First Look 2020/21 Showcases New Films Around the Globe

After taking a Covid hiatus last year, MoMI (Museum of Moving Image)'s annual new film showcase First Look is back! Celebrating its tenth year, First Look takes a peak at innovative new international cinema. Opening Night is the New York...


Directed by Morgan Neville, the documentary paints the picture of a disillusioned man who couldn't reconcile the romantic notion of life and harsh, ugly realities.

Review: THE WOMAN WHO RAN, Deceptively Simple Yet Deliciously Playful

A new film by director Hong Sang-soo.

Review: THE MONOPOLY ON VIOLENCE, Timely Contemplation on Excessive Force in Era of Yellow Vest, BLM

Directed by David Dufresne, the documentary is exemplary in reflecting insightful thoughts after one of the most violent and prolonged civil unrests in France's modern history.

Review: SUMMER OF 85, François Ozon's Naughty Take on a Summer Fling Movie

Félix Lefebvre, Benjamin Voisin, and Philippine Velge star in an erotically charged period piece, filled with pastel colors and 80s pop songs. It's a deliciously seductive summer fun movie.

Blu-ray Review: CENTER STAGE, Stanley Kwan's Masterpiece Is a Beauty to Behold

Maggie Cheung, Han Chin and Tony Ka Fai Leung star in a breathtakingly gorgeous film, directed by Stanley Kwan. Digitally restored in 4K, it lives up to its reputation as one of the most revered masterpieces of the Hong Kong cinema.

Review: UNDINE Reinvents the Mythical Water Creature Story

Paula Beer and Franz Rogowski star in an alluring tale of romance and betrayal, directed by Christian Petzold.

Interview: Christian Petzold on UNDINE

Melding this fantasy with the tumultuous history of the city of Berlin, Petzold concocts another beautifully written and gorgeously realized film that is at once seductive and thought provoking.


Director Jia Zhangke's documentary tells the story of changing times, migration and coming home. And his love for literature.

Now Streaming: QUO VADIS, AIDA? Moves Breathlessly Toward Tragedy

Nominated for an Academy Award as Best International Feature Film, Jasmila Zbanica wrote and directed; now streaming on Hulu.

Review: Almodóvar & Swinton Make Short, Beautiful Music in THE HUMAN VOICE

Conceived as a short project during Covid lockdown, Pedro Almodovar's The Human Voice, based on Jean Cocteau's stage play, with its popping colors and its melodramatic theme, is a quintessential Almodovar film. It is also a great reflection on filmmaking...

Review: THIS IS NOT A BURIAL, IT'S A RESURRECTION Signals the Arrival of a Major New Voice in Cinema

Directed by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese, gorgeously shot in full frame by Pierre de Villiers, and enhanced by a captivating score by Berlin-based electronic composer Miyashita Yu, the film is a highly visual, aural experience that charts a new frontier in its cinematic language.

Review: QUO VADIS, AIDA?, Searing Indictment of War From Not So Distant Past

Writer/director Jasmila Zbanica presents a powerful, harrowing film, with a stellar performance by Jasna Djuricic in the title role.

Review: THE INHERITANCE, An Ode to Black Resistance and a Fitting Cinematic Experiment for the BLM Era

This airy fusion of filmed experiment gives opportunity to its unsuspecting viewers the window to unseen/under seen, unheard/under heard pieces of American history that give them the proper context to understanding the current political climate.

Rendez-vous with French Cinema 2021 Preview

It's Spring in New York. It means it's time for Rendez-vous with French Cinema, the festival showcasing the best of what contemporary French cinema can offer. But this year, with all-virtual presentations due to the Covid-19 crisis, the festival is...

Review: UN FILM DRAMATIQUE, A Beautiful Experiment in Film Subjects as Filmmakers

The film is refreshing documentation of the lives of middle school students, reflecting on changing French society, as well as a boundary breaking, playful cinematic experiment.

Review: MINARI, An Immigrant Story at a Micro-level

If you are expecting Steven Yeun's character to be a recipient of racial slurs and persecution in the rural Arkansas and overcoming odds to achieve that elusive American Dream, a good surprise awaits.

Review: BEGINNING, Powerful Indictment of Religious Patriarchy

Georgian director Dea Kulumbegashivli's powerful drama Beginning has to be one of the most self-assured debut films in recent memory. The filmmaker's approach in creating a suffocating, isolating environment for her main subject is so impeccably done, it easily invites...

Review: JUST DON'T THINK I'LL SCREAM, Ode to Cinema in Obsessive Visual Assemblage

Not since Godard's essay films, have I encountered a purely visual film that is culled from existing material that is also immensely pleasurable. Just Don't Think I'll Scream works beautifully, precisely because it's so personal. This is what an essay film of a true cinephile should look like.

Review: NOTTURNO Examines the Legacy of Colonialism in the Middle East

Gianfranco Rosi, the documentarian behind such astonishing work as Sacro GRA and Fire at Sea, returns with a biting and enormously affecting documentary on people living on the periphery of modern Middle-East conflicts. Culling from footage shot in Iraq, Kurdistan, Syria and Lebanon...