Film of the day

Éric Rohmer France, 1984

Full Moon in Paris

From 1808 to 1984: French New Wave director Éric Rohmer always worked to capture the quintessence of his film’s characters and their era. We move from Germany’s romantic past to bracingly contemporary Paris in this rich, fresh and epoch-defining gem lead by the utterly enchanting Pascale Ogier.

The Marquise of O

Éric Rohmer France, 1976

29 days to watch

This week, a double feature contrasting two sides of beloved New Wave director Éric Rohmer. For one of only a few period films he made, Rohmer went to West Germany to adapt a 1808 novella by Kleist! Yet the film is a sumptuous joy, delving into past romantic relations just as complex as those today.


Werner Herzog West Germany, 1979

Shot fast on the heels of Nosferatu, using the same crew, star, and location, Woyzeck is a tight Herzogian psychodrama of civilized insanity and murder most foul. Filmed largely in long takes, it showcases possibly Kinski’s best performance: subtle, human, and ready to explode.

Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye

Heinz Bütler Switzerland, 2007

27 days to watch

The greatest photographer of the 20th century? Quite possibly. This ode to Henri Cartier-Bresson, touring through his photos of Parisian streets, the Spanish Civil War, and beyond, makes the case simply but convincingly: filming Bresson himself, showing us the brilliant work singing its praises.


John Ford United States, 1939

26 days to watch

What more can be said about John Ford’s immortal classic, when all you need to do is watch? Its DNA is everywhere from Kurosawa to Firefly, but the original rip-roaring, sharp-eyed, quick-drawing adventure is still a masterclass. And when the camera dollied in on John Wayne, a star was born.

Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt

Margaret Brown United States, 2004

25 days to watch
Summer Concert Series

An ethereal musician behind which lay so much pain and instability: that’s the mystery of this documentary on Texan troubadour Townes Van Zandt. Extensive and wonderful archive footage tell one story, the tales of friends, family and admirers something else. And then there’s the great, great music.

Mademoiselle Chambon

Stéphane Brizé France, 2009

24 days to watch

French director Stéphane Brizé recently turned heads when his The Measure of a Man picked up the Best Actor prize at Cannes for star Vincent Lindon. Catch up on this auteur and his leading man with this 2009 collaboration, a heartfelt romance whose nuanced, incisive screenplay won Brizé a César.


Jacques Rivette France, 1981

23 days to watch
Jacques Rivette Tribute

Our final rare film from Jacques Rivette is generally considered a failure—but what a failure! Two 1970s greats—Maria Schneider and Joe Dallesandro—collide in a bewildering, free-wheeling experimental drama that sent the director into a breakdown and left the film unjustly unreleased for years.

Nosferatu: Phantom of the Night

Werner Herzog West Germany, 1979

Our epic Herzog series enters its last round! Revisiting F.W. Murnau’s classic, Herzog made a unique, elemental take on Dracula: a haunting vision of life, death, and superstition, aglow with color and finding pity for Kinski’s deathless wraith. With Isabelle Adjani, the carnal queen of Euro-horror.

The Glass Shield

Charles Burnett United States, 1994

21 days to watch

One of America’s greatest, but perennially under-funded and under-appreciated filmmakers, Charles Burnett, the director of the lyrical L.A. ghetto portrait Killer of Sheep, here focuses with skewering vision on police and race relations. Made twenty years ago, the era still feels much like our own.

Bad Seed

Billy WilderAlexander Esway France, 1934

20 days to watch

Here’s a treasure from the vaults: the directing debut of Billy Wilder, a comedy made in France in between his flight from Germany and his arrival in Hollywood. Starring Danielle Darrieux (Madame de…), it shows Wilder’s sweet-and-sour sensibility, mixing romance and cynicism, comedy and drama.

Camille 2000

Radley Metzger Italy, 1969

19 days to watch

Our hothouse Radley Metzger double bill climaxes with Camille 2000. Criticized as purely pornographic in the newly X-rated world of 1969, this erotic tale (adapted from Alexandre Dumas) is also a campy melodrama, a chic piece of 60s pop art, and a provocateur’s test of the new freedoms of cinema.

The Lickerish Quartet

Radley Metzger Italy, 1970

18 days to watch

Presenting our most risque double bill: Radley Metzger! The death of censorship left a brief hope that erotic films could be legit cinema, and Metzger was a celebrated, scandalous practitioner. This 1970 gem doubles as sly meta-commentary. Warhol called it a masterpiece. Where you land is up to you.

Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?)

John Scheinfeld United States, 2010

17 days to watch
Summer Concert Series

The next subject of our Summer Concert Series is this smooth-voiced pop singer, who’s best known for the opening theme of Midnight Cowboy but whose legacy is so much bigger. Featuring interviews with Randy Newman, Yoko Ono, and more, it’s a tribute to an underrated musician’s place in pop history.


Jacques Rivette France, 1976

16 days to watch
Jacques Rivette Tribute

Our next rare film from New Waver Jacques Rivette is what Jonathan Rosenbaum describes as a fusion of a female pirate adventure, mythological fantasy, Jacobean tragedy, experimental dance film, and personal psychodrama, for a wildly risky film that now seems unimaginable today.

Last Life in the Universe

Pen-ek Ratanaruang Thailand, 2003

15 days to watch

Thai auteur Pen-Ek Ratanaruang’s gorgeous, languid, Sundance-playing drama. Its lackadaisical melancholy is perfectly embodied by Japanese film star Tadanobu Asano, who buries himself in the exquisitely muted colors of legendary cinematographer Christopher Doyle. Watch for Takashi Miike’s cameo!

Rio Corgo

Maya KosaSérgio da Costa Switzerland, 2015

14 days to watch
Direct from Locarno

We conclude our highlights from the Locarno Film Festival with this stellar Swiss co-production. An audacious debut, it (ad)ventures into the Portuguese countryside to explore a man’s life (shot across a gorgeous landscape) in ways that go beyond the boundaries of normal documentaries.


Esen Isik Switzerland, 2015

13 days to watch
Direct from Locarno

For our final two selections of films being shown from the Locarno Film Festival come from the Swiss Panorama section, highlighting the best of recent Swiss productions. In Esen Isik’s feature debut, the Turkish director explores the tensions and passions of those who live on Istanbul’s margins.

Deux Rémi, deux

Pierre Léon France, 2015

12 days to watch
Direct from Locarno

A lightweight favorite films from Locarno last year is Russian-born Pierre Léon’s slim, comedic adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s “The Double.” Its charming insider cast includes auteur Serge Bozon, Truffaut’s enchanting granddaughter, film historian Bernard Eisenschitz, and New Wave secret Jackie Raynal.

The Movement

Benjamín Naishtat Argentina, 2015

11 days to watch
Direct from Locarno

Up-and-coming director Benjamín Naishtat prize-winning third film is an audaciously stark and powerful tale of the Argentine frontier. In this small film with impressive ambition—and stunning black and white cinematography—Naishtat cleverly envisions a crucial moment in his nation’s history.

Los Hongos

Oscar Ruíz Navia Colombia, 2014

10 days to watch
Direct from Locarno

Each August the Swiss town of Locarno hosts a festival showing some of the year’s best discoveries. We celebrate this year’s edition with favorites, intimate and provocative, that recently premiered there, beginning with Columbian director Oscar Ruíz Navia’s follow-up to his acclaimed gem Crab Trap.


Jacques Rivette France, 1976

9 days to watch
Jacques Rivette Tribute

This month, we pay tribute to Jacques Rivette, the best kept secret of the New Wave, whose free-form tales of conspiracy and game-playing inspire clandestine fervor. He followed his masterpiece Celine and Julie Go Boating with this phantasmal noir, starring the great Juliet Berto and Bulle Ogier.

Meek's Cutoff

Kelly Reichardt United States, 2010

After the discretion of Wendy and Lucy Kelly Reichardt surprised us with her own take on the Western genre: intensely focused, fascinatingly observant, and loaded with portent. It continues Reichardt’s rich partnership with Michelle Williams, but it is Bruce Greenwood as Meek who steals the show.

River of Grass

Kelly Reichardt United States, 1994

We’re showcasing a new restoration of stalwart American independent Kelly Reichardt’s debut, which premiered at Sundance this year alongside her latest film, Certain Women. A fugitive drama, its dedication to outcasts in the American landscape would become a hallmark of this very special director.

Old Joy

Kelly Reichardt United States, 2006

After 12 years away, Kelly Reichardt returned to independent filmmaking with this small scale but beguiling portrait of two men, no longer young, not quite old, trying to resume a friendship. With a lush Oregon setting and precise social detail—a director hallmark—she made a road movie in miniature.

Wendy and Lucy

Kelly Reichardt United States, 2008

We’re devoting a 4-film series to Kelly Reichardt to celebrate the new restoration of her debut, River of Grass. Our tribute begins with the movie that opened this independent, socially inquisitive American sensibility to a larger public: her powerful first collaboration with Michelle Williams.


Fritz Lang Germany, 1927

4 days to watch

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the passing of a legend: Fritz Lang. Easily one of the most iconic films ever made, his classic future shock is still thrilling: a propulsive sci-fi epic, a mind-blowing visual symphony, and a time-honored gateway to the marvels of silent film. Restored in HD.

Music from the Big House

Bruce McDonald Canada, 2010

3 days to watch
Summer Concert Series

The caged bird sings in Bruce McDonald’s documentary on the blues, culminating in a concert of prison inmates serving life. Both somber and toe-tapping, it examines the humanity, mythology, and contradictions of a uniquely American art form’s roots in the most extreme of circumstances.

Joint Security Area

Park Chan-wook South Korea, 2000

2 days to watch

Before Park Chan-wook rocketed to international acclaim with Oldboy, his stylish chops tackled the highly charged subject of the border between North and South Korea. Comic book composition and crackling energy done right, it concludes our double feature highlighting thrilling Korean genre movies.

Memories of Murder

Bong Joon-ho South Korea, 2003

Expiring at midnight

While great genre films have abdicated Hollywood, we look East for inspiring re-invention of old stories. This weekend, we double feature early films by two South Korean genre masters before they were world famous. We begin with Snowpiecer auteur Bong Joon-ho’s gripping countryside detective tale.

In Absentia

Stephen QuayTimothy Quay United Kingdom, 2000

A woman alone in a room repeatedly writes a letter with tiny broken off pieces of pencil lead. Outside her window, vistas of ever-changing light register her every emotion.

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