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SIVAS

Kaan Müjdeci Turkey, 2014

Kaan Müjdeci documents the shared destinies of a child and a fighting dog who have to be angry and tough to survive in this Venice award-winning debut. By mirroring the patriarchy of Anatolian culture through a coming-of-age story, Müjdeci offers an unsettling confrontation for Turkish cinema.

New Brazilian Cinema
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New Brazilian Cinema

DEADLY SWEET

Tinto Brass Italy, 1967

Tinto Brass’s Deadly
Attractions and Sinful Desires

Before Tinto Brass was famed for his for softcore erotica, he made a Swinging London giallo starring Candy’s Ewa Aulin & Jean-Louis Trintignant! This kaleidoscopic joyride of split screens, soft rock and the Pop visuals of cartoonist Guido Crepax seductively melds the underground and underworld.

SALON KITTY

Tinto Brass Italy, 1976

Depraved. Decadent. Damned. Another progenitor of the cult 1970s Italian Nazisploitation genre (alongside Liliana Cavani’s The Night Porter) Tinto Brass’s Salon Kitty is a true story transformed into outrageously transgressive erotica. Featuring the legend of European cinema, Helmut Berger.

SUNFLOWER

Vittorio De Sica Italy, 1970

Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni were a dream couple for comedy hits in the 60s, but with their director, the legendary Vittorio De Sica, they were equally skilled at drama. Just witness this grand historical romance, full of visuals and carried along on a swooning Mancini score!

GROWING UP

Kun-ho Chen Taiwan, 1983

Edward Yang, Hou
Hsiao-hsien, and New Taiwanese Cinema

A nostalgic coming-of-age tale, this crucial film of the New Taiwanese Cinema was the first to bring the movement to the commercial forefront. Co-written by Hou Hsiao-hsien, the film explores prominent social issues surrounding Taiwanese identity as its story of juvenile delinquency unfolds.

DUST IN THE WIND

Hou Hsiao-hsien Taiwan, 1986

Hou Hsiao-hsien closes his triumphant coming-of-age trilogy with the underrated Dust in the Wind, a sublime story of first love set in ’70s Taiwan. With increasing formal precision, Hou masterfully explores the tension between tradition and transition, rural life and an urbanized Taipei.

THE LIGHTHOUSE

Maria Saakyan Russia, 2006

Rediscovered

The first Armenian feature directed by a woman, Maria Saakyan’s bold debut is a mesmerizing journey weaving village life and reveries into a swirling vision reminiscent of Tarkovsky. Saakyan’s life was tragically cut short, but this new restoration beautifully showcases her extraordinary vision.

THE ELUSIVE CORPORAL

Jean Renoir France, 1962

Double Bill: Renoir,
Beginnings and Endings

The penultimate feature from Renoir, which he considered to be his saddest film, is a darkly humorous WW2 tale, co-written by Guy Lefrance, who brought his experiences in a German POW camp to the page. A quasi-sequel to Grand Illusion, Jean-Pierre Cassel stars in this beautiful and humanist story.

NANA

Jean Renoir France, 1926

Jean Renoir’s second film is a splendid adaptation of Zola’s novel, starring his then-partner, Catherine Hessling, in the eccentric titular role. Influenced by Von Stroheim and German Expressionism, Nana is an ambitious and detailed silent drama, blending a somber mood with frequent visual comedy.

WIND

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.

AQUARIUS

Kleber Mendonça Filho Brazil, 2016

The bold second feature by Kleber Mendonça Filho (Bacurau) is a modern melodrama of fierce feminine resistance. In a tremendous, powerful performance, the great Sonia Braga stars as a woman who refuses to back down in the face of a changing Brazilian society. An engrossing, brilliantly told film.

THE SANDWICH MAN

Hou Hsiao-hsien, Tseng Chuang-hsiang, Wan Jen Taiwan, 1983

Based on texts by nativist writer Huang Chun-ming, this omnibus shaped the united political voice of the New Taiwanese Cinema’s early stages. With Taiwan’s self-identity crisis at the forefront of all three parts, the film is titled after vital filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien’s delicate segment.

A TIME TO LIVE AND A TIME TO DIE

Hou Hsiao-hsien Taiwan, 1985

Semi-autobiographical and spanning two decades, this early masterpiece from Hou Hsiao-hsien perfectly combines the historical drama and the coming-of-age story. A superb family saga, the film was an early international success for the filmmaker, winning the FIPRESCI prize at the 1986 Berlinale.

SAVING BRINTON

Tommy Haines, Andrew Sherburne United States, 2017

The Unusual Subjects

A delicate portrait of a rare film collection and the man who has dedicated his life to preserving it, this delightful documentary is a must-see for film lovers. Saving Brinton also wonderfully showcases some of those movies (including ones by Georges Méliès!) and the community that they unite.

LE NAVIRE NIGHT

Marguerite Duras France, 1979

Hypnotic Incantations:
A Marguerite Duras Focus

Marguerite Duras further subverts and reimagines cinematic form with her fervid letter to anonymous love and desire. A film is in the making while another unravels: two voices (Duras and Benoît Jacquot), lost in contemporary solitude, resonate while a camera wanders the empty streets of Paris.

SEVEN YEARS IN MAY

Affonso Uchoa Brazil, 2019

Affonso Uchôa’s follow-up to the great Araby, which he co-directed, is a fierce indictment of police violence. His new film catches up with a displaced victim and listens to his story—a lived, personal experience—with profound compassion. A devastating finale evokes resistance in the face of death.

IN MY ROOM

Mati Diop France, 2020

We’re thrilled to present, right after its Venice world premiere, the new film by Mati Diop! Shot in her Paris studio during lockdown and based on recordings of her grandmother, Diop ingeniously created a melodramatic home movie that playfully blends themes of womanhood, transmission, and freedom.

IN OUR TIME

Edward Yang, Chang Yi, Ko I-Chen, Tao Te-chen Taiwan, 1982

Marking the beginning of the New Taiwanese Cinema, this four-legged anthology film is an impressive illustration of the perceptive realism that would mark its successors. Directed by four rookie filmmakers, seminal director Edward Yang’s contribution is a sensitive portrayal of teenage femininity.

THE TERRORIZERS

Edward Yang Taiwan, 1986

The New Taiwanese Cinema of the 1980s revitalized the nation’s cinematic landscape at a time of political transformation. We begin our retrospective with a classic from preeminent director Edward Yang (Yi Yi) , an enigmatic puzzle that refracts the changing society and culture of ’80s Taipei.

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.

BAXTER, VERA BAXTER

Marguerite Duras France, 1977

Opening our focus on Marguerite Duras’ hypnotic cinema is her radical, enclosed melodrama with Delphine Seyrig and Gérard Depardieu. Fixating on one heartbreaking conversation—as an outdoor music permeates the room—Duras creates a one-of-a-kind, visceral experience about the anguish of love.

ISADORA'S CHILDREN

Damien Manivel France, 2019

The New Auteurs

It’s a pleasure to witness Damien Manivel’s cinema blossom with each new film. Earning him Best Director in Locarno, this graceful ode to trailblazing choreographer Isadora Duncan nests a delicate evocation of grief, artistic inspiration and womanhood. An exquisite encounter between dance and film.

THE BLUE FLOWER OF NOVALIS

Gustavo Vinagre, Rodrigo Carneiro Brazil, 2019

How best to describe the seductive figure of this visceral, vérité portrait? Like the film itself, the audaciously bawdy queer poet Marcelo Diorio is full of provocation, tackling the boldest, most taboo of topics—like sex, incest, and death—with his wildly explicit sense of humor. The cheek of it!

3 IDIOTS

Rajkumar Hirani India, 2009

A Journey Into Indian
Cinema

Hugely successful at the box office both domestically and overseas, this buddy epic sees director Rajkumar Hirani mix slapstick with coming-of-age drama while dissecting the many sides of modern bromance. A big time entertainer, featuring some of Bollywood’s most accomplished song-and-dance scenes!

JOINT SECURITY AREA

Park Chan-wook South Korea, 2000

Before The Handmaiden and Oldboy, this murder mystery set within the DMZ was the international breakout of Korean maestro Park Chan-wook. A departure from his usual nihilism, Joint Security Area is a politically charged, yet humanist, whodunit enriched by the director’s thrilling flourishes.

GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE

Joann Sfar France, 2010

Portrait of the Artist

A fantastical tribute to the iconic musician, this playful portrait takes us on Gainsbourg’s journey from Occupied France to Jamaica, and, in all of the years between, his infamous relationships with Bambou, Brigitte Bardot, and Jane Birkin. Winner of the César Award for Best First Feature Film.

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.

AGAVE: SPIRIT OF A NATION

Nick Kovacic, Matthew Riggieri United States, 2018

Carefully observing the harvest of agave and its production into liquor, this enthralling documentary looks at the plant and its place in Mexican culture. Following multiple families and their history, the film uses animation and archival footage to investigate its fascinating botanical subject.

ANBESSA

Mo Scarpelli Italy, 2019

A coming-of-age journey with a dose of magical realism, this documentary from Mo Scarpelli challenges stereotypes about childhood outside of the West. Emboldened by the beautiful relationship between subject and director, Anbessa strikes a delicate balance between topicality and formal adventure.

The invincible nature of modern-day LGBT+ communities is at the heart of this powerful observational doc. Filmed guerrilla-style in the run-up to the election of Brazil’s current president Jair Bolsonaro, Indianara raises urgent questions about the imminent future of those living in the margins.