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Paco and the Magical Book

There once was a hospital where patients and even doctors & nurses were all weird. Above all, Onuki, a patient who built up his company all by himself from scratch, is a super cranky old man.

GoBots: War of the Rock Lords

GoBots: War of the Rock Lords

United States 1986

DIR Alan Zaslove, Ray Patterson & Don Lusk

The Go-Bots fight to rescue the Rock People

Remembrance

Remembrance

China 2008

DIR Jia Zhangke

Jia Zhangke’s short for Modern Weekly’s special tenth anniversary issue.

Sunflower

Sunflower

China 2005

DIR Zhang Yang

The tumultuous relationship between a father returning home after years in a labor camp and the nine-year-old son who doesn’t quite know what to make of this new man in his life lies at the heart of Sunflower, addressing the nature of change and the importance of family in Chinese culture.

Second Chorus

Second Chorus

United States 1940

DIR H.C. Potter

When perennial college students Danny O’Neill and Hank Taylor are forced to make it on their own, the competitive pair get jobs with Artie Shaw’s band and reunite with ex-manager Ellen Miller.

Morning

Morning

United States 2010

DIR Leland Orser

A married couple reels off into separate byways of grief after the death of their child in this beautifully acted, carefully observed and consistently unexpected exploration of loss and endurance.

The Practice of the Wild

The Practice of the Wild

United States 2009

DIR John J. Healy

This warm portrait of Beat poet Gary Snyder and his cantankerous compadre Jim Harrison intertwines Bay Area bohemia, Zen Buddhism and musings on ecology and spirituality with the complex simplicity of a perfectly crafted stanza.

Seducing Charlie Barker

Seducing Charlie Barker

United States 2009

DIR Amy Glazer

A talented, out-of-work Manhattan actor being supported by his stern wife gets more than he bargained for when he meets an ambitious but vapid young temptress.

Animal Heart

Animal Heart

Switzerland 2009

DIR Séverine Cornamusaz

This potent first feature, set on a small two-person dairy farm deep in the Swiss Alps, is a courageously clear-eyed and forgiving look at the wildly dysfunctional marriage of a brutish dairy farmer and his beleaguered wife.

Port of Memory

Port of Memory

United Arab Emirates 2009

DIR Kamal Aljafari

A Palestinian family awaits expulsion from their house by Israeli authorities in a crumbling district now being gentrified in the ancient port city of Jaffa. Personal and cinematic memories, and a very uncertain future, weigh heavily over the residents’ everyday rituals.

London Suite

London Suite

United States 1996

DIR Jay Sandrich

On one day at an English Hotel, four different stories are shown.

I Can Do Bad All by Myself

I Can Do Bad All by Myself

United States 2009

DIR Tyler Perry

Two young children are forced to live with their heavy-drinking aunt.

Two Deaths

Two Deaths

United Kingdom 1995

DIR Nicolas Roeg

A tale of power, passion and obsession set in a politically torn Eastern European country.

Going All the Way

Going All the Way

United States 1997

DIR Mark Pellington

Two men return home from the Army to find that their attitudes on life, love, and the town where they grew up have changed in this bittersweet coming-of-age drama.

Gathering Clouds

Gathering Clouds

Romania 1985

DIR Alexandru Tatos

The film follows the last moments in the life of a World War II soldier as he reviews his entire life, filled with guilt, betrayal, shattered hopes and dreams and endless frustration. It was released during Tatos’s most artistically prolific period in the world of Romanian Cinema.

Dear Pillow

Dear Pillow

United States 2004

DIR Bryan Poyser

17-year-old Wes is stuck living with his divorced father in a boring apartment complex. Eager for his first sexual encounter and starved for companionship, Wes reluctantly forms a friendship with neighbor Dusty after he discovers that the older man writes for an adult magazine called Dear Pillow.

Obsession

Obsession

Italy 1954

DIR Jean Delannoy

Of the approximately fifteen Cornell Woolrich movies made in France, Germany, Argentina, Japan, and even Russia, Obsession, adapted from two ’40s stories, “If the Dead Could Talk” and “Silent as the Grave,” is one that seemed a likely candidate for U.S. release.

The Swindle

The Swindle

Switzerland 1997

DIR Claude Chabrol

Claude Chabrol’s 50th film is a comic thriller about a male and female duo who ply a trade of petty swindles, working business conventions. A really big coup is planned, which involves the couple travelling with their intended victim to the Caribbean.

The Blood of Others

The Blood of Others

United States 1984

DIR Claude Chabrol

In the German-occupied Paris, Hélène (Jodie Foster) is torn between the love for her boyfriend Jean, working for the resistance and the German administrator Bergmann, who will do anything to gain her affection.

Masques

Masques

France 1987

DIR Claude Chabrol

Roland Wolf (Robin Renucci) poses as a reporter to interview a popular television personality (Philippe Noiret) he believes is responsible for the disappearance of his sister.