"Fascinating. Most art world insiders would rate Beuys as the most significant artist of the post-war period.” —Screen Daily
Thirty years after his death, the visionary Joseph Beuys is widely considered one of the most influential artists of his generation. Through the Fluxus movement, with work across diverse media — from happening and performance to sculpture, installation, and graphic art — Beuys’ expanded the concept of the role of the artist, and launched ongoing discussions about the media, community and capitalism. Director Andreas Veieing uses previously untapped visual and audio sources to create intimate and in-depth look at a human being, his art and ideas, and their resonating impact. (Germany, 2017, 101m, Kino Lorber)
“The underexposed, amazing story of a Hollywood glamour queen who could have been a scientist … thoroughly engaging, eye-opening.” –The Hollywood Reporter
She was the most ravishingly beautiful actress of the 1930s and 40s. And she was an inventor, who innovated new wireless technologies and helped Howard Hughes redesign his planes. There has never been a human like Hedy Lamarr, glamour icon (an inspiration for both Snow White and Cat Woman) and scientific visionary (her radio system, patented in the 1940s, could have thrown Nazi torpedoes off course). Alexandra Dean and producer Susan Sarandon weave interviews and clips, incredible period footage never-before-heard audio tapes to tell a stranger-than-fiction tale, from Austrian Jewish emigre, to subject of an internationally scandalous 1933 nude scene, to icon of Hollywood—all the while while dreaming up new inventions—and through to a sad, reclusive end. And we wonder: what could have the formidable role model accomplished had her brain been taken as seriously as her looks? (U.S., 2017, 90m)
Rfor sexual content, nudity and some language
Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. During the restless summer weeks, unrelenting but buried currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them and verge toward the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.
PGfor brief nude images and thematic elements.
“***** … a self-referential marvel … a near perfect study … It can be funny, it can be melancholy. All that Varda and JR seem to care about is that it is honest.” –The Guardian
The 89-year-old Agnes Varda, a key member of the French New Wave, is our greatest portraitist of people who live on the fringes of society. JR is a wildly popular 30something French street artist specializing in large-scale photographs. Together, they head into the French heartland, making pictures and asking questions of a goat-herder, a waitress, a postman, workers at a factor, creating a delightfully improvisational and whimsical tale of the working class, the power of art and of a growing friendship between two artists separated by five decades, one of whom is contemplating the end of her years. Winner, Best Documentary, Cannes Film Festival. (France, 2017, 89m)
PG-13for mature thematic elements, some violence, sexual material and smoking
“This near-lunatic labor of love … pulls audiences into the delirious, hyper-sensual world suggested by van Gogh’s oeuvre … Brings a poetic sense of tragedy to the last act of van Gogh’s life, and fresh insight into the kind of man he was.” –Variety
One year after Vincent Van Gogh’s death, one of his only friends, an Arles postmaster (played by Chris O’Dowd) and his son (Douglas Booth) go to great lengths to make sure the painter’s last letter is delivered. Dorota Kobiela and the Oscar-winning Hugh Welchman spent nine years leading a team of 125 artists to create the 65,000 oil paintings that bring Van Gogh’s people and places to life … and explore the controversy that still floats around the great painter’s death. (U.K.-Poland, 2017, 94m)
Rfor language and some violent images.
In today's Beirut, an insult blown out of proportions finds Toni, a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser, a Palestinian refugee, in court. From secret wounds to traumatic revelations, the media circus surrounding the case puts Lebanon through a social explosion, forcing Toni and Yasser to reconsider their lives and prejudices.
“Transfixing in its formal rigor, impressive craft and striking visual beauty.” –The Hollywood Reporter
Upon returning from a trading expedition, Antonio discovers that his wife has died in labor. Confined to a decadent but desolate property, he marries his wife’s young niece, Beatriz. Separated from her family and left alone on the rugged farmhouse in the Brazilian mountains, Beatriz finds solace in the community of slaves. The haunting and stunning solo directorial debut from Brazilian filmmaker Daniela Thomas—a frequent collaborator with Walter Salles— exploresthe fraught intersection of feminism, colonialism, and race. (Brazil, 2017, 116m, Music Box Films)