In celebration of our 50th anniversary, @jakegyllenhaal shares a special message: “Left to our own devices, the film industry would spend all of our time obsessing over the future of our medium. The Film Society of Lincoln Center serves as a vital force that reminds us of the bigger picture and the artistic giants on whose shoulders we stand. They're the voice telling us, "Calm down, folks. You think the internet is a big change? Imagine going from silent films to talkies. Or black and white to color. Film is meant to chronicle major changes, not fight them." Join Gyllenhaal and more special guests at our 50th Anniversary Gala this Monday! 🎉 $50 & $100 tickets just released. Reserve your seats at filmlinc.org/gala 📸: At @thenyff premiere of Wildlife, by @seandiserio #filmlinc50 #jakegyllenhaal #wildlife #nyff
Robert Pattinson and Claire Denis at @filmcommentmagazine’s latest free talk. 🚀 Watch their full conversation—discussing physicality, the terror of space, Denis’s singular vision, taboos, and High Life—on our YouTube channel. 📸: Julie Cunnah #clairedenis #robertpattinson #highlife #filmcomment #filmliveshere
Winner of the top prize at last year’s @filmfestlocarno, Yeo Siew Hua’s third feature A Land Imagined is a clever, evocative shape-shifter that begins as a kind of dreamy noir and ends up a sober, politically incisive work of social realism. Playing today at MoMA (3pm) and tomorrow at FSLC (12:30pm), the film follows a gruff, disenchanted detective Lok (Peter Yu) as he searches for Wang (Liu Xiaoyi), a missing construction worker from mainland China. We’re then ushered back in time to see Wang’s life before his disappearance—and what had seemed a typical noir scenario instead turns out to be far more in line with reality as we know it today. #NDNF
One of @nytimes’s picks to see at New Directors/New Films, Ognjen Glavonić’s wintry road movie The Load concerns a truck driver (Leon Lucev) tasked with transporting mysterious cargo across a scorched landscape from Kosovo to Belgrade during the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. A companion piece to the director’s 2016 documentary Depth Two, the Cannes hit is a work of enveloping atmosphere that puts a politically charged twist on the highway thrillers it recalls: Henri-Georges Clouzot’s The Wages of Fear and William Friedkin’s retelling, Sorcerer. The streamlined premise gives way to a slow-dawning reckoning, in which implications of guilt and complicity slowly but surely sink in. See the U.S. premiere at #NDNF this Wednesday (8:45pm, MoMA) and Thursday (6:30pm, FSLC) with the director in person.
Winner of Best First Feature at @filmfestlocarno, All Good is a “fierce, frill-free study of a woman's response to sexual assault” and “marks director Eva Trobisch and star Aenne Schwarz as names to watch,” says @variety. Making its #NDNF premiere this Monday & Tuesday, Trobisch’s poised and formally restrained feature directorial debut puts on raw display a woman’s fight for her own dignity and sanity. Director Q&A at both screenings.
Philippe Lesage's Genesis is "the greatest discovery" of New Directors/New Films 2019, raves @criterioncast. See the U.S. premiere of one of the most beautiful coming-of-age stories in years this Saturday & Sunday with the director in person! Following his autobiographical 2015 narrative debut The Demons, Lesage continues to chronicle the life of young Felix (Édouard Tremblay-Grenier), now diverging to capture the romantic trials and tribulations of two Quebecois teen siblings. While the charismatic, Salinger-reading Guillaume (Théodore Pellerin) wrestles with his sexual identity at his all-boys boarding school, the more ostensibly grown-up Charlotte (Noée Abita) discovers the casual cruelty of the adult world that awaits her post-graduation. Lesage and his young actors depict the aches of becoming oneself with nuance, honesty, and compassion. #NDNF
Veteran cinematographer Phuttiphong Aroonpheng's debut feature Manta Ray is a "warm, lush and topical human drama," says @hollywoodreporter. See this U.S premiere this Friday & Saturday at #NDNF with the director in person! This mysterious, intoxicating work centers on the friendship between a fisherman and the mute refugee he rescues from a swamp. After the fisherman disappears at sea, the refugee’s mourning is interrupted by the return of the fisherman’s ex-wife, and sure enough, the past bleeds inexorably into the present. A visionary take on the refugee parable, in which mystical elements disrupt the drudgery of everyday life, Manta Ray won the Orizzonti Prize at last year’s Venice Film Festival.
To celebrate 50 years of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, @FilmCommentmagazine is publishing archival interviews for the first time online. The latest conversation is with 1985 Chaplin Award Gala honoree Federico Fellini: "The stories are born in my memories, my dreams, in what I imagine and fantasize; it’s a very natural and spontaneous birth. I don’t specifically sit down to invent something. It’s a series of suggestions of the mind, thinking about things read, personal experiences lived, coming together with a pretext of some sort, a stimulus of the moment, such as the face of a man in the subway, the smell of a waft of perfume that passes, a sound I hear—something that evokes those fantasies and persons and situations that I have in me, and which almost by themselves organize into a form, provided I give them freedom and follow them on their path. It’s a matter of staying with them for a while, of making friends with them." Continue reading the extensive interview at filmcomment.com and join us for our 50th Anniversary Gala on April 29! 🥂 Tickets available at filmlinc.org/gala [📸: Federico Diaz] #film50 #filmliveshere
We're pleased to announce a two-year partnership with @CampariUSA, who will be the exclusive spirits partner for the 57th and 58th editions of #NYFF and the presenting partner of Opening Night! Check out their new #RedDiaries short film #EnteringRed, directed by Matteo Garrone, whose new film #Dogman opens on April 12 at @FilmLinc. Watch the full short at filmlinc.org/campari #Campari
A @nytimes Critic’s Pick, Hu Bo’s masterful first and final film An Elephant Sitting Still opens today, exclusively at FSLC! 🐘 Enter to win a poster by tagging us in a photo of your ticket, through Thursday (3/14). 📸 Join actor Zhang Yu and more for a free @filmcommentmagazine talk on the making of the four-hour epic this Saturday at 6:30pm. Tickets are going fast for screenings throughout the weekend, with Zhang Yu in person.
Named one of @filmcommentmagazine’s best undistributed films of 2018, Virgil Vernier’s Sophia Antipolis makes its North American premiere this Tuesday & Sunday at Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. “As in his previous film, Mercuriales, a similarly surreal urban social study, Vernier exhibits a rare knack for evoking the ennui of modern life and the ghosts that haunt the margins of even the most unassuming environments,” says Jordan Cronk. “Shot on beautifully textured 16mm, Sophia Antipolis imaginatively depicts an ostensibly alien landscape with just enough real world detail to genuinely unsettle.” #rendezvous
Just announced! On March 14, join Kent Jones for a sneak preview of his @Tribeca award-winning drama Diane, featuring a career-defining performance by Mary Kay Place. Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, the drama follows Diane (Kay Place), who lives alone in western Massachusetts and spends most of her time caring for her friends and family, including her son (Jake Lacy), who has spent his adult life in and out of rehab. As the people closest to her gradually change and disappear over time, a past misdeed continues to smolder until Diane’s solitude—and the film itself—opens to new levels of acuity. Diane is a thoroughly lived-in, exquisitely textured drama deeply attuned to the emotions, visions, and spirituality of its protagonist. Get tickets at filmlinc.org/diane
The complete lineup for the 48th New Directors/New Films has been announced! Throughout its rich, nearly half-century history, the festival–taking place March 27-April 7 at @FilmLinc and @themuseumofmodernart–has celebrated filmmakers who represent the present and anticipate the future of cinema, daring artists whose work pushes the envelope in unexpected ways. This year’s festival will introduce 24 features and 11 short films to New York audiences. The Opening, Closing, and Centerpiece selections are the New York premieres of three Sundance award-winners: opening the festival is Chinonye Chukwu’s Clemency, which won the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and features a masterful performance from Alfre Woodard as a prison warden grappling with her role in the justice system; Centerpiece is Alejandro Landes’s Monos, a contemporary reimagining of Lord of the Flies and winner of a World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Prize; and closing ND/NF is Pippa Bianco’s Share, a powerful portrait of a sexual assault victim, which took home U.S. Dramatic prizes for Breakthrough Performance and Screenwriting. Explore the full #NDNF lineup at newdirectors.org. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 8 at noon. MoMA and Film Society members receive an early access purchasing period starting on Monday, March 4 at noon.