25 of the most exciting new feature films from around the world.
Opening Night Selection · World PremiereThree aging Vietnam-era Navy vets—soft-spoken Doc (Steve Carell), unhinged and unfiltered Sal (Bryan Cranston), and quietly measured Mueller (Laurence Fishburne)—reunite for the proper burial of Doc’s only child, who has been killed in the early days of the Iraq invasion. Richard Linklater’s lyrical road movie is as funny as it is heartbreaking.
Centerpiece SelectionTodd Haynes’s all-ages enchantment, adapted from a young-adult novel by Hugo author Brian Selznick, follows the parallel, ultimately converging journeys of two children, one set in 1927 and the other 1977. This is an intelligent, deeply personal, and lovingly intricate tribute to the power of obsession.
Closing Night • World PremiereIn Coney Island in the 1950s, a carousel operator (James Belushi) and his beleaguered wife (Kate Winslet), who eke out a living on the boardwalk, are visited by his estranged daughter (Juno Temple)—a situation from which layer upon layer of all-too-human complications develop. Woody Allen has created a bracing and truly surprising movie experience.
U.S. Premiere · Q&As with Robin Campillo on 10/8 and 10/9Robin Campillo depicts the comradeship and tenacity of the gay, HIV-positive men who stormed drug company and government offices in the early 1990s as part of ACT UP in France. Not just a period piece, this film tacitly provides a model of resistance to the forces of destruction running rampant today.
Q&As with Luca Guadagnino on 10/3 and 10/4Capturing with eloquence the confusion and longing of youth, Call Me by Your Name charts the slowly ripening romance between an American teen on the verge of discovering himself and the handsome older grad student his professor father has invited to their vacation home in Northern Italy.
U.S. Premiere · Q&As with Hong Sang-soo and Kim Hyungkoo on 10/7 and 10/8Mistaken identity, repetition compulsion, and déjà vu figure in one of Hong’s most plaintive and philosophical works, shot in moody black and white and mostly set on a single eventful day in the life of a book publisher.
Q&As with Agnès Varda and JR on 10/1 and 10/2At age 88, Agnès Varda teamed up with the 33-year-old visual artist JR for this unassuming masterpiece, a tour of rural France that celebrates artisanal production, workers’ solidarity, and the photographic arts in the face of mortality.
U.S. Premiere · Q&As with Alain Gomis on 10/4 and 10/5In Senegalese director Alain Gomis’s new film, a singer in a makeshift bar in Kinshasa goes in search of money for her son’s medical care after he is injured in an accident. Félicité is tough, and tender, funny and terrifying, both responsive to the moment and fixed on its heroine’s spiritual progress.
Q&As with Sean Baker and cast on 10/1 and 10/3A six-year-old girl and her two best friends run wild on the grounds of a week-by-week motel complex on the edge of Orlando’s Disney World in Sean Baker’s depiction of childhood on the margins, a film of fierce energy, tenderness, and great beauty.
North American Premiere · Q&As with Arnaud Desplechin on 10/13 and 10/14A filmmaker (Mathieu Amalric) in the throes of writing a spy thriller sees his life upended after the return of his wife Carlotta (Marion Cotillard), a fragile, Hitchcockian femme fatale, who disappeared twenty years earlier. Ismael’s Ghosts is about the process of creating a work of art and all the madness that requires.
Q&As with Greta Gerwig on 10/8 and 10/9Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, a portrait of an artistically inclined teenage girl (Saoirse Ronan) trying to define herself in the shadow of her mother (Laurie Metcalf), is rich in invention and incident, and powered by Ronan, 23 years old and one of the finest actors in movies.
North American Premiere · Q&As with Claire DenisJuliette Binoche is both incandescent and emotionally raw in Claire Denis’s extraordinary new film as Isabelle, a middle-aged Parisian artist in search of definitive love. The film moves elliptically, as though set to some mysterious bio-rhythm, from one romantic/emotional attachment to another.
North American Premiere · Q&A with Philippe Garrel on 10/10In Philippe Garrel’s poetic exploration of relationships, desire, and fidelity, Jeanne (Esther Garrel), after a painful breakup, moves back in with her university professor father to discover that he is living with a student who is the same age as Jeanne.
North American Premiere · Q&A with Noah Baumbach on 10/1 (with cast) and on 10/2Noah Baumbach revisits the family terrain of The Squid and the Whale in this intricately plotted story of three middle-aged siblings (Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, and Elizabeth Marvel) coping with their strong-willed father (Dustin Hoffman) and the flightiness of his wife (Emma Thompson).
North American Premiere · Q&As with Serge Bozon and Isabelle Huppert on 9/29 + 10/1Isabelle Huppert hypnotizes us again in Serge Bozon’s eccentric twist on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, in which a timid and rather peculiar physics professor is struck by lightning and wakes up a decidedly different person, the newly powerful Mrs. Hyde.
Q&A with Dee Rees on 10/12Writer-director Dee Rees’s historical epic, based on the novel by Hillary Jordan, details the daily hardships and vicissitudes of farm life in Mississippi during the post–World War II era, focusing on two families, one white (the landlords) and one black (the sharecroppers), working the same miserable piece of farmland.
Q&As with Hong Sang-soo on 10/8 and 10/9Hong Sang-soo’s steel-nerved, clear-eyed response to the tabloid frenzy that erupted in South Korea over his relationship with actress Kim Min-hee (who stars in the film) is perhaps his most achingly personal film yet.
Q&As with Chloé Zhao on 10/12 and 10/14A badly injured former champion rodeo rider and horse trainer is forced to give up the life he knows and loves in this documentary-inflected fiction film set on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation, a work of exceptional compassion and truth.
U.S. Premiere · Q&As with Agnieszka Holland and Kasia Adamik on 9/30 and 10/1A series of hunters die mysteriously in the wilderness on the Polish-Czech border, and part-time teacher and animal activist Janina wonders if the animals are taking revenge in this phantasmagorical murder mystery, which is also a tender love story and a resistance and rescue thriller.
Q&A with Ruben Östlund on 9/29In Ruben Östlund’s 2017 Palme d’Or–winner—the rare movie to have as many laughs as ideas— a well-heeled contemporary art curator at a Stockholm museum falls prey to a pickpocketing scam, which triggers an overzealous response and then a crisis of conscience.
Q&As with Joachim Trier on 10/6 and 10/7In this fluid, sharply observant, and continually surprising film, an adolescent country girl (Eili Harboe), the daughter of a quietly domineering mother and father, begins to manifest a terrifying and uncontrollable power. Warning: This film contains flashing lights which may not be suitable for photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised.
U.S. Premiere · Q&As with Valeska Grisebach and Syuleyman Alilov Lefitov on 9/30 and 10/1Valeska Grisebach uses the Western as a template for her supremely intelligent genre update about an all-male group of German workers who are building a water facility in remote rural Bulgaria, and the conflict that arises between the reserved newbie and the boorish team leader.
U.S. Premiere · Q&As with Lucrecia Martel on 9/30 and 10/2The great Lucrecia Martel returns with her intoxicating adaptation of Antonio di Benedetto’s 1956 classic of Argentinean literature about an officer of the Spanish crown in late 18th-century Paraguay succumbing to lust and paranoia.