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

Simon Killer

Simon Killer

Antonio Campos | 2012 | 105 mins

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.

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The We and the I

The We and the I

Michel Gondry | 2012 | 103 mins

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.

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Pablo Stoll | 2012 | 119 mins

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.

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A Borrowed Life

A Borrowed Life

Wu Nien-jen | 1994 | 167 mins

A deeply-felt, epic father-and-son drama chronicling the tumultuous life and times of a provincial mining-town family in the 1950s. One of New Taiwanese Cinema’s masterpieces.

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Call Girl

Call Girl

Mikael Marcimain | 2012 | 140 mins

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.

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Dormant Beauty

Dormant Beauty

Marco Bellocchio | 2012 | 115 mins

A compelling drama in which four interrelated characters struggle with the moral impasses and compromises of modern life. With Isabelle Huppert and Toni Servillo.

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Electra Glide in Blue

Electra Glide in Blue

James William Guercio | 1973 | 114 mins

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.

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From the Life of the Marionettes

From the Life of the Marionettes

Ingmar Bergman | 1980 | 104 mins

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.

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Gebo and the Shadow

Gebo and the Shadow

Manoel De Oliveira | 2012 | 95 mins

U.S. Premiere!

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.

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Here Comes the Devil

Here Comes the Devil

Adrián García Bogliano | 97 | 97 mins

New York Premiere!

In this creepy low-fi indie, two children return to their parents after disappearing in the wilds, unharmed but not quite themselves. Once home, strange things start happening…

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Howard Zieff: Hearts of the West + Slither

Howard Zieff: Hearts of the West + Slither

Howard Zieff | | 199 mins

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.

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In the Fog

In the Fog

Sergei Loznitza | 2012 | 128 mins

This quietly spellbinding and masterfully directed follow-up to My Joy is a gritty behind-enemy-lines drama in which an alleged Nazi collaborator faces execution by partisans.

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Miss Lovely

Miss Lovely

Ashim Ahluwalia | 2012 | 110 mins

A delirious tale of filmmaking, love, betrayal and crime set in the sleazy demi-monde of gangster-controlled Bollywood exploitation film production.

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Motorway

Motorway

Soi Cheang | 2012 | 89 mins

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.

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Nights with Theodore

Nights with Theodore

Sébastien Betbeder | 2012 | 67 mins

U.S. Premiere!

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.

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Penance

Penance

Kiyoshi Kurosawa | 2012 | 278 mins

U.S. Premiere!

After a four-year hiatus, Kiyoshi Kurosawa returns with this five-part, made-for-television psychological drama/murder mystery that tests viewer endurance, and truly rewards it.

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Sightseers

Sightseers

Ben Wheatley | 2012 | 89 mins

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).

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Stemple Pass

Stemple Pass

James Benning | 2012 | 121 mins

U.S. Premiere!

Images: four landscape shots containing a replica of Unabomber Ted Kaczynski’s cabin, one per season. Sound: the filmmaker’s readings from Kaczynski’s texts and diary.

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Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here

Kieran Darcy-Smith | 2012 | 89 mins

Kieran Darcy-Smith’s feature debut is a calmly devastating exploration of how one misjudged moment in life has the potential to cause everything to fall to pieces.

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White Epilepsy

White Epilepsy

Philippe Grandrieux | 2013 | 68 mins

U.S. Premiere!

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.

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