Alias Kurban Said, September 22
In Delpeut's exquisite montage, hand-tinted silent films "have such extraordinary ethereal earthiness that the images and movement (particularly of the women) feel like they emanate from the film's material prima, its compound of silver and minerals."-Village Voice. With Treasures of the Rijksmuseum and Cinéma Perdu.
Delpeut beautifully reworks archival footage from preserved Italian films of the 1910s to reveal how Italian actresses reshaped the concept of the sexually liberated woman.
Judith Rosenberg on Piano. A showcase for the great diva Pina Menichelli, who captured the essence of Art Nouveau in her perverse charm, "devilish and modern."-Eva Vittadello
A children's dance troupe emerges from wartorn Chechnya to tour the concert halls of Europe. "Extraordinary . . . filled with great cinematic beauty."-Vancouver Film Festival
Delpeut reframes stunning archival footage of polar exploration as fantastic fiction. "Surreal and enigmatic . . . has the makings of a minor cult classic."-Variety
Europeans set out on a road trip across the American West, searching for traces of its movies and myths.
Cowboys Lee Marvin and Jack Palance find themselves obsolete in this elegiac Western.
The Brooklyn Dodgers' many losses are recounted by borough old-timers in this celebration of baseball and the art of storytelling. With Solo, Law of the Favela: Watched by professional clubs, two Brazilian boys dream of escaping poverty through soccer.
De Putter documents the last year of his parents' farm and, not incidentally, the gorgeous Dutch light in the skies above it. "A riveting study in the purest documentary tradition."-Variety
Peter Delpeut in Person. Set in turn-of-the-century Japan brought to life by hand-tinted archival photographs and an excellent Dutch and Japanese cast, "Delpeut's exquisitely crafted drama is at once a travelogue, a love story, a tribute to Mizoguchi, and a gentle satire about Western attitudes toward Japan."-Time Out
Survivors of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki share stories of their past and present. "The almost whispering atmosphere of the film reminds us of Ozu."-NRC Handelsblad. With Nor His Donkey, a bemused look at the Tenth Commandment.
Introduced by Jos de Putter. A travelogue told through old newsreels and crumbling letters, crossing continents and the minefields of religious and cultural identity, this literary mystery traces the secrets behind the unknown author of the 1937 novel Ali and Nino, a Romeo and Juliet tale of love between Muslim and Christian in Azerbaijan. "A magnificent historical whodunit."-Variety
Chechen underworld-figure-turned-politician Khozh-Ahmed Noukhaev is the larger-than-life subject of de Putter's look at modern Chechnya. "A foreign and exotic world brought close by a sensitive and provocative filmmaking team."-Toronto Film Festival