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Films made by the most influential directors living today.

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13 Assassins

Takashi Miike


Cult director Takeshi Miike delivers a bravado period action film set at the end of Japan's feudal era in which a group of unemployed samurai are enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord and prevent him from ascending to the throne...

Erotic Man

Jørgen Leth


Danish master Jørgen Leth travels the globe in this sensual, provocative and sometimes autobiographical essay film about a man searching … searching the world for the nature of the erotic.

Essential Killing

Jerzy Skolimowski

Poland, Norway, Ireland, Hungary

A Taliban fighter is captured, interrogated, tortured and then transported to an unnamed snowy destination in Europe. Taking advantage of an accident, he escapes and has to use all his wits to evade his pursuers whilst battling b...

Film Socialism

Jean-Luc Godard


Godard's latest film, a "symphony in three movements," grapples with trying to make sense of a world that appears to be beyond comprehension and meaning.

I Wish I Knew

Jia Zhangke

China, The Netherlands

Commissioned to commemorate the 2010 World Expo, this documentary on Shanghai portrays a chapter of modern Chinese history through interviews and scenic views of a city in continuous evolution. I Wish I Knew is directed by one of...

Mysteries of Lisbon

Raul Ruiz


Based on a famous nineteenth-century Portuguese novel, Raul Ruiz's Mysteries of Lisbon follows a jealous countess, a wealthy businessman and a young orphaned boy across Portugal, France, Italy and Brazil where they connect with...

Nostalgia for the Light

Patricio Guzmán


In Chile's Atacama Desert, astronomers peer deep into the cosmos in search for answers concerning the origins of life. Nearby, a group of women sift through the sand searching for body parts of loved ones, dumped unceremoniously ...


Lee Changdong

South Korea

Rhyme and crime intertwine in Poetry, the moving portrait of an elegant old lady pressured by incipient Alzheimer's as well as a lyrical take on creative discovery and an upsetting look at juvenile violence, by Korean master Lee ...

Roses à crédit

Amos Gitaï


A young couple marry in 1940s France and we follow the arc of their marriage over the next decade. As France recovers from the trauma of the war, the wife finds herself increasingly caught up in acquiring material possessions whi...

Route Irish

Ken Loach

United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Italy, Spain

A British solider who worked with a security firm in Iraq attends the funeral of his best friend, killed on the notorious Baghdad highway Route Irish. Receiving an envelope containing his friend's cellphone with a video recording...

The Sleeping Beauty

Catherine Breillat


An epic fantasia of a young girl's coming-of-age, featuring Catherine Breillat's signature take on gender relations and breathtaking cinematography.

The Strange Case of Angelica

Manoel de Oliveira

Portugal, Spain, France, Brazil

Manoel de Oliveira, a 101-year-old filmmaker, returns to the Douro River, the site of his first short, Douro Faina Fluvial, to create a surprising tale about a metaphysical love that defies reason. Photographer Isaac becomes smit...

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

United Kingdom, Thailand, France, Germany, Spain

Inspiring and exciting, the latest winner of the Palme d'Or by Thai auteur Apichatpong Weerasethakul is a subliminal journey through a cinematic border zone where magic, transmigration of souls and generations of memory cohabit i...


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