New York Film Festival 2017

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Arthur Miller: Writer (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Rebecca Miller; Stars: Arthur Miller, Marilyn Monroe)
A documentary exploring the life of Arthur Miller and his relationship with Marilyn Monroe.
Boom For Real The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Sara Driver)
A documentary exploring the pre-fame years of the celebrated American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and how New York City, its people, and tectonically shifting arts culture of the late Seventies and Eighties shaped his vision.
C’est Presque Au Bout Du Monde (Country: France; Year: 2015; Director: Mathieu Amalric; Stars: Barbara Hannigan)
A documentary observing the work of a soprano.
Showing as part of Three Music Films
Cielo (Country: Canada, Chile; Year: 2017; Director: Alison McAlpine)
A documentary about the sky above the Andes and the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, and those who live under it.
Did You Wonder Who Fired The Gun? (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Travis Wilkerson)
A documentary murder mystery about the filmmaker's family, set in lower Alabama.
El Mar La Mar (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Joshua Bonnetta, JP Sniadecki)
The Sonoran Desert between Mexico and the USA: 16mm footage of vegetation, weather phenomena, animals, people and the traces they leave behind merge with a polyphonic soundtrack to create a panoramic study of a highly politicised landscape.
Filmworker (Year: 2017; Director: Tony Zierra)
Documentary about the working relationship between actor Leon Vitali and Stanley Kubrick.
Hall Of Mirrors (Country: US, Bahamas. Hong Kong, Japan, Russia; Year: 2017; Director: Ena Talakic, Ines Talakic; Writer: Ena Talakic, Ines Talakic; Stars: Edward J Epstein)
Edward Jay Epstein, author and foremost authority on the Kennedy assassination, sheds new light on the Edward Snowden case after a three year investigation that takes him around the world.
Jane (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Brett Morgen; Writer: Brett Morgen)
Documentary about primatologist Jane Goodall.
Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Griffin Dunne; Stars: Joan Didion, Hilton Als, David Hare, Amy Robinson, Anna Wintour, Calvin Trillin, Vanessa Redgrave, Harrison Ford)
A documentary portrait of the filmmaker's aunt.
Music Is Music (Country: France; Year: 2017; Director: Mathieu Amalric; Stars: Barbara Hannigan)
A documentary capturing soprano Barbara Hannigan at work.
Showing as part of Three Music Films
No Stone Unturned (Country: Northern Ireland, US; Year: 2017; Director: Alex Gibney)
Investigation of a pub massacre in 1994, when six men were gunned down and five wounded while watching a World Cup soccer match in Loughinisland, Northern Ireland.
Piazza Vittorio (Country: Italy, US; Year: 2017; Director: Abel Ferrara)
A vivid mosaic/portrait of Rome’s biggest public square, Piazza Vittorio, featuring talks with African musicians and restaurant workers, Chinese barkeeps and relocated eastern Europeans, homeless men and women, artists, actors, and many others.
The Rape of Recy Taylor (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Nancy Buirski; Writer: Nancy Buirski; Stars: Cynthia Erivo, Jack Kyser, Tommy Bernardi, Robert Corbitt, Alma Daniels, Crystal Feimster, Tom Gibbs, Esther Cooper Jackson, James Johnson II, Danielle L. McGuire, Chris Money, John L. Payne, Recy Taylor)
Sea Sorrow (Country: UK; Year: 2017; Director: Vanessa Redgrave)
A Skin So Soft (Ta peau si lisse) (Country: Canada; Year: 2017; Director: Denis Côté; Writer: Denis Côté; Stars: Jean-François Bouchard, Cédric Doyon, Benoit Lapierre, Maxim Lemire, Alexis Légaré, Ronald Yang)
Documentary about body builders.
Speak Up (Country: France; Year: 2017; Director: Stéphane de Freitas)
A documentary following students as they prepare for the Eloquentia competition, which determines the best orator in the class at the University of Saint-Denis in Paris.
The Venerable W (Le vénérable W.) (Country: France, Switzerland; Year: 2017; Director: Barbet Schroeder; Writer: Barbet Schroeder; Stars: U. Zanitar, Kyaw Zayar Htun, U. Kaylar Sa, Matthew Smith, Abdul Rasheed, Carlos Sardiña-Galache, U. Galonni, Bulle Ogier, Barbet Schroeder, Ashin Wirathu)
Portrait of Buddhist monk Ashin Wirathu, leader of an anti-Muslim movement.
Voyeur (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Myles Kane, Josh Koury)
A documentary chronicling the relationship between veteran New York journalist Gay Talese and the enigmatic subject of his controversial book The Voyeur’s Motel, Gerald Foos, who bought a motel in Colorado in the 1960s, and furnished the rooms with louvered vents that allowed him to spy on his guests.
Zorn (Zorn (2010-2017)) (Country: France; Year: 2017; Director: Mathieu Amalric; Stars: John Zorn)
A documenntaty portrait of of John Zorn, the wildly prolific and protean composer/performer/bandleader/record label founder/club owner of New York.
Showing as part of Three Music Films
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