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The Dazzling Light of Sunset

Salomé Jashi Georgia, 2016

29 days to watch
Art of the Real

We’re excited to again collaborate with the Film Society of Lincoln Center to exclusively show gems directly from the Art of the Real, which surveys the most vital voices in nonfiction and hybrid filmmaking from across the globe. We begin with Salomé Jashi’s dive into local Georgian news reporting.

Landscape in the Mist

Theodoros Angelopoulos Greece, 1988

28 days to watch
Angelopoulos: Epic

Our second epic from Greek visionary Theo Angelopoulos is another expansive travelogue. Gloriously photographed with awe-inspiring scope and bravura, this Silver Lion winner at Venice is one of the late pinnacles of European high modernist cinema in the tradition of Antonioni, Jancsó, and Tarkovsky.

Ulysses' Gaze

Theodoros Angelopoulos Greece, 1995

27 days to watch
Angelopoulos: Epic

Behold the epic cinema of Greek auteur Theo Angelopoulos! One of the last directors who truly had monumental visions for the grandeur of motion pictures, Angelopoulos, who was born this day, here uses the screen as a huge canvas to explore post-communist Europe and the importance of cinema itself.

The Dream and The Silence

Jaime Rosales Spain, 2012

26 days to watch
Jaime Rosales, The
Extraordinary Ordinary

We conclude our close-up on Spanish auteur Jaime Rosales with this Directors’ Fortnight selection, whose exquisite black and white cinematography and impeccable use of sound are reminiscent of Bresson. Drawing on naturalism to navigate loss and hope, this is a minimalist film of transcendent beauty.

Bullet in the Head

Jaime Rosales France, 2008

25 days to watch
Jaime Rosales, The
Extraordinary Ordinary

This second part of our Jaime Rosales series boldly reframes Spanish political cinema by tackling an endemic terrorist conflict with striking formal rigor and urgency. Shot in its entirety from a distance, this chilling exercise in voyeurism dissects the act of looking and the act of killing.

Solitary Fragments

Jaime Rosales Spain, 2007

24 days to watch
Jaime Rosales, The
Extraordinary Ordinary

The films of Jaime Rosales, which we are exploring in a triple bill, are sharply observed and audaciously experimental. In this Goya Awards winner, the Spanish auteur splits the screen to remarkable effect, illuminating the limits and contradictions of human communication and cinematic storytelling.

The Idea of a Lake

Milagros Mumenthaler Switzerland, 2016

23 days to watch
Locarno Festival in Los

Today we extend our partnership with Locarno in L.A. and present this fantastic gem from last year’s edition of the Locarno Film Festival. A coming-of-age drama cast in the gaze of memory, place, and time, The Idea of a Lake is a enveloping inquiry of self.

All the Cities of the North

Dane Komljen Serbia, 2016

22 days to watch
Locarno Festival in Los

We’re excited to partner with the newly launched Locarno in L.A. to bring films from the Locarno Film Festival to new audiences. Dane Komljen’s moody festival darling audaciously envisions the success (and failure) of utopian community as a place where relationships and architecture meet.


Antoine Barraud France, 2015

21 days to watch

Our second Special Discovery is a never-before-seen version of Antoine Barraud’s Berlinale-fêted Le dos rouge. Wander in Paris’ mesmerizing museums in Bertrand Bonello’s company, which Sarah Winchester’s director roams in search of monstrosity, sharing the screen with some of France’s finest actors.

Contact High

Michael Glawogger Austria, 2009

20 days to watch

This 4/20, join uncategorizable Austrian maverick Michael Glawogger, who swerves from extreme documentaries (Workingman’s Death, Whores’ Glory) to extreme fictions (Kill Daddy Good Night), for a madcap drug comedy that remains tragically under-known Stateside.

The Valley Below

Kyle Thomas Canada, 2014

19 days to watch

We’re celebrating National Canadian Film Day with REEL CANADA by exclusively showing director Kyle Thomas’s impressive debut. Small scale but emotionally ambitious, it adeptly weaves four stories of lives coming to their breaking points with touching sensitivity.

Love Rites

Walerian Borowczyk France, 1987

Our Walerian Borowczyk retrospective climaxes (apologies) with his final film, alas. More sexually restrained—relatively—than the dizzyingly pink heights of Boro’s late 60s and 70s cinema, this adaptation of André Pieyre de Mandiargues’s novel still plunges into contemporary sexual mores with glee.


Margot Benacerraf France, 1959

17 days to watch

In 1959 Hiroshima, mon amour shared a top award from Cannes with a Venezuelan film of matched accomplishment in pure cinema–and that film is Araya. A document of remnants of the pre-industrialized world, Araya is a breathtaking reinvention of documentary as something both political and mystical.

Out in the Dark

Michael Mayer Israel, 2012

16 days to watch

This feature debut vividly uses the anxiety, precariousness and paranoia of Israeli-Palestinian relations to infuse the clandestine atmosphere of a love story where cross-cultural, cross-political conflict is only part of its couple’s troubles. A director to watch!


Joanna Hogg United Kingdom, 2010

15 days to watch

If you enjoyed our double feature of films by British director Joanna Hogg in January (or even if you missed them) we have a treat: Her second film, co-starring Tom Hiddleston, wherein a family vacation pushes and prods the limits of relationships and the spaces that define and confine them.

Maestà, the Passion of the Christ

Andy Guérif France, 2015

14 days to watch

Mel Gibson and DeMille adapted the Bible into drama, but nothing like this. For Good Friday, marvel at the French artist and director’s stunning transformation of the screen into a multi-panel moving image version of the Passion. A moving painting? Video art? Regardless, meant to be watched big!


Sean Gullette Morocco, 2013

13 days to watch

Spirited, youthful, angry: cinema turns punk rock in this debut feature. Set in contemporary Morocco, Traitors follows a maligned young woman and her battle against adversity in various forms. Told with a unique and rebellious sense of grace, this film is a rich spectacle of youth and individualism.

Storm Children, Book One

Lav Diaz Philippines, 2014

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

Lav Diaz’s majestically patient storytelling invests his infrequent documentaries with unusual concentration and power. The historical and psychic devastation of his epic dramas here becomes bracingly physical when focused on the detritus and poignant survival of children after Typhoon Yolanda.

Viva Laldjérie

Nadir Moknèche France, 2004

11 days to watch

Viva Laldjéri ardently follows three women in contemporary Algeria and their shared struggle against the oppression of religious fundamentalism expanding within their city. A bracing political film suffused with tender emotion, Nadir Moknèche’s film is a key feminist work of Algerian cinema.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne

Walerian Borowczyk West Germany, 1981

Robert Louis Stevenson’s sinister modern fairy tale of respectable surfaces and beastly underbellies is the perfect playground for the moral inquiry and surreal excess Walerian Borowczyk seeks. Riffing on the source with frenzied abandon, it also stars the great Udo Kier as the two-faced Doctor!

For My Father

Dror Zahavi Israel, 2008

9 days to watch

A suicide bombers mission is unsuspectingly upended in this incisive political drama of religious, racial, and generational prejudice. With a complexly staged love story of great depth matched by an inspired cinematographic sense, For My Father is a powerful portrait of political struggle.

Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present

Tyler Hubby United States, 2016

8 days to watch

We’re joining with events across the country to honor the multi-disciplinarian genius of Tony Conrad, who died last year. Ridiculously charismatic and talented, Conrad takes center stage in this new documentary, where the scope of his influence and power of his personality is a delight to behold.

Sarah Winchester, Phantom Opera

Bertrand Bonello France, 2016

7 days to watch

This month’s Special Discovery duo is a pairing with French auteur Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent, Nocturama), first behind the camera and then in front. They are also films that approach and integrate other arts: here, a gorgeous, mysterious sketch towards a dark opera rich in dance and music.


Cao Hamburger Brazil, 2012

6 days to watch

In this portrait of a near 30-year expedition to establish a reservation for the Amazon’s Kaiabi Indians, Brazilian director Cao Hamburger works in broad strokes on a vast canvas to craft a film of epic scope, potent simplicity, and of great historical and political relevance. An underrated gem.

Behind Convent Walls

Walerian Borowczyk Italy, 1978

Off to Italy for Walerian Borowczyk, who takes inspiration from Stendhal for a classic setting of sexual repression, oppression, and uninhibited release: a nunnery! Co-starring Borowczyk’s wife Ligia Branice (La Jetée) and shot in glorious soft-focus glowing light by Dario Argento’s cinematographer.

Beautiful Darling: The Life and Times of Candy Darling

James Rasin United States, 2010

4 days to watch

In this comprehensive film honoring actor and luminary trans icon Candy Darling, director James Rasin gives precedence to compelling interviews with an expansive number of Darling’s contemporaries and greatest admirers. To top it off, the film is lovingly narrated by Chloë Sevigny and Patton Oswalt.

The Grocer's Son

Éric Guirado France, 2007

3 days to watch

Director Éric Guirado closely studied the lives of traveling grocers to lend this drama an intimate feeling of lived experience. The result is exactly that: small in scale and expression yet boundlessly warm, compelling, and a sincere portrait of working life in France’s countryside.


Volker Schlöndorff France, 2007

With a roving desire to find stories to tell around the world, Volker Schlöndorff has traveled in our triple feature from New York to the coast of France—and now to the steppes of Kazakhstan for a gorgeously sweeping tale written by Jean-Claude Carrière, the great collaborator of Buñuel and Godard.

Calm at Sea

Volker Schlöndorff France, 2012

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Schlöndorff Schlöndorff

We travel to occupied France of the Second World War with New German Cinema maverick and Palme d’Or-winning director Volker Schlöndorff. No stranger to the urgency of historical drama, Schlöndorff sheds light on a wrenching wartime tragedy infamous in France but relatively unknown here—until now.

Death of a Salesman

Volker Schlöndorff United States, 1985

Salesman Willy Loman is in a crisis. He’s about to lose his job, he can’t pay his bills, and his sons Biff and Happy don’t respect him and can’t seem to live up to their potential. An acclaimed version of Arthur Miller’s play, starring Dustin Hoffman, John Malkovich, Kate Reid, and Charles Durning.

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