Chronicling the stories of four teachers in different areas of the country, American Teacher reveals the frustrating realities for today’s educators, the difficulty in attracting talented new teachers and why so many of our best teachers leave the profession altogether.
On the night of the appearance of a duplicate Earth in the solar system, a promising young MIT astrophysics student and an accomplished classical-music composer cross paths in a tragic accident. This sci-fi drama marks an impressive collaboration between actress Britt Marling and director Mike Cahill, who together have created a haunting story of loss and redemption.
Named for her seminal play, this entrancing, wonderfully inventive portrait of the short life and enduring art of working-class British playwright Andrea Dunbar has actors lip-synching extensive interviews with family and friends and reenacting scenes from her work to trace the social context and haunted legacy of a brilliant but troubled artist.
Every dog has his day in this beguiling metaphysical mystery set within the labyrinthine Buenos Aires neighborhood of Parque Chas, where a hapless watchmaker and his canine-crazed wife go soul-deep into a Kafkaesque world of pseudo scientists and self-possessed pooches amid period-perfect ’50s decor.
When the thoughtless comfort of her middle-class life is disrupted, a German flight attendant (Jeanne Balibar) suddenly ditches it all in pursuit of new meaning, making her way through a series of unexpected, oddly humorous and slightly surreal encounters in her search for grounding in a complex and dislocated world.
In a crumbling town, a father prepares for death as his daughter awkwardly journeys into adulthood. Marina craves life amid her desolate world: She experiments with sex, rocks out to the band Suicide and watches nature documentaries on TV. As her father deteriorates, she tries to glean from him some of the secrets of life.
Viorel negotiates bleak wintertime Bucharest with dispassion and an obscure anger. But when he begins planning a shooting, his predictable world gets recast in a new, mysterious light. This haunting portrait presents a penetrating revision of the traditional crime drama, subtracting the romance and keeping the doom.
“Lies, mystifications, provocations!” declares Ceausescu when confronted by his crimes at his 1989 trial. Bracketed by footage of his refusal to admit guilt in the hour before his execution, this masterfully assembled collage of clips from Ceausescu’s rigidly controlled official record reveals a dictator believing in his own cult of personality.
Mourning the disappearance of his older brother, Rafiq tries to make a life for himself in his violence-ridden home of Kashmir in this powerful depiction of the loss and psychological decay caused by 20 years of violent conflict, filmed on location in the Kashmir valley.
With sound floated in as if from outer space, Marie Losier’s first feature combines home-movie–style cinematography with whimsical set pieces and amazing archival footage for a poignant portrait of Genesis P-Orridge—industrial music, performance art and body mod pioneer—and her deep love for her late muse, the beautiful Lady Jaye.