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My Favorite Season

André Téchiné France, 1993

29 days to watch
After the New Wave

Téchiné received 2 César nominations (including Best Director) for this chronicle of familial estrangement. Likened to the work of John Cassavetes in part due to his incisive understanding of the many complexities of family & masculinity, this intimate drama is one of great French films of the 90s.

I Don't Kiss

André Téchiné France, 1991

28 days to watch
After the New Wave

The French New Wave far too often steals the spotlight from the next generation of filmmakers who came after. We aim to bring new focus on French directors who got started in the 70s, in a new series including Alain Corneau, Jacques Doillon, Bertrand Tavernier, and here, the wonderful André Téchiné.


Jacques Doillon France, 1996

26 days to watch
Acting Like a Child

Without hyperbole one may say that Victoire Thivisol in Jacques Doillon’s heart-breaking drama is possibly the greatest film performance of all time. She is captured somewhere between character and child, fiction and reality, creating a sense of cinematic inner life both touching and extraordinary.

Forbidden Games

René Clément France, 1952

25 days to watch
Acting Like a Child

One of the great films about childhood and the power of play, René Clément’s debut fosters the indelible presences of actors Brigitte Fossey and George Poujouly to showcase how the friendship of children, their imagination and ability to cope with fear, can achieve overwhelming poignancy.


Alexander Mackendrick United Kingdom, 1952

24 days to watch
Acting Like a Child

We continue our thematic investigation into childhood in cinema with this moving melodrama from British cinema luminary Alexander Mackendrick (The Ladykillers, The Man in the White Suit). A sincere generosity with complexity to match guides this nuanced and all-too-rare portrayal of disability.

The Fallen Idol

Carol Reed United Kingdom, 1948

23 days to watch
Acting Like a Child

We are proud to present a series that puts the spotlight on tremendous acting by tremendously talented children. This great mystery film gets due praise for director Carol Reed, but it is young actor Bobby Henrey’s whose curiosity, yearning for love, and preternatural sensitivity makes it a classic.

Queer China, 'Comrade' China

Cui Zi'en China, 2008

We continue our series honoring the humanist documentaries to come from China’s recent independent cinema, often made without government approval, with Queer China, ‘Comrade’ China. This is valiant act of cinema in its excavation of the queer experience in the country’s past, present, and future.


Oliver Laxe Morocco, 2016

21 days to watch

Oliver Laxe’s award-winning second film (after You Are All Captains, shown last September) finds the director entering genre territory and remarkably pushing its boundaries. Spellbinding and mysterious, it’s a spiritual western, a desert odyssey and a daring invitation to jump into the unknown.

Bill Viola: The Road to St Paul's

Gerald Fox United Kingdom, 2017

19 days to watch

Heralded as the world’s greatest video artist, Bill Viola continues to astonish with every work. This intimate, 12-years-in-the-making documentary, captures the spiritual dimension of his ground-breaking oeuvre and creative process.

Time Out of Mind

Oren Moverman United States, 2014

18 days to watch

Richard Gere delivers one of his most accomplished performances of his career in this low-key drama from underrated, character-driven filmmaker, Oren Moverman. A tender look at the struggles of a failed father beset by homelessness, Time Out of Mind is a brave drama on the subject of poverty.

La Soledad

Jorge Thielen Armand Venezuela, 2016

17 days to watch

We’re proud to present the online premiere of one of the best films to ever come out of Venezuela, Jorge Thielen Armand’s La Soledad. This pertinent, remarkably lucid rumination on the unforgiving effects of time confirms with inspired poetic depth that the personal is always inescapably political.

Don't Blink - Robert Frank

Laura Israel Canada, 2015

16 days to watch

A portrait of one of America’s finest visual artists, Don’t Blink – Robert Frank is told in a flurry of unpredictable interviews, a rich mosaic of visual reference points. Plus, its backed by a soundtrack provided by Frank’s past photographic subjects: The Rolling Stones, Velvet Underground & more.

Meshes of the Afternoon

Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid United States, 1943

15 days to watch

Today we celebrate International Women’s Day with this landmark short film from the godmother of the American avant-garde, Maya Deren. No other film describes the illogic mystery of dreams quite like this one—its miraculous images are potent enough to find a way into your own dreamscape.

Three Sisters

Wang Bing France, 2012

We’re launching a series on the groundbreaking documentaries, often produced against the will of the state and concerning uncharted struggles, that have recently come out of China. We start with Wang Bing’s patient, provocative, and deeply compassionate portrait of three provincial young sisters.

Fireworks Wednesday

Asghar Farhadi Iran, 2006

12 days to watch

Iran has a great tradition of first-class filmmakers such as Kiarostami, Panahi, Makhmalbaf and, more recently, Farhadi, who took home an Oscar with his riveting The Salesman. This earlier film, set against the backdrop of the Persian New Year, is another of his engrossing explorations of marriage.

A Pure Formality

Giuseppe Tornatore Italy, 1994

11 days to watch

Giuseppe Tornatore, most famous for his nostalgic masterpiece Cinema Paradiso, shows another side of his cinema with this deft and claustrophobic procedural thriller. Two legends of the art form, Gerard Depardieu & Roman Polanski, go head to head in a frantic yet sublime game of cat and mouse.

The Pianist

Roman Polanski Germany, 2002

10 days to watch

Oppression, claustrophobia and the perverse absurdity of the human condition have been among the themes of Roman Polanski’s films. The director reaches his apex with this multiple Academy Award winning drama of survival—a deeply personal culmination, as Polanski himself was a Warsaw ghetto survivor.

Je t'aime moi non plus

Serge Gainsbourg France, 1976

9 days to watch

Today is legendary musician Serge Gainsbourg’s birthday, and we offer his directorial debut as celebration. Venturing outside of his recording career was in this case a total success for Gainsbourg: Je t’aime moi non plus is as sensual, entrancing and romantic as his music. Starring Jane Birkin!

Kaili Blues

Gan Bi China, 2015

8 days to watch

This remarkable debut is formed by a playful structure, rich characters, and one of the most beguiling long takes in modern cinema. Kaili Blues is a dreamy rumination into a nation’s past and the eternal grip tradition has on contemporary life. Winner of the Best New Director award at Locarno.

Fuck for Forest

Michał Marczak Poland, 2012

7 days to watch
The Unusual Subjects

We continue our Unusual Subjects series with perhaps the most uncanny subject matter of the selection: Fuck For Forest, for which the title effectively doubles as a synopsis. We’ll say no more. Winner of the Best Documentary at the Warsaw International Film Festival.

A Film Like Any Other

Jean-Luc Godard, Groupe Dziga Vertov France, 1968

6 days to watch
Godard and the Dziga
Vertov Group

Famous for his trailblazing films in the French New Wave, Godard controversially re-invented his cinema after the failed revolution of May ’68. Our series on his radical films with Jean-Pierre Gorin and under the name Dziga Vertov Group explores cinema’s capacity for political engagement and change.

The Milky Way

Luis Buñuel France, 1969

5 days to watch

In case you remain unconvinced of Luis Buñuel’s provocations, we offer one last masterpiece in subversive surrealism from his late career. The Milky Way once again assembles a stellar ensemble cast to take aim at the legacy of organized religion through an array of unforgettable comedic scenarios.

The Phantom of Liberty

Luis Buñuel France, 1974

4 days to watch

Following his Oscar win for The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Buñuel landed his biggest production—which birthed one of his most incendiary films of subversive hilarity. A seemingly endless cast of international stars rounds out this cinematic reckoning with the absurdity of modern existence.

Diary of a Chambermaid

Luis Buñuel France, 1964

3 days to watch

Jean Renoir took his turn (in Hollywood!) adapting Octave Mirbeau’s great novel, but Buñuel made the definitive (and deliciously provocative) version—a truly wicked satire. Jeanne Moreau is unforgettable as the maid whose presence reveals the dark currents of politics and desire in the countryside.

Bright Nights

Thomas Arslan Germany, 2017

2 days to watch

Berlin School veteran Thomas Arslan’s return to the German festival’s competition is a majestic yet intimate father-son road movie. With unassuming minimalism and a breathtaking use of landscape, Arslan charts both a geographical and an emotional journey infused with serene, affecting melancholy.

That Obscure Object of Desire

Luis Buñuel France, 1977

Expiring at midnight PDT

Today is the birthday of the man who extended Surrealism through five decades of the 20th century with his wry, darkly satiric dramas of the hypocrisies of the moneyed classes. We’re showing a series of Buñuel’s wonderful final films made at the height of his fame, beginning at the very wicked end.

Life as a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease

Krzysztof Zanussi Poland, 2000

The story of a doctor named Tomasz who questions his beliefs, faith and morality as the end of his life is near, so he makes all efforts to find dignity in his imminent death.

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