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Revivals

The Revivals section connects cinema’s rich past to its dynamic present through an eclectic assortment of new restorations, titles selected by the festival’s filmmakers, rarities, and more.

John Waters Presents: Art Movie Hell at the Drive-In

  • 212 minutes
Ever the filth elder, NYFF58 poster designer John Waters has also selected a shock-epic double feature as part of NYFF58’s Revivals section, including Gaspar Noé’s frenetic dance into madness, Climax, and Pier Paolo Pasolini’s infamously grotesque—and masterful—Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom.

The Chess Game of the Wind

  • Mohammad Reza Aslani
  • 1976
  • Iran
  • 93 minutes
  • Farsi with English subtitles
A recently (re)discovered landmark of Iranian cinema, Mohammad Reza Aslani’s sumptuous debut feature is set during the rule of the Qajar dynasty and chronicles the fallout when a noble family’s matriarch passes away, kindling tensions new and old among her heirs.

Damnation

  • Béla Tarr
  • 1988
  • Hungary
  • 116 minutes
  • Hungarian with English subtitles
A key turning point in Béla Tarr’s career, the first of the director’s six collaborations with novelist László Krasznahorkai is a highly stylized, black-and-white film noir, focusing on the efforts of a dour loner (Miklós Székely B.) to steal back his estranged lover from her debt-addled husband.

Flowers of Shanghai

  • Hou Hsiao-hsien
  • 1998
  • Taiwan
  • 113 minutes
  • Cantonese and Shanghainese with English subtitles
Hou Hsiao-hsien made his seventh festival appearance with this transfixing masterwork, a ravishingly beautiful chamber drama that follows the intertwined fortunes and intrigues of four “flower girls” serving in the opulent brothels of fin-de-siècle 19th-century Shanghai.

The Hourglass Sanatorium

  • Wojciech Has
  • 1973
  • Poland
  • 124 minutes
The collective trauma of the Holocaust looms over this adaptation of Jewish author Bruno Schulz’s visionary and poetic reflection on the nature of time and death, which won the Jury Award at Cannes.

In the Mood for Love

  • Wong Kar Wai
  • 2000
  • Hong Kong
  • 98 minutes
  • Cantonese, Shanghainese, French, and Spanish with English subtitles
In Wong Kar Wai’s lusciously stylized, swoon-inducing instant classic, iconic screen couple Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung play next-door neighbors who carry out a platonic romance amid the alleyways and noodle shops of 1960s Hong Kong.

Meeting the Man: James Baldwin in Paris

  • Terence Dixon
  • 1971
  • UK/France
  • 27 minutes
This rare film document of one of the towering figures of 20th-century American literature—photographed by Jack Hazan (Rude Boy, A Bigger Splash)—captures the iconic writer in several symbolic locations, including the Place de la Bastille.

Muhammad Ali, the Greatest

  • William Klein
  • 1974
  • France
  • 123 minutes
  • English and French with English subtitles
William Klein’s masterful portrait of Ali is arguably the most complex documentary about an athlete ever made and exhilarating evidence that the three-time undisputed heavyweight champion of the world was one of the key cultural and political figures of his time.

Simone Barbes or Virtue

  • Marie-Claude Treilhou
  • 1980
  • France
  • 77 minutes
  • French with English subtitles
A criminally overlooked work from the post-post-New Wave era of French cinema, Marie-Claude Treilhou’s stylish and atmospheric feature debut follows a porno theater usher through a series of curious encounters with acquaintances and eccentric strangers alike.

Smooth Talk

  • Joyce Chopra
  • 1985
  • USA
  • 92 minutes
In her first lead role, 18-year-old Laura Dern gave one of her most stirring, layered performances in Joyce Chopra’s adaptation of a Joyce Carol Oates short story about a teenager whose sexual exploration during her summer days in the Northern California suburbs takes a dangerous turn when she meets a mysterious stranger.

The Spook Who Sat by the Door

  • Ivan Dixon
  • 1973
  • U.S.
  • 102 minutes

Ephraim Asili Selects

An iconoclastic work of American political cinema whose polemical power has only grown with time, Ivan Dixon’s adaptation of Sam Greenlee’s 1969 novel—about a Black nationalist who infiltrates the CIA—endures as an incisive portrayal of Black militant struggle in the wake of the Civil Rights Movement and the convulsive 1960s.

Xiao Wu

  • Jia Zhangke
  • 1997
  • Chiina
  • 112 minutes
  • Mandarin with English subtitles
Among the most essential filmmakers of the past several decades, Jia Zhangke launched his career with this, his 1997 debut about a pickpocket struggling to keep up with the current of China’s transformation into an economic powerhouse.

Zero for Conduct

  • Jean Vigo
  • 1933
  • France
  • 49 minutes

Steve McQueen Selects

A delirious and visually astonishing achievement and an acknowledged inspiration for Francois Truffaut’s The 400 Blows and Lindsay Anderson’s if..., Zero for Conduct is at once a sweet ode to childhood and a dreamlike exaltation of youthful chaos set in an all-boys boarding school.