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Features & Documentaries

WE’RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW WORKS IN THIS YEAR’S PROGRAM AND WE’VE SCOURED FILM FESTIVALS INTERNATIONALLY TO BRING THE TO YOU.

The American Essentials selection of new works represent films that showcase debut feature films from filmmakers who are unquestionably voices we’ll hear well into the future, films that take no prisoners in their analysis of the current political environment and films that dazzle in their capacity to entertain audiences of all shapes, sizes, tastes and ages.

You’ll have the opportunity to experience great performances from the likes of Holly Hunter, Annette Bening, Julie Delpy, Dakota and Elle Fanning, Jennifer Connelly, Danny DeVito and Ewan McGregor. You’ll see new directions in symphonic documentary and you’ll dive head-first into the roots of West Coast hip hop and that’s saying nothing of the new “magic realism” style rapidly developing in the US.

In all cases, it’s the great understanding all these films and filmmakers have of the power of big-screen storytelling. Using every new technological tool at their disposal these filmmakers fill the screen with sound of the highest fidelity and pictures of enormous beauty, surprising subtlety and vibrant colour.

In any and all instances there’s a great vitality and strength in all the works that strive to present new perspectives and approaches while paying respect to the enormously influential traditions of American independent cinema.