Availing itself of various techniques, including hand-drawing, stop-motion and CGI, this animated shorts program goes to show that sometimes a word is worth a thousand pictures. (TRT 88 min)
A nouveau riche Irish businessman is stalked by a doppelganger in a taut tale by filmmaker John Boorman that swerves from Dublin’s downtown executive offices to its gated suburbs to the city’s impoverished backstreets.
Released from prison after serving an eight-year sentence for the murder of a young child, Thomas returns to Oslo to arrange the scattered pieces of his life and pursue a quiet redemption.
Returning to the dry, unforgiving Hunger Steppe of southern Kazakhstan after a stint in the Russian Navy, a young sheep herder dreams of establishing a family and a successful nomadic existence. When his large ears interfere with the courtship of a neighboring girl, he scrambles to keep his dream alive.
KANBAR AWARD Tyson is not an apology or an apologia, but a piercing insight into how our society creates its villains and then despises them for behaving badly. Whatever you think of Mike Tyson now, we guarantee your mind will be changed.
CLOSING NIGHT The youthful, sensuous and beautifully assured second feature from Argentine filmmaker Alexis Dos Santos (Glue) is a lyrical tale of two solitary expats, wayward young souls crossing paths in the cosmopolitan art-rock milieu of a sprawling East London squat.
Tenzin Zopa is a 28-year-old Buddhist disciple who journeys through the Tsum Valley of Nepal in order to locate the reincarnation of his recently deceased Tibetan master in this intimate, emotionally enthralling and visually splendid documentary.
A self-obsessed “new music composer” falls for an aggressively fashionable downtown gallery owner in this deadpan satire on contemporary art, commerce, creativity and love among spectacular narcissists. From the director of Bartleby.
Guillaume Depardieu, in one of his last performances, brings heart-piercing intensity to the role of a brooding social outcast living in a hut in the woods near Versailles whose life is upended when a young homeless woman decides to leave her five-year-old son in his care.
The dulcet sounds of a ring tone, the poignant last recording of Harvey Milk and the musings of an elderly artist who gleefully admits, “I live for beautiful women”: These films depict real people and fictional characters whose voices impact with humor, insight, experience and tragedy. (TRT 105 min)