Shifting from the public space of amusement parks to the intimacies of home, these seven formally inventive films reveal the emotional resonance of simple objects and familiar places and remind us that one can simultaneously mourn and celebrate the past.
A nimble, masterful film whose Strasbourg-set love story distills moviemaking to some of its earliest pleasures—boy searches for girl, light and shadow play across a wall—and brings the wonder of moviegoing back to life in the process.
Czech New Wave master Jirí Menzel adapts Bohumil Hrabal’s novel about the rise and fall of an amorous and opportunistic waiter whose encounter with 1930s Czech society fuels his ambition, but places him on the wrong side of history.
This captivating profile of the renowned, charismatic American theater and film director—caught moving tirelessly from one glorious project to another—includes a glimpse at his latest collaboration with composer John Adams, the opera A Flowering Tree.
In a documentary as riveting as a police drama, Chilean Judge Juan Guzmán investigates criminal charges against former dictator Augusto Pinochet, uncovering the horrifying truth about the atrocities committed by the Pinochet regime.
In this gentle comedy about friendship and trust, a group of concerned citizens tries to solve a mystery convulsing a small Danish town: Who’s the naked guy with a newspaper wandering the streets at night?
When her son is kidnapped, a mother asks two former pals in crime for help. Deft plot twists, the flare-up of past romance and a secret act of vengeance keep us guessing in this noirish drama of love and loss.
The masterful Catherine Breillat continues her candid exploration of female sexuality in a smartly crafted period drama starring the alluringly vulpine Asia Argento. Arguably Breillat’s most accessible film, this sophisticated chamber piece is erotic, funny, cruel and supremely intelligent.
Fernando Solanas documents how his country, rich in natural resources and intellectual capital, has been pillaged by multinationals and trapped in a state of underdevelopment, making an impassioned call to the country’s youth to recover the “latent Argentina.”
Gene Tierney (Laura) is the femme fatal par excellence in this astounding Technicolor noir, beautifully restored, about a young novelist (Cornel Wilde) whose new bride plunges their nuptial heaven into hellish depths. Presented by The Film Foundation and American Express.