On the heels of the mesmeric Bluebeard comes this wonderfully idiosyncratic, heady and erotic exploration of another classic Charles Perrault fairy tale by French cinemaís endlessly probing and brilliant provocateuse. Time-tripping with a truly precocious heroine, we follow a once-cursed six-year-old princess as she awakens a century later at the ripe old age of 16.
The latest from a filmmaker at the forefront of the new wave in Hong Kong crime thrillers expands the genre with emotional complexity and existential angst, yet still provides the fierce, realistic and breathtaking action sequences for which the director is deservedly known.
The director of such cult hits as Ichi the Killer (SFIFF 2002) changes pace with this well-crafted homage to the glory years of í60s Japanese samurai films. A noble warrior played by Koji Yakusho (Babel) is charged with organizing a dirty dozenís worth of men to assassinate a psychotic lord. The only thing between them and the job? Hundreds of killers.
After their riotous duet in Winterbottomís Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are back, cruising Englandís Lake Country in search of fine cuisine. In this unabashed foodie version of Sideways, the cast is expanded with a feast of celebrity impressions, Anthony Hopkins, Michael Caine and Sean Connery among them.
The psyche of a ruthless secret agent in Cold War Czechoslovakia begins to unravel when he obsesses over the girlfriend of a suspected subversive he is tracking. This taut political thriller is a bleak and potent rendering of the emotional destruction wreaked by totalitarianism.
Rarely screened before in the United States, this restoration of Rainer Werner Fassbinderís cyberpunk precursor is an irresistibly eccentric fusion of science fiction and camp. This story of artificial worlds and illusory reality is a major work in the great directorís oeuvre, as well as a breathtaking visual achievement.