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

The Tragedy of Macbeth

  • Joel Coen
  • 2021
  • USA
  • 105 minutes

Opening Night · World Premiere · Q&As with Joel Coen & cast at 6pm & 9pm screenings on Sept. 24

Joel Coen’s boldly inventive visualization of The Scottish Play is an anguished film that stares, mouth agape, at a sorrowful world undone by blind greed and thoughtless ambition, starring a strikingly inward Denzel Washington as the man who would be king and an effortlessly Machiavellian Frances McDormand as his Lady.

The Power of the Dog

  • Jane Campion
  • 2021
  • Australia/New Zealand
  • 127 minutes

Centerpiece Selection · Q&As with Jane Campion at 6pm & 9pm screening on Oct. 1 

Jane Campion reaffirms her status as one of the world’s greatest—and most gratifyingly eccentric—filmmakers with this mesmerizing, psychologically rich variation on the American western, in which a melancholy young widow (Kirsten Dunst) on a Montana cattle ranch in the 1920s is tormented by her new husband’s sullen and bullying brother (Benedict Cumberbatch).

Parallel Mothers

  • Pedro Almodóvar
  • 2021
  • Spain
  • 120 minutes
  • Spanish with English subtitles

Closing Night · North American Premiere · Q&As with Pedro Almodóvar at 6pm & 9pm screening on Oct. 8 

Two women, a generation apart, find themselves inextricably linked by their brief time together in a maternity ward, bound by a secret with ties to a deep trauma in Spanish history. Charismatic stars inhabit characters who are singular among those drawn by Almodóvar in a career defined by striking portraits of women.

A Chiara

  • Jonas Carpignano
  • 2021
  • Italy
  • 120 minutes
  • Italian

Q&As with Jonas Carpignano on Oct. 2 & 3

A rising star of a resurgent Italian cinema, Jonas Carpignano continues his deeply felt project of observing life in contemporary Calabria with this gripping character study of a teenage girl, Chiara (a revelatory Swamy Rotolo), who gradually comes to discover that her close-knit family is not all that it seems.
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Ahed’s Knee

  • Nadav Lapid
  • 2021
  • France/Israel/Germany
  • 109 minutes
  • Hebrew with English subtitles

U.S. Premiere

A film of radical style and splenetic anger, Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid’s shattering follow-up to his bat-out-of-hell Synonyms accompanies a celebrated but increasingly dissociated director to a small town in the desert region of Arava for a screening of his latest film; here he descends into a spiral of rage aimed at the Israeli government.
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Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

  • Radu Jude
  • 2021
  • Romania/Luxembourg/Czech Republic/Croatia
  • 106 minutes
  • Romanian with English subtitles

U.S. Premiere

In his angry, gleefully graceless Berlinale Golden Bear winner, Radu Jude crafts an invigorating, infuriating film in three movements centering around the trials of a teacher (Katia Pascariu) at a prestigious Bucharest school whose life and job are upended when her husband accidentally uploads their private sex tape to the internet.
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Benedetta

  • Paul Verhoeven
  • 2021
  • France/Netherlands
  • 127 minutes
  • French with English subtitles

North American Premiere

Based on true events, Benedetta unearths the story of Benedetta Carlini, a 17th-century nun who believed she saw visions of Christ and engaged in a sexual relationship with a fellow sister at her abbey; this delirious, erotic, and violent melodrama is told with a boundless spirit for scandal, and unabashedly courts blasphemy.
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Bergman Island

  • Mia Hansen-Løve
  • 2021
  • France/Germany/Belgium/Sweden
  • 113 minutes
  • English, French, and Swedish with English subtitles

Q&As with Mia Hansen-Løve and Vicky Krieps on Sept. 25 & 26

A masterful blend of the personal and the meta-cinematic, Mia Hansen-Løve’s meditation on the reconciliation of love and the creative process casts Vicky Krieps and Tim Roth as married filmmakers who venture to the remote Swedish island of Fårö, where director Ingmar Bergman lived and made many of his masterpieces.
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Il Buco

  • Michelangelo Frammartino
  • 2021
  • Italy/France/Germany
  • 93 minutes
  • Italian with English subtitles
Michelangelo Frammartino’s long-awaited first feature in a decade, following Le Quattro Volte, is another work of nearly wordless natural beauty that touches on the mystical, based on the true adventures of a group of young speleologists who in 1961 descended into a hole in the mountains of Calabria to explore what was then the third-deepest known cave on Earth.
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Drive My Car

  • Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
  • 2021
  • Japan
  • 179 minutes
  • Japanese with English subtitles

U.S. Premiere · Q&A with Ryûsuke Hamaguchi on Oct. 3

Inspired by a Haruki Murakami short story, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi spins an engrossing, expansive epic about love and betrayal, grief and acceptance, charting the unexpected, complex relationships that a theater actor-director forges with a trio of people out of professional, physical, or psychological necessity.
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The First 54 Years: An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation

  • Avi Mograbi
  • 2021
  • France/Finland/Israel/Germany
  • 110 minutes
  • Hebrew and English with English subtitles

Q&A with Avi Mograbi on Sept. 25

In his provocative and direct new documentary, Israeli filmmaker Avi Mograbi, acting as his own on-screen narrator, very specifically and pointedly asks what are the circumstances, logic, and day-to-day processes that have allowed the normalization of Israel’s military occupation of Palestinian territories.
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Flee

  • Jonas Poher Rasmussen
  • 2021
  • Denmark/France/Sweden/Norway
  • 90 minutes
  • Danish, English, Russian, Swedish, and Dari with English subtitles

Q&As with Jonas Poher Rasmussen on Sept. 28 and Sept. 30

This illuminating and heartrending animated documentary tells the true story of Amin, whose life has been defined by escape: first from Afghanistan, then from post-Soviet Russia. Now planning to marry a man he met in his new homeland, Denmark, Amin begins to look back over his life, opening up about his past, his trauma, the truth about his family, and his own sexuality.
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France

  • Bruno Dumont
  • 2021
  • France/Germany/Belgium/Italy
  • 133 minutes
  • French with English subtitles

U.S. Premiere

Léa Seydoux brilliantly holds the center of Bruno Dumont’s unexpected, unsettling new film as France de Meurs, an unflappable superstar TV journalist whose career, homelife, and psychological stability are shaken after she carelessly drives into a young delivery man on a busy Paris street.
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Futura

  • Pietro Marcello, Francesco Munzi, Alice Rohrwacher
  • 2021
  • Italy
  • 110 minutes
  • Italian with English subtitles

U.S. Premiere

A collective of three Italian filmmakers known for their politically acute cinema—Pietro Marcello (Martin Eden), Francesco Munzi (Black Souls), and Alice Rohrwacher (Happy as Lazzaro)—revealingly interview a cross-section of their nation’s youth about their hopes, dreams, and fears for the future.
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The Girl and the Spider

  • Ramon and Silvan Zürcher
  • 2021
  • Switzerland
  • 98 minutes
  • German with English subtitles

U.S. Premiere · Q&As with Silvan Zürcher on Sept. 30 and Oct. 2

A minor-key symphony of inscrutable glances and irresolvable tensions, the Zürcher brothers’ alternately droll and melancholy film charts a few days in the lives of two young people on the verge of change: Lisa, who is in the process of moving into a new apartment, and her current roommate, Mara, who’s staying behind.
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Hit the Road

  • Panah Panahi
  • 2021
  • Iran
  • 93 minutes
  • Persian with English subtitles

U.S. Premiere

The son of acclaimed, embattled Iranian master filmmaker Jafar Panahi makes a striking feature debut with this charming, sharp-witted, and ultimately deeply moving comic drama that takes the tradition of the Iranian road-trip movie and adds unexpected twists and turns.
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In Front of Your Face

  • Hong Sangsoo
  • 2021
  • South Korea
  • 85 minutes
  • Korean with English subtitles

North American Premiere

After years of living abroad, a middle-aged former actress (Lee Hye-young) has returned to South Korea to reconnect with her past and perhaps make amends in Hong Sangsoo’s beguiling and oddly cleansing mix of the spiritual and the cynical.
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Întregalde

  • Radu Muntean
  • 2021
  • Romania
  • 104 minutes
  • Romanian with English subtitles

U.S. Premiere · Q&As with Radu Muntean, Alexandru Baciu, Maria Popistașu, and Alexandru Bogdan on Oct. 5 & 6

Leading Romanian filmmaker Radu Muntean knowingly plays off and subverts conventions of horror films and social realist drama as he follows a trio of well-meaning aid workers from Bucharest on a food delivery mission to the rural hinterlands of the Întregalde area of Transylvania, where they find themselves trapped.
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Introduction

  • Hong Sangsoo
  • 2021
  • South Korea
  • 66 minutes
  • Korean with English subtitles

U.S. Premiere

In this complexly structured puzzle box of unpredictable, poignant human behavior, a group of characters—most crucially parents and their grown offspring—try to relate to one another via a series of thwarted or stunted meetings and introductions, centered around a young man (Shin Seok-ho) on the cusp of adulthood.
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Memoria

  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  • 2021
  • Colombia/Thailand/UK/France/Germany/Mexico/Qatar
  • 136 minutes
  • English and Spanish with English subtitles

U.S. Premiere · Q&As with Apichatpong Weerasethakul on Oct. 5 & 6

In the grandest yet most becalmed of Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s works, Jessica (Tilda Swinton), an expat botanist visiting her hospitalized sister in Bogotá, becomes ever more disturbed by an abyssal sound that haunts her sleepless nights and bleary-eyed days. It’s a personal journey that’s also historical excavation, yielding a film of profound serenity.
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Neptune Frost

  • Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman
  • 2021
  • USA/Rwanda
  • 105 minutes

U.S. Premiere · Q&As with Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman on Oct. 2 & 3

Multi-hyphenate, multidisciplinary artist Saul Williams brings his unique dynamism to this Afrofuturist vision co-directed with Anisia Uzeyman, a sci-fi punk musical that takes place amidst the hilltops of Burundi, where a collective of computer hackers emerges from within a coltan mining community.
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Passing

  • Rebecca Hall
  • 2021
  • USA
  • 98 minutes

Q&As with Rebecca Hall on Oct. 3 & 4

A cornerstone work of Harlem Renaissance literature, Nella Larsen’s 1929 novel Passing is adapted to the screen with exquisite craft and skill by writer-director Rebecca Hall, and features meticulous performances by Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga as reacquainted childhood friends whose lives have taken divergent paths.
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Petite Maman

  • Céline Sciamma
  • 2021
  • France
  • 72 minutes
  • French with English subtitles
Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire) proves again that she’s among the most accomplished and unpredictable of all contemporary French filmmakers with the gentle yet richly emotional time-bender Petite Maman, concerning 8-year-old Nelly’s complicated response to the death of her grandmother.
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Prayers for the Stolen

  • Tatiana Huezo
  • 2021
  • Mexico/Germany/Brazil/Qatar
  • 110 minutes
  • Spanish with English subtitles

Q&A with Tatiana Huezo on Sept. 30 & Oct. 2

In her delicately wrought yet devastating first fiction feature, adapted from the 2014 book by Jennifer Clement, Tatiana Huezo naturalistically chronicles the growth of young Ana, who lives in a mountainous town in rural Mexico gripped by fear of the drug cartels who ruthlessly control the region.
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The Souvenir Part II

  • Joanna Hogg
  • 2021
  • United Kingdom
  • 108 minutes

North American Premiere

Continuing the remarkable autobiographical saga she had begun in 2019, British director Joanna Hogg—a filmmaker of unceasing visual ingenuity and sociological specificity—creates a film about finding one’s artistic inspiration and individuality that avoids every possible cliché.
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Titane

  • Julia Ducournau
  • 2021
  • France
  • 108 minutes
  • French with English subtitles

U.S. Premiere · Q&As with Julia Ducournau on Sept. 26 & 27

The winner of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious Palme d’Or, Titane is a thrillingly confident vision from Julia Ducournau that begins as a work of intense horror and ends as something else: a film that questions our assumptions about gender, family, and love itself.
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Unclenching the Fists

  • Kira Kovalenko
  • 2021
  • Russia
  • 97 minutes
  • Ossetian with English subtitles

Q&As with Kira Kovalenko on Oct. 5 & 6

Kira Kovalenko won the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes for this vivid, concentrated rendering of one woman’s desperate, almost bestial need to escape from her suffocating family life in North Ossetia, located in the Caucasus region of Southern Russia.
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The Velvet Underground

  • Todd Haynes
  • 2021
  • USA
  • 120 minutes

Q&A with Todd Haynes on Sept. 30

Combining contemporary interviews and archival documentation of The Velvet Underground with a trove of avant-garde film from their era, Todd Haynes constructs a vibrant cinematic collage that is as much about New York of the ’60s and ’70s as it is about the rise and fall of the seminal band.
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Vortex

  • Gaspar Noé
  • 2021
  • France
  • 142 minutes
  • French with English subtitles

U.S. Premiere

Finding new depths of tenderness without forgoing the uncompromising fatalism that defines his work, Gaspar Noé guides us through a handful of dark days in the lives of an elderly couple in Paris: a retired psychiatrist (Françoise Lebrun) and a writer (Dario Argento) working on a book about the intersection of cinema and dreams.
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What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?

  • Alexandre Koberidze
  • 2021
  • Georgia/Germany
  • 150 minutes
  • Georgian with English subtitles

North American Premiere · Q&As with Alexandre Koberidze on Oct. 2 & 3

Georgian director Alexandre Koberidze has created an intimate city symphony like no other with his new film, which starts out as an off-kilter romance between footballer Giorgi and pharmacist Lisa and continues to radically and pleasurably shape-shift, ultimately becoming a lovely, idiosyncratic portrait of an entire urban landscape.
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Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

  • Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
  • 2021
  • Japan
  • 121 minutes
  • Japanese with English subtitles

U.S. Premiere · Q&As with Ryûsuke Hamaguchi on Oct. 2 & 3

In this rapturous, altogether delightful triptych of stories, a lively and intricately woven work of imagination that questions whether fate or our own vanities decide our destinies, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi again proves he’s one of contemporary cinema’s most agile dramatists of modern love and obsession.
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The Worst Person in the World

  • Joachim Trier
  • 2021
  • Norway
  • 121 minutes
  • Norwegian with English subtitles

U.S. Premiere · Q&As with Joachim Trier on Sept. 25 & 26

Acclaimed Norwegian director Joachim Trier catapults the viewer into the world of his most spellbinding protagonist yet: Julie (the magnetic Renate Reinsve), a med-school dropout navigating her twenties and juggling emotionally heavy relationships with two very different men.
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