30 of the most exciting new feature films from around the world.
Opening Night Selection · Yorgos Lanthimos in person at the 6pm and 9pm Alice Tully Hall screeningsThe Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz), and her servant (Emma Stone) engage in a sexually charged fight to the death for the body and soul of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) at the height of the War of the Spanish Succession in Yorgos Lanthimos’s wildly intricate and very darkly funny new film.
Centerpiece Selection · Alfonso Cuarón in person at the 6pm and 9:15pm Alice Tully Hall screeningsIn Mexico City in the early ’70s, a middle-class family’s center is quietly and unassumingly held by its beloved live-in nanny and housekeeper (Yalitza Aparicio). Alfonso Cuarón tells an epic, autobiographical story of everyday life while also gently sweeping us into a vast cinematic experience.
Closing Night Selection · North American Premiere · Julian Schnabel and Willem Dafoe in person at the 6pm and 9pm Alice Tully Hall screeningsJulian Schnabel’s ravishingly tactile and luminous new film takes a fresh look at the last days of Vincent van Gogh (played by Willem Dafoe, in a shattering performance) and in the process revivifies our sense of the artist as a living, feeling human being.
U.S. PremiereIn Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s fourth completed feature since he was officially banned from filmmaking, a young woman appears to take her own life on cell-phone camera. The recipient of the video and Panahi, playing himself, investigate, and from there, 3 Faces builds in narrative, thematic, and visual intricacy.
U.S. Premiere · Q&A with Ryûsuke Hamaguchi on October 6Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, who gained attention for 2015’s Happy Hour, has returned with a beguiling and truly original Vertigo riff that traces the trajectory of a love—or, to be accurate, two loves—found, lost, displaced, and regained.
U.S. Premiere · Q&A with Jia Zhangke on October 1Jia Zhangke’s extraordinary gangster melodrama begins by following Qiao (a never better Zhao Tao) and her mobster boyfriend Bin as they stake out their turf against rivals and upstarts in 2001 Datong before expanding out into an epic, three-part narrative of how abstract forces shape individual lives.
North American Premiere · Q&A with Joel and Ethan Coen on October 4Here’s something new from the Coen Brothers—a wildly entertaining anthology of short films based on a fictional book of “western tales”—starring Tim Blake Nelson, James Franco, Liam Neeson, Tom Waits, Zoe Kazan, Tyne Daly, Brendan Gleeson, and others—unified by the thematic thread of mortality.
Q&A with Steven Yeun on October 3 & 4Korean master Lee Chang-dong’s expansion of Haruki Murakami’s short story “Barn Burning” is a love triangle (linked by rising star Steven Yeun) and a tense, haunting multiple-character study that bends the contours of the thriller genre to brilliant effect.
Q&As with Pawel Pawlikowski on October 7 & 8Academy Award–winner Paweł Pawlikowski follows up his box-office sensation Ida with this bittersweet, exquisitely crafted tale of a tempestuous love between a pianist and a singer as they navigate the realities of living in both Poland and Paris, in and outside of the Iron Curtain.
U.S. Premiere · Q&As with Louis Garrel on October 7 & 8Co-written with the legendary Jean-Claude Carrière, the sophomore feature from actor-director Louis Garrel is at once a beguiling bedroom farce and a slippery inquiry into truth, subjectivity, and the elusive nature of romantic attraction.
U.S. PremiereExiled Chinese director Ying Liang’s return to feature filmmaking is a characteristically precise drama following a Hong Kong–exiled director (Gong Zhe) as she travels to a film festival in Taiwan with her husband and toddler and must avoid attracting attention. It’s a powerful work of autobiography and an empathetic snapshot of a mother-daughter relationship.
U.S. Premiere · Free Talk with Mariano Llinás on October 12A decade in the making, Argentinian filmmaker Mariano Llinás’s La Flor is a labor of love and madness that redefines the concept of binge viewing, shape-shifting from a B-movie to a musical to a spy thriller to a category-defying metafiction to a remake of a very well-known French classic and, finally, to an enigmatic period piece.
U.S. PremiereSitting in a café, typing on a laptop, Areum (Kim Min-hee) eavesdrops on three dramatic situations unfolding in her general vicinity. These create the narrative structure of Korean master Hong Sangsoo’s complexly episodic, deceptively simple film, which is filled with raw emotions.
North American Premiere · Q&As with Alice Rohrwacher on October 6 & 7A throng of tobacco farmers working on an estate live in a state of extreme deprivation, but nothing is what it seems in Alice Rohrwacher’s transfiguring and transfixing fable, which touches on perennial class struggle and enters the realm of parable.
U.S. Premiere · Q&As with Alex Ross Perry and Elisabeth Moss on September 29 & 30In a powerhouse performance, Elisabeth Moss is Becky Something, the influential lead singer of a popular ’90s alt-rock outfit spiraling out of control as she struggles with her demons. The latest from Alex Ross Perry tracks Becky’s self-destruction—and potential creative redemption.
U.S. Premiere · Q&A with Claire Denis on October 4Claire Denis’s latest film—which features some of the most unsettling passages Denis has ever filmed, as well as moments of the greatest delicacy and tenderness—is set aboard a spacecraft piloted by death row prisoners on a decades-long suicide mission to enter and harness the power of a black hole.
U.S. Premiere · Q&A with Barry Jenkins on October 9Barry Jenkins’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning Moonlight is a carefully wrought adaptation of James Baldwin’s penultimate novel, set in Harlem in the early 1970s. Jenkins’s deeply soulful film stays focused on the emotional currents between parents and children, couples and friends.
U.S. Premiere · Q&A with Fabrice Aragno on October 10With Jean-Luc Godard’s The Image Book, all barriers between the artist, his art, and his audience have dissolved. Predominantly comprised of pre-existing images, many of which will be familiar from Godard’s previous work, this is a film in which the relationship between image and sound is, as always, intensely physical and sometimes jaw-dropping.
U.S. Premiere · Q&As with Ulrich Köhler on September 29 & 30Sad-sack, 40ish TV cameraman Armin awakens one morning to find the world around him entirely depopulated. Ulrich Köhler takes a disarmingly realistic and restrained approach to a fantastical premise: the eternally popular fantasy of the last man on earth.
U.S. Premiere · Q&As with Bi Gan and Huang Jue on October 2 & 4This noir-tinged film about a solitary man haunted by loss and regret is told in two parts: the first an achronological mosaic, the second a nocturnal dream. Bi Gan has created a film like nothing you’ve seen before, especially in the second half’s hour-long, gravity-defying 3D sequence shot.
U.S. Premiere · Q&A with Frederick Wiseman on September 30 & October 1Every new film from Frederick Wiseman, now 88 years old, seems more vigorous and acute than the last. In this tough, piercing look at the rhythm and texture of life as it is lived in a wide swathe of this country, he documents a small town located deep in the American heartland.
Q&A with Olivier Assayas on October 2Set within the world of publishing, Olivier Assayas’s new film finds two hopelessly intertwined couples—including Guillaume Canet’s troubled book executive and Juliette Binoche’s weary actress—obsessed with the state of things, and how (or when) it will (or might) change.
Q&A with Tamara Jenkins on October 1Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti are achingly real as Rachel and Richard, a middle-aged New York couple caught in the desperation, frustration, and exhaustion of trying to have a child. Tamara Jenkins’s first film in ten years is by turns hilarious and harrowing.
U.S. Premiere · Q&As with Richard Billingham on October 6 & 7Not a second of this electrifying debut doesn’t feel 100% rooted in personal experience. English photographer and visual artist Richard Billingham’s film is grounded in the visual and emotional textures of his family portraits, particularly those of his deeply dysfunctional parents.
North American Premiere · Q&As with Christophe Honoré & Vincent Lacoste on September 30 & October 1An intimate chronicle of a romance and a sprawling portrait of gay life in early 1990s France, Sorry Angel follows the intertwining journeys of a worldly, HIV-positive Parisian writer confronting his own mortality, and a curious, carefree university student just beginning to live.
U.S. Premiere · Q&As with Dominga Sotomayor on September 29 (joined by Rodrigo Teixeira) & 30 (joined by Omar Zúñiga Hidalgo)The troubling realities of the adult world intrude on a girl’s teenage idyll in this dreamy drift through the Chile of the early 1990s, a nostalgic and piercing portrait of a young woman—and a country—on the cusp of exhilarating and terrifying change.
U.S. Premiere · Q&A with Franz Rogowski on October 9A hollowed-out European refugee who has escaped from two concentration camps, arrives in Marseille assuming the identity of a dead novelist whose papers he is carrying in Christian Petzold’s brilliant and haunting film.
Q&As with Paul Dano and Carey Mulligan on September 30 (joined by Zoe Kazan) & October 1In first-time director Paul Dano’s impressive debut, a carefully wrought adaptation of Richard Ford’s 1990 novel (co-written by Zoe Kazan), a family comes apart one loosely stitched seam at a time. Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan star as the parents; Ed Oxenbould is the adolescent son trying to hold the center.