"I'm interested in understanding the conflicts and complexities of identity," says Ira Sachs, "and how a person can play many different roles in their life at the same time."
Before becoming the revolutionary "Che," young medical student Ernesto Guevara de la Serna joins his friend Granado on an eight-month, 8,000-mile journey across Latin America astride an aging…
When a 17-year-old Colombian girl, with dreams of escaping her small town, traffics heroin to the United States, the trip is far more perilous -- and permanent -- than she expected.
British maverick Mike Leigh seems a tad disappointed that his abortionist drama "Vera Drake" has not become embroiled in America's culture wars. "There hasn't been many vociferous negative reactions…
While the glory days of personal and political studio pictures like "Easy Rider" and "Midnight Cowboy" may seem long gone, replaced by a global-blockbuster mentality, a number of this year's most…
With "Sideways," his full-bodied fourth feature, Alexander Payne has moved from the fringes of Hollywood to front and center as the embodiment of a new humanism in American cinema.
Is New York's film industry finally getting an awards presentation it can be proud of? After 13 years of playing second fiddle to a host of kudocasts and annual accolades, the Independent Feature…
There may be small movies at this year's Academy Awards, but there are no small Oscar campaigns. Specialty divisions have dominated much of the year's campaigning, with Warner Independent Pictures…
Contrary to many things in American life, the Oscars can't be bought. But they can be wooed.
In "Topsy-Turvy," Mike Leigh's last film to make a trip to the Oscars, William Gilbert observes, "There's something inherently disappointing about success." If so, then Leigh could be in for more…