2011-2020

Sang-soo Hong – Grass (2018)

In a small Café, Min-hee Kim plays a guest who prefers to observe but not interact with the other guests herself. Read More »

Markus Schleinzer – Michael (2011)

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A protege of Michael Haneke, Markus Schleinzer’s “Michael” is a triumph of uneasy cinema. With an unorthodox level of restraint, the director tells the story of a dull office drone who keeps a kidnapped young boy locked in his house. Despite its subversive edge, “Michael” successfully drains the shock out of a frightening premise and instead delivers a keen observational thriller. From its opening minutes, “Michael” reveals its alarming plot with a patient, naturalistic atmosphere. Read More »

Jia Zhangke – Ying sheng AKA The Hedonists (2016)

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In China, three unemployed Shanxi laborers are looking for work. Their last hope is to be employed as performers in a surreal amusement park.

Tony Rayns wrote:
A showstopper, a funny/sad tale of three unemployed miners – their faces will be familiar to fans of Jia’s films – trying for ridiculous new jobs as bodyguards and theme-park actors. Read More »

Ali Abbasi – Gräns AKA Border (2018)

A customs officer who can smell fear develops an unusual attraction to a strange traveler while aiding a police investigation which will call into question her entire existence. Read More »

François Bouvier – Paul à Québec (2015)

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Paul is a cartoonist who lives with his girlfriend and their little daughter in Montreal in the summer of 1999. His in-laws, the Beaulieus, are a large, joyful clan composed of siblings, grandchildren and a much loved patriarch named Roland who constantly reminds Paul that he has yet to marry his daughter. When Roland fades with ill health, the family bands together and Paul projects his own devotion by doodling several portraits of his ailing father-in-law. Read More »

Anna Biller – The Love Witch (2016)

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Elaine, a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her gothic Victorian apartment she makes spells and potions, and then picks up men and seduces them. However her spells work too well, and she ends up with a string of hapless victims. When she finally meets the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved will drive her to the brink of insanity and murder. With a visual style that pays tribute to Technicolor thrillers of the 1970s, THE LOVE WITCH explores female fantasy and the repercussions of pathological narcissism. Read More »

Nikolaj Arcel – En kongelig affære aka A Royal Affair (2012)

A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician –
and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever. Read More »