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Modern Masters

The Modern Masters section highlights new works from some of the most acclaimed, talented and distinctive directors working today. Woman in the Fifth by Pawel Pawlikowski (My Summer of Love) stars Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott Thomas in a compelling psychological drama. Andrey Zvyagintsev (The Banishment, The Return) brings Elena, winner of a Special Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Nanni Moretti (The Son’s Room, The Caiman) lends a comic touch to a crisis in the Vatican in Habemus Papam. Chen Kaige (The Emperor and the Assassin, Farewell My Concubine) gives us a stunning, epic tale of revenge and honor with Sacrifice. Innocence by Jan Hrebejk (Kawasaki’s Rose, Divided We Fall) is an unnerving thriller in which a doctor’s life is turned upside down by accusations from a patient. The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Robert Guédiguian (Army of Crime, Lady Jane) is a sensitive portrait of an aging couple coming to terms with a traumatic event. Il Postino director Michael Radford turns his hand to documentary with a fascinating portrait of musician Michel Petrucciani. From Belgian masters of stark realism Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne we have The Kid with a Bike, another Cannes favorite. Lynne Ramsay (Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar) returns after a nine-year directing hiatus with the devastatingly powerful We Need To Talk About Kevin.


Beast   

Beast
Denmark, 2011, 83 min.
An obsessive, destructive love transforms a caring husband into a bloodthirsty beast in this perversely fascinating psychodrama. Beast boasts sharp dialogue, strong performances, plenty of tense and troubling moments and atmosphere in spades.Contains scenes of disturbing violence. ... more



Chronicle of My Mother   

Chronicle of My Mother
Japan, 2011, 119 min.
Masato’s moving, impeccably acted period drama about the relationship between a self-centered writer and his aging mother draws from an autobiographical novel by Inoue Yasushi.... more



Elena   

Elena
Russia, 2011, 109 min.
An engrossing yarn about a coveted inheritance, cruel class differences and quietly monstrous misdeeds, Elena paints a chilling portrait of Russia’s post-Communist consumer society as culture entirely lacking in morality. Winner: Special Jury Prize, A Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival.... more



Habemus Papam   

Habemus Papam
Italy, 2011, 104 min.
Habemus papam! is the phrase that announces the election of the new pontiff – but what happens if the chosen man does not want the job? Nanni Moretti imagines with comedy and pathos a crisis in the Vatican when Cardinal Melville refuses to address the Catholic faithful as their new spiritual leader.... more



The Kid with a Bike   

The Kid with a Bike
Belgium, 2011, 87 min.
Fate drops an angry 11-year-old in the path of a kind-hearted hairdresser. The boy’s intensity drives the Dardennes’ Cannes prize-winning film, but the woman’s tenderness and compassion create rare moments of grace in this heartbreaking tale of abandonment.... more



Michel Petrucciani   

Michel Petrucciani
France, 2011, 102 min.
Petrucciani was born with a crippling genetic disorder that prevented him from growing more than three feet tall. Yet he become one the greatest jazz pianists. A wonderful documentary portrait of a larger-than-life personality by Michael Radford (Il Postino).... more



Sacrifice   

Sacrifice
China, 2010, 132 min.
Fifth Generation master Chen is back on top with this sumptuous Yuan Dynasty tale of mistaken identity, court intrigue, murder, and revenge. Baby Zhao is saved by his family doctor and raised by him to exact revenge on the General who murdered the Zhao clan.... more



The Snows of Kilimanjaro   

The Snows of Kilimanjaro
France, 2011, 107 min.
Veteran Guediguian – Marseilles’s answer to Mike Leigh – delivers a potent, moving slice of life as an aging trade unionist and his wife try to come to terms with a traumatic home invasion – and the knowledge that they know the perpetrator.... more



We Need to Talk About Kevin   

We Need to Talk About Kevin
United Kingdom, 2011, 112 min.
Two years after her teenage son commits a horrific crime, Eva (Tilda Swinton) tries to come to terms with her marriage, career, and parenthood. A grippingly cinematic, searingly honest film from the director of Ratcatcher and Morvern Callar.... more



The Woman in the Fifth   

The Woman in the Fifth
United Kingdom, 2011, 84 min.
Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott Thomas star in this mind-bending psychological thriller about an American writer in Paris to reconnect with his daughter, whose grip on reality loosens in part due to the influence of Scott Thomas’s mysterious femme fatale.... more



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