Contemporary Masters

Contemporary Masters

Screening works by Bill Morrison, Gianfranco Rosi, Jafar Panahi and Adina Pintilie.

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  • 3 Faces

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    Jafar Panahi • Iran-USA • 2018 • An Iranian road film, foregrounding female perspectives.

    Behnaz has received an alarming video. Marziyeh, a young woman, personally appeals to Behnaz for help, then appears to commit suicide onscreen. Visibly shaken, Benhaz walks off the set of h...

  • A Touch of Sin

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    Jia Zhangke • China • 2013 • Four ordinary citizens are driven to the brink of violence

    A local boss runs a small village in China’s northern Shanxi province. He’s gotten rich selling collective property, and while most of the villagers look the other way, Dahai, a solitary coal...

  • Aquarius

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    Kleber Mendonça Filho • 2016 • Brazil • Clara refuses to leave her home to make way for a high-rise.

    Clara lives in a low-rise apartment building close to the beach in Recife, a small city in northeast Brazil. Her well-established life is threatened by the arrival of ruthless prop...

  • Archipelago

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    Joanna Hogg • United Kingdom • 2010 • A subtle critique of the manners of the British upper class.

    A family gathers on the remote island of Tresco, off the southwestern coast of England. Amid this rugged landscape the matriarch, Patricia, takes lessons from a local painter, while...

  • 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...

  • Burning Bush: Part 1

    Directed by Agnieszka Holland • 2013 • Czech Republic

    PART ONE. Conceived in a three-part episodic structure, Burning Bush is a sweeping depiction of a pivotal moment in Czech history. A New York Times Critics' Pick.

  • Burning Bush: Part 2

    Directed by Agnieszka Holland • 2013 • Czech Republic

    PART TWO. Conceived in a three-part episodic structure, Burning Bush is a sweeping depiction of a pivotal moment in Czech history. A New York Times Critics' Pick.

  • Burning Bush: Part 3

    Directed by Agnieszka Holland • 2013 • Czech Republic

    PART THREE. Conceived in a three-part episodic structure, Burning Bush is a sweeping depiction of a pivotal moment in Czech history. A New York Times Critics' Pick.

  • Climates

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    Nuri Bilge Ceylan • Turkey • 2006 • A crowning achievement by a contemporary master.

    Isa and Bahar have been together for a while. Holidaying by the seaside, the weight of their history is felt in their silences, in stolen glances. Isa has been secretly seeing another woman, and B...

  • Dawson City: Frozen Time

    Bill Morrison • 2016 • USA

    The intersection of cinema with the peak of the Canadian Gold Rush.

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

  • 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...

  • Elena

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    Andrey Zvyagintsev • 2011 • Russia • A woman fights for what's hers after her husband's death

    Delving into the psyche of a morally ambiguous female protagonist, and featuring a haunting score by Philip Glass, Elena is a bold and stylish study of crime and punishment in contemporar...

  • 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...

  • Goodbye to Language

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    Jean-Luc Godard • 2014 • France-Switzerland

    A beguiling video-essay on the experience of being-in-the-world—refracted through the eyes of several young lovers, and a dog.

    A small town on the shores of Lake Geneva. A ferry comes and goes; a young couple sets up a bookstand. A pr...

  • Home

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    Ursula Meier • 2008 • Switzerland • Marthe and her family's off-the-grid life is disrupted.

    The arrival of a construction vehicle, however, pierces their tranquil, hermetic existence—before long a disused highway has been re-opened, and the family finds their home situated in th...

  • In Another Country

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    Hong Sang-soo • South Korea • 2012 • A breezy, humorous tale of love, lust, and misunderstanding.

    A sleepy seaside village in South Korea. Following an argument with her mother, aspiring screenwriter Wonju concocts three scenarios revolving around a Frenchwoman named Anne. In th...

  • Li'l Quinquin

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    Bruno Dumont • 2014 • France

    Bruno Dumont's four-part miniseries plies the conventions of the serial murder-mystery to satirize social and political realities in present-day France.

    A bovine carcass is discovered inside a WWII bunker nestled along the windswept coast of Northern ...

  • Mountains May Depart

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    Jia Zhangke • 2016 • China • A sweeping portrait of love across generations.

    Tao, a young shopkeeper in Fenyang, marries Jingsheng, hoping to escape her provincial existence. Fifteen years later, Jingsheng has remarried and moved to Shanghai, taking their 7-year-old son, Daole, wi...

  • 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...

  • Red Road

    Andrea Arnold • UK • 2006 • Jackie notices a man from her past monitoring CCTV cameras.

    Jackie lives alone, monitoring CCTV cameras in a high-rise housing complex in Glasgow's northern periphery. She engages from time to time in an affair with a married man, but her life is otherwise uneventful....

  • Russian Ark

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    Aleksandr Sokurov • 2002 • Russia • A floating, single-take journey through Russian history.

    Filmed in one 96-minute, continuous single-take shot—the first work of cinema to ever do so—Russian Ark foregrounds the sustained unfolding of cinematic time and space as a process of cont...

  • 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...

  • Silent Light

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    Carlos Reygadas • 2007 • Mexico • Filmed with nonprofessional actors among a community of Mennonites.

    Johan lives with Esther, his wife, and their seven children in rural Chihuahua state, among a community of Mennonites. For the past two years Johan has engaged in a passionate af...

  • Sister

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    Ursula Meier • 2012 • Switzerland • A ski resort drama with a powerful performance by Léa Seydoux.

    At the very edge of adolescence, Simon lives with his sister Louise in a Swiss valley beneath a large mountain range. Each day he makes the commute to a luxury ski resort at altitud...