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Juan Cavestany, Julián Génisson, Pablo Hernando Spain, 2016

We’re excited to begin a new collaboration with L.A. OLA, a showcase for the best contemporary independent cinema from Spain. Appropriately, we begin with a portmanteau made by three directors given free reign to film absurd stories on the theme of “feelings.” The result? Bizarre and adventurous.

The Birth of Love

Philippe Garrel France, 1993

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The profound melancholy running through the veins of Garrel’s work makes it achingly intimate. Here the French master of romanticism delves into his signature themes of broken love and longing to question the place of men in the world, with Léaud & Castel unforgettably embodying the passage of time.

Avé

Konstantin Bojanov Bulgaria, 2011

28 days to watch
6 Days on the Croisette

Our final stop on the Croisette brings us to a road movie of two lost youths on a road trip across Bulgaria beset by romance and despair. Cannes’ Critics’ Week has presented some of cinema’s finest debut and second films over the years, and this beautiful portrait of adrift youths is no exception.

Henri

Yolande Moreau France, 2013

27 days to watch
6 Days on the Croisette

Yolande Moreau’s dramatically ambitious film thoughtfully encompasses the many emotions and difficulties faced in the contrasting personal lives of two people sharing an unlikely but potent bond. Immense performances matched by attuned direction constructs this sensitive look at friendship.

Irreversible

Gaspar Noé France, 2002

26 days to watch
6 Days on the Croisette

Spend long enough in Cannes and you are bound to find something controversial, groundbreaking or offensive—or all of the above. Such is Gaspar Noé’s backtracking revenger starring married couple Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassel. Brutal and possibly cruel, it is a dark story audaciously told.

Breathing

Karl Markovics Austria, 2011

25 days to watch
6 Days on the Croisette

Our 3rd day on the Croisette brings us to Austria, where some of the most accomplished dramas of existential self-discovery have arisen in recent years. Shortly after Revanche, there was Breathing: a sympathetic and deeply felt portrait of a juvenile relocating his place in an imperfect society.

The Giants

Bouli Lanners Belgium, 2011

24 days to watch
6 Days on the Croisette

Winner of several awards from 2011’s Directors’ Fortnight, The Giants is an often compelling and always unpredictable coming-of-age portrait set in the Belgian countryside. With shades of Mark Twain, the film carefully honors and articulates adolescence in all of its complexity.

Honey

Valeria Golino Italy, 2013

23 days to watch
6 Days on the Croisette

The Cannes Film Festival begins tomorrow, so let’s take a 6 day stroll along the town’s main boulevard, la Croisette, which connects the main festival with the Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week upstarts. First stop: Valeria Golino’s supremely touching and intimate drama from Un Certain Regard.

Les hautes solitudes

Philippe Garrel France, 1974

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Described by Garrel himself as “a film made out of the outtakes of a film that never existed,” this is a silent, transfixing portrait shot on elegiac black and white recalling Andy Warhol’s famed screen tests. Brace yourself for a prophetic, utterly poignant scene foreshadowing Jean Seberg’s death.

Witnesses

Vinko Brešan Croatia, 2003

21 days to watch

Set amidst the Croatian War of Independence, a thick atmosphere of dread hangs over this picture concerned with a war fuelled by ethnic hatred and a tragic murder that took place at its center. Witnesses bravely faces a dark moment in Croatian history wherein corruption was left unchallenged.

52 Tuesdays

Sophie Hyde Australia, 2013

20 days to watch

A true festival darling, Sophie Hyde’s fiction debut audaciously not only explores an emotionally fraught and complex dual awakening in a family, but does so through a unique approach of filming it systematically, one day a week over a year. With a breakout performance by Tilda Cobham-Hervey.

John From

João Nicolau Portugal, 2015

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João Nicolau has become one of the main voices of contemporary Portuguese cinema, next to the likes of Miguel Gomes or João Pedro Rodrigues. This dreamy coming-of-age tale of both epic and intimate proportions—just like first love—is a truly original, enchanting ode to adolescence and fantasy.

Century of Birthing

Lav Diaz Philippines, 2011

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It's About Time: The
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Like some of the best 19th-century novelists, Lav Diaz is a genius at interweaving multiple stories to create a truly expanded canvas of characters, landscapes and social and political struggle. In this masterpiece, three strands oppose each other and then, in an impressive arc, fall into parallel.

Illegal

Olivier Masset-Depasse Belgium, 2010

17 days to watch

Illegal is a potent social realist drama focused on the struggles of an immigrant family tragically separated by the Belgian state. The plights of motherhood, immigration, and family are all sensitively realized in this intense and emotional drama from Olivier Masset-Depasse (Cages, Sanctuaire).

Something Like Happiness

Bohdan Sláma Germany, 2005

16 days to watch

A carefully observed portrait of working class life, Something Like Happiness is shaped as a mosaic to follow three characters and their varying hardships. Friendship, place, and working class struggle find perfect articulation in director Bohdan Sláma’s acute cinematographic and dramatic sense.

The Virgin's Bed

Philippe Garrel France, 1969

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The first feature length film by our retrospective focus, Philippe Garrel, is a cinematic conflagration and re-invention of Biblical storytelling for a culture and an audience having just passed through the convulsions of May ’68. Unabashedly radical and ambitious, with an epoch-defining cast.

The Trap

Srdan Golubovic Serbia, 2007

14 days to watch

The confusion and blurred lines of law and morals in post-war Serbia continues to be fertile ground for both art film and genre pictures. The Trap with dark cleverness straddles the two storytelling styles: part social drama, part psychological thriller, all rooted in Belgrade’s grey zones.

The Graduate

Mike Nichols United States, 1967

13 days to watch
Mike Nichols

Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, Mike Nichols’ classic feels as fresh as ever, pinpointing the desires and angst of a new generation about to enter adulthood. Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft bring it to life, merging with their indelible characters to create new cinematic icons.

Carnal Knowledge

Mike Nichols United States, 1971

12 days to watch
Mike Nichols

Our double feature this week is dedicated to Mike Nichols, who helped push Hollywood into a new era of adulthood beginning with Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. He made one of the 1970s’ best films in this 20-year saga of sex, masculinity and love affairs starring Jack Nicholson and Art Garfunkel.

Scum

Alan Clarke United Kingdom, 1979

11 days to watch

Acclaimed British director Alan Clarke (Elephant) successfully remade his TV film Scum for the cinemas after the BBC banned it due to the docudrama-like harshness of its prison drama. The aggressive realism and social critique is sharpened even more by casting a young Ray Winstone in the lead.

The Modern Jungle

Charles Fairbanks, Saul Kak United States, 2016

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Art of the Real

Our final film from the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Art of the Real shows the ethical complexities of nonfiction filmmaking. What is the relationship between cameraman and camera subject? What is owed, what is transacted? This film is a daring project of local documentation and uneasy exchange.

The Winds Know That I'm Coming Back Home

José Luis Torres Leiva Chile, 2016

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Art of the Real

We continue our series on Art of the Real, a festival that investigates cinema’s relationship with reality, with José Luis Torres Leiva’s clever nonfiction on film scouting in Chile. A calm, enveloping portrait of place and community, it is an erudite immersion into the complexities of island life.

Le révélateur

Philippe Garrel France, 1968

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We are delighted to launch a new retrospective devoted to the poetic cinema of auteur Philippe Garrel, whose new film debuts in Cannes this month. We begin in Garrel’s feracious 20s with the first film he made with the radical Zanzibar art collective. Silent and haunting: a dream in black and white.

Another Year

Shengze Zhu China, 2016

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Art of the Real

Next from the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Art of the Real comes Shengze Zhu’s paradoxically epic immersion into the quotidian. An expansive yet intimate documentary of family gatherings, Zhu reveals a bounty of domestic details, class observations, inter-personal dynamics, pains and joys.

The Dazzling Light of Sunset

Salomé Jashi Georgia, 2016

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Art of the Real

We’re excited to again collaborate with the Film Society of Lincoln Center to exclusively show gems directly from the Art of the Real, which surveys the most vital voices in nonfiction and hybrid filmmaking from across the globe. We begin with Salomé Jashi’s dive into local Georgian news reporting.

Landscape in the Mist

Theodoros Angelopoulos Greece, 1988

5 days to watch
Angelopoulos: Epic
Cinema

Our second epic from Greek visionary Theo Angelopoulos is another expansive travelogue. Gloriously photographed with awe-inspiring scope and bravura, this Silver Lion winner at Venice is one of the late pinnacles of European high modernist cinema in the tradition of Antonioni, Jancsó, and Tarkovsky.

Ulysses' Gaze

Theodoros Angelopoulos Greece, 1995

4 days to watch
Angelopoulos: Epic
Cinema

Behold the epic cinema of Greek auteur Theo Angelopoulos! One of the last directors who truly had monumental visions for the grandeur of motion pictures, Angelopoulos, who was born this day, here uses the screen as a huge canvas to explore post-communist Europe and the importance of cinema itself.

The Dream and The Silence

Jaime Rosales Spain, 2012

We conclude our close-up on Spanish auteur Jaime Rosales with this Directors’ Fortnight selection, whose exquisite black and white cinematography and impeccable use of sound are reminiscent of Bresson. Drawing on naturalism to navigate loss and hope, this is a minimalist film of transcendent beauty.

Bullet in the Head

Jaime Rosales France, 2008

This second part of our Jaime Rosales series boldly reframes Spanish political cinema by tackling an endemic terrorist conflict with striking formal rigor and urgency. Shot in its entirety from a distance, this chilling exercise in voyeurism dissects the act of looking and the act of killing.

Solitary Fragments

Jaime Rosales Spain, 2007

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The films of Jaime Rosales, which we are exploring in a triple bill, are sharply observed and audaciously experimental. In this Goya Awards winner, the Spanish auteur splits the screen to remarkable effect, illuminating the limits and contradictions of human communication and cinematic storytelling.

The Idea of a Lake

Milagros Mumenthaler Argentina, 2016

35-year old Inès is a photographer. She is in an emotionally fragile phase and begins putting together a book of personal poems and photographs. Gradually, the process of bringing a book to fruition becomes a very personal and unfettered exploration of her past.

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