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  • The Music of Strangers | Director: Morgan Neville  
    Year of production: 2015 | Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    From the director of the Oscar® -winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom, and the critically-acclaimed Best of Enemies, The Music of Strangers tells the extraordinary story of The Silk Road Ensemble, an international musical collective created by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The Sound of Silk follows this group of diverse instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers as they explore the power of music to preserve tradition, shape cultural evolution and inspire hope.
  • 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.
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    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.
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    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.
  • Life, Animated | Director: Roger Ross Williams  
    Year of production: 2016 | Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    A documentary by Academy Award winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams based on a book by Pulitzer Prize winning writer Ron Suskind.
    Imagine being trapped inside a Disney movie and having to learn about life mostly from animated characters dancing across a screen of color. A fantasy? A nightmare?
    Life, Animated is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. An autistic boy who couldn't speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, brotherhood.
  • 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.
  • Contact | Director: Mario Paloschi   Gianluigi Attorre  
    Year of production: 2014 | Country of production: Italy | Language: English, French, Italian (with full English subtitles available)

    Contact sheets are the first overview for the photographer of what he has captured on film. They give a unique and intimate view of the style, methods and thoughts of the artist.
    Henri Cartier-Bresson himself, founder of the Magnum Photo agency, was strongly opposed to the idea of disclosing his contact sheets. However, this series reveals that the process by which an image is chosen reveals the multi-layered meeting point between the photographer's personal style and philosophy and the subject being captured on the other side of the lens.
  • 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.
  • The Muses of Bashevis Singer | Director: Shaul Betser and Asaf Galay  
    Year of production: 2014 | Country of production: Israel | Language: English, Hebrew (with full English subtitles available)

    Isaac Bashevis Singer, the famous Yiddish writer and Nobel Prize winner wrote with a 'harem' of dozens of translators behind him. Beyond simple translators, these women were a vital source of his creativity. The inspiration he drew from them came in many forms, often mixing romance with professional aspirations. Today nine remain to tell his story. Intimate, poignant interviews and exclusive archival footage combine to form the unknown story of an author who charmed and enchanted his audiences, just as he charmed and enchanted his translators. A film about the art of translation and one of the great figures of twentieth century literature.
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