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LA STRADA

(Janus)

There has never been a face quite like that of Giulietta Masina. Her husband, the legendary Federico Fellini, directs her as Gelsomina in La Strada, the film that launched them both to international stardom. Gelsomina is sold by her mother into the employ of Zampanò (Anthony Quinn), a brutal strongman in a traveling circus.



CITIZENS OF THE WORLD

(Le Pacte)

Writer, director, star Gianni Di Gregorio, Italy’s answer to Larry David, returns to the humanist comic territory of his arthouse hits Mid-August Lunch and The Salt of Life with Citizens of the World, a warm and delightful reflection on life with characters you’ll want to spend more time with after the credits roll.



MARTIN EDEN

(Kino Lorber)

Pietro Marcello’s Italian-language adaptation of Jack London’s 1909 novel features an intense performance by Luca Marinelli who, in the title role as a charismatic, unschooled aspiring writer consumed by love, ambition and politics, won the Best Actor award at the Venice Film Festival. Transposed to mid-century Naples, at a provocative moment in Italy’s history, Martin saves a young man from a beating by a gang of toughs, and then accompanies him home to a lunch at where he meets the upper-class family. Martin falls for the sister, Elena (Jessica Cressy), a university student whose beauty and intelligence inspires him.



OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE

(Kino Lorber)

Ric Burns’ film explores the life and work of the legendary neurologist, a fearless explorer of unknown mental worlds, who helped redefine our understanding of the brain and mind, the diversity of human experience, and the baseline of our shared humanity. A month after receiving a fatal diagnosis in January 2015, Oliver Sacks sat for a series of filmed interviews in his apartment in New York City.

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RIFIFI

(Film Movement)

Tony Le Stéphanois (Jean Servais), back from prison after taking a rap for Jo le Suédois (Carl Möhner), is ready to settle a few scores and mastermind a brilliant jewel heist. A worldwide smash hit, Rififi earned director Jules Dassin the Best Director prize at Cannes and set the standard for screen robberies for decades to come. (via Rialto)



BILLY THE KID

(Oscilloscope)

A provocative coming-of-age story, Jennifer Venditti’s debut film, BILLY THE KID (2007), is an acclaimed odyssey into the soul of an American teenager. Venditti follows Billy as he navigates small town Maine, grappling with isolation and first-time love, and traversing the frustrating gap between imagination and reality.



RBG

(Magnolia)

The passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is momentous. In tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life and unparalleled legacy upholding justice, Magnolia Pictures is proud to offer RBG for Virtual Cinema ($6.99 to own). Magnolia will be donating its net proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation in support of their Women’s Rights Project, which was co-founded by Ginsburg in 1972. While we’re all mourning the loss of an American hero, we hope that viewers will be re-introduced to her work, and take her passion and courage back out into the world.During her life, she developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon (the notorious RBG) – racking up victories for gender equality since the early 1970s and writing brilliant dissenting opinions on important issues. The unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior’s rise to the nation’s highest court is the subject of RBG, a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg ‘s exceptional life and career from directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen.



OUT STEALING HORSES

(Magnolia)

Adapted from the bestselling novel by Norwegian author Per Petterson, OUT STEALING HORSES stars Stellan Skarsgård as a grieving widower whose encounter with an old acquaintance from his youth causes him to recollect his own coming of age in 1948. Confronting feelings of guilt from events long ago, he summons wisdom from the past to help him deal with the grief of the present.



JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE

(Lucky Hat Entertainment)

Using interviews and rare archival footage, JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE chronicles Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, now 80 years old, Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957.



CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

(Kino Lorber)

Based on the international bestseller by rock-star economist Thomas Piketty (which sold over three million copies worldwide and landed Piketty on Time’s list of most influential people), this captivating documentary is an eye-opening journey through wealth and power, a film that breaks the popular assumption that the accumulation of capital runs hand in hand with social progress, and shines a new light on today’s growing inequalities.



BEYOND THE VISIBLE: HILMA AF KLINT

(Zeitgeist)

Hilma af Klint was an abstract artist before the term existed, a visionary, trailblazing figure who, inspired by spiritualism, modern science, and the riches of the natural world, produced colorful, sensual, strange works without precedent in painting.



THE BOOKSELLERS

(Greenwich Entertainment)

An adventurous foray into a world that seems to thrive in a certain degree of obscurity, THE BOOKSELLERS belies the notion that book collection is a dying pursuit. Moving from dusty bookshops run by stubborn bibliophiles to the great libraries of wealthy collectors, the film discovers a world in transition that is brimming with activity, excitement and above all, character. Featuring a litany of special guests, MORE INFO: https://www.upstatefilms.org/the-booksellers



A WHITE, WHITE DAY

(Film Movement)

In a remote Icelandic town, an off-duty police chief (a chilling Ingvar Sigurdsson, who received Cannes’ Critics’ Week award for Best Actor for his performance) begins to suspect a local man of having had an affair with his late wife, who died in a tragic accident two years earlier.

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