France

Carbon

About the Film 

An action-packed gangster thriller based on the Carbon Connection scandal of 2008-2009, the most lucrative crime in modern French history, this riveting true story of one desperate man’s downward spiral through the gyrations of illicit high-end deal making leading to betrayal and murder, co-stars Benoît Magimel and Gérard Depardieu.

Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
104 minutes

Fig Tree

About the Film 

In this unflinching, coming-of-age drama, nominated for five Israeli Academy Awards including Best Film, a Jewish teen attempts to save those she loves and navigate her own fate in war-torn Ethiopia, where young men are scooped off the street and conscripted into the army against their will.

Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
93 minutes

From Cairo to the Cloud: The World of the Cairo Geniza

About the Film 

Manuscripts unearthed in a sacred storeroom in an Old Cairo synagogue uncloak secrets of a vanished civilization, in this remarkable account of scholars’ painstaking efforts to translate and preserve the astonishing find.

Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
92 minutes

Henri Dauman: Looking Up

About the Film 
The seminal work and inspiring story of one of the 20th century’s preeminent photojournalists who produced some of the world’s most iconic images, is told by the engaging storyteller himself, who relays his childhood trauma in wartime France and love of movies, which inform the life-affirming vibrancy of his work.
Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
87 minutes

Holy Lands

About the Film 

James Caan leads an all-star cast as a retired American cardiologist who leaves everything behind to become a pig farmer in Israel, in this comedic family drama, a wry, moving, personal tale of a dysfunctional family—with an ex-wife, an alienated son and a perennial student daughter—striving for reconciliation and acceptance.

Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
99 minutes

Promise at Dawn

About the Film 

Nominated for five César Awards, this sweeping adaptation of French novelist Romain Gary’s beloved memoir of exotic globetrotting and an impassioned mother-son bond, contemplates the complex emotional truths of a parent’s self-sacrifice and impossible dreams for a child.

Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
131 minutes

Shoah: Four Sisters

About the Film 

Built mainly from unused footage from his landmark 1985 documentary Shoah, this last chapter in filmmaker Claude Lanzmann’s decades-long journey to chronicle the Holocaust, presents the extended, searing testimonies of four incisive and articulate Eastern European women survivors bravely revisiting their tragedies in vivid detail.

Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
273 minutes

Simon and Théodore

About the Film 

Touching the heartstrings and tickling the funny bone, this French dramedy follows the eccentric friendship between an emotionally troubled man who escapes a psychiatric ward, and a rebellious teen running from his family, two misfits seeking self-acceptance, their misadventures peaking in poignant and unexpected ways.

Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
84 minutes