Following his quiet, charming drama The Lunchbox, director Ritesh Batra returns with this bittersweet story set in Mumbai. A struggling street photographer is pressured by his aging grandmother to find a wife. In order to appease her, he recruits a stranger to pose as his fiancé, but the two form a bond that neither expected. PHOTOGRAPH is a subtle, layered story about social expectations and human connection.
From the filmmakers behind 2016’s dazzling Embrace of the Serpent comes another poetic look at South American history. Set in Colombia during a volatile decade of drug trafficking, Rapayet and his indigenous family get involved in a war to control the business that threatens their lives and culture. BIRDS OF PASSAGE is bold and powerful filmmaking that documents a forgotten history of indigenous people in the 20th century.
Set in Paris in 1930, the young surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel sets out to make a documentary about one of the poorest regions of Spain. Told through brilliant animation and surreal imagery, this portrait of Buñuel is both a celebration of his work and his of friendship with sculptor Ramón Acín.
Legendary arthouse director Pedro Almodóvar’s latest stars Antonio Banderas as an aging filmmaker reflecting on his past glories. Told through poetic flashbacks and nuanced performances, the filmmaker struggles with physical and emotional ailments and attempts to rise above his creative crisis. Also starring Penélope Cruz.
Country of origin: Belgique, France, Senegal Ada, 17, is in love with Souleiman, but has been promised to another man. One night, Souleiman and his co-workers leave the country in hope of a better future. Several days later, a fire ruins Ada’s wedding and a mysterious fever starts to spread. Little does Ada know that Souleiman has returned. 1 hour, 47 minutes
Country of origin: Poland Daniel is released from prison and sent to a remote village to work as a manual laborer, but he has a higher calling. While incarcerated, he has found Christ, and aspires to join the clergy - but no seminary will accept him. Arriving in town, he is mistaken for the new priest and sets about leading his newfound flock. 1 hour, 57 minutes.
In celebration of the Earth Day, let’s focus on our planet and watch a documentary “Tomorrow”. As we all know, the world's climate is changing. Instead of showing the worst that can happen, this documentary focuses on the people suggesting solutions and their actions. We hope you will enjoy watching it and will join us for a discussion on Friday, April 22, at noon. We are looking forward to seeing you on Friday’s Zoom discussion. Film title: TOMORROW Join a discussion on Zoom Trailer: https://www.imdb.com/video/vi4216501785/?ref_=tt_vi_i_1 Available at Kanopy: https://www.kanopy.com/en/princeton/video/1575634 (PUID required) Synopsis: Faced with a sense of powerlessness in the face of growing evidence of a coming mass human extinction, Melanie Laurent (Inglorious Bastards) and activist Cyril Dion travel to ten countries where grassroots pioneers are reinventing their economies and democracies. From Detroit, where urban farms have transformed a dying city, to Copenhagen, where nearly 70% of the energy is renewable, to Kuttambakkan in India, where participative democracy allows different castes to work together, and to other communities around the world, TOMORROW engages the audience to consider what can and must be done to save our future. 2016 César Award for Best Documentary Film. "*Critic’s Pick! Strikingly composed…fast-paced…an overall sense of lighthearted adventure…the hopscotching visuals are as vibrant as the subjects profiled." - The New York Times About the directors: Cyril Dion is a French writer, film director, poet, and activist. He is one of the leading figures in the French climate movement that is organizing the Climate Marches starting in September 2018. Mélanie Laurent, is a French actress, filmmaker, and singer.
Zoom info Film title: In the Mood for Love Trailer: https://www.kanopy.com/en/princeton/video/219420 Watch at Kanopy: https://www.kanopy.com/en/princeton/video/219420 (PUID required) Synopsis: Hong Kong, 1962: Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) and Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung Man-yuk) move into neighboring apartments on the same day. Their encounters are formal and polite, until a discovery about their spouses creates an intimate bond between them. At once delicately mannered and visually extravagant, Wong Kar-wai’s IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE is a masterful evocation of romantic longing and fleeting moments. With its aching musical soundtrack and exquisitely abstract cinematography by Christopher Doyle and Mark Lee Ping-bin, this film has been a major stylistic influence on the past decade of cinema, and is a milestone in Wong’s redoubtable career. About the director: Wong Kar-wai is a Hong Kong film director, screenwriter, and producer. His films are characterized by nonlinear narratives, atmospheric music, and vivid cinematography involving bold, saturated colors. A pivotal figure of Hong Kong cinema, Wong is considered a contemporary auteur, and ranks third on Sight & Sound's 2002 poll of the greatest filmmakers of the previous 25 years. His films frequently appear on best-of lists domestically and internationally. Born in Shanghai, Wong emigrated to British Hong Kong as a child with his family. He began a career as a screenwriter for soap operas before transitioning to directing with his debut, the crime drama As Tears Go By (1988). While As Tears Go By was fairly successful in Hong Kong, Wong moved away from the contemporary trend of crime and action movies to embark on more personal filmmaking styles. Days of Being Wild (1990), his first venture in such a direction, did not perform well at the box office. It however received critical acclaim, and won Best Film and Best Director at the 1991 Hong Kong Film Awards. His next film, Ashes of Time (1994), met with a mixed reception because of its vague plot and atypical take on the wuxia genre. Read more…