China / 1948 / Mandarin

Directed by Mu Fei

With Wei Wei, Yu Shi, Wei Li

Still from 'Spring in a Small Town'In the opening sequence to Mu Fei’s Spring in a Small Town, a young, married woman named Yuwen walks home from the market, asking herself what it is that keeps her from leaving her daily routine and running away for good. The answer, it would seem, lies beyond her town’s walls, and she seems afraid to truly contemplate it. Or perhaps she is wistful for missed opportunities, choices that have come and gone from her life. Read the rest of this entry »

Canada / 2006 / English

Directed by Jennifer Baichwal

Still from 'Manufactured Landscapes'Jennifer Baichwal’s documentary follows the photographer Edward Burtynsky, who creates trenchant portraits of the industrial waste that has largely come to define our relationship to the land from which we originated. These new and multiplying sights have begun to parallel geography as we have so far known it; in Burtynsky’s serried and strangely beautiful photographs we see deserts of coal slag, mountains of scrap metal, lakes of oil. Read the rest of this entry »

Yeelen

12/13/2009

Mali / 1987 / Bambara & Fula

Directed by Souleymane Cissé

With Issiaka Kane, Aoua Sangare, Balla Mousa Keïta

Still from 'Yeelen'In a hut in a West African village a young man, Niankoro, gazes into a bowl of water. He sees visions of his own father, a sorcerer of repute, who is stalking across the countryside, bent on killing him. Niankoro’s aging mother admonishes him to leave the village before he is destroyed. He sets off on a journey, his mother’s wisdom and gifts instilling him with the courage to use his burgeoning magical powers to become great. Read the rest of this entry »

Never Let Go

12/06/2009

U.K. / 1960 / English

Directed by John Guillermin

With Richard Todd, Peter Sellers, Elizabeth Sellars

Still from 'Never Let Go'After finishing his work for the day, a cosmetics salesman emerges from a dull building onto a busy London street, amid the crush of salaried workers, to find that his car, parked adjacent, has been stolen. So begins John Cummings’ quest, for while the police work methodically to retrieve his vehicle, he impatiently embarks on a parallel crusade, following the theft trail to an apparent racket that is larger than he could hope to contend with. Read the rest of this entry »