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Season of the Witch

George A. Romero United States, 1972

29 days to watch
Horrific October

Best known for ushering in the modern idea of zombies, the late George A. Romero applied an incisive level of social commentary in his underrated—even forgotten—non-undead films. Thus, the stellar Season of the Witch takes aim at the nuclear family and invokes witchcraft as an attractive answer.

Line of Demarcation

Claude Chabrol France, 1966

Some of the most ruthless films by Claude Chabrol are the stories of how the French resisted or collaborated with the Nazis during World War 2. This Vichy drama, made after the fervor of the French New Wave had died, is one of his rarest but most gripping, devoted to the harsh decisions of wartime.

The Swindle

Claude Chabrol Switzerland, 1997

Our Chabrol retro continues with his 50th feature: a lively thriller of thievery, charming deceits, and ambiguous romance. The ideal amount of Hitchcockian inspiration seasons this picture’s DNA for a perfect concoction of mystique and uncanny wit. Did we mention it also stars Isabelle Huppert?

The Bridesmaid

Claude Chabrol France, 2004

Continuing our retrospective of mysteries from the French New Wave’s Claude Chabrol, we present this wicked little picture that’s at once an erotic thriller and a droll comedy of perversion and class satire. Laura Smet stars in the title role and as one of Chabrol’s most unforgettable femme fatales.

Cinnamon

Kevin Jerome Everson United States, 2006

In his debut film, a multi-faceted exploration of drag racing in the Midwest, Kevin Jerome Everson fully encompasses the community, ecstasy, and expertise of this unusual sport. Gently drifting between fiction and reality, Cinnamon is an eloquent expression of black unity and excellence.

Tape

Ning Li China, 2010

This radical documentary offers a different side of Chinese underground cinema: A lively self-portrait of director Ning Li’s rise as an avant-garde performance artist against much political adversity. Tape is an integral look at a complicated modern society’s relationship with art and artists.

RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: async AT THE PARK AVENUE ARMORY

Stephen Nomura Schible United States, 2018

23 days to watch

As a special treat after our release of Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda is this sensorial immersion into a rare concert experience. Watch the great composer perform the debut of his latest musical masterpiece, with accompanying video imagery by Shiro Takatani and experimental filmmaker Takashi Makino.

Wild Plants

Nicolas Humbert Switzerland, 2016

22 days to watch
The Unusual Subjects

Gardening is refreshingly reinterpreted as a punk, anti-establishment movement in this lively globe-trotting documentary. Doubling also as a series of inter-connected portraitures, Wild Plants offers a unique look into the humblest of sub-cultures often underestimated through diverse perspectives.

Pontypool

Bruce McDonald Canada, 2008

21 days to watch
Horrific October

Like George A. Romero’s original classic Night of the Living Dead the best horror films often come from low-budget ingenuity and storytelling invention. Canadian auteur Bruce McDonald (Weirdos) crafted Pontypool on such terms, repurposing zombie mythos for a bilingual nation often divided.

A Girl Cut in Two

Claude Chabrol France, 2007

Next in our survey of films by the wry New Wave mystery-maker Claude Chabrol is this romantic bon mot. Well, romantic in the Chabrolian sense: charged with perversion, tainted by crime, viewed with an eye towards subtle satire. A dark criminal comedy, perhaps? Ludivine Sagnier was made for this.

Inspector Bellamy

Claude Chabrol France, 2009

Today we begin a 5-film, 3-decade survey of the French New Wave’s master of suspense, Claude Chabrol. In a gesture towards his delightful perversity, we begin at the end with Chabrol’s final film: His only movie with Gérard Depardieu, it proves there’s always more to a mystery than meets the eye.

Quality Control

Kevin Jerome Everson United States, 2011

Next in our Kevin Jerome Everson series is a feature that showcases the artist’s devotion to spending time with and making images from the working-class, in a culture where labor is most often hidden by popular media. Long takes create a fascination with the details, rhythms and expertise of work.

Mothers

Hui Jing Xu China, 2012

Mothers continues the welcome tendency of Chinese underground cinema’s political subversiveness from a new, uncanny perspective: the daily processes of a birth control center, and their increasingly exploitative methods of enforcing the state’s one child law. Defiant, brave, necessary.

1428

Du Haibin China, 2009

The physical, spiritual, social catastrophes in the aftermath of an earthquake are captured with brave immediacy in this documentary. Director Du Haibin, armed with but a consumer camcorder, captures a community’s resilience and a government’s indifference as an microcosm of political failure.

Manhunter

Michael Mann United States, 1986

15 days to watch
Horrific October

From the master American filmmaker Michael Mann, Manhunter is a truly experiential foray into two opposing minds. Belying its 80s neon hues and (welcome!) pop music cues, the film grows into a complexly woven inquiry into the origins of serial murder and its amorphous relation with domesticity.

Cottonpickin' Chickenpickers

Larry Jackson United States, 1967

14 days to watch
byNWR

“We are excited to present this regional curiosity in its new sparkling restoration, made from the original 35mm negative. Previous releases were plagued by murky sound and dull colors that didn’t do justice to the Florida-location photography. Here’s your chance to watch it as never before! ” —NWR

The Inertia Variations

Johanna St Michaels Sweden, 2017

13 days to watch

A profound disenchantment with the world pushed The The’s founder and singer song-writer Matt Johnson into silence. Fifteen years later, the beloved post-punk band are making an epic comeback. This achingly intimate doc is an invaluable window into the enigmatic artist stepping out of the shadows.

Love on a Pillow

Roger Vadim Italy, 1962

12 days to watch

Adapted from Christiane Rochefort’s evocative novel, Love on a Pillow finds French cinema’s preeminent sex symbol Brigitte Bardot realizing a very complicated woman and performance inside a dark, tangled love story. A flawed, yet remarkable film for its emotional sincerity. Happy birthday B.B.!

The Island of St. Matthews

Kevin Jerome Everson United States, 2013

An American community’s past and present are gorgeously evoked in this new entry in our series. Everson’s work seamlessly fuses naturalism with staged scenarios, and this film expands on how creation can blend with nature through one of the artist’s sculptures: a functioning bronze church bell.

Automatic at Sea

Matthew Lessner United States, 2017

10 days to watch

A mesmerizing, shape-shifting movie that goes from uneasy romance to thriller to something where reality gradually slips away from our heroine, in a manner reminiscent of Repulsion. Matthew Lessner’s second feature is a sly and slippery tale of an increasingly dangerous, hallucinogenic vacation.

Timber Gang

Yu Guangyi China, 2006

The virtuous documentation of labor in China continues with yet another act of bravery: director Yu Guangyi followed his subjects into a brutal winter to cinematically retain their now-extinct traditions in these eloquent 90 minutes. The rare documentary formed as though it were an adventure film.

Ghost Town

Zhao Dayong China, 2008

We return to the work of Zhao Dayong (Street Life) with this sprawling yet intimate portrait of a moribund small town in southwest China haunted by its own cultural history. An essential film in this movement for providing a sympathetic cinematic space to peasants otherwise forgotten by modernity.

The Things of Life

Claude Sautet France, 1970

7 days to watch

After the success of our summer series devoted to under-appreciated mainstream French director Claude Sautet, we’re introducing one of his best we didn’t show, on the occasion of the birthday of star, Romy Schneider. Told in fragments, this melodrama of a romantic triangle also stars Michel Piccoli.

Raising Victor Vargas

Peter Sollett United States, 2002

6 days to watch

The ever-familiar subject of a young man’s coming of age is refreshingly probed in this New York indie set in the fading light of summer, youth, and first love. Completely alive with surprising characterizations, the film thoughtfully examines the gap between two Dominican-American generations.

House of Tolerance

Bertrand Bonello France, 2011

5 days to watch

With an examining gaze more patient than sensational, Bertrand Bonello’s atmospheric brothel-set drama is bold in its unique disruption of typical film form and grammar. It is driven by the fascinating dynamic between its ensemble of actresses, including Noémie Lvovsky, Esther Garrel & Adèle Haenel.

Tonsler Park

Kevin Jerome Everson United States, 2017

Presenting a new retrospective on the American director Kevin Jerome Everson, a multi-disciplinary artist who reveals through documentation and sly play the black experience in the US. This exemplary feature offers necessary perspective of the people who give their time to the democratic process.

Street Life

Zhao Dayong China, 2006

Giving voice to the hidden victims of poverty who co-exist alongside the wealthiest echelons of Shanghai society, the always incisive 8th generation filmmaker Zhao Dayong offers a brave and sensitive macrocosmic document of class in modern china with this necessary vision of street life.

Eros Plus Massacre

Yoshishige Yoshida Japan, 1969

2 days to watch

An arthouse landmark, Yoshishige Yoshida’s epic charts two crucial moments of upheaval in his country: the 1920s, rife with political assassinations, and the tumultuous 60s. Made in the director’s radical, high modernist style, this is the rare classic that is both under-seen and still provocative.

The Last of Us

Ala Eddine Slim Tunisia, 2016

Expiring at midnight PDT

Those exhausted by films that tell migrants’ stories through conventional and sentimental approaches should sit up and take notice of Tunisian director Ala Eddine Slim’s bold debut. With a minimalist, beautifully photographed style, it morphs from the expected to the magical, asking new questions.

Two Days, One Night

Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne Belgium, 2014

The film follows Sandra, a young woman assisted by her husband, who has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job.

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