This is the story of Mia Slavenska, one of the most celebrated ballerinas of her time. It is also a story about historical memory, national identity, and the power of art. In her era, the 1930s through the 1950s, everyone in America who loved dance knew her name. Yet, in spite of a career that lasted decades, when Slavenska died in 2002 she believed that she had been completely forgotten. As her daughter, Maria, retraces Slavenska's life journey, she unearths the fascinating story of a maverick ballerina and a lost time of dance. Maria also discovers something more: Mia Slavenska hasn't been forgotten after all.
This whimsical fantasy comedy takes on the arms dealers of the world. While standing in the doorway of the video shop where he works, Bazil has been inadvertently shot in the head. Now homeless and jobless, he is taken in by a troupe of misfits who live in a giant mound of trash. There, Bazil begins his quest for revenge against the people who produced the gun that shot him.
Two beautiful sisters become mechanised killing machines in this offbeat Japanese horror-comedy. Shy Yoshie plays second-fiddle to her big sister Kikue, a popular hostess at the local geisha house. Both women fall under the sway of Hikaru Kageno, heir to a valuable steel company, who has developed an insane but ingenious secret plan to turn geishas into high-tech robotic assassins in a bid to destroy Japan.
Adult siblings Baxter and Annie, scarred from an unconventional upbringing, return to their family home. When their parent's - performance artists famous for elaborate public hoaxes - go missing under troubling circumstances, Baxter and Annie investigate. Unsure whether it's foul play or just another elaborate ruse, nothing can prepare them for what they discover.
After a devastating riding accident, a young girl and her beloved horse are both left with serious physical and emotional scars. Determined to help, the girl's desperate mother puts her busy, big-city life on hold and travels west to seek out the 'Horse Whisperer'. When she meets this rugged, down-to-earth rancher, she discovers his extraordinary gift with animals also touches the lives of the people around him.
Vada, a hypochondriac tomboy whose best friend is the shy Thomas J., lives in an eccentric household headed by her widower/mortician father, Harry. When Shelly comes to work at the funeral parlour as the new cosmetologist, a change comes over Harry. Emotionally detached, even from his family, since the death of his wife, Harry suddenly becomes happier than Vada has ever seen him, causing a confusing sensation of jealousy in Vada, who craves more love and attention from her dad. With the help of Shelly and Thomas, Vada learns to deal with the changes overtaking her family as well as within herself.
In this enchanting sequel to My Girl, Vada, now 13 is given an assignment about the life and achievements of someone she's never met, in which she chooses to study her late mum. This leads her to Los Angeles to stay with her Uncle, his likeable girlfriend and street-smart son.
From the bitter quest of a jealous queen who forfeits the life of her husband, to two mysterious sisters who provoke the passion of a king, to a king obsessed with a giant flea leading to heartbreak for his young daughter, these stories weave the beautiful with the grotesque, creating a stunning and unique work of gothic imagination.
A newborn infant is found dead in a wastebasket in the room of Sister Agnes, a young cloistered nun in a convent outside Montreal. She claims to have no memory of the conception or the birth of the child. Dr Martha Livingston is a psychiatrist who is appointed by the court to determine whether Sister Agnes is fit to stand trial for the murder of the baby. At the convent, this lapsed Catholic, who is very confident of her clinical skills, meets Mother Miriam Ruth, a worldly wise religious woman who wants to protect the fragile Sister Agnes from any further psychological pain. She believes that the young nun is 'touched by God'. After winning the trust of Sister Agnes, Dr Livingston learns about her sheltered life and her obsession with God and suffering. All attempts to find out who is the father of the baby are fruitless. Throughout the investigation, Dr Livingston and the Mother Superior are adversaries; only when they share cigarettes and speculate on what the saints would have smoked do they tear down the wall of distrust that divides them and recognise their mutual concern for Agnes.
Theodorakis' attitude to life is bright and breezy. Jobs and women come and go as he meanders through life in a vague search for meaning. His outlook changes, however, when his uncle forces him to become a chef, and he discovers his penchant for all things culinary. He soon becomes obsessed with creating the perfect omelette, only to lose sight of the important things in life.
Balthazar Blake is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath. Balthazar can't do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler, as his reluctant protege. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners pit their powers against those of the fiercest - and most ruthless - villains of all time. It'll take all the courage Dave can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl.
During the first Lebanon War in 1982, a lone Israeli tank and a paratrooper platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town - a simple mission that turns into a nightmare. The four rookie members of the tank crew find themselves in a violent situation that they cannot contain. Motivated by fear and the basic instinct of survival, they desperately try not to lose themselves in the chaos of war. Winner of the Golden Lion at the 2009 Venice Film Festival.
Alcatraz is the most secure prison of its time. It is believed that no one can ever escape from it, until three daring men make a possible successful attempt at escaping from the most infamous prisons in the world.
Royal Tenenbaum and his wife Etheline had three children, Chas, Margot and Richie, and then they separated. Chas started buying real estate in his early teens and seemed to have an almost preternatural understanding of international finance. Margot was a playwright and received a Braverman Grant of $50,000 in the ninth grade. Richie was a junior champion tennis player and won the US Nationals three years in a row. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of betrayal, failure and disaster.
This touching drama of eternal love, directed by Jonathan Glazer, stars Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman, Lauren Bacall, Danny Huston and Cameron Bright. Kidman plays a Manhattan widow, Anna who comes across a persuasive 10-year-old boy (Cameron Bright) convincing her he is the reincarnation of her late husband, who died 10 years earlier. Anna's initial scepticism is brushed off as the child has such uncanny and intimate knowledge of the former couple's life. She cannot erase him from her mind and finds she needs to be with him regularly, which leads Joseph (Danny Huston), the man she plans to marry, to intense jealousy and puts a strain on their marriage plans.
Rob Gordon is the owner of a semi-failing record store located on one of the back streets of Chicago. He sells music the old-fashioned way, on vinyl, with his two wacky clerks - the hysterically funny rock snob Barry and the more quietly opinionated underachiever Dick. But Rob's business isn't the only thing in his life that's floundering - his needle skips the love groove when his long-time girlfriend Laura walks out on him. And this forces him to examine his past failed attempts at romance the only way he knows how.
A visual, poetic depiction of Belfast and its citizens, told with love and passion of someone, who has left the city many years ago but is still fascinated by it. Themes brought up in the film range from the landscapes surrounding the city, its changing architecture and social structure to the political and personal repercussions of the Northern Irish conflict.
Cinema Verite tells the behind-the-scenes story of the ground breaking documentary An American Family, which chronicled the lives of a Santa Barbara family, the Louds, in the early 1970s, catapulting them to notoriety while creating a new television genre: reality TV. The story dramatises the genesis of the original PBS series when Pat and Bill Loud (Diane Lane and Tim Robbins) are approached to participate in the project by film maker Craig Gilbert (James Gandolfini), and agree to have cameras follow their family in and around Santa Barbara, CA for several months. Gilbert believed that the struggles of an everyday family would be relatable to Americans in a way that The Brady Bunch and The Partridge Family were not. Yet over the course of filming, the strains on this seemingly perfect family come sharply into focus. In addition, Pat and the films' crew, Alan and Susan Raymond (Patrick Fugit and Shanna Collins), find themselves at odds with Gilbert about what is appropriate to film, and the lines between truth and 'reality' become more murky.
Eddie Fleming is an ordinary man suddenly thrust into an extraordinary and precarious situation. Dramatically dragged away from the security of his home, he is stripped of his rights and subject to the brutal scrutiny of Detective Sergeant John Steele. In the hot seat and under the piercing light of police interrogation, Fleming discovers the magnitude of his dilemma - he is the only lead in a major criminal investigation and Detective Steele will stop at nothing to crack the case wide open. With time running out and questions unanswered, it is a battle of the wits and a true test of nerve that will finally float the truth to the surface of this murky well of intrigue.
From legendary filmmaker Aki Kaurismaki comes this Cannes award-winning French film. Marcel Marx is an aging shoe shiner who lives in the town of Le Havre, having moved there years ago in voluntary exile from his home country. When an African boy arrives by cargo ship in his city, Marx takes pity on him and welcomes him into his home.
Jing, an innocent high school girl, is sent to a remote mountain village for 're-education' during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. With her father imprisoned and her mother struggling to support three children, Jing must behave for the authorities in order to return to her family. Her quiet existence is disrupted when she falls for Sun, the charming son of an elite military family. Their difference in social backgrounds makes a relationship unthinkable, but their connection is fierce and passionate. Will Jing risk everything to be with the one she loves?
This controversial documentary film draws on filmmaker John Pilger's long association with Indigenous Australians; an investigation into Australia's colonial past and wealthy present, setting out to break the stereotypes of the first people of Australia. This film is both a personal journey and a universal story of power and resistance, of how modern societies can be divided between those who conform and the dystopian world of those who do not.
Disillusioned with the intelligence community, top contractor Edward Snowden leaves his job at the National Security Agency. He now knows that a virtual mountain of data is being assembled to track all forms of digital communication - not just from foreign governments and terrorist groups, but from ordinary Americans. When Snowden decides to leak this classified information, he becomes a traitor to some, a hero to others and a fugitive from the law.
Marie Tussaud, a character rooted in the 18th revolutionary century, had a front row seat at two revolutions: a political revolution in France and the Industrial Revolution in Britain. Following in her footsteps, revisit the history of wax portraiture and popular entertainment in full bloom in the early 19th century when Great Britain was undergoing an unprecedented industrial and economic boom. Marie Tussaud was a talented wax artist, as well as an entrepreneur, but also a marketing pioneer. She toured Ireland, Scotland and England with a travelling museum, before ending her life in London at the head of a colossal empire, the Madame Tussaud's wax museum. How did a woman survive such dangerous times, and rise to the status of national treasure in a country whose language she could barely master?
They've been winning championships for over a decade, pushing the limits of longevity in such a demanding sport. How long can they last? In this program, we gain unprecedented access into Venus and Serena's lives.
MengJun is a stubborn and cranky granny who falls into depression when she finds out that her family has decided to send her to a senior home. She comes across a photo studio and has her photo taken for her eventual funeral. On the bus ride home, she's startled to see her 70-year-old face is gone and replaced by the stunning face of a young woman. Embracing her new-found youth, MengJun changes her name and starts singing in her grandson's band where she attracts the attention of a record producer - and that's when the real fun begins. This is a Chinese remake of the Korean smash hit comedy Miss Granny.
The lives of Marguerite, a striking, single, middle-aged dentist, and happily married older man Georges become inextricably intertwined after he finds her stolen wallet. An examination of her photo identity sparks an obsessive curiosity and determination to meet her.
A group of college students venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of James' sister, who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. At first the group is hopeful, especially when a pair of locals offer to act as guides through the dark and winding woods, but as the endless night wears on, the group is visited by a menacing presence. Slowly, they begin to realise the legend is all too real and more sinister than they could have imagined.
The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.
Max Chene is a 'life coach' who helps to motivate everybody from professional athletes to government ministers to business executives. After his gambling debts get out of control and his wife throws him out, he is approached to take on a unique client. Patrick Marmignon is an ineffectual manager at a company who is about to make a very important presentation to a potential Chinese investor. The CEO hires Max to coach Patrick but tells him he must not let him know that he's being coached. In French. Original title: Le Coach.
When Louis Drax accidentally plunges off a steep cliff on his ninth birthday it is not the first time in his short life that he has faced his own mortality. As police investigate the bizarre circumstances that have placed him in a coma, unconventional neurologist Dr Allan Pascal attempts to tap into the boy's unconscious mind. With Louis' father Peter absent, Dr Pascal is drawn close to the boy's mother Natalie as he delves into the mystery of Louis' remarkable ability to cheat death.
After years of estrangement, Texan brothers, Toby and Tanner, decide to rob the branches of the bank threatening to foreclose on their family land. For them, the hold-ups are part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that was stolen from under them. Vengeance seems to be theirs until they find themselves on the radar of Marcus, a Ranger looking for one last grand pursuit on the eve of his retirement, and his partner Alberto. As the brothers plot a final bank heist to complete their scheme, and with the Rangers on their heels, a murderous showdown looms.