This new section is devoted to work from around the world, from filmmakers across the spectrum of experience and artistic sensibility. Some films are delicate, others more forceful; some are contemplative and some dive directly into the heart of their material. The one quality that they share is that they are adventurous and exploratory, in the very best sense of the word.
North American Premiere • Q&As with producer Daniela Alatorre on 10/14 and music scorer Marc Ribot on 10/15In her empathetic first fiction feature, documentarian Natalia Almada focuses on a Mexico City government clerk (Oscar nominee Adriana Barraza) all but dehumanized by 35 years of bureaucratic servitude.
U.S. Premiere • Q&As with Jonas MekasJonas Mekas’s prose memoir of his first decade in exile from Lithuania and journey from post-WWII displaced persons camps to New York is transformed by fellow polymath artist Douglas Gordon into an operatic experience, often terrifying, sometimes absurdly funny.
U.S. Premiere • Q&As with Gastón SolnickiArgentinian director Gastón Solnicki’s new film is a playful portrait of spiritual lethargy, partly inspired by Béla Bartók’s opera Bluebeard’s Castle, comprised of moments drawn from memory, with an elliptical continuity that freely moves according to forms, colors, sounds, and states of being.
U.S. Premiere • Q&As with Oliver LaxeOliver Laxe’s stunningly shot, suggestively ambiguous film is at once a quest story, a landscape study, and a Western with shades of the uncanny. With the openness of a parable, Mimosas doesn’t dramatize so much as embody the mysteries of faith.
U.S. PremiereIn one of his most audacious films yet, João Pedro Rodrigues reimagines the myth of Saint Anthony of Padua as a modern-day parable of sexual and spiritual transcendence. The Ornithologist is a bracing exercise in queer hagiography, a cheerfully blasphemous tale of a religious awakening.