directed by Rithy Panh in French starring Randal Douc
Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
directed by Mark Levinson in English starring Martin Aleksa, Nima Arkani-Hamed, Savas Dimopoulos
Imagine being able to watch as Edison turned on the first light bulb, or as Franklin received his first jolt of electricity. Particle Fever follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation. As they search for the Higgs-Boson particle, our subjects confront an even bigger challenge: have we reached our limit in understanding why we exist?
“Particle Fever succeeds on every level.” —The Hollywood Reporter
directed by Chiemi Karasawa in English starring Elaine Stritch, Alec Baldwin, Rob Bowman, Tina Fey
What does it mean to be a performing artist – first, last and always? Broadway legend Elaine Stritch can answer that. At 87, Stritch is still here, dominating the stage in her one woman cabaret act. In stolen moments from her corner room at the Carlyle, and on breaks from her tour and work, candid reflections about her life are punctuated with rare archival footage, words from friends, and photographs from her personal collection. By turns bold, hilarious and achingly poignant, the journey connects Stritch’s present to her past, and an inspiring portrait of a one-of-a-kind survivor emerges.
directed by Jean-Luc Godard in French starring Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Akim Tamiroff
U.S. Secret Agent Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine) arrives from the Outlands in Alphaville, the becalmed territory ruled by the computer Alpha 60 where “No one has ever lived in the past, no one will ever live in the future, the present is the form of all life.” When Caution meets Natacha Von Braun (Anna Karina), the forbidden, illogical power of love opens the path to liberation. All of science fiction is a commentary on the present by way of an imagined future; Godard visually abstracted the Paris of 1964 by way of 1940s Hollywood in order to foreground its smoothly engineered consumer-driven impersonality. Alphaville is presented in a new DCP from Rialto Pictures.
directed by Denis Villeneuve starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon
Adam Bell is a glum, disheveled history professor, disinterested in everything, even his beautiful girlfriend. Watching a movie on the recommendation of a colleague, Adam spots his doppelgänger, actor Anthony Clair, and decides to track him down. The identical men meet and their lives become irrevocably intertwined. Jake Gyllenhaal is transfixing as both Adam and Anthony, embodying two distinct personas. With masterfully controlled attention to detail, director Villeneuve takes us on an enigmatic and gripping journey through a world that is both familiar and strange — and hard to shake off long after its final, unnerving image.
directed by Nancy Buirski starring George Balanchine, Tanaquil Le Clercq
Of all the great ballerinas, Tanaquil Le Clercq may have been the most transcendent. With a body unlike any before hers, she mesmerized viewers and choreographers alike. With her elongated, race-horse physique, she became the new prototype for the great George Balanchine.
“It is almost as though you are beholding mythological deities who have alighted briefly on the earth....one of the great ballerinas of the 20th century.” —Stephen Holden, New York Times
directed by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner in French starring Forest Whitaker, Lauren Bacall, William H. Macy
Nominated for Best Animated Feature
directed by E.L. Katz in English starring Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, David Koechner, Sara Paxton
Cheap Thrills tells the story of a new father facing eviction whose life is turned upside down when he meets a wealthy couple who offer a path to a better life…but at a price.
“One of the most involving works of cinematic misanthropy in years.” —John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter
directed by Errol Morris in English starring Donald Rumsfeld
Former United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, discusses his career in Washington D.C. from his days as a congressman in the early 1960s to planning the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
“Morris's movie is a cat-and-mouse game, and Rumsfeld is the cat, virtually licking his chops as he toys with, and then devours, another rival.” —Mary Corliss, TIME
directed by Jeremy Saulnier in English starring Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves
A beach bum finds his quiet life upended by dreadful news and sets off for his childhood home to carry out an act of revenge.
“The most suspenseful American film of the year: sudden, terrifying, and excitingly singular.” —Gabe Toro, indieWIRE