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When a British-Pakastani rapper is struck down by an autoimmune disease, he is forced to grapple with his own childhood in the UK and his family’s cultural heritage through visions of his father’s fleeing from India during the partition of India and Pakistan. This is the Texas premiere.
After a shocking incident upends her family life and marriage to a tempestuous choreographer (Gael García Bernal), Ema (Mariana Di Girolamo), a reggaeton dancer, sets out on an odyssey of personal liberation in this incendiary drama about art, desire, and the modern family from director Pablo Larraín (No, Neruda, Jackie).
A farewell letter, a furious lamentation to a mother, a land, a hero, a victim, a martyr. An exhibition of stolen memories and open wounds. “I saw in you what they saw, mother. You deserve your war.”
Following the murder of his wife at the hands of an evil shogun, an avenging ronin (Tomisaburo Wakayama) roams the countryside with his young son—and the boy’s sword-shooting baby carriage—in tow, dispatching ninja assassins with steely resolve in operatically stylized flurries of hallucinatory violence.
One of the great masters of photography, Helmut Newton made a name for himself exploring the female form, and his cult status continues long after his tragic death in a Los Angeles car crash in 2004. Newton worked around the globe, from Singapore to Australia to Paris to Los Angeles, but Weimar Germany was the visual hallmark of his work. Newton’s unique and striking way of depicting women has always posed the question: did he empower his subjects or treat them as sexual objects?
Pier Kids follows Casper, Desean, and Krystal, three homeless queer black youth as they navigate the streets, welfare, and their biological families in order to find stable housing. Along the way, the film brings light to an underground community of Pier Kids.
Two film by Lourdes Portillo on Selena. This program is co-presented by Aurora Picture Show.
Friday I’m in Love: A Night at Numbers program featuring a work-in-progress extended segment from Marcus Pontello’s upcoming documentary on the iconic Houston nightclub Numbers. Afterwards, DJ ESTEFF pays homage to the classic club with an hour long sonic memoir of her own experiences at Numbers creating an 80’s night for audiences in their own homes.
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, Smooth Talk captures the thrill and terror of adolescent sexual exploration as it transforms the ingredients of a standard coming of age portrait into something altogether more troubling and profound.
Paying homage to the tradition of the griot in West African culture, Night of the Kings is a work of Shakespearean fabulism and gripping, energetic cinema, an altogether original vision from breakout Ivory Coast filmmaker Philippe Lacôte, and the submission from the Ivory Coast for the 2020 Best Foreign Language Oscar. This is the Texas premiere.