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Alternative Cinema: A Guide To Escape the Mainstream


By Roger Costa


The Oscar-nominated, indie and foreign specialized distributor is releasing the American/Guatemalan thriller CADEJO BLANCO in theaters in North Hollywood and North Las Vegas. Directed by Justin Lerner, it follows Sarita, a working-class woman in search of her missing sister in the underground world of street gangs and its empire of crime and violence. An intense, suspenseful and masterly executed timely thriller. The company is also bringing Joaquim Lafosse’s Cannes Nominated drama THE RESTLESS, which becomes available for home viewing via Film Movement Plus on Friday, April 28. The latest project by award-winning Belgian filmmaker explores the tragic effects of bipolarity over a modern family. Go to for details.


The institution located at 165 65th Street Broadway in NYC is hosting a special weekend long Q&A event with the filmmakers and star of the acclaimed Italian drama THE EIGHT MOUNTAINS. Filmmakers Felix van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch, and star Alessandro Borghi will be in attendance to discuss the film with the audience, Friday thru Sunday (April 28-30). The film beautifully spans a decade long in the lives of two best friends going through transformative experiences. On May 10th FLC will kickoff the 30th New York African Film Festival featuring more than 30 films representing 15 African countries. And cult auteur Apichatpong Weerasethakul will be in town to celebrate his retrospective running May 4-14. The series The World of Apichatpong Weerasethakul will present his most essential films, including “Blisfully Yours”, “Cemetery of Splendor” and his latest, “Memoria” starring Tilda Swinton, among others. Go to for details.


Located at 32 Second Avenue, the historic arthouse venue is hosting a special retrospective on living legend screen actor Udo Kier May 17 thru June 4. The iconic star will also be in attendance to discuss his career with fans and audience. Screenings include “Blood for Dracula”, “My Own Private Idaho”, “Bacurau” “Dogville” and “Blade” among others. A well-known versatile German actor among indie and art cinema fans, especially for his bold and controversial choices, Kier is one of the most active European actors of his generation, constantly working on prestigious International projects. Go to for tickets and details.


The Museum of Modern Arts, 11 West 53rd Street, is screening the essential, not-to-be-missed series Rialto at 25, celebrating the distributor’s historic anniversary. Through May 22 the Museum will cheer up classic fans with gems such as “The Discreet Charm of Bourgeoisie” by Luis Bunuel, Jacques Becker, Marcel Carne, Francis Coppola, Alberto Cavalcanti, Carol Reed, Orson Welles, Fellini, Kurosawa, Jean Renoir, Godard, John Boultin and more. Go to for full schedule and details.

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