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Takashi Miike: Dead or

Ley Lines

Takashi Miike Japan, 1999

Our Takashi Miike retrospective continues with the conclusion to his Black Society Trilogy, which tackles intercultural relations between Japan and China. With Ley Lines, Miike admirably pushes his buoyant style and subversive politics as far as they can go inside the form of a youthful crime film.


Ray Lawrence Australia, 2001

29 days to watch

A murder mystery that doubles as a drama about the interconnected lives of strangers, this Australian import—which won numerous awards in its homeland—was a critical success, earning comparisons to Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia. Featuring Geoffrey Rush as a prime suspect.

White Ant

Chu Hsien-Che Taiwan, 2016

28 days to watch

Three alluring, disparate characters shape this elliptical story, which faces the many complexities of sexuality amongst alienated youth in contemporary Taiwan. Director Chu Hsien-che’s approach is considerate and acutely stylized in its brave confrontation of challenging subject matter.

Wherever You Go, There We Are

Jesse McLean United States, 2017

27 days to watch
New York Film
Festival's Projections

Next in our collaboration bringing you films straight from the NYFF is Jesse McLean’s wry fantasy of travel quickly tinged with the uncanny. Too-perfect postcards pair with strange letters read aloud as our tour moves between the rose-tinted past, the mysterious natural world, and our techo-present.

Homeland (Iraq Year Zero)

Abbas Fahdel France, 2015

26 days to watch

One of the crucial films about America’s invasion of Iraq, Abbas Fahdel’s long, completely engrossing and deeply personal saga provides an essential perspective. In our critic’s words, it is “unprecedented in that it shows the daily reality of those on the receiving end of our humanitarian wars.”

Rainy Dog

Takashi Miike Japan, 1997

We continue to pay tribute to Takashi Miike’s inexhaustible ingenuity with this early gangster picture of his. Set in a Taiwan drowned by rain, Miike’s watershed themes of family and cultural displacement mutually drive the action to uncanny heights. A key film from an expansive oeuvre.

Breaking the Sound Barrier

David Lean United Kingdom, 1952

23 days to watch

70 years ago today, Chuck Yeager did what many thought impossible: Man the first supersonic flight. Director David Lean and playwright Terence Rattigan (The Winslow Boy, The Deep Blue Sea) take that inspired endeavor as a starting point for their gripping and movingly human tale of aerial ambition.

One Floor Below

Radu Muntean Romania, 2015

22 days to watch

A murder is hidden behind the quotidian tapestry of everyday life in Romanian New Wave director Radu Muntean’s subtle and observant drama, which premiered in Cannes. A man tries to follow his routine while a death in his building quietly simmers his world in a mix of guilt, suspicion, and secrecy.

General Report II: The New Abduction of Europe

Pere Portabella Spain, 2016

21 days to watch
Pere Portabella:
General Report on Spain

If the first General Report was a rumination on the transition from an oppressive regime to a democratic state, in this implacable, necessary sequel Portabella dissects—40 years later—the brutal crisis devouring Europe today. These are turbulent times for Spain, and this film is essential viewing.

General Report

Pere Portabella Spain, 1976

20 days to watch
Pere Portabella:
General Report on Spain

The lucid, radical work of Pere Portabella creates an invaluable space for rethinking reality, fiction and the political dimension of both. We’re honored to present two films that bridge crucial moments in the History of Spain (and Europe) starting with this monumental landmark of activist cinema.

The Driller Killer

Abel Ferrara United States, 1979

19 days to watch
Prelude to Halloween

Our Prelude to Halloween series continues with this nearly uncategorizable horror film from Italian-American iconoclast Abel Ferrara. A mosaic of genres—a punk concert movie, a sex comedy, an avant-garde mood piece—The Driller Killer is an exacting portrait of artistic and financial anxiety.


Vincent Grashaw United States, 2013

18 days to watch

Shattering all expectations of the American indie coming-of-age genre, Coldwater tackles the challenging subjects of toxic masculinity and adolescence, whilst doubling as a thriller to offer a complex and incisive critique of the juvenile detention (and by extension, the prison and military) system.

Britannia Hospital

Lindsay Anderson United Kingdom, 1982

17 days to watch

Lindsay Anderson and Malcolm McDowell are paired together again after their previous masterworks If… & O Lucky Man! for this razor sharp black comedy. A satire which takes aim at a hospital that is a stand-in for Britain at large, this is the duo’s final fiery statement on country’s bourgeoisie.

Shinjuku Triad Society

Takashi Miike Japan, 1995

This year Takashi Miike made his 100th film—and we interviewed him about it. This season we’ll honor the maverick director by showing some of our favorites from his epic oeuvre, beginning with the prodigious direct-to-video filmmaker’s first proper movie for cinemas, a gonzo genre paean to outcasts.


David Cronenberg Canada, 1977

15 days to watch
Prelude to Halloween

Our Prelude to Halloween series pushes onwards with the requisite inclusion from the master of body horror, David Cronenberg. Rabid hails from a simpler time when Cronenberg made small films on tight budgets with an endless ingenuity for terror and political commentary.


Gerald Kargl Austria, 1983

14 days to watch
Prelude to Halloween

Prelude to Halloween continues with this infamous cult movie from Austria that dives into the life and mind of a serial killer and doesn’t look back. Intimately confined to the perspective of the killer, Angst is a risky yet altogether complex vision of the human mind gone astray.

The Cave of the Yellow Dog

Byambasuren Davaa Mongolia, 2005

13 days to watch

Stripping film to its bare essentials, The Cave of the Yellow Dog is a journey through the wilderness and a story that finds resonance in the cycle of life. Peopled with a cast of non-professionals, it’s a triumph of elegant simplicity, and its country’s official submission to the 2005 Oscars.

Trouble Every Day

Claire Denis France, 2001

12 days to watch
Prelude to Halloween

Our short, dark Prelude to Halloween series takes a turn from canonical horror to arthouse re-invention. Claire Denis makes her own version of a vampire tale, an elliptical, sensual film of disease and desire, loaded with mystery and tactility. With Vincent Gallo and a score by the Tindersticks.

October November

Götz Spielmann Austria, 2013

11 days to watch

Director Götz Spielmann won wide acclaim with 2008’s slow-burning thriller Revanche, but few had a chance to see his follow-up after its festival premiere: A beautifully restrained family drama of sisters split by the tensions between (big) city living and (home) village traditions. Exquisite.

Night of the Living Dead

George A. Romero United States, 1968

10 days to watch
Prelude to Halloween

In the lead-up to Halloween, we’re showing a small series of very special horror films. With the great George A. Romero dying earlier this year, it seems most fitting to pay tribute and begin with his raging, subversive classic. Witness the apocalyptic beginning of the world’s zombie obsession.

The Chase

Arthur Ripley United States, 1946

9 days to watch

The Big Sleep was long held as the most confounding of mysteries—good luck unraveling its story!—that is, until Arthur Ripley’s practically surrealist noir The Chase was rediscovered and restored. A labyrinth of hidden pasts and lost memories, it is Hollywood noir at its baroquely oneiric peak.

The Future Perfect

Nele Wohlatz Argentina, 2016

8 days to watch

It’s not very often that a film is smart and modest at the same time. German-born, Argentina-based Nele Wohlatz has made an impossibly humble comedy, unassumingly clever and irresistibly warm, so empathetic in capturing what being a foreigner feels like that will restore your hope in humanity.


Yasuharu Hasebe Japan, 1969

Yasuharu Hasebe’s follow-up to Massacre Gun is another thrilling Jô Shishido gangster flick (co-starring the great Mieko Kaji) and a highlight of the Nikkatsu studio’s “borderless action” films, hyper-stylized genre movies channeling cinematic new waves, pop sensibilities, and modernist technique.

Massacre Gun

Yasuharu Hasebe Japan, 1967

If you were thrilled by last year’s Stray Cats Rock! series, you’ll recognize the director of his week’s double feature: Yasuharu Hasebe. A Nikkatsu studio director who attacked B-level assignments with vigor, we’re showing two of his spunky ’60s action pictures. Starring the great Jô Shishido!


Ali Aydın Turkey, 2012

5 days to watch

Starring Ercan Kesal (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia), Mold is a noir-like journey into social oppressions experienced in modern Turkey. With the requisite oppressive atmosphere to match, Ali Aydın’s debut film moves with dour yet beguiling rhythms towards a nuanced critique of a troubled society.

Below Sea Level

Gianfranco Rosi Italy, 2008

4 days to watch

Often it takes an outsider to find the essence of a landscape or milieu. Here that outsider is Italian documentarian Gianfranco Rosi (Fire at Sea), following exiles of the American dream in the California desert. Like Antonioni before him, Rosi traces a portrait of the holes in American society.

You Only Live Once

Fritz Lang United States, 1937

3 days to watch

German auteur Fritz Lang’s second Hollywood film, this thrilling, pioneering film noir stars Sylvia Sidney and Henry Fonda. With its great influence on cinematic versions of Bonnie and Clyde, Lang’s taut, romantic masterpiece stands as yet another testament to the great films he made in America.


Hany Abu-Assad Palestinian Territory, 2013

2 days to watch

Han Abu-Assad’s various films have all handled the many complexities of the Israeli-Palestine conflict with great precision and sensitivity. Despite moving with the caustic speed of a thriller, Omar is no exception with its intimate sense of life under occupation and political struggle.

The Conformist

Bernardo Bertolucci Italy, 1970

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It doesn’t get better than Bertolucci’s stunning masterpiece (shot by the great Vittorio Storaro), one of the most influential films. It rabidly pursues unresolved tendrils of Italian wartime history with the stylized aplomb of the preceding French New Wave and the American movie brats to come.

The Great Wall

Tadhg O'Sullivan Ireland, 2015

The Great Wall moves across fortified landscapes, pausing with those whose lives are framed by borders. Moving inward toward the seat of power, the film holds the European project up to a dazzling cinematic light, refracted through Kafka’s mysterious text; ultimately questioning the nature of power.

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