Film Comment’s festival of movies returns in its 19th edition with a selection of titles curated by the magazine’s editors, offering strikingly bold visions, mixing New York premieres of new films and long-unseen older titles that deserve the big-screen treatment. As evidenced by such past selections as Antonio Méndez Esparza’s Life and Nothing More, Terrence Malick’s Voyage of Time, Claire Denis’s Trouble Every Day, Olivier Assayas’s demonlover, Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy, Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker, Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Christian Petzold’s Phoenix, and Terence Davies’s Sunset Song, these are films that play by their own rules, works of considered artistry that reflect the philosophy of a magazine that has been essential for film lovers for more than 50 years.
Saturday, February 9
Opening Night · Q&A with László Nemes · New York PremiereAcademy Award–winner László Nemes (Son of Saul) returns with an audacious, spellbindingly shot new film about an orphaned young woman searching for her mysterious brother in Budapest at the beginning of the 20th century.
Spotlight Screening · Steven Soderbergh & cast in person · New York PremiereDuring a pro basketball lockout, a sports agent (André Holland) pitches a rookie basketball client on an intriguing and controversial business proposition. Soderbergh’s new film also features Zazie Beetz, Sonja Sohn, Zachary Quinto, Kyle MacLachlan, and Bill Duke and was written by Moonlight co-screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney.
Q&A with Victor Moreno · U.S. PremiereDeep below Madrid, tunnels of all sorts keep the city running, whether storm drains or subways or other subterranean systems. Moreno’s mesmerizing underground city symphony takes us into an unknown world of darkness and glimmering activity.
North American PremiereLos Reyes (“The Kings”) watches Fútbol and Chola, a furry shepherd mix and some kind of labrador, respectively, as they hang out, play, and generally coexist with the people who are also hanging out and playing on the lawns and concrete ramps of Chile’s first skate park in Santiago.
Q&A with Beatriz Seigner · U.S. PremiereBrazilian writer/director Beatriz Seigner’s setting is the island borderlands between Brazil, Colombia, and Peru, where Colombian emigrants live in a liminal state. Joining their numbers are new arrivals Amparo and her two young children, rebuilding their lives from the ground up.
Co-Presented with The New York Review of BooksIn Edward Dmytryk’s ’Scope Western, the mining town of Warlock is at the mercy of a band of rogue cowboys, until citizens engage the sharpshooting services of Clay Blaisedell (Henry Fonda), accompanied by right-hand man Tom Morgan (Anthony Quinn).
Q&A with Abbas FahdelIn the latest from Iraqi-French filmmaker Abbas Fahdel, a remote valley in northern Lebanon is the setting for a drama in which teenage Yara (Michelle Wehbe) lives and works with her hardscrabble grandmother (Mary Alkady) on a cliffside farm, and falls for a young hiker, Elias (Elias Freifer).
Q&A with Jerry SchatzbergJerry Schatzberg’s rarely screened Honeysuckle Rose stars Willie Nelson as a touring country music singer, and was shot by the late Robby Müller who gorgeously realized works for directors ranging from Wim Wenders to Jim Jarmusch to Lars von Trier to Barbet Schroeder.
Free and open to the public!The director of the opening-night film of Film Comment Selects, Sunset, who won an Academy Award winner for Son of Saul, discusses the boundary-pushing technique of his filmmaking and approach to history in an illustrated talk with clips.
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