Decision to Leave
One Fine Morning
Fantastic Negrito: Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?
Oldboy auteur Park’s Hitchcockian romantic thriller stars Park Hae-il as a detective investigating a puzzling death, his suspicions falling on the deceased’s eerily enigmatic wife (Tang Wei). Winner of the Best Director prize at Cannes, this film delivers a shimmering portrait of obsession and the mysteries of the human heart.
Gottlieb’s fascinating documentary explores the significance of the intersecting life’s work of her father, writer and editor Robert Gottlieb, and biographer Robert Caro, author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York and the influential multivolume The Years of Lyndon Johnson.
This dystopian drama may provoke comparisons to Logan’s Run or Soylent Green, but director Hayakawa’s tender and visionary film resonates in unexpected ways. Veteran actor Chieko Baisho stars as an elderly woman in a near-future society in which the Japanese government offers senior citizens a stipend for ending their own lives.
This locally made doc explores the supersize life of soulful bluesman and Grammy Award winner Fantastic Negrito, from isolation as a Black Muslim kid in rural Massachusetts through countless reinventions until finally becoming a star on the streets of Oakland.
This brilliantly energetic portrait of Bay Area music legend, activist, and seven-time Grammy nominee John Santos reveals a hardworking musician and educator as dedicated to preserving and expanding Afro-Latin music as he is to navigating the politics of culture, social equality, and racial injustice.
Eight short films that empower and inspire. This year’s stories are told from a variety of perspectives championing women and gender nonconforming individuals—highlighting their aspirations, accomplishments, resilience, strength, and connection.
In Simón’s gorgeous ensemble drama, a Catalan family running a peach orchard experiences turmoil when the land’s owner decides to replace the trees with solar panels. Now the family must fight for its survival, as three generations struggle to preserve hope, and memories, for future generations.
Despite their power to make meaningful change at the ballot box, Americans aged eighteen to twenty-nine sit out elections far more than any other age group. Robinson’s documentary follows the highs and lows of 2020’s fraught election season as four youth-led initiatives attempt to engage this disaffected group.
Rohrwacher’s new film is a whimsical, wonderful thirty-seven minutes in the company of the rebellious little girls at a Catholic boarding school in Italy. It’s Christmas, it’s wartime, things are scarce. But there’s an irresistible red cake—temptation abounds!
Even more moving for eschewing excess drama, writer/director Hansen-Løve’s subtle film is a bittersweet exploration of how the vicissitudes of fate and the passage of time shape identities. Featuring Léa Seydoux as Sandra, a translator and single mom, caring for her ailing father.
One of the most anticipated first features this year, writer/director Markowicz’s satire centers on an upheaval in the quiet life of a rural Brazilian family as they accept an ominous proposal. With utterly fearless performances, this dryly funny, evocative debut confirms Markowicz as a talent to watch.
Song Kang-ho deservedly won Best Actor at Cannes for his performance in this bittersweet road trip drama about a black market business selling infants left at baby boxes. Well known for his emotional stories, Shoplifters writer/director Kore-eda takes us on another poignant ride.