We are pleased to announce that Jordan Schiele's The Silk and the Flame will be in competition at the upcoming Durban International Film Festival in the Best Documentary category.
Fire and Ashes, Making the Ballet Raku will have its' NYC premier July 21st at Lincoln Film Society's Dance on Camera festival followed by a Q&A with director Shirley Sun.
Set in historic Kyoto, the fictional story of RAkU is based on a true event, the burning of a sacred temple by a deranged monk. Yuri Possokhov’s choreography for prima ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan mingles Japanese Noh theater and elements of Butoh with classical and contemporary ballet styles to create a powerful dance drama. The film begins with Russian-born Possokhov and his team making plans over vodka and borscht, then moves into an intense rehearsal process, and culminates in a breathtaking performance by Yuan Yuan and her male partners—Damian Smith and Pascal Molat—as they enact this passionate tale of love and revenge.
CONSTRUCTING ALBERT ACCLAIMED DOCUMENTARY OPENS IN NEW YORK CITY AT IFC CENTER ON FRIDAY, JULY 6
Albert Adrià has all the ingredients of a creative genius. Playing a key role in the creation of elBulli, the greatest restaurant in history, wasn't enough. Escaping the shadow of his famous brother Ferran, Albert is seeking his own success.
Adrià was named one of the most influencial people in the world of food by TIME Magazine.
“An audacious plan to independently establish five new restaurants in Barcelona within the space of a year…Constructing Albert represents both an insightful documentation of that process as well as a fascinating window on the challenges of meeting often rarefied expectations within haute cuisine circles; it will satisfy the appetites of both the curious and food-focused alike.”
If you are in NYC tonight and want to catch a film and enjoy some epicurean delights afterwards, go to Film Society Lincoln Center to see Constructing Albert.
6:30pm Welcome Drinks
6:45pm Screening of Constructing Albert
8:30pm Food and Cocktail Reception
Tickets available here
Enjoy food and drinks by:
Alex Raij – La Vara, Txikito, and El Quinto Pino, NYC
Ryan Hardy – Legacy Records, Pasquale Jones, and Charlie Bird, NYC
Desiree Tuttle – Achilles Heel, Brooklyn NY
Shaunna Sargent – indie food and wine at Lincoln Center, NYC
Murray’s Cheese, NYC
Cocktails by Pamela Wiznitzer and Luis Hernandez- Seamstress, NYC
Beers by Brewery Ommegang
Wines by Palm Bay Imports
Special Guest – Josh Beckerman: the Foodie Magician
About the film:
The legendary restaurant elBulli was sparked from the minds of Ferran and Albert Adrià, two brothers from a poor suburb of Barcelona. Ferran is the name most people know; younger brother Albert, who had reluctantly started working with his brother at age 15, with no culinary aspirations, has long remained in Ferran’s shadow. He is now considered by many to be the most underrated chef in the world. This new documentary focuses on this self-proclaimed outsider in the midst of a hugely ambitious creative adventure: to build a gastronomic empire in a crumbling theater district in Barcelona. (Directed by Laura Collado and Jim Loomis, 82 min).
Jordan Schiele's "The Silk and the Flame" is to play at Frameline 42 San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival in competition.
Ravishingly photographed in crisp black-and-white, The Silk and the Flame is an empathetic, touching portrait of a self-aware man bound by loyalty and boxed in by archaic cultural norms.
— MICHAEL FOX
The Silk and The Flame
THE SILK AND THE FLAME chronicles Yao’s journey home from Beijing to his familial home in the provinces for the Chinese New Year. Nearing forty and still single, he returns to visit his deaf-mute mother and invalid father, whose dying wish is to see his son wedded to the right woman and starting a family of his own. Yao, a closeted homosexual, would prefer to find the right man. He has done well in the capital and supports his parents, his elder brother and his brother's children. His professional achievements have earned the family's respect further fueling their dismay that he is still a bachelor. Ever the dutiful son, he finds himself sacrificing his own needs in order to fulfill their expectations.
The film is an intimate look into everyday life in China, where the economic boom of the cities stands in stark contrast to the poverty experienced by those living in the countryside. Schiele uses stark black-and-white photography to provide a fascinating and subtle narrative that reveals how deeply entrenched the Confucian values that shape Chinese society are, the legacy of the social tumult of the twentieth century, and the family’s own battle with the simple means of communication that most of us take for granted. The film offers an intimate portrait of familial bonds, of traditional values and the pressure to conform.
CIELO is like SAMSARA meets PARTICLE FEVER… CIELO is a cinematic reverie on the crazy beauty of the night sky, as experienced in the Atacama Desert, Chile, one of the best places on our planet to explore and contemplate its splendor. Director Alison McAlpine’s sublime nonfiction film drifts between science and spirituality, the arid land, desert shores and lush galaxies, expanding the limits of our earthling imaginations. Planet Hunters in the Atacama's astronomical observatories and the desert dwellers who work the land and sea share their evocative visions of the stars and planets, their mythic stories and existential queries with remarkable openness and a contagious sense of wonder. A love poem for the night sky, Cielo transports us to a space, quiet and calm, within which we can ponder the infinite and unknown.
The Last Refugees
The fate of refugees to the US has been the subject of media headlines since Trump's inauguration and the implementation of his highly contested travel ban. This cinema vérité style documentary follows the Kalajis—originally from the besieged city of Aleppo —allowing for a peek into the lives of those who seek a new life in America. The viewer becomes immersed in this family’s journey as they travel from Jordan to their new home of Philadelphia. As the popularity of the New York Times’ “Welcome to the New World” comic proves, Americans long to understand the plight of refugees in a deeper way than bombastic media commentary allows.
Upon their arrival in January 2017, they seem lucky: They are among the last refugees to make it into the United States before Trump’s travel ban is implemented. But their private victory over public policy is bittersweet, as their eldest daughter, Ju-Ju, is pregnant and has been left behind. When they realize they have only three months of financial aid from a refugee resettlement organization before they must be financially self-sufficient, another harsh reality sets in: They could be displaced and dispossessed all over again.
"Award-winning chef Albert Adria is the subject of Laura Collado and Jim Loomis’ fascinating haute cuisine documentary." -- Hollywood Reporter
In the world of haute cuisine, the name Adrià is synonymous with creativity. Constructing Albert is a portrait of the younger brother Albert as he strives to establish his own reputation in the world of international haute cuisine after elBulli.
One of the most influencial people in the world of food” -- TIME MAGAZINENobody in the world makes restaurants like Albert Adrià” -- EATERAlbert has had the misfortune of being my brother. I really think he is the best chef I’ve ever known” -- FERRAN ADRIÀ
Watch the trailer here: Constructing Albert
Juno Films has acquired worldwide rights to Jordan Schiele’s contemporary China documentary, “The Silk and the Flame.”
The film premiered at Berlin Film Festival, where it was nominated for the festival’s Teddy Award for top documentary. After an international festival campaign, it will have a nationwide theatrical release later in 2018 followed by other select territories.
It's official: Constructing Albert will be at SXSW in the Best of Fest section. Congrats to Laura, Jim and Mariann.