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  • We Need to Talk About Kevin

    A suspenseful and gripping psychological thriller, Lynne Ramsay's WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN explores the fractious relationship between a mother and her evil son. Tilda Swinton, in a bracing, tour-de-force performance, plays the mother, Eva, as she contends for years with the increasing malevol...

  • Distant Voices, Still Lives

    Winner of the International Critics' Prize at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival, Terence Davies' feature debut heralded one of Britain's finest filmmaking talents. Loosely based on the director's own family and upbringing, Distant Voices, Still Lives presents an evocative account of working-class lif...

  • Kansas City

    Returning to the city of his birth for inspiration, legendary maverick director Robert Altman helms an evocative, bullet-riddled tribute to the music and movies of his youth in Kansas City, a Depression-era gangster flick as only he could make one. Blondie O'Hara (Jennifer Jason Leigh) resorts to...

  • Khrustalyov, My Car!

    Late winter 1953. The lives of nearly half the planet are in Stalin's hands. A military surgeon, General Yuri Georgievich Klensky (Yuri Tsurilo), finds himself a target of the "Doctors' Plot": the anti-Semitic conspiracy accusing Jewish doctors in Moscow of planning to assassinate the Soviet elit...

  • Hiroshima

    Hiroshima (1953) is a powerful evocation of the devastation wrought by the world's first deployment of the atomic bomb and its aftermath, based on the written eye-witness accounts of its child survivors compiled by Dr. Arata Osada for the 1951 book Children Of The A Bomb: Testament Of The Boys An...

  • Killing

    Killing', the powerful latest work by Japanese master Shinya Tsukamoto ('Tetsuo: The Iron Man'), offers a modern take on the classic samurai film, evoking both the genre's mood and spirit. In exchange for board and lodging, lightning-fast samurai Mokunoshin is helping out in the everyday lives of...

  • Images

    Originally conceived in the mid-sixties, Images concerns a pregnant children's author (Susannah York) whose husband (Rene Auberjonois) may or may not be having an affair. While holidaying in Ireland, her mental state becomes increasingly unstable resulting in paranoia, hallucinations and visions ...

  • The Mad Fox

    In stark contrast to the monochrome naturalism of his earlier masterwork Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji, visionary master director Tomu Uchida took inspiration from Bunraku and kabuki theater for arguably his strangest and most lavishly cinematic film, The Mad Fox.

    Amidst a mythically-depicted medi...

  • The Voice of the Moon

    The Voice of the Moon concerns itself with Ivo Salvini (Roberto Benigni, Life Is Beautiful), recently released from a mental hospital and in love with Aldini (Nadia Ottaviani). As he attempts to win her heart, he wanders a strange, dreamlike landscape and encounters various oddball characters, in...

  • La Grande Bouffe

    The most famous film by Italian provocateur Marco Ferreri (Dillinger is Dead), La Grande bouffe was reviled on release for its perversity, decadence and attack on the bourgeoisie yet won the prestigious FIPRESCI prize after its controversial screening at the Cannes Film Festival. Four friends, pl...

  • Story of Sin

    The life of a beautiful, young and pious woman is thrown into chaos when her parents takes in a dashingly handsome lodger. Having embarked on a torrid affair, the lodger goes off to Rome to seek a divorce from his estranged wife.Unable to live apart from her beloved, our hero leaves home only to ...

  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Osbourne

    “Potent and poetic, mischievous and macabre, Borowczyk’s film shows how many imaginative worlds the horror movie can open up when the right artist holds the keys” (Nigel Andrews, Financial Times) It’s the engagement party for brilliant young Dr Henry Jekyll (Udo Kier) and his fiancée, the beautif...

  • Black Rain

    Throughout the 1980s, Shohei Imamura (The Pornographers, Profound Desires of the Gods), a leading figure of the Japanese New Wave era of the 1960s, cemented his international reputation as one of the most important directors of his generation with a series of films that all competed at Cannes to ...

  • The Ballad of Narayama

    Throughout the 1980s, Shohei Imamura (The Pornographers, Profound Desires of the Gods), a leading figure of the Japanese New Wave era of the 1960s, cemented his international reputation as one of the most important directors of his generation with a series of films that all competed at Cannes to ...

  • Zegen

    Throughout the 1980s, Shohei Imamura (The Pornographers, Profound Desires of the Gods), a leading figure of the Japanese New Wave era of the 1960s, cemented his international reputation as one of the most important directors of his generation with a series of films that all competed at Cannes to ...

  • Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno

    In 1964, Henri-Georges Clouzot, the acclaimed director of thriller masterpieces Les Diaboliques and The Wages of Fear, began work on his most ambitious film yet. Set in a beautiful lake side resort in the Auvergne region of France, L'Enfer (Inferno) was to be a sun scorched elucidation on the dar...

  • Let's Go Up The Champs-Élysées

    The history of one of France's most famous streets is retold in 'Let's Go Up the Champs-Élysées', featuring multiple performances from Guitry himself.

  • Let's Make a Dream...

    Let's Make a Dream...' is another story of mistrust, between husband, wife and their lovers.

  • Le Vent d'Est (Wind from the East)

    A loosely conceived leftist-western that moves through a series of practical and analytical passages ("an organization of shots," Godard called it) into a finale based around the process of manufacturing homemade weapons.

  • Lotte in Italia

    Not necessarily a film about the struggles in Italy - largely shot, in fact, in Godard and Anne Wiazemsky's home at the time - this is a disruptive reflection on a young Italian woman's shift from political "theory" to political "practice" and, at the same time, a self-questioning of its own prac...

  • Manon

    This masterful adaptation of Prévost's 1731 novel 'Manon Lescaut' marks quite a departure for Henri-Georges Clouzot, the French director lauded for his acclaimed thrillers 'The Wages of Fear' and 'Les Diaboliques'. A classical tragic romance transposed to a World War II setting, Clouzot's film fo...

  • Mélo

    Master director Alain Resnais ('Last Year in Marienbad') blurs the line between cinematic technique and theatrical artifice in his acclaimed 'Mélo', adapted from Henri Bernstein's classic play about a doomed love triangle in 1920s Paris. Pierre (Pierre Arditi, 'Love Unto Death') and Marcel (André...

  • My Father Was Right

    My Father Was Right' tells of a man who, after being left by his wife for another man, raises his son to be wary of women.

  • Kagero-za

    In Kageroza (1981), a playwright is drawn like a moth to a flame to a mysterious beauty who might be a ghost.