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Sweaty Betty

Zachary Reed, Joseph Frank United States, 2014

In a row house near Washington D.C., two stories of big dreams take place. Floyd and his family have raised a 1000 lbs. pig, determined to turn her into the Redskins’ mascot. A few blocks away, Rico and Scooby, two teenage single fathers and best friends, are scheming up a way to sell their new dog.

The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story

Susan Warms Dryfoos United States, 1996

One of the most recognized and beloved of caricaturists, Al Hirschfeld treated his myriad subjects—often from the world of entertainment, especially Broadway and Hollywood—with equal measures affection and teasing. A reverential exploration of a long, justifiably acclaimed career.

Giuseppe Makes a Movie

Adam Rifkin United States, 2014

A wildly surreal, outrageously funny and strangely touching documentary about a truly Outsider Artist, Giuseppe Andrews, who has made 30 feature films starring the seriously impaired residents of his trailer park.

Counting

Jem Cohen United States, 2015

A personal, essayistic documentary in 15 chapters. The director composes images, sound and music with remarkable intensity, combining them into a hypnotic foray through the metropolises of our world: New York, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Istanbul, Porto and a city intended to remain unknown.

Junun

Paul Thomas Anderson United States, 2015

Featuring Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, Israeli musician Shye Ben Tzur, and amazing Indian artists, Paul Thomas Anderson’s one-of-a-kind documentary is an intimate, eclectic, multi-cultural, multi-musical journey. Prepare to be uplifted.

The Event

Sergei Loznitsa Netherlands, 2015

In August 1991 a failed coup d’état led by a group of hard-core communists in Moscow ended the 70-year-long rule of the Soviets. In Leningrad thousands of confused, scared, excited and desperate people poured into the streets to become a part of the event, which was supposed to change their destiny.

From Caligari to Hitler: German Cinema in the Age of the Masses

Rüdiger Suchsland Germany, 2014

Using a montage of footage from the highest quality restorations, the film illustrates Siegfried Kracauer’s 1947 thesis that the rise of Nazism is anticipated in many themes found throughout Weimar cinema, while situating Kracauer in the philosophy and histories of the time.

9 Muses of Star Empire

Lee Harkjoon South Korea, 2012

TV journalist Lee Harkjoon, previously best-known for reportage on refugees from North Korea, gained extraordinary access to the inner workings of K-pop agency Star Empire—and spent a year observing the casting, training and attempted launch of the new girl-group 9 Muses.

The Second Game

Corneliu Porumboiu Romania, 2014

A deceptively simple set-up: the director and his father watch a 1988 football match which the father refereed, their commentary accompanying the original television images in real time.

Come Worry with Us!

Helene Klodawsky Canada, 2013

Violinist Jessica Moss and singer/guitarist Efrim Menuck are struggling to balance parenthood with making music in their internationally acclaimed Montreal-based band Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra.

The Parrot and the Swan

Alejo Moguillansky Argentina, 2013

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Moguillansky’s next feature after Castro (between which he edited a film by the great Matías Piñeiro), continues the director’s surprises, wittiness, and cheerfully off-kilter filmmaking approach willing to take risks and make jokes. Dance, love, a film within a film—this one knows few boundaries.

Skinningrove

Michael Almereyda United States, 2012

A photographer shares unpublished images chronicling time spent among the ‘fiercely independent’ residents of a remote English fishing village.

Balnearios

Mariano Llinás Argentina, 2002

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If Argentina’s festival presence is so prominent, it’s largely due to El Pampero, a group of rebellious, innovative filmmakers that have redefined low-budget cinema. This gem, full of irony and humor, inaugurates their work.

An Investigation on the Night that Won’t Forget

Lav Diaz Philippines, 2012

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One of the essential qualities of Lav Diaz is how he turns cinema into a testimony, one against exploitation, marginalization, and entrenched power. Perhaps none of his films is closer to personal testament than this address in remembrance of the murder of two important figures in the film industry.

Tarr Béla, I Used to Be a Filmmaker

Jean-Marc Lamoure France, 2013

An illuminating and extremely rare documentary profile of one of the great filmmakers of our time, Bela Tarr. Filmed during the production of The Turin Horse, his final film, it features clips, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with longtime collaborators.

Storm Children, Book One

Lav Diaz Philippines, 2014

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Lav Diaz’s majestically patient storytelling invests his infrequent documentaries with unusual concentration and power. The historical and psychic devastation of his epic dramas here becomes bracingly physical when focused on the detritus and poignant survival of children after Typhoon Yolanda.

Sun Song

Joel Wanek United States, 2013

A poetic journey from the darkness of dawn into the brightness of the midday sun in the American South. Filmed over the course of six months on one bus route in Durham, North Carolina, Sun Song is a celebration of light and a meditation on leaving.

RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: async AT THE PARK AVENUE ARMORY

Stephen Nomura Schible United States, 2018

As a special treat after our release of Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda is this sensorial immersion into a rare concert experience. Watch the great composer perform the debut of his latest musical masterpiece, with accompanying video imagery by Shiro Takatani and experimental filmmaker Takashi Makino.

The Border Fence

Nikolaus Geyrhalter Austria, 2018

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Set amid a sunny Alpine landscape, this gripping nonfiction work from Nikolaus Geyrhalter (Homo Sapiens) reveals the roots of the refugee policy debate. Interviewing local citizens, The Border Fence explores modern Europe, living locally, and the near future of the current migration crisis.

The Grand Bizarre

Jodie Mack United States, 2018

From MUBI regular Jodie Mack comes a tour de force, sui generis globetrotting textile documentary in the form of a 16mm abstract animated (and musical!) feature. An entrancing experience that is as much about the creation and circulation of fabric as it’s about the pure pleasure of color and design.

Walking on Water

Andrey Paounov United States, 2018

The brilliant mind and elaborate process of the great environmental artist Christo is captured in all of its spectacle in this documentary portrait. The stalwart plight of the artist, equally absurd, euphoric, and dangerous, is perfectly captured amidst Christo’s epic effort to rethink a landscape.

The Creeping Garden

Tim Grabham, Jasper Sharp United Kingdom, 2014

The scientific anomaly of slime mold is at the center of this doc which continually spirals outwards, encompassing the topics of art, the universe, and even cinema history. Whether you’re interested in the mystery organism or not, there’s much to discover in this unexpected, philosophical journey.

Strange Says the Angel

Shalimar Preuss France, 2017

Seven-year-old Nina cannot be her aunt’s daughter. Nor can she be her father’s lover. In this world threatened by contamination, what then is Nina’s place?

Down in Shadowland

Tom DiCillo United States, 2014

Although better know for his witty comedies, Tom Dicillo’s latest film is a carefully constructed, atmospheric documentary, both voyeuristic and poetic at the same time. If you always wished to be invisible so you could people-watch at will, this film was made for you!

The Great Wall

Tadhg O'Sullivan Ireland, 2015

The Great Wall moves across fortified landscapes, pausing with those whose lives are framed by borders. Moving inward toward the seat of power, the film holds the European project up to a dazzling cinematic light, refracted through Kafka’s mysterious text; ultimately questioning the nature of power.

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

Stephen Nomura Schible United States, 2017

Stephen Nomura Schible’s wonderful feature debut is a revelatory exploration of Ryuichi Sakamoto, his work, environmentalism, and the incredible album async. This lovely and graceful exploration offers a rare glimpse into the artistic process of the renowned musician.

Zipper: Coney Island's Last Wild Ride

Amy Nicholson United States, 2012

A story about greed, politics and the land grab of the century, ZIPPER chronicles the battle over an American cultural icon. Small-time ride operator, Eddie Miranda, proudly operates a carnival contraption called the Zipper in the heart of Coney Island’s gritty amusement district.

Homo sapiens

Nikolaus Geyrhalter Austria, 2016

Niklaus Geyrhalter’s extraordinary Homo Sapiens is a film of perplexing intensity. Halfway between documentary and science fiction (isn’t everything these days?), it portrays the state of the world after humanity’s collapse as you’ve never seen it before.

Around the World When You Were My Age

Aya Koretzky Portugal, 2018

A parent and child meet across eras, countries, and memories in Aya Koretzky’s enchanting documentary about her Japanese father’s exceptional globetrotting adventures in the 1970s. As her father’s life blooms before the filmmaker, we see how, decades before, the world blossomed for the young man.

Transnistra

Anna Eborn Sweden, 2019

Shot on handheld 16mm, the remnants of the Soviet Union loom in the background of this candid look at the unfettered virtues of youth. Rendered through the generous participation of its subjects, the film tracks the end of adolescence through its intimate lens and gorgeous soundtrack.

Searching Eva

Pia Hellenthal Germany, 2019

Eva shares everything about her nomadic life online. Staging her private life on Tumblr and Instagram, she reinvents herself again and again: sex worker, model, feminist, queer writer?

Nofinofy

Michaël Andrianaly Madagascar, 2019

In Madagascar, after the municipality tears down his hair salon, Roméo has to leave Tamatave’s high street for the city’s popular districts. He moves into a small shabby shed where he dreams of building a proper salon.

Among Wolves

Shawn Convey Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2016

In this delicate documentary from Bosnia, survivors of the war sort through the pieces of their collective trauma by answering their sense of neglect with a quest to protect a herd of wild horses. Among Wolves indelibly expresses the healing connection between human and beast amid the ashes of war.

This Is Not a Movie

Chang Yung Canada, 2019

From acclaimed director Yung Chang comes this vital profile of the celebrated war reporter Robert Fisk. Following Fisk on his tours, Chang keenly observes the changing media landscape through the eyes of a veteran reporter, who was himself inspired by watching Hitchcock’s Foreign Correspondent.

VHS Massacre: Cult Films and the Decline of Physical Media

Kenneth Powell, Thomas Edward Seymour United States, 2015

Produced by iconic American production company Troma, this documentary is focused on the demise of physical media, an integral part of genre cinema. An incisive investigation into a monumental shift for both the industry and medium, the film features many icons from a vital era of independent film.

The Burning Hell

Ron Ormond United States, 1974

Never intended for general exhibition, this evangelical outreach film was made to depict, in the most vivid cinematic terms, where non-believers and sinners shall go lest they be saved. Based on the sermons of a Southern Baptist preacher and directed by notorious exploitation filmmaker Ron Ormond.

Il Solengo

Alessio Rigo de Righi, Matteo Zoppis Italy, 2015

A group of elders gathers in a hunting lodge and recalls the life of Mario “de’ Marcella”, a man who lived in a cave over 60 years of his life. Why he chose to live a solitary existence is unknown. Perhaps it had something to do with a mysterious and tragic event of his childhood.

General Report II: The New Abduction of Europe

Pere Portabella Spain, 2016

Today in Spain, neoliberalist capitalism has laid waste to the middle class, unemployment is skyrocketing, the Left is a factious mess that the Right plays with ease, trust in democracy is at a new low. Is it necessary to look for other forms of participatory processes?

Eldorado XXI

Salomé Lamas France, 2016

Set in the highest settlement in the world, La Rinconada y Cerro Lunar (5500m), in the Peruvian Andes. Moved by the same interests as in the ancient times, people live and work in the most precarious of conditions. An illusion of gold and a better life leads men to self destruction.

Jean Genet: An Interview with Antoine Bourseiller

Antoine Bourseiller France, 1981

“I don’t know why I shouldn’t talk about myself. I’m the person who knows the most about myself. Right?” So begins a fascinatingly frank conversation with the great French writer Jean Genet (aged 71 at the time), who talks at length about lovers, friends and his prison experiences.

Tower

Keith Maitland United States, 2016

The events of the 1966 University of Texas shooting are captured in this documentary, which honors both the victims and survivors in its uniquely animated reconstruction. Distilling all of the tragedy of that day in its near totality, this is a devastating yet necessary reckoning with gun violence.

Fragment 53

Federico Lodoli, Carlo Gabriele Tribbioli Liberia, 2015

Comprising interviews with seven different men of varying rank about atrocities they committed (or ordered) during the Liberian Civil War, this frank and frequently disturbing documentary examines the nature of modern violence and an essentialist concept of warfare.

Memory Exercises

Paz Encina Paraguay, 2016

Through the childhood memories of Agustín Goiburú’s children, Paz Encina traces the life in exile and disappearance of a dissident of Paraguay’s dictatorship. Absence imbues the poetic images of this evocative documentary, conveying the impact of the violent, political past on the personal present.

Bickels [Socialism]

Heinz Emigholz Germany, 2016

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The second of Heinz Emigholz’s unique documentary film series “Streetscapes”—an intersection with the director’s famed architecture studies—is a provocative juxtaposition of buildings that were designed in Israel’s past for grand social and political goals and now shown in their present state.

Between Fences

Avi Mograbi Israel, 2016

How can a migrant tell his or her story? Documentarian Avi Mograbi has come together with theater director Chen Alon to collaborate with detainees in Israel not only to document their treatment but to work together using Theater of the Oppressed methods to dramatize their incredible experiences.

The Train to Moscow: A Journey to Utopia

Michele Manzolini, Federico Ferrone Italy, 2013

Sauro Ravaglia, an amateur filmmaker, barber & communist, dreams with his friends of a world of peace, brotherhood, & equality—of the Soviet Union. When they have the chance of attending the World Festival of Socialist Youth, they arm themselves with an 8mm camera to film their journey.

Damiana Kryygi

Alejandro Fernández Mouján Argentina, 2015

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This polemic on colonialism and its many victims honors the titular Damiana Kryygi, a young girl who suffered a tragic fate at the hands of settlers. A work at once apart from the New Argentine Cinema which precedes it while also sharing similar political ambitions.

Beuys

Andres Veiel Germany, 2017

Whether you view him as an innovator, a hack, or are entirely unfamiliar, this multi-angled doc-portrait captures the beautiful chaos of the great modernist artist Joseph Beuys. This most divisive figure is unfurled with irresistible exactitude, salacious archival footage, and riveting interviews.

Dieste [Uruguay]

Heinz Emigholz Germany, 2017

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A testament to Emigholz’s fascination with geometry, the fourth part of his Streetscapes comes in the shape of a triptych. The film elegantly connects three moments in time through architecture, channeling the notion of permanence across History, and the silent interaction of buildings with nature.

Streetscapes [Dialogue]

Heinz Emigholz Germany, 2017

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The third entry in Emigholz’s Streetscapes series, and perhaps the one that solves the mystery of it all! Uncharacteristically structured around fictionalized therapy sessions, this is a playful and illuminating experiment shedding light onto the director’s entire architecture-focused body of work.

2+2=22 [The Alphabet]

Heinz Emigholz Germany, 2017

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We bring you a new documentary series by Heinz Emigholz (from of our Architecture of Autobiography series), the brilliantly unclassifiable “Streetscapes,” pinpointing perspicacious intersections of art, urban landscape, politics, history and psychology. The first, focusing on music, rocks hard.

The Modern Jungle

Charles Fairbanks, Saul Kak United States, 2016

The Modern Jungle highlights the ethical complexities of nonfiction filmmaking. What is the relationship between ethnographer and subject? What is owed and what is transacted? A daring project of documentation and uneasy exchange that explores the relationship between indigenous and Western culture.

Further Beyond

Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor Ireland, 2016

A riveting, completely original anti-biopic from one of our favorite filmmaker duos, whose revisionist crime film, Helen is an ingenious gem. Molloy & Lawlor’s first foray into documentary explores identity and space while playfully dissecting the very nature of cinematic language. And it’s funny!

The Pretty Ones

Melisa Liebenthal Argentina, 2016

Winner of the Bright Future Award at Rotterdam, director Melisa Liebenthal places herself at the center of this candid essay film. Interviewing childhood friends about their shared coming-of-age experiences, The Pretty Ones interrogates the construction of femininity and its relationship to images.

Dawson City: Frozen Time

Bill Morrison United States, 2016

A history lesson had never been so mesmerizing! This wondrous work of cinematic excavation by Bill Morrison is an archival odyssey into the abyss of capitalism. The documentary is an exquisite ode to the materiality of celluloid and a political and poetic act of resistance in the digital age.

Walden

Jonas Mekas United States, 1969

Lithuanian filmmaker-critic Jonas Mekas is one of the godfathers of American avant-garde cinema, and a great pioneer of first-person moviemaking. His art was inextricable from his life, and in fact woven from it, as showcased by this tremendous classic of diary filmmaking.

Noise

Olivier Assayas France, 2006

A rarity in Assayas’ filmography, Noise finds the director, whose cinema has always been vividly linked to the ecstasies of pop music, turn his lens upon a hypnotic concert. Performances from Sonic Youth, Metric, Jeanne Balibar, and more align to compose a testament to the beauty of dissonance.

Marwencol

Jeff Malmberg United States, 2010

After a vicious attacks leaves him brain-damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp seeks recovery in “Marwencol”, a 1/6th scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard.

The Mouth of the Wolf

Pietro Marcello Italy, 2009

A breakthrough work of docu-fiction, Pietro Marcello’s The Mouth of the Wolf expertly balances various timelines with archival research to explore the relationship between two wayward souls trying to find themselves. A collage of visual memories, hauntingly suspended between dreams and and reality.

Jane B. par Agnès V.

Agnès Varda France, 1988

A cinematic collaboration between two of the most fabulous of women: French New Wave director Agnès Varda and British singer and actress Jane Birkin. In this marvelous, indescribable film the two cross paths, inspiring each other and us too.

Scenes from the Life of Andy Warhol: Friendships and Intersections

Jonas Mekas United States, 1990

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A career-spanning chronicle of one of Jonas Mekas’ contemporaries: the American artist Andy Warhol. In diaries between 1962 and 1982, Mekas captures his everyday life, celebrity, and friends, among them: The Velvet Underground, John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

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Three Cheers for the Whale

Mario Ruspoli, Chris Marker France, 1972

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Three Cheers for the Whale chronicles the history of mankind’s relationship with the largest and most majestic of marine mammals, and graphically exposes their slaughter by the fishing industry.

Lost, Lost, Lost

Jonas Mekas United States, 1976

A deeply personal, delightfully idiosyncratic, remarkably free-ranging, and ultimately powerfully searching diary film from Jonas Mekas. An interpretive chronicle of the Lithuanian’s struggle to find a sense of home in mid-century Brooklyn, it’s a profound expression of longing and hope.

Los Angeles Plays Itself

Thom Andersen United States, 2003

Both a moving homage to his adopted hometown and an insightful work of film criticism, essayist and professor Thom Andersen has made a wide-ranging epic that explores how the City of Angels has been used in TV and cinema in the 20th century. Featuring clips from more than 200 LA-set films!

Berlin: Symphony of a Great City

Walter Ruttmann Germany, 1927

With a storytelling style influenced by Sergei Eisenstein and Dziga Vertov, Walter Ruttman’s ruminative film (a.k.a. “Symphony of a Metropolis”) provides a unique view of Berlin, capturing an erstwhile era and a specifically meaningful moment in time, just before the beginning of World War II.

Kino Eye

Dziga Vertov Soviet Union, 1924

A cinematographic poem in which Dziga Vertov lays the foundation of his Kino-Eye principles, the film shows the incredible force of his theories, but also the beauty and energy of a society fresh from revolution, ready to face the challenges of a difficult future.

General Report

Pere Portabella Spain, 1977

Shot in the months after the death of Franco, Informe general is a “documentary” shot with the techniques of a fiction film—exploring the limits of film representations. The speakers are concerned with one question: How do you go from a dictatorship to a democracy?

Beautiful Darling: The Life and Times of Candy Darling

James Rasin United States, 2010

Recapturing the excitement of a long lost New York City, Beautiful Darling tells the story of transgender pioneer Candy Darling, a star in the constellation that was Andy Warhol’s Factory.

The Order of Myths

Margaret Brown United States, 2008

Filmmaker Margaret Brown, herself a daughter of Mobile, Alabama, escorts us into the parallel hearts of the city’s two Mardi Gras carnivals to explore this hallowed tradition—and the forces that keep it organized along color lines.

Hoop Dreams

Steve James United States, 1994

Not just a landmark documentary, but a true American epic, Hoop Dreams caused a sensation on its release in 1994, and today ranks as one of the greatest works of non-fiction cinema ever made. One of the most acclaimed films to ever play Sundance.

The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty

Esfir Shub Soviet Union, 1927

This Soviet rarity, Esfir Shub’s ingenious compilation epic on the Russian Revolution, is an ecstatic grab bag: archival collage as national history, as political and social critique, as exposé, as celebration. Footage not to be found elsewhere, and arranged to make a point—with vigor!

Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno

Serge Bromberg, Ruxandra Medrea France, 2009

By a cinematic twist of fate, a famous film archivist got stuck in an elevator with the widow of the acclaimed French director Henri-Georges Clouzot. They began to talk about Clouzot’s final, unfinished film, and the result was Inferno: part documentary, part drama, a true work of cinephilia.

The Unforeseen

Laura Dunn United States, 2007

A documentary about the development around Barton Springs in Austin, Texas—and nature’s unexpected response.

Two Horses of Genghis Khan

Byambasuren Davaa Germany, 2009

Gracefully fusing documentary with fiction filmmaking, The Two Horses of Genghis Khan tracks a vocalist named Urna and her cathartic reconnection with the wealth of beauty contained in her homeland of Mongolia’s culture, society, and landscape in the shadow of the cultural revolution. Essential.

Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer

Thom Andersen United States, 1975

From Los Angeles Plays Itself director (and renowned teacher) Thom Andersen comes this biographical essay film on the pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Andersen literally re-animates Muybridge’s trailblazing experiments in motion studies while confronting his anguished personal life.

Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania

Jonas Mekas United States, 1972

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Jonas Mekas’ second diary film lovingly records a return to his native Lithuania after 27 years of absence. The émigré avant-garde pioneer negotiates the trauma of being a “displaced person” by weaving together bittersweet memories, and moments of beauty and loss: finding a home in cinema forever.

Land of Madness

Luc Moullet France, 2009

Though a fabulous Cahiers du cinéma critic and French New Wave director, Luc Moullet is tragically unrecognized in the U.S. Discover his deadpan humor, sly political angle, cleverly calculated amateurism, love of Southern France, and droll personal presence in his playful Cannes-selected doc.

Special Flight

Fernand Melgar Switzerland, 2011

An intimate and emotionally charged portrait of undocumented immigrants and asylum-seekers in affluent Switzerland. From documentarian Fernard Melgar ( The Fortress), winner of the Filmmakers of the Present Golden Leopard at the Locarno Festival.

Two Years at Sea

Ben Rivers United Kingdom, 2011

This gorgeous, transfixing documentary from U.K. artist Ben Rivers is the tranquil yet fascinating study of a life of unique solitude. Using 16mm black-and-white film, Rivers captures the slow, palpable rhythms of isolation from the modern world, and a life attuned to the smallest details of nature.

The Last Time I Saw Macao

João Rui Guerra da Mata, João Pedro Rodrigues Portugal, 2012

Two directors embark on a journey of discovery to Macao, a multicultural labyrinth-city. The Oriental childhood memories of one–fictionalized recollections of a vivid reality–enter into dialogue with the other’s memories taken from films, book or paintings–vivid memories of a fictionalized reality.

Cousin Jules

Dominique Benicheti France, 1972

An ode to rural France and the simple joys of life, this glorious masterpiece captures the daily routine and rituals of Jules, a blacksmith, living with his wife, Felice, on a small farm in the French countryside.

The Square

Jehane Noujaim Egypt, 2013

Winning the Audience Award at Sundance 2013 was just the start for this hot-button documentary, which went on to universal critical acclaim and an Oscar nomination. Its eyes clear and its finger firmly on the pulse, The Square is a passionate, invaluable look at our rapidly changing time.

F*ck for Forest

Michał Marczak Poland, 2012

Berlin’s Fuck for Forest is on the world’s most bizarre charities: based on the idea that sex can change the world, the NGO raises money for their environmental cause by selling home-made erotic films on the internet.

Fogo

Yulene Olaizola Mexico, 2012

The deterioration of a small community in Fogo Island, offshore of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, is forcing its inhabitants to leave and resettle. In spite of a condemned future, there are some residents who decide to remain, holding on to their memories and grieving for the past.

Tectonics

Peter Bo Rappmund United States, 2012

Landscape documentarian Peter Bo Rappmund followed the path of water in his first film and here traces the U.S.-Mexico border. In an era where rhetoric overwhelms the (meta-) physical aspects of the border, Rappmund surveys a national divide with acute precision.

The Reconstruction

Avi Mograbi Israel, 1994

Follows the police investigation and juridical process step by step. The heart of the film is the original videotaped reconstructions of the murder performed by the defendants in which they admit their guilt.

Twist

Ron Mann Canada, 1992

It was the dance that changed a generation. You moved your hips, you gyrated, you let your partner go and swivel like crazy. In a fast-paced mix of interviews and rare archival footage, this documentary brings back all the lewd fun of the twist.

Goff in the Desert

Heinz Emigholz Germany, 2003

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As part of “Architecture as Autobiography,” we go on an American road trip with director Heinz Emigholz to find unexpectedly shaped, beautifully lit buildings—many of which are individual houses—designed by Bruce Goff. A constantly surprising series of discoveries embedded in the landscape.

Psychohydrography

Peter Bo Rappmund United States, 2010

Described by Thom Andersen as an “electronic Rothko,” American landscape documentarian Peter Bo Rappmund has a unique process of “animating” thousands of digital images with neighbouring sounds, which captures the essence of America’s distinct geography.

Maillart's Bridges

Heinz Emigholz Germany, 2000

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From his “Architecture as Autobiography” series, Heinz Emigholz travels through Switzerland to discover the play of weight, structure, and composition that makes the concrete bridge constructions designed in the first half of the 20th century by Robert Maillart so unique.

Atlantiques

Mati Diop France, 2009

Niece of the Senegalese auteur Djibril Diop Mambéty (Touki Bouki), luminous actress Mati Diop (35 Shots of Rum) has blossomed into a beautiful director. This, her atmospheric, dreamlike debut short film, is rich with suppressed histories and emotions.

Crossing the Line

Pietro Marcello Italy, 2007

A breakthrough for Italian auteur Pietro Marcello (Martin Eden), this timeless travelogue hauntingly uncovers the dreams and hurdles of the working class while being occasionally disrupted by the turbulence of the outside world. Winner of the Pasinetti Doc Award at the Venice Film Festival.

The Fortress

Fernand Melgar Switzerland, 2008

Chronicling undocumented immigrants and asylum-seekers who must justify their presence in affluent Switzerland, this is a stirring and compassionate documentary rendered in stunning cinematography. Winner of the Filmmakers of the Present Golden Leopard at Locarno Festival.

Sullivan's Banks

Heinz Emigholz Germany, 2000

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From preeminent documentarian Heinz Emigholz’s marvelously contemplative “Architecture as Autobiography” series, exploring some of the 20th century’s most important architects by using the camera to reveal the buildings that define their art.

D'Annunzio's Cave

Heinz Emigholz Germany, 2005

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The first half of our Heinz Emigholz series concludes with the most unusual and—yes!—horrifying of his revelatory architectural films. It explores with morbid fascination the baroque house of the titular Italian poet, one so grotesque with ornamentation you might find it in Orson Welles’ nightmares.

Red Hollywood

Noël Burch, Thom Andersen United States, 1996

Thom Andersen (Los Angeles Plays Itself) alongside Noël Burch turn their exacting gaze onto the turbulent period of McCarthyism and its crusade against some of Hollywood’s finest artisans. An essential reckoning with American motion picture history and cinema’s capacity as a political art.

Klitschko

Sebastian Dehnhardt Germany, 2011

Through an engaging mix of candid interviews and absorbing fight footage, Klitschko offers a captivating glimpse into the makings of two world renowned Ukrainian boxing brothers.

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