END OF THE CENTURY (narrative)
Subjects & Collections
Festivals & Awards
Winner - Best Film - Buenos Aires Film Festival
Winner - Best First Film - Frameline: San Francisco LGBTQ Film Festival
Official Selection - New Directors/New Films
Official Selection - Outfest: Los Angeles Film Festival
"THE BEST GAY FILM OF THE YEAR."
– Jude Dry, IndieWire
"Poetic. Ambitious. Ambiguous... A promising first feature."
– Glenn Kenny, The New York Times
"a gorgeous examination of what 21st century relationships can look like."
– Manuel Betancourt, Remezcla
"a sublimely haunting experience... Lucio Castro's debut feels like a gay spin on Richard Linklater’s ‘Before’ trilogy, all distilled into a single film."
– Carlos Aguilar, The Wrap
"An absolutely hypnotic romance... Pure magic."
– Gary Kramer, San Francisco Bay Times
"A hell of a debut... a profoundly moving, intensely quiet romance drama."
– Joshua Brunsting, Criterion Cast
"End of the Century is at its most intense, and sexiest, when it’s also at its most unknowable."
- Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"An erotic, emotional imagining of a Grindr hookup as memory palace."
– Keith Uhlich, The Hollywood Reporter
SUBURBAN BIRDS (narrative)
Hao (Mason Lee) is part of a team of young engineers called in to investigate a series of craters that have opened up on the edge of the city. As he and his team survey the subsiding area, another story is taking place in the same suburban landscape. A younger boy, also named Hao, spends long afternoons playing with friends and making mischief until one-by-one, his playmates start to disappear. As these parallel stories unfold, the connections between them proliferate and grow stranger.
From acclaimed director Wang Xiaoshuai (Beijing Bicycle; So Long, My Son) comes a personal snapshot of contemporary China in all its diversity. Shot over the course of ten years on both film and video, the film consists of a series of carefully composed tableaus of people and environments, each one more extraordinary than the last.
THE WILD PEAR TREE
Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's The Wild Pear Tree follows in the great tradition of family dramas like Death of a Salesman and Long Day’s Journey Into Night, and weaves an evocative tale of creative struggle and familial responsibility with inspired performances, sumptuous imagery and surprising bursts of humor.