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The Little Match Girl

Alejo Moguillansky Argentina, 2017

29 days to watch

After spotlighting Moguillanski in our New Argentine Cinema focus last year, we’re excited to premiere online his latest UFO. A modern day revision of Andersen’s fairy tale, this tragicomedy of manners mixes politics, opera, family and cinema—at once touchingly unassuming and delightfully excessive.

Tarr Béla, I Used to Be a Filmmaker

Jean-Marc Lamoure France, 2013

28 days to watch
Behind the Viewfinder

Following the profound existential descent that is Béla Tarr’s final film (we hope otherwise!), we offer this rare glimpse behind the curtains of The Turin Horse and its singular spiritual vision. The filmmakers smartly approach Tarr as he does his own subjects: with patience, grace, and lucidity.

The Turin Horse

Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky Hungary, 2011

27 days to watch
Behind the Viewfinder

Forget the explosions of blockbusters: the most truly apocalyptic vision of the decade comes from Hungarian master Béla Tarr. The Turin Horse, his swan song, is a spiraling journey to the brink of existence, a ferociously evocative masterpiece that is one of the key films of the century thus far.

Happy Hour

Ryusuke Hamaguchi Japan, 2015

26 days to watch

Don’t balk at the run-time: this is worth it. Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s compassionate drama of four thirty-something women offers rare emotional and psychological intimacy in its group portrait of these friends. Its ambitious and immersive storytelling make it one of the best-kept secrets of 2010s cinema.

Doctor Chance

F.J. Ossang France, 1997

25 days to watch
F.J. Ossang: Cinema Is
Punk

We conclude our close-up on F. J. Ossang with this feverish film noir meets road movie across the Atacama desert—born after a conversation with Raúl Ruiz! With Marisa Paredes & Joe Strummer as lovers on the run, Doctor Chance sees the punk poet sublimely experimenting with color for the first time.

Last Night at the Alamo

Eagle Pennell United States, 1983

24 days to watch

A great example of regional independent cinema before Sundance’s dominance, Eagle Pennell’s lively snapshot of a Houston bar’s last hurrah is packed with the kind of character and specificity missing from today’s streamlined indies. By turns sorrowful and hilarious, it’s an American classic.

Gamer

Oleg Sentsov Ukraine, 2012

23 days to watch

In 2014, Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov was imprisoned for 20 years by the Russian government on false accusations of terrorism. Standing against this injustice, we offer Sentsov’s debut film concerning a young gamer and his turbulent experiences in the ceaseless world of video games.

Jia Zhang-ke, a Guy from Fenyang

Walter Salles Brazil, 2014

22 days to watch
Behind the Viewfinder

Following yesterday’s showing of A Touch of Sin we turn to an essential portrait of its filmmaker, the great 6th Generation Chinese auteur Jia Zhangke. Made by another world-renowned filmmaker, Walter Salles (Central Station), it offers rare insight and access by traveling with Jia to his hometown.

A Touch of Sin

Jia Zhangke China, 2013

21 days to watch
Behind the Viewfinder

Today we launch a new series, “Behind the Viewfinder,” which pairs great movies by some of today’s best international artists—Jia Zhangke, Belá Tarr, and Hou Hsiao-hsien—with documentaries about those filmmakers. We begin with a firebrand combo of neo-realism and a tale of bloody vengeance from Jia.

Adam Resurrected

Paul Schrader Germany, 2008

20 days to watch

With First Reformed, Paul Schrader delivered one of the year’s best films, a paroxysm of faith and desperation. But we shouldn’t forget that many of his films in the last decade have been as bold and confrontative, including this engrossing drama of WWII fallout featuring a wonderful Jeff Goldblum.

L'animale

Katharina Mückstein Austria, 2018

19 days to watch

We discovered this vibrant second film by Katharina Mückstein—who studied under Michael Haneke—at its festival premiere this year in Berlin and were thrilled by its youthful combination of arresting style and honest sensitivity. It makes the quest for self-realization a heartrending adventure.

Counting

Jem Cohen United States, 2015

18 days to watch
The Unusual Subjects

One of American cinema’s foremost travelers—not only to places, but between traditional kinds of movies—Jem Cohen’s films excitedly hum as essential transmissions we need to see and hear. Perhaps none of his work is as electric in this way as Counting, an intoxicating mix travelogue and essay film.

This Time Tomorrow

Lina Rodriguez Colombia, 2016

With a story strikingly split in two, Lina Rodriguez’s This Time Tomorrow is a compelling study on family and loss, surfacing the clash between everyday life and transformative change. As with her debut, the film offers a window into the urban middle classes, so rarely portrayed in Colombian cinema.

Señoritas

Lina Rodriguez Canada, 2013

With her first two features, Colombia-born, Canada-based Lina Rodriguez elegantly questions the role of young women in a patriarchal society. Having been compared to Lena Dunham’s Girls, Señoritas beautifully captures the minutiae of adolescence and is imbued with a refreshingly subtle feminism.

Treasure of the Bitch Islands

F.J. Ossang France, 1990

15 days to watch
F.J. Ossang: Cinema Is
Punk

Our F.J. Ossang retrospective journeys further into the underground with an awesome punk sci-fi revision of The Odyssey. An entrancing journey alongside a group of madcap scientists to the darkest reaches of humankind’s fate, Treasure of the Bitch Islands is a molotov cocktail of anarchic beauty.

Pina

Wim Wenders Germany, 2011

14 days to watch

Between Buena Vista Social Club and The Salt of the Earth, Wim Wenders struck gold with Pina, an Academy Award-nominated documentary profile of Pina Bausch. A fitting tribute to the iconic dancer and choreographer, a spectacle of movement, of bodies in motion on-stage and off.

House on Bare Mountain

Lee Frost United States, 1962

13 days to watch
byNWR

“A rare example of a ‘nudie cutie’ where the original 35mm color negative still survives (as opposed to being seen only in terribly faded prints), House on Bare Mountain was rescued from a closed film lab, and has been lovingly restored to its 1962 glory.” —NWR

Red Amnesia

Wang Xiaoshuai China, 2014

12 days to watch

The intergenerational effects of China’s Cultural Revolution are probed in this intricate family drama wrapped in a beguiling mystery. An intimate portrait of the profound horrors politics can impart upon daily life, the perfect title of Red Amnesia may prove to be a clue to the enigma.

The Convent

Manoel de Oliveira France, 1995

11 days to watch

In honor of the late maestro Manoel de Oliveira’s birthday, we offer this gem from an era which saw one of Portugal’s eminent auteurs collaborate with international stars (John Malkovich! Catherine Deneuve!) to brilliant ends. The Convent is a magical inquiry of history’s labyrinth of lies.

Dharma Guns

F.J. Ossang France, 2010

10 days to watch
F.J. Ossang: Cinema Is
Punk

In 1997, David Lynch spun part of Lost Highway out of the tormented mind of a death row convict. In 2010, punk artist F.J. Ossang daringly imagines an entire movie erupting from a dead man’s imagination, riotously blending American pulp, Greek myth, and French poetry. This is a cinema of freedom.

Accident

Joseph Losey United Kingdom, 1967

Concluding our series dedicated to the dissident auteur Joseph Losey is this Harold Pinter-penned drama chasing the doomed romantic whims of an Oxford professor. Realized in an elliptical flurry of carefully woven images, Accident is a quintessential 1960s view of the many quandaries of love.

King & Country

Joseph Losey United Kingdom, 1964

Based off a book deriving from the author’s own experiences as a lawyer during WWI, King & Country is an antiwar film with the battle scenes refreshingly subtracted. The tragic trial of a traumatized youth is at the center of this crucial polemic against the injustices of militaristic nationalism.

Lovers of the Arctic Circle

Julio Medem Spain, 1998

7 days to watch

With its elliptical narrative structure and its depiction of a sinuous love affair marked by chance, Lovers of the Arctic Circle became a defining work for an entire generation. Now heralded as an iconic work in Spanish cinema, it’s arguably Julio Medem’s (Lucia and the Sex) most emblematic triumph.

East Side Sushi

Anthony Lucero United States, 2014

6 days to watch

Refreshingly set in the city of Oakland, California, East Side Sushi is a modest yet deeply affecting story of self-actualization, tradition, and manifesting harmony between cultures. A rare, welcome film with a tangible reverence of food—you might not want to go into this one with an empty stomach!

Borgman

Alex van Warmerdam Netherlands, 2013

5 days to watch

The archetypal story of an outsider upending the values of a middle-class family is revised anew in this uncanny thriller by Alex van Warmerdam. A modernist fable on the subject of evil and domesticity (with welcome shades of dark humor!), Borgman is an experience you’re unlikely to ever shake.

The Case of the Morituri Divisions

F.J. Ossang France, 1985

4 days to watch
F.J. Ossang: Cinema Is
Punk

After premiering F.J. Ossang’s new picaresque noir 9 Fingers, we’re delighted to present a retrospective of the punk poet, musician, and filmmaker. Set in a future dominated by televised combat, his first feature is a calling card of political critique, re-mixed myths and fierce renegade spirit.

Quay of the Goldsmiths

Henri-Georges Clouzot France, 1947

The oft controversial Clouzot adapted his stray memories of Stanislas-André Steeman’s inciting novel into this marvelous free-form crime-thriller. Set in the desperate yet equally promising times of post-war France, Quai de Orfèvres threw out the rule book to make something both audacious and true.

Le corbeau

Henri-Georges Clouzot France, 1943

Today we celebrate Henri-Georges Clouzot’s birthday with his sophomore masterpiece, Le corbeau. Going so far as working with a German studio in occupied France, Clouzot deceptively slipped social critique into this tale of small town duplicity. A dark yet essential exposé of the French bourgeois.

Chaudhvin Ka Chand

M. Sadiq India, 1960

Expiring at midnight PST
Guru Dutt Restored!

After the perceived failure of Kaagaz Ke Phool, Guru Dutt made his comeback in the role of actor-producer with this melodrama of mistaken identity. Featuring the first use of color photography in Hindi cinema, this is an enlightening—at turns devastating—fable of friendship and intercultural love.

Antonia.

Ferdinando Cito Filomarino Greece, 2015

Antonia Pozzi was born in 1912, the daughter of a Milanese lawyer, and began writing poetry at the age of sixteen. The film describes her family environment, her infatuation with one of her teachers at school, and her ties with young Milanese radicals during the fascist years.

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