Yuli

May 10, 2019 in

From a working-class kid busting out his best street-corner Michael Jackson moves to an almost-two-decade run as Lead Principal for London’s Royal Ballet, legendary dancer and choreographer Carlos Acosta has never shied from turning his often troubled life into the kind of transcendent art that would catapult him to stardom—and he plays himself as an […]

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Wine Calling

May 7, 2019 in

For the French, winemaking is an obsessive and unpredictable love affair. After harvesting fresh grapes from the vine, squeezing the juice by foot or machine, then fermenting it in vats, each irreplicable bottle tells a unique story. Fueled by a punk-rock soundtrack, Wine Calling takes us through the terroirs of southern France near the border of the […]

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The Footballest

May 7, 2019 in

Sweet and scrawny Pakete just can’t catch a break. The 11-year-old Soto Alto Soccer Club player has just become the all-time penalty kick loser, playing so badly that videos of his many, many blunders have made him a YouTube sensation and have threatened to have his team knocked down to a lower division—and possibly having […]

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The Days to Come

May 6, 2019 in

Though they’ve been together only a year, journalist Vir and upstart attorney Lluís (real-life couple Maria Rodriguez Soto and David Verdaguer) have the kind of relationship that thrives on blunt honesty and emotional forthrightness in all matters. After finding out they’re unexpectedly pregnant, the couple approaches the issue with the same sense of openness and candor, […]

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Sune vs. Sune

May 6, 2019 in

Fourth grade is not starting well for Sune Andersson. He arrives late on the first day (because their family car is ancient, because of Dad’s bottom-of-the-ladder job with a Swedish tax company) to find another boy named Sune—and now he has to be known as Sune Two. The injustice! Worse, the new kid is American, […]

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Piazzolla, The Years of the Shark

May 6, 2019 in

Born with a malformed right foot to a newly immigrated and deeply impoverished Italian couple, young Astor Piazzolla did not have a beginning that would portend greatness. Yet growing up in Mar del Plata with parents who fanatically believed in their only child’s brilliance, they would soon place a 22-pound bandoneon in the boy’s arms, […]

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Official Secrets

May 6, 2019 in

In the UK, the Official Secrets Act is the one that governs the protection of, and thus criminalizes the leakage of, national security information, and this film recounts the real-life story of one whistleblower who ran afoul of it. In 2003, as the U.S. is trying to drum up support for the Iraq War and […]

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Kirkland Opening Night: Non-Fiction

May 6, 2019 in

Kirkland Opening Night To kick off Kirkland screenings, we start with a reception preceding the film on Thursday, May 30! Film: Non-Fiction Party: 21+ Tickets Film + Party: Includes admission to the film, entry to the pre-film reception, and two drink tickets. Non-Members: $25 Members: $23 Film “If we want things to stay as they […]

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Distinction

May 6, 2019 in

With his tender, socially conscious film Distinction, director Jevons Au follows three characters and illuminates an unhealthy educational system that provides little sympathy for students with mental and physical disabilities: Ms. Tsu (Jo Koo), a music teacher at a school for students with disabilities, is assigned the task of supervising an extracurricular musical production; Zoey (Jennifer […]

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Conviction

May 6, 2019 in

Law professor Jacques Viguier (Laurent Lucas, Raw) is on trial for his wife’s murder. It’s been nine years since her disappearance and, though public opinion isn’t on his side, he is acquitted due to lack of evidence. But when the prosecution appeals and declares that another trial will commence, it seems like the entire legal system […]

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