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February 17 – 27

The 14th edition of Film Comment magazine’s essential and eclectic feast of cinephilia presents 22 discoveries and rediscoveries, 17 of them New York premieres, and nine without U.S. distribution, handpicked by the magazine’s editors after scouring the international festival circuit in 2013. This year’s awesome, mind-melting lineup covers the entire cinematic spectrum from genre movies to art-house whatsits to long-unseen revivals and includes new films by Bernardo Bertolucci, Hong Sang-soo, Lukas Moodysson, and Lasse Hallström, a special marathon screening of Jane Campion’s TV miniseries Top of the Lake, and vital new talents from Iran, Korea, Spain, and Australia. Our vintage offerings include a 1970s healthcare mayhem double feature starring George C. Scott and James Coburn, a rarely screened 1983 Raúl Ruiz masterpiece, a two-film focus on early works by Barbara director Christian Petzold, plus Jeremy Irons and Ben Kingsley in the 1983 film version of Pinter’s Betrayal!

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In This Series

We Are the Best!

We Are the Best!

Lukas Moodysson | 2013 | 102 mins

Screening added on Thursday, March 6!

The director of Together and Lilya 4-ever is back on form with an energetic rough-and-tumble story of three rebellious teenage girls who form a punk rock band to defy the stifling conformity of early-1980s Stockholm.

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Thursday, March 06

7:30pm
Me and You

Me and You

Bernardo Bertolucci | 2012 | 103 mins

Free reception for ticket holders with food and wine courtesy of the Italian Wine Commission in the Furman Gallery starting at 7:00pm!

A teenager from a well-to-do-family tries to escape the outside world by shutting himself in his mother’s basement, but finds himself sharing the space with his heroin-addicted older half-sister in Bertolucci’s first Italian-language feature in 32 years.

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Thursday, February 27

8:30pm
Our Sunhi

Our Sunhi

Hong Sang-soo | 2013 | 88 mins

A former film student awakens romantic longing in three men who cross her path in this acutely observed take on misread behavior, indecision, and awkward interchanges between the sexes from one of cinema’s undisputed masters of moral comedy.

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Monday, February 17

9:00pm

Thursday, February 20

4:45pm
Betrayal

Betrayal

David Jones | 1983 | 95 mins

Jeremy Irons, Ben Kingsley, and Patricia Hodge star in this rarely screened adaptation of one of Harold Pinter’s greatest plays, a semi-autobiographical portrait of an adulterous affair.

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Tuesday, February 18

8:45pm
Blood Glacier

Blood Glacier

Marvin Kren | 2013 | 98 mins

Scientists researching climate change at a research base in the German Alps discover a mysterious substance leaking from a glacier containing micro-organisms that can infect multiple hosts, and soon do, in this over-the-top creature feature for the Global Warming age.

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Saturday, February 22

10:00pm
Cannibal

Cannibal

Manuel Martín Cuenca | 2013 | 116 mins

The blunt title of this quietly disturbing, creepily atmospheric, and deeply perverse character study of a small-town tailor who forms a connection with his “masseuse” neighbor won’t prepare you for the slow and mesmerizingly deliberate experience in store for you.

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Saturday, February 22

3:20pm

Wednesday, February 26

3:30pm
Cherchez Hortense

Cherchez Hortense

Pascal Bonitzer | 2012 | 100 mins

Jean-Pierre Bacri and Kristin Scott Thomas are together at last in this old-school relationship movie by frequent Rivette and Ruiz screenplay collaborator and ex–Cahiers du cinéma critic Pascal Bonitzer, an underrated filmmaker in his own right.

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Tuesday, February 18

6:30pm

Tuesday, February 25

4:45pm
City of Pirates

City of Pirates

Raúl Ruiz | 1983 | 111 mins

Funny, frightening, and enigmatic, this rarely screened film by the late Raúl Ruiz is like a cross between Peter Pan and Friday the 13th as told through a wildly baroque visual style that suggests a collaboration between Georges Méliès and Sergio Leone.

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Wednesday, February 26

9:50pm
Enemy

Enemy

Denis Villeneuve | 2013 | 90 mins

In his second collaboration with Villeneuve, Jake Gyllenhaal gives his best performance to date as both Adam, a reserved and humorless history professor, and Anthony, an animated and cocksure bit-part actor who catches the academic’s eye due to their alarming resemblance.

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Thursday, February 27

6:30pm
Fat Shaker

Fat Shaker

Mohammad Shirvani | 2013 | 85 mins

In this singular and cryptic film from a subversive new voice in Iranian cinema, an obese con man uses his attractive deaf-mute son to extort money from predatory women looking for a boy-toy—until one of his marks makes herself at home, with unexpected consequences.

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Saturday, February 22

1:30pm
Felony

Felony

Matthew Saville | 2013 | 105 mins

Moral dilemmas abound in this tense police drama starring Tom Wilkinson and Joel Edgerton, who also wrote the screenplay, another knockout from the Australian production collective behind Animal Kingdom.

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Monday, February 17

6:30pm
Flesh of My Flesh

Flesh of My Flesh

Denis Dercourt | 2013 | 76 mins

Director Denis Dercourt in person for Q&A!

An unsettling and strikingly oblique psychological horror film that gives new meaning to the term “motherly love,” Flesh of My Flesh takes us into the schizoid reality of a woman whose young child has a rare medical condition that requires a highly unusual diet.

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Saturday, February 22

5:45pm
Ghosts

Ghosts

Christian Petzold | 2005 | 85 mins

Petzold’s third film interweaves two intersecting storylines to explore the spectral existences of three female outsiders—a pair of late adolescent girls and an unstable middle-aged woman—who struggle to reconnect with “normal” society and find a place to belong.

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Wednesday, February 26

8:00pm
Healthcare Mayhem: The Carey Treatment + The Hospital

Healthcare Mayhem: The Carey Treatment + The Hospital

Blake Edwards | Arthur Hiller | 1971 & 1972 | 204 mins

Suspicion abounds in this month’s Film Comment Double Feature of two early-1970s medical gems: The Carey Treatment, an elaborately plotted mystery thriller starring James Coburn, and The Hospital, a blackly comic drama by Network writer Paddy Chayevsky.

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Tuesday, February 25

7:00pm
The Hypnotist

The Hypnotist

Lasse Hallström | 2012 | 122 mins

Hallström returns to his native tongue for the first time in 25 years for this twisty, visually striking Nordic noir about a psychologist (the great Mikael Persbrandt) who’s lured back into hypnotism—a practice he’d sworn off—to help solve a horrific crime.

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Friday, February 21

3:30pm

Sunday, February 23

8:00pm
Intruders

Intruders

Noh Young-seok | 2013 | 99 mins

Director Noh Young-seok in person on February 20!

This twisty, blackly comic suspense thriller from South Korea follows a screenwriter who rents a winter cabin in a remote country backwater to concentrate on his latest project, but finds himself surrounded by a colorful and noisy cast of characters.

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Thursday, February 20

6:45pm

Thursday, February 27

4:15pm
Metro Manila

Metro Manila

Sean Ellis | 2013 | 115 mins

In this Sundance Audience Award winner, a family of poor rice-farmers travels from the desolate mountains to bustling Manila in the hopes of making some money, only to discover that the exploitation they faced at home is nothing compared to what greets them in the big city.

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Friday, February 21

6:00pm
The Sacrament

The Sacrament

Ti West | 2013 | 95 mins

Director Ti West in person for Q&A!

Indie horror specialist Ti West adopts a first-person found-footage approach, with his usual flair and assurance, for this story of a Jim Jones–type religious cult that will stick in your mind long after the credits roll.

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Friday, February 21

8:30pm
Top of the Lake

Top of the Lake

Jane Campion | 2013 | 350 mins

Twin Peaks crossed with The Killing—and that isn’t the half of it. Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss stars in this thrilling seven-episode television series, the toughest, wildest picture Jane Campion has ever made.

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Sunday, February 23

1:00pm
The Weight

The Weight

Jeon Kyu-hwan | 2012 | 107 mins

This exquisitely shot, one-of-a-kind tale centers on a sickly hunchbacked mortician who takes pride and pleasure in cleaning and dressing the dead and his burdensome younger stepbrother, who wants nothing more than to be a woman.

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Thursday, February 20

9:30pm
Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg

Christian Petzold | 2003 | 90 mins

Petzold’s first collaboration with Nina Hoss, star of his art-house hit Barbara, is a slow-burning thriller that uses the relationship between a hit-and-run driver and the victim’s mother to examine the role of chance in people’s lives and the existential malaise of modern Germany.

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Wednesday, February 26

6:00pm
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