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  • Four by Dan Sallitt

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    A New York-based filmmaker whose filmmaking approach owes more to acknowledged foreign masters Éric Rohmer, Maurice Pialat, and Mikio Naruse, the slim but exquisite body of work that Sallitt has created over the last 30+ years—films of understated drama and enormous emotional insight—have won him...

  • Starring Sophia Loren

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    Born in Rome as Sofia Costanza Brigida Villani Scicolone, the woman the world would come to know as Sophia Loren started acting at age 16, signed a five-picture deal with Paramount at 22, and after international superstardom and countless plaudits—including an Academy Award—she is still working t...

  • The Straub-Huillet Collection

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    First meeting as cinephile students in 1954 Paris, Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet became husband-and-wife filmmaking collaborators, generating a politically and aesthetically provocative body of work made largely outside of official funding bodies, and suggesting a desire to reinvent the a...

  • From Director to Producer: Davy Chou Selects

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    Born in France to Cambodian parents, Davy Chou—director, producer, teacher, and film historian—has been an energetic and boundlessly enthusiastic advocate for cinema in Europe and Asia both, where his organization of workshops and role as one of the founders of the collective Kon Khmer Koun Khmer...

  • Kazuo Hara's "Minamata Mandala"

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    Shot over 15 years, an epic three-part group portrait of the elderly victims of Minamata disease who have spent nearly 60 years in Japanese courts fighting for recognition and compensation for their suffering from methyl mercury poisoning caused by corporate chemical dumping around their fishing ...

  • Reassembly: The Films of Bill Morrison

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    Known for his hand-in-glove creative collaborations with contemporary composers and his capacity to conduct scraps of archival film as though they were players in a symphony orchestra, Morrison is one of the most lauded experimental filmmakers to emerge in the last 30+ years. Enjoy this choice se...

  • A Million Years

    Directed by Danech San | 21 mins | 2018
    At a riverfront restaurant in Cambodia, a young woman recounts stories from her life to a friend, her stream-of-conscious-like monologue echoing the flow of the water before them, while the background of unspoiled nature gradually begins to overtake the hum...

  • All The Ships At Sea

    Directed by Dan Sallitt | 64 mins | 2004
    Loosely inspired by William James’s "The Varieties of Religious Experience," Sallitt’s scintillating sophomore feature revolves around the verbal joustings of two siblings—one a defector from a New Age cult, the other a Catholic theologian—on the topics of...

  • An Heir

    Directed by Jean-Marie Straub | 21 mins | 2011
    Drawing again on a 1903 work by right-wing nationalist author Maurice Barrès—and on his own memories of growing up in the contested city of Metz—Straub’s discourse-based film concerns a French Alsatian country doctor whose soul is torn between French...

  • Behemoth

    Directed by Zhao Liang | 90 mins | 2015
    Shot in the coal mines of Inner Mongolia, Zhao’s nonfiction symphony of industrial rapacity is a mythic-realist work of harrowing close-ups and infernal long shots beggaring belief, evoking Dante and Bosch en route to a haunting climax in an ultramodern pre...

  • Boccaccio '70

    Directed by Vittorrio De Sica, Federico Fellini, Mario Monicelli, and Luchino Visconti | 205 mins | 1962
    An anthology comedy exploring love and the liberated woman in contemporary Italy, Boccaccio ’70 reteams Loren with De Sica in the spicy story of a shy lottery winner who hopes to cash in with ...

  • Buried News

    Directed by Bill Morrison | 12 mins | 2021
    In "Buried News", Morrison employs newsreel films from the early years of the previous century to ruminate on the media’s role in manipulating narratives around race in America then and today.

  • California Dreaming

    Directed by Sreylin Meas | 16 mins | 2019
    A chance encounter at a seaside resort between two women of very different backgrounds—a guest at the hotel and an employee—leads to the discovery of an unexpected linkage between the pair in Meas’s languorous, minimalistic short, evocative of faded photo...

  • Cambodia 2099

    Directed by Davy Chou | 21 mins | 2014
    Two friends, Sotha and Kavich, discuss their dreams of the previous evening on a bright day on Phnom Penh’s Diamond Island as Kavich prepares to break the news to his girlfriend of his impending move to join his mother in California. Chou’s film, down to its...

  • Caterina

    Directed by Dan Sallitt | 17 mins | 2019
    A sensitive, intimate, episodic character study in miniature, as perfect as a cameo brooch, of the title’s Caterina, played by Agustina Muñoz: an Argentinian quietly observing the rush of life in her adoptive home of New York, her gradual decision to cut t...

  • Corneille-Brecht

    Directed by Jean-Marie Straub | 27 mins | 2009
    Verses from Pierre Corneille’s Horace and Othon and from Bertholt Brecht’s 1939 radio play The Trial of Lucullus are given melodic recitation by Cornelia Geiser in Straub’s film, creating a network of connections between the despots of ancient Rome, ...

  • Dawson City: Frozen Time

    Directed by Bill Morrison | 120 mins | 2016
    In 1978, in Canada’s sparsely populated Yukon Territory, 533 nitrate film reels dating from the silent era were unearthed. From such a treasure trove, Morrison produced this freewheeling retelling of the history of a one-time boom town, making use of th...

  • Fourteen

    Directed by Dan Sallitt | 94 mins | 2019
    A lovingly detailed, bittersweet depiction of female friendship, Fourteen tracks several years in the lives of teacher’s aide Mara (Tallie Medel) and social worker Jo (Norma Kuhling), through the vicissitudes of dating in their twenties and into choppier w...

  • Hard To Be A God

    Directed by Aleksei German | 177 mins | 2013
    The final film from German, a giant of Russian cinema who died before its release, is a headlong wallow in medieval muck, a grotesque epic adapting Arkady and Boris Stugatsky’s underground science-fiction classic which follows a team of undercover scie...

  • Her Violet Kiss

    Directed by Bill Morrison | 5 mins | 2021
    Produced during—and obliquely referent to—the pandemic years, Morrison’s film re-cuts and re-contextualizes a scene from a partially lost German silent, 1928’s "Liebeshölle" aka "Pawns of Passion", matched with an atmospheric score by Peruvian American co...

  • I Killed My Mother

    Directed by Xavier Dolan | 96 mins | 2009
    Dolan earned enfant terrible status with his loosely autobiographical directorial debut, a raw, raucous coming-of-age comedy-drama starring Dolan himself as 16-year-old growing up in suburban Montreal with a single mother (Anne Dorval) whom he loves and h...

  • Jackals and Arabs

    Directed by Jean-Marie Straub and Daniéle Huillet | 11 mins | 2011
    Kafka’s 1917 short story of the same name, written on the eve of the British Government’s Balfour Declaration, which announced support for the creation of a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine, is the source of Stra...

  • Kaili Blues

    Directed by Bi Gan | 113 mins | 2015
    Chinese filmmaker Bi Gan’s audacious directorial debut announced a major new talent. Shot in the mining village Kaili, the director’s birthplace, the film follows a country doctor who enters a dreamlike world where the boundaries between past, present, and fut...

  • Last Night I Saw You Smiling

    Directed by Kavich Neang | 78 mins | 2019
    "Kavich Neang is one of the founders of Anti-Archive. Made in a hurry and without a plan, due to the circumstances of the imminent demolition of the iconic building where Kavich has always lived with his family, 'Last Night I Saw You Smiling' is a miracul...