With Mangrove, Lover’s Rock, and Red, White and Blue, McQueen’s Small Axe anthology emphasizes resilience and collective strength.
The documentary Her Socialist Smile reconstructs Keller from an icon of vague, feel-good platitudes to the fiercely political woman she truly was.
Among the shorts playing the 2020 New York Film Festival, those in the New York Stories block embody the spirit of a city erroneously declared dead, offering studies in movement and character.
Get your popcorn ready. This year’s program includes highlights like Steve McQueen’s Small Axe films, ruminative queer romances, and incisive documentaries about US politics and Helen Keller’s activism.
Highlights included Ephraim Asili’s striking debut feature The Inheritance and Nicolás Pereda’s Fauna, an inventive story within a story.
Roee Messinger’s American Trial: The Eric Garner Story envisages a future that was denied to Eric Garner and his family, thanks to the extremely racist and flawed legal system in the United States.
In Varda by Agnès, the revered director makes her own cinematic eulogy.
The documentary The Booksellers argues that independent bookstores are more vital than ever in the digital age.
Devoted to experimental film and video work, the annual sidebar presents a range of shorts that explore the negotiation of identity in manners both playful and stark.
In Trouble, after learning that parts of a BBC documentary about her father were faked, Mariah Garnett sets out not to correct the record, but to play with it.
With Heimat Is a Space in Time, Thomas Heise explores how personal experience shapes the “objective” past.
Costa’s seventh feature, Vitalina Varela, is the latest in a filmography that consistently builds on its predecessors both thematically and stylistically, telling and retelling connected stories through different points of view.