In Russian with English subtitles. In LOVELESS, Zhenya and Boris are going through a vicious divorce marked by resentment, frustration and recriminations. Already embarking on new lives, each with a new partner, they are impatient to start again, to turn the page - even if it means threatening to abandon their 12-year-old son Alyosha. Until, after witnessing one of their fights, Alyosha disappears. “A couple goes looking for their missing son and exposes the corrupt soul of Putin-era Russia in an Oscar-nominated stunner that means to shake you and does.” –Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.
The film stars Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren as Ella and two-time Golden Globe-winner Donald Sutherland as John, a runaway couple going on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker, travelling from Boston to The Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West. They recapture their passion for life and their love for each other on a road trip that provides revelation and surprise right up to the very end. The Leisure Seeker is a pleasure giver. It brims with humor, affection, observation, and more than a little satire.
Actor turned writer-director Stanley Tucci tells the story of the touching and offbeat friendship between American writer and art-lover James Lord (Armie Hammer) and legendary artist Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush), revealing unique insight into the beauty, frustration, profundity and sometimes the chaos of the artistic process. Set in 1964, while on a short trip to Paris, Lord is asked by his friend, Giacometti, to sit for a portrait. The process, promises Giacometti, will take only a few days and so Lord agrees -ultimately wondering, "how much longer can it go on like this?” “A mesmerizing meditation on the mystery of genius.” –Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.
Winner 2017 Nevada City Film Festival - Heart of Gold Award – Excellence in Storytelling.Today is Father’s Day. Bring your father and he gets in free. Last year’s December audiences burst into applause at the end of Lives Well Lived, which celebrates the incredible wit, wisdom and experiences of seniors who are living life to the fullest. Through their intimate memories and inspiring personal histories, forty people share their secrets and insights to living a meaningful life. Here’s director Sky Bergman on her truly uplifting film, “My inspiration for the Lives Well Lived project was my 103 year old Italian grandmother who enjoyed exercise, making the best lasagna you’ve ever tasted, and being with family. I asked her if she could give me a few words of wisdom, and that was the beginning of this adventure. Through the film, I hope to inspire people of every age to think about what they can do in their own lives to achieve the longevity of both health and spirit that these people have achieved, and to realize that growing older can be a journey to be celebrated.”
When 'Lady' Sandra Abbott (Academy Award nominee Imelda Staunton) discovers that her husband of forty years (John Sessions) is having an affair with her best friend (Josie Lawrence) she seeks refuge in London with her estranged, older sister Bif (Celia Imrie). The two could not be more different - Sandra is a fish out of water next to her outspoken, serial dating, free-spirited sibling. But different is just what Sandra needs at the moment, and she reluctantly lets Bif drag her along to a community dance class, where gradually she starts finding her feet and romance as she meets her sister's friends, Charlie (Timothy Spall), Jackie (Joanna Lumley) and Ted (David Hayman).“A feel-good romance with sweet performances from its marvelous cast.” –Critics Consensus.
Elephant rescues in Thailand are rare, unpredictable and often life threatening. After waiting 2.5 years, actor/director Ashley Bell and a team of elephant rescuers led by world renowned Asian elephant conservationist and TIME Magazine's Hero of Asia, LekChailert, embark on a daring mission 480 miles across Thailand to rescue Noi Na, a 70-year old partially blind trekking elephant and bring her to freedom. The plight of the Asian Elephant has been completely overlooked even though they are the elephant we are most familiar with in zoos, circuses and elephant rides. LOVE & BANANAS aims to ignite a new way of thinking about this species and shows what can be done to prevent the extinction of Asian elephants. “Anyone who loves elephants is bound to adore Ashley Bell's deeply affecting documentary about efforts to save the Asian elephant.” –Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter.
In French with English subtitles. An affecting human drama of love, loss, and resilience unfolds against the backdrop of World War I. The women of the Paridier farm, under the deft hand of Hortense, the family's matriarch (Nathalie Baye) must grapple with the workload while the men, including two sons, are off at the front. Hortense reluctantly brings on an outsider, the hard-scrabble teenage orphan, Francine (Iris Bry), to help her daughter Solange (Laura Smet). New tools allow the women to triumph over the land, newfound independence is acquired, yet emotions are stirred, especially when the men return from the front on short leaves. Acclaimed filmmaker Xavier Beauvois (Of Gods and Men) revels in the mysteries and beauties of the French countryside, here unravaged by war, with painterly images bathed in natural light, yet keeps his focus on the intricate drama that plays out against the upheaval of the Great War. “Highest Rating!A masterpiece about rural French women during World War I. The performances are extraordinary.” Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle.
For the past 88 years, The Carlyle Hotel has been the definition of class and a calling card for Manhattan's elegant Upper East Side. But while it has housed some of the world's most famous clientele, the stories within the walls of the hotel rarely leave the premises. Until now.In the works for more than three years, Always at The Carlyle offers an exclusive and provocative peek into the pop culture history of the renowned hotel, all from the mouths of The Carlyle's own guests and employees. George Clooney, Anjelica Huston, Tommy Lee Jones, Vera Wang, Anthony Bourdain, Roger Federer, Wes Anderson, Sofia Coppola, Jon Hamm, Lenny Kravitz, Naomi Campbell and Elaine Stritch join the more than 100 personalities sharing their favorite stories and unique insights in this exposé of New York City's legendary hotel. “This storied 88-year-old hotel, filled with impossibly glamorous ghosts, radiates an elegance that seems like an anomaly in this shallow age of Trump-style glitz.” –Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.
Europe's most popular pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago attracts wayfarers of all stripes to walk its ancient paths in search of meaning. One such pilgrim is Dane Johansen, an American cellist who ventured to walk the Camino with his instrument on his back, performing music for his fellow pilgrims along the way. Accompanied by the vast landscapes of Northern Spain, the haunting music of J.S. Bach for solo cello (performed by Johansen), and the very personal struggles and joys of the many pilgrims encountered along the way, 'Strangers on the Earth' examines the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of the concept of 'journey' and the vital role it can play as part of the human experience. “A cellist's 600-mile trek with his instrument along an ancient Spanish pilgrimage trail becomes a soulful riff on the all-too-fleeting rhapsodies of travel.” –Chris Barsanti, Film Journal International.