Cutie Honey|March 12
A slack-jawed teenager and his drunken uncle take on the motley mafiosi of Central Asia in this grungy directorial debut from Kazakhstan's Guka Omarova, a work colored with the gentle naturalism of a Mahkmalbaf or Kiarostami yet dominated by a strangeness all its own.
Lav Diaz in Person. A poor family's fate intersects with history in Lav Diaz's epic examination of life in the Philippines under the martial law imposed by President Ferdinand Marcos. Shot in black and white over an eight-year period, this extraordinary work probes the wounds of the Filipino psyche. Ten and a half hours, with dinner break.
Ian Gamazon and Neill Dela Llana in Person. A Filipino American's search for his kidnapped family leads him on a treacherous journey through the poverty-stricken town of Cavite. A gripping and incisive commentary on Islamic terrorism in the Philippines.
Anita Chang in Person. Interweaving the stories of four Taiwanese women with their nation's political upheaval, Anita Chang shapes a poignant and moving portrait of her grandmother-known to many in Taipei as "Democratic Grandma." With shorts Plane Maker and Thunder Lannyang.
Rithy Panh (S21: Khmer Rouge Killing Machine) documents the legendary temples of Angkor, and the laborers, peddlers, and holy men paradoxically creating a future out of its ruins.
Ken Loach's new film is a passionate look at interracial romance.
A wartime view of Kurdish northern Iraq by Iran's Bahman Ghobadi.
From Hong Kong, a deliciously wicked film about vanity, shot by Christopher Doyle.
Controversial doc on a Korean war bride living in rural poverty. With short God Is Good.
Cannes-prizewinning revenge melodrama from Korea's Park Chan-wook.
A vinyl-suited superheroine fights crime in a fanciful live-action anime.
Quentin Lee in Person. A teenage hustler returns home to confront his homophobic family in this explosive thriller/melodrama by the director of Shopping for Fangs and Drift.
A black comedy about a very modern woman who works at a call center, goes on dates, hangs out with friends, and moonlights as a serial killer.