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Mahamat-Saleh Haroun France, 2002

Deeply invested in portraying childhood and family in all of its complexity, this intimate drama also examines the state of Chad and the Central African country’s many hardships. Brotherhood turns allegorical under Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s deft balancing of the personal with the political.


Laura Citarella Argentina, 2011

28 days to watch
New Argentine Cinema

Our close-up on New Argentine Cinema continues with Laura Citarella’s debut, also produced by Mariano Llinás. Set in a vacation destination emblematic since the early 20th century, Ostende is both a delightful observational comedy and a minimalistic detective story of Hitchcockian undertones.

The Front Page

Lewis Milestone United States, 1931

27 days to watch

If the title sounds familiar, that’s because Hecht and McArthur’s fast-talking hit play was turned into the screwball classic His Girl Friday by Howard Hawks. But very fun and very funny is Lewis Milestone’s pre-Code adaptation—newly restored!—which keeps the gender roles of the play intact.

After the Battle

Yousry Nasrallah Egypt, 2012

26 days to watch

Competing at Cannes, this is Egyptian director Nasrallah’s impassioned of-the-moment film made before Brooks. Deftly weaving between melodrama, poetic flourishes and the socio-political complexities of Egypt’s mid-revolution democracy, Nasrallah has made an impressively energetic and smart film.

Brooks, Meadows and Lovely Faces

Yousry Nasrallah Egypt, 2016

25 days to watch

Egyptian auteur Yousry Nasrallah deftly weaves between drama, comedy and subtle political insight in this warm and colorful social tapestry. Romantic, business and sexual relationships swirl around a wedding, a grand, music and food-filled event touching all types of people, wealthy and working.

La Marseillaise

Jean Renoir France, 1938

24 days to watch
Jean Renoir

We move from Renoir’s early films to his justly praised 1930s heights with this under-known but visionary period drama capturing French Revolution. It justly sweeps across French society, creating a far richer, more complex portrait of the era than the original Popular Front producers had desired.

The Gold Bug

Alejo Moguillansky, Fia-Stina Sandlund Argentina, 2014

23 days to watch
New Argentine Cinema

Our final film by Moguillansky—co-editing with Mariano Llinás, co-directing with Fia-Stina Sandlund, and writing with both!—leaps from The Parrot’s take on documentary-making into an even more undefinable mixture of genres, connecting moviemaking to treasure hunting, national history and politics.

The Parrot and the Swan

Alejo Moguillansky Argentina, 2013

22 days to watch
New Argentine Cinema

Moguillansky’s next feature after Castro (between which he edited a film by the great Matías Piñeiro), continues the director’s surprises, wittiness, and cheerfully off-kilter filmmaking approach willing to take risks and make jokes. Dance, love, a film within a film—this one knows few boundaries.


Alejo Moguillansky Argentina, 2009

21 days to watch
New Argentine Cinema

Next in our focus on New Argentine cinema we turn to director Alejo Moguillansky, also part of the El Pampero Cine company and who edited Extraordinary Stories. This, his second film, is a frenetic, existentialist action movie shot with lean agility and an eye for the absurd. A true fleet pleasure.

Rich and Strange

Alfred Hitchcock United Kingdom, 1931

20 days to watch
Early Hitchcock

Hitch took a sojourn from mysteries and thrillers with this comedy, and it led to one of his most romantic works. Rich and Strange is both a satire of bourgeois society and an incisive inquiry into marriage—all realized with Hitch’s burgeoning visual storytelling and his distinct lightness of touch.

The Skin Game

Alfred Hitchcock United Kingdom, 1931

19 days to watch
Early Hitchcock

For the second film in our trio of early Hitchcock, we present this melodrama of class struggle in rural England. At first glance it may appear as surprisingly dialogue-dependent for the great visual storyteller, yet it quietly envelops the senses with graceful mise en scène and expert staging.


Alfred Hitchcock United Kingdom, 1928

18 days to watch
Early Hitchcock

Once considered the maker of mainstream fluff, Hitchcock’s reputation now is unassailable. But what was the Master of Suspense making before he was a master? This week we present a trio of early films by Hitch, including this made between iconic silent The Lodger and first sound picture Blackmail.

Whirlpool of Fate

Jean Renoir France, 1925

17 days to watch
Jean Renoir

We continue our Jean Renoir retrospective by leaping back to his sophomore feature, Whirlpool of Fate: a saga of romance and class struggle realized through a budding yet distinct lyricism. Too often is America’s contribution to silent cinema overstated, and this film’s feats alone argue otherwise.

A Month in Thailand

Paul Negoescu Romania, 2012

16 days to watch

Standing defiantly apart from the political ambitions of the Romanian New Wave, this pleasantly surprising story of a young man’s romantic follies–though invested in themes of love and relationships–remains at turns as emotionally unpredictable in sensibility as other gems of the New Wave.

Extraordinary Stories

Mariano Llinás Argentina, 2008

15 days to watch
New Argentine Cinema

We follow up Llinas’ terrific debut with the film that made him an international cinema hero. Clocking at 4 hours, Extraordinary Stories is an unashamedly overwhelming cinematic phenomenon, a strange artifact that brilliantly entwines myriads of narratives and a glorious celebration of storytelling.


Mariano Llinás Argentina, 2002

14 days to watch
New Argentine Cinema

We’re thrilled to launch a series dedicated to the New Argentine Cinema. If the country’s festival presence is so prominent, it’s largely due to El Pampero, a group of rebellious, innovative filmmakers that have redefined low-budget cinema. This gem, full of irony and humor, inaugurates their work.

A Mere Breath

Monica Lazurean-Gorgan Romania, 2016

13 days to watch

This doc is a delicately shaped slice of life and its many hardships in a declining working class town in rural Romania. Monica Lazurean-Gorgan’s second film is an intimate family portrait with eloquent observations on the nature of family, the challenges of disability, and the guidance of faith.


Kiyoshi Kurosawa Japan, 2016

12 days to watch

Genre maestro Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Pulse) taps into his skill with policier and horror films for this thriller cleverly blending domestic vulnerability and unsolved crime. Throw credibility out the window and embrace the film’s tingling sense of unease and the uncanny as the story twists and turns.

The Event

Sergei Loznitsa Netherlands, 2015

11 days to watch

Sergei Loznitsa has made an astounding documentary from restored footage of the dramatic cavalcade of events during the collapse of the Soviet Union 26 years ago this month: government dissolution, Gorbachev gone missing, and a coup d’etat. Like today, we only know what is presented to the public.

The Testament of Dr. Cordelier

Jean Renoir France, 1959

10 days to watch
Jean Renoir

Jean Renoir’s oeuvre is one of boundless ambition in humanism, satire, and delicate dramatics. His final films play as zeniths to all these aspects, and amongst them is this invigorated Jekyll & Hyde revision which stands as one of his finest treatments on the theme of the individual versus society.

Death and Devil

Peter Nestler Germany, 2009

9 days to watch
A Vision of Resistance

We jump across documentarian Peter Nestler’s career to his most recent feature. Now working in Sweden, Nestler’s acute analysis turns inward to look at his own family history. A stunning saga of wealth, science, and imperialism, his story makes a personal, cutting progression towards German fascism.

Rhine River

Peter Nestler West Germany, 1965

8 days to watch
A Vision of Resistance

On the legendary river Rhine, the labor of boatmen and the industrial shore are watched over by tourists. At once a poet, anthropologist and historian, Peter Nestler matter of factly captures the confluence of labor and leisure at one of the great arteries of Germany’s national identity.

Sweaty Betty

Joseph Frank, Zachary Reed United States, 2014

7 days to watch

Quietly praised in its all too brief festival run, this exceptional documentary moves with the loose feel of a home movie, yet proves to be rigorously composed in its careful articulation of community and friendship. Like the best of recent independent cinema, it’s raw, alive and completely sincere.

From Greece

Peter Nestler West Germany, 1965

6 days to watch
A Vision of Resistance

Peter Nestler’s films made in Germany were all poignantly unconventional—formally adventurous, politically bold. But it was this prescient look at wartime resistance and post-war leftist politics in Greece on the cusp of dictatorship that effectively blacklisted the filmmaker. Essential viewing.

Description of a Struggle

Chris Marker Israel, 1960

5 days to watch

The most celebrated works by Chris Marker, whose birthday is today, often cast a shadow over his undiscovered, more political films like this one. The birth, history, and ambiguities of Israel are contemplated in Marker’s cogent abstractions, culminating in what stands as an essential documentary.

Homo sapiens

Nikolaus Geyrhalter Austria, 2016

4 days to watch

After showing Niklaus Geyrhalter’s Over the Years last month, we’re thrilled to present his spellbinding Homo Sapiens. A film of perplexing intensity, halfway between documentary and sci-fi, it portrays the state of the world after humanity’s collapse like you’ve never seen before.

Grand Illusion

Jean Renoir France, 1937

3 days to watch
Jean Renoir

Today begins a new retrospective devoted to one of the greatest directors, Jean Renoir. We begin with his anti-war classic starring Jean Gabin and Erich von Stroheim, a film of tremendous warmth, wit, and wisdom. Orson Welles once said if he could only choose to save one film, it would be this.


Tonie Van Der Merwe South Africa, 1986

2 days to watch
South Africa's "B

The final newly restored film in our series on genre films made specifically for black South Africans—though notably directed by the white Van Der Merwe—is a Zulu western! This most American of genres is cleverly appropriated for a new setting that wildly changes the stakes—and the participants.

Rich Girl

Tonie Van Der Merwe South Africa, 1985

Expiring at midnight PDT
South Africa's "B

Our focus on apartheid-era South African filmmaker Van Der Merwe and his groundbreaking all-black genre films continues with a newly restored film of his over 400 productions. Rich Girl is in Zulu, a language Van Der Merwe helped introduce to South African cinema despite speaking it poorly himself.

Fishy Stones

Tonie Van Der Merwe South Africa, 1985

After a well-executed jewellery store heist, two amateur thugs go on the run. The police are not too far behind and after a chase through the countryside, the thugs are apprehended – but only after they stash their loot in a clump of nearby bushes.

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