Ága 2018 Milko Lazarov 96 min Bulgaria/Germany/France subtitled drama
In a yurt on the snow-covered fields of Yakutia, Russia, Nanook and Sedna live following the traditions of their ancestors. Their two children have long left the icy tundra. Reminiscent of Robert Flaherty’s documentary Nanook of the North, they look like the last people on Earth. As they age, their way of life is changing as hunting becomes more difficult and ice begins melting earlier every year.
Mon, 11/4, 6:30pm; Fri, 11/8, 8:30pm
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch 2018 Jen Baichwal, Ed Burtynsky, Nicholas de Pencier 87 min USA doc
A cinematic meditation that takes us to 20 countries to bear witness to the massive re-engineering of the planet by humans. From concrete seawalls in China to the devastated Great Barrier reef in Australia, this documentary offers a sobering close up look at the horrific ecological damage wrought by modern civilization.
Sat, 11/2, 5:30pm; Fri, 11/8, 6:30pm
Beanpole 2019 Kantemir Balagov 133 min Russia subtitled drama
By 1945, WWII has devastated the city of Leningrad, demolishing its buildings and leaving its citizens in tatters, physically and mentally. Two young women search for meaning and hope in the slow struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins. A powerful story and a carefully crafted film that moves to its own rhythms. Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize and Un Certain Regard for Best Director at Cannes FF this year.
Sun, 11/3, 3pm; Thurs, 11/7, 6:30pm
The Chambermaid 2018 Lila Avilés 102 min Mexico subtitled drama
The monotony of long workdays, with quiet examinations of forgotten belongings and budding friendships, nourishes Eve’s hopes, dreams, and desires. The Chambermaid is a salute to the invisible women caretakers who are the hard-working backbone of society, through the lens of a chambermaid in one of Mexico City's most luxurious hotels.
Sat, 11/9, 11am
Gay Chorus Deep South 2019 David Charles Rodrigues 100 min USA doc
Led by Conductor Dr. Tim Seelig and joined by The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir; the Gay Chorus decide to tour the South to bring a message of music, love and acceptance to communities and individuals confronting intolerance in hopes of uniting folks by the soaring power of music, humanity and a little drag.
Sun, 11/3, 1pm
Give Me Liberty 2019 Kirill Mikhanovsky 110min USA drama
Medical transport driver Vic is late, but it’s not his fault. Roads are closed for a protest, and no one else can shuttle his Russian grandfather and friends to a funeral. The new route uproots his scheduled client, Tracy, a vibrant young woman with ALS. As the day goes from hectic to off-the-rails, their collective ride becomes a hilarious, compassionate, and intersectional portrait of American dreams and disenchantment.
Fri, 11/1, 8:30pm; Wed, 11/6, 6:30pm
The Human Element 2018 Matthew Testa 76 min USA doc
In an arresting new documentary from the producers of RACING EXTINCTION, THE COVE and CHASING ICE, environmental photographer James Balog captures the lives of everyday Americans on the front lines of climate change. With rare compassion and heart, THE HUMAN ELEMENT inspires us to reevaluate our relationship with the natural world. Plays with The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating.
Sat, 11/2, 3pm
The Map to Paradise 2018 Danielle Ryan 95 min Australia doc
Beautifully filmed across six continents, this film sets out to challenge the mainstream narrative of hard-hitting environmental documentaries with a “doom and gloom” message, and replace it with one of hope and courage. Along the way, we meet Prince Albert II of Monaco, President of Palau Tommy Remengesau, National Geographic Explorer Enric Sala, and Sea Shepherd's Captain Paul Watson, among others — who are all playing a role in the quest to protect the seas.
Sat, 11/2, 7:30pm
Midnight Family 2019 Luke Lorentzen 90 min Mexico / USA subtitled doc
In a city where the government operates only 45 emergency ambulances for a population of over nine million, the film follows the Ochoa family as they provide a crucial—but unregistered—underground lifeline. It is a thrilling ride that navigates between heroism and ethical questions. Nominee for grand jury prize at Sundance FF and winner at 18 other festivals.
Sun, 11/3, 7:30pm
Our Time Machine 2019 S. Leo Chiang, Yang Sun 86 min China / USA subtitled doc
When influential Chinese artist Ma Liang (a.k.a. Maleonn) realizes that his father Ma Ke, an accomplished Peking Opera director, is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, he invites his father to collaborate on his most ambitious project to date - a haunting, magical, autobiographical stage performance called "Papa's Time Machine" featuring life-size mechanical puppets. Through the creation of this play, the two men confront their mortality before time runs out and memories are lost forever.
Sun, 11/3, 5:30pm
The Pollinators 2019 Peter Nelson 92 min USA doc
The many challenges the beekeepers and their bees face en route to farms reveal flaws to our chemically dependent agriculture system. We also meet farmers, scientists, chefs and academics along the way to give a broad perspective about the threats to honey bees, what it means to our food security and how we can improve it. Director Peter Nelson will be present.
Sat, 11/2, 11am
The River and the Wall 2019 Ben Masters 97 min USA doc
Five friends set out on an adventure to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts of a wall on the natural environment, but as the wilderness gives way to the more populated and heavily trafficked Lower Rio Grande Valley, they come face-to-face with the human side of the immigration debate and enter uncharted emotional waters.
Sat, 11/2, 1:10pm; Sat, 11/9, 1pm
Sorry We Missed You 2019 Ken Loach 102 min UK drama
A hard-up delivery driver and his wife struggle to get by in modern-day England. Ricky and his family have been fighting an uphill struggle against debt since the 2008 financial crash. An opportunity appears with a shiny new van and a chance at self-employment. It's hard work, and his wife's job as a caregiver is no easier. When both are pulled in different directions everything comes to a breaking point. Nominee for the Palm d’Or award at Cannes FF.
Tue, 11/5, 6:30pm; Sat, 11/9, 5:30pm
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating 2019 Elisabeth Tova Bailey 15 min USA short drama
When a woman is bedridden by a mysterious pathogen, a snail takes up residence on her nightstand. Together, they share an intimate and meditative journey of survival and resilience, expanding the boundaries of the bedroom. A surprising live action story based on Elisabeth Tova Bailey's natural history memoir. Filmmaker will be present on Nov 2nd; plays after The Human Element on Sat, 11/2, 3pm; plays before The River and the Wall on Sat, 11/9, 1pm
Synonyms 2019 Nadav Lapid 123 min France/Israel/Germany subtitled drama
Yoav, a young Israeli man, absconds to Paris to flee his nationality and military culture, aided by his trusty Franco-Israeli dictionary. He soon meets a lovely young french couple who take him under their wing, aiding him in his desire to become French. Somehow life is just not that simple. A fresh and challenging film that gives something to ponder. Golden Bear winner for best film at Berlin FF this year.
Sat, 11/9, 7:30pm
Varda by Agnès 2019 Agnès Varda, Didier Rouget 115 min France subtitled doc
Agnès Varda (1928-2019) the “Queen of French Cinema” takes a seat on a theatre stage. This professional photographer, installation artist and pioneer of the Nouvelle Vague (New Wave) is an institution of French cinema but a fierce opponent of any kind of institutional thinking. In her final film, she turns her imaginative eye on herself taking the audience on a journey through her world of unorthodox images offering insights into her artistic visions, ideas and everything else. A warmly human, bittersweet parting gift from one of cinema’s most luminous talents.
Fri, 11/1, 6:30pm; Sat, 11/9, 3:10pm