10 Films To Watch At The 53rd New York Film Festival


The 53rd edition of the New York Film Festival starts on September 25th and we are definitely thrilled as always. Not only does it take place in our own base, but this year’s lineup is also a rather political one (as NYC festivals tend to be).

Creators continue to realize there is something going on in the world, a restless turmoil, a pot full of boiling water about to flood. Several films and documentaries explore socioeconomic shifts while others take a glance at human relationships re-established through war.

We made a selection of 10 movies you shouldn’t miss but also remember to check the schedule for free events, Q&As with cinematographers and artistic acts taking place throughout NYFF.

Arabian Nights Volume 1, The Restless One
Miguel Gomes, 2015 Portugal/France/Germany/Switzerland. 125’
Portugal enters a period of austerity measures, which Miguel Gomes’ filming those troubled times, making a political movie, daring to play with different narratives at once. Keep an eye out for Volumes 2 & 3 also screening.

The Lobster
Yorgos Lanthimos 2015 France/Netherlands/Greece/UK. 118’
Another comment on today’s relationships from Greece’s Yorgos Lanthimos. Single people are bound to find their partner within a finite period. If they fail, they are turned into animals and live at society’s fringe.

Where To Invade Next?
Michael Moore 2015 USA 110’
Moore is known for his scathing and satirical approach to United States matters. His documentaries have been the dummies’ guide to American socioeconomic issues. In Where To Invade Next?, he shifts his perspective to the outside, but keeps his light, funny, and shocking narrative.

The Measure Of A Man
Stéphane Brizé 2015 France 93’
Thierry, an unemployed everyman, has to go through a series of humiliating actions in order to finally find a job. When he does, he must deal with the moral issues that come with it. It is a film reflecting today’s difficulties in the job market.

The Forbidden Room
Directed By Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson 2015 Canada 120’
A submarine, four man and little air left, create a story that keeps unfolding and takes the viewer deeper and deeper and deeper… Claustrophobic, dreamy and trippy.

Field Of Vision: New Episodic Non-Fiction
Directed By Laura Poitras 2015 USA/Germany 70’
Laura Poitras combines short narratives, following Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, as he publishes top classified documents.

Homeland (Iraq Year Zero)
Directed By Abbas Fahdel 2015 Iraq/France 160/174’
Abbas Fahdel visited Iraq at the very beginning of the war, then  again two weeks after the American invasion, to film family and friends. A touching documentary on the very war’s impact on the people of Iraq.

We Are Alive
Directed By Carmen Castillo 2015 France/Belgium 100’
How can politics and people influence the course of history? What is it that keeps us hooked to political events? Carmen Castillo tries to find the answer to a world in turmoil.

Bridge Of Spies
Directed By Steven Spielberg 2015 USA 135’
In the Cold War years, three prisoners exchanges took place on Glienike Bridge, of which, Steven Spielberg is inspired by the 10th of February, 1962. Tom Hanks portrays James B. Donovan, the lawyer who took responsibility of the negotiations.

Three Cinematic Songs
Directed By Nathaniel Dorsky 71’
In this special edition screening at the NYFF, Nathaniel Dorsky’s Three cinematic songs explores the new language of cinema the creator finds in their work.



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