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Modern Masters

Every year our Modern Masters program offers a spectacular range of new work from some of the most revered and skillful filmmakers working today. This year’s slate is rich and varied, encompassing everything from political documentary to animation to drama and comedy.

In The Unknown Known, legendary documentarian Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War) asks the master of obfuscation, former secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld, to explain himself. Hirokazu Kore-eda (Nobody Knows, Still Walking) brings us Like Father, Like Son, another of the beautifully observed, tonally elegant family stories on which he has built his reputation. François Dupeyron’s One of a Kind, based on his own novel, is a soulful drama from the director of Monsieur Ibrahim. The Priest’s Children from the pioneering Croatian helmer Vinko Bresan (Witnesses) is a darkly comic satire exploring religion, national identity and sexual mores. Burning Bush by renowned Czech filmmaker Agnieszka Holland (In Darkness) is an epic combining elements of the thriller, drama and historical chronicle. The unmistakably stylish hand of François Ozon (Swimming Pool, Potiche) brings us Young & Beautiful, a controversial exploration of a young woman’s sexual identity.

The Wind Rises is the stunning swansong of the legendary animator Hirokazu Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving castle.) Roger Michell (Notting Hill) teams with his frequent collaborator the great writer and filmmaker Hanif Kureishi (My Beautiful Launderette) for Le Week-End, a witty, barbed portrayal of an aging couple who attempt to rekindle their feelings for each other. The great Israeli filmmaker Avi Nesher (The Matchmaker) brings us The Wonders, a modern day noir. Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Incendies) has created a powerful Kafka-esque mystery with Enemy. Claude Lanzmann (Shoah) returns with an epic character study of the complex, controversial figure Benjamin Murmelstein in Last Of The Unjust. Words and Pictures from Fred Schepisi (Roxanne, Six Degrees of Separation) features brilliant turns by Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche as a troubled English teacher and his friendly rival, an abstract painter.


Burning Bush   

Burning Bush
Czech Republic, 2013, 206 min.
An epic docudrama examining the emotional, political and societal fallout from Czech student Jan Palach’s 1969 self-immolation. A riveting thriller plot, complex characters and sumptuously re-created period detail make for what Indiewire called "a master class in modern historical drama."... more



Enemy   

Enemy
Canada, 2013, 90 min.
In a dual role (and career best), Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a professor who frantically seeks out his doppelganger, a struggling actor he spots in a film. The Oscar®-nominated director of Incendies and Prisoners puts a masterful spin on this mind-bending Kafkaesque mystery.... more



The Last of the Unjust   

The Last of the Unjust
France, 2013, 220 min.
Claude Lanzmann, whose epic, landmark film "Shoah" is certainly the definitive film about the Holocaust – returns to one of the interview subjects from that film to unravel the tale of the ‘model’ concentration camp, Theresienstadt, and the ambiguous leader of its Jewish Council, Benjamin Murmelstei... more



Le Week-End   

Le Week-End
United Kingdom, 2013, 93 min.
Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan are an old married couple looking to rekindle their love affair with Paris and with one another in this spiky, self-lacerating comedy from writer Hanif Kureishi and his frequent collaborator, director Roger Michell (The Mother; Venus).... more



Like Father, Like Son   

Like Father, Like Son
Japan, 2013, 120 min.
Two couples are devastated to learn that their children were swapped at birth six years ago. Are blood ties thicker than the bond of child rearing? This masterly, very moving drama won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.... more



One of a kind   

One of a kind
France, 2013, 123 min.
This soul-stirring tale – about a depressed middle-aged man who hesitatingly embraces his gift for healing – features a riveting turn from Grégory Gadebois (so effective in the cult TV fave The Returned) in the lead. A deeply satisfying chronicle of personal redemption.... more



The Priest’s Children   

The Priest’s Children
Croatia, 2013, 93 min.
In this acerbic satire, a naïve Catholic clergyman tries to boost the birth rate among his Dalmatian island flock, but his plan sparks a host of unintended consequences. “Pokes fun at hot-button ethical issues in highly cinematic, jauntily paced fashion.” Variety... more



The Unknown Known   

The Unknown Known
USA, 2013, 96 min.
In his new documentary, Errol Morris takes on the enigma that is Donald Rumsfeld. Or is it Rumsfeld taking on the enigma that is Errol Morris? Either way, it is a fascinating pas de deux not to be missed.... more



The Wind Rises   

The Wind Rises
Japan, 2013, 126 min.
Anime sensei Hayao Miyazaki has always been fascinated by flight. In what he says will be his swansong, he has conjured an extraordinarily lyrical biopic of sorts, inspired by the experiences of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed the famous Japanese Zero fighter plane.... more



The Wonders   

The Wonders
Israel, 2013, 112 min.
A genial slacker, a private investigator and a femme fatale join forces to rescue a kidnapped holy man in this unusual dramedy. “A stylish and amusing riff on Chinatown by way of Alice In Wonderland.” Variety... more



Words and Pictures   

Words and Pictures
USA, 2013, 120 min.
Jack (Clive Owen) is a brilliant but troubled English teacher at an upscale private school who meets far more than his match when Dina (Juliette Binoche), an accomplished painter comes to teach art. While both struggle to inspire passion in their students, the two of them are like oil and water, unt... more



Young & Beautiful   

Young & Beautiful
France, 2013, 95 min.
Model-turned-actor Marine Vacth is uncanny as a well-bred 17-year-old Parisienne who chooses to work as an expensive call girl. A controversial provocation from Ozon, with a visual finesse and a nonjudgmental tone that make it genuinely disturbing.... more



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