PIFF XL: Masters

  • February 10, 2017 — February 25, 2017

Exciting new works from some of the leading voices of national and world cinema—filmmakers whose singular bodies of work makes each new film a cause for special anticipation.

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The Teacher

Directed by Jan Hrebejk

In this intelligent and funny meditation on totalitarianism, the arrival of a new teacher at a Bratislava school in 1983

A Quiet Passion

Directed by Terence Davies

A Quiet Passion is the life story of the celebrated American poet Emily Dickinson (Cynthia Nixon), from her youth as

After the Storm

Directed by Hirokazu Kore-Eda

In Kore-eda’s latest domestic drama, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe), a novelist who struck it big with his first tome, struggles to

Afterimage

Directed by Andrzej Wajda

The final film of illustrious Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda (Kanal, Man of Iron), who died last year, charts the passionate

Death in Sarajevo

Directed by Danis Tanović

Tanović’s deft and dizzying thriller satirically illuminates the conflicts that have torn the Balkans apart for a century. On the

Frantz

Directed by François Ozon

A year after his death in 1918, Anna is mourning her fiancé Frantz, a German soldier killed in the war.

Graduation

Directed by Cristian Mungiu

Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days) won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival for this keenly observed depiction

I Am Not Madame Bovary

Directed by Feng Xiaogang

Superstar actress Fan Bingbing stars in this searing and fearless satirical comic drama about a cafe owner’s epic battle with

Land of Mine

Directed by Martin Zandvliet

Land of Mine surfaces a little-known story that took place in 1945 as the five-year Nazi occupation of the country

Ma’Rosa

Directed by Brillante Mendoza

In the slums of Manila, you pay the police, or you go to jail, if not your grave. Based on

Nagasaki: Memories of My Son

Directed by Yôji Yamada

Nagasaki: Memories of My Son is a heartbreakingly beautiful study of war, love, and family. On August 9, 1948, Nobuko,

Paradise

Directed by Andrei Konchalovsky

In 1942, while working as a fashion editor for Paris Vogue, Russian émigré Olga becomes involved with the French Resistance

Personal Shopper

Directed by Olivier Assayas

“Kristen Stewart is the medium, in more ways than one, for this sophisticated genre exploration from director Assayas (Clouds of

Sieranevada

Directed by Cristi Puiu

In a labyrinthine Bucharest apartment, a cantankerous extended family has gathered 40 days after its patriarch’s death for a memorial

Staying Vertical

Directed by Alain Guiraudie

Léo, a filmmaker in search of a project, is scouting in the south of France when he is seduced by

The Commune

Directed by Thomas Vinterberg

When Eric’s father dies and the grand family house in Copenhagen must be sold, he and his wife Ann, who

The Death of Louis XIV

Directed by Albert Serra

Versailles, August 1715. The Sun King (Jean-Pierre Léaud) feels pain in his leg. Fever erupts, marking the beginning of the

The Olive Tree

Directed by Icíar Bollaín

This engaging, warmhearted fable encapsulates the wider story of modern Spain within a very personal narrative. Alma’s family has deep

Yourself and Yours

Directed by Hong Sang-soo

“Hong Sangsoo boldly and wittily explores the painful caprices of modern romance. Painter Youngsoo hears that his girlfriend, Minjung, has