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Buoyancy

Rodd Rathjen Australia, 2019

29 days to watch
Viewfinder

A real-life thriller that opens a window on the reality of modern slavery, Buoyancy was selected as the Australian submission to this year’s Academy Awards. The incredible performances of non-professional actors and a suspenseful atmosphere transform a desperate story into gripping cinema.

Our Town

Yûzô Kawashima Japan, 1958

28 days to watch
Yûzô Kawashima's
Post-War Japan

A prelude to the Japanese New Wave, Yuzo Kawashima’s vivid adaptation of a decade-spanning story of a rowdy rickshaw driver and his raising of his daughter and granddaughter is rich with carefully observed anecdotal charm, no-nonsense realism, and a critique of Japan’s patriarchal society.

Soy Nero

Rafi Pitts Germany, 2016

27 days to watch

Rafi Pitts’ stringent feature is noticeably personal, influenced by his itinerant upbringing and taking a slow-burn approach to the subject of national borders. Grounded by a strong performance from Johnny Ortiz, Soy Nero foregoes the conventional approach of topical filmmaking for quiet force.

Boiling Point

Takeshi Kitano Japan, 1990

In his second feature film, Takeshi Kitano dives further into Japan’s underworld by way of a baseball player turned patsy in this carefully plotted road trip lined with vengeance. Boiling Point deepens Kitano’s analysis of male violence…while also featuring one of cinema’s greatest karaoke scenes.

The Staggering Girl

Luca Guadagnino Italy, 2019

25 days to watch
Luminaries

We are thrilled to premiere Luca Guadagnino’s latest film: A collaboration between the Italian auteur and Pierpaolo Piccioli, creative director of Valentino. With a star-laden cast and score by Ryuichi Sakamoto, The Staggering Girl unfolds with the mysteriousness of a dream, sumptuous and elusive.

A Faithful Man

Louis Garrel France, 2018

24 days to watch

A Faithful Man, from America’s latest heartthrob—director, co-writer, and star Louis Garrel (Little Women)—is the perfect Valentine’s Day choice. Co-written by frequent Buñuel collaborator Jean-Claude Carrière, the film playfully shifts between drama and comedy, subtle murder mystery and love story.

The Plagiarists

Peter Parlow United States, 2019

23 days to watch
The New Auteurs

The latest film by artist James N. Kienitz Wilkins, whose bracingly clever works we’ve shown in the past, and co-writer Robin Schavoir is a prickly, unpredictable comedy. Wilkins co-wrote, edited, and shot this self-satiric indie as an exploration of authenticity and a riposte to white privilege.

Burden of Love

Yûzô Kawashima Japan, 1955

22 days to watch
Yûzô Kawashima's
Post-War Japan

There’s baby fever in post-war, post-occupation Japan! Nearly every woman, young or old, married or single, desirous or not, faces motherhood in Yuzo Kawashima’s socially-minded farce. This clever mixture of comedy and “issue film” showcases the director’s great ability to juggle large ensembles.

Warsaw Bridge

Pere Portabella Spain, 1989

21 days to watch

Catalan director Pere Portabella, whose 91st birthday is today, is one of the great figures of Spanish cinema. In his wondrous and unclassifiable Warsaw Bridge, the filmmaker fractures his film’s story to compose a sophisticated artifact able to defy History and question collective (in)memory.

Throat Singing in Kangirsuk

Eva Kaukai, Manon Chamberland Canada, 2018

20 days to watch
Indigenous Shorts from
Sundance Institute

Closing our collaboration with Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program is this delightful Inuit musical performance. Co-directors Eva Kaukai and Manon Chamberland offer an enthralling duet while we see not only their performance but also their native Inuit region through the seasons.

Last Men in Aleppo

Feras Fayyad Denmark, 2017

19 days to watch

Syrian director Feras Fayyad is back at the Oscars this weekend, following his Best Documentary Feature nomination in 2018 for Last Men in Aleppo. The film is a paradox of sorts: Backed by a haunting string score, it seeks moments of beauty in an ongoing warzone, intensifying the horrors depicted.

Paradise

Andrey Konchalovskiy Russia, 2016

18 days to watch

Runaway Train director Andrei Konchalovsky won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival for this engrossing tale, shot in beautiful monochrome. Shifting perspectives between characters and using direct address to the camera, Paradise is an inventive entry into an otherwise overplayed genre.

Meteorites

Romain Laguna France, 2018

17 days to watch
From France with Love

Romain Laguna’s confident debut, showcasing his beautiful home region in southern France with sublime 4:3 cinematography, is formally and emotionally invigorating. Strong performances from an ensemble of non-professional actors, led by Zéa Duprez, give rise to a fresh spin on the coming-of-age tale.

A Family Submerged

María Alché Argentina, 2018

16 days to watch
Debuts

You may love María Alché in Lucrecia Martel’s The Holy Girl, but you’ll be dazzled by her directorial debut. With the excellent Mercedes Morán in the main role, and images by virtuoso Hélène Louvart, A Family Submerged is a dreamy, invigorating look at mid-life womanhood so alive it’ll draw you in.

Harmonium

Koji Fukada Japan, 2016

15 days to watch

The great Tadanobu Asano (Ichi the Killer) stars as the insidious house guest in this deeply stirring, hypnotic thriller which slowly and assuredly unfurls the many questions of what composes and inspires evil. Winner of Un Certain Regard’s Jury Prize, Harmonium casts a rare spell upon its viewer.

The Balloon

Yûzô Kawashima Japan, 1956

14 days to watch
Yûzô Kawashima's
Post-War Japan

Adapted from novelist Jiro Osaragi (Ozu’s The Munekata Sisters) by Kawashima and Shohei Imamura, this is a beautifully told multi-character drama of post-war Japanese morality: old guard and new, gender divisions, the struggle to live and the benefits of wealth. That is to say: A modern picture.

My Father's Tools

Heather Condo Canada, 2016

Heather Condo’s eloquently simple short film continues our collaboration with Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program. Its documentation of the transformation by a member of the Mi’kmaq tribe of a white ash tree into a woven basket speaks for the continuity of history through material and skill.

Violent Cop

Takeshi Kitano Japan, 1989

Takeshi “Beat” Kitano was foremost known in Japan for his comedic television persona—that is until he took over directing duties for this incendiary tale of corruption and violence. Kitano’s first incision into what manifests violence is resplendent with his signature deadpan wit and staccato grace.

One Shocking Moment

Ted V. Mikels United States, 1965

11 days to watch
byNWR

An otherwise lost film in the Ted V. Mikels catalog, as it only seems to exist in a single used 35mm print, the byNWR team remastered this existing source, in proper widescreen for the first time, though some very short gaps still exist from missing shots.

Edward II

Derek Jarman United Kingdom, 1991

10 days to watch

Landmark artist Derek Jarman coyly applies his singular cinematic vision to British history in this revisionist view of the infamous gay monarch. Upending the respectability of period pieces, Edward II severs the fabric of time to reframe queerness as an eternal narrative. Co-starring Tilda Swinton.

Selfie

Agostino Ferrente France, 2019

9 days to watch
The Unusual Subjects

Agostino Ferrente provided two Neapolitan teenagers with phones to record their surroundings, forming this tender look at friendship. Despite dealing with a death and the background presence of the Mafia, it retains the boys’ youthful innocence by removing the contrived qualities of performance.

Ether

Krzysztof Zanussi Poland, 2018

8 days to watch
Luminaries

Following our extensive 2018 retrospective of Polish auteur Krzysztof Zanussi, we are premiering the master’s latest: a dark and engrossing WWI tale of battlefield experimentation and intellectual hubris. Mad scientists and the Faust myth are brilliantly evoked in this chilling and prescient vision.

Till We Meet Again

Yûzô Kawashima Japan, 1955

7 days to watch
Yûzô Kawashima's
Post-War Japan

One of several remarkably even-handed melodramas Yuzo Kawashima crafted for Nikkatsu, this Yasushi Inoue adaptation characteristically features complexly connected characters and avoids histrionics. At its heart is whether adults trapped in social relationships can free themselves to be happy.

Thirty

Simona Kostova Germany, 2019

6 days to watch
Direct from Rotterdam

Closing our series of films from the International Film Festival Rotterdam is Simona Kostova’s impressionistic feature debut. Juxtaposing minimalist apartments and Berlin’s bustling nightlife, Kostova’s camera grows increasingly restless as life’s biggest questions propagate through the day.

Birds in the Earth

Marja Helander Finland, 2018

Next in our partnership with Sundance Institute is Finnish director Marja Helander’s captivating short. It beautifully and unconventionally evokes the troubled history of the Indigenous Sámi people in Finland through a splendid transformation of dance performance and landscape into cinema.

Touch Me Not

Adina Pintilie Romania, 2018

4 days to watch

Billed as the most controversial Berlinale Golden Bear in history, Adina Pintilie’s fearless investigation of intimacy and sexuality persuasively invites the spectator to participate in its exploratory narrative. A treatise on bodies and our perception of the Other that won’t leave you indifferent.

Sons of Denmark

Ulaa Salim Denmark, 2019

3 days to watch
Direct from Rotterdam

Next in our series bringing visions from the International Film Festival Rotterdam comes Ulaa Salim’s bold debut and Tiger Award competitor. A thriller as topical as it is provocative, Salim’s twisting story vividly probes the psychology of masculinity to explore the desire for social change.

Fainting Spells

Sky Hopinka United States, 2018

First up in our partnership with Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program is Sky Hopinka’s Fainting Spells. With his 2018 short, Hopinka—a Ho-Chunk artist and a descendant of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians—has created a luminous cinematic tapestry that weaves between language and landscape.

Maggie

Yi Okseop South Korea, 2018

Expiring at midnight PST
Direct from Rotterdam

With the essential Rotterdam Film Festival starting today, we launch our annual series of the previous edition’s highlights. From South Korea arrives Yi Okseop’s award-winning, unapologetically weird debut: a madcap oddity, full of rhapsodic storytelling, eccentric characters, and whimsical humour.

Tales of Ginza

Yûzô Kawashima Japan, 1955

A talented young artist painted a picture of Wakako Kyogoku when she was a little girl. The piece was entitled “Girl” and Wakako held it dear to her heart. Years later, she takes the painting to an art gallery in Ginza, in hopes to reunite with its creator, who she does not know the name of.

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