An unfit urbanite author must confront nature & friendship when he travels to the Washington backwoods to restore the tattered remains of a broken friendship. Direct from the festival circuit, My Effortless Brilliance is available on IFC Festival Direct.
In this psychological thriller, 4 mathematicians are imprisoned in a shrinking room; with the walls closing in, they must try anything to escape this fatal puzzle. Direct from the festival circuit, this film is available exclusively on IFC Festival Direct.
Francois Berleand stars as a jaded novelist and a too happily married "ladies man" whose latest conquest is TV weathergirl Gabrielle Deneige (Ludivine Sagnier). At once naive and unstoppable, Gabrielle doesn't need to be convinced to enter into a sordid May-September relationship with a celebrated member of the intelligentsia. However, tugging at her other arm with the pull of the entire haute bourgeoisie is young Paul (Benoit Magimel), the cute but dangerously schizophrenic scion of a Lyon pharmaceutical magnate. What's a girl to do? Appropriately, the story takes as its starting point a famous Gilded Age crime of passion, the murder of Madison Square Garden architect and notorious womanizer Stanford White.
THE LAST MISTRESS marks the monumental pairing of cinema's premiere provocateur, director Catherine Breillat (ROMANCE, FAT GIRL) with the most fearless and explosive actor of our generation, Asia Argento (MARIE ANTOINETTE, BOARDING GATE). A penniless rogue, Ryno de Marigny (newcomer Fu-ad Ait Aattou), shocks 19th century France with his engagement to the virginal gem of the aristocracy, Hermangarde (Roxane Mesquida of FAT GIRL). As lurid speculations of Ryno's ten year affair with the carnal Vellini (Argento) manifest, a supremely erotic and wickedly humorous depiction of human lust is revealed - overriding the brittle facade of nobility and reverence. Bolstered by Breillat's mastery of the medium and Argento's commanding performance, THE LAST MISTRESS is a highly entertaining yet incredibly provocative film that has resulted in unanimous praise from audiences and critics across the world.
Trapped in an old folks home where people keep going missing, an ex-cop must overcome his Alzheimers to find out who is killing people in this jigsaw thriller. Direct from the festival circuit, this IFC film is available here exclusively On Demand.
Cinematic action masters Johnnie To and Wai Ka-fai return with the explosive MAD DETECTIVE, an incendiary adventure full of delightfully off-kilter events and a fascinating journey into the human psyche. When a missing detective's gun is implicated in a recent series of heists and murders, a hot shot inspector HO (Andy On) seeks out his former boss, BUN (Lau Ching Wan), a gifted criminal profiler now living in seclusion with his wife MAY (Kelly Lin). Bun has a truly unique gift: he can see the inner personalities of the people he meets. As Bun travels further into the psychosis of a prime suspect his unorthodox approach begins to wear on Ho's mind. What begins as a quest for answers has now taken a schizophrenic turn where truth and lies, reality and delusions intertwine...
Strong-willed Rollie (Alan Alda) tests the patience of a small-town policeman in this hilarious exchange. This exclusive clip comes from DIMINISHED CAPACITY, an IFC Films release in theaters Friday, July 4.
Wilson (Scoot McNairy) is twenty-nine-years old and has just had the worst year of his life. He is new to Los Angeles, has no date, no concrete plans and every intention of locking the doors and forgetting the last year ever happened. That is until his best friend, Jacob (Brian McGuire), browbeats him into posting a personal ad on Craig's List. When Vivian (Sara Simmonds), a strong-willed woman hell bent on being with the right guy at the stroke of midnight responds, a chaotic, hilarious, and touching journey through the black and white streets of L.A. begins. In the waning hours of the year, emotional vulnerability and bitterly honest humor are waiting around every corner.
Director Terry Kinney's delightfully poignant and bittersweet comedy poses the question: How much is a good memory worth? That's the question that faces newspaper editor Cooper (Matthew Broderick) after a debilitating concussion takes him from the political pages to comic strip detail. Looking for answers, he travels home to Missouri where his now senile Uncle Rollie (Alan Alda) is on the verge of losing his home. When a valuable baseball card is thrown into the mix, these two men along with a motley group of hometown friends, including Cooper's high school sweetheart, Charlotte (Virginia Madsen) , head to a memorabilia expo to make the deal of a century, diving headfirst into a snakepit of slick salesmen, crooked dealers, and rabid fans revealing that there are some things in life that you can't put a price on. Diminished Capacity also stars Dylan Baker, Louis C.K. and Bobby Cannavale in hilarious supporting roles.
In this scene from MY WINNIPEG, director Guy Maddin recreates a hilarious argument between his teenage sister and his domineering mother that poses the question: "Was it the boy on the track team or the man with the tire iron?"
Have you ever wanted to relive your childhood and do things differently? Guy Maddin (THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD) casts B-movie icon Ann Savage as his domineering mother in attempt to answer that question in MY WINNPEG, a hilariously wacky and profoundly touching goodbye letter to his childhood hometown. A documentary (or "docu-fantasia" as Maddin proclaims) that inventively blends local and personal history with surrealist images and metaphorical myths, the film covers everything from the fire at the local park which lead to a frozen lake of distressed horse heads to pivotal and factually heightened scenes from Maddin's own childhood, all laced with a startling emotional honesty. MY WINNIPEG is Maddin's most personal film and a truly unique cinematic experience, winning the best Canadian film at the Toronto International Film Festival and the opening night selection of the Berlin Film Festival's Forum
SAVAGE GRACE, based on the award winning book, tells the incredible true story of Barbara Daly, who married above her class to Brooks Baekeland, the dashing heir to the Bakelite plastics fortune. Beautiful, red-headed and charismatic, Barbara is still no match for her well-bred husband. The birth of the couple’s only child, Tony, rocks the uneasy balance in this marriage of extremes. Tony is a failure in his father’s eyes. As he matures and becomes increasingly close to his lonely mother, the seeds for a tragedy of spectacular decadence are sown. Spanning 1946 to 1972, the film unfolds in six acts. The Baekelands’ pursuit of social distinction and the glittering “good life” propels them across the globe. We follow their heady rise and tragic fall against the backdrop of New York, Paris, Cadaques, Mallorca and London.
When reclusive Detective Stan Aubray (Willem Da... (more) Added: April 04, 2008 When reclusive Detective Stan Aubray (Willem Dafoe) is called in to investigate a series of increasingly spectacular murders, he is thrust into a dark and unsettling underworld that threatens to reveal the secrets of his tormented past. As elaborate as they are gruesome, the murders are a paean to the mysteries of ANAMORPHosis, where different perspectives reveal hidden meanings, clues to the crime, and, for Aubray, something more...personal. For the crime scenes resemble those of a previous serial killer who terrorized New York City before being tracked down and killed by Aubray and his men five years before. That case has haunted Aubray ever since, and something about these eerie copycat killings—seemingly planned and executed with him in mind—force him to reexamine the questions he's tried so hard to bury. Besieged on all sides—by an ambitious young detective (Scott Speedman) with his own take on the killings; by a troubled young woman (Clea Duvall) with a dangerous link to his past; and by his own paralyzing sense of guilt—Aubray must finally confront the possibility he's been dreading—and denying—all along. Director H.S. Miller's, ANAMORPH, reflects the writer/director's passion for filmmaking by effortlessly merging different styles and eras to create a smart, sophisticated thriller. With the cool visual appeal of French policiers and the unceasing suspense of Asian horror films, ANAMORPH is a contemporary take on the genre-heavy, concept-driven, rules-bending American films of the 1970s.
Antoinette is the Duchess of Langeais, a married coquette who frequents the most extravagant balls in 1820’s Paris during The Restoration, where hypocrisy and vanity reign. Upon the handsome general Armand de Montriveau’s first meeting with her, he realized it was true love. Flattered by his attentions, the alluring Antoinette orchestrates a calculating game of seduction, but she repeatedly refuses Montriveau. Despite his sincere romantic declarations, Montriveau’s passion remains unfulfilled. When the humiliated Montriveau eventually seeks his revenge, Antoinette’s love finally awakens. But it may well be too late for the star-crossed lovers.
Only Harmony Korine (writer of KIDS, auteur of GUMMO, JULIEN DONKEY-BOY) could weave Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, her daughter Shirley Temple, and flying nuns into a hypnotically funny and truly poignant tale of the instability behind fanaticism and the redemption we can hope to find in one another. MISTER LONELY marks Korine's return and became an audience favorite at the Cannes, Toronto, and SXSQ Film Festivals. A lonely Michael Jackson impersonator wanders the streets of Paris in search of something grand when he meets an enchantingly beautiful Marilyn Monroe, who invites Michael to join her at a commune, solely inhabited by other impersonators in the Scottish Highlands. At the commune, Michael and Marilyn prepare alongside her overzealous husband Charlie Chaplin, the Queen of England, Abraham Lincoln, Sammy Davis Jr., and a host of other impersonators for a star-studded stage show that will illuminate and dazzle their admirers. In a parallel storyline, a Latin American priest, Father Umbrillo (the legendary Werner Herzog) and his missionary of nuns literally soar through the sky in search of their own answers.
A highlight at the 2007 Cannes, Toronto and New York film festivals, Flight of the Red Balloon is the latest masterpiece from HOu Hsiao Hsien (Cafe Lumiere, Three Times). Inspired by Albert Lamorisse's 195 Academy Award winning classic, The Red Balloon, Hou expands on its key elements - a young boy, a red balloon and Paris - to weave an achingly beautiful tale on the mysteries of familial bonds and the lingering effects the past has on us all. A precocious young boy, Simon (Simon Iteanu) must deal with the increasing fragility of mother, the loving yet preoccupied Suzanne (Academy Award winner Juliette Binoche of The English Patient, Cache). Completely immersed in her own tribulations, Suzanne hires Song (Fang Song), a Taiwanese film student, to help care for Simon. Together with Song, a unique extended family is formed, utterly interdependent yet lost in separate thoughts and dreams mirrored by a delicate, shiny red balloon.
sexy new film about bed hopping Parisians. In this clip, Erwann (Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet) proposes an intriguing question to a heartbroken Ismael (Louis Garrel). Opens March 21 in Select Theatres and On Demand. For additional dates and theatres visit: www.ifcfilms.com