New York Film Festival 2020

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Tragic Jungle and Gunda
Atarrabi And Mikelats (Country: France, Belgium, Spain; Year: 2020; Director: Eugène Green; Writer: Eugène Green; Stars: Saia Hiriart, Lukas Hiriart, Ainara Leemans, Thierry Biscary)
Atarrabi and Mikelats are brothers born minutes apart, the children of the powerful goddess Mari. After their mother hands them over to the Devil, the boys grow up to be polar opposites.
Beginning (Dasatskisi) (Country: Georgia, France; Year: 2020; Director: Dea Kulumbegashvili; Writer: Dea Kulumbegashvili, Rati Oneli; Stars: Ia Sukhitashvili, Rati Oneli, Kakha Kintsurashvili, Ia Sukhitashvili, Rati Oneli, Kakha Kintsurashvili)
In a sleepy provincial town, a Jehovah Witness community is attacked by an extremist group. In the midst of this conflict, the familiar world of Yana, the wife of the community leader, slowly crumbles.
The Calming (Country: China; Year: 2020; Director: Song Fang; Writer: Song Fang; Stars: Xi Qi, Ye Yuzhu, Song Dijin, Makiko Watanabe, Chen Yadi, He Pei)
A young film director makes her way around Japan, China, and Hong Kong after a relationship breakup.
City Hall (Country: US; Year: 2010; Director: Frederick Wiseman; Stars: Marty Walsh)
A look at Boston's city government, covering racial justice, housing, climate action, and more.
Days (Rizi) (Country: Taiwan; Year: 2020; Director: Tsai Ming-liang; Stars: Lee Kang-sheng, Anong Houngheuangsy)
Kang lives alone in a big house, Non in a small apartment in town. They meet, and then part, their days flowing on as before.
The Disciple The Disciple
The Disciple and The Truffle Hunters
The Disciple (Country: India; Year: 2020; Director: Chaitanya Tamhane; Writer: Chaitanya Tamhane; Stars: Aditya Modak, Arun Dravid, Sumitra Bhave, Deepika Bhide Bhagwat, Kiran Yadnyopavit, Makarand Mukund, Prasad Vanarse)
Chaitanya Tamhane's masterfully composed second feature examines a lifetime journey devoted to the art of Indian classical music.
Gunda (Country: Norway, US; Year: 2020; Director: Victor Kossakovsky)
Pigs, cows and chickens. Intimate portraits of living beings who wind up dead on a plate every day.
Isabella (Country: Argentina, France; Year: 2020; Director: Matías Piñeiro; Writer: Matías Piñeiro; Stars: María Villar, Agustina Muñoz, Pablo Sigal, Gabriela Saidon, María Villar, Agustina Muñoz, Pablo Sigal, Gabriela Saidon)
A woman trying to win a Shakespearean role keeps another woman who reminds her of her failures and makes her doubt herself.
I Carry You With Me (Country: US, Mexico; Year: 2020; Director: Heidi Ewing; Writer: Heidi Ewing, Alan Page; Stars: Armando Espitia, Christian Vazquez, Michelle Rodríguez, Ángeles Cruz, Raúl Briones, Arcelia Ramírez, Pascacio López, Michelle González, Luis Alberti, Yael Tadeo, Nery Arredondo, Alexia Morales, Alberto Trujillo, Armando Espitia, Christian Vazquez)
An epic love story spanning decades is sparked by a chance encounter between two men in provincial Mexico. Based on a true story, ambition and societal pressure propel an aspiring chef to leave his soulmate and make the treacherous journey to New York, where life will never be the same.
Malmkrog (Country: Romania, Serbia, Switzerland, Sweden, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Macedonia; Year: 2020; Director: Cristi Puiu; Writer: Cristi Puiu, based on the book by Vladimir Solovyov; Stars: Agathe Bosch, Ugo Broussot, Marina Palii, Diana Sakalauskaité, Frédéric Schulz-Richard, István Teglas)
Guests at the mansion of man of the world Nikolai discuss death, the Antichrist, history and rule, progress and morality.
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Malmkrog and The Calming
Mangrove (Country: UK; Year: 2020; Director: Steve McQueen; Writer: Steve McQueen, Alastair Siddons; Stars: Jodhi May, Jack Lowden, Letitia Wright)
The true story of the Mangrove 9, the group of black activists who clashed with London police during a protest march in 1970 and their highly publicised trial that followed.
MLK/FBI (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Sam Pollard)
Based on newly declassified files, Sam Pollard's documentary explores the US government's surveillance and harassment of Martin Luther King Jr.
Night Of The Kings (La Nuit Des Rois) (Country: France, Canada, Côte d'Ivoire; Year: 2020; Director: Philippe Lacôte; Writer: Philippe Lacôte; Stars: Issaka Sawadogo, Steve Tientcheu, Abdoul Karim Konaté)
A young man is sent to La Maca, a prison of Ivory Coast in the middle of the forest ruled by its prisoners. With the red moon rising, he is designated by the Boss to be the new Roman and must tell a story to the other prisoners.
Nocturne (Country: Italy, France, Germany; Year: 2020; Director: Gianfranco Rosi; Writer: Gianfranco Rosi)
An immersive portrait of those trying to survive in the war-torn Middle East.
Red, White And Blue (Country: UK; Year: 2020; Director: Steve McQueen; Writer: Steve McQueen, Courttia Newland; Stars: John Boyega, Steve Toussaint, Stephen Boxer)
A drama set in London's West Indian community.
The Woman Who Ran The Woman Who Ran
The Woman Who Ran and Time
The Salt Of Tears (Le sel des larmes) (Country: France, Switzerland; Year: 2020; Director: Philippe Garrel; Writer: Jean-Claude Carrière, Philippe Garrel, Arlette Langmann; Stars: Logann Antuofermo, Oulaya Amamra, Louise Chevillotte, André Wilms, Souheila Yacoub, Aline Belibi, Teddy Chawa, Martin Mesnier, Logann Antuofermo, Oulaya Amamra, Louise Chevillotte, André Wilms, Souheila Yacoub, Aline Belibi, Teddy Chawa)
Story about a relationship that sparks between a provincial youngster on a trip to Paris and a woman he meets there.
Swimming Out Till The Sea Turns Blue (Yi zhi you dao hai shui bian lan) (Country: China; Year: 2020; Director: Jia Zhang-Ke; Writer: Jia Zhang-Ke, Wan Jiahuan)
Prominent Chinese writers and scholars gather in a village in Shanxi, a province of China and the hometown of Jia Zhang-Ke. This starts an eighteen-chapter symphony about Chinese people since 1949.
Time (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Garrett Bradley)
Fox Rich, indomitable matriarch and modern-day abolitionist, strives to keep her family together while fighting for the release of her incarcerated husband. An intimate, epic, and unconventional love story, filmed over two decades.
Tragic Jungle (Selva Tragica) (Country: Mexico, France, Colombia; Year: 2020; Director: Yulene Olaizola; Writer: Rubén Imaz, Yulene Olaizola; Stars: Indira Rubie Adrewin, Gilberto Barraza, Dale Carley, Eligio Meléndez, Gabino Rodríguez, Gildon Roland, Mariano Tun Xool, Indira Rubie Adrewin, Gilberto Barraza, Dale Carley, Eligio Meléndez, Gabino Rodríguez, Gildon Roland, Mariano Tun Xool)
Deep in the Mayan jungle, a lawless territory where myths abound, a group of Mexican gum workers cross paths with Agnes, a mysterious young Belizean woman.
The Truffle Hunters (Country: Italy, US, Greece; Year: 2020; Director: Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw)
In the secret forests of northern Italy, a dwindling group of joyful old men and their faithful dogs search for the world’s most expensive ingredient, the white Alba truffle. Their stories form a real-life fairy tale that celebrates human passion in a fragile land that seems forgotten in time.
Beginning Beginning
Beginning and The Salt Of Tears
Undine (Country: Germany, France; Year: 2020; Director: Christian Petzold; Writer: Christian Petzold; Stars: Paula Beer, Franz Rogowski, Maryam Zaree, Jacob Matschenz, Anne Ratte-Polle, Rafael Stachowiak, José Barros, Julia Franz Richter, Gloria Endres de Oliveira, Enno Trebs, Christoph Zrenner, Stefan Walz, Bita Steinjan, Paula Beer, Franz Rogowski)
Undine is a museum guide in Berlin, the “place by the swamp”. When her boyfriend leaves her, she vows to kill the faithless man but soon meets another.
The Woman Who Ran (Country: South Korea; Year: 2020; Director: Hong Sang-soo; Stars: Kim Min-hee, Lee Eun-mi, Song Seon-mi, Seo Young-hwa)
While her husband is on a business trip, a woman meets three friends on the outskirts of Seoul. Their friendly conversation carries many undercurrents.

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