Film Comment Selects 2013 Feb 18 – Feb 28
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The 13th edition of Film Comment magazine’s essential, eclectic festival brings you a lineup of the coming soon and the never-coming-back, the rare and the rediscovered, the unclassifiable and the underrated. Handpicked by the magazine’s editors on their travels around the festival circuit and following tips from trusty correspondents around the world, this annual feast of cinephilia of all stripes has something for everyone. Series programmed by Gavin Smith and the editors of Film Comment.
In This Series
Opening Night! New York Premiere!
Director Antonio Campos, actor Brady Corbet, and producers Josh Mond and Matt Palmieri in person!
A chilling death dance plays out in Paris between a troubled, possibly unhinged American graduate (Brady Corbet) and a French prostitute (Mati Diop). The screening will be followed by a reception in the Walter Reade Theater's Furman Gallery open to all ticketholders.Read more »
Monday, February 188:15pm
Closing Night! U.S. Premiere!
Cast members in person!
Michel Gondry’s delightful and wholly unexpected lo-fi experiment is a mobile kammerspiel set entirely on a crowded bus wending its way through the Bronx as it takes its high-school student passengers home on the last day of school.Read more »
Thursday, February 288:30pm
A middle-aged dentist with a quietly unraveling life makes repeated and poignantly ineffectual efforts to renew his relationship with his ex-wife and adolescent daughter in this low-key and unexpected melancomédie from the co-director of Whisky.Read more »
Wednesday, February 274:30pm
Based on a true story, and subject of a major controversy in Sweden last year, this inevitably semi-lurid but never exploitative drama is about the corruption of a 14-year-old girl lured into a prostitution ring catering to the political establishment in the 1970s.Read more »
Wednesday, February 209:00pm
Thursday, February 213:30pm
A compelling drama in which four interrelated characters struggle with the moral impasses and compromises of modern life. With Isabelle Huppert and Toni Servillo.Read more »
Wednesday, February 206:30pm
Friday, February 224:00pm
Sunday, February 245:15pm
Record producer James William Guercio’s first and last film is a visually extravagant, behaviorally loopy story of an Arizona motorcycle cop named “Big” John Wintergreen (Robert Blake) who aspires to be a big-shot Los Angeles detective.Read more »
Saturday, February 239:45pm
Bergman’s rarely-screened study investigates the underlying emotional and psychological causes that lead a middle class business executive to murder a prostitute. Never available on DVD in the U.S.Read more »
Tuesday, February 196:30pm
Tuesday, February 268:30pm
An impoverished civil servant faces a desperate family crisis in this nighttime kammerspiel starring Michael Lonsdale, Claudia Cardinale Jeanne Moreau and Oliveira axiom Leonor Silveira.Read more »
Monday, February 186:00pm
Tuesday, February 194:30pm
A Film Comment Double Feature!
Howard Zieff’s underrated 1975 comedy about the early days of Hollywood western filmmaking Hearts of the West, starring Jeff Bridges and Alan Arkin, on a double bill with his 1973 caper comedy Slither, in which James Caan demonstrates his comedic chops.Read more »
Thursday, February 216:30pm
In this kinetic, fuel-injected thriller, a secret high-speed-pursuit unit of the Hong Kong Police called the Stealth Riders battle with underworld getaway drivers through the city’s nocturnal maze of streets and highways.Read more »
Saturday, February 231:00pm
Tuesday, February 266:30pm
A romantic connection blossoms between two young Parisians over the course of a succession of dreamlike nocturnal visits to the singular, beguiling Parc des Buttes-Chaumont.Read more »
Friday, February 226:30pm
Wednesday, February 279:30pm
Thursday, February 284:45pm
New York Premiere!
A country caravan tour spins horribly out of control when a very English couple embark on a romantic getaway that gradually escalates into all-out killing spree in this blackly funny new outing from rising indie star Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Down Terrace).Read more »
Thursday, February 286:30pm
Philippe Grandrieux in person!
Grandrieux pushes the limits of the visible and sheds all vestiges of narrative to enter a state of total immersion that’s at once disembodied yet deeply physical, metaphysical yet grounded in the primordial reality of the body.Read more »