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Olla

Ariane Labed France, 2019

We’re thrilled to see Greek-French actress Ariane Labed (Attenberg, The Lobster) jump behind the camera, and her directing debut is nothing short of explosive! Premiering in Cannes last year, this 27-minute gem subverts ideas of femalehood and immigration with style, humor, and insight to spare.

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Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?

Rainer Werner Fassbinder West Germany, 1970

To celebrate R.W. Fassbinder’s birthday, we present what is perhaps his most biting film, co-directed by Michael Fengler. Framing the daily life of a common family in mocking, deliberately long takes, the film condemns the triviality of West German affluence before ending with frenzied violence.

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Hermia & Helena

Matías Piñeiro Argentina, 2016

Adaptations

Matías Piñeiro was the subject of a “What Is An Auteur?” double bill in 2019 and the glorious Hermia & Helena intersects Shakespeare with modern life. His first film in the U.S., this charming comedy captures the youthful zeal of New York, playing with form and time to craft an imaginative delight.

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The Blue Angel

Josef von Sternberg Germany, 1930

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With their seven film partnership, Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich traced a path of lush, scandalous romantic fantasies, of which The Blue Angel was their first. A masterpiece of relationship masochism, The Last Laugh’s Emil Jannings wilts before Dietrich, in her career-making role.

Around the World When You Were My Age

Aya Koretzky Portugal, 2018

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A parent and child meet across eras, countries, and memories in Aya Koretzky’s enchanting documentary about her Japanese father’s exceptional globetrotting adventures in the 1970s. As her father’s life blooms before the filmmaker, we see how, decades before, the world blossomed for the young man.

Two Ships

Justine Triet France, 2012

Before her Cannes Competition debut Sibyl, the young French filmmaker Justine Triet (In Bed With Victoria) transitioned from documentary filmmaking with this acclaimed, prizewinning short fiction film: an all-night urban comedy-drama, full of spirit and starring the great Laetitia Dosch.

The Stranger

Satyajit Ray India, 1991

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Satyajit Ray’s last film, The Stranger is a philosophical work that ponders about the evolution of civilization and human nature. Based on his own short story Athiti, this film comments on the state of the world where the value of material wealth far exceeds that of humanity, trust, and love.

Bird Talk

Xawery Żuławski Poland, 2019

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Closing our series of highlights from First Look is this urgent and exhilarating political parable, penned by the director’s late father, filmmaker Andrzej Żuławski. An unhinged and reverential tribute to one of cinema’s greatest legends, the film is also a trenchant look at Poland today.

Metropolis

Fritz Lang Germany, 1927

Easily one of the most iconic films ever made, Fritz Lang’s classic future shock is still thrilling. A propulsive epic and mind-blowing visual symphony, Lang’s deeply influential vision is both the foundation of sci-fi cinema and a time-honored gateway to the expressive wonders of silent film.

Crystal Swan

Darya Zhuk Belarus, 2018

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The exuberant and stylish debut from Belarusian director Darya Zhuk cares little for 90s nostalgia, and instead is suffused with vivid sympathy, wry humor, and a heartfelt touch. Equal praise is due Alina Nasibullina, who fully embodies a young woman’s desire to change her life. A winning film.

Last Letter

Shunji Iwai China, 2018

Japanese director Shunji Iwai (All About Lily Chou-Chou) heads to China to cast a spell of romance and time in this charming, generation-hopping story of love letters, separation, and loss. Wonderful with actors old and young, Iwai spins a deliriously convoluted story juggling melodrama and comedy.

Take Me Somewhere Nice

Ena Sendijarević Netherlands, 2019

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As in all great journeys, the characters of Ena Sendijarević’s award-winning debut won’t be the same after this adventure. Vibrantly nodding to Jarmusch’s beloved Stranger Than Paradise, this stylized, offbeat road movie glows with pastel-colored melancholy, Balkan humor and teen self-discovery.

Cassandro, the Exotico!

Marie Losier France, 2018

Viewfinder

Portraiture is central to French-born, New York-based artist Marie Losier’s work. In Cassandro, Losier captures body and soul of the queer luchador with unmitigated warmth and empathy, gorgeously echoing the flamboyance and resilience of her subject with the beguiling physicality of her 16mm images.

Spies

Fritz Lang Germany, 1928

Talk about an opening sequence! A fan favorite and the most underrated of Fritz Lang’s Weimar “superfilms,” Spies is a caper for the ages. Predating the adventures of Bond and Tintin, Lang invents the modern spy film: crackling with twists, disguises, gadgetry, narrow escapes, and forbidden love.

Searching Eva

Pia Hellenthal Germany, 2019

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Next up in our series of highlights from First Look is Pia Hellenthal’s audacious character study. An unforgettable 21st-century portrait, the film focuses on the elusive Eva, constantly constructing and fully exposing themself on camera and the Internet while, simultaneously, resisting definition.

Life Is a Miracle

Emir Kusturica Serbia, 2004

Probably breaking all of the safety rules that ever existed, Emir Kusturica’s Life Is a Miracle is a zany and surrealist vignette of Yugoslavia on the brink of the Bosnian War. A cacophonous, swirling and drunken celebration, with tinges of tragedy and criticism surrounding the conflict.

Underground

Emir Kusturica Yugoslavia, 1995

Opening our double bill of historical fiction from auteur Emir Kusturica is this Palme d’Or winner from 1995. An expansive masterpiece, the film is an exhilarating and absurdist satire, earning its reputation as one of the most controversial yet vital political tales in cinema.

The Man with the Golden Arm

Otto Preminger United States, 1955

Besides making masterpiece after masterpiece, in the 1950s Austrian emigre auteur Otto Preminger was known for pushing the envelope of American censorship. Try this one on for size: Frank Sinatra as a drug addict! Impeccably fluid filmmaking, a legendary performance, and an unforgettable score.

Nosferatu

F.W. Murnau Germany, 1922

You don’t need sound to be terrified. Off-brand at the time (thus, Nosferatu and not Dracula), F.W. Murnau’s Expressionist masterpiece is now iconic horror. Its spare medieval atmosphere and Max Schreck’s iconic, otherworldly vampire seems to get increasingly eerie and disturbing as the film ages.

Love in the Buff

Pang Ho-Cheung Hong Kong, 2012

Fueled by its easygoing lead actors, director Pang Ho-Cheung strikes the perfect balance between humor and melodrama in this charming love story. Depicting a glossy Beijing rife with young professional singles, the film is also a universal look at modern dating in all of its virtues and faults.

Transnistra

Anna Eborn Sweden, 2019

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Continuing our series of highlights from First Look is this candid look at the unfettered virtues of youth. Shot on handheld 16mm and rendered through the generous participation of its subjects, the film tracks the end of adolescence through its intimate lens and gorgeous soundtrack.

Carnival of Souls

Herk Harvey United States, 1962

An influence on David Lynch, George A. Romero, and Lucrecia Martel (!) this lone feature film from Herk Harvey is a bona fide cult classic of both independent filmmaking and psychological horror. An atmospheric and unsettling, haunting ghost story, innovatively shot—on a shoestring budget.

The Fall

Jonathan Glazer United Kingdom, 2019

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In his sinister new film, director Jonathan Glazer distills the uncanny manhunt of Under the Skin into a hellish allegory of social violence. Frozen faces, an ominous well in a dark forest, primitive rage, and an eerie score by Mica Levi reveal a cinematic sibling to Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery.”

Neon Bull

Gabriel Mascaro Brazil, 2015

Neon Bull captures the world of Brazil’s vaquejada rodeo tradition through a sensual, intimate, and realist style—finding grace in the mundane, unearthing tenderness within the bestial. The human is never far from the animal in this meditative, scintillating slice-of-life portrait of a community.

Le gai savoir

Jean-Luc Godard France, 1969

Between 1960 and 1969, Godard made 17(!) features in a great burst of radical creativity. Le gai savoir, his final film of the 60s, is a work of pared-down invention and subversive pop montage, in which two beguiling icons of the New Wave (Jean-Pierre Léaud and Juliet Berto) take center stage.

From Caligari to Hitler: German Cinema in the Age of the Masses

Rüdiger Suchsland Germany, 2014

The cornerstone of our series on cinema from Weimar Germany is Rüdiger Suchsland’s sweeping documentary. Visualizing Siegfried Kracauer’s influential book from 1947, the film uses beautiful restorations of films by Lang, Murnau, and others to contextualize the period and showcase its masterpieces.

The North Star

Lewis Milestone United States, 1943

A pro-Soviet Goldwyn production, Lewis Milestone’s Oscar-nominated invasion drama is truly one-of-a-kind: a song-filled war film set in a besieged Ukrainian farming village inhabited by Anne Baxter, Dana Andrews, and Walter Huston. With cinematography by James Wong Howe and music by Aaron Copeland!

Antigone

Jean-Marie Straub Germany, 1992

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We proudly resume our large retrospective of Straub and Huillet with a new restoration of one of their most accessible and fierce dramas. Serving as a remarkable conduit from Sophocles’ ancient era to the present, Antigone offers a bracingly fresh vision of female power confronting the patriarchy.

Nofinofy

Michaël Andrianaly Madagascar, 2019

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We’re partnering with the Museum of the Moving Image to offer highlights from First Look, starting with an intimate portrait of a barber in Madagascar offering patrons an empathetic ear. The film lends its subject similar warmth, gradually revealing personal challenges and issues facing the nation.

The Last Laugh

F.W. Murnau Germany, 1924

We begin a new series devoted to masterpieces of the short-lived Weimar Republic with a dazzling and groundbreaking drama of modern city life. Emil Jannings delivers one of cinema’s most indelible of performances, and F.W. Murnau (Sunrise, Faust) gives the story its full range of tragedy and beauty.