A fictional look at the behind-the-scenes lives of three war correspondents on assignment, Thank You for Bombing is a welcome antidote to our frenzied media environment in which ephemeral news headlines are prescribed by popularity ratings.
When a group of American soldiers in Afghanistan burn the Quran, the incident generates a worldwide controversy and the international news outlets send in their investigative troops. But for middle-aged Austrian reporter Ewald (Erwin Steinhauer), the assignment is cut short at the point of departure when he recognizes a figure from the past. Miles away, in Kabul, American reporter Lana (Manon Kahle) struggles to gain her male colleagues’ respect for her work as an on-the-ground correspondent. A couple of floors above Lana’s station headquarters sits Cal (Raphael von Bargen), a burnt-out reporter frustrated at having to deliver idle reports from a hotel rooftop. This triptych of stories gives us a glimpse into the human experience — the tension and anxiety, but also the quotidian in-between moments — behind the streams of text and pixels that make up our daily news.
Jasmin, once a successful actor in former Yugoslavia, now lives in Toronto with his second wife and young son. While juggling a construction job and a busy audition schedule, he dreams of re-launching an old televised stage show that made him famous in his homeland. When he is cast in a role that triggers recollections of the civil war, he is forced to reconcile his current reality with memories of his past success.
Peter (Israeli actor Itay Tiran, previously seen at the Festival in Lebanon) has just arrived from England to marry his beautiful fiancée, Zaneta (Agnieszka Zulewska), at her family’s country house in rural Poland. The old homestead is a gift from his future father-in-law, and Peter is excited to renovate it into a home for his new family. While inspecting the grounds on the eve of his nuptials, Peter finds skeletal human remains buried on the property. Haunted by his discovery, Peter slowly starts to unravel while the joyous and drunken traditional Polish wedding goes on around him; and soon, he is overcome by what seem to be epileptic fits, panicking his bride and scandalizing his father-in-law.
As the night wears on, it becomes apparent that there is an uninvited guest at the wedding, that she is lonely — and that she is very, very dead.
The Reflektor Tapes is more than a concert film. A collaborative effort between Kahlil Joseph and Arcade Fire, it begins in Montreal, documenting the band’s process in the studio and the creation of their Billboard Chart-topping fourth album, Reflektor. It moves with the group as they perform at Carnival in Jamaica, to the streets of Earls Court in London, and on to North American arenas.
The Reflecktor Tapes captures the ceaseless energy and dynamism of the band’s fronting duo, husband and wife Will Butler and Régine Chassagne, in previously unseen concert footage. But it also digs deeper, beyond the group’s onstage passion and theatricality, and explores the album’s themes and the inspirations that have shaped Arcade Fire’s creative output, particularly Chassagne’s relationship with her ancestral homeland of Haiti.
At the beginning of his career, Armstrong made an instant impression upon the global cycling community, but it was generally agreed that, because he wasn’t suited to extreme altitudes, it was highly unlikely that he would ever win the Tour de France.
By 1998, however, Armstrong had come through a battle with testicular cancer and was determined to conquer the Tour at all costs. Employing a pharmaceutical regimen developed by Italian physician Michele Ferrari (Guillaume Canet), Armstrong put together a team of cyclists with a seemingly flawless strategy for winning — and for passing drug tests. While Armstrong’s colleagues applauded his inspiring feats, Walsh and The Sunday Times engendered formidable hostility and spurred litigation by posing the accusations that no one else wanted to hear.
The Missing Girl tells the story of Mort, the lonely and disillusioned owner of a comic book shop, and Ellen, the emotionally disruptive, aspiring graphic novelist he’s hired. The story involves the search for a girl who isn’t missing and the discovery that it’s never too late for late bloomers.
Bleak Street plunges us deep into the darkest shadows of Mexico City, where the everyday struggles of three families tragically converge.
The 2009 deaths of fraternal wrestlers La Parkita and Espectrito Jr. made headlines all over Mexico. These miniluchadores — little people who function as mascots for their hulking counterparts — were drugged by two women in a Cuauhtémoc hotel. The women only meant to knock out the brothers and take their money, but the doses were misjudged, and the robbery turned into murder.
Partially inspired by Paul Bowles’s story “A Distant Episode”, ‘The Sky Trembles…’ charts a mysterious transformation from observational making-of to inventive adaptation, shot against a staggering Moroccan landscape.
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return.
Omar Khadr: child soldier or unrepentant terrorist? The 28-year-old Canadian has been a polarizing figure since he was 15.
After spending nearly half his life behind bars, including a decade at Guantanamo, Khadr is suddenly released. Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr features unprecedented access and exclusive interviews with Khadr during his first few days of freedom in Edmonton, where he was released on bail on May 7, 2015.
This documentary delivers an intimate portrait of how a teenager from a Toronto suburb became the center of one of the first U.S. war crimes trial since the prosecution of Nazi commanders in the 1940s. Khadr is the only juvenile ever tried for war crimes. Guantanamo’s Child gives Omar Khadr the opportunity to speak for himself on camera, for the first time. Based in part on Michelle Shephard’s authoritative book Guantanamo’s Child: The Untold Story of Omar Khadr, the documentary takes us from his childhood traveling between a Canadian suburb and Peshawar at the height of the jihad against the Soviets, to Afghanistan and the homes of Al Qaeda’s elite, into the notorious U.S. prisons at Bagram and Guantanamo Bay and back again to Canada.
Finally, his story, in his own words.