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25 of the most exciting new feature films from around the world.

Last Flag Flying

  • Richard Linklater
  • 2017
  • USA
  • 119 minutes

Opening Night Selection · World Premiere

Three aging Vietnam-era Navy vets—soft-spoken Doc (Steve Carell), unhinged and unfiltered Sal (Bryan Cranston), and quietly measured Mulhall (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.

Wonderstruck

  • Todd Haynes
  • 2017
  • USA
  • 117 minutes

Centerpiece Selection

Todd 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.

Wonder Wheel

  • Woody Allen
  • 2017
  • USA

Closing Night • World Premiere

In Coney Island in the 1950s, a carousel operator (Jim 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.

Before We Vanish

  • Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  • 2017
  • Japan
  • 129 minutes
The latest from master of art-horror Kiyoshi Kurosawa is perhaps his most mainstream film yet, a throwback to 1980s sci-fi and a profoundly mystical affirmation of love as the only form of resistance and salvation.

BPM (Beats Per Minute)

  • Robin Campillo
  • 2017
  • France
  • 144 minutes

U.S. Premiere

Robin 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.

Call Me by Your Name

  • Luca Guadagnino
  • 2017
  • Italy/France
  • 132 minutes
Call Me by Your Name is Guadagnino’s most exquisitely rendered, visually restrained film, capturing with eloquence the confusion and longing of youth, anchored by a remarkable, star-making performance by Chalamet, always a nervy bundle of swagger and insecurity, contrasting with Hammer’s stoicism.

The Day After

  • Hong Sang-soo
  • 2017
  • South Korea
  • 92 minutes

U.S. Premiere

Mistaken identity, repetition compulsion, and déjà vu figure into the narrative as the film entangles its characters across multiple timelines through an intricate geometry of desire, suspicion, and betrayal. The end result is one of Hong’s most plaintive and philosophical works.

Faces Places

  • Agnès Varda, JR
  • 2017
  • France
  • 89 minutes
The 88-year-old 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.

Félicité

  • Alain Gomis
  • 2017
  • France/Senegal/Belgium/Germany/Lebanon
  • 124 minutes

U.S. Premiere

Félicité is tough, tender, lyrical, mysterious, funny, and terrifying, both responsive to the moment and fixed on its heroine’s spiritual progress.

The Florida Project

  • Sean Baker
  • 2017
  • USA
  • 105 minutes
A 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.

Ismael’s Ghosts, Director’s Cut

  • Arnaud Desplechin
  • 2017
  • France
  • 132 minutes

North American Premiere

A 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.

Lady Bird

  • Greta Gerwig
  • 2017
  • USA
  • 93 minutes
Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut is a portrait of an artistically inclined young woman (Saoirse Ronan) trying to define herself in the shadow of her mother (Laurie Metcalf) and searching for an escape route from her hometown of Sacramento.

Let the Sun Shine In

  • Claire Denis
  • 2017
  • France
  • 95 minutes

North American Premiere

Juliette 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.

Lover for a Day

  • Philippe Garrel
  • 2017
  • France
  • 76 minutes

North American Premiere

In 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 lives with a student who is the same age as Jeanne.

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

  • Noah Baumbach
  • 2017
  • USA
  • 110 minutes

North American Premiere

Baumbach’s film never stops deftly changing gears, from surges of pathos to painful comedy and back again. Needless to say, this lyrical quicksilver comedy is very much a New York experience.

Mrs. Hyde

  • Serge Bozon
  • 2017
  • France
  • 95 minutes

North American Premiere

Isabelle 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.

Mudbound

  • Dee Rees
  • 2017
  • USA
  • 134 minutes
Writer/director Dee Rees’s historical epic details daily life and social dynamics in the failing economy of Mississippi during the World War II era.

On the Beach at Night Alone

  • Hong Sang-soo
  • 2017
  • South Korea
  • 101 minutes
Hong 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.

The Other Side of Hope

  • Aki Kaurismäki
  • 2017
  • Finland
  • 98 minutes
Syrian refugee Khlaed (Sherwan Haji) seeks asylum in Finland, only to get lost in a maze of functionaries and bureaucracies in Aki Kaurismäki’s gently comic, politically urgent fable, the first great fiction film about the 21st century migrant crisis.

The Rider

  • Chloé Zhao
  • 2017
  • USA
  • 104 minutes
The hardscrabble economy of America’s rodeo country, where, for some, riding and winning is the only source of pleasure and income, is depicted with exceptional compassion and truth by a filmmaker who is in no way an insider: Zhao was born in Beijing and educated at Mount Holyoke and NYU.

Spoor

  • Agnieszka Holland, in cooperation with Kasia Adamik
  • 2017
  • Poland/Germany/Czech Republic
  • 128 minutes

U.S. Premiere

Agnieszka Holland forges a sprawling, wildly beautiful, emotionally enveloping film that earns its vision of utopia. It’s at once a phantasmagorical murder mystery, a tender, late-blooming love story, and a resistance and rescue thriller.

The Square

  • Ruben Östlund
  • 2017
  • Sweden
  • 150 minutes

U.S. Premiere

While preparing his new exhibit, 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, in Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’0r–winner, the rare movie to have as many laughs as ideas.

Thelma

  • Joachim Trier
  • 2017
  • Norway/Sweden/France
  • 116 minutes
Joachim Trier's fluid, sharply observant, and continually surprising film begins in the key of horror and ends somewhere completely different.

Western

  • Valeska Grisebach
  • 2017
  • Germany, Bulgaria
  • 119 minutes

U.S. Premiere

In remote rural Bulgaria, a group of German workers are building a water facility; the reserved newbie in this all-male company draws the ire of the boorish team leader. Valeska Grisebach’s supremely intelligent genre update recognizes the Western as a template on which to draw out eternal human conflicts.

Zama

  • Lucrecia Martel
  • 2017
  • Argentina/Brazil/Spain/France/Mexico/USA/The Netherlands/Portugal
  • 115 minutes

U.S. Premiere

The great Lucrecia Martel ventures into the realm of historical fiction and makes the genre entirely her own in this 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.