Contemporary Masters

Contemporary Masters

A selection of Contemporary Masters curated by Filmatique.

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Contemporary Masters
  • Barbara

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    Christian Petzold • 2012 • Germany

    Steeped in the life in former GDR, a woman is torn between two worlds.

    Barbara Wolff arrives in a small town in East Germany, having been transferred from Berlin's prestigious Charité hospital following an unspecified transgression. Consigned to...

  • Dogtooth

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    Yorgos Lanthimos • Greece • 2005 • An astonishing portrait of one of cinema's strangest families.

    A handsome, well-manicured estate in the Greek countryside. A wealthy businessman lives here with his wife and three grown children, all in their twenties. They are ostensibly an or...

  • Fire at Sea

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    Gianfranco Rosi • 2016 • Italy

    A small fishing town emerges as the nexus of the refugee crisis.

    Halfway between Sicily and the coast of Tunisia lies a tiny island with a dwindling full-time population of several thousand. As the island denizens go about their business, distress...

  • Winter Sleep

    Cappadocia, present day. Aydin, a retired actor, runs a small hotel, where he lives with beautiful young wife Nihal and his recently divorced sister. Growingly restless in this provincial region, Nihal busies herself with small philanthropic projects; Aydin, meanwhile, pontificates on moral iss...

  • Taxi

    Jafar Panahi • 2015 • Iran

    Banned from filmmaking, Panahi has adopted a new hobby—driving a taxi.

    He navigates the streets of the Iranian capital picking up passengers: two women with a goldfish, a bootleg DVD dealer, his young niece.

    In Taxi, from the vantage point of the cab's dashboard a po...

  • The Five Obstructions

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    Lars von Trier • 2003 • Denmark-Switzerland-Belgium-France • Lars von Trier challenges his mentor.

    Documents the re-making of Jørgen Leth's classic short film The Perfect Human through a maddening maze of obstacles imposed by his former student Lars von Trier.

    In 1967, prominent ...

  • Sacro GRA

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    Gianfranco Rosi • 2013 • Italy

    A cartography of Rome's ring road and its eccentric inhabitants.

    The Grande Raccordo Anulare is a 68-kilometer highway girdling the metropolis of Rome. Rarely given a passing glimpse by the majority of the city's inhabitants, Rome's ring road is a...

  • The Pearl Button

    Patricio Guzmán • 2014 • Chile-Spain-France-Switzerland

    Navigating Chile's colonial and political histories vis-à-vis its expansive waterways, The Pearl Button charts the labyrinths of individual and collective memory.

  • This is Not a Film

    Jafar Panahi • 2011 • Iran

    Banned Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi inscribes small acts of resistance in the fabric of quotidian existence, as he remains enclosed within the confines of his Tehran apartment.

  • Never Gonna Snow Again

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    Małgorzata Szumowska & Michał Englert • Poland • 2020

    Zhenia arrives from the East with barely a suitcase, a folding massage bed draped over his shoulder. Navigating a series of highway underpasses to the Polish immigration office, he declares his intention to stay. Zhenia may o...

  • The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

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    Cristi Puiu • 2015 • Romania • An old man is shuttled across Bucharest from one clinic to another.

    Dante Remus Lazarescu is feeling dreadfully ill. In the search for medical attention, his lone ally is Mioara, a Virgil-like paramedic ushering him toward certain twilight.

    Bone-d...

  • Dawson City: Frozen Time

    Directed by Bill Morrison • 2016 • USA

    Bill Morrison's documentary transports us to a landscape where early cinema intersected with the peak of the Canadian Gold Rush.