21st Century Cinema

21st Century Cinema

106 Episodes

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21st Century Cinema
  • Celluloid Man

    Episode 1

    Directed by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur • 2012 • India
    Starring P. K. Nair, Krzysztof Zanussi, Lester James Peries

    An engaging, heartfelt look at one man’s battle to preserve his nation’s cinematic heritage, CELLULOID MAN is an intimate portrait of legendary Indian archivist P. K. Nair, who founde...

  • Here the Seats Are Vacant

    Episode 2

    Directed by Shiva Sanjari • 2016 • Iran

    The lives of Iranian women working in film changed drastically after the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Shahrzad was sold by her father when she was only twelve years old, and was forced to dance in a cabaret in Tehran. Years passed and she became a famous ac...

  • Platform

    Episode 3

    Directed by Sahar Mosayebi • 2021 • Iran, China
    Starring Elaheh Mansourian, Shahrbanoo Mansourian, Soheila Mansourian

    A ROCKY-esque tale of determination and grit, PLATFORM follows three Iranian sisters as they compete to become international champions of wushu, a Chinese martial art. The sister...

  • Mirage

    Episode 4

    Directed by Szabolcs Hajdu • 2014 • Hungary, Slovakia
    Starring Isaach De Bankolé, Răzvan Vasilescu, Orsolya Török-Illyés

    In this tantalizingly enigmatic neo-western, Francis (Isaach de Bankolé), a mysterious soccer player from the Ivory Coast, turns up in a small Hungarian town. Escaping from th...

  • Bad Night for the Blues

    Episode 5

    Directed by Chris Shepherd • 2010 • United Kingdom

    It’s a holiday to remember—or not—when a young man joins his dotty elderly aunt for a Christmas party at her local Conservative Club, where the wine is flowing, the bingo is heated, and the cracks in the genteel facade start to show.

  • Infinite Football

    Episode 6

    Directed by Corneliu Porumboiu • 2018 • Romania
    Starring Laurentiu Ginghina

    Romanian New Wave leader Corneliu Porumboiu (12:08 EAST OF BUCHAREST) directs this at once hilarious and poignant look at an ordinary man’s extraordinary ambitions. Ever since a leg fracture ended his aspirations of beco...

  • The Headhunter’s Daughter

    Episode 7

    Directed by Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan • 2022 • Philippines
    Starring Ammin Acha-ur, Pablo Quintos

    This sublime winner of the Short Film Grand Jury Prize at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival follows Lynn (Ammin Acha-ur), who leaves her family’s remote home behind to traverse the harrowing roads o...

  • Cane Fire

    Episode 8

    Directed by Anthony Banua-Simon • 2020 • United States

    The Hawaiian island of Kauaʻi is seen by many as a paradise of leisure and pristine natural beauty, but these escapist fantasies obscure the colonial displacement, hyperexploitation of workers, and destructive environmental extraction that h...

  • Clara sola

    Episode 9

    Directed by Nathalie Álvarez Mesén • 2021 • Sweden, Costa Rica
    Starring Wendy Chinchilla Araya, Ana Julia Porras Espinoza, Daniel Castañeda Rincón

    This revelatory first feature from Nathalie Álvarez Mesén is a mesmerizing portrait of a woman in the process of taking ownership of her body and sel...

  • My Architect

    Episode 10

    Directed by Nathaniel Kahn • 2003 • United States

    Louis I. Kahn, who died in 1974, was one of the greatest architects of the twentieth century, but he left behind an illegitimate son, Nathaniel, and a personal life of secrets and broken promises. MY ARCHITECT takes us on a heartbreaking yet humo...

  • Gramercy Stories

    Episode 11

    Directed by Joyce Chopra • 2008 • United States

    GRAMERCY STORIES is an inspiring look inside a unique residence in Manhattan that provides a safe home for twenty-five gay and transgender teenagers who have experienced violence at home and on the streets. Told from their candid, often witty persp...

  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    Episode 12

    Directed by Taika Waititi • 2016 • New Zealand
    Starring Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata

    Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky (Julian Dennison) gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving...

  • 499
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    Episode 13

    499

    Episode 13

    Directed by Rodrigo Reyes • 2020 • Mexico

    To reflect on the five-hundred-year anniversary of the Spanish conquest of Mexico, director Rodrigo Reyes offers a bold hybrid-cinema experience exploring the brutal legacy of colonialism in contemporary Mexico. Through the eyes of a ghostly conquistador...

  • Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth

    Episode 14

    Directed by Jeanie Finlay • 2019 • United Kingdom
    Starring Freddy McConnell

    Freddy is thirty and yearns to start a family, but for him this ordinary desire comes with unique challenges: he is a gay transgender man. Deciding to carry his own baby took years of soul searching, but nothing could pr...

  • Take Out

    Episode 15

    Directed by Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou • 2004 • United States
    Starring Charles Jang, Jeng-Hua Yu, Wang-Thye Lee

    The American dream has rarely seemed so far away as in Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou’s raw, vérité TAKE OUT, an immersion in the life of an undocumented Chinese immigrant struggli...

  • The House of the Devil

    Episode 16

    Directed by Ti West • 2009 • United States
    Starring Jocelin Donahue, Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov

    Director Ti West tips his hat to the slasher classics of the 1970s and ’80s with this intense, stylishly retro satanic shocker. Desperate for some quick cash, college sophomore Samantha Hughes (Jocelin ...

  • Dries

    Episode 17

    Directed by Reiner Holzemer • 2017 • Belgium
    Starring Dries Van Noten, Iris Apfel, Pamela Golbin

    For the first time, legendary fashion designer Dries Van Noten allows a filmmaker access to his creative process and rich home life. For an entire year, Reiner Holzemer documents the intricate steps ...

  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

    Episode 18

    Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour • 2014 • United States
    Starring Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi

    The first Iranian vampire western, Ana Lily Amirpour’s mesmerizing debut feature blends the influences of spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, the Iranian New Wave, and Jim Jarmusch into a truly...

  • The Headless Woman

    Episode 19

    Directed by Lucrecia Martel • 2008 • Argentina
    Starring María Onetto, Claudia Cantero, Inés Efron

    A bourgeois middle-aged dentist named Verónica (María Onetto) drives alone on a dirt road, becomes distracted, and runs over something. Immediately she becomes disoriented, unmoored from her identit...

  • Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary

    Episode 20

    Directed by Guy Maddin • 2002 • Canada
    Starring Wei-Qiang Zhang, Tara Birtwhistle, David Moroni

    Beautifully transposing the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s interpretation of Bram Stoker’s classic vampire yarn from stage to screen, Guy Maddin forges a sumptuous, erotically charged feast of dance, drama, ...

  • Estonia Dreams of Eurovision!

    Episode 21

    Directed by Marina Zenovich • 2002 • United Kingdom

    Every year, the nations of Europe face off in an epic pop-music battle known as Eurovision, with artists from each country attempting to outdo one another on a spectacular international stage. For this engagingly offbeat documentary, director M...

  • Maelström

    Episode 22

    Directed by Denis Villeneuve • 2000 • Canada
    Starring Marie-Josée Croze, Jean-Nicolas Verreault, Pierre Lebeau

    Narrated by a talking fish, Denis Villeneuve’s sophomore feature blends magical realism, dark humor, and existential inquiry into an audaciously surreal fable. While driving under the i...

  • Samson & Delilah

    Episode 23

    Directed by Warwick Thornton • 2009 • Australia
    Starring Rowan McNamara, Marissa Gibson, Mitjili Napanangka Gibson

    Winner of Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Warwick Thornton’s feature debut is a heartrending and tender vision of young love on the extreme margins of Australian society. T...

  • Happy Hour

    Episode 24

    Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi • 2015 • Japan
    Starring Sachie Tanaka, Hazuki Kikuchi, Maiko Mihara

    A powerful affirmation of the immersive potential of cinema, HAPPY HOUR is a slow-burning epic chronicling the emotional journey of four thirtysomething women in the misty seaside city of Kobe, Japa...