Autumn 2015. At the Paris Opera, Stéphane Lissner is putting the finishing touches to his first press conference as director. Backstage, artists and crew prepare to raise the curtain on a new season with Schönberg's Moses and Aaron. But the announcement of a strike and arrival of a bull in a supporting role complicate matters. At the same time, a promising young Russian singer begins at the Opera's Academy. In the hallways of Opera Bastille, his destiny will cross paths with that of Bryn Terfel, one of the greatest voices of his time. As the season progresses, more and more characters appear, playing out the human comedy in the manner of a documentary Opera. But this comedy is set against a tragic backdrop when terrorist attacks plunge Paris into mourning. Even though the show must go on at all costs, there is no end of trouble for the new director. Star choreographer Benjamin Millepied jumps ship soon after taking over as director of ballet at Palais Garnier. Preparations for Richard Wagner's six-hour opera Die Meistersinger reunite the company.
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NYC Theatrical Opening - Film Society of Lincoln Center, Quad Cinema
Los Angeles Theatrical Opening - Laemmle Theatres
Embark on a musical pilgrimage from the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou to the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and the moonshine-soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country. I AM THE BLUES travels the backroads of the deep south with the blues musicians rooted in the genre’s heyday – many now in their 80s – and still touring the Chitlin’ Circuit. Let 2017 Grammy Award winner Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Little Freddie King, Lazy Lester, Bilbo Walker, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, RL Boyce, LC Ulmer, Lil’ Buck Sinegal and their friends awaken the blues in all of us.
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NYC Theatrical Opening - Quad Cinema
Drawing deeper than ever on his personal memories and experiences, award-winning filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda (Our Little Sister, Still Walking, Nobody Knows) returns with a powerful story of family ties and expectations in AFTER THE STORM. When a typhoon strikes, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe), a failed writer and third-rate detective, unexpectedly spends the night together with his son, ex-wife (Yoko Maki) and aging mother (legendary actress Kirin Kiki), allowing the estranged family the opportunity to believe in each other once again. Hailed as the celebrated director’s “most profound” (The Film Stage) and “beautifully balanced” (The Hollywood Reporter) work, AFTER THE STORM is, in Kore-eda’s own words, “the film that is most colored by what I am.”
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New York, Los Angeles, Toronto Theatrical Opening
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Tsanko Petrov, a railroad linesman, finds millions in cash on the train tracks. He decides to turn the entire amount over to the police, for which the state rewards him with a new wristwatch that soon stops working. Meanwhile, Julia Staikova head of the PR department of the corrupt Ministry of Transport, loses Petrov’s old watch, a family relic. Tsanko’s humble reality collides with a bureaucratic and media-obsessed professional world, as he desperately struggles to recover both his old watch and his dignity. A film by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov (The Lesson).
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New York Theatrical Opening
Boston, Miami Theatrical Opening
Four lovers find themselves caught in a tangle of intersecting relationships in this engaging, New York-set romantic drama that explores the ripple effects of love and obsession. Developed through a year-long improvisational process and alternating between three different perspectives, Somewhere in the Middle centers on a once-happy couple, whose marriage spirals into a series of emotionally messy affairs.
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Israeli singer-songwriter David Broza sets out to realize his dream of cooperation and dialog between Israelis and Palestinians through music. During 8 days and nights of joint creation in an East Jerusalem studio, a hopeful message of equality and unity arises.
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