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Che: The Argentine

Steven Soderbergh France, 2008

29 days to watch
What Is an Auteur?

The first part of a project not just split down the middle, but fractured in a more abstract sense, this bold reconstruction of the Che’s life (charting the revolutionary’s time in 50s Cuba) challenges our every expectation. An unconventional biopic from the always risk-taking Steven Soderbergh.

Beyond the Hills

Cristian Mungiu Romania, 2012

28 days to watch

Romanian director Cristian Mungiu delves deep into the subject of religious faith in this chilling drama, framing life in an orthodox monastery with atmospheric and beguiling cinematography. Intense and disconcerting, the two lead performances were awarded a double award for Best Actress in Cannes!

The White Storm

Benny Chan Thailand, 2013

26 days to watch

A rare convergence of three of Hong Kong’s biggest stars: Sean Lau, Louis Koo, and Nick Cheung meet in this sprawling crime story in China’s metropolis. A throwback to the bombastic stylings of John Woo’s films, The White Storm is a fiery rage of action, baroque melodrama, and games of deception.

In Praise of Nothing

Boris Mitić Serbia, 2017

25 days to watch
Undiscovered

With images from 70 countries shot by 62 cinematographers, this satirical essay-film travels the world to deliver a treatise about… Nothing. With an absurdist charm all of its own, existential meditations are pondered with whimsical lightheartedness. What’s more, Iggy Pop narrates—in verse!

Citizenfour

Laura Poitras United States, 2014

24 days to watch

With Citizenfour Laura Poitras captured lightning in a bottle when whistleblower Edward Snowden reached out to her to share his case against the NSA and the state of mass surveillance. Six years have past and yet the imperative issues this brave film challenges remain. An exemplary political film.

On War

Bertrand Bonello France, 2008

23 days to watch

Nocturama auteur Bertrand Bonello aligned some of the biggest stars in French cinema for this parable of human nature and artistic creation. A farce with welcome shades of darkness, On War follows Mathieu Amalric, curiously playing a cipher of Bonello, immersing into the world of a mysterious cult.

Edge of the Knife

Helen Haig-Brown, Gwaai Edenshaw Canada, 2018

22 days to watch

Realized in a language which less than 20 people now speak, Edge of the Knife is a singular act of lingual preservation and a mythic story of revenge, family, and the supernatural amidst the breathtaking landscapes of British Columbia’s Haida Gwaii. Presented in collaboration with Canada Now.

Holiday

Isabella Eklöf Denmark, 2018

21 days to watch
Debuts

Be warned: this is no placid summer’s tale! Isabella Eklöf’s sun-drenched debut is as intoxicating as it is brutal. An unflinching study of female oppression whose perspective on abuse has stirred up controversy, Holiday is daring filmmaking that exudes confidence while asking crucial questions.

History Lessons

Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub Italy, 1972

20 days to watch
A Straub-Huillet
Retrospective

Modern-day traffic in Rome and the life of Julius Caesar collide in this radical adaptation of a Brecht novel. Straub-Huillet continue to fearlessly remove the gap between Roman history and Italy’s 20th century by revealing Caesar’s transformative impact through ancient characters and modern images.

Last Night

Don McKellar Canada, 1998

19 days to watch

Starring a host of Canadian cinema luminaries, from Sandra Oh to David Cronenberg, actor-turned-director Don McKellar made a Y2K infused cult classic of the apocalypse genre with Last Night. Delightfully conversational, mysterious, and bittersweet, this is one of the hidden gems of the 1990s.

Anatahan

Josef von Sternberg Japan, 1953

18 days to watch
Adaptations

Realized from a first person account of being marooned on the Japanese island of Anatahan after WWII, Josef von Sternberg controversially recreated the disputed events with his baroque, magnetic touch. Whether truth or fiction, Anatahan offers a potent look at social power structures in microcosm.

Sophia Antipolis

Virgil Vernier France, 2018

17 days to watch
The New Auteurs

The second feature by Virgil Vernier spins unusual stories from within its socially and politically charged Riviera setting with a wry sense of humor and supple poetic touch that never dampens its sharp critique. It’s a state-of-France portrait that is as idiosyncratic as it is surprising.

Mercuriales

Virgil Vernier France, 2014

16 days to watch

With the beguiling 16mm Mercuriales, Virgil Vernier emerged fully formed as one of the most original & distinctive new aesthetes in French cinema. A disorienting debut feature that elevates the most everyday and banal situations of contemporary life to the metaphysical, otherworldly, and ethereal.

Orgy of the Dead

Stephen C. Apostolof United States, 1965

15 days to watch
byNWR

“Restored from the pristine original 35mm negative, the film is presented in its correct 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio, unlike previous poor home video versions. The estate of the director maintained excellent materials, so we were able to use the quality source for this ultimate camp treasure.” —NWR

The Son of Joseph

Eugène Green France, 2016

14 days to watch
What Is an Auteur?

Eugène Green brings his delightfully idiosyncratic touch to this unusual version of the Nativity story involving a quest to find a boy’s true father, a hilarious satire of the French literature scene, and, as always with this filmmaker, moving doses of profound emotional and spiritual sincerity.

La sapienza

Eugène Green France, 2014

13 days to watch
What Is an Auteur?

Next subject in our What Is an Auteur? series is French-by-way-of-America director Eugène Green, whose movies are spare—he counts Bresson as an influence—yet refreshingly funny, forthright, and touching. With its stunning architecture tour, this wistful delight intertwines art into its drama.

Tikkun

Avishai Sivan Israel, 2015

12 days to watch

Written in high contrast, impressionistic images, Avishai Sivan’s sophomore film Tikkun is a rare immersion into an Israeli Orthodox Jewish community. One young man’s near-death experience sets him on a path of discovery in this darkly dreamlike intimation of a crisis of faith and sexuality.

The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Nobuhiro Suwa France, 2017

11 days to watch
Luminaries

Intertwining lost love, the melancholy of aging, and the magic of movies, this film is a tribute to actor Jean-Pierre Léaud, who since The 400 Blows has embodied France’s modern cinema. Nobuhiro Suwa’s expert, easy-going direction results in a serene film of warm gentleness and sublime simplicity.

Eyes Do Not Want to Close at All Times, or, Perhaps One Day Rome Will Allow Herself to Choose in Her Turn

Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub West Germany, 1970

10 days to watch
A Straub-Huillet
Retrospective

We leave Germany for imperial Italy in our next Straub-Huillet film, a brazen historical drama that fuses 1969 Rome with Corneille’s 17th century play to invoke the drama of power struggles across the centuries. The past is shown as fiercely alive and old texts speak vividly of the present moment.

Mug

Małgorzata Szumowska Poland, 2018

9 days to watch
Viewfinder

Part of Viewfinder, our globetrotting strand showcasing fascinating stories, this beguiling and unpredictable drama is a dark yet frequently comic look at identity, love, religion, and small-town community in Poland. It won director Małgorzata Szumowska her second Silver Bear award at the Berlinale.

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

Cristian Mungiu Romania, 2007

8 days to watch
Cannes Takeover

Alongside Cristi Puiu’s The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, this harrowing Palme d’Or winner from Cristian Mungiu may be the defining film of the Romanian New Wave. Nail-biting and suspenseful, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days is a stirring socio-realist thriller, led by the exceptional Anamaria Marinca.

Amores perros

Alejandro González Iñárritu Mexico, 2000

7 days to watch
Cannes Takeover

Academy Award winner Alejandro González Iñárritu’s humanist vision was already fully accomplished with his groundbreaking first feature, which also made Gael García Bernal a star. Amores Perros, with its kinetic, mosaic sense of storytelling, is a landmark film from contemporary Mexican cinema.

Declaration of War

Valérie Donzelli France, 2011

6 days to watch
Cannes Takeover

Valerie Donzelli arrived on the French independent cinema scene as a sort of UFO with her low-budget eccentric and bubbly films. While her second feature (which stars as always her partner in crime Jeremie Elkaïm) tackles illness with emotional honesty, it still bursts with heart-warming vivacity.

Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai

Takashi Miike Japan, 2011

5 days to watch
Cannes Takeover

Following the explosive 13 Assassins, the iconoclastic Takashi Miike revisited the samurai genre with this underrated remake of the 1962 classic Harakiri. Scored by the legendary Ryuichi Sakamoto, Death of a Samurai is a elegant reckoning with notions of sacrifice and duty in the 17th century.

Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian

Arnaud Desplechin France, 2013

4 days to watch
Cannes Takeover

Director Arnaud Desplechin has a new film in Cannes this year, inspiring us to revive one of his strangest yet most compelling melodramas. A poignant character portrait of a unique cross-cultural friendship, the film is also a tremendous showcase for actors Benicio Del Toro and Mathieu Amalric.

The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu

Cristi Puiu Romania, 2005

3 days to watch
Cannes Takeover

Two years before his compatriot Cristian Mungiu won the Palme d’Or, Cristi Puiu won a prize at Cannes for this ingenious 21st-century classic, a key film from the Romanian New Wave. A pitch-black and Kafkaesque contemporary comedy, it reveals the myriad nuances involved in the quest for human care.

The Homesman

Tommy Lee Jones United States, 2014

2 days to watch
Cannes Takeover

Not since 1992’s Unforgiven has a western at once revived and furthered the waning genre. Tommy Lee Jones’ sublime The Homesman and its revelatory consideration of the white woman’s experience on the frontier, does just that. Starring Hilary Swank, Meryl Streep, James Spader, and Jones himself.

The Kid with a Bike

Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne Belgium, 2011

Expiring at midnight PDT
Cannes Takeover

Breaking from tradition, two-time Palme d’Or winners Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne—who are back in Cannes this year with a new film—cast a star, Belgian actress Cécile de France, for this bright and buoyantly optimistic socially-conscious fairytale. Winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s Grand Prix.

Paranoid Park

Gus Van Sant United States, 2007

An unsolved murder at Portland’s infamous Paranoid skateboard park brings detectives to a local high school, propelling a young skater into a moral odyssey where he must not only deal with the pain and disconnect of adolescence, but also the consequences of his own actions.

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