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A Decent Man

Emmanuel Finkiel France, 2015

Today we launch our collaboration with My French Film Festival, which throws a spotlight on new French cinema. We begin with an intense character study of a man trying to get his life and family together, fighting with himself and others in a France rife with class and racial tensions.

The Yakuza Papers 3: Proxy War

Kinji Fukasaku Japan, 1973

28 days to watch
The Yakuza Papers

Of the many pleasures the “Yakuza Papers” is its tracing of Japan’s post-war history through its gang sagas. The timeline is now in the 1960s, with the economy booming and a milestone Olympics coming soon, and a new Japan reveals itself in the dizzying, labyrinthine inter-gang loyalties and warfare.

Exhibition

Joanna Hogg United Kingdom, 2013

27 days to watch
Joanna Hogg: Italy/England

Joanna Hogg returns home from her two Italian-set films for a penetrating exploration not only of a marriage among artists but also of how your home defines how you live in it and along with others. Architect James Melvin’s glass-shrouded London house is as much a character as the couple inside it.

Unrelated

Joanna Hogg United Kingdom, 2007

26 days to watch
Joanna Hogg: Italy/England

This week our double feature is spotlighting one of Britain’s best filmmakers, Joanna Hogg. With this she transitioned from working in television to a new, completely unpredictable career in cinema. A penetrating examination of the class that can vacation in Italy—and co-starring Tom Hiddleston.

Elegy to the Visitor from the Revolution

Lav Diaz Philippines, 2011

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25 days to watch
It's About Time: The Cinema of Lav Diaz

One of the most crucial aspects of the cinema of Filipino director Lav Diaz is a desire—or, most likely, a need—to connect the Philippines of the colonial past with the Philippines of the present. This film vividly does exactly that: a portrait of today seen through the eyes of a country’s history.

Triple Agent

Éric Rohmer France, 2004

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24 days to watch

A spy film from Eric Rohmer? Oh yes, but a subtle one: A perfect genre for the New Wave’s master of the erudition, social gameplaying and (self-)deceptions of the bourgeoisie. A rare period film, its sly drama, enveloping love with politics, is Hitchcockian: Is your beloved in fact your betrayer?

Sister

Ursula Meier Switzerland, 2012

23 days to watch

Ursula Meier’s Sister is a film with secrets–a film that quietly yet fiercely challenges the ‘family institution’ by pushing the boundaries of on-screen filial relationships. An acute look at loneliness, dependance and denial, with remarkable cinematography by Agnès Godard.

The Yakuza Papers 2: Deadly Fight in Hiroshima

Kinji Fukasaku Japan, 1973

22 days to watch
The Yakuza Papers

The hugely popular “Yakuza Papers” series, based on Kōichi Iiboshi’s articles adapting the writings of an imprisoned yakuza, agilely evolved from the original’s sprawling gangland cast to zero in on the turmoil of a single hitman. Kinji Fukasaku returns to direct—and in fact guides the entire saga.

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Vittorio De Sica Italy, 1963

21 days to watch

Watch a classic on-screen couple, Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni, in the era that made their names: the 1960s. Neo-realist auteur Vittorio De Sica shows his skill at comedy in this Best Foreign Film Academy Award winner. A burlesque delight!

The Happiness of the Katakuris

Takashi Miike Japan, 2001

20 days to watch

We don’t hide the fact that genre-hopping Japanese maverick Takashi Miike is one of our very favorite contemporary directors. You never know what he’ll do next. This is one of his most “delightful” surprises, a musical horror-comedy where songs and blood amicably share screentime!

The Neon Bible

Terence Davies United Kingdom, 1995

19 days to watch

Britain’s great storyteller of personal histories flush with emotion and taut with social tensions, Terence Davies, had a one-two punch of great films last year—Sunset Song and A Quiet Passion—which made us want to revisit this resplendent, deeply felt visit to the American South. A 90s classic.

A Hard Day

Kim Seong-hun South Korea, 2014

18 days to watch

South Korea has brought us some of the most accomplished works of genre in recent cinema, and has undoubtedly beaten American cinema at its own tradition. A Hard Day is no exception to the rule–this is an energized, taut, and wildly unpredictable thriller.

The Ghost That Never Returns

Abram Room Soviet Union, 1929

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17 days to watch

The late 1920s was when silent cinema began to perfect its art—formally audacious, emotionally rich, ambitious films like Sunrise & 7th Heaven—before sound seemed to roll innovation back. Here, the sublime style of under-known auteur Abram Room showcases Soviet silent cinema at its absolute peak.

Land of Madness

Luc Moullet France, 2009

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16 days to watch

Though a fabulous Cahiers du cinéma critic and French New Wave director, Luc Moullet is tragically unrecognized in the U.S. Discover his deadpan humor, sly political angle, cleverly calculated amateurism, love of Southern France, and droll personal presence in his playful Cannes-selected doc.

The Yakuza Papers: Battles Without Honor and Humanity

Kinji Fukasaku Japan, 1973

15 days to watch
The Yakuza Papers

Today we launch the thrilling 5-film series of Japanese gangster movies, “The Yakuza Papers.” Directed by firebrand director Kinji Fukasaku (Battle Royale), it catches Japan at a moment of profound transition following the WW2, embodied in the drama and violence following a rising gang member.

Fantastic Planet

René Laloux France, 1973

14 days to watch

Animation isn’t just for Disney and anime! Europeans have produced some of the most jaw-dropping animated worlds of the 20th century, and René Laloux’s beloved fantasia is perhaps the best of the best, an adventurous, imaginative vision that exceeded the conservative American animation of the time.

Little Feet

Alexandre Rockwell United States, 2013

13 days to watch

A truly independent vision of poverty in Los Angeles as experienced by a group of children, Little Feet is a lyrical cinematic paean to childhood, and a key entry into the lineage of city symphonies documenting the area: from Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep to Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups.

Scarlet Street

Fritz Lang United States, 1945

12 days to watch

A crown jewel of Fritz Lang’s Hollywood years, Scarlet Street is film noir at its darkest and most dangerous: a simmering drama of crime and desire, rich in complexity and thrillingly uncompromised. Edward G. Robinson was never better, and Joan Bennett is a deliciously sleazy femme fatale!

Death Watch

Bertrand Tavernier United Kingdom, 1980

11 days to watch

French director Bertrand Tavernier (Coup de torchon) has never been afraid of changing genres or filming new adventures. In 1980 he went to Scotland with Romy Schneider, Harvey Keitel, Max von Sydow and Harry Dean Stanton to film this emotionally felt sci-fi with a creepily prescient concept.

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

John Korty United States, 1974

10 days to watch

Forget today’s “original content” for television: this 1974 film, epic in scope and grand in subject, transcends the pejorative label of “TV movie.” (Though it did win 9 Emmys, including Outstanding Drama.) A tremendous performance by Cicely Tyson leads this century long tale of black history.

Fanny

Daniel Auteuil France, 2013

French actor Daniel Auteuil builds on his first film adapting Pagnol’s Marseilles trilogy, turning the port-side drama into the romance we know from the Leslie Caron-starring 1961 version we showed a few days ago. Fruitful to contrast old Hollywood conventions with those of new international cinema!

Marius

Daniel Auteuil France, 2013

We just brought you a 1961 Hollywood version of one of Marcel Pagnol’s great Marseilles trilogy—now we jump forward nearly 50 years and across the pond for award-winning actor Daniel Auteuil (Caché) doing double duty in front and behind the camera for the first part in a new adaptation.

To Be and to Have

Nicolas Philibert France, 2002

7 days to watch

French director Nicolas Philibert has been making documentaries for a while, but broke out with this supremely winning, year-long exploration of the remarkable challenges that come with teaching young children, one inextricable from the context of the countryside of the Auvergne in central France.

Fanny

Joshua Logan United States, 1961

Something colorful, sunny and touching for your Christmas! A Leslie Caron charmer from the final (dying) days of the Hollywood studios, this adaptation of the second of Marcel Pagnol’s famous Marseilles trilogy of course co-stars Maurice Chevalier and Charles Boyer. A romance shot on location.

The Piano

Jane Campion New Zealand, 1993

5 days to watch

Winner of the Palme d’or at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival, Jane Campion’s masterwork concerns a woman’s fortitude in a forced marriage. Uniting two of the finest actors of the era—Harvey Keitel and Holly Hunter—The Piano is a sensuous vision of unlikely romance amidst an unforgiving landscape.

The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story

Susan Warms Dryfoos United States, 1996

4 days to watch

One of the most recognized and beloved of caricaturists, Al Hirschfeld treated his myriad subjects—often from the world of entertainment, especially Broadway and Hollywood—with equal measures affection and teasing. A reverential exploration of a long, justifiably acclaimed career.

The Trip to Bountiful

Peter Masterson United States, 1985

3 days to watch

Geraldine Page won a much (and long) deserved Academy Award for her winning performance as the stubborn Mrs. Watts in this film genteelly dedicated to the push and pull between past and present, small town and city, mother and children (not to mention in-laws). Full of small, sentimental pleasures.

Jean Genet: An Interview with Antoine Bourseiller

Antoine Bourseiller France, 1981

After yesterday’s transgressive masterpiece by French artist Jean Genet, __Un chant d’amour_, you can now spend time with the man himself. Antoine Bourseiller’s short feature, made 5 years before Genet’s death, provides a picture and reflection of one of the 20th century’s most influential creators.

A Song of Love

Jean Genet France, 1950

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Jean Genet: The Song, The Artist

Earlier this year, we presented Todd Haynes’ debut Poison. Now we highlight the thinker and artist who inspired it, Jean Genet, on his birthday. His (in)famous, poetic Un chant d’amour, declared obscene by the Supreme Court, left an incalculable impact on underground filmmakers to this day.

My Father My Lord

David Volach Israel, 2007

“We do everything in the Torah without asking why,” Rabbi Eidelman, a pious elder in a cloistered Hasidic enclave tells his only son Menahem . But at an age where life prompts questions increasingly outside the confines of doctrine, Menahem unwittingly runs afoul of his father’s inflexibility.

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