The Solitary Life of Cranes (Eva Weber, 2008) and London (Patrick Keiller, 1994)
Presented by Lyn Goeringer
In The Solitary Life of Cranes, crane operators high above a city observe the comings and goings of people. Patrick Keiller’s London follows offscreen ex-lovers around London as they view the city in terms of 1992.
Magic Mike (Steven Soderbergh, 2012)
Presented by Mikki Kressbach
By day, Mike (Channing Tatum) makes ends meet any way he can — handyman jobs, detailing cars or designing furniture. But nighttime is when Mike really gets to display his many talents: He’s the hot headliner in an all-male revue. Mike sees potential in a 19-year-old he dubs the Kid (Alex Pettyfer), takes the teen under his wing and instructs him in the tricks of the trade. However, Mike learns there’s a downside to the stripper lifestyle when it threatens his romance with the Kid’s sister.
The Apartment (Billy Wilder, 1960)
Presented by Justus Nieland
In Wilder’s biting send-up of the culture of the midcentury office, C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon) is an insurance clerk who loans out his apartment for his bosses’ extramarital trysts. When Baxter falls for the building’s elevator operator Fran Kubelik(Shirley MacClaine), he is forced to rethink his dreams of corporate advancement and their effect on his privacy. A brilliantly acted and moving romantic comedy about work-life imbalance and the quest for real intimacy.
Baran (Majid Majidi, 2001)
Presented by Ken Harrow
Baran is the story of Afghan refugees told through the eyes of an Iranian teenage boy named Lateef. His devotion to a person he barely knows leads him to the choice that will change his life forever. Academy Award nominated director Majid Majidi (“Children of Heaven”; “Color of Paradise”) delivers a heartbreaking story of unrequited love.
The Coca-Cola Kid (Dušan Makavejev, 1985)
Presented by Joshua Yumibe
Becker (Eric Roberts) is an American marketing expert working for the Coca-Cola Company. He is extremely dedicated to his work and travels the world pushing the product on as many places as he can. When he realizes that there is a part of Australia where absolutely nobody buys Coke, he vows to change that. But then he meets not only McDowell (Bill Kerr), a local entrepreneur who manufactures his own soda, but McDowell’s beautiful daughter, Terri (Greta Scacchi), and everything changes.
Moscow Doesn’t Believe in Tears (Vladimir Menshov, 1980)
Presented by Yelena Kalinsky
Living together in a workers’ dorm, Katerina (Vera Alentova) and her friends are determined to make it in Moscow. But when a boorish cameraman (Juri Wassiliev) forces himself on her, Katerina finds herself pregnant and alone as her friends move on. Twenty years later, she’s fought to become a factory director, outpacing her old roommates career-wise, but still alone but for her daughter. When she meets a genial mechanic (Aleksey Batalov), love seems possible again.
The Forgotten Space (Allan Sekula, 2010)
Presented by Lily Woodruff
The Forgotten Space follows container cargo aboard ships, barges, trains and trucks, listening to workers, engineers, planners, politicians, and those alienated by the global transport system. We visit displaced farmers and villagers in Holland and Belgium, underpaid truck drivers in Los Angeles, seafarers aboard mega-ships shuttling between Asia and Europe, and factory workers in China, whose low wages are the fragile key to the whole puzzle.
Un Coeur en Hiver (Claude Sautet, 1993)
Presented by Bill Vincent
Violin player Camille (Emmanuelle Béart) begins an affair with Maxime (André Dussollier), who is prepared to leave his wife. But then Camille goes to Maxime’s violin repair shop and meets his employee, Stephane (Daniel Auteuil), and she instantly falls in love. While Camille freely expresses her emotions for Stephane, he acts increasingly introverted, shunning her affections even though he cares for her, too. Camille soon becomes obsessed in her determination to win Stephane over.