PRIMAS is an evocative portrait of two cousins, Rocío and Aldana, Argentinian teenagers who, in the wake of heinous acts of violence that interrupted their childhoods, will free themselves from the shadows of their past. Traveling in Argentina and Montreal the girls come of age having revelatory experiences in their everyday lives; learning dance, mime, theatre, circus and visual arts. They express through their bodies what only their imagination, their unique perspective and their unshakable resilience can reveal.
A ghostly, genre-hopping mystery: a young woman disappears from her building and her solitary landlord becomes obsessed with tracking her down. The landlord’s search for his disappeared tenant starts him on a strange adventure. Guided by a little girl- who may be the vanished tenant as a child- odd things begin to happen and the landlord struggles to figure out what’s real. The child’s kindness may be his only source of light and hope, but she is also leading him down a rabbit hole… and he may not be able to his missing tenant or the surface again. Part murder mystery, part love story between an unlikely father figure and a nine-year-old girl, this dreamlike, dark and odd film creates a tender but disturbing portrait of human isolation, exploring both sociopathology and the fragile power of human kindness.
Drawn from a never-before-seen cache of personal footage spanning decades, this is an intimate portrait of the Sri Lankan artist and musician who continues to shatter conventions. As a raw document of Arulpragasm’s life it’s a treasure trove of intimate insights.
Starting six months before the 2016 presidential election, director Jim Stern put his life on hold and — driven to understand what seemed incomprehensible at the time — traveled through red states to interview and spend time with Donald Trump supporters from different backgrounds. It was a search for insights and answers, for anything that could explain the billionaire’s surging appeal and why these voters remained untroubled by so many troubling things the candidate had said and done.
This journey became his Heart of Darkness into the American body politic at a profoundly critical point in our history. And the film he returned with, AMERICAN CHAOS, sheds unique light on difficult issues roiling the nation — chronicling a cultural divide, still dangerously misunderstood, that continues to tear at the fabric of our democracy.
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Àlex Ollé and La Fura dels Baus propose another quite destabilizing reading of a timeless piece. Here the action of Wagner’s libretto is magnified by musical director Pablo Heras-Casado’s qualities as a storyteller and by the accomplished interpretation of Samuel Youn. Richard Wagner’s Der Fliegende Höllander (The Flying Dutchman) is a masterpiece of the Romantic era, a gripping exploration of love, death, purity and damnation. In this production by Alex Ollé (La Fura dels Baus), the conflict between good and evil is a reflection of a tormented and imprisoned soul.
The Dutchman, condemned to sail across an infinite ocean until the end of time, desires only to be released from his doomed vessel and return to a life on land. The sea, infinite and transcendent, becomes a powerful metaphor for the ultimate limits imposed on man.
In Richard Wagner’s autobiography, the composer wrote that his inspiration for Der Fliegende Holländer first struck during a sea voyage with his wife, traveling from Riga to London. A work full of symbolism, its central theme is redemption through a woman’s love: in young Senta’s pledge of faith, the sea captain recognizes his salvation. For her part, Senta abandons herself to a destiny with the nameless specter.