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?
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 Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner in French starring Forest Whitaker, Lauren Bacall, William H. Macy
Nominated for Best Animated Feature