Anatomy of a Fall
The Taste of Things
This gripping procedural, which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, stars Sandra Hüller as an enigmatic writer whose husband (Swann Arlaud) died—either by suicide or murder. She’s the prime suspect, setting in motion Justine Triet’s fascinating mixture of marriage story and courtroom drama.
Nicknamed for its windowed facade, São Paulo’s twenty-four-story “Skin of Glass” was once a symbol of Brazil’s promising future. When she learns that squatters occupy the dilapidated building her late father designed, Bay Area documentarian Denise Zmekhol returns home to investigate—and make peace with her dad.
Mark Decena’s visually eloquent documentary celebrates the rich heritage of Black farmers through the experiences of three people who make their living off the land. As the trio works toward reclaiming their agricultural heritage, they inspire a new generation to pursue self-determination.
Elements of the mystery and road movie genres combine in Erica Tremblay’s moving narrative debut, focusing on teenage Roki and her Aunt Jax (Lily Gladstone) as they search for Roki’s missing mother. Grounded in cultural specificity and beautifully rounded characters, Fancy Dance tackles serious matters affecting Indigenous women with a sure hand and a light touch.
Winner of the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival, Lila Avilés’s impressionistic drama observes the intimacies of a sprawling middle-class family in crisis through the eyes of a child. As her relatives prepare a final birthday celebration for her dying father, seven-year-old Sol navigates their chaotic world, wondering how to stop the inevitable.
Monica Sorelle’s breathtaking first feature unfolds as a hypnotic slow burn of one family’s struggles, focusing on a Haitian demolition worker watching the gentrification of his Miami neighborhood. This deeply powerful, brilliantly subtle drama presents an eye-opening observation of the attraction and challenge of the American dream.
Finnish writer-director Aki Kaurismäki reasserts himself as the master of the wry, melancholy comedy with this tale of two lonely souls (Alma Pöysti, Jussi Vatanen) forging a love connection in Helsinki. With lovely performances and a fine, droll tone, the film exudes a crisp, autumnal air—its quiet beauty as natural and effortless as the change of seasons.
Juliette Binoche is divine as a witty nineteenth-century chef in director Trần Anh Hùng’s Cannes prizewinner, a sumptuous and impossibly romantic tribute to love, food, and joie de vivre.
German director İlker Çatak’s gripping new drama examines racism and institutional bureaucracy, putting you through an emotional and moral wringer. Leonie Benesch stars as a middle-school teacher whose belief that she can make a difference in students’ lives leads to a split-second decision that brings her idealism crashing down.
This beautifully crafted documentary, about the author of the bestselling 1976 Hite Report on Female Sexuality, stays close to the source, foregrounding sexologist Shere Hite’s writing and television appearances among an abundance of interviews and archival materials. A hardworking history student destined to make history, Hite revolutionized the cultural conversation about sex.
In Alice Rohrwacher’s marvelous fantasy-comedy on the themes of love, loss, and Etruscan antiquities set in 1980s Tuscany, the terrific Josh O’Connor is Arthur, an archaeological scholar–turned–artifact robber who also yearns to reunite with his lost love.
This Rashomon-like drama explores a troubling school incident from multiple perspectives. Shoplifters director Hirokazu Kore-eda presents a study of bullying and youthful yearning, illustrating how confusing life can be to both adults and children. Oscar winner Ryuichi Sakamoto’s gorgeous score accentuates the delicate twists and turns of this exceptionally moving Cannes screenplay winner.
Wim Wenders’s poetic and contemplative new film, a prizewinner at Cannes, weaves together short stories revolving around Hirayama (Koji Yakusho), a contented middle-aged Tokyo toilet cleaner whose deep passion for music, books, and photography enriches his structured life. Delicate filmmaking captures Tokyo’s essence, set to a soundtrack brimming with 1960s pop.