Thursday, February 17, 2011

Film Comment Selects, French Cinema and the Yakuza

Tomorrow the Film Comment Selects starts up at Lincoln Center. It's got a great selection of films including many that are not on DVD in the US. Unseen Films will be at a bunch of the screenings, so look for the reports. If you're in the NYC area and want to see a bunch of films that you may not ever get a chance to see otherwise go. The schedule can be found here.

They've also posted the titles for this years New Directors New Films series at The Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center. I'll be covering this for the blog so reviews will be forth coming. Right now they are only selling complete series subscriptions for members. But General public tickets will be on sale in March. Details at the website.

Also at Lincoln Center is the up coming Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. This is there annual look at current (and not so current) cinema from France. Its a great way to see good films with the directors and actors in attendance. The series doesn't start until the beginning of March, but I thought you'd want to know that the series has gone on sale to as of today. Follow this link for details. (Some films are crossing over with the Brooklyn Academy of Music so you may want to check their website)

Lastly, I wanted to mention that the Japan's Society's retrospective of Yakuza films is on sale. It runs for two weeks next month and includes a several great films. Among them is the New York premiere of Takashi Kitano's Outrage, a blackly funny look at the gangster life which proves their is no honor among thieves and the best way to get ahead is to kill the guy in front of you. I've had the film in the que for a few weeks now as part of Takashi weekend. It's a must see for those with any sort of romanticised view of gangsters. The schedule can be found here.

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