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The Cîroc Modern Masters Showcase

This special showcase of international films highlights ten directors who have distinguished themselves as masters in the field of filmmaking over the course of their long and distinguished careers.

Celebrated in the world of international cinema for their distinctive approach to storytelling, each of the directors selected for this series has enjoyed particular success this year with a new film that has won broad acclaim in film festivals around the world and in their home countries, garnering awards and critical praise in the process.

These are the filmmakers who set the standard by which contemporary world cinema is measured. Each director manifests a distinctive storytelling style, a masterful grasp of the cinematic craft, and a singular vision that sets their work apart from that of others toiling in the field.

We’d like to offer special thanks to our friends at Cîroc for providing a grant to underwrite this exceptional showcase that celebrates the work of these ten gifted modern masters.


Bamako   

Bamako
Mali, 2006, 112 min.
Leading African filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako offers this mock trial set in his hometown of Bamako, Mali. The influence of Western powers over the lives of Africans is called into question, and every argument and counterargument bristles with intense conviction.... more



Belle Toujours   

Belle Toujours
France, 2006, 70 min.
Thirty-eight years after Buñuel’s Belle de jour, Henri (Michel Piccoli) and Séverine (Bulle Ogier), meet again by chance in an elegant concert hall in Paris. The two have obviously changed, yet Henri seems content to dwell in their perverse past. Oliveira’s elegant style and cunning narrative... more



The Boss of it All   

The Boss of it All
Denmark, 2006, 100 min.
Danish provocateur Lars von Trier returns with an unexpectedly breezy comedy about a company director who blames his office policies on an imaginary superior, but later must hire an actor to impersonate “the boss of it all.” Von Trier deviously pulls the strings for the unwitting marionettes... more



Curse of the Golden Flower   

Curse of the Golden Flower
China, 2007, 118 min.
Zhang Yimou’s third martial arts and CGI extravaganza after Hero (2002) and House of Flying Daggers (2004) juxtaposes a tenth-century Forbidden City of courtly intrigue with superstars Chow Yun Fat, Gong Li, and epic action. Zhang’s trademark sense of primary colors gives the film an i... more



The Greatest Love of All   

The Greatest Love of All
Brazil, 2006, 105 min.
Antonio, a famous Astrophysicist and Professor in an American University, learns that he suffers of an incurable illness. Upon returning to Brazil, he discovers the identity of his true parents and of the amazing love story that united them. This discovery will change his life. Awarded Best Film at ... more



How Much Do You Love Me?   

How Much Do You Love Me?
France, 2006, 95 min.
Veteran French farceur and master of the politically incorrect, Bertrand Blier, weaves this richly ironic tale that gives us a loser (Campan) who wins the lottery and hires a beautiful hooker (Bellucci) to live with him, and then has to face her gangster boyfriend (Depardieu).... more



Inland Empire   

Inland Empire
USA, 2006, 179 min.
David Lynch’s mesmerizing, hallucinatory visit to the uncharted territories of the self displays all of the master’s strengths—it may well be his most extraordinary film—a culmination of all of the themes touched on in his other masterpieces, Eraserhead, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drivemore



Strike   

Strike
Germany, 2006, 104 min.
German filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff dramatizes the creation of Poland Solidarity movement through the story of poor woman, who, despite being a simple welder, was able to ferment an international movement through sheer determination. Schlöndorff captures with sweeping majesty this crucial chapter of... more



Transylvania   

Transylvania
France, 2006, 103 min.
In this picaresque gypsy musical road movie, Zingarina, a dark rebellious young pregnant woman goes to Transylvania with her best friend, in search of the man she loves. When her former lover brutally rejects her, she abandons her friend and all connections to her past in order to be able to fully b... more



Volver   

Volver
Spain, 2006, 120 min.
Three generations of women collide in Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar’s latest masterpiece of comic melodrama. Penélope Cruz (Best Actress, Cannes) plays a janitor whose life is turned upside down when, first her daughter suddenly becomes a killer, and then her supposedly dead mother shows up in M... more



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