New York Film Festival 2009
Trash Humpers Trash Humpers
Trash Humpers and The White Ribbon
Alle Anderen (Country: Germany; Year: 2008; Director: Maren Ade; Writer: Maren Ade; Stars: Birgit Minichmayr, Lars Eidinger, Paula Hartmann, Nicole Marischka, Atef Vogel, Hans-Jochen Wagner)
A couple's relationship is threatened after an encounter with another couple.
Antichrist (Antychryst) (Country: Denmark, Germany, France, Sweden, Italy, Poland; Year: 2009; Director: Lars von Trier; Writer: Lars von Trier; Stars: Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg), Official Site, Trailer
A couple whose child has died retreat into the woods and discover very dark things.
Around A Small Mountain (36 vues du Pic Saint-Loup) (Country: France, Italy; Year: 2009; Director: Jacques Rivette; Writer: Pascal Bonitzer, Christine Laurent, Jacques Rivette; Stars: Jane Birkin, Sergio Castellitto, André Marcon, Jacques Bonnaffé, Julie-Marie Parmentier, Hélène de Vallombreuse, Tintin Orsoni, Vimala Pons, Mikaël Gaspar, Stéphane Laisné, Dominique D'Angelo, Hélène De Bissy, Pierre Barayre, Marie-Paule André, Julie-Anne Roth)
The last days of a travelling circus.
The Art Of The Steal (Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Don Argott)
Documentary exploring the travails of the legendary Barnes collection of art.
Bluebeard (La Barbe bleue) (Country: France; Year: 2009; Director: Catherine Breillat; Writer: Charles Perrault, Catherine Breillat; Stars: Daphné Baiwir, Lola Creton, Dominique Thomas)
Re-imagining of the fairytale 'monster' merging the myth with the facts of the real life of Gilles de Rais, a comrade-in-arms of Joan of Arc and infamous child murderer.
Police Adjective Police Adjective
Police Adjective and Sweetgrass
Broken Embraces (Los Abrazos Rotos) (Country: Spain; Year: 2009; Director: Pedro Almodóvar; Writer: Pedro Almodóvar; Stars: Penélope Cruz, Lluís Homar, Blanca Portillo, José Luis Gómez, Tamar Novas, Rubén Ochandiano), Official Site, Trailer
A tale of obsessive love and contested identity within the world of filmmaking.
Crossroads Of Youth (Cheongchun’s Sipjaro) (Country: Korea; Year: 1934; Director: Jong-hwa An)
The oldest surviving Korean film tells the story of a brother and sister and their first taste of city life.
Eccentricities Of A Blond Hair Girl (Singularidades de uma Rapariga Loira) (Country: Portugal, Spain, France; Year: 2009; Director: Manoel de Oliveira; Writer: Eça de Queirós, Manoel de Oliveira, Manoel de Oliveira; Stars: Leonor Silveira, Ricardo Trêpa, Catarina Wallenstein, Fernanda Borsatti, Carlos Santos, Diogo Dória, Filipe Vargas, Júlia Buisel)
A man recounts his tragic love story to a stranger.
Ghost Town (Country: China; Year: 2008; Director: Zhao Dayong)
Documentary focussing on a rural community.
Hadewijch (Country: France; Year: 2009; Director: Bruno Dumont; Writer: Bruno Dumont; Stars: Julie Sokolowski, Yassine Salihine, David Dewaele, Karl Sarafidis), Official Site
Exploration of religious extremism as viewed through the eyes of a young woman.
Antichrist Antichrist
Antichrist and The Wizard Of Oz
Independencia (Country: France, Philippines, Germany, Netherlands; Year: 2009; Director: Raya Martin; Writer: Ramon Sarmiento, Raya Martin; Stars: Sid Lucero, Alessandra de Rossi, Tetchie Agbayani, Mika Aguilos)
Examination of the history of the Phillipines told through the eyes of a mum and son.
Kanikôsen (Year: 2009; Director: Hiroyuki Tanaka; Writer: Takiji Kobayashi, Hiroyuki Tanaka; Stars: Ryuhei Matsuda, Shun Sugata, Ren Ôsugi, Kengo Kora, Mitsuki Tanimura, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Hirofumi Arai, Shungiku Uchida, Toru Tezuka, Denden, Kaoru Okunuki, Gô Rijû, Ken'ichi Yajima, Yasuhi Nakamura, Leo Morimoto)
Manga-inflected tale of unrest on a crab-canning ship.
Lebanon (Levanone) (Country: Israel; Year: 2009; Director: Samuel Maoz; Writer: Samuel Maoz; Stars: Oshri Cohen, Michael Moshonov, Reymond Amsalem, Itay Tiran, Yoav Donat, Dudua Tasas), Trailer
The 1982 invasion of Lebanon from the perspective of a tank and its occupants.
Life During Wartime (Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Todd Solondz; Writer: Todd Solondz; Stars: Ally Sheedy, Allison Janney, Ciarán Hinds, Paul Reubens, Shirley Henderson, Chris Marquette, Gaby Hoffmann, Charlotte Rampling, Michael K. Williams, Renée Taylor, Michael Lerner, Brian Tester, Rich Pecci, Dylan Riley Snyder, Emma Hinz)
A man finds himself dealing with a host of family issues in the run up to his bar-mitzvah.
Mother (Madeo) (Country: South Korea; Year: 2009; Director: Bong Joon Ho; Writer: Park Eun-kyo, Bong Joon Ho; Stars: Kim Hye-ja, Won Bin, Jin Gu)
A mother tries to prove her son's innocence.
Broken Embraces Broken Embraces
Broken Embraces and Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire
Ne Change Rien (Country: Portugal; Year: 2005; Director: Pedro Costa; Stars: Jeanne Balibar)
Portrait of French actor and chanteuse Jeanne Balibar
Police Adjective (Politist, adj) (Country: Romania; Year: 2009; Director: Corneliu Porumboiu; Writer: Corneliu Porumboiu; Stars: Dragos Bucur, Vlad Ivanov, Irina Saulescu, Ion Stoica, Marian Ghenea, Cosmin Selesi, George Remes, Dan Cogalniceanu, Serban Georgevici, Costi Dita, Alexandru Sabadac, Anca Diaconu, Radu Costin, Viorel Nebunu, Emanoela Tigla)
A young policeman crosses swords with his supervisor when he hesitates to turn in a teen caught with drugs.
Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire (Push: Based On The Novel By Sapphire, Precious, Precious: A Novel By Sapphire) (Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Lee Daniels; Writer: Lee Daniels; Stars: Gabourey Sidibe, Paula Patton, Mo’Nique, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, Lenny Kravitz), Official Site
An obese teenager tries to escape from her hellish homelife with the help of an inspirational teacher.
A Room And A Half (Poltory komnaty ili sentimentalnoe puteshestvie na rodinu) (Country: Russia; Year: 2009; Director: Andrey Khrzhanovskiy; Writer: Yuri Arabov, Andrey Khrzhanovskiy; Stars: Aleksandr Bargman, Sergei Barkovsky, Aleksei Devotchenko, Grigoriy Dityatkovskiy, Sergey Dreiden, Alisa Frejndlikh, Svetlana Kryuchkova, Aleksandr Lenkov, Nikolay Marosanov, Vladimir Rozygraev, Artyom Smola, Sergei Yursky)
A surreal portrait of poet Josef Brodsky and the postwar Soviet cultural scene.
Sweetgrass (Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Ilisa Barbash)
A year in the life of a flock of sheep and the people who tend to them.
Mother Mother
Mother and Vincere
Sweet Rush (Tatarak) (Country: Poland; Year: 2009; Director: Andrzej Wajda; Writer: Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz, Krystyna Janda, Sándor Márai, Andrzej Wajda; Stars: Krystyna Janda, Pawel Szajda, Jan Englert, Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieslak, Julia Pietrucha, Roma Gasiorowska, Krzysztof Skonieczny, Pawel Tomaszewski, Mateusz Kosciukiewicz, Marcin Luczak, Marcin Korcz, Maciej Kowalik, Jerzy Mizak, Marcin Starzecki, Andrzej Wajda)
Celebration of death, both factual and fictional.
Tell Me Who You Are (Min Ye) (Country: Mali, France; Year: 2009; Director: Souleymane Cissé)
The struggles of an adultrous middle-class African marriage.
To Die Like a Man (Morrer Como Um Homem) (Country: France, Portugal; Year: 2009; Director: João Pedro Rodrigues; Writer: João Pedro Rodrigues; Stars: Alexander David, Gonçalo Ferreira De Almeida, Fernando Gomes, Jenni La Rue, Miguel Loureiro, Chandra Malatitch, André Murraças, Fernando Santos, Cindy Scrash)
An ageing drag star has to contend with younger competition.
Trash Humpers (Country: US, UK; Year: 2009; Director: Harmony Korine; Writer: Harmony Korine; Stars: Rachel Korine, Harmony Korine, Brian Kotzur, Travis Nicholson, Charles Ezell)
A group of elderly people film themselves fornicating with the debris of society.
Vincere (Country: Italy, France; Year: 2009; Director: Marco Bellocchio; Writer: Marco Bellocchio, Daniela Ceselli; Stars: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Filippo Timi, Corrado Invernizzi, Fausto Russo Alesi, Michela Cescon, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio, Paolo Pierobon, Bruno Cariello, Francesca Picozza, Simona Nobili, Giovanna Mori, Silvia Ferretti, Corinne Castelli, Patrizia Bettini, Fabrizio Costella)
The story of Musslolini's secret love child.
Hadewijch Hadewijch
Hadewijch and Lebanon
White Material (Country: France; Year: 2009; Director: Claire Denis; Writer: Claire Denis, Marie N'Diaye; Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Isaach De Bankolé, William Nadylam, David Gozlan, Christopher Lambert)
European ex-pats in Africa find their lives threatened by the outbreak of civil war.
The White Ribbon (Das weiße Band Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte) (Country: Austria, Germany, France, Italy; Year: 2009; Director: Michael Haneke; Writer: Michael Haneke; Stars: Ernst Jacobi, Christian Friedel, Susanne Lothar, Leonie Benesch, Ulrich Tukur, Ursina Lardi, Burghart Klaussner, Rainer Bock, Josef Bierbichler, Branko Smarovski), Official Site, Trailer
Tensions in a German town on the eve of the First World War.
Wild Grass (Les herbes folles) (Country: France, Italy; Year: 2009; Director: Alain Resnais; Writer: Christian Gailly, Alex Reval, Laurent Herbiet; Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Devos, Anne Consigny, André Dussollier, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Sabine Azéma, Edouard Baer, Sara Forestier, Vladimir Consigny, Paul Crauchet, Annie Cordy, Michel Vuillermoz, Jean-Noël Brouté, Cédéric Deruytère, Françoise Gillard)
Comedy of manners sparked by a lost wallet.
The Wizard Of Oz (Country: US; Year: 1939; Director: Victor Fleming; Writer: Noel Langley, based on the book by L Frank Baum; Stars: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charley Grapewin, Pat Walshe, Clara Blandick)
Swept away to a magical land, young Dorothy sets out to find the wizard who can help her get home, meeting some unusual friends along the way. Out on IMAX reissue.

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