Q&A: Three Directors on Their Distinct Visions of ‘Velvet Terrorists’

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Charged as terrorists, but now hailed as heroes, three Czechoslovakians recount and reenact their odd and fascinating tales of armed resistance against the old communistic powers. Three portraits by three directors: a presidential assassination foiled through sheer laziness; a botched political tribune bombing due to alcoholism; and a notorious bulletin board bomber who wanted nothing […]

Q&A: Gabe Polsky on the Soviet Hockey Legends of ‘Red Army’

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In an exhilarating story played out on Olympic ice, Red Army chronicles the rise and fall of the Red Army Hockey Team, the Soviet Union’s most powerful sports dynasty. Making his solo directorial debut, Gabe Polsky revisits the history of the Cold War using an incredible collection of archival material from both sides of the […]

Q&A: Cheryl Furjanic & Will Sweeney on Diving In with Greg Louganis on ‘Back on Board’

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A refreshingly candid documentary film, Cheryl Furjanic’s Back on Board follows four-time Olympic champion Greg Louganis over the past three years as he struggles with financial security and reunites with the sport he once dominated. With unprecedented access, the film reveals the complicated life of an athlete whose grace, beauty, and courage sparked a worldwide […]

Q&A: Jeff Preiss on the Jazzy ’70s Hollywood of ‘Low Down’

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Based on the memoir by Amy-Jo Albany, Low Down is a compassionate look at the complex relationship between Amy-Jo (Elle Fanning) and her father Joe (John Hawkes), a man torn between his musical ambition, his devotion to his teenage daughter, and his suffocating heroin addiction. Set against a sensuously textured 1970s Hollywood, the film, from […]

Q&A: Seminal Documentarian Albert Maysles on Fashion Maven ‘Iris’

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The great documentarian Albert Maysles’ latest film Iris is about fashion- and interior-design maven Iris Apfel, now 93 years old, as she celebrates the late wave of popularity she enjoyed on the heels the Met’s 2006 exhibition of her collection of often affordably priced fashion accessories. Maysles (Grey Gardens), who pops up from time to […]