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Modern Masterpieces

Modern Masterpieces

OLDBOY

Park Chan-wook South Korea, 2003

One of the most popular international hits of the 2000s, this extreme hyper-surreal revenge saga won the Grand Prix at Cannes in 2004. Amplifying South Korean master Park Chan-wook’s global prominence, Oldboy spasms with energy that has blown minds the world over.

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DOGTOOTH

Yorgos Lanthimos Greece, 2009

A festival hit nominated for an Academy Award, Dogtooth is a darkly comic insight into a surreal world of parental control gone mad. As shocking and brutal as it is humorous, elegant and entertaining, Greek auteur Giorgos Lanthimos’ film is bold and inventive cinema.

UNDERGROUND

Emir Kusturica Yugoslavia, 1995

This historical fiction from auteur Emir Kusturica is an expansive masterpiece, winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1995. An exhilarating and absurdist satire, the film earns its reputation as one of the most controversial yet vital political tales in cinema.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA

Nuri Bilge Ceylan Turkey, 2011

Turkey’s pre-eminent auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan took home the Grand Prix prize from the Cannes Film Festival with this hypnotic, slow-burning neo-noir. In Ceylan’s trademark visual rhythms, mysteries stack upon mysteries in an enigmatic journey through a landscape, a murder, and a chiaroscuro night.

IDA

Paweł Pawlikowski Poland, 2013

For his first film made in his native Poland, writer-director Paweł Pawlikowski (Cold War) crafted the character study Ida: a personal and pensive historical drama, carefully composed and exquisitely rendered in black-and-white. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Feature.

WINTER SLEEP

Nuri Bilge Ceylan Turkey, 2014

After Once Upon a Time in Anatolia won the Grand Prix, Turkey’s Nuri Bilge Ceylan captivated the Cannes jury once more with this Palme d’Or winner: a rich, Chekhovian drama flush with exquisite beauty.

TABU

Miguel Gomes Portugal, 2012

Miguel Gomes’s dazzling two-pronged tribute to old age, memory, & classic cinema is a bewitching, often funny journey with an atmosphere all its own. Like the ingenious Arabian Nights, Tabu is nearly impossible to categorize, but one thing’s for certain: it’s an arthouse high point of the 2010s.

YOU, THE LIVING

Roy Andersson Sweden, 2007

How to describe You the Living? An epic comedy? A whimsical anxiety dream? A jam session between Ingmar Bergman and Monty Python? Touring society top, bottom, and side to side, it’s an illuminating work of dour hilarity—and one of the most acclaimed arthouse films of the 00s.