Lucky Grandma

100 minutes

In the heart of Chinatown, New York, an ornery, chain-smoking, newly widowed 80-year-old Grandma (Tsai Chin) is eager to live life as an independent woman, despite the worry of her family. When a local fortune teller (Wai Ching Ho) predicts a most auspicious day in her future, Grandma decides to head to the casino and goes all in, only to land herself on the wrong side of luck… suddenly attracting the attention of some local gangsters. Desperate to protect herself, Grandma employs the services of a bodyguard from a rival gang (Corey Ha) and soon finds herself right in the middle of a Chinatown gang war.

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diana kennedy: nothing fancy

82 minutes

Featuring extensive interviews with Diana Kennedy and famed chefs José Andrés, Rick Bayless, Gabriela Cámara and Alice Waters, Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy provides an intimate look at the leading expert on Mexican cuisine. The author of nine acclaimed cookbooks and a two-time James Beard Award winner, Diana is called the “Julia Child of Mexico”, but the feisty cook prefers “The Mick Jagger of Mexican Cuisine”.

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Up from the Streets – New Orleans: City of Music

104 minutes

From Louis Armstrong to Mahalia Jackson to The Neville Brothers,  jazz and blues to rock and roll, New Orleans is known for its extraordinary musicians and vibrant music scene.  The music of this city is a powerful form of expression. It was a vehicle to communicate a desire for freedom, express frustration of the injustices of segregation and Jim Crow laws and a healing force that helped bring the city back from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Through interviews, performances, and street footage, this film celebrates life through the universal language of music and shows how even in the darkest of times, music lifts and unites.

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Beyond the Visible: Hilma Af Klint

93 minutes

Hilma af Klint was an abstract artist before the term existed, a visionary, trailblazing figure who, inspired by spiritualism, modern science, and the riches of the natural world around her, began in 1906 to reel out a series of huge, colorful, sensual, strange works without precedent in painting. The subject of a recent smash retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum, af Klint was for years an all-but-forgotten figure in art historical discourse, before her long-delayed rediscovery. Director Halina Dryschka’s dazzling, course correcting documentary describes not only the life and craft of af Klint, but also the process of her mis-characterization and erasure by both a patriarchal narrative of artistic progress and capitalistic determination of artistic value.

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Driveways

83 minutes

Cody is a sweet, sensitive boy who doesn’t always fit in easily with other kids his age. He’s not bothered by spending the summer in an unfamiliar New York town while his mother, Kathy, cleans out the house left behind by his recently deceased aunt, trying to ready it for sale. As Kathy–estranged from her reclusive sister for years–learns how much she didn’t know about the woman, Cody strikes up a surprising friendship with the gruff Korean War vet who lives next door. This PIFF 2019 official selection is a beautifully observed, bittersweet drama about our lifelong search for a sense of community.

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