Life Among the Young and Confused

Lawrence Michael Levine’s “Gabi on the Roof in July,” with a title that evokes Eric Rohmer and a creative process that resembles Mike Leigh’s long-term structured improvisations, is a kind of negative argument in favor of the auteur theory.

FUTURES | "Aardvark" Director Kitao Sakurai

This weekend at AFI FEST in Los Angeles, American audiences will get their first opportunity to take in Kitao Sakurai’s “Aardvark.” Already a staple of the European festival circuit after premiering in Locarno this summer, the film uniquely portrays the real-life relationship between a blind man recovering from alcoholism (Larry Lewis Jr) and his hard-partying Jiu Jitsu instructor (Darren Branch).