With the holidays around the corner and the year winding down, why not review the films that have added moments of levity to an ever-exhausting year? We asked the Film at Lincoln Center community, via Instagram and Twitter, what their favorite first-time watches were this year.

From new releases like Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods and Eliza Hittman’s Never Rarely Sometimes Always to restorations of cinematic classics including Béla Tarr’s Damnation (now playing in our Virtual Cinema!) and Claire Denis’ Beau Travail, viewers were able to get lost in the worlds created by their favorite filmmakers from the comfort of their homes. There were also themes of confinement and longing that seemed particularly relevant this year, as seen in Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, Robert Bresson’s A Man Escaped, and others. Thank you to everyone who joined the conversation!

This ongoing series is a part of our Community Corner, which brings movie lovers together in a digital space for community and conversation. 

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