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Modern Masters

Our Modern Masters selection showcases new work by established international filmmakers who set the standards by which contemporary world cinema is measured. In the poignant fantasy Air Doll from Japan's Hirozaku Kore-eda (After Life), an inflatable sex doll suddenly finds herself with a soul. France's Andre Téchiné (Wild Reeds) supplies a sophisticated drama about deception and its repercussions in The Girl on the Train. The tender drama London River from Rachid Bouchareb (Days of Glory) unfolds against the backdrop of the 2005 bombings in Britain. Smooth marital infidelity tale Shameless comes from Jan Hrebejk, the Czech Republic's master of sly comedy. The comic crowd pleaser Looking for Eric marks a change of pace from the prolific Ken Loach (The Wind that Shakes the Barley). Italy's Marco Bellocchio (Good Morning, Night) looks at Mussolini before he became Il Duce in Vincere.

This year's Modern Masters also includes four films represented in our Award Buzz – Best Foreign Language Film section. Epic family fresco Baarìa, from Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso), is Italy's Oscar submission. The chilling thriller Backyard from Carlos Carerra (The Crime of Father Amaro) is Mexico's Oscar submission. Miguel Littin (Alsino and the Condor) represents Chile in the Foreign Language Oscar category with Dawson, Island 10, a drama about the plight of Allende's cabinet members after the 1973 Pinochet coup. Mesmerizing mystery The White Ribbon from Michael Haneke won Cannes' Palm d'Or and looks like a front-runner for the Oscar.


Air Doll   

Air Doll
Japan, 2009, 116 min.
The internationally acclaimed director of Nobody Knows and After Life returns with a romantic fantasy that explores the complexities of love, loneliness and loss through the story of a life-size inflatable doll who comes to life and begins exploring what it means to be human.... more



Baarìa   

Baarìa
Italy, 2009, 150 min.
A family fresco set in Sicily during the last century, Baarìa is a tribute by Giuseppe Tornatore to his land and its people. With its richness and perfection of style, this film is the Cinema Paradiso of his maturity.... more



Backyard   

Backyard
Mexico, 2009, 122 min.
This chilling thriller, from the director of The Crime of Father Amaro, dramatizes the tragic true story of border town Juárez, Mexico, where since the mid-'90s thousands of women have gone missing or turned up as sun-burnt corpses in the desert.... more



Dawson, Island 10   

Dawson, Island 10
Chile, 2009, 117 min.
After the 1973 coup that deposed Allende and brought Pinochet to power in Chile, the former members of his cabinet are imprisoned on Dawson Island, the world's southernmost concentration camp. Veteran filmmaker Miguel Littin follows the ordeal of these men who are determined to survive.... more



The Girl on the Train   

The Girl on the Train
France, 2009, 105 min.
When her flash-in-the-pan relationship goes sour in a big way, heartbroken young Jeanne spins a lie that quickly spirals out of control. Émilie Dequenne (Rosetta) and Catherine Deneuve highlight the excellent ensemble cast.... more



London River   

London River
United Kingdom, 2009, 87 min.
A tough but tender drama of two strangers discovering a common destiny. As they seek their missing children in the wake of the 2005 London terror attack, a piece of evidence unites them in a way neither could ever imagine and helps surmount racial and cultural misunderstanding.... more



Looking for Eric   

Looking for Eric
United Kingdom, 2009, 116 min.
Lauded director Ken Loach's (The Wind That Shakes the Barley) whimsical dramedy centers on miserable postman Eric Bishop, whose only joy is the Manchester United football team. The team's former star Eric Cantona magically materializes in his bedroom to offer advice.... more



Shameless   

Shameless
Czech Republic, 2009, 88 min.
A Prague TV weatherman gets a bad case of the seven-year itch in this slyly entertaining marital infidelity comedy that treats relationship issues in a candid, adult way that should resonate with anyone who has ever had lust in his heart. ... more



Vincere   

Vincere
Italy, 2009, 128 min.
Before Mussolini was Il Duce, he was a struggling political outsider. Beautiful Ida Dalser was his early financier, lover and mother to his son, but decades later she was shunned and imprisoned by the dictator.... more



The White Ribbon   

The White Ribbon
Germany, 2009, 145 min.
Winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes, Michael Haneke's (Funny Games) mesmerizing and disturbing mystery follows the escalating errant behavior of a group of children and adults in a rural German village in the years leading up to the First World War.... more





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