Not rated, 113 min. Directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty. Starring Ami Diakhate and Mansour Diouf.
Rebel Griot: The Films of Djibril Diop Mambety: Mambéty transfers Friedrich Dürrenmatt's tragi-comic play The Visit from Switzerland to Senegal. An economically depressed village hopes that a rich, new resident, who in her youth was a town beauty, will share her wealth. But first she wishes to correct an injustice that long ago branded her the town pariah.
Rated PG, 121 min. Directed by William Friedkin. Starring Roy Scheider and Bruno Cremer.
Friedkin's taut thriller, which was largely underrated at the time of its 1977 release, has just recently been fully restored and remastered. Based on the novel, The Wages of Fear (which also inspired the revered French film of the same title), Sorcerer tells the story of four foreigners in a South American country who consent to drive a huge haul of highly explosive nitroglycerin over treacherous terrain. William Friedkin in attendance.
Not rated, 80 min. Directed by Frank V. Ross. Starring Frank V. Ross, Rebecca Spence and Megan Mercier.
Austin Film Society: Best of the Fests: A young married couple who work opposite shifts gradually drift apart. A Skype Q&A with director and lead actor Frank Ross will follow the screening. Andrew Bujalski will moderate.
Not rated, 44 min. Directed by Mike Slee. Starring Gordon Pinsent and Patricia Phillips.
The life cycle of a monarch butterfly and its long-distance migration from Canada to Central Mexico is captured in this 3-D nature documentary that also focuses on the decades of fieldwork conducted by Canadian scientist Fred Urquhart.
Not rated, 40 min. Directed by Greg MacGillivray. Narrated by Meryl Streep.
Hurricane on the Bayou started production before Katrina and switched gears after the catastrophe. The film tells the stories of four musicians, highlighted by a jazz, blues, and gospel New Orleans score.