MINE (USA) - MINE is a documentary about the essential bond between humans and animals, set against the backdrop of one of the worst natural disasters in modern U.S. history: Hurricane Katrina. This gripping, character-driven story follows New Orleans residents as they attempt the daunting task of trying to reunite with their pets who have been adopted by families all over the country, and chronicles the custody battles that arise when two families love the same pet. Who determines the fate of the animals—and the people—involved? A compelling meditation on race, class and the power of compassion, MINE examines how we treat animals as an extension of how we view and treat each other. English. 80 mins.
For My Father (Israel) -Terek, a Palestinian forced on a suicide mission in Tel Aviv to redeem his father's honor, is given a second chance when the fuse on his explosive vest fails to detonate. Forced to spend the weekend in Tel Aviv awaiting its repair, Terek must live amongst the people he was planning to kill. To his surprise he connects with several Israelis on the outskirts of society, including the beautiful Keren. Spending this time with Keren and his new friends, Terek discovers the spark of life returning to fill his soul, but when the weekend ends, Terek must make the decision of his life. Hebrew. 100 mins.
Wind Journeys (Colombia) - Ignacio Carrillo travelled most of his life through the villages and regions of Northern Colombia playing traditional songs on his accordion, a legendary instrument that was said to be cursed because it once belonged to the devil. As he became older, he got married and settled with his wife in a small town, leaving his nomadic life behind. When she suddenly dies, he decides to make one last journey to the Northern edge of the country, to return the accordion to the man who gave it to him. On the way, he is joined by Fermín, a teenager who dreams of becoming a travelling musician like Ignacio. Spanish. 120 mins.
Troubled Water (Norway) - Jan, recently released from prison after serving time for the murder of a child, has always maintained his innocence and is ready to put the past behind him. A gifted organist, he takes a job at an Oslo church under his middle name, Thomas. His talent and gentle manner quickly earn him the respect of his superiors, as well as the love of the pastor, Anna. Thomas even overcomes his initial panic to return the affection of Anna's young son, Jens. But his past catches up with him when Agnes, a local teacher, comes to the church on a school visit and recognizes the organist as Jan, the young man who was convicted for the murder of her son. Norwegian/Danish. 115 mins.
September 24 – Invictus (United States) - This film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's rugby team as they make their historic run to the 1995 Rugby World Cup Championship match. Stars Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. English. 134 mins.
The Maid (Chile) - A maid named Raquel, who has worked for over 20 years in one affluent Chilean household, rediscovers herself. While “La Nana” (maid) is just a microcosm of Latin social hierarchy this film also focuses on one woman's journey to free herself from a mental servitude of her own making. Spanish. 95 mins.
Caramel (Lebanon) - Six women in Beirut seek love, marriage, and companionship and find duty, friendship, and possibility. Four work at a salon: Nisrine, engaged to Bassam, with a secret she shares with her co-workers; Jamale, a divorced mother of teens, a part-time model, fearing the encroachment of time; Rima, always in pants, attracted to Siham, a client who smiles back; Layale, in love with a married man, willing to drop everything at a honk of his horn. There's also Rose, a middle-aged seamstress, who cares for Lili, old and facing dementia. Rose has a suitor; Layale has an admirer on the police force. Is delight a possibility? Is caramel a sweet or an instrument of pain? Arabic/French. 95 mins.
The Eclipse (Ireland) - In a seaside Irish town, a widower sees and hears peculiar things in his house. His life crosses paths with a beautiful author of supernatural fiction and an egotistical pop novelist at an international literary festival that will change their lives in surprising ways. This film is based on the collection of short stories “Tales from Rainwater Pond” by Billy Roche. Stars Ciaran Hinds and Aidan Quinn. English. 88 mins.