From Oscar-worthy film titles to favorites on the film festival circuit, the Special Presentations section offers an array of poignant storytelling combined with nuanced performances and dynamic subjects.
Based on an acclaimed novel, the screenplay for this sensual and transcendent tale of first love from Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino was penned by none other than that master of exquisite longing, James Ivory (A Room With a View, Howards End, The Remains of the Day). Armie Hammer co-stars.
How did one of the most powerful political dynasties in US history withstand a tragic scandal? This drama centers on the media maelstrom surrounding a fatal 1969 car accident involving Senator Ted Kennedy (Jason Clarke) and a young campaign worker (Kate Mara). Ed Helms and Jim Gaffigan co-star.
Gary Oldman stars in this thrilling WWII–era account of Winston Churchill’s first weeks in office. With the support of his wife of 31 years, Clemmie (Kristin Scott Thomas), the witty and brilliant Prime Minister must rally a nation to fight against all odds to change the course of world history.
In recent years, over 65 million people around the globe have fled their homes to escape famine, drought and war. This documentary epic by world-renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei gives powerful visual expression to both the staggering scale and the profoundly personal impact of the refugee crisis.
After her husband and child are killed in a bomb attack, Katja's mourning process is made all the harder by the trial of the two neo-Nazi suspects: though she teeters on the edge of sanity, she wants justice. Diane Kruger won Best Actress at Cannes this year for her role in this raw, gripping drama.
Mathieu Amalric, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Marion Cotillard star in this meta–romantic thriller from France about a filmmaker caught in a triangle between his current love and a woman from his past—who happens to have been presumed dead for 20 years.
Thirty years after their tour of Vietnam, three vets—Steve Carell as "Doc," Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne—reunite for a new mission: to bury Doc’s son, a Marine killed in Iraq. Along the way, they wrestle with the impact war has had on their lives in Richard Linklater’s poignant road movie.
From acclaimed Italian filmmaker Paolo Virzì, this new take on an old genre—the road movie—stars Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland as a runaway couple on an unforgettable journey to recapture their passion for life and their love for each other in the faithful old RV they call the Leisure Seeker.
Melissa Leo leads a strong cast of rising stars in this Vatican II–era drama about a young rural girl's first true love—who just so happens to be God. Granted a scholarship to Catholic school, Cathleen is quickly drawn to the romanticism—eroticism, even—of a life devoted to worship and servitude.
The more is anything but the merrier in this brutally funny satire of British society. Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) throws a party whose every guest (Patricia Clarkson and Cillian Murphy among them) is worse than the last—all the better for the audience to relish Sally Potter’s zinger-rich dialogue.
This gritty drama follows small-time drug dealer Keith from the confines of house arrest back onto the tense streets of Baltimore. Although he wants to make a new start, the allure of criminal life in his depressed neighborhood may be impossible to withstand.
In this forceful tribute to community self-defense, Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa vividly narrates his remarkable escapades as a vigilante in the crime-ridden New York City of the '70s and '80s, touching on everything from the crack epidemic to his own attempted assassination.