.

Introverted and hard-working snow plow driver Nils has just been named Citizen of The Year, when he receives news that his son has died of a heroin overdose. Disbelieving the official report, Nils soon uncovers evidence of the young man's murder--a victim in a turf war between the local crime boss, known as "The Count", and his Serbian rivals.

Critic Reviews

'A delicious Norwegian film full of icy landscapes and icier hearts.' New York Times'

'A cheeky black comedy and worthy Norwegian successor to Kill Bill.' Globe and Mail

'Moland possesses the rare ability to take a story where the viewer knows almost exactly what will happen and make it surprising.' Salon.com

'Moland's In Order of Disappearance is a dark fable played firmly for laughs... A joy to watch.' CineVue

'This taut, often hilarious, thriller is a stellar example of why Scandinavian cinema continues to impress.' Arts Fuse

Awards

Fantasia Film Festival 2014 Winner Best International Film

Austin Fantastic Fest 2014 Winner of Best Actor and Winner Best Director

My Accomplice is an off-beat comedy about falling in love, set in Brighton, featuring songs and live performances from local bands. A whimsical romance of sorts, My Accomplice is gentle and amusing. Shot in Brighton it features the piers, the promenades, the bicycle-dripping backstreets, the bedsits and basements that so characterise the place.

Critic Reviews

"My Accomplice is an enjoyable little story that bimbles along quite pleasantly and leaves one generally pleased for having watched it.” Eye for Film.

Awards

Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2014. Nominee for the best British feature film.

Human Flow is director and artist Ai Weiwei's detailed and heartbreaking exploration into the global refugee crisis. Human Flow is a 2017 German documentary film co-produced and directed by Ai Weiwei about the current global refugee crisis. In the film the viewer is taken to over 20 countries to understand both the scale and the personal impact of this massive human migration. It was shot using various technologies, including drones, cameras and iPhones. Human Flow was screened in the main competition section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival. The New York Times calls it a "strangely beautiful movie” and credits the film for focusing on individuality amidst the large masses of people along with usage of drones to show the vastness and scale of our current global refugee crisis. GQ states that the film conveys a radical type of empathy to the viewer by focussing on human aspects, such as with the man walking to a makeshift graveyard where the bodies of his loved ones were buried – he started fleeing with 17 people and was now left with 12 – while the viewer is caught in a visceral moment of his grief. GQ notes the film's ability to have the camera constantly lingering in times of sadness to create a forceful humanisation. The Washington Post calls Human Flow "pungent conceptually and aesthetically" and notes that perhaps the audience's uncertainty of what camp they are led to is perhaps Ai's point that this does not matter. Overall, it gave the film a rating of 3/4 stars. The film received such high praise that it was selected for a group of 170 documentaries shortlisted for the Oscars and placed within the top 15.

Critic Reviews

‘Beautifully filmed testimonies that tear at your soul.’ Little White Lies ‘Difficult, but hugely important film-making.’ Times (UK) ‘Ai Weiwei's magnificent documentary stands as a companion piece to the BBC's series, Exodus: Our Journey To Europe.’ Independent (UK) ‘A powerful portrait of horror, hope and humanity emerges.’ Total Film (UK)

Awards

Bambi Awards 2017 Winner of the Bambi Award for Courage - Weiwei Ai Venice Film Festival 2017 Winner of the CICT-UNESCO Enrico Fulchignoni Award - Weiwei Ai Winner of the Fair Play Cinema Award - Special Mention - Weiwei Ai Winner of the Fondazione Mimmo Rotella Award - Weiwei Ai Winner of the Human Rights Film Network Award - Special Mention - Weiwei Ai Winner of the Leoncino d'Oro Agiscuola Award - Cinema for UNICEF - Weiwei Ai
Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House.

I Am Not Your Negro is a 2016 documentary film directed by Raoul Peck, based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript Remember This House. It was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards and won the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary.

Joe Morgenstern from the Wall Street Journal said, "the film is unsparing as history and enthralling as biography. It's an evocation of a passionate soul in a tumultuous era, a film that uses Baldwin’s spoken words, and his notes for an unfinished book, to illuminate the struggle for civil rights."

Critic Reviews

‘I Am Not Your Negro is an utterly brilliant film - bold, galvanising, even gripping…’ Sydney Morning Herald

‘Baldwin re-emerges as a devastatingly eloquent speaker and public intellectual; a figure who deserves his place alongside Edward Said, Frantz Fanon or Gore Vidal.’ Guardian

‘Raoul Peck's lyrical documentary was nominated for an Oscar this year, and it really should have won.’ Times UK

‘An astonishment.’ Observer (UK)

Awards

BAFTA Awards 2018 Winner of the BAFTA Film Award for Best Documentary

Australian Film Critics Association Awards 2018 Winner of the AFCA Award for Best Documentary

Berlin International Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Panorama Audience Award for best Documentary Film - Raoul Peck

Winner of the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention - Panorama

Chicago International Film Festival 2016 Winner of the Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature

César Awards, France 2018 Winner of the César for Best Documentary Film

Dublin International Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Dublin Film Critics Award for Best Documentary

Empire Awards, UK 2018 Winner of the Empire Award for Best Documentary

Golden Trailer Awards 2017 Winner of the Golden Trailer for Best Documentary

London Critics Circle Film Awards 2018 Winner of the ALFS Award for Documentary of the Year

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 2016 Winner of the LAFCA Award for Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film

News & Documentary Emmy Awards 2019 Winner of the Emmy - Outstanding Arts & Culture Documentary

San Francisco Film Critics Circle 2016 Winner of the SFFCC Award for Best Documentary

Toronto International Film Festival 2016 Winner of the People's Choice Award for best Documentary

Losing My Edge is an award winning 2014 Canadian drama film written and directed by Jonathan Hayes. Jake is an unhappy school teacher whose childhood scars are not merely skin deep. Jake's life is upended when his shifty, rogue of a father, LEIF - an absentee parent and a man who best days as a travel writer are well past him - insists that Jake help him with his next project, a book about Algonquin Park.

Critic Reviews

‘Director-writer Jonathan Hayes piques our interest with incredible camera angles and the spectacular scenery.’ canada.com 'It all feels very Canadian, in good way' Globe & Mail

Awards

WorldFest Houston 2014 Winner of the Special Jury Award for Best Feature Film
In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh (Robert Gulaczyk) to deliver the troubled artist's final letter and ends up investigating his final days there. Loving Vincent is a 2017 experimental animated biographical drama film about the life of the painter Vincent van Gogh, and, in particular, about the circumstances of his death. It is the first fully painted animated feature film. The film, written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, is a Polish-UK co-production, funded by the Polish Film Institute, and partially through a Kickstarter campaign. Each of the film's 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, created using the same techniques as Van Gogh by a team of 125 artists drawn from around the globe. The film premiered at the 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival. It won Best Animated Feature Film Award at the 30th European Film Awards in Berlin and was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 90th Academy Awards.

Critic Reviews

‘It's impossible not to be swept up by the artistic achievements on show. Van Gogh's distinct brush strokes, lovingly recreated frame by frame, bring this animation vividly alive.’ South China Morning Post ‘There is so much going on in every frame that it's hard to stop thinking long enough to become emotionally involved. But it hardly matters. This time it really is a case of art for art's sake.’ Sydney Morning Herald ‘There's a lot here to love.’ London Evening Herald

Awards

Alliance of Women Film Journalists 2018 Winner of the EDA Award for Best Animated Feature Film Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature European Film Awards 2017 Winner of the European Film Award for Best European Animated Feature Film Golden Trailer Awards 2017 Winner of the Golden Trailer for Best Foreign Animation/Family Trailer National Board of Review, USA 2017 Winner of the NBR Award for Top Ten Independent Films Online Film & Television Association 2018 Winner of the OFTA Film Award for Best Animated Picture Palm Springs International Animation Festival and Expo 2017 Winner of the Jury Award for Best Animated Feature
August 7, 1974. A young French man named Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire suspended between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Multiple award winner and winner of the Oscar for best best documentary, Man on Wire tells the astonishing story of a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit, who stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between New York's twin towers, then the world’s tallest buildings. This beautifully shot film takes us on a wild exploration of the man behind this staggering feat - with the climax at 7:15 AM, when Philippe took his first step on the high wire 1,350 feet above the sidewalks of Manhattan.

Critic Reviews

‘It all makes for an absorbing, mischievously amusing yarn, whose climax unfolds with unexpected emotional force.’ Washington Post ‘The tension builds incrementally, reaching almost unbearable heights at its dizzying climax.’ Sight and Sound ‘Reminds us that dreams can come true and men can fly, through the heights of the imagination and the triumph of the human spirit - this a film for all those who ever dared to dream.’ From the Front Row ‘In this exhilarating, palm-moistening documentary by British filmmaker James Marsh (Wisconsin Death Trip), the twin towers are back to celebrate one of their finest moments.’ Film.com

Awards

Academy Awards, USA 2009 Winner of an Oscar for best documentary, Features BAFTA Awards 2009 Winner of the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film AARP Movies for Grownups Awards 2009 Winner Movies for Grownups Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists 2008 Winner of Best Edited Documentary Austin Film Critics Association 2008 Winner of Best Documentary British Independent Film Awards 2008 Winner British Independent Film Award for Best British Documentary Film Independent Spirit Awards 2009 Winner of the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary International Documentary Association 2008 Winner of the IDA Award for best Feature Documentary Sundance Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Audience Award for best in World Cinema - Documentary
A 21st century Jack the Ripper set in present day LA, Franck Khalfoun's Maniac is a re-boot of the William Lustig cult film considered by many to be the most suspenseful slasher movie ever made - an intimate, visually daring, psychologically complex and profoundly horrific trip into the downward spiralling nightmare of a killer and his victims.

Critic Reviews

'[Franck] Khalfoun's Maniac is about as human as one can get. A heart-pounding, heart-stopping cinematic experience' Behind the Lens 'Maniac is gripping from beginning to end and more intellectual than your average slasher flick.' New Zealand Herald 'One for hard-core gore-hounds.' Metro (UK)

Awards

Fright Meter Awards 2013 Winner of the Fright Meter Award of Best Actor and Best Editing Fangoria Chainsaw Awards 2014 Winner of the Chainsaw Award for Best Actor and Best Score
Mid90s is a 2018 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written and directed by Jonah Hill, in his feature directorial debut. It stars Sunny Suljic, Lucas Hedges and Katherine Waterston, and follows a 13-year-old boy who begins spending time with a mostly older group of skateboarders while living in 1990s Los Angeles. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2018 and was theatrically released in the United States on October 19, 2018, by A24. It was well received by critics, who called it a "promising first outing for Hill”, and praised the sense of nostalgia.

Critic Reviews

‘Mid90s is alive to the debauchery and obnoxiousness of teenagers, but also to their warmth and loyalty.’ Times (UK) ‘Mid90s cares less about making you laugh than enveloping you in the moment, even when the moments consist of nothing more than killed time - daft small talk, the lazy throb of hip hop, the therapeutic purr and slap of skateboard wheels on concrete.’ Daily Telegraph (UK)

Awards

Art Film Festival 2019 Winner of the Blue Angel for Best Director Golden Trailer Awards 2019 Winner of the Golden Trailer for Most Innovative Advertising for a Feature Film National Board of Review, USA 2018 Winner of the NBR Award for Top Ten Independent Films
Mommy is a 2014 Canadian drama film written and directed by Xavier Dolan. The story focuses on mother–son relationships, a reoccurring theme in Dolan's work, and also marks his fourth collaboration with Dorval and his third with Clément. Inspiration for this particular story was drawn from Dolan's discovery of Pilon and the music of Ludovico Einaudi. The film debuted at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Jury Prize. It subsequently became a critical and financial success, grossing over $13 million worldwide. Mommy went on to win numerous other awards, among them nine Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Motion Picture.

Critic Reviews

'Dolan loves close-ups and he gives his actors every chance to demonstrate their talent for ringing the emotional changes in a single take.' Sydney Morning Herald 'As outrageous as it is insightful, Mommy is a mother-and-son melodrama taken to operatic heights.' Times UK 'Dolan has previously been accused of style over substance but here he draws both magnificently together. It's perhaps a little too long, but Mommy is a movie to make you feel alive.' Empire Magazine

Awards

Bodil Awards 2016 Winner of a Bodil for Best Non-American Film Canadian Screen Awards, CA 2015 Winner of the Canadian Screen Award for Best Motion Picture, Achievement in Cinematography, Achievement in Direction, Achievement in Editing, Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Original Screenplay, Achievement in Makeup Cannes Film Festival 2014 Winner of the Jury Prize CinEuphoria Awards 2015 Winner CinEuphoria Best Director - International Competition César Awards, France 2015 Winner of a César for Best Foreign Film Directors Guild of Canada 2015 Winner of the DGC Team Award for best Feature Film International Cinephile Society Awards 2014 Winner of the ICS Cannes Award - Palme d'Or Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) 2015 - Winner IOMA for best Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Screenplay
A modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words. Much Ado About Nothing is a 2012 black and white American romantic comedy film adapted for the screen, produced, and directed by Joss Whedon, from William Shakespeare's play of the same name. The film premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film to critical acclaim. The film stars Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Reed Diamond, Fran Kranz, Sean Maher, and Jillian Morgese. The film’s giddy energy and intimate charm make for an entertaining romantic comedy - and a Shakespearean adaptation that's hard to resist.

Critic Reviews

'DP Jay Hunter's camera floats like a butterfly through doorways and windows, stinging as it catches characters in moments of eavesdropping-inspired stunned epiphany.' Sight and Sound 'Much Ado About Nothing is a delightfully spirited romp, filled with visual splendor, strong performances and flashes of post-modern absurdity.' USA Today 'The movie swings along, with a grace denied to some of Whedon's grander projects ...' New Yorker 'The magic holds. It holds from beginning to end.' Chicago Sun-Times 'One of my Top Ten picks of the year. Welcome to the World of Whedon where Shakespeare not only lives, but thrives.' Behind the Lens

Awards

National Board of Review, USA 2013 Winner of theNBR Award for Top Ten Independent Films
Louis Theroux documents his investigation into what goes on behind the scenes of the infamous Church of Scientology. My Scientology Movie is a 2015 British documentary film about Scientology directed by John Dower, and written by and starring Louis Theroux. The film takes an unconventional approach to the subject matter, featuring young actors "auditioning" for parts playing high-profile Scientologists in scenes recreating accounts from ex-members about incidents involving senior church management. The Church of Scientology responded by putting the filmmakers under surveillance and denouncing the film. My Scientology Movie premiered at the London Film Festival on 14 October 2015 before receiving a limited theatrical release in the United Kingdom on 7 October 2016 from BBC Films. The film was praised by The Daily Telegraph reviewer Tim Robey as "a giddy, Pythonesque delight". He commented that it was "all wickedly tendentious mischief, but when it's this gloriously funny, the points score themselves." Variety magazine reviewer Guy Lodge described it as a "riotously funny" film that delivered "penetrating insights into the fiercely guarded administration of the church that Ron built. It's also a witty essay on the politics of surveillance". Fionnuala Halligan of Screen Daily called the film "typically quixotic, consistently funny, and provocative in unexpected ways", describing it as "pleasingly eccentric" and "impish yet effective." The Huffington Post called the film 'absurdly funny'. In The Guardian, John Patterson found that the film "pulls off the neat trick of finding a revelatory approach to a topic that’s been well covered of late: the Church of Scientology" before concluding that it "belongs in the company of the most serious work done on the church. The more sunlight that falls on this dark organisation, the better for all of us"

Critic Reviews

‘One of the best documentaries of the year.’ Entertainment Weekly ‘At times it plays like an extended skit on "The Daily Show"; yet its disorder also makes its insights - like how strongly the church's training sessions resemble acting classes - feel refreshingly organic.’ New York Times  
Set in 1980s Nottingham, social worker Margaret Humphreys holds the British government accountable for child migration schemes and reunites the children involved -- now adults living mostly in Australia -- with their parents in Britain. Award Winning Oranges and Sunshine is a 2010 Australian drama film directed by Jim Loach as his directorial debut. The film is based on the true story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham who uncovered the scandal of "home children", a scheme of forcibly relocating poor children from the United Kingdom to Australia and Canada. Oranges and Sunshine tells the story of Margaret Humphreys (Emily Watson), a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals of recent times; the mass deportation of children from the United Kingdom to Australia. Single-handedly and against overwhelming odds, Margaret reunited thousands of families and drew worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice. Children as young as four had been told that their parents were dead and sent to children's homes on the other side of the world, where many were subjected to appalling abuse. These forgotten children were promised Oranges and Sunshine but they got hard labour and life in institutions.

Critic Reviews

‘Emily Watson, who always brings a special grace to the screen, gives a multilayered performance to the role of Margaret Humphreys, who not only puts her own family dynamic at risk but finds herself physically threatened.’ San Fransisco Chronicle ‘Emily Watson, a delicate English rose, has never seemed more sturdy than here.’ Chicago Sun Times ‘As the story ricochets between Britain and Australia, the film often loses track of time and becomes fragmented as it struggles to integrate too many subplots. What holds it together is Ms. Watson's calm, sturdy performance.’ New York Times ‘Despite the difficulties the team faced when filming on opposite sides of the world, Oranges and Sunshine beats with one heart and develops its story coherently.’ CineVue 'Jim Loach's feature debut presents the horrific injustice of forced child migration in a calm, measured manner.’ The Sun-Herald

Awards

Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards 2012 Winner AACTA Award Best Supporting Actor Hugo Weaving Australian Film Critics Association Awards 2012 Winner AFCA Award - Best Actress Emily Watson Australian Screen Editors 2011 Winner ASE Award Avid Award for Best Editing on a Feature Film Australian Screen Sound Guild 2011 Winner ASSG Award Best Achievement in Mixing in a Feature Film
Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World.. The Florida Project is a 2017 American slice-of-life drama film directed by Sean Baker and written by Baker and Chris Bergoch. The plot follows a six-year-old girl living with her delinquent single mother in a motel in Kissimmee, Florida, as they try to stay out of trouble and make ends meet, so they may keep ahead of impending homelessness. The misery and squalor of their life in Kissimmee is contrasted with nearby Walt Disney World, which can be seen at a distance in one shot. The Florida Project premiered in the Directors' Fortnight section of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, and was theatrically released in the United States on October 6, 2017, by A24. The film was praised for Baker's directing and the performances, particularly Prince and Dafoe. It was chosen by both the National Board of Review and American Film Institute as one of the top 10 films of the year. Dafoe earned Best Supporting Actor nominations at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, SAG Awards, and BAFTA Awards. Prince won the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer.

Critic Reviews

‘The Florida Project absolutely sings as a visual achievement, and not only as that.’ Daily Telegraph (UK) ‘The Florida Project is one of the best films about childhood made anywhere in recent years.’ Independent (UK)

Awards

AFI Awards, USA 2018 Winner AFI Award - Movie of the Year Alliance of Women Film Journalists 2018 Winner EDA Award for Best Supporting Actor - Willem Dafoe and Winner of the EDA Female Focus Award - Best Breakthrough Performance Austin Film Critics Association 2018 Winner of the AFCA Award for Best Supporting Actor Bodil Awards 2019 Winner of the Bodil for Best American Film CinEuphoria Awards 2019 Winner CinEuphoria for Top Ten of the Year - International Competition Detroit Film Critics Society Awards 2017 Winner of the DFCS Award for Best Film, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor New York Film Critics, Online 2017 Winner of the NYFCO Award for Best Film San Francisco Film Critics Circle 2017 Winner of the SFFCC Award for Best Picture
Whitney is a 2018 documentary film about the American singer and actress Whitney Houston. The film was directed by Kevin Macdonald and produced by Simon Chinn, Jonathan Chinn and Lisa Erspamer. Whitney was screened out of competition at the world premiere as part of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival on 16 May 2018 with a cinema release on 6 July 2018. Terri White for Empire gave it 4/5, calling it: "A sobering, haunting but completely fresh look at Whitney's life and death that will reframe everything you think you know about the singer." Owen Gleiberman of Variety wrote: "In Whitney, Macdonald lays out Houston's story—the light and the darkness—in a classically etched, kinetically edited way. He makes superb use of archival footage, tickles us with montages of her heyday (not just Houston but the whole era—the way her songs, in hindsight, tapped into a certain free-floating ’80s jubilance), and interviews her family members and associates. The film captures the quality that made Whitney Houston magical, but more than that it puts together the warring sides of her soul."

Critic Reviews

‘Macdonald makes artful use of jarring, subversive cuts to highlight the contradictions in Houston's career.’ New Yorker ‘Kevin Macdonald's "Whitney" is a documentary chronicle of Whitney Houston's life; it's tough-minded, unsparing and far superior to the biopic and the nonfiction film that preceded it.’ Wall Street Journal ‘Kevin Macdonald's electrifying and empathetic doc on Whitney Houston drops a shocking revelation about abuse- but if his look at how she fell apart shortchanges the range of her talent it is anything but sensationalistic,’ Rolling Stone

Awards

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2018 Winner of Best Documentary Feature Film
Thirteen-year-old Lili fights to protect her dog Hagen. She is devastated when her father eventually sets Hagen free on the streets. Still innocently believing love can conquer any difficulty, Lili sets out to find her dog and save him. White God (2014) is a Hungarian drama film directed by Kornél Mundruczó and starring Zsófia Psotta. The film premiered on 17 May 2014, as part of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. When young Lili is forced to give up her beloved dog Hagen, because it's mixed-breed heritage is deemed 'unfit' by The State, she and the dog begin a dangerous journey back towards each other. White God won the Prize Un Certain Regard at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and the Octopus d'Or at the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival for the Best International Feature Film.

Critic Review

'The whole production speaks well for the power of film; it's a serious stunner.' Wall Street Journal 'Rarely does a film's execution achieve or even exceed its director's ambitions, but Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo's "White God" is that rare movie.' San Fransisco Chronicle 'Imaginative, energetic and ambitious, White God is mysterious, unique and ethically perplexing. Warning dog lovers: some scenes may be distressing.' One Room with a view 'By turns Dickensian, Marxist and dystopian, it's a movie as deliriously unclassifiable as it is expertly focused in its desire to provoke and entertain.' Los Angeles Times

Awards

Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival 2014 Winner of the Audience Award for Best Film Cannes Film Festival 2014 Winner Palm Dog & Cannes Film Festival 2014 Winner Un Certain Regard Award Golden Rooster Awards 2015 Winner of the Audience Award for Best International Director - Kornél Mundruczó Sarasota Film Festival 2015 Winner of the Jury Prize - Narrative Feature Film Competition Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival 2014 Winner of the Octopus d'Or for Best International Feature Film
Through a focus on the life of Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), this film examines the effects on individuals and families of a congressional pursuit of Hollywood Communists after World War II. Trumbo was one of several writers, directors, and actors who invoked the First Amendment in refusing to answer questions under oath. They were blacklisted and imprisoned. We follow Trumbo to prison, to exile in Mexico with his family, to poverty, to the public shunning of his children, to his writing under others' names, and to an eventual but incomplete vindication. Trumbo is a 2007 American documentary film directed by Peter Askin, produced by Will Battersby, Tory Tunnell, and Alan Klingenstein, and written by Christopher Trumbo. It is based on the letters of Trumbo's father, Dalton Trumbo, an Oscar-winning screenwriter who was imprisoned and blacklisted as a member of the Hollywood Ten, ten screenwriters, directors and producers who refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947 during the committee's investigation of Communist influences in the Hollywood film industry. The film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and includes film clips and interviews, readings from Trumbo's letters by performers such as Michael Douglas, Joan Allen, Donald Sutherland, Liam Neeson, and Paul Giamatti, and a reenactment by David Strathairn of a speech given by Dalton Trumbo in 1970. The readings include parts of what the New York Times calls "Dalton Trumbo's remarkably stage-ready personal letters"[2] that cover the period from the late 1940s to the early 1960s. Interspersed with these are archival clips from the HUAC hearings, footage from home movies, and "exceptionally well-selected interview clips with Trumbo”.

Critic Reviews

‘The transporting power of this experience is in the passionate and almost outlandishly eloquent verbal expression Trumbo poured into his correspondence, and the vividly American principles he defends.’ film.com ‘It will serve as a fine entry point for younger auds interested in learning about theprice paid by moviemakers and their families swept up in the 1950s anti-Communist net.’ Variety ‘The film is an enlightening recap of '50s Red Scare politics, and a parade of actors giving meaningful, earnest readings of Trumbo's speeches and letters.’ Newsday.

Awards

Winner Freedom of Expression Award at the National Board of Review, USA
Kris and Lindy Boustedt’s This Is Ours deals with the complexity of married life and, among other things, what happens when everything you did to live the life you wanted winds up disappointing you. From Kris Boustedt is an editor and producer, known for Perfect 10 (2010), Ten Years Later (2014) and Brides to Be (2016) comes This is Ours. A powerful all American drama which tells the story of Will and Karen, who take a final trip to their vacation home. While there, they meet new friends, embarking on a strange journey of discovery, heartbreak and hope. In a similar way to the powerful indie relationship drama Blue Valentine, the Boustedts’ story gets a lot of its impact from a structure that shifts back and forth from the past to the present.

Critic Reviews

“This is Ours, the self-assured second feature from writing/producing/directing team Kris and Lindy Boustedt, made its world premiere at Dances with Films in Hollywood. It’s a beautifully shot and emotionally charged foray into the world of a once-happy couple whose lives and relationship verge on disintegration.” Living in Cinema.
‘There And No Innocent Bystanders’, a new film chronicling The Libertines’ past, present and future. The film gives an intimate insight into a band (The Libertines) reforming. The film captures the spirit of the band: stories and moments retold and relived by the band themselves. Profiling each band member individually and collectively -- something which has never been done before -- the film gives each of the boys the chance to put their story in their way.

Critic Reviews

“The film is a fair slice of nostalgia about one of the most influential bands to ever come from Britain. And though you might distance yourself from the lingering indie fall out that haunts the streets of Camden in 2014, any British music fan who owned a guitar during the last ten years would be lying if they said Up The Bracket didn't feel godly at some point during their formative years.” Vice
Thought Exchange is a simple yet profound way of looking at the world, that allows us to understand and experience the truth about who we really are, where we really live, what we really want, and how to have that all the time. It's not about positive thinking, it's about thinking… The Thought Exchange comes to us from the creative mind of Usher Morgan, who is an award-winning screenwriter, film director, producer and studio executive residing in New York City. The Thought Exchange film shows us that there is a simple, yet profound way of looking at the world. A way that allows us to understand and experience the truth about who we really are, where we really live, what we really want, and how to have that all the time. The film is created by David Friedman, who is most well known for his roles in the music department for many disney films including Aladdin, Pocahontas and Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Critic Reviews

'The film definitely has an agenda of positivity that is presented in a simple to understand manner. Unlike The Secret, The Thought Exchange is not relayed in a heavy handed manner. It's rather uplifting and presented lightly with a dynamic use of ethereal music. Throughout the film, I never felt like I was being convinced of anything. I truly felt that the people in the piece believed and actually followed the methodology of The Thought Exchange.'
A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family's homeland. The Reluctant Fundamentalist is an award winning 2012 political thriller drama film based on the 2007 novel. The film tells a post-9/11 story about the impact of the Al Qaeda attacks on one Pakistani man and his treatment by Americans in reaction to them. The film premiered as the opening film for the 69th Venice International Film Festival, and at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival. The film won "Centenary Award" at the 43rd International Film Festival of India. The film has received several awards, many of them honouring the film's efforts to address tolerance and xenophobia.

Critic Reviews

'Nair has found a real gem in Riz Ahmed, who anchors the film with a charismatically watchable performance. He's in virtually every frame and you hang on his every word.' Toronto Star 'A film like this stands or falls on the performance of its lead, and the young British actor Riz Ahmed doesn't disappoint.' Washington Examiner 'I found several of the story's twists both startling and, in retrospect, totally believable.' The American Conservatist 'Nair lets her drama unfold thoughtfully and draws impressive supporting performances from Kiefer Sutherland, as Changez's Wall Street boss, and Liev Schreiber.' The Mail on Sunday (UK)

Awards

CAAMFest 2013 Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative - Mira Nair Mill Valley Film Festival 2012 Winner of the Audience Award for Favourite World Feature - Mira Nair Munich Film Festival 2013 Winner of the Bernhard Wicki Film Award for Best Film - Mira Nair (director)
In efforts to construct perfect android killing machines in a war against China, UK scientists exceed their goal and create a sentient robot. Winner of a BAFTA award, The Machine is a 2013 British science fiction thriller film directed and written by Caradog W. James. It stars Caity Lotz and Toby Stephens as computer scientists who create an artificial intelligence for the British military. The Machine proves an audacious debut for writer-director Caradog James and a solid entry in modern British sci-fi, with thematic heft to match its genre thrills. Two computer programmers fall in love as they create the first-ever piece of self-aware artificial intelligence, designed to help humanity. But things go terribly wrong when the British Government steals their breakthrough and teaches it to become a robotic weapon.

Critic Reviews

"The Machine" percolates with an elegantly palpable sense of wonder and danger.’ Los Angeles Times ‘A classy slice of cerebral sci-fi with a literary-cinematic heritage stretching back through Blade Runner and Metropolis to Frankenstein.’ Hollywood Reporter ‘Here, the actions and objectives of the government manufactured robots are as volatile and unpredictable as those of the scientists and officials who create them, resulting in scenarios which are as shocking as they're unexpected.’ CineVue

Awards

BAFTA Awards, Wales 2013, best film, best costume design, best original music. British Independent Film Awards 2013, winner of the raindance award. Raindance Film Festival 2013, winner of best UK feature Screen Awards, UK 2014, best home entertainment campaign Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2013, winner of best actress and best sci-fi film.
In the war-torn Nuba Mountains of Sudan, American doctor Tom Catena selflessly and courageously serves the needs of a forgotten people, while the region is bombed relentlessly by an indicted war criminal, Omar Al-Bashir. Two things remain constant: Dr. Tom's faith and his enduring love for the Nuba people. The only surgeon within 200 miles, 'Dr. Tom' and a small Sudanese staff treat as many as 400 patients a day at Mother of Mercy Hospital, located in the heart of the Nuba Mountains. The region is the latest target of aerial bombardment by the Sudanese government, ordered by Omar al-Bashir, a dictator wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity and war crimes. Living under the constant shadow of bombers overhead, Dr. Tom and his staff defy Bashir's ban on humanitarian aid, work tirelessly to save the lives of the Nuba people, and bring hope to one million people who would be otherwise forgotten.

Critic Reviews

‘Absorbingly, unfussily captures Catena's daily challenges and feats while also painting a vivid, often heartbreaking portrait of a forgotten people trapped in an underreported sociopolitical nightmare.’ Los Angeles Times ‘The Heart of Nuba delivers a moving but thankfully not overly sentimental portrait of this admirable figure.’ Hollywood Reporter ‘The film is worth seeing because it's a moving and remarkable story and it represents a great cause.’ New York Times

Awards

Hollywood Film Festival 2017, Most Impactful Documentary Feature

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