An Artist's Life

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    One person can change the lives of a thousand others. That is the power of great artists. They inspire, change, teach, and entertain. We always want to get closer to them, meet them, and try to unlock the secret of how one person can inspire so many for such a long time. Is there a formula? Can we figure it out? Watching one film is not enough. You have to see different visions, different great artists, and different ways of storytelling.

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    Absence of Me

    • Melina Terribili
    • 2018

    An original look at the pain of living in exile, constructed from photos, films and sound recordings left behind by the celebrated Uruguayan musician Alfredo Zitarrosa.

    Bridges of Time

    • Kristine Briede, Audrius Stonys
    • 2018

    This poetic group portrait of the “Baltic New Wave” goes in search of what it means to be a documentary filmmaker.

    Bye Bye Africa

    • Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
    • 1999

    A director returns to Chad after 15 years. A blend of fiction and non-fiction about filmmaking and the need for an African film culture.


    • Olivier Meyrou
    • 2018

    Yves Saint Laurent was the last of the great Parisian couturiers, and this film offers a fascinating and candid glimpse behind the scenes of the fashion company that bears his name.

    Ed Sheeran: Songwriter

    • Murray Cummings
    • 2018

    Behind the scenes with superstar Ed Sheeran: an intimate and musical account of the production process for his latest album Divide.

    The Eyes of Orson Welles

    • Mark Cousins
    • 2018

    Previously unseen drawings by Orson Welles provide the basis for an essay in the form of a letter from director Mark Cousins to this film icon.

    Giacinto Scelsi. The First Motion of the Immovable

    • Sebastiano d'Ayala Valva
    • 2018

    Composer Giacinto Scelsi believed his work came to him from the gods. Discover the mysterious beauty of his world and his music.

    Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl

    • Amy Goldstein
    • 2018

    Witness the rise, fall and resurrection of Kate Nash in this intimate portrait of a talented singer-songwriter who risked it all to remain true to herself.


    • Emmanuelle Bonmariage
    • 2018

    A playful and moving journey through the life and work of Belgian documentary filmmaker Manu Bonmariage, intimately captured by his daughter Emanuelle.

    Piazzolla, the Years of the Shark

    • Daniel Rosenfeld
    • 2018

    An intimate portrait of the famous Argentine bandoneon player and composer Astor Piazzolla, who revolutionized the tango.

    Searching for Ingmar Bergman

    • Margarethe von Trotta
    • 2018

    Margarethe von Trotta’s layered and personal examination of the work, themes and private life of the Swedish director Ingmar Bergman.

    Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski

    • Irek Dobrowolski
    • 2018

    The remarkable life story of the pre-war Polish artist Stanislav Szukalski, documented by the American friends he made late in life.


    • Andrei Kutsila
    • 2018

    A young Belarusian artist leaves her husband behind to visit her friend, an elderly Polish artist, in his fairy-tale manor house in Poland.

    Up the Mountain

    • Yang Zhang
    • 2018

    Artist Shen Jianhua gives drawing lessons in a remote mountain village, shown in stunning compositions and colors—every frame is a painting.

    Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist

    • Lorna Tucker
    • 2018

    A fantastically documented portrait of flamboyant fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, who has most recently become a climate activist.