John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix) has a lust for life, a talent for off-color jokes, and a drinking problem. When an all-night bender ends in a catastrophic car accident, the last thing he intends to do is give up drinking. But when he reluctantly enters treatment -with encouragement from his girlfriend (Rooney Mara) and a charismatic sponsor (Jonah Hill) -Callahan discovers a gift for drawing edgy, irreverent newspaper cartoons that develop an international following and grant him a new lease on life. Based on a true story, this poignant, insightful and often funny drama about the healing power of art is adapted from Callahan's autobiography and directed by two-time Oscar nominee Gus Van Sant. “A life-affirming sweet-and-sour concoction.” –Peter Debruge, Variety.
Not Rated. The Man Who Saved the World (Featuring: Walter Cronkite, Robert De Niro, Matt Damon and Kevin Costner) tells the gripping true story of Stanislav Petrov - a young man who single-handedly averted a full-scale Nuclear World War, but now struggles to get his life back on track. The film – half documentary, half reconstruction – tells the extraordinary story of how Petrov, a commanding officer at a Russian army nuclear weapons station in September, 1983 was faced with a report that American missiles had been launched and were incoming. It was his decision whether or not to launch a retaliatory strike. The filmmakers follow the real Petrov, now a crotchety alcoholic haunted by the past, as he visits the US to receive an award by the United Nations. “This account of a Cold War near miss deserves a wide audience" - New York Times
Grammy-nominated filmmaker John Anderson's Horn From the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story is a feature-length documentary about the life and career of legendary blues musician Paul Butterfield. Through his music and words, along with first-hand accounts of his family, his band mates and those closest to him, Horn From the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story tells the complex story of a man many call the greatest blues harmonica player of all time.
Kusama - Infinity explores artist Yayoi Kusama's journey from a conservative upbringing in Japan to her brush with fame in America during the 1960s (where she rivaled Andy Warhol for press attention) and concludes with the international fame she has finally achieved within the art world. Now in her 80s, Kusama has spent the last 30 years living in a mental institution in Japan.
Andreas Lust ( Revanche ) plays Carsten Neuer, a grieving husband whose wife had been translating Vesaas' poems into Chinese before her death. Neuer travels to Telemark, Vesaas' home turf, partly in the hopes of finding a fitting resting place, and partly in an attempt to come to terms with his grief. Immense care has been taken to set up a field of resonances between this storyline, Vesaas' writing, and the Norwegian landscapes invoked by the poems and shot on location in splendid 35mm. Counterpoints between Vesaas' words and Neuer's situation invoke the core problems involved in all sorts of translations. (The title, Gavagai , was the philosopher Willard van Orman Quine's famous term for a word in an imaginary language that, perhaps like life itself, can be interpreted in multiple ways.)
LOVE, GILDA opens a unique window into the honest and whimsical world of beloved performer Gilda Radner, whose greatest role was sharing her story. Working with the Radner estate, D'Apolito unearthed a collection of diaries and personal audio and videotapes documenting her childhood, her comedy career, her relationships and ultimately, her struggles with cancer. These never-before-seen-or-heard footage and journal entries form the narrative spine of the documentary, allowing Gilda to tell her own story - through laughter and sometimes tears.