Arts & Indies
The final film in the series is Mel Gibson’s epic drama Braveheart (1995). The film is fictionally based on the historical figure William Wallace, the late 13th century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in a war against King Edward I of England. Nominated for 10 Oscars and winner of 5, including Best Picture and the Best Director award for Gibson, the film was without a doubt a cinematic success. Filled with sweeping landscapes, epic battle scenes, and men in kilts (if not a lot of historical accuracy), we’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of this rousing film by bringing it back where it belongs – on the big screen April 27!Watch Preview
The film treats The Hermitage as a living being. It tells the story of the daily life of the museum today continuously leaving the ‘here and now' to retrace two and a half centuries.
A wonderful complex of buildings with the largest collection of paintings in the world. St. Petersburg and the Hermitage were a meeting point for foreign artists, architects and intellectuals creating connections through art and culture.
The history of the museum is marked by the acquisitions of the enlightened Empress Catherine II, whose personality has continued to fascinate art historians and critics over the centuries.
Toni Servillo leads us on this journey through cultural bridges between places and distant civilizations. Bridges form a symbolic visual element, that will be repeated in the narrative.
Levan Akin's beautiful and gripping love-story AND THEN WE DANCED launched in Directors Fortnight at Cannes. Set against the backdrop of Georgia's traditional dance scene, the film follows an obsessive young dancer Merab (Levan Gelbakhiani), who has been training at the National Georgian Ensemble with his partner, Mary (Ana Javakishvili), since he was a child. Merab's world is turned upside down, when the carefree and charismatic Irakli (Bachi Valishvili) arrives, rivalry soon turns to longing as the two draw closer together.Watch Preview
Tracing the story of Ella Fitzgerald's life, this documentary film explores how her music became a soundtrack for a tumultuous century. From a 1934 talent contest at the Apollo theatre in Harlem, the film follows Ella's extraordinary journey across 5 decades as she reflects the passions and troubles of the times in her music and her lifeWatch Preview
Antiquarian booksellers are part scholar, part detective and part businessperson, and their personalities and knowledge are as broad as the material they handle. They also play an underappreciated yet essential role in preserving history. THE BOOKSELLERS takes viewers inside their small but fascinating world, populated by an assortment of obsessives, intellects, eccentrics and dreamers.Watch Preview
A secretive, high-tech gerrymandering initiative launched 10 years ago threatens to undermine our democracy. Slay the Dragon follows everyday people as they fight to make their votes matter.Watch Preview
Told in Werner Herzog's inimitable style and bursting at the seams with unforgettable characters and encounters, NOMAD takes the viewer on a journey through the creative and personal vision Herzog shared with iconic travel writer Bruce Chatwin, the prolific author of In Patagonia and a champion of the nomadic lifestyle.Watch Preview
A month after receiving a fatal diagnosis in January 2015, Oliver Sacks sat down for a series of filmed interviews in his apartment in New York City. For eighty hours, surrounded by family, friends, and notebooks from six decades of thinking and writing about the brain, he talked about his life and work, his abiding sense of wonder at the natural world, and the place of human beings within it. Drawing on these deeply personal reflections, as well as nearly two dozen interviews with close friends, family members, colleagues and patients, and archival material from every point in his life, this film is the story of a beloved doctor and writer who redefined our understanding of the brain and mind.Watch Preview
Fathom Events and the Metropolitan Opera present a broadcast of Donizetti's Maria Stuarda, live in select cinemas nationwide on Saturday, May 9. A pseudo-historical opera about Mary, Queen of Scots, and her bitter rivalry with Queen Elizabeth I, Donizetti's drama thrills with intense stand-offs and impressive vocal displays. Soprano Diana Damrau and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton square off as two of history's most formidable monarchs, with Maurizio Benini conducting.
This opulent triptych was inspired by Balanchine’s visit to the famous jeweller Van Cleef& Arpels on New York’s Fifth Avenue, celebrating the cities and dance schools of Paris, New York and St. Petersburg, each bound to its own precious stone: emerald, ruby and diamond.
Balanchine built an homage of captivating beauty to the three dance schools that had forged his style, each represented by a contrasting gemstone. Jewels offers a unique occasion to enjoy the genius of choreographer’s visually captivating work performed by some of the world’s most dazzling dancers in a live broadcast to cinemas.