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 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.
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 (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.
U.S. PremiereRobin 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.
U.S. PremiereMistaken 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.
U.S. PremiereFélicité is tough, tender, lyrical, mysterious, funny, and terrifying, both responsive to the moment and fixed on its heroine’s spiritual progress.
North American PremiereA 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.
North American PremiereJuliette 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.
North American PremiereIn 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.
North American PremiereBaumbach’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.
North American PremiereIsabelle 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.
U.S. PremiereAgnieszka 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.
U.S. PremiereWhile 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.
U.S. PremiereIn 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.
U.S. PremiereThe 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.