By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 1, 2014 at 1:58PM
Heaven Adores You, Nickolas Rossi, USA
The Last Season, Sara Dosa, USA
Last Weekend, Tom Dolby and Tom Williams, USA
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERES
The Dune, Yossi Aviram, France/Israel
Queen Margot: The Director’s Cut, Patrice Chéreau, France/Germany/Italy
Tamako in Moratorium, Nobuhiro Yamashita, Japan
Three Letters from China, Luc Schaedler, Switzerland
The Two Faces of January, Hossein Amini, England/France/United States
The Blue Wave, Zeynep Dadak and Merve Kayan, Turkey/Germany/Greece/Netherlands
The Great Museum, Johannes Holzhausen, Austria
Soul Food Stories, Tonislav Hristov, Bulgaria/Finland
South Is Nothing, Fabio Mollo, Italy/France
Yves Saint Laurent, Jalil Lespert, France
This year’s Spotlight, New Voices in Latin American Cinema, presents five films from different Latin American countries to highlight the rich and diverse offerings of a thriving center of artistic vitality becoming increasingly relevant on the global scene:
All about the Feathers (Costa Rica 2013) – Neto Villalobos’s debut feature details the unconventional relationship between an impoverished security guard (Allan Cascante) and the newly acquired fighting cock that he struggles to care for. Anchored by the stellar performances of a mostly non-professional cast, this quixotic Costa Rican comedy is both slyly absurdist and quietly observational. All about the Feathers screens Friday April 25, 6:30 pm at Pacific Film Archive; Sunday April 27, 8:45 pm and Tuesday April 29, 6:15 pm at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas.
The Amazing Catfish (Mexico 2013) – Set in Guadalajara, the film follows the quiet transformation of a solitary young woman informally adopted and absorbed into a rambunctious matriarchy in a state of crisis. Filmed by Claire Denis’ long-time cinematographer, Agnès Godard, Claudia Sainte-Luce’s debut feature, based loosely on events from her own life, blends a wry and moving naturalism with moments of inspired comedy. The Amazing Catfish screens Saturday May 3, 6:00 pm and Tuesday May 6, 9:00 pm at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas and Thursday May 8, 8:45 pm at Pacific Film Archive.
Bad Hair (Venezuela/Peru 2013) – A 10-year-old boy's desire to straighten his kinky hair causes outsized conflict with his unemployed, harassed single mother in Mariana Rondon's Caracas-set drama. Unexpected issues related to Venezuela’s volatile economic situation and the young boy’s incipient homosexuality form the core of this finely acted, deceptively small-scaled story. Bad Hair screens Thursday May 1, 9:15 pm at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas; Sunday May 4, 6:15 pm at New People Cinema and Wednesday May 7, 6:30 pm at Pacific Film Archive.
History of Fear (Argentina/France 2014) – Are strange occurrences in an affluent Buenos Aires suburb evidence that the skittish residents are actually being targeted? Paranoia runs rampant in this accomplished first feature, instilling a disorienting sense of dread in the viewer. The filmmaker foregoes ready explanations in favor of foreboding suggestions in a film that is sprawling both in scope and implications but precise and exacting in its execution. History of Fear screens Wednesday April 30, 7:00 pm at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas; Friday May 2, 9:00 pm at New People Cinema and Wednesday May 7, 8:45 pm at Pacific Film Archive.
The Militant (Uruguay 2013) – A student leader fighting against the bosses of striking packinghouse workers in crisis-ridden 2002 Uruguay experiences a coming-of-age crisis when he inherits his father’s ranch. The radical becomes the boss and finds himself responsible for paying months of back wages to the gauchos stiffed by his dad. The Militant screens Saturday April 26, 9:00 pm at New People Cinema; Sunday April 27, 3:15 pm at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas and Thursday May 1, 8:50 pm at Pacific film Archive.