From one of the luminaries of the contemporary arthouse, Claire Denis, whose elliptical, hypnotic films are a rich and unique sensory experience. This, Denis’ own version of a vampire tale, may be her darkest vision, unforgettably scored by the Tindersticks and starring Vincent Gallo.
Don’t balk at the run-time: this is worth it. Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s compassionate drama of four thirty-something women offers rare emotional and psychological intimacy in its group portrait of these friends. Its ambitious and immersive storytelling make it one of the best-kept secrets of 2010s cinema.
While trying to grasp the mysterious nature of a world ruled by chance with impressive formal precision, Marseille oozes with serene ambiguity revealing the almost ethereal soul of Angela Schanelec’s work. A quietly radical drama that experiments with cinema’s narrative tools to hypnotic effect.
Who could ever adapt Marcel Proust? With a rare inspired adaptation of his writing that’s so difficult to transfer from page to screen, the Chilean exile and dream-spinner Raúl Ruiz is up for the task! Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Béart, and John Malkovich lead an all-star cast.
The second entry in Rohmer’s “Tales of the Four Seasons” is a graceful exploration of love and faith, a romantic comedy with engrossing characters that will stay with you long after the end credits. Life’s choices proliferate—and Felicie’s quest for the right direction is completely entrancing.
Both a moving homage to his adopted hometown and an insightful work of film criticism, essayist and professor Thom Andersen has made a wide-ranging epic that explores how the City of Angels has been used in TV and cinema in the 20th century. Featuring clips from more than 200 LA-set films!
A man is wrongly jailed for murder while the real killer roams free. The murderer is an intellectual frustrated with his country’s never-ending cycle of betrayal and apathy. The convict is a simple man who finds life in prison more tolerable when something mysterious starts happening to him.
Now in his seventh decade of filmmaking, Jean-Luc Godard continues to surprise and provoke us. Winner of the first-ever Special Palme d’Or at Cannes, The Image Book is a riotous whirlwind of images and sounds whose inventive brilliance proves that the New Wave legend is as revolutionary as ever.
Richard Kelly’s much-anticipated but fiercely lambasted follow-up to Donnie Darko has rapidly achieved modern cult status overwriting the critics baffled by the film’s exuberant, Pynchon-esque satire of a near-future America. 14 years later, the prescience of Kelly’s madcap vision is breathtaking.
The bloody conclusion of Indian director Anurag Kashyap’s gangster epic. Kashyap uses the expansive length of his saga to chart with a precipitating body count the labyrinthine, death-courting codes of honor and reprisals among his criminals. As engrossing as it is bloodthirsty.
Indian director Anurag Kashyap’s two-part gangster epic left us stunned at its premiere in the Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight: equal parts Battles without Honor and Humanity and low key Martin Scorsese (his long-time editor, Thelma Schoonmaker edited Kashyap’s latest film). Part 2 to come!
The acclaimed Neighboring Sounds is critic-turned-filmmaker Kleber Mendonça Filho’s feature debut. Subtly commenting on class relations in Brazil through the city of Recife’s ominous sounds, it is a sensorial and unique piece of filmmaking, evoking a state of torpor hanging in the hot, heavy air.
A small masterpiece from one of cinema’s great miniaturists, this exquisite short feature by Manoel de Oliveira is based on based on the short story by Portuguese writer Eça de Queirós. This sumptuous tale honors the sublime ardor and mysteries of love, unraveling the true image behind the fantasy.
The dishonorably discharged Afghanistan veteran Thomas returns to his home village of Jerichow. Ali, a local Turkish-German businessman, owner of a snack-bar chain, hires him as a driver. That’s when Thomas meets Laura, his Turkish boss’s young and attractive wife. A classic love triangle is born
The final film in Kiarostami’s experimental video phase, Shirin is the story of Iran’s social oppression of women told purely through powerful reaction shots of famous actors as they watch an unseen performance. Includes Juliette Binoche, who would later star in Kiarostami’s Certified Copy.
After suffering terrible headaches and stomach cramps, Mr. Lăzărescu, a lonely 63 year-old man, calls for an ambulance, beginning one man’s hellish journey through Bucharest hospitals in search of proper medical care. As the night unfolds, his health starts to deteriorate fast.
Turkey’s pre-eminent auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan took home the Grand Prix prize from the Cannes Film Festival with this hypnotic, slow-burning neo-noir. In Ceylan’s trademark visual rhythms, mysteries stack upon mysteries in an enigmatic journey through a landscape, a murder, and a chiaroscuro night.
From Peter Tscherkassky, a major figure in contemporary avant-garde cinema, Dream Work another clever play with old CinemaScope footage. Copying it frame by frame by hand, he forces the images to achieve the fevered quality of dreams found in Surrealism and the nightmares of David Lynch.