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Arts and Culture Collection
Thank You For Playing | Director: David Osit Malika Zouhali-Worrall
Year of production: 2015 | Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
When Ryan, a video game designer, learns that his young son Joel has cancer, he and his wife begin documenting their emotional journey in the form of an unusual and poetic video game. The result is a game called "That Dragon, Cancer" - an astoundingly honest and innovative work of art about the universal complexity of grief. Thank You For Playing follows Ryan and his family over two years, offering an intimate, revolutionary glimpse into how the fusion of art and technology - in this case, a video game - can document profound human experiences in the modern age.
Cinema mon amour | Director: Alexandru Belc
Year of production: 2015 | Country of production: Czech Republic, Romania | Language: Romanian (with full English subtitles available)
CINEMA, MON AMOUR follows the story of Viktor Purice - manager, former projectionist and lifetime cinephile and his two loyal employees, Cornelia & Lorena, in their everyday battle to preserve Dacia Panoramic Cinema in Piatra Neamt - one of the last remaining cinemas in Romania today.
Having lived through “the golden age” of cinema, Viktor dreams of bringing back the good old glory days, yet struggles to keep up with the new harsh reality. In a theater that lacks heating and is slowly falling apart, with no support from the State who owns the place, it’s almost a Don Quixote fight.
One Minute for Conductors | Director: Angel Esteban Elena Goatelli
Year of production: 2013 | Country of production: Italy, Spain | Language: English, German, Italian, Japanese (with full English subtitles available)
A exclusive look into a week-long, nerve-wrecking competition in which 130 young people from all over the world compete to be crowned as the best international conductor.
Following the preparations of five of the finalist, exploring how their love of music and the complex art of conducting are put the test during the gruelling competition. The sharp-eyed jury spots every gesture, every attack of nerves. Interviews are intercut with footage of the competition. How can this calm and beautiful music be produced by such a tense and brutal competitive process?
A Slum Symphony | Director: Cristiano Barbarossa
Year of production: 2010 | Country of production: Italy | Language: Spanish (with full English subtitles available)
A natural born talent, Angelica first picked up a violin aged 10 but it’s as if she’s played all her life. Wilfrido is the first one in his family to travel - or to receive a standing ovation at Carnegie Hall. Will Heidi stay with the tuba while her barrio descends into hell? Will Jonathan's cello save him from his brothers' drug abuse and homelessness? And what will happen to Fabio, an orphan, when he moves away from the music school?
Through the years, we understand how music changed their lives: from the first lessons to concerts around the world with famous conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle and Lorin Maazel.
Most Valuable Players | Director: Matthew Kallis
Year of production: 2010 | Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
Across the USA, high school sports are regularly lavished with funding, publicity and scholarships, while theater departments struggle to put on the school musical hoping for some recognition of their own. Helping to settle the score are the "Freddy Awards," a live television event that celebrates excellence in high school musical theater.
Illustrating that arts education encourages the same teamwork, camaraderie and confidence as sports, Most Valuable Players follows three theater troupes on their creative journeys to the elaborate award ceremony — the "Super Bowl" of high school musical theater.
Note by Note | Director: Ben Niles
Year of production: 2007 | Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
NOTE BY NOTE is a feature-length documentary that follows the creation of a Steinway concert grand (#L1037) from forest floor to concert hall. Steinway pianos are as unique and full of personality as the world-class musicians who play them. Their makers however, skilled cabinetmakers, gifIt explores the relationship between musician and instrument, chronicles the manufacturing process, and illustrates what makes each Steinway unique in this age of mass production. From the factory floor in Queens to Steinway Hall in Manhattan, each piano's journey is complex-spanning 12 months, 12,000 parts, 450 craftsmen, and countless hours of fine-tuned labor.
Cathedrals of Culture | Director: Wim Wenders Michael Glawogger Michael Madsen Robert Redford Margreth Olin Karim Ainouz
Year of production: 2014 | Country of production: Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
This 3D film project about the soul of buildings allows six iconic and very different buildings to speak for themselves, examining human life from the unblinking perspective of a manmade structure. Six acclaimed filmmakers bring their own visual style and artistic approach to the project. Buildings, they show us, are material manifestations of human thought and action: the Berlin Philharmonic, the National Library of Russia Halden Prison, the Salk Institute, the Oslo Opera House, and the Centre Pompidou. The series explores how these landmarks reflects our culture and guards our collective memory.
Music From the Inside Out | Director: Daniel Anker
Year of production: 2006 | Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
Filmed over a period of five years on three continents, the film is the result of the collaboration between the filmmaker and the musicians themselves. Unique in style and approach, the main character of this film is music itself. An eclectic soundtrack incorporates a blend of well-loved musical works-including classical, jazz, bluegrass, salsa and world music.
It is about the many people within one musical ensemble, it is ultimately a personal musical journey. Each musician's story reveals a struggle to maintain individuality, to test musical boundaries and to choose the path of an artist.
Dali’s Last Masterpiece | Director: David Pujol
Year of production: 2016 | Country of production: Spain | Language: Spanish (with full English subtitles available)
For the first time, the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres opens its doors for an all-access tour with the master himself. The museum is a place that he poured his entire universe into, that synthesizes his life's dedication to art. Dalí's voice guides us through his unfinished last creation, bringing his work, thoughts and personality to life. Co-produced by the Dalí foundation, Dalí's Last Masterpiece makes us a privileged audience to the magic of art.
Katharine Hepburn – The Great Kate! | Director: Andrew Davies Rieke Brendel
Year of production: 2014 | Country of production: Germany | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
The Great Kate peeps behind the scenes of the golden era of Hollywood to discover exactly how and why Katherine Hepburn became one of the most famous actresses in the glamorous world of cinema. She was an intellectual outsider with a headstrong personality who embodied a completely new charismatic female on screen. Creating an image is nothing new in Hollywood, but she managed to control her own by skilfully playing with the studio system. Katharine Hepburn managed an unbelievable 60-year career, keeping an outstanding open mind, staying provocative and timeless – something that still fascinates us even today.