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MATTHIAS & MAXIME

Xavier Dolan Canada, 2019

Premiering in Cannes, Xavier Dolan’s heartfelt new film sees the return of the beloved director before the camera. This sparkling drama is the story of a friendship between men from different classes that is challenged by the possibility of separation—and attraction. A director Q&A follows the film.

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Marcell Iványi Hungary, 1996

One film, one incredible shot. Marcell Iványi won the Palme d’Or for this short that shows the emotional and conceptual power of a moving camera. It opens with a mystery, and as the camera turns, tension builds, expanding to an epic scope and culminating in a finale that takes your breath away.

IN MY ROOM

Mati Diop France, 2020

Shot in her Paris studio during lockdown and based on recordings of her grandmother, director Mati Diop has ingeniously created a melodramatic home movie that playfully blends themes of womanhood, transmission, and freedom.

GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE

Joann Sfar France, 2010

This innovative biopic-come-musical of the life of enfant terrible Serge Gainsbourg simply shimmers with creativity. Directed by French comic book artist Joann Sfar, and starring Laetitia Casta and Claude Chabrol (!), the film alternates joyfully between live-action and poetic, surreal animation.

OBIT

Vanessa Gould United States, 2016

A single day in the New York Times’ obituary writers’ room, Vanessa Gould’s deftly structured Obit is a journey into one of the world’s most fascinating professions. Moving beyond curiosity for writing craft, the film hints at the philosophical questions about mortality that concern us all.

LOVE AND ANARCHY

Lina Wertmüller Italy, 1973

A former Fellini disciple, an infamous hellraiser, and the first woman to be nominated for a Best Director Oscar, Lina Wertmüller is a marvel. This sharp satire on fascism—in resplendently muted colors and lush period details—is an assassination thriller that shifts into wild, delicious burlesque.

JOINT SECURITY AREA

Park Chan-wook South Korea, 2000

After a shooting in the DMZ leaves two North Korean military officers dead, a South Korean sergeant stands accused. With both sides offering radically different accounts, it’s up to a Swiss-Korean envoy to unravel the twisty truth.

THE HEDONISTS

Jia Zhangke China, 2016

Set in his hometown of Fenyang, Jia Zhangke’s eccentric hybrid short stars the director’s veteran actors playing fictional versions of themselves. A frenzied job search leads to a comic exploration of the bizarre, novel relationship between China’s cultural traditions and free-reign capitalism.