Starring an incandescent Freida Pinto, this inspired "Tess of the d'Urbervilles" update acknowledges but doesn't exactly embrace the Bollywood tradition.
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A young filmmaker and cinephile rents his body out as a human punching bag for yakuza thugs to repay a debt in "Cut," Iranian expat helmer Amir Naderi's overweeningly pretentious Nippon-set drama.
The same winning balance of seriousness and humor that made "Persepolis" such a hit works equally well in "Chicken With Plums."
Docu "Our School" follows the sad yet resilient journey of three Roma children as they grapple with prejudice and stereotyping.
Set in the gentrifying West Town of Chicago, "The Last Rites of Joe May" poses a genre question: What would Dennis Farina be like in a cowboy hat?
Jonathan Hock's docu deftly balances the suspenseful sports trajectory of standout athlete Shoni Schimmel with a sociological study of her family and environment.
Mila Turajlic's docu about Yugoslavian cinema traces the simultaneous, interconnected creation of a nation and its film culture.
Working from a fact-based script, tyro helmers Adam and Mark Kassen, fashion an impassioned expose on the health-care industry full of strange-but-true incongruities.