Del Toro serves up a dollop of political allegory along with goosebump-raising chills in this creepily atmospheric masterwork of psychological horror set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War. In the film, ten-year old Carlos is left at a remote orphanage, where he runs up against creepy caretaker Jacinto who is convinced there is gold on the premises. This screening will follow a presentation of clips from del Toro’s career, a moderated discussion of his work and a sneak peek at his upcoming projects.
This mesmerizing film captures the spirit of a championship soccer game between rival teams from Rio de Janeiro’s impoverished Sampaio neighborhood. More like a work of poetry than a traditional sports documentary, the film uses footage from various games to create an intimate portrait of favela football culture. Composed with luminous cinematography and exquisite sound design, the film takes us inside the match along with the players, and we experience something more like a deep spiritual quest than a game.
David Gelb, the creator of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, has become something of a guru, not just for foodies but also in the world of business, where the film has become a totemic motivational tool. But if Jiro represents a fascinating illustration of how human beings strive for perfection, Gelb’s newest venture points us instead to the power of unbridled creativity, grounded in the ferocity and beauty of the world around us.
This Sundance Documentary Grand Jury Prize winner intimately focuses on the charming and insightful Angulo brothers, who range in age from 16 to 24. Because the brothers have been kept isolated within their family’s apartment, only homeschooling, DVDs and fear of the outside world—epitomized by their bizarre reenactments of famous films—inform their reality. When one brother sneaks away from home and eventually convinces his siblings to join him, their shared truth is threatened with endlessly surprising results.
A potent combination of war film and Western, this suspenseful drama stars Viggo Mortensen as a village teacher attempting to stay out of the conflict over Algerian independence until matters force his hand. With breathtaking landscape vistas and steadily increasing tension, Far From Men tells a gripping tale of personal decisions amid political turmoil.