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First Films First

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We are kicking off the new year with a series of exceptional debuts, the films that launched the career of some of our favourite directors. Seven tremendously promising voices to welcome a tremendously promising 2019!

The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick

Wim Wenders West Germany, 1972

A newly restored version of Wenders’ chilling first film closes our debuts series and launches our three-month retrospective of the German auteur! Based on a novella by Peter Handke, The Goalie’s descends into the magnetic making of a murderer with existential fervour and Hitchcockian undertones.


John Cassavetes United States, 1958

Few American directors have been as influential as the force of nature that is John Cassavetes. Liberating narrative cinema from Hollywood’s formulas and commercial imperatives (and financed through crowdfunding!), Shadows arrived like a breath of fresh air to change independent filmmaking forever.

The Loveless

Kathryn Bigelow, Monty Montgomery United States, 1981

Kathryn Bigelow made her debut with this atmospheric dive into the rebellious, leather-clad world of motorcycle gangs and the open road. Initially a thesis film, The Loveless evolved into something far greater, launching both Willem Dafoe and Bigelow’s invaluable contributions to American cinema.

My Twentieth Century

Ildikó Enyedi Hungary, 1989

Hot on the heels of its restoration, and thanks to Second Run, we unearth the first film by Ildikó Enyedi (On Body And Soul) which took home no less than the Cannes Camera d’Or in 1989. An alluring hall-of-mirrors comedy, infused with a fierce originality and the unfading charm of silent cinema.


Todd Haynes United States, 1991

Sundance in the early 90s was a place to be, not just for Tarantino, but for Todd Haynes (Carol), whose debut Poison may be the most shocking film to ever win their top prize—a bold, fiercely intelligent, uniquely stylized take on transgressive desire that few indies today would dare attempt.


Ingmar Bergman Sweden, 1946

A fascinating glimpse at both the already-apparent influence of playwright Henrik Ibsen, and what was to come later in Bergman’s incredible career. Crisis is akin to a chamber play: pared back to just a few elements, but full of intense emotion and psychological introspection.

Funny Ha Ha

Andrew Bujalski United States, 2002

We kick 2019 off with our annual series of memorable debuts! First up is “Mumblecore” pioneer Andrew Bujalski. As Support The Girls tops end-of-the-year lists, we celebrate this refreshing, laugh-and-wince-inducing, awkwardly charming (or is it charmingly awkward?) comedy about post-graduate drift.

Life is too short for bad films

Every day we hand-pick a beautiful new film and you have a whole month to watch it, so there’s always 30 perfectly curated films to discover.