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.
In this grippingly surreal romantic thriller co-adapted by the author of Let the Right One In from his own work, deformed Tina’s uncanny sense of smell makes her popular at her job in customs—if nowhere else. Then she meets Vore. He’s the right one, but is letting him in dangerously wrong?
Teenager Jared is the loving, dutiful son of a Baptist preacher (Russell Crowe) and an equally devout wife (Nicole Kidman)—until, that is, he’s outed and forced into a gay-conversion program in Joel Edgerton’s emotional adaptation of Garrard Conley’s namesake memoir.
In this slow-burning romantic thriller from South Korea (with nods to The Great Gatsby), an introvert’s frustrations are exacerbated by his entrance into a love triangle with a spirited young woman and her wealthy, mysterious boyfriend—only to come to a boil when she disappears.
Wiktor and Zula meet amid the post-war ruins of Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia, and Paris in this lush romantic drama filmed entirely in black and white. Complicated by politics, their own character flaws, and tragic twists of fate, theirs is an impossible love story for impossible times.
Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, and Ricardo Darín star in this suspenseful tale of love and betrayal, secrets and lies set during a wedding amid the vineyards of Spain. Two-time Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi (A Separation, DFF34; The Salesman, DFF39) directs.
Academy Award® nominee Viggo Mortensen and Academy Award® winner Mahershala Ali star in Participant Media and DreamWorks Pictures’ Green Book. Peter Farrelly helms the film inspired by a true friendship that transcended race, class and the 1962 Mason-Dixon line.
From the director of Moonlight, this adaptation of a James Baldwin novel deftly and deeply probes the dreams deferred of a young, pregnant Harlem bride-to-be whose modest hopes for the future are dashed by the imprisonment of her fiancé for a crime he didn’t commit.
Through never-before-seen video footage, audio recordings, and other archival material, legendary opera singer Maria Callas tells her story in her own words—decades after her death. This transcendent portrait also captures Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Liz Taylor, and other leading lights of her era.
Alain is a publisher struggling to adapt to the digital era while juggling a troublesome author and a stale marriage in Olivier Assayas’s voluble French romp, powered by the friction between what people talk about and what’s actually happening to them. Guillaume Canet and Juliette Binoche star.
Based on the true story of Marie Colvin, this electrifying drama stars Rosamund Pike as a passionate, (almost) death-defying war correspondent whose career took her to battlegrounds around the world—while taking a profound toll on her personal life. Jamie Dornan and Stanley Tucci co-star.
Damon and his daughter, Cee, mine gems on a toxic alien moon, but they’re not the only ones with hopes of striking it rich. Between the menacing competition and her father’s snowballing greed, Cee is forced into an uneasy alliance with a treacherous rival in this atmospheric sci-fi thriller.
There’s honor among thieves. But there isn’t always justice. Renowned Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s piercing, fiercely tender portrayal of a poor but loving family of petty criminals scraping by on borrowed time won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
With co-writer Zoe Kazan, acclaimed actor Paul Dano makes a whopping directorial debut with this gorgeous adaptation of a Richard Ford novel, set in midcentury Montana, about a teenaged boy coming of age amid the dissolution of his parents’ marriage. Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan star.