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Grizzly Man

Werner Herzog United States, 2005

29 days to watch
The Unusual Subjects

Werner Herzog realized one of his most (and justly!) renowned films with this portrait of the tragic environmentalist Timothy Treadwell. Grizzly Man is perhaps the German auteur’s most lucid rumination on a theme so central to his prolific career: humanity’s tenuous relationship with nature.

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

Luis Buñuel France, 1972

28 days to watch

What secrets lurk inside a group of wealthy sophisticates who only want a nice, pleasant dinner party? Luis Buñuel’s Oscar-winning classic is one of his signature films, a fiendishly witty comedy bouncing through reality, dreams, faith, sex, and revolution with the lightest, cheekiest touch.

Closeness

Kantemir Balagov Russia, 2017

27 days to watch

This powerhouse debut by Kantemir Balagov, a student of master Aleksandr Sokurov, delves into the fraught relationships of the small Jewish community inside the Caucasian city of Nalchik. Darya Zhovner’s performance as a young woman seeking freedom from a confining world is fierce and unforgettable.

Araby

Affonso Uchoa, João Dumans Brazil, 2017

26 days to watch
Undiscovered

We’re delighted to present this Brazilian wonder of hybrid cinema! Araby gives a voice to marginal people—the film’s non-professional cast borrowed from their own reality—and focuses on everyday life’s grace and poetry, transcending usual (mis)representations. A vital paean to working-class heroes.

Class Relations

Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub West Germany, 1984

25 days to watch
A Straub-Huillet
Retrospective

One of Straub-Huillet’s best-known films, their adaptation of Kafka’s unfinished novel joins The Southerner, Zabriskie Point, and Paris, Texas as an essential outsider portrait of the American Dream. The nationality of today’s immigrant may be different, but the experience remains the same.

Suleiman Mountain

Elizaveta Stishova Kyrgyzstan, 2017

24 days to watch
Debuts

Elizaveta Stishova has crafted a rich and colorful tale that combines a long-lost son, drama between wives of different ages, a boozy husband, shamanism, and con-games. It sounds like a lot, but told as a road movie through stunning Kyrgyz landscapes, her debut weaves a remarkably human story.

Berberian Sound Studio

Peter Strickland United Kingdom, 2012

23 days to watch
What Is an Auteur?

In a loving, nightmarish pastiche of the Italian giallo genre, Britain’s Peter Strickland (In Fabric) crafts a cinephilic, stylish and satirical horror homage. Toby Jones stars in this ingenious and audacious 1970s throwback to psychotropic cinema that’s both an ode to film cult and film craft.

The Duke of Burgundy

Peter Strickland United Kingdom, 2014

22 days to watch
What Is an Auteur?

British one-of-a-kind director Peter Strickland explores a S&M see-sawing power dynamic between two women with piercing psychological insight in this extraordinarily sumptuous feast of image and sound. An increasingly abstract, intoxicating erotic drama lush with pictorial beauty.

The Limey

Steven Soderbergh United States, 1999

21 days to watch

One of Steven Soderbergh’s most thrilling films, this is a re-imagining of 1960s modernist revenge flicks, with John Boorman’s Point Blank being the biggest inspiration, and brilliantly uses Sixties icons Terrence Stamp and Peter Fonda. Sublimely shot—by Ed Lachman—and jaggedly edited to perfection.

How Fernando Pessoa Saved Portugal

Eugène Green Portugal, 2018

20 days to watch
Direct from Locarno

Continuing our spotlight on the best films that premiered at last year’s Locarno Festival—as the 2019 edition unfolds—we return to one of our perennial favorite filmmakers, Eugène Green. This witty mini-film travels to Portugal for a (real!) tale of a truly bizarre confluence of artist and brand.

Yara

Abbas Fahdel Lebanon, 2018

19 days to watch
Direct from Locarno

Iraqi-French director Abbas Fahdel surprised us by following his extraordinary nonfiction epic Homeland: Iraq Year Zero with this limpid teenage love story set in Lebanon’s stunning Kadisha Valley. It has a documentary freshness and the beautiful, archetypal simplicity of our favorite silent cinema.

Dutch Angle: Chas Gerretsen & Apocalypse Now

Baris Azman Netherlands, 2019

18 days to watch

As Apocalypse Now turns 40 and Coppola’s Final Cut hits cinemas, we’re proud to present the online premiere of this documentary on Gerretsen, set photographer on the Vietnam War epic, arguably the most iconic film shoot ever. After decades in obscurity, this film brings his stunning images to light.

Dead Horse Nebula

Tarık Aktaş Turkey, 2018

17 days to watch
Direct from Locarno

Our next Locarno highlight is Dead Horse Nebula, a film as intriguing as its title. This superb exploration of memory delves into the relationship of men and nature, reaching philosophical heights through atmospheric, deceptively anecdotal vignettes––and won Aktaş the Best Emerging Director award!

Barracuda

Jason Cortlund, Julia Halperin United States, 2017

16 days to watch

From Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt to Pasolini’s Teorema, something about the ambiguous guest that shows up uninvited seems to forever speak to our existential anxieties. In the Austin-set indie Barracuda, this familiar tale is spun with rare intimacy and hypnotic unease to unpredictable ends.

A Chinese Odyssey - Part Two: Cinderella

Jeffrey Lau Hong Kong, 1995

15 days to watch
Adaptations

Jeffrey Lau’s intrepid adaptation of the Monkey King tale concludes with this majestic finisher. Continuing to synthesize an array of genres to brilliant effect, the multi-hyphenate Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle) dazzles in this adventure of time traveling misfires, unexpected romance, and destiny.

A Chinese Odyssey - Part One: Pandora's Box

Jeffrey Lau Hong Kong, 1995

14 days to watch
Adaptations

An inspired, action-packed take on the timeless Chinese novel Journey to the West, the legends of the Hong Kong New Wave unite for this marvelous diptych adaptation. Weaving pure fantasy with slapstick, giant spiders, and even time travel, this is a brilliant zenith of cinema as spectacle.

Fausto

Andrea Bussmann Mexico, 2018

13 days to watch
Direct from Locarno

As a new edition of the Swiss festival begins, we’re excited to spotlight our 2018 favorites. Bussmann’s solo debut emerges as a mysterious creature: part ethnography, part legend, Fausto blurs the line between myth and reality and questions our ways of seeing—reframing Goethe’s opus along the way.

Venus in Fur

Roman Polanski France, 2013

12 days to watch
Adaptations

Adapted from a play by David Ives—itself inspired from the novella of the same name—Roman Polanski won his fourth César Award for Best Director for this metafictional period drama. Both smart and playful, a wicked two-hander starring Mathieu Amalric and regular Polanski star Emmanuelle Seigner.

Too Early, Too Late

Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub Egypt, 1982

11 days to watch
A Straub-Huillet
Retrospective

Collided, compared, brought together: France and Egypt; the 18th century and the 20th; revolution and colonialism; the fields and the city; the land and the people; the past and the present. Such is the cinema of Straub-Huillet: dialectical to its very being, always questioning, forever pursuing.

The Dead

John Huston United Kingdom, 1987

10 days to watch
Adaptations

On the birthday of one of Hollywood’s greatest—directors, screenwriters, voices—John Huston, we share his final feature. Never afraid to transform literature into vivid cinema—he took on Hammett, Melville, Kipling, O’Connor, Crane—this is an achingly felt, richly observed adaptation of James Joyce.

When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism

Corneliu Porumboiu Romania, 2013

9 days to watch
What Is an Auteur?

Romanian New Wave director Corneliu Porumboiu turns his hilarious deadpan style to a behind-the-scenes look at moviemaking in Bucharest. This duet (or is it a duel?) between a director and actress is a clever self-critique about what matters in cinema, as well as a withering satire of masculine ego.

Police, Adjective

Corneliu Porumboiu Romania, 2009

8 days to watch
What Is an Auteur?

Romanian New Wave director Corneliu Porumboiu won two prizes in Cannes with this dark comedy of the mentality and excruciating bureaucracy of his nation’s police. With a deadpan mix of bleak settings and odd situations, Police, Adjective draws a wry portrait of a country in a state of paralysis.

Eve's Bayou

Kasi Lemmons United States, 1997

7 days to watch

A Southern Gothic tale set in a momentous summer, Kasi Lemmons award-winning debut is a magnetic pull into the world of childhood and a darkly magical reckoning with the shadow that tragedy casts over memory. Within its tenderness lays a breadth of wisdom on the ties that bind a family. Essential.

Emerald Cities

Rick Schmidt United States, 1983

6 days to watch
byNWR

“Returning to the original 16mm A/B negative rolls for the first time, an entirely new reconstruction of director Rick Schmidt’s ultra-low-budget gem shines with a visual and sonic clarity never present before, including bits excised from the original 1983 release prints.” —NWR

Love Crime

Alain Corneau France, 2010

5 days to watch

Remade by Brian De Palma as Passion, Alain Corneau’s erotic thriller more than stands on its own, not the least because of its knock-out cast of Kristin Scott-Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier. The final film made by Corneau, it’s a high-voltage story of jealousy and manipulation with noir undertones.

Season of the Devil

Lav Diaz Philippines, 2018

4 days to watch
Luminaries

We return to Philippine master Lav Diaz to premiere this defiant a cappella musical (!), which tells the story of a startling (and real) conspiracy of the Marcos dictatorship’s police state to scare and control the people in the countryside. Staggering, hypnotic, and urgent political filmmaking.

Vincere

Marco Bellocchio Italy, 2009

3 days to watch

Italian filmmaker Marco Bellochio provides a double biopic of sorts with his vigorous and dazzling Vincere, which dives deep into modern Italian history to unveil secrets of Mussolini’s personal life. Winner of Best Director, Cinematography, Actress and Actor at the Chicago Film Festival!

Goodbye First Love

Mia Hansen-Løve France, 2011

2 days to watch

A film of sun-drenched melancholy that illuminates a youthful romance with palpably lived wisdom, Mia Hansen-Løve’s Goodbye, First Love depicts adolescence with peerless grace. Reckoning fully with the cycles and immensity of formative first love, this is one of the very best films of its kind.

The Man from London

Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky Hungary, 2007

Expiring at midnight PDT
Adaptations

After transforming two László Krasznahorkai novels into epic monuments of Eastern European art-cinema, husband-and-wife team Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky surprisingly turned to French crime novel master Georges Simenon for an unforgettable re-interpretation of film noir. Co-starring Tilda Swinton!

The Thin Blue Line

Errol Morris United States, 1988

The controversial true story of the arrest and conviction of Randall Adams for the murder of a Dallas policeman in 1976. Billed as “the first movie mystery to actually solve a murder,” the film is credited with overturning an unjust conviction.

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