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Vasermil

Mushon Salmona Israel, 2007

29 days to watch
Hand & Foot

We conclude our Hand & Foot series with another portrait of childhood passion for soccer. In Israel, as in many other countries, the structure the sport provides, as well as its passkey to possible career play, are a boon and source of hope and life goals for the disenfranchised and marginalized.

The Colors of the Mountain

Carlos César Arbeláez Panama, 2010

28 days to watch
Hand & Foot

After two fighting films we move our Hand & Foot series to the importance of soccer in the world—and from documentary to fiction. Yet this film’s idea is hardly fictitious, wisely seeing childrens’ love for soccer as inextricable from the culture, society and politics in which they play their games.

The Game of Angels

Walerian Borowczyk France, 1964

Borowczyk is most famous for his approach of filming provocative material with “inappropriate” style. While that accusation would later be made against sex in his films, this also can be seen here in his animation of camp experience. Terry Gilliam named it one of the best animated films of all time!

Crossing the Line

Daniel Gordon United Kingdom, 2006

26 days to watch
Three Views of North
Korea

In the last of our trio of North Korean docs, A State of Mind director Daniel Gordon returns to country to explore not its original citizens but rather, shockingly, American defectors. Granted rare access, Gordon rides a thin line to not aggrevate his hosts, but the results are still fascinating

A State of Mind

Daniel Gordon United Kingdom, 2004

25 days to watch
Three Views of North
Korea

Our next view into North Korea comes from Daniel Gordon, who has made three films in the country, and provides a glimpse (and what a glimpse!) of the immense collective performances that are the nation’s pride. The path of two young girls reveals the group and individual pressures and triumphs.

The Red Chapel

Mads Brügger Denmark, 2009

24 days to watch
Three Views of North
Korea

Today we begin a three-film series offering a view—albeit limited—into North Korea. A darkly funny stunt with echoes of Sacha Baron Cohen, The Red Chapel is a truly bizarre, outrageous documentary about life inside a totalitarian nightmare. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

The Wanted 18

Amer Shomali, Paul Cowan Canada, 2014

23 days to watch

Unusual ways of telling nonfiction stories in cinema are rare indeed, which is why such unconventional films like Waltz with Bashir and this brilliantly mixed-media documentary are precious. Here, a small story of history demands a special approach to gain attention, distance and analysis.

Three Worlds

Catherine Corsini France, 2012

22 days to watch

A complex tale of guilt and prejudice in contemporary France, Three Worlds is a potent inquiry into a tragic crime and the pain it has caused a community, and the subsequent question of accountability. A moral dilemma realized in rich emotional precision by a compelling cast and direction.

Fightville

Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker United States, 2011

21 days to watch
Hand & Foot

Our second fighting film in our Hand & Foot series shifts the setting from Ukraine to Louisiana and the style of combat from traditional boxing to upstart (and now mega-popular) MMA. A sport whose trials and tribulations are underexposed outside its own culture, this doc is eye-opening.

The Blue Angel

Josef von Sternberg Germany, 1930

20 days to watch

Yes, we could celebrate this fake holiday of love with something truly romantic—but that’s no fun! Instead, join us to watch Josef von Sternberg’s masterpiece of relationship masochism, with the indomitable Emil Jannings wilting under the sexy thumb of Marlene Dietrich in her career-making role.

Klitschko

Sebastian Dehnhardt Germany, 2011

19 days to watch
Hand & Foot

Today we begin Hand & Foot, a four film series of films that explore the drama and stories surrounding boxing and football in cinema. World Heavyweight Champion is something amazing; two brothers who box also something unique…but two brothers who have each been world champions? That is special.

The Astronauts

Walerian Borowczyk, Chris Marker France, 1959

We’re excited to launch our 10-film series on controversial expat Polish director Walerian Borowczyk. Beginning his directing career in animation—inspiring Jan Švankmajer, Terry Gilliam, and the Quays—his ingenious first film was made in France using friend Chris Marker’s name to help it get made.

Lights in the Dusk

Aki Kaurismäki Finland, 2006

17 days to watch

With Finland’s beloved master of deadpan Aki Kaurismäki premiering his new film at the Berlinale this month, we’re reviving a recent favorite. Walking the thin line between comedy and tragedy, Lights in the Dusk mixes film noir, Bresson, Jarmusch and rock music into a unique film all its own.

Le parc

Damien Manivel France, 2016

Exclusive
16 days to watch

We are proud to present our first Special Discovery—bringing you gems direct from the world’s best film festivals—the second film by emerging French director Damien Manivel. A minimalist romance charting an entire teenage relationship over the course of a day, by night things turn phantasmagoric.

The Wounded Angel

Emir Baigazin Germany, 2016

Exclusive
15 days to watch

After Harmony Lessons won the Silver Bear, Baigazin’s second film on growing up in Kazakhstan was selected for Berlin’s competition last year. As visually stunning (sharing Holy Motors’s cinematographer!) as it is uncompromising, this study of adolescence charts a country that is not for young men.

An Investigation on the Night that Won’t Forget

Lav Diaz Philippines, 2012

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

One of the essential qualities of Lav Diaz is how he turns cinema into a testimony, one against exploitation, marginalization, and entrenched power. Perhaps none of his films is closer to personal testament than this address in remembrance of the murder of two important figures in the film industry.

Noise

Matthew Saville Australia, 2007

13 days to watch

An emotionally rich crime drama, the underrated Noise is a strongly textured film which explores trauma and post-traumatic stress in the aftermath of a crime which has scarred a community. Featuring stellar performances from an inspired cast, the film is a nuanced portrait of suburban life.

Wajma (An Afghan Love Story)

Barmak Akram Afghanistan, 2013

12 days to watch

A portrait of womanhood in a patriarchal society, Wajma is a powerful and stark look at a difficult, conflicted relationship and the ways in which society is conducive and supportive. Directed with a tender style which never loses sight of its characters, this is a cinema of profound empathy.

Black Sunday

Mario Bava Italy, 1960

11 days to watch

Wildcard Italian genre maestro Mario Bava is perhaps best known for this horror film early in his career—but the real star is unpredictable actress Barbara Steele, the subject of an enthusiastic Notebook article, where she’s described in this film as appearing as a shock of febrile sexuality.

Charlie's Country

Rolf de Heer Australia, 2013

10 days to watch

Rolf de Heer has had an eclectic, unsung career as a director of sharp thrillers and small character pieces alike. A terrific example of the latter is this portrait of an Australian aboriginal (the great David Gulpilil) and his resistance of unjust laws beset upon him and his community.

Alexandra's Project

Rolf de Heer Australia, 2003

9 days to watch

Our double feature this week is on underknown Australian auteur Rolf de Heer. Familial bliss devolves to domestic ennui in this taut and emotional thriller of gender relations and marriage made right before de Heer’s breakout hit Ten Canoes.

Blue

Derek Jarman United Kingdom, 1993

Today we conclude our celebration of the life and art of Derek Jarman with Blue. A pained yet resolute goodbye articulated in Jarman’s iconoclastic form, distilled to its most minimal, immediate and emotional components. Blue is the closing note to an always brilliant and subversive artistic vision.

The Last of England

Derek Jarman United Kingdom, 1988

We continue to celebrate the life and art of Derek Jarman with The Last of England, a meditation on British society under Thatcher. Shot in a dreamlike combination of Super 8mm and video, this is an aggressive rejection of the values of populist cinema at the time, and one of Jarman’s finest works.

War Requiem

Derek Jarman United Kingdom, 1989

Today we celebrate the birthday of one of the finest filmmakers the United Kingdom has yet produced: Derek Jarman. War Requiem offers us Jarman’s unique revision of the silent film in order to cast a powerful glance on history and war throughout the ages. Starring Tilda Swinton & Laurence Olivier.

The Yakuza Papers 5: Final Episode

Kinji Fukasaku Japan, 1974

5 days to watch
The Yakuza Papers

Police Tactics was supposed to be the last of “The Yakuza Papers” series…but its popularity required the fearless Kinji Fukasaku to return for the true finale. He brings the bloody saga into the 1970s proper: How far has Japan—and these gangsters—come since the black market days of the Occupation?

Come Have Coffee with Us

Alberto Lattuada Italy, 1970

4 days to watch

In this gem of Italian comedy from Alberto Lattuada (The Overcoat, Mafioso), the great Ugo Tognazzi (La cage aux folles) stars in a role that’s only one step down in dark comedy from Monsieur Verdoux. A wicked riff on Italian sex comedies of the 60s, exchanging bombshells for spinsters.

The Last Vacation

Roger Leenhardt France, 1947

3 days to watch

“Down with Ford! Long Live Wyler!” is the cry Leenhardt is mostly remembered by. While his writing was highly influential for our Nouvelle Vague heroes, his extensive filmography remains widely underseen. The Last Vacation, his feature-length debut, prefigured a new kind of realism in French Cinema.

Americano

Mathieu Demy France, 2011

2 days to watch

Son of New Wave royalty (Agnès Varda and Jacques Demy), Mathieu Demy is best known as a French actor. His directorial debut, starring no less than Geraldine Chaplin, Chiara Mastroianni, Selma Hayek and actor/director Jean-Pierre Mocky, pulls from his past from when his parents made movies in L.A.

Bad Day to Go Fishing

Álvaro Brechner Spain, 2009

Expiring at midnight PST

A hidden gem from the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, Bad Day to Go Fishing is a compelling story of a man’s unpredictable career as a wrestler, and more largely, the trials and tribulations of friendship when experienced in conjunction with work. A small yet altogether lovingly composed piece of cinema.

Pit Stop

Jack Hill United States, 1967

Grant Willard sponsors drivers in a “new” form of race car driving called The Figure Eight. Pit Stop follows the rise and fall of one such driver.

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