1943, occupied Paris. Django Reinhardt is at the pinnacle of his art. The brilliant and carefree jazz guitarist, king of ethereal swing, plays to standing-room-only crowds in the capital’s greatest venues. Meanwhile his gypsy brethren are being persecuted throughout Europe. His life takes a turn for the worse when the Nazi propaganda machine wants to send him on tour in Germany…
Official Selection: Berlin International Film Festival 2017 – Opening Night Film
In The Fade
Out of nowhere, Katja’s (Diane Kruger) life falls apart when her husband Nuri and little son Rocco are killed in a bomb attack. Her friends and family try to give her the support she needs, and Katja somehow manages to make it through the funeral. But the mind-numbing search for the perpetrators and reasons behind the senseless killing complicate Katja’s painful mourning, opening wounds and doubts. Danilo, a lawyer and Nuri’s best friend, represents Katja in the eventual trial against the two suspects: a young couple from the neo-Nazi scene. The trial pushes Katja to the edge, but there’s simply no alternative for her: she wants justice.
IN THE FADE is the newest film from acclaimed writer-director Fatih Akin (Head-On, The Edge of Heaven, Soul Kitchen).
2017 Cannes Film Festival: Award for Best Actress – Diane Kruger
Voyeur follows Gay Talese — the 84-year-old giant of modern journalism — as he reports one of the most controversial stories of his career: a portrait of a Colorado motel owner, Gerald Foos. For decades, Foos secretly watched his guests with the aid of specially designed ceiling vents, peering down from an “observation platform” he built in the motel’s attic. He kept detailed journals of his guests’ most private moments — from the mundane to the shocking — but most of all he sought out, spied on, and documented one thing: strangers having sex. Talese’s insatiable curiosity leads him to turn his gaze to a man accustomed to being the watcher, exploring a tangle of ethical questions: What does a journalist owe to his subjects? How can a reporter trust a source who has made a career of deception? Who is really the voyeur?
Broche de Oro
IFC Center is proud to join with the International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival to present a special benefit screening of BROCHE DE ORO, winner of the Best Feature Award at this year’s IPRHFF. The screening will raise money for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico, with all proceeds going to the Hispanic Federation’s Unidos fund.
Friends Rafael, Anselmo and Pablo run away from the strict retirement home where they live, to enjoy a weekend of fun and frolic. Their trip takes them to a beach in Piñones where Rafael’s grandson competes in a surfing contest. Together, the four of them have a day filled with laughs, love and camaraderie, in an adventure that unites three generations. BROCHE DE ORO celebrates the power of family and living life to the fullest.
Los amigos Rafael, Pablo y Anselmo escapan de un hogar de ancianos, y descubren que no hay edad para ser joven. Su viaje los lleva a la playa de Piñones, donde Carlos — el nieto de Rafael — participa en una competencia de surfing. Juntos viven un día lleno de aventuras, risas, amor y amistad que cambia la vida de todos y hace posible el reencuentro de tres generaciones. BROCHE DE ORO celebra la vida y los lazos familiares que nos unen.
For more information about the Hispanic Federation or to donate directly to the Unidos fund, visit: https://hispanicfederation.org
Special thanks to the International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival and to the filmmakers of BROCHE DE ORO for making this screening possible.
Cuba and the Cameraman
With a career spanning several decades, Jon Alpert is a past recipient of DOC NYC’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Now he delivers a film that draws upon footage he shot in Cuba for over 40 years. Starting in the 1970s, Alpert’s pioneering work as an independent video journalist won the attention of Fidel Castro, who granted him unique access. Alpert makes repeated visits to the country chronicling its changes, from Havana to the countryside.
World of Tomorrow Episode Two presented by Don Hertzfeldt
Don Hertzfeldt in person Tuesday Dec 5 – plus surprises!
The highly anticipated follow-up to Don Hertzfeldt’s WORLD OF TOMORROW (2015) finds Emily Prime swept inside the brain of an incomplete back-up clone of her future self, who’s on a mission to reboot her broken mind. Continuing the tradition of the first film, WORLD OF TOMORROW EPISODE TWO was written entirely around candid audio recordings of Hertzfeldt’s five year old niece.
This special event will feature:
WORLD OF TOMORROW (2015)
WORLD OF TOMORROW EPISODE TWO: THE BURDEN OF OTHER PEOPLE’S THOUGHTS (2017)
Director Don Hertzfeldt is a two-time Academy Award nominee whose animated films include IT’S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DAY (2012), WORLD OF TOMORROW (2015), and REJECTED (2000). His work has played around the world, receiving over 250 awards, and made a special guest appearance on The Simpsons in 2014. Seven of his films have screened in competition at the Sundance Film Festival, where he is the only filmmaker to have won the overall Grand Jury Prize for Short Film twice.
Indiewire called World of Tomorrow “one of the best films of 2015,” while The Dissolve named it “one of the finest achievements in sci-fi in recent memory.” The A.V. Club described the film as “visionary” and “possibly the best film of 2015.” Rolling Stone ranked WORLD OF TOMORROW as #10 on its list of the “Greatest Animated Movies Ever.”
Event Run-Time: 85 min including extended discussion with Don Hertzfeldt.
HELVETICA is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. The film is an exploration of urban spaces in major cities and the type that inhabits them, and a fluid discussion with renowned designers about their work, the creative process, and the choices and aesthetics behind their use of type. HELVETICA encompasses the worlds of design, advertising, psychology, and communication, and invites us to take a second look at the thousands of words we see every day.
Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS
In National Geographic Documentary Films’ Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and best-selling author Sebastian Junger (The Perfect Storm) and his Emmy-winning filmmaking partner, Nick Quested, chronicle Syria’s descent into the unbridled chaos that allowed the rise of the Islamic State, better known as ISIS. Pulling from nearly 1,000 hours of stunningly visceral footage — from that of a family living under ISIS control that finally fled to Turkey, to Kurdish fighters in Sinjar and Shia militias in Iraq and even to al-Qaida-affiliated fighters in and around Aleppo and Raqqa — Junger and Quested cover the ISIS catastrophe from multiple angles and feature interviews with top experts from around the world. Consequently, the filmmakers, who previously collaborated on a trio of films about war (“Restrepo,” “The Last Patrol” and “Korengal”), capture the Syrian war’s harrowing carnage, political and social consequences, and, most important, its human toll, while painting an alarming picture of the west’s role in the creation of ISIS.
AMPAS members: Your card will admit you and a guest based on seating availability through Thursday, November 23.
The Rape of Recy Taylor
The numbers of women raped in Jim Crow South were staggering. In danger for their lives, they did not report the crimes and their stories went hidden. Not Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old mother who was gang raped by 6 white boys in 1944 Alabama. Unbroken, she spoke up, and with the help of Rosa Parks and legions of women spreading the word, they worked to get Recy Taylor justice.
Official Selection: Venice International Film Festival 2017, New York Film Festival 2017
National Theatre Live: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) starred Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.
On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?
Part of our National Theatre Live series.