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Breaking the Waves
Denmark 1996 159 min.

Danish auteur Lars von Trier's 1996 masterpiece stars Emily Watson as a deeply religious naïf who believes she's doing God's work through sex—a view not shared by her pious community. This devastating exploration of faith and sacrifice is also one of the most remarkable love stories you'll ever see.

Call Me By Your Name
Italy 2017 130 min.

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.

The Day After
South Korea 2017 92 min.

Told in black-and-white flashbacks, this clever parable of (mostly bad) manners from South Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-soo revisits his trademark themes of infidelity and emotional upheaval to portray a book publisher as he’s forced to confront the consequences of his selfishness and self-deception.

DFF 40 Centerpiece Presentation: Submission
USA 2017 106 min.

Adapted from Francine Prose’s acclaimed novel Blue Angel, this biting morality play about lust, ambition and the allure of scandal stars Stanley Tucci as a professor caught in a midlife crisis, a love triangle and a serious ethical dilemma all at the same time. Kyra Sedgwick co-stars.

Dragonfly Eyes
China 2017 81 min.

Constructed entirely of found footage from closed-circuit surveillance cameras, Chinese visual artist Xu Bing’s ambitious and spellbinding feature drama serves as a commentary on identity in the digital age while following an ill-fated romance through a faceless and frightening urban environment.

The Happiness of the World
Poland 2016 98 min.

This period drama is set in 1939 in a village on the German-Polish border, where the residents of a tenement endure the specter of war. When a journalist on assignment embeds himself in their building, their secrets begin to surface, intertwined with a mysterious Jewish beauty named Róza.

Iceland 2016 129 min.

Thor and Kristjan negotiate the turmoil of adolescence in this emotional coming-of-age drama set in rural Iceland, where the boys' friendship is sorely tested when one discovers the other's true feelings about him. The young cast delivers compelling performances amid landscapes of harsh majesty.

Ismael's Ghosts
France 2017 114 min.

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.

Joyeux Noël
France 2005 116 min.

As World War I rages across the European countryside, four individuals stuck on the front lines find themselves faced with the unthinkable in director Christian Carion's account of the real-life wartime event that would offer hope for peace in mankind's darkest hour.

The Leisure Seeker
Italy 2017 112 min.

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.

Let the Sun Shine In
France 2017 94 min.

From renowned French director Claire Denis comes this unconventional, moody and wistful romantic comedy starring Juliette Binoche as a recently divorced, 50-something Parisian artist looking for love in all the wrong places.

Little Manifesto Against Solemn Cinema
Argentina 2017 14 min.

A trivial story about two people who meet at a party and spend the night together, told in the most pretentious, most poetic and, above all, most solemn of ways.

Little Rose
Poland 2010 118 min.

In 1960s Poland, against a backdrop of anti-Semitism, a beautiful young woman is recruited by her lover, a secret service agent, to woo a famous writer in order to expose his Jewish identity. But the more this reluctant informant learns about her mark, the more the plan spins out of control.

Loving Pia
Denmark 2017 99 min.

With unadorned candor, this elegiac work of docufiction focuses on an elderly woman, Guittou, who cares for her 60-year-old mentally disabled daughter. When she dies, what will happen to Pia? Pia has an idea: for the first time in her life, she will find herself a man.

María Candelaria
Mexico 1944 102 min.

This Mexican melodrama from 1944—screening as part of a three-film retrospective of the great Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa—follows a poor couple as they endure the trials and tribulations of life in a prejudicial and greedy world. Dolores del Río stars.

Estonia 2017 115 min.

In this wildly original fantasy set in 19th-century Estonia, peasant girl Liina longs for village boy Hans. But Hans is infatuated by a visiting German baroness. So winning his love won't be easy—especially in these dark, harsh surroundings, where werewolves, witches and the devil himself roam.

On the Beach at Night Alone
South Korea 2017 101 min.

Art imitates life in this haunting tale of an actress reeling in the wake of a breakup with a married filmmaker: it's based on director Hong Sang-soo's own affair with star Kim Minhee, which caused a media frenzy in their native South Korea (and won her a Best Actress nod at this year's Berlinale).

Russia 2016 130 min.

Shot in black-and-white, this stunning period drama views the horrors of WWII from the perspective of three characters whose paths cross amid the devastation: Olga, a member of the French Resistance; Jules, the Nazi collaborator assigned to investigate her; and Helmut, the SS officer who loves her.

People You May Know
USA 2017 92 min.

The profound question at the heart of this dramatic comedy: if it’s not captured on social media, does it even happen? When PR maven Tasha makes an Internet celebrity of loner Jed, he realizes he will have to decide where his true identity lies—in ho-hum real life or online.

Pet Friendly
USA 2017 15 min.

A couple's relationship is tested when their cat goes missing on a cross-country move.

Japan 2017 101 min.

In this heartfelt drama from Japan, Misako is a passionate translator of films for the visually impaired. At a screening, she meets Nakamori, an older photographer who is slowly losing his eyesight—but who can teach her to see what’s right in front of her, provided she’s open to the possibilities.

The Romantic Method
USA 2017 5 min.

After a breakup, a young woman decides to take the emotional stress out of dating and find her soulmate using nothing but science, logic and The Romantic Method.

The Room
USA 2003 99 min.

Now a cult sensation, Tommy Wiseau's notorious 2003 tale of passion and betrayal has been called “the Citizen Kane of bad movies." On the eve of the release of The Disaster Artist—a feature comedy by James Franco about its making—we’re screening The Room in all its dubious glory.

Poland 2017 120 min.

Bubi, aka Jan Banas, was a soccer legend in his adopted Poland in the 1960s and 1970s. This thrilling biopic by Polish filmmaker and DFF tribute guest Jan Kidawa-Blonski is at once a love story, a cautionary tale of friendship and an epic fable of triumph and defeat.

Norway 2017 116 min.

When shy, pious Thelma goes to college, she begins having violent seizures that lead to a friendship with beautiful classmate Anja—while revealing supernatural abilities. Soon both the terrifying scope of her powers and tragic secrets from her past emerge in this paranormal thriller from Norway.

Thirst Street
France 2017 83 min.

While on layover in Paris, a lonely American flight attendant has a rendezvous with a seedy nightclub bartender and becomes tangled in a web of confusion, masochism & unrequited amour fou in this homage to the erotic dramas of 1970s Europe from returning fest guest Nathan Silver.

When God Sleeps
USA 2016 88 min.

Iranian rapper Shahin Najafi was forced to flee his home after hardline clerics issued a fatwa against him for his provocative music. This gripping documentary follows him as he risks everything to return to the stage—while falling for a woman whose family is part of the regime that wants him dead.

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