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Bernadette Lafont: And God Created the Free Woman — Available Thursday, July 25, 2024
Directed by Esther Hoffenberg • Documentary • With Bernadette Lafont, Bulle Ogier • 2016 • 66 minutes • Icarus Films

Sex symbol, feminist icon, devoted mother: French actress Bernadette Lafont was a multi-faceted performer, who refused to be boxed into one role. In BERNADETTE LAFONT: AND GOD CREATED THE FREE WOMAN, director Esther Hoffenberg tells Lafont’s story through carefully selected film clips spanning her career — from iconic roles in the New Wave films of Truffaut and Chabrol, to her award-winning turn in Paulette, …

The Assassin Of The Tsar - English Version — Available Friday, July 26, 2024
Directed by Karen Shakhnazarov • Drama • With Malcolm McDowell • 1991 • 105 minutes • MVD Entertainment Group

THE ASSASSIN OF THE TSAR is a mysterious psychological drama / thriller in which the tormented chambers of a patient's mind come to warp everything around him, even the folds of history itself. Malcolm McDowell (A CLOCKWORK ORANGE) stars as Timofeyev, a severe schizophrenic in a Soviet mental hospital who is convinced that, impossibly, he's the killer of two Tsars decades earlier.

The Assassin Of The Tsar - Russian Version — Available Friday, July 26, 2024
Directed by Karen Shakhnazarov • Drama • With Malcolm McDowell • 1991 • 103 minutes • MVD Entertainment Group

THE ASSASSIN OF THE TSAR is a mysterious psychological drama / thriller in which the tormented chambers of a patient's mind come to warp everything around him, even the folds of history itself. Malcolm McDowell (A CLOCKWORK ORANGE) stars as Timofeyev, a severe schizophrenic in a Soviet mental hospital who is convinced that, impossibly, he's the killer of two Tsars decades earlier.

The Padilla Affair — Available Friday, July 26, 2024
Directed by Pavel Giroud • Documentary • With Heberto Padilla, Gabriel García Márquez • 2022 • 78 minutes • FiGa Films

Spring 1971, Havana: The poet Heberto Padilla is released from jail and appears at a meeting of the Cuban writers' guild where he spouts, in his own words, a "heartfelt self-criticism." He proceeds to self-incriminate, declaring his status as a counterrevolutionary agent and accusing many of his attending colleagues, including his wife, of the same crime. A month before, his arrest under the accusation …

The Great Toilet Battle — Available Wednesday, July 31, 2024
Directed by Arnaud Robert • Documentary • 2022 • 66 minutes • Andana Films

Nowadays flushing “human waste” away translates into millions of tons of water waste which has a negative impact on the environment, including water pollution. On another hand, in many parts of the world, people do not have access to safe and hygienic toilets, which can spread diseases. These diseases are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. It has become obvious that we need to make significant …

My Best Part — Available Friday, August 2, 2024
Directed by Nicolas Maury • Drama • With Nicolas Maury, Nathalie Baye • 2020 • 112 minutes • Altered Innocence LLC

Nicolas Maury (Netflix's "Call My Agent!", Knife+Heart) stars in this Cannes Official Competition coming-of-age dramedy as Jérémie, a hypersensitive struggling actor with an uncontrollable green-eyed monster on his back. Grappling with personal loss, a love life in shambles, and a faltering career, Jérémie turns to his clear-headed mother for support (ten-time César Award nominee Nathalie Baye) in …

And Still I Sing — Available Tuesday, August 6, 2024
Directed by Fazila Amiri • Documentary • 2023 • 90 minutes • First Hand Films

Amidst the United States and Taliban peace negotiations, Afghanistan’s controversial pop star and activist Aryana Sayeed mentors hopeful contestants on the hit singing TV series Afghan Star, including the only two female singers, Zahra Elham and Sadiqa Madadgar. As their hopes and dreams of becoming national singers begin to manifest into reality, the Taliban returns to pow- er, reversing twenty years …

The Reformist - A Female Imam — Available Tuesday, August 6, 2024
Directed by Marie Skovgaard • Documentary • 2019 • 88 minutes • First Hand Films

After her own divorce, Sherin openly begins granting islamic divorces to women unhappily married and performs inter-faith marriages of Muslim women and non-Muslim men. Having sacrificed her own marriage for the cause, Sherin wants to grant Muslim women the freedom to divorce and marry. But how do you break centuries of tradition from within a religion?   On this matter the new Mosque is divided. Should …

Ilya Muromets — Available Thursday, August 8, 2024
Directed by Aleksandr Ptushko • Drama • With Boris Andreyev, Shukur Burkhanov, Ninel Myshkova • 1956 • 92 minutes • MVD Entertainment Group

Legendary fantasy filmmaker Aleksandr Ptushko's sweeping, visual F/X-filled epic is one of his most enchanting achievements: a stunning Cinemascope ballad of heroic medieval knights, ruthless Tugar invaders, wind demons and three-headed fire-breathing dragons.

The Terror — Available Friday, August 9, 2024
Directed by Roger Corman, Francis Ford Coppola, Jack Hale • Drama • With Jack Nicholson, Boris Karloff • 1963 • 79 minutes • MVD Entertainment Group

A young French soldier (Jack Nicholson) cut off from his unit is beguiled by a mysterious woman, whom he learns is the wife of the local Baron - and that she seemingly died twenty years earlier.

RECENTLY ADDED: Titles added in the last two weeks

— Added Tuesday, July 23, 2024
Directed by Pascal Goblot • Documentary • 2023 • 70 minutes • Andana Films

For decades, it was believed that the beginnings of art had emerged in Europe, 20,000 years ago at Lascaux, then 36,000 years at Chauvet...Recent researches are shaking up our understanding of art. The art of prehistory is much richer than we thought. Sculpture, music, painting… the creativity of Sapiens testifies to a very high level of aesthetic mastery... The oldest paintings have been dated to … More

— Added Friday, July 19, 2024
Directed by Emre Kayis • Drama • With Uğur Polat, Ipek Türktan, Tansu Biçer • 2021 • 109 minutes • Dekanalog

Fikret (Uğur Polat) is a melancholic divorcé who leads a lonely life. Dedicated to his work of 22 years, he is the director of Turkey’s oldest zoo. Like much of the country, the institution is undergoing a process of privatization, but one obstacle stands in the way: its oldest inhabitant, the Anatolian leopard, an endangered species indigenous to the region and protected by law. Though boiling on … More

— Added Thursday, July 18, 2024
Directed by Roberta Marques • Drama • With Graziela Felix, Rob Das • 2011 • 85 minutes • MVD Entertainment Group

Rânia is 16 years old and lives in the slums of Fortaleza, Brazil. Her dream is to become a professional dancer so she takes classes in her neighborhood. In order to dance on stage and get paid, she agrees to perform at a strip club. When she meets choreographer Estela, she finds a unique opportunity to fulfill her dream and become a professional dancer. But this life step won't be an easy one.

— Added Thursday, July 18, 2024
Directed by Roberto de Oliveira, Jom Tob Azulay • Documentary • With Tom Jobim, Elis Regina • 2023 • 101 minutes • MVD Entertainment Group

Los Angeles, 1974. Tom Jobim, the incarnation of Bossa Nova, and Elis Regina, then Brazil's most popular singer, met to record what would become one of the most iconic albums in the history of Brazilian music. Through rare and unseen images, "Elis and Tom" reveals the conflict and joy of this moment, the creative process and the extraordinary personalities of these amazing artists.

— Added Wednesday, July 17, 2024
Directed by Eugenio Polgovsky and Mara Polgovsky • Documentary • 2022 • 64 minutes • Tecolote Movies S de RL de CV

Filmed from the unusual vantage-point of a second-floor apartment window, MALINTZIN 17 portrays two parallel expressions of parental care.  For seven days and nights filmmaker Eugenio Polgovsky and his five-year-old daughter, Milena, contemplate a nurturing dove nesting her chick on a hazardous entanglement of electric cables situated outside their balcony. The dove endures the cold and torrential … More

— Added Tuesday, July 16, 2024
Directed by Jørgen Leth, Andreas Koefoed • Documentary • With Jakob Bro, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell • 2022 • 92 minutes • First Run Features

An informed and intimate portrayal of the jazz scene that offers revelatory glimpses for fans of the genre, Music For Black Pigeons strikes a universal chord in its pursuit of wider questions centered around creativity. How does it feel to play? What does it mean to listen? Is it even possible to put the emotions of music into words? Paying tribute to the time-honored jazz tradition of simply "letting … More

— Added Friday, July 12, 2024
Directed by Paul Negoescu • Drama • With Iulian Postelnicu, Vasile Muraru, Daniel Busuioc • 2022 • 105 minutes • Dekanalog

Fresh from the U.S. success of his indie hit Two Lottery Tickets, director Paul Negoescu goes into Twin Peaks-like territory and flexes his Coen Brothers’ muscles in his latest outing Men Of Deeds. A middle-aged police chief (Iulian Postelnicu, in one of the best performances in recent Romanian cinema) goes on with his job and modest life in a small town, dreaming of having an orchard, managing regular … More

— Added Friday, July 12, 2024
Directed by Mosco Levi Boucault • Documentary • 2022 • 52 minutes • Andana Films

They claimed to be “men of honour”. In reality, they were killers for the Cosa Nostra (Sicily). Arrested in the early 1990s, they chose to work with the Italian justice and obtained the status of “pentiti” (state witnesses). Three of them tell their story: how they joined the mafia, what they experienced, why they decided to betray the organisation and get out. In doing so, they bear witness to the … More

— Added Thursday, July 11, 2024
Directed by Chloé Mazlo • Drama • With Alba Rohrwacher, Wajdi Mouawad, Isabelle Zighondi • 2020 • 92 minutes • Dekanalog

A poetic blending of the personal and political, Skies of Lebanon combines live action with animation to create a vivid picture of Lebanon, inspired by the family history of filmmaker Chloé Mazlo. Using stories told to her by her grandmother of life during the Lebanese Civil War, Mazlo crafts a touching and heart-breaking story of love during wartime. Alba Rohrwacher (Happy as Lazzaro) plays Alice, … More