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21.

The Hero

Lee Hayden (Sam Elliot) is a Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories with his former co-star-turned-drug dealer, Jeremy (Nick Offerman), until a surprise cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus. He soon strikes up an exciting, contentious relationship with stand-up comic Charlotte (Laura Prepon), and he attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Lucy (Krysten Ritter), all while searching for one final role to cement his legacy. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic at the **Sundance Film Festival**. *"... Director Brett Haley has assembled a strong cast and a generous spirit, and Elliott has a way of finding poetry in silent gaze, speaking his lines as if written on vel [...]
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2019; 2017
22.

Cosmopolis

Directed by David Cronenberg (*Eastern Promises*, *Naked Lunch*) and starring Robert Pattinson, COSMOPOLIS tells the story of a 28-year-old billionaire riding across Manhattan in a stretch limo. His day soon devolves into an odyssey with a cast of characters that start to tear his world apart. Nominated for the Palme d'Or at the **Cannes Film Festival**. Nominated for Best Motion Picture at **Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival**.
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2019; 2012
23.

Jealousy

One of the major French filmmakers of the post-New Wave, Philippe Garrel has belatedly been recognized as a master in America, and JEALOUSY may be his most accessible film in nearly 50 years of filmmaking. Shot in lustrous, widescreen black and white, the film opens with a man leaving his wife and daughter and, in a series of brief conversations, observed gestures, chance encounters and impulsive acts, tells the story of the relationships that flounder and thrive in the wake of this decision. Shot with Garrel’s celebrated sensitivity and attention to faces, bodies, hands and the intricacies of the human heart, JEALOUSY is an especially intimate, deeply poignant and never less than enthralling tale of love, temptation and betrayal. Nominated for the Golden Lion at the **Venice Film Fe [...]
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2019; 2013
24.

Embers

The world as we know it has been forgotten. A decade after a global epidemic, those who remain suffer from lasting effects of the virus - retrograde and anterograde amnesia. The survivors navigate a decaying landscape, unable to recall the past or create new memories. Each finds their own way to cope with life in a perpetual present, where meaning must be experienced moment by moment. In the world without memory, everyone must survive their own apocalypse of identity. Nominated for the Gold Hugo in the New Director's Competition at the **Chicago International Film Festival**. Nominated for the Someone to Watch Award at the **Film Independent Spirit Awards**. Winner of Best Narrative Feature at the **New Orleans Film Festival**. *"A lovely meditation on identity and the difficulties o [...]
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2019; 2015
25.

Nancy

A serial imposter, Nancy (Andrea Riseborough, *Birdman, Mandy*) becomes increasingly convinced she was kidnapped as a child, and when she meets a couple whose daughter went missing thirty years ago, the power of emotion threatens to overcome all rationality. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic and winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the **Sundance Film Festival**. Nominated for Best First Screenplay and Best Supporting Female at the **Film Independent Spirit Awards**. *"You'll come away knowing you've seen a master at work." - Sara Stewart, **The New York Post*** *"Nancy has an intellectual savviness to its sadness that works, as it challenges viewers on their compassion and ability to recognize something within someone who is so lost." - Nick Allen, **RogerEber [...]
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2019; 2018
26.

Embrace of the Serpent

Through parallel story threads set 40 years apart, this absorbing odyssey follows two Western scientists who travel deep into the Amazon jungle looking for a rare plant that possesses healing powers, with enigmatic shaman Karamakate as their guide. Nominated to for Best Foreign Language Feature at the 2016 **Academy Awards**, Best International Film at the **Film Independent Spirit Awards**, and winner of the **Sundance Film Festival**'s Alfred P. Sloan Award. Official Selection at the **Cannes Film Festival**. *"Embrace of the Serpent is a legitimate stunner, a river-trip that will mesmerize and jack with you, leaving you not quite certain, at its end, how to go about the rest of your day."* - Alan Scherstuhl, ***The Village Voice*** *"Unique and intoxicating, an art movie that grip [...]
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2019; 2016
27.

Polytechnique

From the Oscar-nominated director of *Arrival* and *Blade Runner 2049* comes this searing drama based on true events. In December 1989, a disturbed killer stalked the campus of Montreal Polytechnique with one goal in mind - to target as many young women as possible. This gut-wrenching film mirrors the gun violence and misogyny that haunt contemporary Western culture, and does so with nuance and delicacy. Nominated for the C.I.C.A.E. Award at the **Cannes Film Festival**. Winner of 9 **Genie Awards** including Best Achievement in Direction, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, and Best Screenplay, Original. *"The tragic art of Polytechnique isn't what it shows or reveals but rather the contemplation it inspires. There are moments in life when nothing makes sense and sadne [...]
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2019; 2009
28.

Tehran Taboo

In this gorgeously animated drama, the lives of several strong-willed women and a young musician intersect. Their stories reveal the hypocrisies of modern Iranian society, where sex, drugs, and corruption coexist with strict religious law. In the bustling metropolis of Tehran, avoiding prohibitions has become an everyday sport and breaking taboos can be a means of personal emancipation. Nevertheless, women invariably end up on the bottom rung of the social order. A young woman needs an operation to “restore” her virginity. A judge in the Islamic Revolutionary Court exhorts favors from a prostitute in exchange for a favorable ruling. The wife of an imprisoned drug addict is denied the divorce she needs in order to live independently. Nominated for the Critics' Week Grand Prize and the [...]
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2019; 2017
29.

3 Hearts

A touching and tense drama about destiny, connections, and passion, 3 HEARTS presents a headily romantic look at a classic love triangle. One night in provincial France, Marc (Benoît Poelvoorde) meets Sylvia (Charlotte Gainsburg) after missing his train back to Paris. Instantly and intensly drawn to one another, they wander through the streets until morning in rare, almost choreographed, harmony. A thwarted plan for a second meeting sends each in a seperate direction - Sylvie reunites with her ex and leaves France; Marc falls in love and marries. What neither knows is that Marc's new bride is Sylvie's sister Sophie (Chiara Mastroianni). Upon Sylvie's return to France, the spark between her and Marc is reignited in ways that will forever alter the relationships between sister to siste [...]
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2019; 2014
30.

Wendy and Lucy

Wendy Carroll (Michelle Williams) is driving to Alaska in hopes of a summer of lucrative work at the Northwestern Fish cannery, and the start of a new life with her dog, Lucy. When her car breaks down in Oregon, however, the thin fabric of her financial situation comes apart, and she confronts a series of increasingly dire economic decisions, with far-ranging repercussions for herself and Lucy. Winner of the Palm Dog and nominated for the Un Certain Regard Award at the **Cannes Film Festival**. Nominated for Best Feature and Best Female Lead (Michelle Williams) at the **Film Independent Spirit Awards**. Voted among the Top Independent Films of 2008 by the **National Board of Review** (USA). *"In happy sum, Reichardt is one more of the current American directors, most of them still yo [...]
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2019; 2008
31.

Keep the Change

When aspiring filmmaker David (Brandon Polansky) is mandated by a judge to attend a social program at the Jewish Community Center, he is sure of one thing: he doesn’t belong there. But when he’s assigned to visit the Brooklyn Bridge with the vivacious Sarah (Samantha Elisofon), sparks fly and his convictions are tested. Their budding relationship must weather Sarah’s romantic past, David’s judgmental mother (Jessica Walter), and their own pre-conceptions of what love is supposed to look like. Under the guise of an off-kilter New York romantic comedy, KEEP THE CHANGE does something quite radical in casting actors with autism to play characters with autism, offering a refreshingly honest portrait of a community seldom depicted on the big screen. Winner of Best New Narrative Director an [...]
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2019; 2017
32.

Seven Beauties

Nominated for four **Academy Awards** including Best Director (making Lina Wertmüller the first woman to be bestowed the honor), SEVEN BEAUTIES stars Giancarlo Giannini (*Swept Away*) as Pasqualino Frafuso, known in Naples as "Pasqualino Seven Beauties." A petty thief who lives off of the profits of his seven sisters while claiming to protect their honor at any cost, Pasqualino is arrested for murder and later sent to fight in the army after committing sexual assault. The Germans capture him and he gets sent to a concentration camp where he plots to make his escape by seducing a German officer. Nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Foreign Film at the **Academy Awards**. Nominated for Best Foreign Film at the **Golden Globes**. [...]
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2019; 1975
33.

Ixcanul

The brilliant debut by Guatemalan filmmaker Jayro Bustamante is a mesmerizing fusion of fact and fable, a dreamlike depiction of the daily lives of Kaqchikel speaking Mayans on a coffee plantation at the base of an active volcano. Immersing us in its characters' customs and beliefs, IXCANUL chronicles with unblinking realism, a disappearing tradition and a disappearing people. Winner of the Alfred Bauer award and nominee for the Golden Berlin Bear award at the 2015 **Berlin International Film Festival**. *"Like its titular Guatemalan volcano, Jayro Bustamante's hypnotic film debut IXCANUL bubbles with the tension of a teenage girl at odds with her family's native customs."* - Alex Migdal, ***The Globe and Mail***
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2019; 2015
34.

Pop Aye

A successful Bangkok architect in the midst of a midlife crisis is reunited with an elephant he knew growing up. The two embark on a road trip to the man's childhood home in the idyllic Thai countryside. Along the way, they meet a colorful cast of characters, including a pair of nonplussed local police officers, a forlorn transgender sex worker, and a mysteriously wise drifter. As the encounters mount and the bond between man and elephant deepens, filmmaker Kirsten Tan weaves a strikingly universal tale in this feature debut. Winner of the Screenwriting Award for World Cinema - Dramatic at the **Sundance Film Festival** and the Big Screen Award at the **Rotterdam Film Festival**. "*A joy. Warm yet unsentimental.*"— Maggie Lee, ***Variety*** "T*he thinking person’s feel-good film of t [...]
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2019; 2017
35.

Victoria

Shot in a single uninterrupted take, Victoria, a young woman from Madrid meets four local guys outside a nightclub. Sonne and his friends are real Berliners who promise to show her a good time and the real side of the city. But these boys have got themselves into hot water: they owe someone a dangerous favor that needs to be repaid that evening. As Victoria's flirtation with Sonne begins developing into something more, he convinces her to come along for the ride. As the night rolls on, what started out as a good time, quickly spirals out of control. As dawn approaches, Victoria and Sonne realize: it's all or nothing and they abandon themselves to a heart-stopping journey into the depths of the night. Winner of the Prize of the Guild of German Art House Cinemas and the Silver Berlin B [...]
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2019; 2015
36.

Hannah Arendt

In the award-winning HANNAH ARENDT, the sublime Barbara Sukowa reteams with director Margarethe von Trotta for a brilliant new biopic of the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist. Arendt’s reporting on the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann in The New Yorker—controversial both for her portrayal of Eichmann and the Jewish councils—introduced her now-famous concept of the “Banality of Evil.” Using footage from the actual Eichmann trial and weaving a narrative that spans three countries, von Trotta beautifully turns the often invisible passion for thought into immersive, dramatic cinema. Official Selection at the **Toronto International Film Festival** and the **New York Jewish Film Festival**. Winner of Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Barbara [...]
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2019; 2012
37.

Farewell My Queen

Marking the return of acclaimed director Benoît Jacquot (*A Single Girl*), FAREWELL, MY QUEEN brilliantly captures the passions, debauchery, occasional glimpses of nobility and ultimately the chaos that engulfed the court of Marie Antoinette in the final days before the full-scale outbreak of the Revolution. Based on the best-selling novel by Chantal Thomas, this film stars Léa Seydoux (*The Lobster*) as one of Marie’s ladies-in-waiting, quietly working her way into her mistress’s special favors, until history tosses her fate onto a decidedly different path. With the action moving effortlessly from the gilded drawing rooms of the nobles to the back quarters of those who serve them, this is a period film at once accurate and sumptuous in its visual details and modern in its emotions. [...]
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2019; 2012
38.

The Challenge

Italian visual artist Yuri Ancarani’s exquisite documentary enters the surreal world of wealthy Qatari sheikhs with a passion for amateur falconry. The opulence of this Middle Eastern gas state is on full display as the men race SUVs up and down sand dunes, fly their prized falcons around on private jets, and take their pet cheetahs out for desert spins in their souped-up Ferraris. The result is a film jaw-dropping not only for its displays of wealth, but for the pure cinematic beauty that won Ancarani the Filmmaker of the Present award at the 2016 **Locarno Film Festival**. Official Selection at the **SXSW Film Festival**. Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the **San Francisco International Film Festival**. *"Composed over three years, THE CHALLENGE is elegantly distilled, ea [...]
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2019; 2017
39.

Obit

It's a shame no one wants to talk to them at parties, because obituary writers are a surprisingly funny bunch. Ten hours before newspapers hit neighborhood doorsteps—and these days, ten minutes before news hits the web—an obit writer is racing against deadline to sum up a long and newsworthy life in under 1000 words. The details of these lives are then deposited into the cultural memory amid the daily beat of war, politics, and football scores. OBIT. is the first documentary to explore the world of these writers and their subjects, focusing on the legendary team at The New York Times, who approach their daily work with journalistic rigor and narrative flair. Going beyond the byline and into the minds of those chronicling life after death on the freshly inked front lines of history, t [...]
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2019; 2017
40.

The Pervert's Guide to Ideology

Cultural theorist superstar Slavoj Zizek re-teams with director Sophie Fiennes (*The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema*) for another wildly entertaining romp through the crossroads of cinema and philosophy. With infectious zeal and a voracious appetite for popular culture, Zizek literally goes inside some truly epochal movies, all the better to explore and expose how they reinforce prevailing ideologies. Official Selection at the **Toronto International Film Festival**. Nominated for the Viewfinders Grand Jury Prize at **DOC NYC**. Nominated for the Depth of Field Competition at **DocAviv Film Festival**. *"Zizek's associative thinking and understanding of the applicability of psychoanalysis make this a lecture like no other." - Zachary Wigon, **Village Voice***
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2019; 2013