It was at the Catskills' Avon Lodge in 1942 that comic and actor Sid Caesar would meet Florence Levy, a kids' counselor, niece of the owner and later Caesar's much-adored wife of nearly seven decades. "I thought he would be just a nice boyfriend for the summer," she told a California newspaper not long before her death in 2010. International Film Circuit hide caption

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Aging fisherman Ernesto (Mimmo Cuticchio, left) and his and his family navigate tough times and perilous politics in Terraferma, whose misspelled title is no accident in a world of increasingly closed borders. Cohen Media Group hide caption

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Kristen Wiig and Annette Bening are daughter and mother in a dysfunctional-family comedy about a playwright whose life needs a reboot — and the people who help her push the button. Roadside Attractions hide caption

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Patrick Riester plays one of the alpha geeks competing in a game-writing tournament in Computer Chess, a willfully odd comedy from mumblecore pioneer Andrew Bujalski. Kino Lorber hide caption

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Liam James plays Duncan, a boy of few words but many a feeling, in The Way, Way Back, in which a fractured family discovers a little something about itself on a seaside vacation. Claire Folger/Fox Searchlight hide caption

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When their aircraft develops mechanical trouble, three flight attendants — Fajas (Carlos Areces), Ulloa (Raul Arevalo) and Joserra (Javier Camara) — set out to put passengers at ease ... using some unorthodox methods. Sony Classics hide caption

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Pilou Asbaek (right) plays ship's cook Mikkel, a new dad who desperately wishes to return to his family, but is instead forced to prepare menus at gunpoint as the cargo vessel's owners negotiate for its release. Magnolia Pictures hide caption

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David Kato, a teacher and LGBT rights activist — as well as the first openly gay man in Uganda — is at the forefront of Call Me Kuchu's story. Cinedigm hide caption

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Reporter and author Jeremy Scahill, shown in Somalia, visited a range of conflict-plagued areas for the film Dirty Wars, an outgrowth of his writing on American anti-terrorism efforts abroad. IFC hide caption

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Brit Marling plays Sarah, a former FBI agent working for a private intelligence agency in The East. Shiloh Fernandez plays Luca, a member of the environmentalist vigilante group that Sarah infiltrates. Myles Aronowitz/Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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Domestic drama: Among the ultra-Orthodox world of Tel Aviv's Haredi Jews, Rivka (Irit Sheleg, left) and her daughter Shira (Hadas Yaron, second from left, with Hila Feldman and Razia Israeli) are confronted with a dilemma after a death in the family. Karin Bar/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Shmuel Tikvah (center) leads morning prayers among his congregation in the southern delta city of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Jeff L. Lieberman/Re-Emerging Films hide caption

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In Frances Ha, Greta Gerwig stars as a young dancer trying to find her way on her own in New York City. Noah Baumbach shot the film in black and white because it helped him "see the city with new eyes," he says. Pine District, LLC hide caption

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Serena Williams (left) and her sister Venus Williams in action during their first-round doubles match on Day 2 at Wimbledon in 2010. Hamish Blair/Getty Images via Magnolia Pictures hide caption

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