December 27 – January 2
In an historic year, a record-high 76 countries submitted films to the Academy for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. For one week only, Film Society offers a sampling of 10 of these prestigious possibilities for your consideration. The five nominees will be announced on January 16.
Nazif and Senada barely make ends meet to support their family. When Senada’s life is threatened by a miscarriage and she needs urgent care, the couple must confront the cruelty and callousness of contemporary society.
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Wong Kar Wai, The Grandmaster is an epic action feature inspired by the life and times of the legendary kung fu master, Ip Man.
New York Premiere!
Twelve-year-old Estela has fallen madly in love with a young police cadet with whom she wants to run away and marry. As she pursues her dream, one deadly mistake leads to another, and she unwittingly drags her family into the horror of devastating drug violence.
Mads Mikkelsen plays Lucas, a highly-regarded school teacher who has been forced to start over after overcoming a tough divorce. An untruthful remark throws the small community in which he lives into a collective state of hysteria, and forces Lucas to fight a lonely fight for his life and dignity.
It’s the early 90s, and the newly independent Georgia is facing war on the Black Sea coast and a plague of vigilante justice. But for Eka and Natia, inseparable 14-year-old friends, life just unfolds...
Prepared by Ruiz from a screenplay by Carlos Saboga (Mysteries of Lisbon), Lines of Wellington was completed by Sarmiento—Ruiz’s longtime editor as well as his widow—who has created a revealing portrait of life during the Peninsular War. An NYFF50 Selection.
Introduction by Valeria Sarmiento
Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Neighboring Sounds delves into the lives of a group of prosperous middle-class families residing on a quiet street, close to a low-income neighborhood. Soon, their discontents and anxieties are exacerbated by a palpable sense of unease over their society’s troubled past and present inequities.
Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Gilles Bourdos’ lushly atmospheric drama tells the story of celebrated impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and the passing of the torch from a great painter to his son Jean, the great filmmaker of such classics as Grand Illusion and Rules of the Game.
Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants the bicycle desperately so that she can beat her friend Abdullah in a race.
Gregarious waiter Mustafa charms a pretty student named Wajma. After Wajma discovers she is pregnant, her certainty that Mustafa will marry her falters, and word of their dalliance gets out. Her father must decide between his culturally held right to uphold family honor and his devotion to his daughter.