“Ismael’s Ghosts” tells the tale of a widowed film director who is in the middle of making a film about an atypical diplomat inspired by his brother. While he has started a new life with Sylvia, he still mourns the death of a former lover, Carlotta, who passed away 20 years earlier; then Carlotta returns from the dead, causing Sylvia to run away.
The China Hustle
In 2008 Wall Street brought the economy to the brink of collapse with a shell game based on bankrupt mortgages...Nine years later, the stock market is sky high again. The game has gone global, and the stakes are even higher.
THE CHINA HUSTLE begins in the depths of the 2008 financial crisis when we meet Dan David and a band of Wall Street outsiders. Detective-like investors working on the fringes of the financial world, they scour global markets for new opportunities. With the West in a tailspin, they turn to China, to what seems like a new gold rush. Chinese stock market indexes are doubling every year and the potential seems boundless.
There’s one problem, though: US investors can’t participate because they’re barred from investing directly in Chinese markets. But this is America, and we always find a way. A few Wall Street operators create a novel solution by bringing hundreds of promising Chinese companies directly to U.S. stock markets. All of the sudden, middle America can get in on the Chinese miracle, without leaving the comforting confines of the NYSE and the NASDAQ.
It all seems to be going well, until Dan and our band of outsiders discover that most of the companies they’re investing in are frauds, producing phony balance sheets, claiming phony inventories, and celebrating non-existent profits. They flip their strategy on its head and begin to master the dark art of short selling—essentially, betting that a company will fail. With the help of a team of Chinese researchers who risk their freedom to uncover the truth behind these Potemkin factories, they discover the frauds and bet against them in the market. But even as they crush these frauds, they warn of bigger, harder-to-catch behemoths coming down the pipe—including, they fear, the single biggest IPO ever on a US market.
There are no good guys in this story. But there are a few people—our short-selling band of outsiders —who are sick of a financial system built on lies. THE CHINA HUSTLE follows their story through Wall Street, China and your retirement savings to uncover the biggest heist you’ve never heard of, and to challenge all of us to wake up and demand accountability and transparency in our markets before it’s too late.
Directed by: Jed Rothstein Written by: Jed Rothstein Produced by: Sarah Gibson and Ryan Suffern
Four siblings seek refuge in an old home after the death of their mother, only to discover that the house has another, more sinister, inhabitant, in this haunting directorial debut from Sergio G. Sánchez, screenwriter of The Orphanage and The Impossible.
Cast: George MacKay, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Mia Goth and Matthew Stagg Directed by: Sergio G. Sanchez Written by: Sergio G. Sanchez Produced by: Belén Atienza, Álvaro Augustin and Ghislain Barrois
The Gospel According to Andre'
André Leon Tally has been a fixture in the world of fashion for so long that it’s difficult to imagine a time when he wasn’t defining the boundaries of great style. Kate Novack’s intimate portrait, The Gospel According to André takes viewers on an emotional journey from André’s roots growing up in the segregated Jim Crow South to become one of the most influential tastemakers and fashion curators of our times.
Novack’s film draws fascinating, heretofore unexplored connections, between the elegance of André’s beloved grandmother and the Black Church of his youth and his later iconic, barrier-breaking work at publications like Women’s Wear Daily, W and Vogue. Weaving together a wealth of archival footage from the most glamorous moments in fashion history with André’s poignant reflections on his life and career, The Gospel According to André is a cinematic monument to one of the most unique figures of 20th Century American culture.
Produced by the team who brought viewers The First Monday in May and Page One: Inside The New York Times and featuring commentary from fashion luminaries including Anna Winter, Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford, The Gospel According to André is an indispensable addition to the growing canon of fashion documentary. "
Starring: André Leon Tally Directed by: Kate Novack Produced by: Kate Novack, Andrew Rossi and Josh Braun
Boom For Real
Sara Driver explores the pre-fame years of the celebrated American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and how New York City, its people, and tectonically shifting arts culture of the late 1970s and '80s shaped his vision. Conveying Basquiat’s personal magnetism, eccentricity and non-stop creativity without romanticizing him, the doc serves as another chapter in the ongoing effort to rescue Basquiat from his own hype. To tell this story, Driver worked closely and collaboratively with her friends and other artists who emerged from that scene: Nan Goldin, Jim Jarmusch, James Nares, Fab Five Freddy, Lee Quinones, Luc Sante and many others. As they participated in the film with their thoughts, period film footage, music, images, and anecdotes of their young friend, they help visually tell the story of Jean-Michel’s downtown NYC –pre Aids, President Reagan, the real estate and art boom, and before anyone was motivated by money and ambition.
Directed by: Sara Driver
The film centers on the final two years of Nico’s life in 1987 and 1988, approaching 50 and living a solitary life in Manchester. Her manager Richard convinces her to hit the road again and tour Europe to promote her latest album. Struggling with her demons and the consequences of a muddled life, she longs to rebuild a relationship with her son, whose custody she lost long ago.
Cast: Trine Dyrholm and John Gordon Sinclair Directed by: Susanna Nicchiarelli Written by: Susanna Nicchiarelli Produced by: Marta Donzelli, Gregorio Paonessa, Joseph Rouschop and Valérie Bournonville
Under The Tree
When Baldvin & Inga’s next door neighbours complain that a tree in their backyard casts a shadow over their sundeck, what starts off as a typical spat between neighbours in the suburbs unexpectedly and violently spirals out of control.
Cast: Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson, Edda Björgvinsdóttir, Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Lára Jóhanna Jónsdóttir, Þorsteinn Bachmann and Selma Björnsdóttir Directed by: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson Written by: Huldar Breiðfjörð, Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson Produced by: Grímar Jónsson, Sindri Páll Kjartansson and Thor Sigurjonsson