This edition turns its attention exclusively to the Museum of the Moving Image’s First Look Festival, which is happening in New York right now.
From Cannes’ Un Certain Regard, Austrian filmmaker Jessica Hausner’s Amour fou. Due to the tardiness of this post, I’m embarrassed to say it’s too late to catch it at First Look, but New Yorkers will get another chance when it opens at Film Forum in March. 84. 14 reviews.
The Guests, a 3D film by avant-garde veteran Ken Jacobs, has a 92 out of 3 reviews.
Denis Côté’s Joy of Man’s Desiring debuted at the Berlinale last year and is one of next week’s new releases. 75. 7 reviews.
Australian Rolf de Heer’s Charlie’s Country also screened in Un Certain Regard last year and won the Best Actor prize for its lead, David Gulpilil. 75. 4 reviews.
The reviews for Aleksei German’s Hard to Be a God are vociferously positive and the film might be the most highly anticipated of the year (within arthouse circles, needless to say). 94. 12 reviews.
A Gina Telaroli double-shot: Silk Tatters and Starting Sketches #7. Since each page only has one review, I’ll link to the source instead.
I for Iran is a medium-length film in which a Belgian filmmaker, Sanaz Azari, attempts to learn the language of her ancestry, Persian. 81/100. 4 reviews.
And we end with Our Terrible Country, a documentary that follows a refugee through Syria during its ongoing war with ISIS. 83. 3 reviews.