Visionary Auteurs: Five Decades of mk2

Visionary Auteurs: Five Decades of mk2

Founded in 1974 by Bucharest-born Marin Karmitz, mk2 has through its 50 years been involved in the production, distribution, and exhibition of films by a line-up of directors that reads like a who’s who of French and international cinema, including Bruno Dumont, Gus Van Sant, Xavier Dolan, Samira Makhmalbaf, and too many others to name. To mark the company’s half century as an independent, family-run titan of cinema, we’re screening a selection of titles from their vast catalog, including the Karmitz-directed 1972 documentary "Blow for Blow."

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Visionary Auteurs: Five Decades of mk2
  • Twentynine Palms

    Directed by Bruno Dumont | 118 mins | 2003
    Greeted by violently divisive reactions on its initial release, Dumont’s first and to-date only English-language film follows a Los Angeleno couple—an American photographer, David, and his unemployed Russo-French partner, Katia (David Wissak and Katerina...

  • Blow for Blow

    Directed by Marin Marmitz | 89 mins | 1972
    The last of mk2 founder Karmitz’s three features as a director was this fiery documentary-style fiction about overworked and underpaid female workers at a textile mill who, pushed to the breaking point by their boss, decide to take him hostage and occupy...

  • The Apple

    Directed by Samira Makhmalbaf | 81 mins | 1998
    At only 17 years of age Makhmalbaf, the daughter of legendary Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf, produced this, her debut feature, a docufiction work of extraordinary sensitivity and maturity concerning a social worker’s investigation into the case...

  • Laurence Anyways

    Directed by Xavier Dolan | 161 mins | 2012
    Dolan’s sprawling drama stars Melvil Poupaud and Suzanne Clément as Laurence and Frédérique, a committed Montreal couple whose relationship arrives at a rocky junction when Laurence, a lauded novelist and teacher, tells Frédérique that he’s believed for ...

  • A Season in France

    Directed by Mahmet-Saleh Haroun | 96 mins | 2017
    Chadean filmmaker Haroun’s first film set in his long-time adoptive home of France is an understated but enormously affecting depiction of the travails faced by undocumented African immigrants in Europe, starring Eriq Ebouaney as a stubbornly pride...

  • Paranoid Park

    Directed by Gus Van Sant | 84 mins | 2007
    Adapting Blake Nelson’s Y.A. novel of the same name, Van Sant renders the youth gathering place of the skate park a voluptuous dreamscape with the help of cinematographers Chris Doyle and Rain Kathy Li. Teenaged skate rat Alex—Gabe Nevins, leading a large...