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First Name: Carmen

Jean-Luc Godard France, 1983

We move from the sumptuous romanticism of Godard’s Pierrot le fou to this similarly fragmentary love poem from his 1980s period. First Name: Carmen reinvents cinema into elliptical broken rhythms and passages of discordant poetry to renew one of the oldest of tales: that of two lovers on the lam.

Dead or Alive: Final

Takashi Miike Japan, 2002

Takashi Miike heightens the inventive splendor of his gangster trilogy Dead or Alive uncannily into the realm of sci-fi with this apocalyptic finale. Androids, exoskeletons, and super powers abound into this kinetic audio-visual tapestry of ceaseless action. In others words: another Miike classic.

Dead or Alive 2: Birds

Takashi Miike Japan, 2000

This requisite spiritual sequel to Miike’s apocalypse composes itself in a unique bifurcated structure of dark violence and evocative meditations of the past. Dead or Alive 2 throws out the gangster picture rulebook, and creates a new poetic surrealism for its bullet ballet. Takashi Miike forever.

Dead or Alive

Takashi Miike Japan, 1999

Only last month we celebrated the gonzo cinema of Takashi Miike, and yet we can’t help but return to his world of violence, masculinity, and pop surrealism with one of his finest achievements: the Dead or Alive trilogy. This first film is a dazzling spectacle culminating to a truly singular ending.


Pema Tseden China, 2015

25 days to watch
Two from Tibet

Today we further celebrate the cinema of Tibet with this ravishing formal vision from the country’s preeminent cinematic poet, Pema Tseden. Gracefully articulating the life of a shepherd, Tseden’s film ambitiously reckons with the forces of modernism deteriorating Tibet’s past and cultural identity.

Paths of the Soul

Zhang Yang China, 2015

24 days to watch
Two from Tibet

Tibet is a landscape rarely seen by cinema, and director Zhang Yang gracefully honors its many elements with this spiritualist documentary of a pilgrimage across the country amidst a harsh winter. Patient and oneiric rhythms pair for a truly rich cinematic experience both textural and enveloping.


Seijun Suzuki Japan, 1980

23 days to watch
The Taisho Trilogy

After being fired from his studio in 1967 for his radical approach to genre filmmaking, Seijun Suzuki came back in style with his trilogy of films set in the Taisho era of Japan’s 1920s. He obviously lost none of his verve for outlandish storytelling and exquisite flourishes of color and set-design!

Pierrot le fou

Jean-Luc Godard France, 1965

Today we begin a 7-film series dedicated to the greatest post-war filmmaker. Cinema, love, politics, art, war: Jean-Luc Godard’s obsessions explode in a supernova of color and emotion in this, possibly his funniest, most tragic film. A New Wave pinnacle, with Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina.

I Cannot Tell You How I Feel

Su Friedrich United States, 2016

21 days to watch

One of the great and most personal experimental filmmakers, we are proud that Su Friedrich is premiering her latest work here. It is a portrait of the artist’s relationship with her aging mother—making it a follow-up to The Ties That Bind—a wry, turbulent documentary of the complexities of family.

Under Electric Clouds

Aleksei German Ml. Russia, 2015

20 days to watch

A grandiose vision of Russia’s future (in fact, 2017!) by Aleksei German Jr., son of the legendary director Aleksei German (Hard to Be a God). As with Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan, a building takes on epic new meaning as different people’s stories whirl around its totemic hulk in this audacious drama.

She's Lost Control

Anja Marquardt United States, 2014

19 days to watch

A terse drama which defiantly rejects the modern conventions besetting American indie films, Anja Marquardt’s debut is a movie of great psychological complexity. A rare look into the world of sexual surrogacy, guided by enveloping cinematography carefully attuned to its characters’ many gestures.

Diabolically Yours

Julien Duvivier Italy, 1967

18 days to watch

The most handsome man in French cinema? Today is the great Alain Delon’s birthday, and so we celebrate his many talents with this provocative and underrated French thriller from the great Julien Duvivier. Diabolically Yours is a vast journey of emotions from the first frame to the last.

I Won't Come Back

Ilmar Raag Estonia, 2014

17 days to watch

A drama of youthful flight that transforms into an unlikely road movie about friendship, I Won’t Come Back is a story of female companionship formed across a remarkable landscape: Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus. Polina Pushkaruk’s stunning performance, as Anya, marks her as an actress to follow.

Under the Sun

Vitaliy Mansky Czech Republic, 2015

16 days to watch

Recent years have seen an influx of films on life in North Korea, most of which were limited by the challenge of filming inside the state. Not the case for Under the Sun, which was a state monitored production that subverted partial control with its secretly filmed scenes of domestic life.

Peeping Tom

Michael Powell United Kingdom, 1960

The unique partnership of Powell and Pressburger ended in 1957, and Powell continued to make films by himself. None had as much retroactive impact as this dark thriller and brilliant exploration of voyeurism that bombed in 1960 but has since been recognized for its audacious cinematic self-inquiry.

The Tales of Hoffmann

Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger United Kingdom, 1951

Contrasting yesterday’s restrained noir from Powell & Pressburger, their resplendent E.T.A. Hoffmann adaptation showcases the giddy heights of the duo’s boundless cinematic imagination. Unabashedly gorgeous in its florid combination of theater, dance, music and cinema, it’s a feast for the senses.

The Small Back Room

Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger United Kingdom, 1949

This week we present a triple feature of films, two by the legendary British producing-writing-directing duo Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (The Red Shoes), and one from after they parted ways. We begin with a tale from the Second World War, taunt and richly suffuse with romance and suspense.

The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger

Bartek Dziadosz, Colin MacCabe, Christopher Roth, Tilda Swinton United Kingdom, 2016

12 days to watch

For the unfortunate loss of the writer & painter John Berger earlier this year, we offer this documentary on the man and his works. From our perspective, Berger was one of the pre-eminent intellectuals of his generation and this delicate portrait honors many of his ideas on the complexities of art.

Hot Thrills and Warm Chills

Dale Berry United States, 1967

11 days to watch

“Since the original negative of this film is lost, this restoration was carried out digitally from the only two 35mm prints known to exist. Painstaking digital correction, hand painting and repair work was done to provide the best result, still keeping a connection to the physical ‘artifact’.” —NWR

Evil Dead II

Sam Raimi United States, 1987

10 days to watch
Prelude to Halloween

Only Sam Raimi’s ingenuity could manifest this remarkable mix of terrifying horror with uproarious slapstick to singular effect. At once a sequel and re-imagining of the original, Evil Dead II, with its masterclass in camp courtesy of Bruce Campbell, is an upgrade in every sense. Happy Halloween!

Fantasy Sentences

Dane Komljen Germany, 2017

9 days to watch
New York Film
Festival's Projections

We conclude our partnership with the 2017 NYFF with the new film by Dane Komljen (All the Cities in the North). A beguiling journey through time, landscape and human history, it eerily observes Chernobyl—in 8mm, early video, and eventually HD digital—as it transforms from inhabited to abandoned.

The Five Obstructions

Jørgen Leth, Lars von Trier Denmark, 2003

8 days to watch

Lars von Trier, will you ever stop provoking people? Here’s a movie about his provocations: the Nymphomaniac director challenges a hero of his and great Danish director to remake his own movie under the maniacal guidelines set down by von Trier. Can he do it? Or with both filmmakers go insane?

The Nest of the Cuckoo Birds

Bert Williams United States, 1965

7 days to watch

“After a very limited release, the film vanished without a trace, leaving only its ad campaign to back up that it ever existed. In the early 2000s, through a twist of fate, a print was discovered. Now, fully digitally restored, it is presented to audiences for the first time in over 50 years.” —NWR

A German Youth

Jean-Gabriel Périot France, 2015

6 days to watch

A film that opens with Godard and closes with Fassbinder can only have a combative soul. Bravely refusing audio narration, Périot’s collage of stunning archival footage from post-war Germany’s political unrest is a superb, enthralling meditation on radicalization that is of utmost relevance today.

Raw Deal

Anthony Mann United States, 1948

5 days to watch
Anthony Mann Noirs

Our second B-noir from ascendent director Anthony Mann (The Naked Spur) flips the script from T-Men, telling the story of the criminals rather than the cops. Mann’s attention to the details of violence is fierce, John Alton’s lights are luminous, and Claire Trevor and Raymond Burr—unforgettable.


Anthony Mann United States, 1947

4 days to watch
Anthony Mann Noirs

This week’s double feature is two raw noirs from Anthony Mann. Best known for his classic westerns like Winchester ’73, Mann learned his chops making B-movies, culminating in a series of lean, gripping thrillers shot in glorious pools of black and white by legendary cinematographer John Alton.

Electro-Pythagorus: A Portrait of Martin Bartlett

Luke Fowler United Kingdom, 2016

3 days to watch
New York Film
Festival's Projections

British director Luke Fowler pays remarkable, nimble tribute to an innovative and ingenious electronic music composer in our latest film playing directly from the NYFF. Presenting a variety of materials—concerts, discussions, technology—Fowler creates a dense, vivid collage of a unique creativity.

Dislocation Blues

Sky Hopinka United States, 2017

2 days to watch
New York Film
Festival's Projections

Our partnership with NYFF’s Projections program continues with this imperative act of cinema: the most cogent film concerning the 2016 Standing Rock protests. Hopinka’s short is shaped around two intimate reflections from protestors and their respective efforts to move forward yet not forget.

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By 1953 Italian Neo-Realism was on the wane, but “art cinema” was just being born. This overlap in eras is vividly apparent in this template for auteur omnibus movies, made by directors on the rise—chief among them Antonioni, Fellini, and Risi—who criss-cross social issues with bold modernist style.

Ley Lines

Takashi Miike Japan, 1999

A group of Chinese youths living in Japan struggle to make their way in life and eventually find trouble with the local crime syndicate.

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